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Media Center remains a tumultuous, and rumor ridden component of Windows 8

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The media is in a knot this morning over a bit of back and forth confusion surrounding Windows 8, its beta (to be called a ‘consumer preview’), and the existence of Media Center as part of the operating system. We’re here to clear this up for you. Here’s the skinny,...
Media Center remains a tumultuous, and rumor ridden component of Windows 8

The Value of Making Reading Hard

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Maybe cognitive friction in our reading experiences -- be it in typeface choice or annotation mechanism -- is a good thing. One of the really tough questions to answer in relation to any technology is: When do you make something easy and when do you make it hard? This problem...
The Value of Making Reading Hard
Video: This Isn’t The iPad 3… But We Can Dream, Right?

Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox will reportedly drop disc drives, launching in 2013

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Microsoft has stayed quiet on its plans to launch a successor to its wildly popular Xbox 360 console, but a new report today has suggested that the company will do away with the traditional disc drive for its next-generation console and launch in 2013. Well-known gaming website MCV revealed that...
Microsoft’s next-gen Xbox will reportedly drop disc drives, launching in 2013

This 'Marry Me' video only feeds my existential crisis | Sunny Hundal

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We are all moved by love and amateur dancing, but seeing other people's lavish marriage proposals is making me feel inadequateThis video turned up on my Facebook feed the other day, as is de rigueur, and I watched with much amusement. As I got into it, my amusement turned into...
This 'Marry Me' video only feeds my existential crisis | Sunny Hundal

Tor rips up the rulebook on digital rights management

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Authors, agents and retailers welcome science fiction publisher's announcement that its entire ebook list is to become DRM-freeTor, the world's biggest science fiction publisher and home to authors including Orson Scott Card, China Miéville and Cory Doctorow, has shaken publishing with the news that its entire list of ebooks is...
Tor rips up the rulebook on digital rights management

Nikon pushes out D4, D800 firmware update, fixes lock-up issues and other bugs

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It wasn't long ago that we heard about the "lock-up" woes D4 and D800 owners were experiencing on their shiny new shooters, but luckily for them, Nikon just outed a fix to take care of those issues. Aside from solving the aforementioned annoyance, the firmware update (B:1.01) also mends...
Nikon pushes out D4, D800 firmware update, fixes lock-up issues and other bugs

How to hide emails from government snooping

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Despite coalition proposals to monitor public email, there remain numerous free or low-cost methods to keep messages privateYou already know how to keep messages private: you just encrypt the contents using a password. But although this kind of technology has been freely available to PC users since Phil Zimmermann launched...
How to hide emails from government snooping

Google and the death of beta testing

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In the last week, there have been not one, but two exploits that could give a malicious individual access to your Google Wallet mobile payment app on Android. While the first is a root-only hack that Google couldn’t really be expected to plan for, the second affects all Android users...
Google and the death of beta testing

Why People Should Chill Out About Targeted Advertising

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The other day, I was reading a news article when a skyscraper banner ad to the right of the story caught my eye. It was for a particular bass guitar, which was for sale on Amazon. I happen to be in the market for a new bass, and this model...
Why People Should Chill Out About Targeted Advertising

Business-Focused Ad Startup Bizo Launches Self-Serve Retargeting

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Startup Bizo tries to help advertisers reach a business audience using methods like retargeting. Now it’s making those retargeting capabilities available in a self-serve product. For anyone who needs a refresher on the nomenclature, if you visit a website but failed to sign up or buy anything, then see ads...
Business-Focused Ad Startup Bizo Launches Self-Serve Retargeting

THIS is the Anthem of the 30 Somethings. An absolute must watch…

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Hey, I’m young and running my day in this fashion, but you aren’t. You’re in your thirties. All this new stuff online is more annoyance than salvation. That’s alright. I love you. You are important, as a consumer. You keep doctors in business. Hello mortgage refinancing! I respect you. But you have...
THIS is the Anthem of the 30 Somethings. An absolute must watch…

Tor Listens To Authors And Readers And Ditches DRM

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We have said quite a bit about the perils of DRM and how many in the entertainment industry still insist on its use despite the fact that it is pointless as a deterrent to piracy and only leads to frustration for paying customers. Recently, we spoke about how DRM is...
Tor Listens To Authors And Readers And Ditches DRM

How Two Startups Are Joining Forces To Fix the Mobile Silo Problem

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For most small game studios, designing for the iPhone and Android is a major pain point. Double Fine, the studio that made waves in February for its insanely record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, has found a clever solution via a partnership with Zipline Games, a Seattle-based gaming company that offers a mix...
How Two Startups Are Joining Forces To Fix the Mobile Silo Problem

Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android updates with easier conversation switching

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If you’re a fan of chatting with your Facebook friends via the iOS or Android versions of its Messenger app, today you’ll get some good news. There’s now an easier way to switch between conversations, via in-app notifications of new messages. The Facebook Messenger app has only been around for...
Facebook Messenger for iOS and Android updates with easier conversation switching

Macmillan’s Tor/Forge goes DRM-free

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Macmillan science fiction/fantasy imprint Tor/Forge — the publisher of titles like Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game” — will sell its e-books DRM-free as of “early July 2012,” the company announced today. “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time,” said Tor/Forge president and publisher Tom...
Macmillan’s Tor/Forge goes DRM-free

Using SPDY on Your Web Server

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Google's SPDY protocol offers several advantages over serving traffic via HTTP/HTTPS. But, if you want to use SPDY, you're going to have to take a few additional steps to set it up. The good thing is that if you happen to be using Apache on recent Debian or RPM-based...
Using SPDY on Your Web Server

Man who abused wife on Facebook escapes jail

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American man threatened with jail unless he posted daily apologies for a month on Facebook appeals, citing loss of free speechA man in the US who posted negative comments about his estranged wife on his Facebook page and was threatened with jail unless he posted daily apologies for a month...
Man who abused wife on Facebook escapes jail

Now That Taxis Will Have Cellphone Charging Stations, So Should Everyone Else

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Today, Nissan revealed a prototype for its new-fangled NV200 van, which was selected by the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission last year to transform existing fleets with the "Taxi of Tomorrow." The cabs will feature a "low-annoyance horn," more leg room, a skylight, odor-reducing fabric, and sliding doors...
Now That Taxis Will Have Cellphone Charging Stations, So Should Everyone Else

Diablo III digital purchases can be limited for up to 72 hours

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Say what you will about Blizzard, but the company seems committed to trying to protect the sanctity and security of the Diablo III experience, sometimes to the annoyance of legitimate players. The company's latest effort to prevent in-game fraud involves restricting players who purchase the downloadable "Digital Edition" of the...
Diablo III digital purchases can be limited for up to 72 hours

Exploited Display Bug Lets LCDs Show Two Images Simultaneously

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Researchers have turned a display annoyance into a way to show two different images simultaneously. When an LCD is tilted, colors change and become difficult to......
Exploited Display Bug Lets LCDs Show Two Images Simultaneously

Macmillan subsidiary Tor/Forge to sell DRM-free ebooks in July

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Tom Doherty Associates, which published books under the Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen imprints, has announced that it will begin publishing ebooks without DRM beginning in July. The change was apparently much-requested, perhaps because (as Tor put it) its audience is "a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM...
Macmillan subsidiary Tor/Forge to sell DRM-free ebooks in July

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Why We’re Definitely in a Bubble

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Mr. Webb Bubbles bubbles bubbles! The talk continues. Last week the anti-bubble camp was in the ascendency. First we had a massive bubble debate on Branch.com (disclosure: I am an investor in Branch), featuring some of the best minds on the internet: Anil Dash, Dave McClure, Paul Kedrosky, Chris Sacca,...
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Why We’re Definitely in a Bubble

Canada’s ContactMonkey Raises $800k To Make Sharing Contact Info Online Less Painful

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Where are all my Canadian startups at? I know you guys exist (Hey, Halfbot!), but I feel like we hardly hear from our friends north of the border. Maybe we ought to send Trevor up there for some good ol’ fashion ambassadorial work. Speaking of Canada: Toronto’s own ContactMonkey...
Canada’s ContactMonkey Raises $800k To Make Sharing Contact Info Online Less Painful
Linus Torvalds: 'fuck you, Nvidia' for not supporting Linux
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Tor Books to release only DRM-free e-books

arstechnica.com
On Tuesday, Tom Doherty Associates, which publishes Tor Books, the world's largest science fiction imprint, announced that it would be making all of its e-books available in a DRM-free format by early July 2012. The move comes just six weeks after the United States Department of Justice filed an...
Tor Books to release only DRM-free e-books

Twitter recognizes issue with mobile app displaying images, promises fix in next build

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If you’re an every day user of Twitter’s official mobile app you may be noticing some inconsistencies when it comes to displaying photos that your followers post. Basically, every now and then when you view a tweet that has a photo hosted by Twitter by way of its partnership with...
Twitter recognizes issue with mobile app displaying images, promises fix in next build

6 things I want to see in iOS 6

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WWDC is right around the corner, and with the likely preview of iOS 6 planned for the opening-day keynote, here’s a list of the things I want to see out of the latest mobile operating system from Apple. Refined notifications iOS 5’s Notification Center completely revamped the way notifications are handled...
6 things I want to see in iOS 6
× Just a test of the new info bar. What do you think?