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access_time January 4, 2013 at 3:38 PM in Audio by Andrew Kent

GotGame Daily Tech Update: Facebook Trolls, Below Absolute Zero, And More


Welcome to the GotGame Daily Tech Update. Today is Friday, January 4th, 2013.


Can you really go below absolute zero?

and how easy is it for someone to lock someone out of their Facebook account?

Find out here!

But first, a few quick news bytes.

Asus will be unveiling a Google TV product at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

The first search engine tailored for tablets was released today. Dubbed Izik the app displays search results in rows of tiles. It can be downloaded on iPad or Android tablets.

Mobile sales account for eight percent of Amazon’s sales.

The rumor that Google was blocking it’s map service on the Windows Phone’s Internet Explorer was found to be untrue. Google maps is for webkit based browsers, and the mobile version of IE is not based on webkit. Therefore the service will not work with Internet Explorer on the Windows Phone.

For those of you who subscribe to printed magazines, you can now also get them for free on your Android device using Google’s play store. Verification of your subscription is all you need to start downloading.

and Hulu CEO Jason Kilar will be leaving the company this year in Quarter 1. Senior VP and CTO Richard Tom will be leaving as well.

Now back to your regularly scheduled news cast.

The Fiscal Cliff has been put on hold and the United States is spending money once again, but this time to an American company. More specifically, Microsoft. The Department of Defense has signed a three year licensing agreement with Insight Public Sector, a Microsoft reseller. They will be bringing Windows 8, Office 2013, and Sharepoint 2013 Enterprise to 75% of all Department of Defense personell. How much did all this cost you ask? $617 million, but apparently the Army expects to save $70 million a year because of it. That is, unless Microsoft weren’t so virus ridden. I can see it now, “Virus Damages Department of Defense computers, Microsoft Stock plummetts.”


Absolute zero has long been known as the coldest temperature…ever. Nothing could get below that point where molecules are barely moving. Until now that is. Physicists have created a gas that can achieve sub-absolute zero temperatures. You can read all the technical details at the link below.


A lot of us have seen the old Star Trek episodes. Captain Kirk and his crew flying off in space, boldly going where none have gone before. Wouldn’t it be really neat to have a ship like the Enterprise? An engineer, dubbing themselves BTE Dan, uploaded a petition to the White House asking NASA to build the USS Enterprise, at least one that looks like it anyways. There’s a lot more stuff about the ship that you can check out on BTE Dan’s website at the link below. You can also check out the petition and sign it if you want.

BTE Dan’s Website

USS Enterprise Petition

And finally. A lot of people post on Facebook claiming to have “hacked” their friends account. In all reality we know they just hopped on while their friend was still logged in and typed something cute. But for those of you out there that are careful about keeping your Facebook under wraps, people can still troll you. Apparently it’s fairly easy to make Facebook think that you’re dead, in which your page will be locked down until you say otherwise. All you have to do to make Facebook think someone is dead is to fill out a short form, which requires proof of the person’s death. Anything similar to an online obituary of someone with the same name will do unfortunately. To counteract that, all you have to do is fill out a form saying that you’re in fact alive and well. You can read more about the process at the link below.


Here’s your question for the day:

Should Facebook put stricter policies on claiming that someone is dead? Share what you think in the comment section below!

That’s it for the GotGame Daily Tech Update. Thanks for listening and tune in next week!


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