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It’s been a bad year for internet freedom

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

Internet freedom has declined around the globe, once again, in 2014. A new report out from Freedom House shows that 36 of the 65 countries evaluated showed a negative trajectory since May 2013, with Russia, Turkey and the Ukraine facing the biggest downturn in internet freedom. Iran, China and Syria (the last due to the danger for civilian journalists) remained the worst abusers of internet freedom, according to the Freedom on the Net 2014 report.

A major reason for the decline is a flurry of new laws from countries around the world to block or censor the net. Forty-one countries passed or proposed legislation to censor online speech or increase government surveillance powers, according to the report. Turkey, for example, censored its citizens from Twitter and YouTube in the wake of protests. Russia also implemented a host of laws around the Sochi Olympics and after, including asking bloggers to…

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Eidos-Montreal’s New Game Engine

Originally posted on Plus1Play:

Eidos-Montreal (Square Enix’s studio responsible for Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Thief) announced their new game engine named, Dawn Engine.  Dawn is based on IO Interactive’s Glacier 2 engine and boasts greatly improved rendering and real-time physics capabilities.  More advanced AI programming is also being toted for the new engine.  Check out this screenshot:

David Anfossi, Studio Head at Eidos-Montreal, had the following to say about Dawn:

“We’ve worked tirelessly over the last few years developing this engine, building upon and improving both the visual and immersive artistry in our games. We truly believe that our engine will help us to strengthen both the gameplay and storytelling experiences we strive to create.”

Also, if you’re into games, and think you’re up to snuff, Eidos-Montreal is seeking qualified candidates to join the dev-team.  Check out their openings HERE and let us know in the comments what you think of this…

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These places were Instagram’s most photographed locations in 2014

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

In its annual end-of-year tradition, Instagram has released the places in the world users capture the most with the filter-friendly app. Last year, the big question was “Why is a shopping mall in Thailand Instagram’s most photographed place in 2013?” The answer had more to do with a Thai cultural proclivity towards obsessive photo sharing then it did with the mall itself.

This year the number one location is no surprise to anyone: The Happiest Place on Earth. Disneyland topped the list after coming in third the last twoyears. Other returning champions include Dodger Stadium (#8 in 2013 and #7 in 2012), Times Square (#2 in 2013), and Thailand’s Siam Paragon shopping mall (#1 in 2013 and #2 in 2012),

New entrants include Gorky Park and Red Square (Moscow, Russia), the Louvre (Paris, France), Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium (NYC), and Dubai Mall…

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If You Still Use Google+ You Can Now Pin Updates To Your Profile Page

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Twitter began letting users pin tweets to the top of their profile page this year and now, in inevitable social media merry-go fashion, it’s the turn of Google+, as Google staffer Dennis Troper revealed — via Engadget.

Google’s social network is often referred to as a ghost town, but it does still count a loyal band of faithful users who are now able to affix their favorite messages, photos, polls or other media to the top of their profile page where it is more likely to catch the eye. The option to pin is found in the drop down menu for each Google+ update.

Profile pinning is supported on the web and Android versions of Google+ right away. Google says an update will come to its iOS app soon.

It’s easy to be cynical about Google+, many ex-staff are pretty scathing with their opinions, but pinning is a solid addition. The service itself may…

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Here Is How The New World of Warcraft Blood Elf Models Look Like

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Originally posted on Tech Feeling:

The designers of Blizzard and World of Warcraft announced already yesterday that they would show us a preview of how the new blood elf models would look like. As promised, they delivered today on Twitter and they also published an article about their progress with the blood elf models on the official World of Warcraft blog where you can find the images and some thoughts of the developers and designers. Here is how the new blood elf models look like:

What is your opinion about the models? Do you like the new blood elf models?

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Number of Active World of Warcraft Subscribers Exceeds 10 Million

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Originally posted on Tech Feeling:

World of Warcraft Warlords of Draenor Screenshot

Blizzard the developer of World of Warcraft mentioned in a latest press release that World of Warcraft surpassed 10 million active subscribers. The rise has of course to do with the recently released expansion pack called Warlords of Draenor that delivers fresh and new content for World of Warcraft players. The number of active accounts is around 13 million subscribers.

The first days of the Warlord of Draenor release were rough for many players as there were several issues but Blizzard mentioned that they worked around the clock to eliminate the technical problems. They rolled out several hot fixes and improved the realm capacity and server performance to offer a better gaming experience.

Mike Morhaime, the CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment mentioned “We’re thrilled that so many players jumped in to play Warlords of Draenor on day one and are having a great time with the new content…

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Gangnam Style Has Been Viewed So Many Times It Broke YouTube’s Code

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Just a fun bit of trivia for the coders out there: PSY’s Gangnam Style has been viewed so many times that it broke YouTube’s view counter, making it the very first video to break the reaches of a 32-bit integer.

Here’s what YouTube had to say on the topic:

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Not sure what the hell that means? Just know that when you’re coding, you often have to consider how you’re storing data like numbers. Do you want a 32-bit integer, or a 64-bit integer? A 32-bit integer* takes up a bit less memory, but can only be used to store numbers from −2,147,483,648 to 2,147,483,647. A 64-bit integer is a bit heftier in its memory usage, but can store numbers from −9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to 9,223,372,036,854,775,807.

(* we’re ignoring the matter of signed/unsigned integers for the sake of simplicity here)

You know the Pac Man kill screen, where things freak the…

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Throwback Thursday. (Little Girl)

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Directional Change

I thought I would make a little directional change with my blog here. I am still pretty much interested in Second Life but I noticed that I can´t be into this subject for twelve months a year, if you know what I mean. This means that the blog here is somewhat dead in case I am not active in Second Life for a while. But there are so many other subjects I would like to write about. Mostly technology subjects but also some other stories from life.

I am not sure if I will be a super active blogger or so but I mean just in case I would like to write down some things. It might happen that it is not only Second Life related. but if I am active in Second Life, then you might also find Second Life related stories here. I just wanted to say this.


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