We had the opportunity to attend PAX East 2014 at Boston this year and the show was huge for PC gaming. As a matter of fact, besides at the Xbox booth, we didn’t see a single console in sight. In addition to many upcoming AAA PC titles like Evolve and Wolfenstein: The New Order being showcased, a whole slue of PC vendors like Intel, Nvidia, Corsair, and Cooler Master were there.
They say a picture is worth 1,000 words, though if you post a copyrighted image without the owner's consent, it can actually be worth more than that. Much more. One of the most difficult parts about running a frequently updated website or blog is finding amusing images that are legal to use (hello, Creative Commons!). However, it's about to get a lot easier thanks to Getty Images, the world's largest photos service. In a surprise move, Getty Images is freeing up around 35 million photos from its collection spanning over a hundred years so that websites and bloggers can post them without getting smacked in the face by a lawsuit.
100 pictures that include cosplays, toys, and Yvonne Strahovski!
Day one of Comic Con 2013 in San Diego just ended and the super-crowded event produced some of the best cosplay costumes we've ever seen. There was something for everyone, whether you were into comics, sci-fi, movies, or television. In addition to interesting outfits, we saw some crazy cool toys and gadgets, and even met Yvonne Strahovski!
We had the chance to check out E3 2013 in Los Angeles, California last week. As expected, the gaming/tech event was a big one withMicrosoft and Sony showing off their new Xbox One and PS4 consoles. But it wasn't all about the next-generation consoles. PC vendors such as Nvidia, AMD, Alienware, and Razer were at the expo showing off their latest gaming toys and there were a bunch of PC-exclusive titles at the event.
Yahoo wasn't just content to spend $1.1 billion acquiring Tumblr, it also went out and revamped its Flickr photo sharing service in a significant way. The first thing you'll notice is a tiled interface with larger size images. Users are able to upload full resolution photos, and to make sure you have plenty of online space to store your photography, Yahoo is offering 1TB of online storage for free in an attempt to make the service "awesome again."
What user backlash? Instagram is more popular than ever these days.
Two months ago, Instagram made headlines for inserting curious language into its Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that seemed to give it the right to sell user uploaded photos without any compensation to said users. This didn't fly over so well with the Internet community at large, and though Instragram claimed it was a just a big misunderstanding, it didn't stop the company from being hit with a civil lawsuit. Ah, but that was two months ago, an eternity in this fickle age of the Internet, and now Instagram is bragging about having 100 million users.
Hopes to become more “content-focused” with latest features update
Dropbox, which Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently described as “a fine little startup”, on Wednesday previewed a set of new features it believes mark the company’s shift from having a “file-system centric view to a more content-focused view.” Meant for the Web version of the company’s cloud storage service, these new features should be available to all of the company’s 100 million-odd users within the next month.
Despite reversing course on ToS changes, Instagram faces a first civil lawsuit.
Instagram quickly backpedaled from a revised Terms of Service (ToS) agreement that said users would have to "agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos...in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you," but it still managed to trip over a class action lawsuit. The civil suit was filed in San Francisco and charges Instagram with breach of contract and other claims.
You can relax, Instagram isn't selling your photos, the service claims.