We have been keeping you up to date with news of Windows Phone 7 Series comes to light, with exclusive chats on
app development and gaming with Microsoft's team leaders on the project. Microsoft has always said that WinPho 7 would be launched around the holidays and has never given any specific information beyond that until a couple weeks ago, when a Microsoft rep mistakenly let slip that the launch would be around October.
More speculation and rumors started flying when we learned that AT&T stores were receiving marketing materials with WinPho 7 on it, which meant launch time could be when the stores were to refresh their signage - anywhere from July 24th to September.
Check after the break to see if Microsoft can launch WinPho 7 in time!
I have posed the question before about what Twitter will do with their virtually endless supply of investor capital and while we still don't have a clear answer we now know that it wasn't spent on keeping your information safe. According to the FTC Twitter has had "serious lapses in the company's data security." What exactly does that mean? It means that during January through May 2009 hackers were easily able to get into Twitter admin accounts by using simple password guessing programs. They then reset the password to the accounts so others could have access. In an unrelated instance, another hacker was able to break into a Twitter employees Gmail account in which they had users passwords stored in plain text... IN PLAIN TEXT!
The FTC has given Twitter a written warning about using simple passwords and also for storing them IN PLAIN TEXT. The company will have their security tested every 3 years by an independent company. They will also be fined $16,000 per every instance of a security breach. The icing on the cake however, is that Twitter is also not allowed to lie about their privacy and security settings for the next 20 years. The only reason I can think of as to why 20 years is the requirement is that the FTC doesn't expect them to be around that long.
The evidence has always existed that large corporations will find useful, excellent ways to use torrent services and Facebook has joined the list of big businesses supporting torrents by stating this week that BitTorrent helps with the transfer of new code between each and every one of its servers.
Read more about what the Facebook engineers had to say after the break!
APB beta participant recently noticed a "VOIP Premium" option in his account management page, which promises to keep ads off of the in-game chat program in exchange for real-life monies. Developer Realtime Worlds was quick to clarify the terms of these ads: they'll only play when traveling between Districts, and only if the player hasn't heard an advertisement in the last three hours.
So you don't need to worry about being in the middle of a conversation and have a McDonald's commercial interrupt you, telling you to get a delicious quarter pounder or something. The reason behind the in-game adds are unknown but I have my own theory. When we talked about the
APB payment method a little while ago, I pointed out that for 30 days of gameplay it is only $9.99, making 30 days of gameplay 5 dollars cheaper than your average MMO monthly fee of $15. I believe the in-game ads are what make their price possible. So if I have to listen to a few ads to shave a few bucks off of a monthly fee, sign me up.
Luckily for all you readers and listeners out there, we have been granted access to an exclusive beta of
APB, and we will give you updates and details as we're allowed to. We here at the show are excited about this new game! Look out for the PLuGHiTz Platoon!
Bing Entertainment launched this week and with it, Microsoft has given users the ability to stream and purchase music through the Zune MP3 store right from the search results. It only made sense for the Zune store to now also accept credit cards, after a long time of only being able to accept Microsoft points. Zune.net hasn't been able to be used to purchase music until this change was made; users would have to buy Microsoft points before they could actually purchase the songs they wanted. Adversely, consumers would have to access the Zune Marketplace or install the Zune software to accomplish what they wanted to do. Microsoft had to consider all consumers who may not have these devices or software installed who could be potential users of their services.
Hit the break to see what Microsoft had to say about this change.
Sony posted a new entry on their PlayStation blog this week, hoping to clarify some questions and confusion regarding their new
PlayStation Plus package announced at E3 last week.
We have some more details about the plan. While this is for Europe (who cares) and other foreign countries, we can assume the details of the plan will be similar here in the States. Sony looks to launch the service on Tuesday, June 29th and it will include games, discounts, exclusive items in the PlayStation Store, full game trials and automatic downloads of content. The current PSN features will stay free, as Sony looks to not alienate their existing customer base with these additions. As we discussed in our original article about this, subscriptions can be purchased in three month or one year duration. One new detail we found out, however, is that if you sign up between launch day and August 3rd for a one year subscription, you will also receive a downloadable copy of
LittleBigPlanet for free. The copy will be yours even after your subscription should expire.
Want to know what else is included and some more details? Hit the break and check it all out!