PC Gamers in Myanmar Cannot Access Origin, EA Pledges a Fix ‘Soon As Possible’

PC Gamers in Myanmar Cannot Access Origin, EA Pledges a Fix 'Soon As Possible'

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gamers in Myanmar are unable to access or play PC games bought via Origin
  • Some claim this may be due to sanctions imposed on Myanmar by the US
  • EA tells Gadgets 360 it’s looking to resolve this as soon as possible

FIFA and Battlefield hit-maker EA may have reduced its presence in India over the past few years, but you can still get its games officially via Amazon or Origin – the company’s digital distribution platform for PC. Which is a bit better than what has happened in Myanmar.

According to a thread on Reddit, EA has revoked access to Origin completely in Myanmar.

“I live in Myanmar, and I own about 20 games on Origin, and have spent hundreds of dollars on the platform. I’ve bought the full editions of all of the Battlefield games up to this point, with their season passes,” claimed Redditor trivial_sublime.

(Also see:EA Wants to Win PC Gamers Back, but Its Actions Say Otherwise )

“ I was trying to log into Origin a few days ago, and got a bizarre ‘Access Denied’ message. I googled it, and found that ‘Origin is no longer available in Myanmar’, the post continues. “None of us has been offered a refund – just a ‘sorry, all your games are gone.’”

One of the comments on EA’s own forums claims it could be due to US laws.

(Also see:Steam vs Origin vs Uplay vs GOG vs Windows Store – A Definitive Guide

“Yes, with the Origin 10 update, US laws (which is where EA is based) forced them to block certain countries. Unfortunately you live in one of those countries. I’m sorry but there is nothing we can do here to allow you access again,” stated DarkAmaranth1966. This user is labelled as a Champion – a support volunteer picked by EA to assist other users but not an employee of the company. The response is odd considering that sanctions were lifted on October 7 and services such as Steam – which is also US-based, works fine.

(Also see:Here’s Why You Can Buy FIFA 16 and Other EA Games Only From Amazon India)

It’s chilling that legitimate paying consumers can lose access to their purchases at a moment’s notice. Yet another reason to avoid buying games digitally aside from the obvious costs on bandwidth and storage space.

Update, October 31, 2016:

EA has replied to Gadgets 360 with the following statement via email:

“We are working to restore access to Origin for our players in Myanmar.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and we’ll share updates on timing as soon as possible.”

Headline updated to clarify that EA is working on a solution and story updated to incorporate the company’s statement.

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HootSuite Game Changer: Access DropBox, OneDrive and More Right From Your Dashboard

New HootSuite Apps Integrate with Dropbox, OneDrive, More

Popular web-based social media management platform Hootsuite has integrated Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) OneDrive, Box and other content sources into its publishing platform.

The integration will allow you to access GIFs and photos from other digital assets directly from your cloud content repositories within Hootsuite.

“Hundreds of millions of people across the globe use Dropbox to work and collaborate with their teams, from anywhere on any device. With this integration, our customers can access their Dropbox files directly from Hootsuite, allowing them to enhance their social posts with content they already have saved in Dropbox,” said Billy Blau, head of technology partnerships at Dropbox.

“In today’s competitive market, companies using both Hootsuite and Dropbox can act faster and be more agile with their marketing and social efforts.”

Benefits for Small Businesses

By making it easier to access content, Hootsuite is helping businesses engage with customers, implement social marketing campaigns and provide improved customer support.

Specifically, the new Hootsuite apps will allow you to:

  • Add new content sources to your Hootsuite dashboard
  • Search and organize those digital assets while still in Hootsuite
  • Access your digital content within the compose message box of Hootsuite Publisher

“As social media becomes a primary channel for businesses of all sizes to connect with customers, the ability to manage digital assets intelligently and create engaging social content is critical. Box helps marketers to securely manage content of all kinds… By leveraging strategic platforms like Hootsuite and Box, teams can work faster and smarter, delivering more successful digital campaigns,” commented Roger Murff, vice president of business development and technology partnerships, Box.

Hootsuite Apps Also Give Access to Other Content Sources

In addition to Microsoft OneDrive, Box, Dropbox and Google Drive, Hootsuite users can access a number of other content sources including:

  • Cloud-based digital management tool MediaValet,
  • Relevant content curation service UpContent
  • Team-based digital asset management system WebDAM, and
  • Custom digital content service Flashstock.

Hootsuite boasts an open ecosystem of 200+  application partners enabling users to take advantage of solutions that best fit their needs. The company claims to be one of the most used social media management platforms in the world with a total global estimated user base of 14 million including more than 800 companies  in the Fortune 1000.

Small business owners overwhelmed with the maintenance of multiple social channels have long used Hootsuite. And the easy availability of more digital content within the Hootsuite dashboard  should make it that much more useful.

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computer systems, Laptops nonetheless famous Mode Of having access to net: TCS

Desktops, Laptops Still Popular Mode Of Accessing Internet: TCS

New Delhi: while phone income grow at a double-digit tempo within the usa, computers and laptopsnonetheless remain the most popular mode of getting access to internet by means of young adults, a survey through Tata Consultancy offerings (TCS) confirmed.

according to the TCS GenZ Survey, computers, domestic desktops and laptops are the most popularmode of having access to the net (forty four in keeping with cent), intently accompanied by usingsmartphones (43 per cent). however, phone remains the most coveted digital gadget (eighty three in line with cent) amongst teens within the country.

era has converted young India. The gadgets considered as luxuries earlier have swiftly emerge asnecessities making an impact on each their pupil and personal lives. The survey became undertaken to get a pulse of the virtual conduct of faculty college students from magnificence 8-12,” the survey said.

approximately 26 in line with cent respondents said they spend at least an hour on-line every day, at the same time as 27 in line with cent stated they respond to notifications within five mins of receiving them.

facebook leads the vanguard in phrases of usage (86 consistent with cent) followed by Google+ (sixty five consistent with cent). The survey discovered that boys are extra lively on-line and on social networking websites in comparison to the women.

some other forty nine in keeping with cent stated their online activities are monitored through dad and mom and forty eight consistent with cent respondents said their dad and mom have access to their on line bills.

The teens are also moving far from organised gaining knowledge of environment, closer to the webgaining knowledge of space indicating the popularity that do-it-your self (DIY) and collaborative gaining knowledge of is gaining.

about 21 per cent respondents stated they used video chat to analyze a new interest, followed throughfaculty assignments (20.five per cent) and academic tutorials (15 per cent).

now not exceptionally, WhatsApp became rated because the maximum popular instant messaging platform (71 in line with cent), distantly accompanied through SMS (12 in keeping with cent).

but, face to face communique is still the maximum preferred way of communication with pals (forty percent) compared to cellphone calls and social media, the survey pointed.

A majority of the young adults (87 consistent with cent) said they keep on-line with digital devices (57 in keeping with cent) being the maximum popular purchase, observed with the aid of books (50 according to cent) and garments (37 according to cent).

for their dose of news, era Z prefers tv and newspapers (seventy nine per cent) observed throughhyperlinks from buddies/own family on facebook (38 according to cent) and on-line resources (34 percent).
story first posted on: June 12, 2016 18:32 (IST)

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Israeli Startup Bets on ‘Smart’ Satellite Antennas for Global Web Access

Israeli Startup Bets on 'Smart' Satellite Antennas for Global Web Access

Israeli startup Skyfi is looking to outflank Facebook and Google in a race to provide worldwide Internet access by developing the first self-correcting antenna that can turn mini-satellites into powerful transmitters covering the globe.

The two technology leaders are working on ways to beam Internet access from the sky to remote areas,Google with high-flying balloons and Facebook with a combination of drones and larger, more complex satellites.

But it will take an orbiting cluster of 60 miniature, or nano, satellites, each about the size of a shoe box, to provide full coverage of earth, said Raz Itzhaki Tamir, a veteran of Israel’s aerospace industry who co-founded Skyfi four years ago.

The way he hopes to do it is by using a parachute-like antenna that deploys once in space. The antenna can then mechanically adjust itself for imperfections in the transmitter’s surface, allowing a stronger signal to pass, and even alter the direction it points should broadcast needs change over the course of the satellite’s life.

That may not sound like much, but those are two major hurdles that have limited satellite operators for years.

While the company says it has a working “proof of concept”, the technology has yet to be proven in space, so don’t expect a fleet of Internet-providing nanosatellites for at least a few years. But the antenna alone could be big business in the meantime.

Thousands of new satellites will be launched into space in the coming decade and many will use technology from Israel, which has built on its military expertise to capture a sizeable chunk of the growing commercial space market, particularly in the field of miniaturization.

Skyfi raised $3 million in a round led by Jerusalem Venture Partners, one of the country’s most successful venture capital funds, and says it has signed letters of intent to sell its antennas to global players such as Lockheed Martin and Spacecom.

Spacecom, which is collaborating with Facebook to beam Internet services to Africa, said that if the new Skyfi antenna is successful, it would be in huge demand.

“This type of solution will conquer the market, because it addresses some of the most serious and bothersome issues for satellite operators,” said David Pollack, Spacecom’s chief executive.

For now, Skyfi is perfecting its system by testing a large version of the antenna in a 50-square-meter (yard) echoless chamber that simulates the conditions of space. It plans to launch its first unit in the next 18 months.

“Currently, if an antenna is not perfect, you have to live with it, with the losses,” said Tamir. “We can change that and be flexible, thus gaining more revenue from the satellite.”

© Thomson Reuters 2016

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Tags: Internet, Nanosatellites, Satellite, Science, Skyfi, Smart Satellite, Web
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America’s Poor Can Now Get Cheaper Internet Access

America's Poor Can Now Get Cheaper Internet Access

Federal regulators have approved a historic expansion of subsidies for the poor, fleshing out for the first time a set of Reagan-era discounts on phone service to include home Internet access.

The 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission Thursday will let roughly 40 million Americans on food stamps, Medicaid or other federal assistance register for and use an existing benefit worth $9.25 a month to purchase broadband service, either as part of a voice bundle on cellular or fixed networks, or on a standalone basis with no voice plan attached. Of those eligible for Lifeline, more than 13 million have no Internet service, according to federal officials.

At a time when many Americans rely on the Internet to apply for jobs, take educational courses or look up information online, a lack of affordable service prevents the country’s poorest from accessing the same opportunities as their wealthier peers, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said. Thursday’s measure to update the subsidy program, known as Lifeline, aims to narrow that gap.

“It’s a simple concept: To provide assistance so that low-income Americans can access the dominant communications network of the day,” Wheeler said.

The move does not mean poor Americans will pay $9.25 a month for Internet. Rather, the program works by providing a $9.25-a-month credit that can then be applied toward broadband, voice service, or a mix of both.

The decision enjoyed broad support from consumer groups as well as the telecom industry, which was seeking a more streamlined program. But before it had a chance to pass, a series of frantic, eleventh-hour negotiations turned the scheduled vote into a desperate scramble by Democrats to preserve their coalition. The last-minute issues very nearly derailed the measure, according to people familiar with the matter.

At the center of the fight was a defection by Democratic commissioner Mignon Clyburn – who spent the hours leading up to the vote hammering out a different compromise with Republicans than the one favored by Wheeler, the agency’s top Democrat.

Wheeler’s plan required Internet providers to offer download speeds of at least 10 Mbps to Lifeline customers. And it set a proposed budget for Lifeline at $2.25 billion (roughly Rs. 14,930 crores) a year. This plan, along with some minor modifications, was ultimately approved by a party-line vote Thursday.

But Republicans at the FCC have criticized Wheeler’s approach as being fiscally irresponsible. In a last-minute side deal with Clyburn that did not include Wheeler, GOP commissioners proposed a more stringent budget of $2 billion (roughly Rs. 13,271 crores). Their alternative also required Internet providers to offer much faster Internet speeds to low-income Americans, starting at 25 Mbps.

Consumr advocates said faster Internet might sound reasonable, but because the Lifeline benefit is only $9.25 per month, low-income Americans would have to pay out of pocket for the difference in speeds, undermining the point of the program. Wheeler’s plan would allow Lifeline users to purchase a faster connection if they choose, but the plan from Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly would raise the costs of participating in Lifeline as a consumer, said Matt Wood, policy director for the advocacy group Free Press.

The Republican plan would also have driven up the costs of participating as an Internet provider, according to some industry officials. By requiring a faster speed standard, the FCC would have forced carriers to devote more resources to complying with the program’s requirements.

Clyburn decided to back the Republican plan late Wednesday night, but Wheeler successfully pressured her not to support the deal, said Matthew Berry, an aide to Pai.

“What was done was very unfair to Commisisoner Clyburn because now she’s flip flopped and it looks very bad,” Berry told reporters Thursday.

But Clyburn said Thursday that her decision was voluntary.

“I negotiated in good faith to have a budget mechanism in place,” she said in her written remarks. “Upon further deliberation, I concluded that such a mechanism could not fully achieve my vision of a 21st century Lifeline program.”

The dramatic confrontation behind closed doors Thursday underscores the political tensions at the FCC, which have reached a fever pitch in recent years. That’s partly a reflection of increased partisanship on Capitol Hill. But it is also a result of highly controversial fights at the FCC itself, such as one over net neutrality. Wheeler has shown a willingness to push through numerous measures on party-line votes, in contrast to predecessors who often sought a more deliberative approach, analysts have said.

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Yahoo to Allow Proxy Access for Board Nominations

Yahoo to Allow Proxy Access for Board Nominations

Yahoo Inc will allow investors who have held stake of at least 3 percent in the struggling Internet company for a minimum of three years to nominate directors to its board.

The company amended its bylaws to allow these investors to nominate up to 20 percent of its board, according to a regulatory filing on Wednesday.

Yahoo joins several companies including Apple Inc, AT&T Inc, Staples Inc and Citigroup Inc in adopting new “proxy access” rules that make it easier for shareholders or groups of shareholders to nominate board candidates.

“Proxy access” is shareholders’ ability to nominate directors to run against a company’s chosen slate of director nominees using its annual meeting materials.

Activist investor Starboard Value LP, which owns about 1.7 percent of Yahoo, launched a proxy fight last week to overthrow the company’s nine-member board.

Yahoo, under pressure from shareholders to sell its core business, began an auction of the businesslast month after shelving plans to spin off its stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

(Also see:  Yahoo Begins Shuttering Some Digital Services)

Yahoo said on Wednesday that the amended bylaws would come into effect after its 2016 annual meeting, which means they would be effective from the 2017 meeting.

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Apple, Google Routinely Asked to Help Government Access Devices: ACLU

Apple, Google Routinely Asked to Help Government Access Devices: ACLU

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday said it had identified 63 cases across the US in which the federal government asked for a court order compelling Apple Inc or Google to help access devices seized during investigations.

The cases predominantly arise out of investigations into drug crimes, the ACLU said, adding that the data indicate such government requests have become “quite ordinary.”

Representatives for the Justice Department and Apple declined to comment.

A spokesman for Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc, declined to say how frequently it has cooperated with All Writs Act requests or orders, and how often it has contested them.

The Justice Department previously disclosed that Apple has received 70 court orders requiring it to provide assistance since 2008, which it obeyed without objection.

(Also see:  US Sought Data From 15 Apple iPhones in Last Four Months)

However, last October Apple contested a Justice Department demand for assistance in a Brooklyn drug case. Since then, Apple has objected to several other government requests for help accessing devices across the country, the company said in a court filing last month.

A US judge in Brooklyn agreed with Apple and ruled that Congress has not authorized the government to ask for the help it demanded of the company. The Justice Department has appealed that ruling.

The ACLU report comes after the Justice Department withdrew a request for Apple’s assistance in California, saying on Monday it had succeeded in unlocking an iPhone used by one of the shooters involved in a rampage in San Bernardino in December without Apple’s help.

Other cases involving government requests for Apple’s help are still pending.

A variety of Apple and Google products have been targeted by court orders, according to the ACLU report. In one, an Apple iPhone 5 was seized by a man arrested in 2013 for importing methamphetamine from Mexico.

A California court ordered Apple to help the Justice Department bypass the passcode and copy data onto an external hard drive. The order does not specify which operating system was running on the phone.

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Tags: Android, Apple, Google, Internet, Mobiles, Tablets
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FreeCharge Partners CCAvenue; Expands Customer Access to Online Merchants

FreeCharge Partners CCAvenue; Expands Customer Access to Online Merchants

Snapdeal-owned digital payments platform FreeCharge has partnered with a payment gateway CCAvenue, giving its customers access to over 100,000 online merchants across sectors like hospitality, retail, and education.

It will also help them access real-time, multi-currency online payment services, FreeCharge said in a statement on Monday.

“We want to make FreeCharge wallet ubiquitous in both the online and offline space by creating an ecosystem of partnership. With CCAvenue, we will further strengthen our partner ecosystem and offer our customers a wider assortment of online merchants. Our endeavour is to build the payment OS for digital India and I am confident that alliances like this will help us move in the right direction,” Govind Rajan, Chief Operating Officer, FreeCharge said.

Speaking of the partnership, Vishwas Patel, Chief Executive Officer, Avenues Group said, “Digital wallets have played their part in the ecosystem and consumers have adapted to its usage significantly. It complements CCAvenue’s efforts to transform the market from cash to cashless. CCAvenue operates on a simple tenet, ‘more options lead to more business’ and has always remained neutral by associating with third party wallets and not limited its services to a captive payment wallet of its own. This association would enable FreeCharge as a payment option for our 100000+ e-merchants, and FreeCharge’s aggressive marketing strategies would greatly benefit our merchants.”

This association would allow CCAvenue e-merchants use FreeCharge as a payment option. FreeCharge directly competes with payment e-wallets like Alibaba-backed Paytm, and Flipkart’s recently launched Flipkart Money.

Founded in 2001, CCAvenue is a payment gateway service provider offering real-time, multi-currency payment solutions to businesses in hospitality, education, online retail, and other major industry verticals.

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