Blog Posts by Tori Floyd

  • New Xbox 720 won’t need to be always online: report

    According to an email, certain functions will require an Internet connection, but it won’t be an ‘always-online’ scenario.Despite early reports that the new Xbox, codename “Durango,” would need an always-online Internet connection, it appears that this may no longer be the case.

    According to an email obtained by Ars Technica that they report was sent to Microsoft employees, certain functions will require an Internet connection, but it won’t be an ‘always-online’ scenario:

    “Durango is designed to deliver the future of entertainment while engineered to be tolerant of today's Internet.” Ars reports was said in the email. “There are a number of scenarios that our users expect to work without an Internet connection, and those should 'just work' regardless of their current connection status. Those include, but are not limited to: playing a Blu-ray disc, watching live TV, and yes playing a single player game.”

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    Microsoft wouldn’t comment on the alleged email, or even confirm that it was actually an email sent within the company,

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    Prepare yourselves, social media users: your Twitter feed, Facebook timeline and pretty much every interaction you have with a fan of Star Wars on May 4 will likely begin with the same greeting: “May the Fourth be with you.”

    A play on the famous farewell of Jedis (“may the Force be with you”), May 4 has now come to be unofficially recognized by fans as Star Wars Day. Some say that the origin of the day is loosely tied to the election of Margaret Thatcher as the U.K. Prime Minister. In a document about the making of The Empire Strikes Back for the Lucasfilm archives, Nerdvana reports, the greeting is said to have been used in a 1979 newspaper ad that congratulated Thatcher on her election win on May 4:

    “May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

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    Fans will be celebrating with movie marathons and parties around the world, and corporations have started to cash in on the oronym, too. Disney, which recently

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  • (Image courtesy UNICEF Sweden)In an effort to try and get well-meaning Facebook users to help their cause, UNICEF has launched a campaign with a very clear message: Facebook ‘likes’ won’t help, money will.

    Last month, UNICEF Sweden began airing a series of commercials that target this issue of “slacktivisms,” the act of doing something so minimal you feel like you’re doing something for a good cause, when really, you’re contributing very little. While there is something to be said for awareness of an issue, doing nothing else, i.e. not contributing any time or money to a cause, won’t actually help carry out the work of the organization.

    That’s exactly what this commercial by UNICEF Sweden hits on:

    The Verge says the other two commercials, also both in Swedish, take a more lighthearted approach with the same message: you can’t pay for anything else in likes, and charitable donations are no different.

    “We like likes, and social media could be a good first step to get involved, but it cannot stop there,” UNICEF Sweden

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  • If you’ve been mulling downloading something from Apple’s App Store, today would be a great day to do it: Apple will be awarding a prize to the person who gets Apple to the 50-billion download milestone.

    Apple currently has a counter running on its website, and just after 11:00 a.m. ET, nearly 49,300,000,000 apps had been downloaded, with that number growing all the time. If you’re the person who downloads app number 50 billion, you’re be rewarded with a $10,000 App Store Card, so you’ll never have to debate whether to buy that in-app downloadable content ever again.

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    Unlike previous times Apple has awarded a gift card for downloading a milestone app, the first 50 people to download the first 50 apps after that will get a $500 App Store gift card.

    It seems that Apple has started reaching these milestones faster and faster as more people adopt the iPhone and iPad devices. Apple announced that 10 billion apps

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  • On November 5, first-person shooter fans everywhere will be calling in sick so they can play the brand new Call of Duty: Ghosts, the newly-confirmed tenth game in the Call of Duty series.

    In a May 1 announcement, Activision unveiled its early plans for the latest Call of Duty game, which will be coming just in time for holiday shopping. The announcement was made alongside the release of this trailer; while it doesn’t show much in the way of gameplay, it should serve to excite first-person shooter fans about the upcoming release.

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    Here’s a rundown on what we know about the game so far:

    It’s not Modern Warfare 4

    Despite being developed by Infinity Ward, the same company that worked on the first three Call of Duty: Modern Warfare games, Ghosts will be based on a new story with different characters and setting than any previous CoD game.

    “Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which

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  • Thorsten Heins speaks at the Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills (Reuters)As the new BlackBerry Q10 device is being delivered into the hands of the BlackBerry faithful, amongst many asking why anyone still needs a physical keyboard, the company’s CEO is predicting that it’ll only be a few more years before tablets are no more.

    During a conversation with Richard Ditizio at the Milken Institute on Monday, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins made a comment that tablets would eventually become less useful as people get more use out of their smartphones. The Washington Post reports Heins as saying that smartphones will become the main source of computing power in the next few years, when people can plug in peripherals like monitors and keyboards directly into their device.

    “In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins said in the interview, Bloomberg reports. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

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  • Screengrab from April 30, 1993, the first ever website made its way onto the World Wide Web. There was no Geocities, no Angelfire, and definitely no GoDaddy. It was built the same way so many websites are today, using HTML, but look at it and you can see for yourself that the web has come an awful long way in 20 years.

    If you got to, you’ll be able to check out what the world’s first website looked like at its original domain. The research group, who you may know better for their work with the Large Hadron Collider or their fantastic rap videos about that work, made the World Wide Web technologies available to the public domain on this day in 1993. The move was backed by web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, whom we have to thank for all the great and not-so-great ways we use the web.

    The page, which had already been preserved on this W3 page, gave basic instructions on how to use the World Wide Web – at least, the World Wide Web (or W3 as they call it on the page) as it existed twenty years

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  • According to a study commissioned by the Financial Times, more instant messages were being sent by the end of last year than text messages.Five years ago, if you wanted to send someone a message, there’s a good chance you wrote them a text. But with the growing popularity of messaging apps for iOS, Android, BlackBerry and other devices, that’s increasingly no longer the case.

    According to a study commissioned by the Financial Times, more instant messages were being sent by the end of last year than text messages, reports. Looking at trends around the world, consulting group Informa expects messaging through apps to more than double this year to 41 billion per day, which is more than twice the number of text messages expected.

    And it’s not surprising, if you look at the apps currently gaining popularity in Canada. WhatsApp Messenger was the top paid iPhone app in Canada last week, and Kik Messenger is quickly gaining ground too, announcing earlier this month that it now has more than 50 million users. Social networking giant Facebook clearly has its sights set on the messaging market with its new Chat Heads messaging

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  • After a long and heartbreaking battle, a Brazilian judge has ordered the removal of Juliana Ribeiro Campos’ Facebook page. Campos passed away in May 2012, and her Facebook page had been changed to a memorial page after her death.

    Campos’ mother, Dolores Pereira Coutinho, said that the messages, songs, and photos of her daughter that Campo’s friends were still able to post were too painful for her to see.

    “This ‘wailing wall’ just makes me suffer too much,” Coutinho told the BBC, “On Christmas Eve many of her 200 friends posted pictures they had taken with her and recalled their memories. She was very charismatic, very popular. I cried for days.”

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    After trying to delete the page on her own and campaigning for several months to have her daughter’s Facebook page removed, Coutinho says that she contacted the Sao Paolo office of the social network directly to no avail, so she filed the lawsuit to

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  • Karen Stintz, chairwoman of the Toronto Transit Commission, unofficially unveiled on her Twitter account that the TTC will soon be getting Wi-Fi and cellular service underground at two of its stations.

    TTC spokesperson Brad Ross confirmed that St. George and Yonge/Bloor stations will both be getting underground wireless Internet access by the end of the year, after Stintz tweeted this out:

    Stintz was testing out the new service just unveiled in New York City yesterday, which will bring cellular and Wi-Fi service to 30 stations in the MTA subway system, Mobile Syrup reports. The same technology will be installed in the two TTC stations before the end of the year, and will be rolled out to 61 stations in total over 2014.

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