Archive for October, 2012

Grand Theft Auto 5 Release Confirmed

Grand Theft Auto 5 is confirmed to launch worldwide this coming spring for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Rockstar Games announced Tuesday.

Created by Rockstar North, the company’s Edinburgh, Scotland-based subsidiary, the latest GTA game takes place “in a re-imagined, present-day Southern California.”

According to its official website, GTA 5 is “the largest and most thriving game-world we have ever created set in the sprawling city of Los Santos and for miles beyond — from the tops of the mountains to the depths of the ocean.”

As of next week on Nov. 5, GTA 5 will be available for pre-order. Rockstar will also release more information about the game next month.

Rockstar said, “We’re currently focused on the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of the game and don’t have any details to share about a PC version at this time.”

Are you going to buy it? Let us know in comments.

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Bloggabase: The New Directory Service for Bloggers

Bloggabase is a new directory service for Bloggers created by Richard Leigh and Andy Barr. The basic idea is that bloggers sign up and provide a few details about their blogs.

Once 2,000 bloggers have signed up, the service will open to marketers. Marketers will be able to see a number of metrics to help them choose which bloggers they would like to contact dependent upon the information they’d like to propose, including up-to-date unique visitor information and a unique Bloggabase secret algorithm that ranks blogs based on their prominence, search engine optimisation value and more.

With Bloggabase, the bloggers would be given an opportunity to monetize their blogs and even get free review offers by marketers. Each blogger would able to have a Bloggabase profile, giving the marketers an opportunity to see what had been most recently written about.

  So, don’t forget to register your blog on Bloggabase.

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Facebook and Cyberstalking

Many of us use the term “Facebook Stalking”. Facebook stalking can become a problem, however, when stalking is less casual. A recent survey reveals that 88% of us regularly check our ex’s profiles and a full 70% of us spy from a mutual friend’s account.

Even if you’re not causing anyone any harm, if cyberstalking disrupts your life in noticeable ways, you may have a problem. Social media addiction is linked not only to extending heartbreak, but contributing to long term depression and low self esteem issues. So, it may be time to step away from the computer.

Cyberstalking Infographic

This article was originally published on Online College Courses.

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Facebook, Twitter abuzz with hurricane chatter

The giant weather system barreling up the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter. As people post updates to friends and family. It’s clear that discussing natural disasters on social media has become as much a part of the experience as stocking up on bread and batteries. 

 As of early afternoon Monday, the hashtag Sandy had 233,000 photos on Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing service owned by Facebook. 

As they waited for the storm to hit over the weekend, people posted photos of hurricane-preparedness supplies ranging from canned goods to board games and bottles of wine. Empty grocery store shelves where bread should have been also showed up on Facebook and Instagram.

 There are now 10 pictures per second being posted with the hashtag sandy – most are images of people prepping for the storm and images of scenes outdoors, said Instagram CEO Kevin Systorm in an emailed statement. 

 On Twitter,  Federal Emergency Management Agency and New Jersey were among the top trending topics in the United States. Forecasters expected the hurricane’s center to come ashore in southern New Jersey Monday evening. 

 Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley reminded his more than 53,000 Twitter followers to “ALWAYS BE CHARGING”.

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What is EverySignal ?

Social networks keep us connected to the people but sometimes the important updates from friends, family and co-workers can get buried amid the constant stream of posts. In this matter EverySignal helps.

The service, which launched Tuesday, lets you set up alerts for important updates shared by your connections on Facebook and LinkedIn.

You can also set up additional categories to filter results, such as “Obama” (if you want to see how your friends feel about the election) or “Shopping” (if you care a lot about what your connections buy).

After you’ve selected your categories or events, the service will send you a daily email organizing the posts from your connections that fall under each one.  At any point, you can also remove people from being included in these updates.

In the future, Derek Merrill, the CEO and co-founder of EverySignal said he hopes to expand the service to other social networks, and launch a mobile app.

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How Will Hurricane Sandy Affect The Internet?



Hurricane Sandy is threatening the Eastern Seaboard, and meteorologists are predicting no mercy from the Category 1 storm’s rain and winds. Apart from the water and wind damage, hurricanes have a history of knocking out the tech that keeps us going.

Datacenters are most critical. Housing hundreds of computers and we all rely on the cloud services they provide.

So if all goes well, those pinned down by the storm can keep busy on Pinterest and Reddit until Sandy blows away.


What do you plan to do if the Internet goes down? Tell us in the comments below…

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Microsoft Surface Tablet Launches

Microsoft launched both Windows 8 and its own Surface tablet in the U.S. early Friday morning with the opening of the Microsoft Store in New York City’s Times Square.

“It’s definitely worth every penny I spent on it,” said Acosta, shortly after his purchase (the Surface starts at $499).

Acosta may have waited for hours and paid hundreds of dollars for his new Windows tablet. Some top Microsoft executives were on hand to autograph the boxes of the first Surface units sold, including Panos Panay, the general manager of Surface.

“We filled up Times Square pretty good,” Panay said. “The excitement is riveting — we’re very humbled by it.”

Microsoft also supplied the people in line with refreshments, and some lucky ones (including Acosta) even got Surface jackets.

Share your thoughts about Suraface Tablet in the comments…

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Tumblr is down!



Tumblr has been experiencing service disruptions all morning and has been down for the better part of an hour.

Tumblr posted to its Twitter account at this morning to note that there were problems with its site:

We’re experiencing slow loading or intermittent errors on certain pages and are working quickly to restore performance.

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China blocks New York Times

China has blocked access to The New York Times after a lengthy expose claiming the family of Wen Jiabao has amassed assets worth $2.7 billion through a web of investments.

The report published Friday says most of Wen’s family’s wealth was accumulated after he rose to high office in 2002.
New York Times’ spokeswoman Eileen Murphy says the paper hoped access to the sites could be restored shortly.

The report is a blow to Wen’s reputation as a politician concerned with bettering the lives of ordinary Chinese.

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Airtel ranked among top 10 employers

Leading telecommunications service provider, Bharti Airtel has been ranked amongst the top ten employers in demand in India. The ranking is based on Linkedin’s Most InDemand Employers, a survey conducted by Linkedin. The ranking are based on the engagement activities by the over 175 million members of Linkedin and includes analytics of the followers of a company, job views and applications and research on the company and its career pages by the members.

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