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Xbox One games will require internet ‘spot checks’, but Microsoft won’t charge to authenticate used games
Does the Xbox One actually require an internet connection? Will used game buyers or sellers have to pay an extra fee? Microsoft hasn’t made it clear, but a report at Polygon now claims that the answers are “yes” and “no” respectively. According to the publication’s sources, Xbox One games will phone home to Microsoft servers on a regular basis to verify that their users own the games. If you buy a used title, however, Polygon claims that you won’t have to pay Microsoft for a fresh license to the game.
Simply popping in the game disc and installing it will reportedly establish lawful ownership as far as Microsoft’s servers are concerned. When you install the game on your Xbox One, you’ll be deauthenticating it on the previous owner’s…
We’re just days away from Nokia’s Mobile World Congress event and we’re starting to see the first signs of new Lumias. Earlier today Lumia 720 and 520 images leaked, but now a new device has passed through FCC checks. Named as the RM-860, we understand this is Nokia’s Laser device for Verizon. The FCC lists LTE bands 4 and 13, inline with the required support for Verizon.
The team over at AdDuplex, who provide ads for Windows Phone apps, revealed to The Verge today that it has spotted instances of the RM-860 being tested on Verizon through its logs recently. AdDuplex says the device has the same screen resolution as the Lumia 920 (1280×768), one that’s particularly unique for Windows Phone 8 devices. We’re told that Nokia’s Laser will…
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The cleaning efforts at Fukushima’s nuclear center are been peppered with robotics: packbots, a refitted TALON, even a UAV – however Toshiba figures it can make use of a minimum of one even more. The firm’s contribution is understood only as the Quadruped walking robotic, and it looks somewhat like Boston Dynamics’ AlphaDog. Shuffling along on 4 double-jointed legs, the Quadruped can pass through patchy landscapes and stairs at 0.6 mph, and is capable of exploring uninhabitable and irradiated locations for 2 hours before calling for a recharge. A 2nd robot trips on the Quadruped’s back, and can easily discover tight rooms for up to an hour when tethered to the its coach. Toshiba is equipping the duo with cameras and radiation dosimeters, and intends to use them to help officials survey the damages in the plant’s deadlier corners. Have a look at the device’s official press exhibition in the video clip after the break.
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Apple Supply Checks Indicate In-Store Accessibility For iPhone 5 Improving In Time For Vacation Sales
Apple is aggressively ramping up its iPhone 5 supply chain in order to make sure that customers looking for the smartphone can get their hands on it easily and quickly come the holidays, according to stock checks and supply analysis conducted by Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster (via Fortune). The analyst and his team conducted nightly checks of supplies at 100 Apple Stores in the U.S., and found that stock levels have improved significantly during the past 10 days, with availability of AT&T and Verizon climbing fast, and Sprint also remaining consistent after having risen previously.
Apple also recently improved the availability of its iPhone 5 models via its online store to two weeks, a slight but significant improvement from the 2-3 weeks it has been promising since earlier in November. Based on current availability trends, Piper Jaffray estimates that Apple will have same-day stock of iPhone 5s in most stores within two weeks, Munster concludes in the note he issued to investors Wednesday.
The last few years have been tremendously successful for Apple in terms of holiday iPhone sales, culminating in banner years in 2010 and 2011 thanks to the new fall release schedule for iPhones, which used to go on sale beginning in June. For Apple to continue to capitalize on holiday shopper appetite for its latest smartphone, the company needed to address supply bottlenecks and reported issues with manufacturing partners in order to make sure that customers shopping for the iPhone 5 could find it in stores and online. Supply chain optimization is one of CEO Tim Cook’s specialties, and it seems like the efforts he and his company have taken so far will indeed help make sure everyone who wants to give an iPhone 5 as a gift this year should be able to.
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Google Play silently updated its tool accessibility web page over the weekend, making the Nexus 7 available to Germany, France and Spain. Client Europeans can now choose up Mountain View’s seven-inch wonderkind’s 8GB and 16GB designs for & euro; 199 and & euro; 249, respectively. Conversion rates relatively price the slate at about $ 248 and $ 311, meaning the new markets will need to suffer a small premium for the slate. Much worse still, is that not all of Google Play’s services are offered worldwide, with both Play New music and Journals maintaining United States exclusivity. If you can bear with the nuisances, nonetheless, one fine little tablet waits for.
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When Comcast announced that its Xfinity app for Xbox 360 wouldn’t count against its internet subscriber’s data caps, it got an earful from net neutrality advocates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Senator Al Franken. Now, The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Department of Justice has stepped in, investigating cable companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable, among others, to see if they’re acting unfairly towards online video services. More specifically, the DOJ is investigating if Comcast’s Xbox application violates antitrust agreements the company made when it took over NBCUniversal in 2011, the very same issue that Senator Al Franken brought up early last month. In May, Comcast claimed it was complying with net neutrality…
While feverishly revamping Flash with the all-new Next version — to keep HTML5 from killing it — Adobe is still plugging the current incarnation with smaller updates. To that end, Flash 11.3 just popped out of beta, which sees the company add a few notable goodies for the beleaguered plugin. On top of filling seven critical security holes, Adobe added a background updating feature for Mac OS X and signed the code in preparation for compatibility with Mountain Lion. That way it’ll align it with the upcoming Gatekeeper feature in the next OS X release, though you’ll have to dial its max security down one notch to get it. Lastly, sandboxing — already in Chrome — has been tacked on to Firefox as well, slowing hackers by isolating the plugin from critical system processes. All that fresh duct tape and polyfill should keep Flash rattling along — until Adobe can pull the gleaming Next platform out of the hangar. Meanwhile, click the source for the download links.
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If you’re one of those people who actually believes that Facebook is going to start charging users tomorrow, you’re probably going to want to skip this post. LazyTruth is working on a Gmail widget — something that could’ve easily been borne out of Google Labs — that will automatically vet your messages and determine if they’re full of viral misinformation. When it detects specific unique phrases that are consistent with known fallacies, it immediately circles back to Snopes.com and Factcheck.org (a pair of myth busting portals, if you couldn’t guess) to provide original source links and even rebuttals. It seems like it could be a great way to make us all even
lazier more efficient when it comes to debunking some of the wilder rumors that tend to affect our most gullible friends. Of course, given that there’s no set release date just yet, perhaps the source link could use a scrubbing itself. We kid… we think.
We’ve heard of “making it rain,” but actually making it rain — with lasers, no less — now, that’s something to write home about. A team of researchers at the University of Geneva is coming ever closer to creating real-deal downpours by shooting beams from their Teramobile mobile femtosecond-Terawatt laser system into the sky above the Rhone River. While logging nearly 133 hours between the fall of 2009 and spring of 2010, the team observed that the beams actually triggered the creation of nitric acid particles, which bound water molecules together creating water droplets. Those droplets proved too small and light to actually be categorized as rain, but the discovery has apparently spurred the scientists on. Previous efforts to make it rain, known as seeding, have used rockets and jets to shoot silver iodide and dry ice into the sky. No word yet on when the scientists expect to successfully “wash the spider out.”
This Monday marked the 15th anniversary of the birth of Hotmail. That July 4th launch date is no coincidence — the service’s founders intended its release to highlight the symbolism of its independence from more traditional e-mail models. The following year, the service would be snatched up by Microsoft and housed under the software giant’s MSN umbrella. The subsequent years haven’t always been easy for the brand, thanks in part to competition from Yahoo and Google-owned services. In 2007, the service fired back, revamping and rebranding itself as Windows Live Hotmail. It’s been a decade and a half of ups and downs, but the webmail service continues to be one of the most widely used in the world. Got any Hotmail-related memories? Please share them in the comments below.
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