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Facebook's Terrible Idea

Facebook has come up with a new idea on how to make even more money, Paid Post Promotion. This idea is now in "beta" but will basically give you the ability (for a fee of course) to have your posts promoted and show up on the top of all of your friends pages. Hopefully this never takes off because I for one don't want to see posts that are pointless being at the top of my page because my friend spent a couple bucks to guarantee that I see it. ZDNet has the full story.

Facebook this week started testing a system that lets users pay to promote their posts. Out of all the various different features the social networking giant has trialed on its website, this idea is by far the worst one yet. It sounds like an April Fools’ joke, but it isn’t.

“We’re constantly testing new features across the site,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “This particular test is simply to gauge people’s interest in this method of sharing with their friends.”

Big Game Release Week: Diablo and Max Payne 3

This week was a big week for video game releases with Diablo 3 and Max Payne 3 both hitting store shelves on Wednesday. Thanks to the hype behind both of these games one would assume that both Rockstar Games (Max Payne 3) and Activision/Blizzard (Diable 3) will be having a pretty good month saleswise.

Diablo 3:

First up we've got Diablo 3. This game has been eagerly anticipated by gamers for years and is finally here, unfortunately the night of the release Activision/Blizzard has some fun server offline issues which prevented gamers for accessing the game for hours, PCMag has the full story on the outage.

Aside from the issues on launch day, Wired takes a look at Diablo 3 and shares some of their first impressions:

It’s been just a little over a day since Blizzard performed one of the old rituals, releasing Diablo upon the world for the third time, and I’ve been doing my best to play all the hell out of it.

There’s a lot of hell in there, though. Wired will have a full review of Blizzard’s long-anticipated action role-playing game in due time, but first, here are some early thoughts about the experience I’ve had so far. Not all of them are positive.

Max Payne 3:

Max Payne 3 arrived with a little less fuss than Diablo 3, but the reviews are overall very positive. USA Today takes a look at the 3rd installment in the Max Payne series

Rockstar Games has resurrected hard-boiled video game hero Max Payne for a new noir adventure.

Some may only know the character from the big-screen version played by Mark Wahlberg in the forgettable 2008 film. But just a decade ago, Max was a well-regarded video game leading man.

The new game, Max Payne 3 (out now, $60 for PS 3, Xbox 360 and PCs, ages 17-up) restores the dark hero to his rightful status. The 2001 original computer game and 2003 sequel Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne also broke new ground for its "bullet time" feature that slowed down the action, allowing Max to take out multiple enemies while diving (à la Neo and Agent Smith in The Matrix).

PSXExtreme also takes a look at Max Payne 3

It’s brutal, unapologetic, visceral, and unsurprisingly addictive. Rockstar has managed to capture the very essence of Max Payne in the latest long-awaited installment, and it’s dark and a little depressing. But that’s exactly what the first two games were all about; Max Payne is a singular character, one you question and root for simultaneously. And at its core is a blend of ridiculous over-the-top action and a quality story that keeps you playing. Enjoy the Payne.


If you were lucky enough to pick up these games before they sold out please share you thoughts in the forums using the link below (if you can pry yourself away from either of these games long enough to type up your thoughts).

Buy Windows 7 Now, Upgrade to 8 Later

With Windows 8 right around the corner Microsoft is trying to make people not wait for that new PC by offering anyone who buys a Windows 7 PC the opportunity to upgrade for the low price of $14.99 when Windows 8 comes out later this year. This is a pretty standard offer coming from Microsoft and we've seen similar deals in the past with previous Windows offerings. ZDNet has the full scoop on how this will work and is good news for someone who wants a new computer and can't wait for Windows 8.

Microsoft’s usual plan is to offer a free upgrade to users of older versions of Windows to bump up to the next release version. This time around there will be a cost, according to sources.

Those who shell out for a Windows 7 PC in the coming months will receive a discounted upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99, according to sources speaking to Paul Thurrott.

The deal could start as early as the first week in June at around the same time as the company gears up for its final preview of the next version of Windows.

Android App Pick - Paper Camera

We have just posted up our 32nd App Pick of the Week and this week we are getting creative with a fun camera app.  Paper Camera is a nice little camera app that adds a bunch of photographic effects to still images as well as your video.  If you want to try some fun camera stuff, take a look at Paper Camera.

Please post your thoughts, comments, questions and suggestions for next week's Android App Pick of the Week!

Pair of Media Players

As we keep on going through the news bucket today, we've got a couple of Media Players that are interesting to check out.  NikKTech has the Egreat S-Series R300 Network HD Media player on their bench as well as the Pivos Aios HD Media Center.  Take a look if you're considering a new box to play your files on your favorite TV.

Unfortunately there's no HDMI cable included in the bundle, however it comes with pretty much everything needed included the aios HD media center, RCA cables (A/V), quick start guide, user's guide, USB host cable, AC power adapter, two AAA batteries, two HDD mounting screws and the remote control.

Jelly Bean Brings More Nexus

Google will be making this difficult for carriers (but awesome for us consumers) if the rumors are true.  It appears that Android 5.0 (Jelly Bean) will launch on at least five different devices from different manufacturers.  They will be sold directly from Google and carry the Nexus brand.  Yes.  They will be factory and carrier unlocked.  More at the Wall Street Journal.

Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. That is a shift from Google's previous practice, when it joined with with only one hardware maker at a time to produce "lead devices."

Big Storage Stuff

NZXT Phantom 410 Mid-Tower Chassis

Phantom 410We have just taken a look at the NZXT Phantom 410 case.  This case is the second generation Phantom from NZXT and comes in with a smaller stance, a bit less room inside and a whole lot smaller price tag.  It still has a lot of great features and if you want a great case on a budget, check out all the details over here.

The NZXT Phantom 410 comes with everything you may need to build you rig. The addition of the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports are nice.  Needless to say the built-in fan controller was sweet and there is no need for spending more money on a separate fan controller.

Episode #159 - The Bad Idea Show

Episode #159 of Weekly Tech Update is now available on iTunes and the Zune Marketplace.  This is our weekly podcast that covers the hottest stuff in tech - not only around BCCHardware, but also the world.  Check it out over here - as well as a free download in the iTunes store and the Zune Marketplace.

In this episode we will be discussing Zynga has a bad idea, Facebook has a worse idea and Rovio hopes their idea isn’t bad.  We have those stories and more...

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Texting and Walking = Criminal Behavior

I get the texting and driving thing.  It's not wise to operate a 3000lb automobile while you're not paying attention to where it is pointed.  I get it.  In New Jersey, one town has instituted texting and WALKING laws.  You can't do it.  People have almost ran into bears and actually fallen into fountains while texting and I call this good humor.  I text and walk.  If I crash into something - score one for whatever I walked into.  If I do it while crossing a street and get hit because I didn't do it at a crosswalk or when I wasn't supposed to - well, I guess the universe will have a more intelligent gene pool to draw from.

As with most other states, texting while driving is already banned in the state. But now, Fort Lee Police Chief Thomas Ripoli is also holding pedestrians accountable for their "dangerous walking," including texting-while-trekking -- if it leads to them ignoring crosswalks and lights.

Thanks to Tigger for pointing out this story.

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