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PS4 firmware update hit with widespread bug

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:43 PM - by Reverend
PlayStation 4 users may not want to update their consoles to firmware version 2.00 just yet -- at least not until Sony is able to send out a patch that fixes some of the software's hiccups.

Version 2.00, codenamed "Masamune," boasted a number of notable feature updates including uploading gameplay videos to YouTube, sharing games with friends over the Internet and system themes.

However, the update has been tainted by widespread reports that putting the system into standby mode (now dubbed "Rest Mode") prevents the console from reawakening. Bugs with YouTube functionality have also been reported.

For now, Sony has suggested booting consoles into "Safe Mode" to update a system's software and told CNET "we're investigating these issues and will provide an update once we have more information."

Whatever you do, try and avoid unplugging a hanging PS4, as you can damage the system's data.

We expect a version "2.0.1" release at any moment, but also recommend PS4 users who have already updated to 2.00 to select the "turn PS4 off" option instead of Rest Mode until Sony has properly addressed the situation.

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Oct 30, 2014 - 9:41 PM - by Reverend
Skype is a free program that uses the latest P2P technology to bring affordable and high-quality voice communications to people all over the world.


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Google Glass banned in movie theaters

Oct 30, 2014 - 9:39 PM - by Reverend
In a statement Wednesday, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) announced an update to their anti-piracy policies to include a ban on "wearable 'intelligent' devices," such as Google Glass.

The new anti-theft policy states, "The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable 'intelligent' devices. As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown. As has been our long-standing policy, all phones must be silenced and other recording devices, including wearable devices, must be turned off and put away at show time."

Though still rare among most circles, Google Glass could become a mainstream product in the next few years, according to some estimates. The movie industry is getting out ahead of the trend. In an interview last spring, NATO vice president Patrick Corcoran told Fast Company that the device was already on the organization's radar.

Wednesday's change comes after a January incident at a Columbus, Ohio, AMC theater in which a man was questioned by Department of Homeland Security agents after a theater manager suspected he was recording a showing of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" on his Google Glass. The investigation cleared him of any wrongdoing.

CBS News
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YouTube considering paid subscriptions

Oct 28, 2014 - 8:59 PM - by Reverend
Google acknowledged late Monday that it is considering a subscription service that would allow viewers to skip the ads that run before many YouTube videos.

That move would dramatically change the revenue model for the video colossus. Most of YouTube's services are free, so the site largely relies on advertising to pay the bills.

"YouTube right now is ad-supported, which is great because it has enabled us to scale to a billion users; but there's going to be a point where people don't want to see the ads," YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said at a conference sponsored by the website ReCode, which posted about her comments.

She called a subscription arrangement "an interesting model" and added that YouTube is "thinking about how to give users options," according to ReCode.

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Microsoft slates Office 16 for second half of 2015

Oct 28, 2014 - 8:57 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft will launch its next version of Office for Windows in the second half of 2015, according to an online report.

ZDNet blogger Mary Jo Foley first reported on comments made by Julia White, general manager of marketing for Office and Office 365, at Microsoft's Tech Ed Europe conference in Barcelona.

According to Foley, White said that the next version of Office on Windows would launch in the last half of next year, a broad timetable that was different from previous speculation, which had focused on the first half of 2015, perhaps as early as April.

During the end of a guest spot Tuesday on Channel 9, Microsoft's online television channel, White did not specify the second half of the year, saying only "later in 2015." But she did mention that the next version of Office would go through Microsoft's typical testing process, including TAP (Technology Adoption Program) and a beta, with the latter presumably available to the general public.

TAP builds are pre-beta, and restricted to an invite-only group that's usually composed of Microsoft's larger corporate customers.

If Microsoft makes its target of the second half of next year, the upgrade would be on the same schedule as the last several editions, which have been released about two-and-a-half-years apart. Office 2013, for example, reached what Microsoft calls "general availability" in January 2013, while Office 2010 and Office 2007 made that milestone in June 2010 and January 2007, respectively.

The next office, code named Office 16, would carry the official label of Office 2016 if Microsoft follows convention.

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Mozilla Firefox 33.0.1

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:56 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows | Linux | Mac OS X

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Amazon Unveils $39 Fire TV Stick

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:53 PM - by Reverend
Amazon on Monday unveiled the Fire Stick, a $39 dongle that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV, and offers access to movies, TV shows, music, photos, apps, and games. That includes popular video and music services like Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, WatchESPN, NBA Game Time, Twitch, Showtime Anytime, Prime Music, Spotify, Pandora, Vevo, Plex, A&E, PBS, PBS KIDS, Watch Disney Channel, and YouTube.

The device basically offers the same experience of the Amazon Fire TV , introduced less than seven months ago, in a smaller package, Amazon said.

On the gaming front, you'll be able to play titles like Monsters University, Ski Safari, and Flappy Birds Family, with more games being added each week. Fire Stick is also like having a virtual movie store in your living room, with more than 200,000 movies and TV episodes available to rent or purchase.

You can also wirelessly mirror your phone or tablet display to your TV from Amazon Fire tablets and Fire phone as well as Miracast-enabled devices from Motorola, Samsung, LG, and Google. It also features Amazon's Whispersync technology, which saves and syncs your music and video library across all of your devices so you can start watching on your phone or tablet and pick up on your TV where you left off.

Fire TV stick is available for pre-order today on Amazon's website and will start shipping out Nov. 19. Amazon Prime members who pre-order in the next two days can get it for $19. If you're not an Amazon Prime (or Netflix) member yet, you can get a 30-day trial of Netflix and Amazon Prime when you purchase the Fire TV Stick.

PC Magazine
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Microsoft to slash Xbox One by $50 until year's end

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:51 PM - by Reverend
Starting November 2, Microsoft will offer a temporary $50 price cut across its Xbox One line in the US, until the end of the year. The company said in a statement the Xbox One model that comes with the Kinect motion camera accessory will retail for $449, down from $499. The standalone Xbox One without Kinect will sell for $349 from its earlier $399 price tag. Microsoft says other regions may have specific promotional offers, including possible price cuts; the company already implemented a similar strategy in the UK. The price drop will also affect the consoles Microsoft sells with games included in the box.

The changes mean the entry-level Xbox One will gain a new feature as well: A price nearly 13 percent lower than Sony's PlayStation 4. That video game console, which was released a week before the Xbox One last November, has outsold the Xbox One in the US for nine straight months this year, according to industry watcher NPD Group.

The price cut comes at a crucial time. Most of the video game industry's highest profile new games are released during this time, including installments from best selling franchises like the military-style shooting games Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as action adventure titles like Assassin's Creed.

Microsoft's strategy is also different from Sony, its primary competitor. That company has hammered out deals to ensure PlayStation 4 owners can get specialized access to storylines and features for popular games, a strategy the company says makes its device more appealing.

Microsoft has focused more on appealing to consumers' wallets to gain ground. In March, the company gave away a popular new space-age shooting game called Titanfall for free when consumers bought a new Xbox One. In May, when Microsoft announced the Kinect-less Xbox One, it sweetened the deal for its Xbox Live Gold social network for gamers, giving gamers two free downloadable titles each month to those... [Read More]
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