Facebook may finally be ready to give iPad users their own app, more than a year after the device went on sale.
The social-networking giant plans to introduce a free app in the coming weeks that is designed and tailored especially for the tablet computer's touch-screen interface, according to a New York Times report that cited people who have been briefed on Facebook's plans. The app, which has been in development for more than a year, is in the final stages of testing, these sources told the Times.
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Seriously, even a few Engadget editors are chortling in joy. PSN and Qriocity service has been restored in the Americas, Europe, and Asia and to celebrate (and soothe the seething frustration of its customers) Sony has launched its "welcome back" program.
What will be the real talking points on the floor of the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year? E3, the biggest show on Earth, is kicking off on Tuesday in sunny Los Angeles. At this minute, the world's largest publishers are building their multi-million-dollar stands, plugging in their shiny demo machines and awaiting the onslaught of ravenous games journalists, hungry for triple-A goodies.
But beyond the banks of LCD displays blasting out hotly-anticipated titles, what will be the real talking points this year? What do we really need to find out during this cacophonous display of video game hubris? Here are 10 vital questions â€¦
Sideshow Collectibles has opened preorders on the gorgeous new collectible, but you don't want to know how much it's going to cost you.
No one said beauty comes cheap. The new Lara Croft Premium Format figure is now open for preorders over at Sideshow Collectibles. The new figure is based on a design by celebrated artist Adam Hughes, and is based on Lara's appearance in the game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. The figure is made from polystone and is dressed in a real fabric outfit.
As expected, Google has unveiled its mobile payments system, dubbed Wallet. With Google Wallet, smartphone users will be able to pay at stores that accept the system with their phones, but also redeem coupons, get special offers and so on. Eventually, they'll be able to store other data in their Wallet, IDs, loyalty cards, pretty much everything you can store in a real wallet.
Microsoft revealed on Wednesday that it has delayed its Windows Phone 7 release of Angry Birds.
The software giant had previously promised that Angry Birds would be made available on May 25. Joe Belfiore, who oversees Windows Phone Program Management, proudly announced at MIX11 last month:"Angry birds, i'm excited to tell you and everyone else who's following on the Internet, will be available on our Marketplace on May 25." Unfortunately Redmond has delayed the release to June 29. Microsoft says the delay is down to a better experience. "The shift in timing of "Angry Birds" as the final title in the Must Have Games lineup was a decision made to ensure we provide the best possible gaming experience on Windows Phone," said a Microsoft spokesperson.
First Beta development milestone of Firefox 5 is now available for download. Early adopters can grab it immediately and start test driving the release.
This is the official Firefox 5 Beta and is available for download after the release of Firefox 4.0 because Mozilla has switched to an accelerated development and release cycle for its open source browser.
The open source browser vendor is striving to release major versions of Firefox. Firefox 5 will be the first, followed by Firefox 6 and Firefox 7, all wrapped up and offered to end users by the end of 2011.
The company also overhauled the development channels for Firefox, with new releases evolving from Nightly to Aurora, to Beta and then to Release.
Mortal Kombat, the excellent new iteration of the long-running fighting franchise, was one of the games that that the bad luck to release right as Sony's PlayStation Network was taken offline following a much-publicized attack by hackers.
In the wake of the revelation that there's a huge security hole in Android's Wi-Fi communications with Google applications, Google told me and other journalists on May 18th that, "Today we're starting to roll out a fix which addresses a potential security flaw that could, under certain circumstances, allow a third party access to data available in calendar and contacts. This fix requires no action from users and will roll out globally over the next few days." Fair enough, but how?
Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities require users of the social network to be at least 13 years old (and even older, in some jurisdictions). Millions of preteens use the service anyway: some get permission from their parents to create an account while others lie about their age to get past sign-up restrictions. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wishes there was no limit in the first place.