Apple iMessage down on iOS and OS X for the second time in a week (update)

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Apple’s having some issues with iMessage, again — for the second time in the last week, users are experiencing difficulties sending and receiving messages on both iOS devices and Macs running OS X. Symptoms appear very similar to the last outage, with messages hanging and failing (or being pushed through as text messages, on iOS). A number of staff members in Boston, New York City, San Francisco, and other locations have all experienced this problem, and a quick Twitter search shows that many other users are having similar problems. Furthermore, Apple’s own iCloud status site indicates that iMessage is not functioning for “some” users. We’re reaching out to Apple to see if it has any information on the issue — in the meantime, let us…

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Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, plans more Star Wars movies

Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $405 billion, plans more Star Wars movies

Disney is already one of the biggest media companies around, and it’s now set to become even bigger. The company announced late today that it’s acquiring Lucasfilm Ltd., currently 100 percent owned by founder George Lucas, for $4.05 billion in a cash and stock deal. That of course includes the rights to both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones film franchises, as well as Lucasfilm properties like Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound. What’s more, the press release announcing the deal also confirmed that Disney is now targeting 2015 for a release of Star Wars: Episode 7, and that its “long term plan is to release a new Star Wars feature film every two to three years.” No word yet on a proper release of the original, original trilogy.

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Disney to Acquire Lucasfilm; ‘Star Wars Episode 7’ Set for 2015

And I thought yesterday was a “Holy shit!” news day:

“For the past 35 years, one of my greatest pleasures has been to see Star Wars passed from one generation to the next,” said George Lucas, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lucasfilm. “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers. I’ve always believed that Star Wars could live beyond me, and I thought it was important to set up the transition during my lifetime. […]

Kathleen Kennedy, current Co-Chairman of Lucasfilm, will become President of Lucasfilm, reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Additionally she will serve as the brand manager for Star Wars, working directly with Disney’s global lines of business to build, further integrate, and maximize the value of this global franchise. Ms. Kennedy will serve as executive producer on new Star Wars feature films, with George Lucas serving as creative consultant. Star Wars Episode 7 is targeted for release in 2015, with more feature films expected to continue the Star Wars saga and grow the franchise well into the future.

Exciting news. But it’s hard to imagine a Star Wars film opening without the 20th Century Fox fanfare.

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Review: Medal of Honor: Warfighter struggles to find its niche

Since the 2010 Medal of Honor reboot, publisher Electronic Arts and developer Danger Close studios have hung the franchise on the peg of the “Tier 1 operators,” the best of the best of America’s special forces. The reboot also continued to capture the original Medal of Honor ethos that recognizes the valor of the American soldier (as the series has done since it was founded in 1999). In the beginning that was enough because Medal of Honor was the only military shooter on the block. The situation is clearly different today, and the trade-offs required by that original mission are now proving to be an impediment to its success.

To be fair, those challenges are less apparent in the multiplayer modes than in the single player campaign. The first thing you’ll notice when you load up Warfighter’s multiplayer is how busy the user interface is. EA clearly wants Warfighter to become a social hub through integration with the Battlelog website. Users can earn “country tokens” that can be redeemed on Battlelog for bonus experience points, or form Platoons (read: Clans). Most of the UI is dedicated to these social tools rather than menus to get into matches.

The main building block of Warfighter’s multiplayer is the Fire Team, or two-man squad. If your buddy’s not in danger you can respawn right near him instead of at the default respawn location. Fire Team buddies can heal and re-supply each other, and earn experience points by killing enemies that are about to kill their buddy. Fire Team buddies can also see each others’ outlines through walls to keep track of their position. If you earn enough points during a match you can call in support actions like mortar barrages or Blackhawk helicopters to spawn on.

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Tο γιοτ του Στιβ Τζομπς μοιάζει με γιγάντια συσκευή της Apple

Ο Στιβ Τζομπς δεν έζησε για να το δει να ταξιδεύει. Ένα χρόνο μετά το θάνατό του, ναυπηγείο της Ολλανδίας ολοκλήρωσε το γιοτ που ο εμβληματικός ηγέτης της Apple πέρασε χρόνια σχεδιάζοντας -και αυτό είναι κάτι που φαίνεται, αφού το σκάφος ξεχωρίζει για την αισθητική και τα καινοτόμα υλικά του.

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Αμερικανικός «πύραυλος μικροκυμάτων» εξουδετερώνει ηλεκτρονικά συστήματα

Η αμερικανική πολεμική αεροπορία πραγματοποίησε την πρώτη, επιτυχημένη δοκιμή ενός πυραύλου που μπορεί να αχρηστεύει τα ηλεκτρικά και ηλεκτρονικά συστήματα του εχθρού. Εκπέμποντας κατευθυνόμενους παλμούς μικροκυμάτων, ο πειραματικός πύραυλος της Boeing έκαψε τα ηλεκτρικά και ηλεκτρονικά συστήματα επτά κτηρίων-στρχων σε πεδίο βολής της Γιούτα. Σε μια άλλη εξέλιξη, το αμερικανικό Πεντάγωνο ανακοίνωσε ότι πραγματοποίησε κοντά στη Χαβάη την πιο περίπλοκη αντιπυραυλική δοκιμή μέχρι σήμερα.

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