Archive for Dec 31, 2012

Microsoft promises a month’s free Xbox LIVE for Cloud Saved Games downtime

Microsoft promises a month’s free Xbox LIVE for Cloud Saved Games downtime

Microsoft has promised one-month of free Xbox LIVE Gold service to any gamers affected by the Cloud Saved Games system going offline, having finally fixed the issues that caused the unexpected downtime. The free service extension, which will be applied automatically to eligible gamers' accounts according to Microsoft's Major Nelson, will be tagged onto the end of current subscriptions.

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LG details 2013 Smart TV: NFC SmartShare plus On Now recommendations

LG details 2013 Smart TV: NFC SmartShare plus On Now recommendations

Like a big-screen scab it just can't stop picking at, LG continues to trickle out details about its upcoming CES 2013 smart TV range, including updated sharing, on-demand, 3D, and eco features. Having already told us about its Google TV line-up for next year, as well as some details on the high-end panels screen-centric subsidiary LG Display is particularly proud of, LG is now focused on streamlining the smart TV UI, with the new Smart Control interface paired with SmartShare with an NFC twist.

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YouTube unbanned in Pakistan for 3 minutes

YouTube unbanned in Pakistan for 3 minutes

The government of Pakistan imposed a ban on video sharing site YouTube after an anti-Islam video turned up on the site and caused riots in the Muslim world. Pakistan lifted the video ban on Saturday only to discover that the offensive material was still available on YouTube. The lifting of the ban lasted approximately 3 minutes.

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Samsung Tizen phone tipped for 2013 with DoCoMo & Vodafone

Samsung Tizen phone tipped for 2013 with DoCoMo & Vodafone

Samsung and a number of global carriers will launch the first Tizen smartphone in 2013, with NTT DoCoMo, Vodafone, and France Telecom all expected to jump on board with the open-source alternative OS. While HTC, Panasonic, ASUS, Acer, Huawei and others have all voiced interest in developing Tizen devices, according to The Yomiuri Shimbun's sources it will be Samsung that pushes the first handset running the MeeGo-reborn platform out of the door.

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Huawei partner tries to sell embargoed computer equipment to Iran

Huawei partner tries to sell embargoed computer equipment to Iran

Huawei is a Chinese maker of smartphones and other equipment. When the company's major Iranian partners has reportedly offered to sell embargoed HP computer equipment worth €1.3 million to Iran's largest mobile phone operator. The attempted sale was allegedly made in late 2010. Huawei says that ultimately its partner did not provide the HP products to the Iranian company.

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Foursquare makes Privacy tweaks, wary of Instagram-style backlash

Foursquare makes Privacy tweaks, wary of Instagram-style backlash

Foursquare has announced changes to its privacy policy, displaying users whole names and giving businesses more customer data by default, though the check-in service is keen to point out that extra privacy can be restored with a few settings tweaks. Announced in an email to registered users over the weekend, the tweaks come alongside an amended Privacy 101 document that attempts to reduce confusion of the sort that gave Instagram such headaches earlier this month.

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Facebook works to fix confirmed privacy flaw with New Year’s message service

Facebook works to fix confirmed privacy flaw with New Year’s message service

Social network Facebook has confirmed that there is a privacy flaw with its New Year's messaging service called the Midnight Delivery feature. This feature was billed as a way to allow users to send messages automatically to all their friends at the stroke of midnight. Since some the messages could be private in nature, the service was supposed to allow messages to be read by the intended recipients. UPDATE: A spokesperson for Facebook has reached out to us to assure the world that this situation has been rectified - rest easy!

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Zynga shutters 11 of its social video games

Zynga shutters 11 of its social video games

Zynga has instituted its cost-reduction plan that the company talked about back in November. The cost-reduction plan involved shutting down some of the company's video games, or at least accepting no new players in others ahead of shutdown in the coming weeks. The game developer plans to allocate its resources to its more popular games.

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