Archive for March, 2012

PlayStation Orbis and Xbox 720 both restrict “used” games

PlayStation Orbis and Xbox 720 both restrict “used” games

Console game giants Microsoft and Sony may be ushering in a new era of media control with their Xbox 720 and PlayStation Orbis systems as both have been tipped this month to be placing unheard-of controls on so-called "used" games. These tips would have the next-generation console gaming systems both cutting down on game rental and sales services like GameStop and would essentially put online re-sales of games at a standstill. How this will affect sales of the consoles themselves is yet to be seen.

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Google’s programming language “Go” hits version 1 milestone

Google’s programming language “Go” hits version 1 milestone

As if there weren’t enough languages to deal with, Google just had to go and create another. Conceived back in November 2009, the project was designed to create an open source programming language, and now Google say the project has reached a major milestone: version one, or "Go 1" for short. So far over 200 contributors have made thousands of changes to the code and documentation.

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Google Consumer Surveys tool promises cash and stats

Google Consumer Surveys tool promises cash and stats

Google already knows plenty about you, but if you want to figure out more about your fellow users then the freshly launched Google Consumer Surveys tool could help. Taking on established questionnaire services like SurveyMonkey, Google's offering includes straightforward setup of multiple choice questions, point-scale rankings, and more, but also promises to pay websites that present surveys to their visitors.

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Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Best Buy restructure includes 50 US store cuts

Your local Best Buy store may be right along the razor's edge this week as the electronics giant makes relatively large cuts to their retail footprint amid slow profit growth. Included in this cut are 50 big box stores inside 2012 as well as an estimated 400 jobs. The jobs, surprisingly enough, are said by Best Buy to be cutting mainly from corporate headquarters - this pointing toward a restructuring of the company's business as well as its physical presence in the United States.

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Android to oust Windows in connected gadgets (but there’s a catch)

Android to oust Windows in connected gadgets (but there’s a catch)

Android will rise to dominate connected devices by 2016, ousting Windows and outpacing iOS according to analyst predictions, though hardware manufacturers and app developers will still struggle to make money on Android devices. Growing popularity of Google's open-source platform will see the balance of media tablets, PCs and smartphones shift to favor Android rather than Microsoft's Windows, IDC forecast, with the mobile platform expected to comprise 31.1-percent of the market by 2016.

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ASUS UK: Transformer Prime update rolling out now

ASUS UK: Transformer Prime update rolling out now

ASUS teased an update to its popular Transformer Prime tablet just the other day, and ASUS UK has taken to Twitter to inform the world that the update should be rolling out right this very minute. ASUS US remained secretive on the details surround the update, although their Italian cousins were happy to reveal the info. Users can look forward to Ethernet support via USB adapters, making the tablet an even more attractive laptop alternative.

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Researchers develop world’s most efficient flexible OLED display

Researchers develop world’s most efficient flexible OLED display

We saw a flexible display concept from Nokia back at Nokia World in October, and Samsung filed a patent application not too long ago that revealed the company was working on potential foldable display applications. Researchers at the University of Toronto have demonstrated that the technology is feasibly possible on a large scale. They’ve managed to combine OLEDs with a flexible plastic, leading to more efficient displays and a simpler manufacturing process.

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Password Privacy bill killed in House

Password Privacy bill killed in House

An attempt to make employers demanding access to Facebook passwords illegal has been killed off by the US House of Representatives, with arguments between political parties seeing the privacy amendment voted off the table. Democratic Congressman Ed Perlmutter had suggested attaching an amendment [pdf link] to H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, which would have specifically added social networking access protection. However, the amendment was rejected by 236 to 184.

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Google demos self-driving car with the help of a blind man

Google demos self-driving car with the help of a blind man

While we often think of Google as the search giant with a gigantic stake in in the mobile game, they sometimes remind us that they are working on potentially life-changing projects behind the scenes. They’ve posted a video demonstrating their self-driving car in action, putting a man who has lost 95% of his vision behind the wheel, and taking it for a drive.

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