Xbox Live Is Currently “Limited”

We all have our favourite way of playing online, and those that use Xbox Live may have a bit of trouble this morning when it comes to enjoying that quick game before work or school. Currently, the service is more struggling than it is managing as several parts of the service are listed as having difficulty.

The affected services include people’s ability to buying downloadable items and downloading any previously brought items. This means that if you are looking at downloading a game or treating yourself to a DLC, now might not be the best time. If you are one of the people who likes to stream some music or videos the Xbox Video and Music stores are also currently experiencing problems, joined by Blinkbox also having issues.  Finally, the only other area affected at the moment is account management, with people unable to create

Finally, the only other area affected at the moment is account management, with people unable to create accounts, managing any of their previous accounts or even removing accounts from devices.

The only areas that don’t seem affected are the Xbox One’s website and their matchmaking, so if you wanted to just play a game you should be okay, but beyond that you may experience some trouble. You can find out the latest on Xbox live’s status page located here.

Online Matchmaking for Coffee

We’ve all heard of online matchmaking sites when it comes to dating, but this is somewhat more useful. At least to me, and I’m loving this idea, lets hope it spreads to more parts of the world.

Craft Coffee has come up with a concept of matching the perfect cup of coffee to the customer.The company has been around since 2011, offering up a coffee subscription service designed to help users discover new roasts from around the country. It partners with dozens of different independent roasters to source beans and deliver them to customers that would probably never have heard of them.

The subscription model isn’t anything new in itself, but Craft has taken all their information from previous sale and combined it with their knowledge about the beans to create a discovery model based on what it calls the Coffee DNA project. Having shipped over 50 thousand pounds of coffee already, Craft has a big database. That coupled with customer survey and and coffee drinkers will be presented with a products just for his or hers taste.

New customers just sign up and take a short survey, and if they’re looking for something similar or something new and different. They then choose a price level and delivery schedule, as well as whether they’d prefer whole or ground beans.

The new coffee is sent each month, either one package of beans or a sampler from three different roasters. Plans start at $11.99 and go up to $24.99, depending on the quality of the coffee that they send. With thousands of different blends in its database and hundreds of different beans available to ship to its customers at any time, Craft Coffee hopes to find something for anyone. According to founder Michael Horn, the company is building out a distribution network for the roasters that it partners with, who probably wouldn’t be able to reach the customers it connects them with otherwise.

This is technology based matchmaking I can get behind.

Thank you TechCrunch for providing us with this information.

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Mensa Match – Match.com Now With Dating Options for Mensa Members

Looking for someone with similar interest and intellectual ability as your highly developed self? Match.com have paired up with Mensa to create Mensa Match – allowing some of the worlds smartest to match up with one another.

Mensa is deemed by some to be a ‘snobbish’ community of intellectuals, but there is no denying that it’s hard to get your foot in. This elite society only allows in those of the top 98th percentile of IQ based intelligence which means approximately 1 in 50 people are eligible.

As announced on Mensa.org 

American Mensa isn’t just about encouraging adults to think; connections over ideas and interests have always been a part of our culture, and now Mensa Match helps Mensans connect on a more emotional level. In partnership with Match.com®”

Some people may see this as elite level snobbery, but when some ‘Mensans’ were asked for information on their dating life and opinions on this new advancement, they replied positively.

“I’m looking for people who are intellectually curious. And when all you’re talking about is sports teams and barbeques … when you’re talking about physical traits and not existential philosophy, I’m not going to get the vibe.” Stated Mensa member Anne Sereg on CNN

According to Match.com’s information, 80% of their user base say that finding someone with a similar intelligence level as them is a must or at least very important. To take this to the extreme, Mensa member Peter Baimbridge remarked (on national Television) that those with an IQ of “around 60 are probably a carrot” as seen on Mirror.co.uk.

In addition to Mensa Match, Mensa members can also elect to have a special badge applied to their profile to flaunt their achievement.

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Nintendo Cut Online Gameplay From Wii and DS Systems

Online gameplay through the Wii and DS consoles has been a big part of the entertainment world, particularly with games such as Mario Kart and Wii Sports, however Nintendo as of yesterday have cut the functionality to play games online, leaving users only the ability to play games in offline mode.

Connection to the internet is still available, so services such as iPlayer, the Internet Channel, the Weather channel and so on is not affected at this time and Nintendo have also made it clear that Wii U and 3DS games are not affected.

Why this change has been made is not yet clear, although I suspect that the closure has been made in a bid to push users towards purchasing the Wii U console and the subsequent games in order to keep the online functionality.  In addition a full list of the games affected has been made, and this can be found over on Nintendo’s website here; affected games.

Although the Wii is not at the forefront of console gaming, it is very popular with social game play in the likes of Mario Kart and Wii Sports and what effect this has on the gaming community is yet to be determined.

Source: Nintendo

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