CNN now streaming 24 hours of news online and on your iPhone

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2011

News Junkies will love this news. CNN is finally returning to streaming and is offering live feeds of CNN and HLN, online and through iOS apps. Sounds great right?

It does, but you’ll need to have a pay TV subscription through AT&T, Comcast, Cox, DISH Network, Suddenlink or Verizon to access those streams. Nothing for Android users right now however, but we imagine they will take care of that soon.

PlayStation Network slowly coming back online

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 15th, 2011

There is a great disturbance in the force. As if a million geeks suddenly sighed in relief. After about 26 days, Sony has finally announced that the PlayStation Network is slowing being restored in the U.S., starting in certain regions. A new PS3 system software update is required to change your password once the PlayStation Network is restored. The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now.

After the U.S. they will still have to get the service going worldwide. Find a map here to see if it has been restored in your area.

PSN back online for developers

Posted in PS3 by Reuben Drake on May 13th, 2011

Looks like PSN has begun to come back online, but access is currently restricted to developers, and it’s still very sporadic. It has been confirmed with several developers that access is now available.

We hope that this means it will be only days until the rest of us are online, but the only date we have heard is the end of this month when Sony says things should be working again. Now it looks like it could be as soon as next week if this information is correct.

PSN To Be Fully Online By May 31

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on May 9th, 2011

Sony has now come out and declared that the PlayStation Network will be fully operational by May 31. Talking to financial website Bloomberg, Sony spokesman Shigenori Yoshida said that the company is uncertain as to when individual services will be restored for the PlayStation 3 and PSP.

The plan is for all services to be fully restored by May 31. This is nearly six weeks after the network was taken down, for those keeping score at home. Sony had originally planned to start relaunching individual network services last weekend. One thing is for sure, it will be nice to play our online games again.

AVG Launches LiveKive Online Cloud Storage

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on April 7th, 2011

AVG’s LiveKive service has gone through it’s beta release and has now officially been launched by AVG. LiveKive is a safe and reliable cloud-based storage, sync and share solution from the company. LiveKive offers consumers three levels of secure encrypted storage options.

There’s a free 5GB level and two paid versions with either 25GB or unlimited storage. But there are usage limits. iOS applications are also available to manage your files, and there is a 30 day trial of its the new service. If you haven’t tried out cloud storage yet, this may be a good opportunity.

Killzone 3 PS3 game leaked online before release

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on February 14th, 2011

We’ve all been waiting for Killzone 3 to arrive. The game looks amazing and should outdo Killzone 2 in sales and overall awesomeness. But now 41.4GB worth of files have been leaked to Torrent sites containing Guerrilla Games’ upcoming first-person shooter for the PlayStation 3.

The game isn’t due to be released until Feb. 22nd. That’s a problem obviously. But it isn’t all bad news for Sony. Only hacked PS3 consoles will be able to play the game. The 41.4GB file contains the European version of the game and a rumored second non-3D version is making the rounds at roughly half the size.

Online Version May Mean Death of Printed Oxford Dictionary

Posted in Internet2 by Shane McGlaun on August 30th, 2010

Back when I was in grade school, we had to look up words in the dictionary as punishment. I hated it. Today people don’t really use dictionaries; most of us just look up words online. The online use of one of the oldest dictionaries around called the Oxford English Dictionary has grown so much, the next version may not even be offered in print.

The third edition of the Oxford dictionary will be ready to publish in about ten years; it is only about a quarter complete right now. While the second edition printed in 1989 has sold 30,000 volumes, the online version is much more popular.

Droid X sold out online, hard to find at retail

Posted in Motorola by Conner Flynn on July 18th, 2010

According to Verizon, the company had “done everything possible” to make sure there was an adequate supply of the Droid X, but I guess they had no idea that the demand, much like the Droid Incredible would be overwhelming.

The Motorola handset is already out of stock online (right now with a ten-day delay) and in many retail stores as well. Verizon confirmed the shortages, saying that the company was pleased with initial sales, and that though they were “successful at keeping up with early demand” supplies are “low or out.”

Monopoly board game now uses Google Maps

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 7th, 2009

Monopoly board game now uses Google MapsMonopoly has so many incarnations at this point that you may think they can’t do anything new. Turns out they have some tricks up their sleeve. Monopoly is about to go online. On September 9, Hasbro will launch Monopoly City Streets, which is a live, worldwide version of the popular game.

Players get $3 million to start and will be able to put nearly any kind of building anywhere they want, thanks to Google Maps. You want a football stadium in the the middle of town, where it doesn’t belong? Your wish is granted. Could be a lot of fun.

Unlocked HTC Touch Pro2 launched

Posted in HTC by Conner Flynn on May 26th, 2009

Unlocked HTC Touch Pro2 launchedYou’ll be happy to know that the unlocked version of the HTC Touch Pro2 is now available online in the US.

The phone comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard, a 3.2MP digicam with auto-focus, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, microSD (HC) card slot, an FM radio with RDS and a 528Mhz Qualcomm CPU. If you like, you can also get the speakerphone system dubbed “HTC Straight Talk” for conference calls.

CircuitCity.com re-launching in the next few days

Posted in circuit city by Conner Flynn on May 20th, 2009

circuitcity-logo-sbLast month we learned that Circuit City may rise again, thanks to a buyout from Systemax Inc. That prophecy comes true within the next few days.

In a video embedded on the temporary splash page, the Systemax CEO claims that the new Circuit City will feature lower prices, a better selection, 24/7 customer service and faster shipping (which starts at $1.99). We’ll find out soon is it’s all talk or if they are going to walk the walk.

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card reader

Posted in Security by Conner Flynn on April 20th, 2009

Hands On: SmartSwipe Credit Card readerIf you’re paranoid about your credit card info while shopping online, (And who isn’t?) it just got a little safer thanks to the SmartSwipe credit card reader. You might think you’re safe online as long as that padlock icon is displayed in your browser. And you are pretty safe, but not completely, hackers can still access your personal information while it is being entered into your computer and while it is still in memory.

With this SmartSwipe card reader your info is safe becaue your card information is never stored on your computer. The device uses Dynamic SSL technology and the same level of encryption used in bank machines and ATMs.

YouTube viewers top 200 million for first time

Posted in YouTube by Shane McGlaun on March 5th, 2009

YouTubeIf you ever wondered what most Internet users do while they are on the internet, the answer is watch video according to new research released today. That’s really no surprise considering that many TV networks now offer streaming programs and sites like YouTube are so popular.

According to ComScore, YouTube has reached over 200 million viewers for the first time ever. The data shows that 76.8% of all US internet users viewed videos online in January. On YouTube alone viewers watched 6.3 billion videos for an average of 62.6 videos per user.

IDrive portable HDD backs up your files online

Posted in Storage by Conner Flynn on February 5th, 2009

IDrive portable HDD backs your files onlineThere are endless options to choose from when it comes to portable hard drives, but the IDrive Portable is a little different. For one, it’s the “thinnest and lightest portable USB drive in its class,” and the 0.3 pound device will give you 320GB of space on a 5,400RPM HDD. It’s also compatible with Windows / OS X machines.

Like many, there’s a one-click backup option for storing data outside of your PC, but this one also gives you the option to backup online for still more protection. That feature will cost you up to $4.95 per month, but it’s just a question of how much your data is worth to you. he unit itself will cost you $119.95.

Nokia Build: French users can customize the Nokia 7310 online

Posted in Nokia by Conner Flynn on November 23rd, 2008

Nokia Build: French users can customize the Nokia 7310 onlineHave you longed for the ability to customize your phone before buying it? If so, then you’ll want to check out the Nokia Build website by Nokia France. The website makes your dream come true by allowing customers to design or customize their handset before ordering online. For right now, the program only works for Nokia 7310, but who knows, maybe there will be more options soon. You know you want to order my beautifully designed Slipperybrick phone.