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  • 12Oct

    Xbox LIVE Dashboard Public Preview Program goes live

    It’s time to test Xbox LIVE’s latest dashboard update, due out officially this holiday. Microsoft is calling for Xbox LIVE members to test the new dashboard through a preview program that you can register for at this link. If you’re accepted, your dashboard will update to include these features: New design with integrated Kinect voice and gesture controls Beacons Facebook Sharing Cloud Storage for Game Saves and Xbox LIVE Profile On Major Nelson’s blog, he noted that there is a new model for registering for these update previews, featuring a more automated process that will not require you to type in console information before being accepted to the program.  

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  • 12Oct

    Oh, hey, PSN’s been attacked again

    Rather than taking a whole week to tell us this time, Sony’s Chief Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, has alerted the world to an attempted breach of the PlayStation Network. Someone appears to have taken a large number of password and ID pairs and used those to attempt to access PSN accounts. By the numbers, less than one-tenth of one percent of PSN/SEN/SOE accounts have been affected — 93,000 accounts around the world were cracked as a result of this method — and all accounts that were hit during this attack have been locked. Upon logging in, you’ll have to change your PSN password (again), or if it was your SOE account that got hit, it’s been temporarily turned off and you’ll have to verify your identity before it can be turned on. In his post, Reitinger noted that, “if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit

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  • 12Oct

    Games Toddlers Play

    One day, during a round of going between almost every Zynga game in existence, I realized that my toddler son (then about two and a half) kept tugging on my arms and climbing on my lap. At first, I was annoyed by the constant badgering, but then it occurred to me that he was bored, asking for my attention, and I was ignoring him for a fake farm. Not my proudest Mom Moment. I came close to just not playing any Facebook games at all because it was obviously causing issues in my relationship with my child. Not huge issues, I realize, but since I already worked 40 hours and went to school, my time at home was precious, and this was not how I really wanted to spend it. Then I thought, “Wait. He likes watching me play, and he asks a ton of questions. He recognizes all the

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  • 12Oct

    Microsoft and Twisted Pixel unite for more ‘splodey-stringy goodness

    Joystiq reported early this morning that Microsoft has purchased indie developer Twisted Pixel Studios. If that worries you, both Microsoft and Twisted Pixel are doing their best to maintain the Austin studio’s unique qualities while also extending some benefits to them, like a little more room to breathe during the development process. “Microsoft’s a very big company, and you’ve got Twisted Pixel, a relatively smaller developer,” said Matt Booty, general manager of Microsoft Studios. “We’re very invested that they get to stay who they are, and they get to retain the magic they’ve got as a smaller indie developer. We’d like to leave the golden goose alone, so to speak.” Twisted Pixel CEO Mike Wilford is excited for the studio’s future. “Ever since the very beginning we’ve done things our way, with our own sense of humor,” he said in the article. “I think you’re going to see more of

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