Last night I was elated after hearing Sony announce not just the price of the new Playstation 4 (a paltry $399) but their steadfast commitment to consumers – the PS4 was going to support used games! As I’m likely to do after most great evenings, this morning I awoke a little bleary-eyed, tired, dehydrated, and still excited. Sony had not only watched their main opponent … Continue reading Let’s talk XBOne and PS4 – no one got it right
About a year ago, you may recall hearing that Twitter had acquired Posterous Spaces. Twitter has been on a tear buying up platforms like Posterous and Tweetdeck for quite some time now, to get rid of competition, to quell the growth of features they deem “not official”, to add features they need to stay competitive (Vine, for example, and its bid for Instagram), and, it has … Continue reading Posterous is dead, save your account!
This morning the internet was beside itself; as part of Google’s ongoing paring down of their “side” projects, Google announced that they will be pulling the plug on Google Reader effective July 1st. The announcement was immediately met with the ire and scorn of nerds everywhere. For the uninitiated, RSS readers are an aggregate of the items and updates from around the internet packaged neatly … Continue reading The Death of Google Reader May Breathe New Life Into Digg
Here’s a big “duh!” moment for local police – Watch what you do online! It’s no secret that law enforcement officials have turned to social media to “investigate” crimes. As long as criminals are stupid enough to plan their crimes on Facebook, Twitter, or wherever it is that they share such intimacies, police will continue to monitor social networking sites – however blurry the lines … Continue reading Big Brother’s Watching: FBI warns Police to monitor THEIR social activity
But by no means was this intentional, the report from NBC News indicates that the gaffe was a result of an unobservant web designer using an ‘xx.xx.xx’ placeholder for the Foreign Language Movies section in the iTunes Store. The timing of the flub may be worse than the actual error – on the iTunes Store’s first day opening in Russia. As has been made perfectly … Continue reading Porn in Russia’s iTunes Store
Back when Instagram announced that its sale to Facebook was a done deal, they made a rather lofty promise that their acquisition meant “a better Instagram for everyone.” Today, many Twitter users have noticed that Instagram previews on their time lines appear either cropped or off-center; an annoyance sure, but why? Twitter has officially confirmed the issue with Instagram posts on their site and in … Continue reading Instagram blocks Twitter; is this “a better Instagram for everyone?”
A while back we warned you about those drunk tweets and questionable Facebook status updates you’ve been posting; not because we’re easily offended or anything, but just in case you were looking for a job (or were a university applicant) and those assholes they required you to give up your social media passwords as part of the hiring process. We thought it was a lousy policy … Continue reading California passes privacy law protecting your drunk tweets/Facebook updates
A couple of days ago, Samsung wowed the tech world by managing to keep a secret and unveiled the first official Windows Phone 8 device – beating Microsoft’s hardware partner, Nokia, to the punch. Now it looks like Nokia’s handset may have been outed a week before their big announcement in New York City. The image below comes from Twitter and is supposed to be … Continue reading Have Nokia’s new Lumia phones been leaked?
It’s been an odd week. Team Fortress Mann vs Machine was released, and it’s quite fun if you can find a match. The Engineering Team behind Curiosity did an AMA. While simultaneously being smart, witty and awesome, these engineers went fairly in-depth about the Mars rover Curiosity, including what programming language they use, and what their favorite tool on the rover is. Hint, it’s … Continue reading Roundup: Week of Wonder
Suffice to say that the world at large is paying a lot more attention to Twitter these days. From keeping up with famous people to breaking news, Twitter has become the defacto source for quick news-ish updates. This being an election year in the US means that we must find a way to turn our beloved time-killer into a prophetic source of calling an election … Continue reading Twitter is our new opinion poll
Good morning, dudes and dudettes. I’ve started the roundup early, so be prepared to have your face filled with news. Sponsor a Zombie from Timothy W. Stevens on Vimeo. Day-Z becomes standalone. Day-Z, the incredibly popular mod for the Arma II combat simulator from Bohemia Interactive, has been given the green-light by Bohemia for stand alone development. Arma II is a pretty realistic shooter that’s … Continue reading Roundup: Standalone Zombies
There’s a fair bit of fun news today, all of which you should read while listening to Michael Bolton sing whatever the hell he feels like during a rap chorus. “Technology Issue” sends stock prices on roller coaster ride. There are a multitude of people who think automated trading is a bad idea, citing unfairness or the threat of a glitch screwing up everyone’s monies. … Continue reading Roundup: Awkward Chorus
Welcome to the Noisecast roundup for July 31, 2012. Almost all of this news will be irrelephant by next week. Unlike this song. Final Fantasy III will be an OUYA launch title. Square Enix enjoys re-releasing this title. In 2006, they remade it for the Nintendo DS. Now it seems that they’ll re-re-release it for the OUYA when that launches early next year. OUYA, by … Continue reading Roundup: Party Rock
In a huge (and hugely upsetting) ruling, a Manhattan judge has ruled that Twitter must hand over the tweets of Malcolm Harris, an Occupy Wall Street demonstrator that was arrested following Occupy’s march on the Brooklyn Bridge in October of last year. The ruling is a devastating blow to people’s right to privacy in the online world but there are some caveats in the ruling. According NBC’s … Continue reading Judge rules Twitter has to give up Occupier’s tweets
ASUS @ASUS The rear looks pretty nice. So does the new Transformer AIO.#Computex2012 The tweet heard ’round the world. Just as the New York Times managed to put its foot in its proverbial mouth after they very incorrectly claimed that “men invented the internet;” ASUS apparently hoped to double down on the Times’ assertion and further alienate women in tech. The offending tweet (shown above with … Continue reading ASUS gets a foot in their ‘rear’