The Geekly Prophet: Nerdy News from Around the Web

Hey there! We’re back this week with more geeky, nerdy news, and it seems like it just gets better and better. So go grab your coffee, tea or beverage of choice, and catch up on your nerd news.

1. Xbox Drops DRM Restrictions


Yup. You read that correctly. After all that uproar from Xbox fanatics about the constant online requirement, the peeps from Microsoft got the hint and decided to drop it. So no Internet is needed to play offline games. Oh yeah, and the whole trading games issue? No longer a problem according to Microsoft. Players can trade, sell, gift or do whatever they want with their disc-based games. Just like they could before with the 360. What about downloadable games, you ask? You can play those offline too, but they can’t be shared or resold. How about that?

2. Las Vegas Comic Con


This year’s Las Vegas Comic Con was from June 14-16, and Jim Lee, Stan Lee and comic legend Rob Liefeld all showed up, along with other comic book creators. Bronies and Phineas & Ferb fanatics probably geeked out over the appearances of Tony Fleecs and Mat Nastos. There were costume contests, a video game arena, panel discussions and cos-play fans everywhere. Where were you?

3. Facebook Adds Photo Comments


Hey, guess what! Now, not only can you comment on someone’s status, but you can also post a picture. In the comment section, there will be an icon of a camera all the way to the right. So if you have friends that post things you hate, now you can post a grumpy cat meme instead of a witty comment or ignoring it altogether. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? So what better way to express yourself then picture commenting. Oh Facebook, you are just on a roll.

4. Instagram Video

Instagram video

Look out Vine, Instagram Video is coming through! Now instead of just sharing photos with filters, users can share videos with fancy filters, too. Each video can be up to 15 seconds long, and there are 13 filters available to use. You can even pick a scene to use as a cover image. This feature was revealed at Facebook’s event on Thursday in order to counter Twitter’s Vine app. Unfortunately, there are already complaints from Android users about not being able to see the Movie icon, and Vine is obviously not too happy with this, seeing as their user base is not as large as Instagram’s. We’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out.

5. Yahoo Has Officially Acquired Tumblr


A month ago, Yahoo announced that they agreed to take Tumblr under their wing, and this Thursday, the deal was closed. The $1.1 billion was paid mostly in cash, and Yahoo promised “not to screw it up” and make it more “family-friendly.” Whoop-dee-doo. Tumblr users (me included) are extremely nervous to find out what will become of their precious social blogging site. Tumblr CEO David Karp has faith that Yahoo will help bring Tumblr to the top. I sure hope you’re right, sir.

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