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Apple Officializes Purchase of Motion-Sensor Firm PrimeSense

Goffee71 Re:Where will the 3D sensors show up first? (65 comments)

I guess you don't mean lawyers doing dance battles to Psy's latest remix during coffee breaks... since everyone will have a bunch of sensor patents that they want to wave at each other.

1 year,12 hours
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Earth-buzzing Asteroid Would Be Worth $195B If We Could Catch It

Goffee71 Re:Doggy Dollars.... (265 comments)

That's one of biggest misuses of the would "could" in marketing history. I'm sure your dog would come out richer, their claim with no basis on observed or measurable reality is a (cool, admittedly), wild-ass guess. At least we know what's in a car.

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Kindle Fire Surfaces

Goffee71 It could be powered by ants for all users care... (521 comments)

It could run on small insects fed on sugar drops and users wouldn't care - so touting it as an Android-powered device seems to be something Amazon is trying to avoid, this is purely a media consumption device... the same goes for the spec, users don't care as long as it feeds them content well. http://www.cmswire.com/cms/mobile/amazons-199-kindle-fire-to-spark-the-tablet-market-012847.php

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Reveals More Windows 8 Details

Goffee71 Looking good for such early code... (538 comments)

If it really does work across Intel, ARM, tablet and desktop as seamlessly as the demos show, then I'm sold. I like the low memory usage on older systems and Metro will be a barrel of laughs. Downloading the public developer code when it goes live today (http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-20/microsofts-build-conference-windows-8-blowout-bldwin-012681.php)

more than 3 years ago
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Gut-Check Time For Windows 8, Microsoft

Goffee71 Re:Yes, but don't abandon Windows 8... (516 comments)

Yep, but how about laptops with detachable screens that become tablets - that's the future for people who need a keyboard.

more than 3 years ago
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Security Expert Slams Google+ Pseudonym Policy

Goffee71 When the brand-name friendly version hits... (373 comments)

... surely all of this is pretty much irrelevant. Google has said they're working on it (http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-20/google-for-business-is-on-the-way-012111.php) so then, unless there really is a Mr. Coca Cola, or Senor Adi Das, things should happen just as they do on Facebook. Of course, making that work in the Circles paradigm might be rather fun.

more than 3 years ago
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Hands On With the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook

Goffee71 Prefer the Acer... (154 comments)

.. . which comes with HDMI-out (http://t.co/ivtOtUR) so you can at least do stuff on a big-screen and enjoy movies properly

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Buying Skype for $8.5B

Goffee71 Re:Alternatives? (605 comments)

You want Viber (http://t.co/wcE4frR) if you're after a mobile app which offers better voice quality, and is iPhone/Android with others coming soon.

more than 3 years ago
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Facebook Wants To Buy Skype

Goffee71 Flee the evil ones and switch to Viber? (192 comments)

Don't worry, once Skype becomes part of an evil empire, if it isn't already, there's always Viber (http://t.co/wcE4frR for iPhone and now in beta for Android) to tide you over with HD voice and messaging...

more than 3 years ago
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PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

Goffee71 Re:Sony's Silence says it all (404 comments)

Oh, Sony takes that very minute to make full confession:

Press the NUKE button now!

Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services. We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding a compromise of personal information as a result of an illegal intrusion on our systems. These malicious actions have also had an impact on your ability to enjoy the services provided by PlayStation Network and Qriocity including online gaming and online access to music, movies, sports and TV shows. We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.

We’re working day and night to ensure it is done as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and feedback.



Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer: We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:

Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services; Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable. Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained. For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well. To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it: U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228. We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus place a “fraud alert” on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however, that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you, it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report, please contact any one of the agencies listed below. Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013 Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241 TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division, P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790 You may wish to visit the web site of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General, and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone (877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202; telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us. We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any additional questions. Sincerely, Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Net

more than 2 years ago
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Nintendo Announces Wii Successor for 2012

Goffee71 Re:Can't wait (287 comments)

Get 'em quick! Its amazing how the prices of GameCube classics shot up when they became Wii collectables. Time to start hoarding. wii2roundup.blogspot.com

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's Xbox To Have Streaming TV Service?

Goffee71 Could have had iPlayer years ago (131 comments)

MS's dumb insistence on not letting the awesome BBC iPlayer on Xbox in the UK shows how late and asshat backwards the company is here. Plus, after the Sony hack/outage (http://t.co/GRQ1QIk) are these walled gardens really to be trusted anymore? Why would I risk my entertainment in one zone that can be crippled for a week or longer?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft and Nokia Finally Sign Definitive Agreement

Goffee71 Re:Who are they reaching out to? (95 comments)

I'm sure there are many developers starting out who would rather be a decent-sized fish in a smaller pond (with potential to grow) rather than drown in the morass of iOS apps. As for Nokia, the company is still huge (http://www.cmswire.com/cms/enterprise-20/applenokia-report-earnings-a-game-of-two-halves-010961.php) and I hope this works for them but I wonder if the market has moved on?

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon Denies Skynet's Involvement In AWS Outage

Goffee71 Latest from Amazon and Sony (99 comments)

The likes of Foursquare and Quora are back up, reddit in emergency mode with regards to Amazon, but if you read the feeds due to wide repeats of old news, it could be perceived not to have improved... No sign of life from Sony (and some bad PR by not doing regular updates) but they now admit it could be hackers - http://t.co/C0X2rXu

more than 3 years ago
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RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation

Goffee71 Re:obvious? (278 comments)

I'm guessing this was spurred on by the anger about Amazon's new cloudy-storage/Android music-player-thingy (http://bit.ly/ifaGS7) - It shows a degree of ignorance that only the very wealthy can afford.
just wonder how long they'll be wealthy for?

more than 3 years ago
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Firefox 5 Details: Sharing, Home Tab, PDF Viewer

Goffee71 Why not just call it RockMelt 2 and be done? (453 comments)

Or, there's always that pesky IE9 upstart? But RockMelt (and FlocK) are at least trying to be brave and bold - PDFs are not a feature to brag about.

more than 3 years ago

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PlayStation Mobile title Life of Pixel take you through gaming history

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Goffee71 writes "PlayStation Mobile is a young format for Sony's Vita and certain Android phones, but has produced some corking games from indie developers so far. One game, out next week, could really appeal to old-time gamers.

Life of Pixel is a homage to old-school platforming that takes you across the golden ages of video games. As the titular hero, you explore levels looking for a better life beyond your blocky form.

Can you tie the screens to the console/computer? They are from: Atari 2600, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC2, Nintendo Game Boy and Sinclair (Timex) ZX Spectrum."

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Google Sunsetting PostRank.com on Tuesday

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Goffee71 writes "The last post has blown for PostRank, with the company confirming the "sunsetting" of its popular social media analytics service, which Google brought last June, with users being advised to switch to Google Analytics instead. "I am going to be sick," was one comment at the time of the buyout — sickbags being passed around now."
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Sony Rips Open Launch Line-Up for PS Vita in Japan

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Goffee71 writes "Importers, can you get a PS Vita from Japan to my door from the launch date of December 17 in time for Christmas? Sony has given the date, the prices, the pre-pay 3G plans and those all important games for the PSV launch."
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MSDN Windows 8 Blog Points to A Brave New World

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Goffee71 writes "Microsoft has opened up a Windows 8 blog on MSDN that will play host to all the developer and user news as the next Windows OS approaches maturity. With the next big reveal due at BUILD in September, start reading now for some honest opinions from MS's Steve Sinofsky"
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PS Vita's New Games/Features Rocking GamesCom

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Goffee71 writes "Sony's PS Vita seems to have it all; social networking, fun apps and PS3 quality games in the palm of the hand. Users got their first chance to play with it today and, while it won't be released until early 2012 in the west, the momentum is building to make it the major 2012 hardware launch short of a miraculous PS4 or X720 release. Catch all the latest game/app screens and video here."
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New Sony PSN in Final Testing

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Goffee71 writes "Sony has announced on its PlayStation blog that the new, improved, impervious to attack, PSN system is undergoing final testing and should start coming back up soon.

Spokesmaniac Kevin Butler has been remarkably quiet about the situation, we really should wait until we hear his side of the story before laughing Sony out of court."

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Skyfire Flash-Enabled Browser Coming to iPad

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "Skyfire proved a hit on the iPhone and an improved version is coming to the iPad but will people really splash out for an extra browser? The new features include Facebook Connect and other social additions, not a million miles away from what Rockmelt offers, without the natty sidebars — is the browser wars ready for a reboot and is Skyfire prepared for the demand this time?"
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Oliver Stone Invests in Online Video

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "Movie Director Oliver Stone casts his lens in a different direction, investing in an online video platform, Vzaar. The company is aiming upmarket at professionals after starting out selling to eBay users. If nothing else, the company gets a great video advert featuring the man himself; Vzaar is one of those lightning bolts that hit me right between the eyes." Stone commented. Vzaar's system helps users create custom players and content sizes, including HD, and compile playlists and analytics. Content can be run on the user's site with various storage options across a range of price points."
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LibreOffice Talks About the Breakaway from Oracle

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "Breaking up is never easy to do, but the split between Oracle and the new LibreOffice team has been one of the more traumatic recent events in IT. CMSWire asked the new team's Italo Vignoli what went on behind the scenes and what can we expect to see now from Libre/OpenOffice.

Example Q: Did the process of separation feel like a "rush for the exits" or was it a hard decision for some people?

A: It has been a hard decision for most people, as they have been instrumental for building the OOo brand in most countries. We still believe in OOo, although we do not believe in a corporate-sponsored free software project.

We feel that corporate-sponsored free software projects belong to previous decades, as free software was not perceived as good enough to be self-sustaining. After 20 years, free software is mature enough for a self-sustaining business model, with corporate sponsors as members of the community."

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Facebook to Challenge Google for Hosted Email

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "Not satisfied with dominating social networks, Facebook is now going after the major email services. On Monday, Facebook is holding a surprise launch event where it will unveil, what 95% of the tech press believes, will be a new email service to rival the likes of Gmail, Hotmail and others. The event will precede Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg's appearance at the Web 2.0 Summit where the news will go down like a lead balloon among the dominant email players."
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Time to open up the PSP to all devs?

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "With Sony bumbling about in the pre-launch phase of the PSP2, the PSP risks falling into sales obscurity, as shown by the plummeting sales figures. Why not open the PSP and the PSP Store up to homebrew and all indie developers to let it go out in a blaze of quirky, innovative gaming, rather than slide off into obscurity?

"So, Sony, rip down the protective walls and let those developers get creative with the PSP for the rest of its life, let them put games on the store cheaply and quickly, and hopefully a few will generate just some of the kind of buzz and sales that Angry Birds has managed, opening up the PSP as a viable device for new and existing gamers, which might just drag the machine further into 2011..."

http://goffee-freelance.blogspot.com/2010/10/psp-psp2-so-why-not-extend-life-of-psp.htm"

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Windows Phone 7: How does it do from a dev/UX POV?

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "The first apps are out for MIcrosoft and its partner's Windows Phone 7 devices that are onsale now in some parts of the world. But what do the developers think of creating apps for it? CMSWire talked to IdentityMine who created the IMDB app, among others, for the phone's launch to find out what they thought about development and how the user experience really works."
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Fox digital copies - don't work on iTunes 10!

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "So, we picked up X-Men Origins: Wolverine on DVD today on our way around the supermarket during the weekly shop, tempted in no small part by the tag offering "a digital copy of this movie for your portable player." It says on the voucher "enjoying a portable version of your favourite film has never been easier." and "Compatible with iTunes", I beg to differ!"
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How can Sony's PSP2 beat the pirates?

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "With the rumour/news that the PSP2 is going to be unveiled at E3, it makes me wonder what Sony will be doing to limit the piracy (short of hand-cuffs, retinal scans and the like) that has crippled development on the original console. A little digging shows PSP piracy is something like 60%+, comparing torrent downloads to sales from various sources for the bigger games.

How to stop it? The PSP was flawed from the start because the store came after the console. If the store had come first and all games were code-registered against the user account, then piracy could have been limited at the gate, assuming the user put their console online. The same can be said for firmware updates, if they were online-only updates with checks for legit code, like the PS3 and Xbox, then the damage could have been limited. Simple lesson, bring the console out after you've built in the protection. So what other lessons might Sony have learnt and what can it do?"

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Now the PSP is five, is it time for an App store?

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "The PSP, despite selling 60 million odd boxes, is considered a failure due to Sony's lack of imagination, something the homebrew crowd and others have in spades. Is it time for Sony to open up the PSP and let others wring the maximum potential from the little box of magic?

"All Sony seems to be able to offer is to offer up a new colour every now and again, that might sell more boxes but doesn't fix the lack of interest. With an App store we could get a better browser, improved media players, apps for the GPS (if anyone remembers that little add-on — a gimmick that helps sell shedloads of phones) and a raft of fun, cool, pointless things that make iPhone owners so happy."
More here — http://bit.ly/alWPY9"
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Some decent blog reading material over Christmas

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "As the news sites wind down over Christmas, there can be little in the way 'stuff' to read online. If you didn't get a good book from Santa, may I recommend these blogs that took great voyages around the world, for many different reasons; nature, comms and flight. If anyone can recommend some other cool travel/voyage stories that aren't really newsy but make a good read during the slow time, please add them."
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Windows 7 Launch Drinking Game

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Goffee71 (628501) writes "So, if you haven't been invited to one of those Windows 7 parties, then get a stack of beer cans/tins/bottles/kegs and a couple of your favourite spirits, sit at home, browse the tech pages, news sites and forums, and get rapidly slaughtered playing this simple game that is unapproved by medical experts everywhere."
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Hey gringo, Mad Dog McCree makes his return

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Goffee71 writes "The bane of "quality games" is back as FMV makes a return to the spotlight. Majesco is releasing all three Mad Dog McCree games in one budget bundle on Wii so gamers who don't remember quite how ropey these titles were can experience them in all their non-Hi-def glory. Gaming snobs can run crying to their shrinks as the rest of us look forward to some good-old-fashioned bad acting, dodgy accents and six-shooter action. story and clips of some of the more interesting FMV titles Hoepfully some of those grown-up adventures and other FMV action titles will get a new shot at fame now (but, please, no Night Trap!)"
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FMV gaming, time for a comeback?

Goffee71 Goffee71 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Goffee71 writes "A random sighting of Tia Carrere on TV triggered a really old memory about a PC Game, The Daedalus Encounter that spawned a nostalgic blog post

Star Wars, Dennis Hopper, sex and violence, low review scores — all check!

But, that left me wondering, is it time for an FMV game comeback? In the new age of family-friendly gaming, I can see it happening and at the opposite end, how else could you bring the SAW movies to games? What characters, franchises or actors would you like to see ham it up in a game, I just hope Miley Cyrus isn't involved!"

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