Nov 27 2014
Twitter is rolling out improvements to its search engine which mean users can find tweets dating back to 2006.
Until recently, the microblogging site only provided the latest tweets from its search index but will now go all the way back to the first ever tweet.
"This new infrastructure enables many use cases, providing comprehensive results for entire TV and sports seasons, conferences (#TEDGlobal), industry discussions (#MobilePayments), places, businesses and long-lived hashtag conversations across topics, such as #JapanEarthquake, #Election2012, #ScotlandDecides, #HongKong, #Ferguson and many more," the company explained in a blog post.
Some may be surprised that Twitter did not have such a search engine in place long before, but the site only started offering searches of recent tweets in 2011.
But with a user base of 284 million, the process has taken sometime to put into force.
The change will be rolling out to users over the next few days.
Taylor Swift has denied having any discussions with Google regarding making her music available on the company's new YouTube Music Key streaming service.
The denial was issued in response to Billy Bragg criticising Swift for removing her entire back catalogue from Spotify.
In a lengthy Facebook post, the English singer and activist described the move as "corporate power play", alleging that the star's music would be available on YouTube Music Key.
"On pulling her music from Spotify recently, she made a big issue of the fact that the majority of the streaming service's users listen to her tracks for nothing rather than signing up to the subscription service," Bragg wrote, before quoting Swift's statement in which she explained her desire to end the "perception that music has no value and should be free".
"These worthy sentiments have been somewhat undermined by Swift making her new album and back catalogue available on Google's new Music Key streaming service…..which also offers listeners a free service alongside a premium subscription tier (sic)."
He continued: "She should just be honest with her fans and say, 'Sorry, but Sergey Brin gave me a huge amount of money to be the headline name on the marquee for the launch of You Tube Music Key and so I've sold my soul to Google'."
The 56-year-old also claimed that if the 'Shake It Off' star was "truly concerned about perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free, she should be removing her material from You Tube, not cosying up to it".
He went on to brand the video streaming website the "greatest threat to any commercially based streaming service".
A representative for Swift has since told Digital Spy: "Taylor Swift has had absolutely no discussion or agreement of any kind with Google's new music streaming service."
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Nov 27 2014
DayZ has been assigned a launch window by Bohemia Interactive.
The beta version of the open-world survival title will see release in the fourth quarter of 2015, while the final version is slated for 2016 and will be priced at €39.99 / $49.99.
"2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ. We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development," said producer Brian Hicks.
"As the team looks forward to our goals and features set for 2015, the vision of an open world sandbox where the player creates their own story and experiences comes closer to completion."
The alpha form of DayZ, which has sold more than two million copies, is available through Steam Early Access.
DayZ is going to be a multiplatform title, according to its creator Dean Hall.
The season pass for Assassin's Creed Unity has been discontinued by Ubisoft.
As a token of appreciation to early adopters, the publisher will instead offer the former season pass-exclusive 'Dead Kings' DLC free for all players.
"Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues," Ubisoft executive Yannis Mallat said on the Assassin's Creed website.
"I want to sincerely apologise on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team."
He added: "These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential."
In addition, season pass holders will be offered the choice of one extra game from a selection of Ubisoft titles.
Those who qualify can choose from The Crew, Watch Dogs, Far Cry 4, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Rayman Legends and Just Dance 2015.
Assassin's Creed Unity's third major patch was recently detailed by Ubisoft.
The update, which has begun rolling out to players, contains over 300 fixes, including tweaks to performance, gameplay and menus.
EA has once again been named one of the best places to work by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
For its third year running, the publisher gained top marks in the HRC's annual Corporate Equality Index.
According to EA, this distinction is given to businesses based on their 'corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees'.
"We are very honoured to be recognised again as a 'Best Place to Work'," said EA head of diversity Andre Chambers.
"We believe that fostering an inclusive environment helps us to create great games, and represent our diverse set of players and I'm proud to work at a company that has strong employee values."
Earlier this year, EA failed to secure the Consumerist award for the third year running, having lost out in the public vote to Time Warner Cable.
God of War creator David Jaffe is likely to unveil a new project at next month's PlayStation Experience event.
A video for the event, titled 'Notebook Teaser', references The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, the new studio led by David Jaffe.
The studio has a YouTube channel, a Facebook page, Twitter account and Linkedin profile.
According to its Linkedin profile, the studio's first game will be an action title.
"The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency is a new game development studio located in the heart of San Diego's Gaslamp District," the post reads.
"The company is headed up by David Jaffe (God of War, Twisted Metal) and Nick Kononelos (SCEA) and the agency's Technical Director is longtime industry vet and rockstar programmer Michael Riccio (SCEA, High Moon Studios).
"Our company is fully funded and is currently creating our first game- an action title based on an original IP."
The studio is currently seeking new recruits to work on the project.
While little is known of the upcoming release, David Jaffe told Twitter followers that the studio is not working on a horror game.
The Twisted Metal creator previously said that there are four titles he would "love to do" following his departure from Eat Sleep Play.
Touted as a 'massive' community event dedicated to PlayStation fans, the PlayStation Experience is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on December 6 and 7.
Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have sold more than 3 million copies in just three days.
According to the Pokemon Company (via Siliconera), 1.5 million copies were sold in Japan, while the remaining units were sold in North America and other regions.
Ahead of the European release later this week, the current sales tally stands at 3.04 million copies worldwide.
The games are the fourth best-selling launch titles for the 3DS in Japan, behind the likes of Monster Hunter and last year's Pokemon X and Y.
Pokemon X and Y sold an impressive 4 million copies in two days, although this figure also includes European sales.
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire will arrive in Europe on November 28 for Nintendo 3DS.
Remakes of the Game Boy Advanced titles, they contain new and returning features such as Mega Evolutions and Pokemon Contents.
A Sega Humble Bundle is available until December 9.
The Sega Humble Bundle contains the Dreamcast Collection, Nights into Dreams and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, as well as Total War: Rome 2's 'Caesar In Gaul' DLC and 'Miles' Tactic' DLC for Football Manager 2015.
Paying more than average price unlocks Empire: Total War and Company of Heroes 2 - The Western Front Armies. More games will be added soon.
Additionally, users can pay $12 for Total War: Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, or $50 for an exclusive Dreamcast T-Shirt.
The Humble Bundle will support charities such as AbleGamers, Willow Foundation, SpecialEffect and GamesAid.
The games can be downloaded on PC, Mac and Linux.
It was recently revealed that Humble Bundle raised more than $1 million for charity through its Humble Store.
YouTube content creators have been told by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to flag promotional content.
The ASA said it would look closely at the activities of vloggers in the future, after ruling that some content creators were guilty of not clearly identifying promotional material.
"Brands and vloggers now have to make it very clear, before you click on a video, that it's a promotional video," the ASA's Lynsay Taffe told the BBC.
MP Ben Bradshaw said that there appears to be a loophole in online advertising, compared to TV and radio.
"There are strict rules that govern television and other advertising and it seems to me that there's a bit of a loophole when it comes to online, videos and YouTube," he explained.
The ASA statement arose from an investigation into vloggers who were paid to promote Oreo biscuits. The relevant video descriptions have since been changed.
Earlier this year it was revealed that EA was paying YouTube personalities to promote its new games.
Another report claimed that Microsoft was also paying YouTube video creators for Xbox One coverage.
Nintendo UK's customer repair company was recently hit by a fire, it has been revealed.
The fire resulted in no reported injuries, though it has affected a number of Nintendo consumers.
"We can confirm that on Tuesday 18th November, a fire broke out in the warehouse owned by RepairTech, the company that Nintendo UK uses to fulfil its customer repairs," a Nintendo spokesperson told MCV.
"Nintendo UK only used the warehouse for UK based product repairs and storing of associated repairs equipment, it did not contain stock that would at any point be sent to a retailer for sale to the public. We are pleased to confirm that no one was hurt."
The firm will issue replacements of hardware and software of customers whose products were damaged from the fire.
Earlier this year, Nintendo closed its European office and warehouse buildings in Großostheim.