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LulzSec takes down the CIA website

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2011

What is it with hackers lately? The hacking group, LulzSec or Lulz Security, announced that they hacked the CIA last night on its twitter feed, saying “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz”. Apparently the site was only down for a short time, maybe an hour.

If they took any info they aren’t talking about it. If there is any motive behind the attack, they haven’t said so. Some have even speculated that Lulzsec is really a US government sponsored false flag operation designed to encourage lawmakers into granting more surveillance and control over the internet. It also might just be mindless fun to these hackers.

Droid Bionic and HTC Merge hit Best Buy website, with accessories

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

Prices and release dates for the HTC Merge and Droid Bionic are still unknown, but you can at least start thinking about the accessories. That’s because Best Buy’s mobile accessories site is now listing both phones, with pictures.

There is no new info about the handsets themselves, but this must mean a release very soon. Head on over to the Best Buy site and have a look for yourself. At least you can start shopping for add-ons.

Dominos Pizza website hacked, customer data leaked

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on January 23rd, 2011

You might not be aware of this fact, but Dominos Pizza has been in India for more than a decade, so they decided to launch their online ordering system late last year. Clearly they weren’t ready for that move as a hacker managed to get a lot of customer data by hacking into their server.

The company isn’t saying what the extent of the damage is, but they have sent an apologetic letter to customers. Online privacy is apparently not taken very seriously. Their privacy policy is dated 2005.

$40 PlayStation 3 removed from Target’s website

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on January 17th, 2011

Apparently some lucky folks may be getting a PlayStation 3 for just $39.99. We think. Of course word spread quickly about this promotion and thousands of orders must have been made while it was up. However, some 8 hours later, it was removed from the internet, replaced by an Error 404 page. It’s unclear if this was a mistake or a promotion, since Target and Amazon both listed the PlayStation 3 console for sale at $40. Our guess is a mistake, since $40 for a PS3 is just ridiculous.

But if you bought one, the PlayStation 3 console was legally purchased, so Target is bound to ship the console. And if that is accurate, the company is going to have some heavy losses because of this snafu.

Facebook passes Google for Most Visited US Website in 2010

Posted in Facebook by Conner Flynn on December 30th, 2010

Facebook has now taken top slot away from Google as America’s most-visited website in 2010, according to a new report from Experian Hitwise. Three other variations of Facebook made it into the top 10 as well: “facebook login” at #2, “facebook.com” at #6 and “www.facebook.com” at #9.

The news gets even better for the company. Facebook was also the top search term among U.S. Internet users for the second year in a row with the search term “facebook” accounting for 2.11% of all searches.

Google Nexus S listed on Best Buy website

Posted in Mobile Phones by Conner Flynn on November 11th, 2010

Rumors have been swirling around the interwebs that Google will be releasing a follow up to their Nexus One smartphone, the Nexus 2 or Nexus S. We had previously heard that Samsung would be making it for the big G.

However, then Samsung released a statement saying that they were not making a Nexus 2 smartphone for Google. Now it looks as if Samsung was just playing the “deny everything” card. A new smartphone was spotted listed on Best Buy, the Nexus S, with the tagline ‘Pure Google’. Best Buy has since taken the page down.

Apple removes white iPhone 4 from website

Posted in iPhone by Conner Flynn on October 28th, 2010

Bad news for fans of the white iPhone 4. After reports that Apple might be thinking of canceling the white iPhone 4, it has now been confirmed that the white iPhone 4 has disappeared from Apple’s online store.

That leaves the black iPhone 4 all alone. And no, there isn’t a placeholder for the item. This may be a sign that the white iPhone 4 has in fact been canceled. We’ll keep you posted if we learn more on the matter.

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Twitter unveils new website

Posted in twitter by Conner Flynn on September 14th, 2010

Twitter fans will love this one. Twitter is trending twitter tonight. Here’s a glimpse at the updated Twitter user interface. It draws heavily from the iPad version of Twitter, giving you a two-column design and making navigation easier. That’s not all. Photo hosting sites like Flickr, TwitPic, Yfrog, and video hosts like Ustream and YouTube will now be able to have their content embedded in a format that’s friendly to both computers and tablets.

An infinite scroll feature will load older updates on the fly instead of having to manually click for them. The updated page is going live tonight as part of a limited preview, so not everyone will see it. Everyone should be able to access the updated site over the next few weeks though.

160GB PS3 slim shows up on GameStop’s website

Posted in PS3 by Conner Flynn on August 17th, 2010

IGN spotted a listing today for a slim PlayStation 3 with 160GB of storage, with a shipping date of today for $299.99. The listing has been removed since then, but it has shown up at Newegg for the same price with a projected arrival date of August 19 .

Interestingly, Sony has a press conference lined up at GamesCom for mid-afternoon ET tomorrow, where this might be announced. It’s getting hard to keep up with all of these capacities.

LG Ally gets a website, we get more details

Posted in LG by Conner Flynn on May 5th, 2010

The LG Ally was recently acknowledged to actually exist, but aside from that, we knew very little. Well, now the phone has it’s own page on the company’s website, which is also a nice little commercial for Iron Man 2.

Aside from pimping out Tony Stark and his technicolor armored geek suit, it gives us some info. The device has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, Android 2.1, a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, backside camera and a microSD card slot.

Virgin America dumps Flash due to lack of iPhone support

Posted in News by Conner Flynn on March 3rd, 2010

Apple’s feud with Adobe has been making headlines and this latest news should make Apple happy. Virgin America has ditched Flash on its website because of lack of iPhone support. The new website was launched on Monday and will be replacing Flash with HTML so that customers can easily check in using their iPhones.

Of course the site will also be moved to HTML5, once the standards have been ratified. We aren’t sure if the loss of Flash will help Virgin America with increased web traffic or not, but we are assuming that they know their customers and if they do, this may be a great move for them.

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Atari adds an arcade to its webpage

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 24th, 2009

Atari adds an arcade to its webpageAtari has something new to offer gamers. Actually something old. Classic arcade games on their website. Head on over whenever you need to waste time. The site allows you to buy games and also check out new stuff from the Atari Store.

Visitors are treated to six awesome retro games, like Asteroids, Adventure, Battlezone, Crystal Castles, Lunar Lander and Yars Revenge. There are even leaderboards to encourage you to get high scores.

Dell unveils Della to sweet talk the ladies

Posted in Dell by Conner Flynn on May 11th, 2009

Dell unveils Della to sweet talk the ladiesIt had to happen sooner or later. After all Dell has been cranking out tons of wild and attractively artsy laptops. Well, Dell just launched a new website for the ladies called “Della”. The idea is that the site will give you a more womanly shopping experience.

This boils down to a bunch of pics of women doing there thing around Dell products. Oh and there’s the usual crap that suggests they don’t take you ladies seriously. Stuff like “finding recipes,” “counting calories,” and “guided meditations” on the Tech Tips page.

Emotional Statistics: Website traffic stats bowl

Posted in Concepts by Conner Flynn on April 22nd, 2009

Emotional Statistics: Website traffic stats bowlObviously people that own Internet gadget stores and websites want to know which parts of their site visitors are hitting the hardest. But some like to peruse their stats while enjoying a bowl of cereal in the morning. Or so this concept suggests.

The Emotional Statistics bowl is a whole new way of displaying traffic stats, it uses flashing diodes to represent how deeply into a website a visitor has ventured, if the center lights up it means that they have bought something. Score!

Rock Band bleeds into the real world

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 24th, 2008

Rock Band bleeds into the real worldApparently Harmonix has some interesting new features in store for RockBand.com. The site will be getting a complete overhaul with features sure to make any plastic instrument playing nerd wet himself a little. Some of the new features are an online photo creator for photo shoots with your Rock Band 2 band so you can use the pictures online.

Next, users can link these photos to real-world merchandising like posters, T-shirts, stickers for your band etc. If that isn’t geeky enough, and I’m sure it’s not for some, you can get action figures made from your band members “for about 70 bucks”. Looks like music games are no longer just about songs and fake instruments. Now they’re also about bringing fake bands into the real world where they can all annoy each other and realize that on a real instrument they suck.