News in Short: Fort Gay gamer gets apology from Xbox, Google unveils game-changing Google Instant

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Fort Gay gamer gets apology from Xbox, Microsoft

A 26-year-old gamer was suspended from Xbox Live because his profile said he lived in Fort Gay, West Virginia—a real place, but apparently not to Microsoft, who said the name was offensive. Quoth The Globe and Mail:

The town's name is real. But when Josh Moore tried to tell Seattle-based Microsoft and the enforcement team at Xbox Live, they wouldn't take his word for it. Or Google it. Or check the U.S. Postal Service website for a ZIP code.

Instead, they suspended his gaming privileges for a few days until Moore could convince them the location in his profile, “fort gay WV,” wasn't a joke or a slur: It's an actual community of about 800 in Wayne County, along West Virginia's western border with Kentucky.

The customer service that Josh tried to contact was unreceptive and unwilling to Google the name. Microsoft has apologized and revoked the suspension. 

Google prepares to unveil game-changing search dynamics

Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, recently tweeted: "I predict big things happening today at Google. We're already fast.. fast is about to get faster."

How fast? Instant fast. Google 's new feature, aptly called Google Instant, is a live search feature.

Faster Searches: By predicting your search and showing results before you finish typing, Google Instant can save 2-5 seconds per search.

Smarter Predictions: Even when you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, predictions help guide your search. The top prediction is shown in grey text directly in the search box, so you can stop typing as soon as you see what you need.

Instant Results: Start typing and results appear right before your eyes. Until now, you had to type a full search term, hit return, and hope for the right results. Now results appear instantly as you type, helping you see where you’re headed, every step of the way.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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