New Updates to Xbox Live

October 18, 2009

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The next Xbox Live update will deliver Facebook, Twitter and Last.fm, but, wait, there’s more! According to an email from Microsoft, anyway. Get ready for news headlines and dedicated music stores in the Xbox Live dashboard.

Since Microsoft expressly said we’re not forbidden from discussing this, why not? U.S. Xbox Live users in the closed preview will see a “News and More” tab in the “Inside Xbox” channel, and it will deliver “a regularly-updated stream of content from MSNBC.com, MSN Autos, The New Yorker and Dilbert,

For rhythm and music gamers, the update will also set up dedicated music stores for Lips, Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

But wait, there’s more! “Surprise! – Keep an eye out in the weeks after the preview launches…you never know what might pop up,” says the email.

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Facebook: The Movie?

September 24, 2009

The blog ScriptShadow.com has released an unauthorized script for a film called The Social Network, which is basically a story about how Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook. Aaron Sorkin (West Wing) is penning the script which is actually said to be pretty good. Justin Timberlake has just signed on to play Napster’s Sean Parker and Jesse Eisenberg is rumored to star as well.

Here’s Gawker’s story on “The Social Network”:

The blog ScriptShadow got hold of the first draft of Aaron Sorkin’s Facebook movie. The verdict? The movie reads oddly mesmerizing, and has an unexpected hero: Sean Parker, an early investor in the social network.

As the co-founder of Napster, Parker was overshadowed by Sean Fanning, who actually wrote the wildly-popular music-sharing software. Sorkin reportedly brings Parker to the fore, giving him credit for lighting a fire under Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and accelerating the company’s growth.

ScriptShadow’s Carson Reeves:

And don’t get me started on Sean Parker – a character that can become

iconic if the film is made. The brash techy rock star revels in his own

ego, and is a key player in why Facebook is on our computers today

(Parker ended up selling his portion of the company for – I believe – a

couple hundred million dollars).

Zuckerberg, meanwhile, looks comparatively pathetic. In what Reeves calls a “heartbreaking scene,” he sits alone (“not one true friend”) in a dark room and “friends” the girl who dumped him right before he started Facebook. The movie nevertheless bops along as something of a comedy, thanks to Sorkin’s “crazy unknown voodoo screenwriting tricks” and, apparently, jokes involving Facebook use.


Umm where can I get these!??

September 22, 2009

Haven’t updated in a few days, been very busy with LSAT prep as I take the exam on Saturday. But I came across this pic on a friends facebook and began foaming at the mouth. This is an amazing combination and I need to get a bag or 20 of these asap!

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Facebook 3.0 Launches for the iPhone

August 28, 2009

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The third major edition of Facebook for iPhone has just crept into the iTunes App Store. It’s a huge update, with numerous advanced features that make Facebook more interactive than before and which bring the app as close to the desktop experience as it’s ever been.

Facebook for iPhone opens on your news feed as usual, but the upper left corner now sports a tiny grid icon that serves as the main organizing feature for this new build. Click it to see a screen equipped with a search bar on top, a notification alert area on the bottom, and a grid of nine activities you can perform in the middle. These include the news feed, your profile details, your message in-box, Facebook chat, friend requests, events, photo albums, and notes.

Those who use Facebook on the iPhone frequently will notice that quite a few of these actions are brand new, like viewing events and submitting an RSVP from your phone. You’ll also be able to view friends’ birthdays and upload photos to any album. Anyone sporting an iPhone 3GS gets the added bonus of uploading video.

Photos received a lot of attention in this update. You’ll now be able to zoom into photos, create albums and delete them, as well as upload and delete photos and photo tags, all from the Facebook interface. In addition, you can upload a new profile picture.

Facebook has also poured energy into how it deals with friends. You’re now able to call or text friends from the interface, which brings Facebook’s social connectivity into the real world. You can see friends of friends and mutual friends from the app, too, as well as the Pages you subscribe to. If you’re trying to locate a friend from within a page, Facebook has thought of that too, by equipping the page with search. To top it off, you can subscribe to Pages from the phone, not merely view them passively.

The new built-in Web browser is one feature addition that some may miss at first, but which is ultimately one of the most practical and useful for keeping the Facebook experience on iPhone firmly within the Facebook app. Before this integration, clicking a link would kick you out of the app and open a Safari browser. You would have to restart Facebook to resume your place.

There are more additions besides, but we thought we would start you off with a little taste and some first impressions.


Facebook/Twitter

January 28, 2009

It’s that time of month again.. no not that, I’m talking about helping us spread the word on CurryPopTart!!

Add me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and you’ll get to know about all the new site updates as they happen. I’m also gonna be doing more live blogging of important events starting this Sunday with the Superbowl.

To Facebook or Twitter me, just click the appropriate links in the “Blogroll” section on the sidebar to the right.

Let the cyber stalking begin!