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RumorTT: Nokia 'Glory' to run Windows Phone 7.8, will be released before holiday season

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 4:34 pm

Nokia is rumored to be releasing a Windows Phone 7.8. While the announcement most likely won't come at tomorrow's press conference with Microsoft, the new device, currently operating under the name Nokia 'Glory', will be released in time for this year's holiday season and will be designed to replace the Nokia Lumia 610.

 

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Windows Phone 7.8 is about to be outdated, but Nokia has a good reason for using it. You see, the Nokia 'Glory' will be a low-end smartphone, with modest specifications and, reportedly, an even more modest price tag. This device could be great for Nokia to scoop up some of the low-end Android market.

 

The device is said to be sporting a 4-inch, 480×800 resolution display. The device will be powered by an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. These specifications, if true, will affect the device's ability to use the marketplace. But with specs like these, the price tag should be low, if not free, after subsidy.

AntiSec leaks 1 million Apple UDIDs from a list of 12 million supposedly stolen from FBI laptop

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 3:52 pm

A new leak has shown up on Pastbin. This latest showing comes from AntiSec and contains a list over 1 million Apple UDIDs, allegedly taken from a list of over 12 million that was on an FBI laptop. The UDIDs were supposedly in the file with other personally identifiable information such as zip codes, names, and other data, but that has been stripped out for the leak.

 

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The file, according to the Pastebin post, came from the Dell laptop of Supervisor Special Agent Christopher K. Stangl which was exploited by a Java exploit back in March 2012. The details of the hack, along with information on how to get the data is available on Pastebin. Several tools have popped up to check if your UDID is on the list.

 

during the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder one of them with the name of "NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv" turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc. the personal details fields referring to people appears many times empty leaving the whole list incompleted on many parts.

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Top 10 most anticipated games for 2012-2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 11:23 am

Let's face it, we have an incredibly exciting time ahead of us for gaming. First off, we have some absolutely stellar games still coming out on the now ageing consoles, as well as the PC. But, within the next twelve or so months, we should see the release of next-gen consoles, and within the next couple of months, we'll see the release of Nintendo's Wii U console.

 

Until then, let's go through a list of the most anticipated games coming out over the next year or so. Remember, everyone has different tastes, so you might not agree to our recommendations. Please do comment or e-mail us with submissions and we'll try to keep this updated, or use them in future "top 10" articles.

 

10.) Far Cry 3

 

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The first Far Cry game I remember fondly, open-world gaming, with lucious environments. But, the third outing in the Far Cry universe is set to really ramp that bar up somewhat, and there's some incredible excitement behind it. The main objective behind Far Cry 3 is to escape an island filled with crazy, blood-thirsty inhabitants.

 

Far Cry 3 also features co-op gameplay, marking a change from its predecessors. This co-op gameplay can even be enjoyed as two-player split screen. Far Cry 3 is powered by the Dunia 2 engine, one of the first games to be powered by the advanced version of the Dunia engine. We should expect Far Cry 3 toward the end of November, or early-December, depending where you're based.

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More talk of HTC's Galaxy Note-like, 5-inch smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 9:21 am

We heard rumors of a 5-inch HTC smartphone early last month, but now there's more talk of the bigger phone hitting the Internet. A device was spotted on GLBenchmark, running Android 4.0.4 labeled 'HTC6435LVW'.

 

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What could this be? It should hopefully turn into the 5-inch HTC smartphone, which still sports that sexy 1794x1080 resolution screen. Benchmark details were included, with the device sporting a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU.

 

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That CPU + GPU combination definitely looks like HTC are wanting to verse Samsung's Galaxy Note II, and with those types of specs, they should have no issue. It's great to see someone amping the screen resolution on a smartphone up, and this could be the phone that HTC needs to get out of the issues they're experiencing right now.

Cutest Child with Technology Photo Contest - Win cute GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI Motherboard

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 8:24 am

Several TweakTown staff are fathers, we love our children to bits. Of course you all do too as mothers and fathers. But, of course, we also love technology. Let's mix the two together! So, what we want you to do is pull out your camera or iPhone or whatever you use to take photos and grab the cutest picture you can of your baby or child with a technology related item.

 

I've got things started with a photo of my son and a PS3 controller. Close second would be a recent photo of him and his fascination of the new Xbox 360 and turning it on and off as many times per day as he can. It seems this is a popular thing among babies. Yours too?

 

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For your hard work... well come on, it's not really hard work spending time with your loved ones. The cutest photo as decided by the fathers of TweakTown will win a brand new GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI cutey-pie Mini-ITX motherboard. Anyone in the world can enter and we'll cover the shipping fee.

 

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"The GIGABYTE H77N-WIFI is possibly the most connected 7 series Mini-ITX board out there with Dual HDMI ports and Dual LAN plus an onboard WiFi/Bluetooth module that also supports Intel WiDi technology. This spec provides endless possibilities in terms of building a compact PC rig that fits right in with your increasingly digital home environment, while also supporting the power and efficiency of Intel®3rd Generation Core™ processors."

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Samsung experiences severe PR backfire, tries to turn two Indian bloggers into paid shills

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 8:21 am

Over the weekend, Samsung were caught in a web of their own crap as it was revealed they were trying to turn two Indian tech bloggers into paid shills. Clinton Jeff and a second blogger were allegedly pressured into promoting Samsung products at the IFA event in Berlin.

 

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It was meant to be part of Samsung's Mob!lers marketing programme, but news came out from the bloggers, who have painted quite the picture of Samsung. The original story from The Next Web shows that the two bloggers were independent bloggers, not there for any particular company, but for all the companies, to report on all products. Samsung had offered to fly them over to Berlin from India, and put them up in a hotel, how can you turn down that offer?

 

It turns out that Samsung had other plans for the bloggers, where once they touched down in Berlin, were asked to sign an NDA at the IFA event. They declined, and were threatened with their flights home being cancelled, and their hotel room stay finished. This would've left them stranded in a foreign country, with no way home, with the only option left to spend their own money, unexpectedly.

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Kim Dotcom is creating the 'ultimate' version of MegaUpload, is working 24/7 with lawyers, developers and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 7:23 am

I'm sure by now you're fully aware of who Kim Dotcom is, founder of MegaUpload, and he also kicks ass at Call of Duty, too. It seems that the MegaUpload founder has learnt his lesson from his current situation, and is working with lawyers on the next-generation of MegaUpload.

 

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When it launches, Dotcom says that it won't be running into legal troubles as easily as its predecessor. Dotcom posted on his Twitter page that he is working "24/7 with lawyers, developers, designers, investors & partners" in order to create the "ultimate" version of MegaUpload. A MegaUpload without the worries of legal problems of the original site.

 

Dotcom was asked by a Twitter follower if the new MegaUpload could face the same problems at the original site, with the founder replying "that will be IMPOSSIBLE. Trust me!" Kim Dotcom has also turned into a saviour, by vowing to rehire all 220 MegaUpload employees who had lost their jobs during the original MegaUpload problems, he also promised a pay raise once they were under the MegaUpload family once more.

Artists make more money streaming a song to a user on Spotify, than they do on iTunes Match

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 6:27 am

Spotify has been my favorite app for a while now, but I've always wondered just how much an artist makes per song streamed to me, or anyone else using the streaming, subscription-based music system. The system is called 'stream rental', and Josh Davison of Centro shared some numbers regarding streaming revenue earned from his baned Parks and Gardens, on both Spotify, and iTunes Match.

 

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Apple's iTunes Match pays one-third of a cent, and Spotify is significantly more sitting at just under one cent per streamed track. But, having the song on iTunes Match means that the customer has already acquired the track somehow, be it legally, or pirated and then synced to iTunes Match. Spotify seems like the go, here.

 

Now we have some numbers thanks to web developer Scott Buscemi, showing popular services such as Spotify, Spotify Free, iTunes Match and Rhapsody from his client, HoneyBoy Dupree:

 

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Nearly 15,000 plays are required for an artist to roughly break even on distributing the track itself. These numbers should improve over time, as more people listen to tracks through music streaming services. Unless there's millions of playbacks, most artists are making only a few dollars here and there.

Valve are 'frustrated by lack of innovation' in PC hardware, so they're 'jumping in'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 5:29 am

If you're a long-term reader of TweakTown, you'll know that I'm quite passionate in the stagnation of the PC hardware scene. I've even touted Valve as the savior to all of this, and it seems I'm being proven right more and more with each day passing.

 

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CVG reports that they've noticed a job listing on Valve's site, where the company is looking for an 'Industrial Designer'. The post says:

 

Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We're frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we're jumping in. Even basic input, the keyboard and mouse, haven't really changed in any meaningful way over the years. There's a real void in the marketplace, and opportunities to create compelling user experiences are being overlooked.

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Windows 8 Pro OEM will let users downgrade to Windows 7 or Vista if they don't like Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 4, 2012 4:25 am

It seems that if a consumer were to purchase new PC with Windows 8 and not like it, Microsoft are offering a downgrade to the OS to Windows 7 or Vista. Of course, there is small print, and this has also happened before, with Windows 7 Pro, which allowed a downgrade too.

 

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The software license agreement for the version of Windows 8 Pro that will arrive as an OEM on new PCs says: "Instead of using the Windows 8 Pro software, you may use one of the following earlier versions: Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business."

 

I think we're going to see more than a handful of people downgrading if the offer is there, it's also a nice sales tactic. If a customer was weary of the new touch-friendly Windows 8 Pro, they could always be offered a Windows 8 Pro-based PC that would allow for the downgrade, which would be a nice cushion to fall on if you didn't like Windows 8.

 

Windows XP isn't included in the list of operating systems that can be downgraded to, the downgrade only allows you to go back down the OS ladder as far as Vista.

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