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[H] Enthusiast Archives: July 2012Archive Listing


Tuesday July 31, 2012

Google Delays "Nexus Q" Orb

Remember that Nexus Q orb thingy none of you pre-ordered? The company has delayed the device indefinitely and is offering a "preview version" to all three customers that did pre-order the device.

The company announced the indefinite delay of the orb-shaped media player device in an email on Tuesday to customers who had pre-ordered the made-in-America gadget, saying it wanted to add more features and functions. It offered a "preview version" of the streaming device for free instead.

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80% of Facebook Clicks Are Bots?

If what this company is saying is true, Facebook could have a lot of explaining to do. eek!

So we did what any good developers would do. We built a page logger. Any time a page was loaded, we'd keep track of it. You know what we found? The 80% of clicks we were paying for were from bots. That's correct. Bots were loading pages and driving up our advertising costs. So we tried contacting Facebook about this. Unfortunately, they wouldn't reply. Do we know who the bots belong too? No. Are we accusing Facebook of using bots to drive up advertising revenue. No. Is it strange? Yes. But let's move on, because who the bots belong to isn't provable.

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Amazon's Cloud Music Service Gets Scan and Match

This new scan and match feature is a pretty cool idea and there is even a free version to boot.

For $25 per year, Amazon premium service will scan a user's hard drive and match the music found there to the more than 20 million tracks stored on the company's servers. Amazon will then stream the songs from its servers to any Web-connected device, including any Android device or iPhone, a user chooses to listen on. In addition, the merchant said it will automatically store songs previously purchased from the company.

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Microsoft's Outlook.com Previewed

The crew at Engadget have a pretty detailed breakdown of Microsoft's new Outlook.com and all of its new features.

In Outlook.com, the storage is "virtually" unlimited, to use Microsoft's words. (The company won't fully promise unlimited storage, since it needs a way to hedge against spammers.) That compares with 10GB of free storage on Gmail. Not bad, eh? Also, as you might know, every Microsoft account comes with 7GB of SkyDrive storage, so that's what you'll get if you're new to the company fold. Also, anyone can sign up; you don't need an invitation, and there's no limit to the number of people allowed to test the service in its preview stage.

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Nonfree DRM'd Games on GNU/Linux: Good or Bad?

Richard Stallman, the president of the Free Software Foundation, voices his concerns on Valve's plans for Steam on Linux. Your thoughts? Thanks to TheWeazmeister for the link.

A well known company, Valve, that distributes nonfree computer games with Digital Restrictions Management, recently announced it would distribute these games for GNU/Linux. What good and bad effects can this have? I suppose that availability of popular nonfree programs on GNU/Linux can boost adoption of the system. However, our goal goes beyond making this system a "success"; its purpose is to bring freedom to the users. Thus, the question is how this development affects users' freedom.

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Google Ordered To Turn Over Street View Data

You know that Street View data Google "found" the other day after it was supposed to have been deleted months ago? Well, it seems there are a few countries that want to have a look at that data now. eek!

"Like its British counterpart, the CNIL has asked Google to make the data in question available, and to keep it secure for the duration of all necessary investigations," the French authority said in a statement on Tuesday. Google's disk inventory is also thought to have turned up data from other countries, which may include Australia, Ireland and the Netherlands.

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Apple Says It Is The Underdog

The Apple vs. Samsung trial is underway and Apple has played the "underdog" card right off the bat.

Apple began day two of the trial between it and Samsung with opening statements depicting it as an underdog that came into the phone industry and changed the game. Harold McElhinny, a partner at Morrison Foerster representing Apple, kicked off the case by saying the company had bet the farm on the iPhone in 2007, and competitors (though particularly Samsung) proceeded to copy it, leading to big profits and lost sales on Apple's part.

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What the U.S. Army Wants in a Shooter Game

Whoa, did "this article just say they want a game that "authentically depicted Arab and Afghan female suicide bombers."

The Army wants a design that incorporates the latest graphics and game technology, and so last month, the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO STRI)—the Orlando-based organization that procures Army training gear—published a draft Request for Proposal to solicit input from the game industry on what they can offer.

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Twitter Prompted NBC To Request Ban Of Journalist

Wait, isn't Twitter supposed to be against this kind of crap? What a bunch of hypocrites. frown

Twitter had suspended the account of a journalist for posting the email address of an NBC executive in a series of tweets critical of the network's coverage of the 2012 London Olympics Games. Now, it's been revealed that Twitter itself took the initiative in alerting NBC of the hostile tweets, suggesting they file a report and detailing the process for doing so.

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Gaming [H]eadlines

Bullet Run Launches @ Blue's News

Kickstarter Indie Bundle @ Joystiq

Legend of Zelda Prototype Cartridge $150k @ Kotaku

PlanetSide 2 Beta Slightly Delayed @ Shacknews

ASUS P8Z77-M Pro Micro-ATX Motherboard

For those of you in the market for a new micro-ATX motherboard, I suggest you read our evaluation of the ASUS P8Z77-M Pro. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.

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Hardcore enthusiasts often need more PCB real estate for their massive graphics cards arrays, fancy network controllers, sound cards, etc. Not all enthusiasts are alike. Some prefer a smaller simplified approach to computing. While light in features, this solid mATX board may suit the needs of those not looking to build a hulking tower.

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RIM To Lay Off Another 3000

More bad news for RIM employees. The company is said to be laying off 3,000 employees, the remainder of the 5,000 announced earlier this year, on August 13th. frown

That’s the day when up to three-thousand RIM employees -the amount remaining for the company’s previously announced cuts of five-thousand- will take place. RIM wants to complete the layoffs before the end of its second quarter, which ends August 31st, say sources close to the company.

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