Posts Tagged ‘Offline’
If you thrive on Google Play Music’s radio stations but would love if they kept playing while you’re away from an internet connection, congratulations — Google has just granted your wish. An Android app update rolling out today lets you pin whole…
Tonight’s fun NSA revelation comes courtesy of the New York Times, reporting on an agency program to access and alter data on computers that aren’t connected to the internet. Cherry picked from the NSA’s tool kit of developments — often used to bug …
Xbox Music landed on iOS with a big splash, but the absence of offline playback hurt its appeal for frequent flyers and anyone else whose internet access isn’t guaranteed. That won’t be a problem now that Microsoft has updated the app with offline …
Yearning for more from BlackBerry 10′s Evernote experience? You got it. The service just updated its native BB10 app with improved performance, more security and a small collection of overdue features. Namely, Evernote has given users the ability to …
Microsoft is having trouble updating machines to Windows RT 8.1. The company has taken the update offline, preventing people from upgrading their RT devices. In a statement published on Microsoft’s support forms, the company says it is “investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store.” Microsoft hasn’t specified what the issue is, but a number of reports suggest that a problem that has causeed some machines to have their boot data damaged during the update is to blame. Affected machines are unusable until repaired using a recovery drive. There’s no word how long the update will be…
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When Microsoft acquired Nokia’s devices and services business, it left the Here maps platform behind. However, that doesn’t mean it’s been abandoned. In fact, the Finnish company announced today that the mapping service will receive an update that will allow for incremental updates to offline maps. This means that whenever there’s an update to only a portion of a map, users can download just that part instead of the whole map all over again. This should hopefully lead to less data consumed and a faster upgrade overall. Nokia is rolling out the update starting today for all Windows Phone 8 devices that have the latest firmware. No word yet on whether Here will be updated for Android and iOS, but seeing as the company just signed over a huge part of their business to Microsoft, we’re not surprised they’re giving first dibs to the OS from Redmond.
Source: Nokia Conversations
The US federal government ceased most operations just after midnight on October 1st, 2013, as a divided Congress failed to reach a compromise for continued funding. NASA, the Department of Health and Human services, and other hi-tech agencies are largely frozen until further notice, except for critical services. With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives holding fast in their attempt to block funding for the President’s health care reform effort, no clear end is in sight for the first full government shutdown in 17 years. Follow the effects here.
Protesters have been using Twitter and Facebook to organize.
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Sudan’s government is widely suspected of abruptly cutting off the country's internet Wednesday in an effort to stop protests from spreading across the country.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets across Sudan in recent weeks, most of them using Twitter and Facebook to organize. Using the hashtags #ابينا and #sudanrevolts, to spread the word, organizers said they have managed to circumvent the country's infamous security forces.
“We used the methods we saw used in Egypt and Tunisia. We know we too deserve the chance to show the world that we deserve democracy,” said one activist, who reached out to BuzzFeed last week via email. “This has spread beyond our imagination, the Sudanese people want this.”
The Sudanese government would not verify that it had shut down the country’s internet, and activists in Sudan could not be reached Wednesday for confirmation. On Twitter, some reported reaching family members through text messages:
YouTube’s Android app added the ability to watch precached videos (while still online) last summer, but Google’s video streaming unit isn’t stopping there. A post tonight on its Partners & Creators informed video makers that viewing of stored videos with no internet connection is coming soon. According to the blog the feature is coming to its mobile apps — following up on the recent updates on Android and iOS — in November, and will let viewers store videos for disconnected viewing for a “short time.” We don’t know if that consists of minutes, hours or days at a time but we’ll keep an eye out for more details — perhaps this is what the team that used to work on video responses has been up to.
Source: YouTube Creators Blog
Electronic Arts is a mainstay in the game industry. From early days on the PC, pre-game consoles, to its current role as one of the world’s largest game companies, the EA name’s been synonymous with gaming. To stay in such a position, the publisher’s had to adapt to changing trends in gaming, as games moved from home PCs to game consoles, and now to the internet. The next console generation is no exception, with EA promising two of its largest franchises — Battlefield and FIFA — for the launch of both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this holiday. And that’s to say nothing of EA’s investment in a nascent game studio composed of the people responsible for the Call of Duty franchise, Respawn Entertainment — a pretty major coup considering that those folks previously worked at EA’s main competitor, Activision.
It’s with all this in mind that we sat down to speak with EA Chief Operations Officer Peter Moore at Gamescom 2013, not long after Moore held press attention captive in an hour-long presentation. He said his company’s current dedication to online functionality in its games is unmatched: “We don’t ship a game at EA that is offline,” he told us, an echo of his competition’s claims about the next generation of game consoles. Head below the break for a lengthy discussion with Moore on all things gaming in 2013.