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Apple's seventh-generation iPod Nano gets the iFixit teardown treatment

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 7:29 am

Another iFixit teardown is here, this time for Apple's seventh-generation iPod Nano. The teardown notes just how much work Apple's engineers put into the new iPod Nano to make it as thin as it is, with the teardown also noting that the battery has a rating of 0.8Wh, double the rating of the previous-gen Nano.




The teardown notes that the battery, Lightning connector and volume controls are all soldered directly to the logic board itself with the button cable and headphone jack attached, too. The LCD and digitizer glass aren't fused together, which will allow those two components to be replaced individually, if they were to fail.




iFixit found components from Apple, Broadcom (Bluetooth + FM Radio), NXP Semiconductors, Toshiba (NAND flash) and Texas Instruments (touchscreen controller). The teardown team found the seventh-generation iPod Nano very difficult to repair because of the amount of components soldered directly to the board. They've noted that the battery is particularly difficult to replace. Apple's devices are not really repair-friendly, but in order to get these devices increasingly thinner, we're only going to see more of this type of design.

Gary McKinnon hacked NASA looking for proof of UFOs, won't be extradited to the US due to Asperger's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 6:26 am

UK citizen Gary McKinnon hacked NASA, the US Army and US Navy systems to the point of effectively crippling the entire US Army's Military District of Washington network. This attack had their systems down for 24 hours and affected over 2000 computers across many states.




At the same time, he gained access to a US Army server which was responsible for managing 2455 accounts, causing the systems to reboot and become inoperable. McKinnon hacked these systems over ten years ago, and has British officials refusing to send the hacker overseas due to concerns he may commit suicide, based on evaluations of McKinnon who suffers from Asperger's Syndrome and "depressive illness".


Because McKinnon's sentence is estimated at 60 years, mixed with his depressive illness, this is something the UK officials are saying will force McKinnon to take matters into his own hands. It has gone as far as making the UK push this as a matter of human rights.

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Foxconn confirms they have employed underage workers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 5:29 am

Back in August we reported on a story where the China Labor Watch were looking into Foxconn for employing children under the age of 16 at their factories, which is of course very illegal. China's legal working age is 16, and now the investigation has found that Foxconn did employee children under the age of 16.




Because Foxconn are a serious partner of Apple with production of most iDevices being made in the factories of Foxconn, Apple too have been taking flack for the underage issues. To this day the Cupertino-based company continue to be mixed into the issues of Foxconn's poor working conditions, riots, protests and even suicides.


The workers at Foxconn found from the investigation were as young as just 14, not only breaking Chinese labor laws, but Foxconn's own internal policies as well. Foxconn has said that they've now corrected the issue, and will take measures so that this type of misemployment never happens again. The China Labor Watch blamed the iDevice maker for turning a blind eye and not sufficiently vetting its workers, but it could be that Foxconn isn't entirely at fault here.

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Intel reports their Q3 revenue of $13.5 billion, a "tough economic environment" is to blame for the dip year-on-year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 4:21 am

Intel have reported their Q3 earnings, raking in a total of $13.5 billion in revenue for the three months. Intel's Q3 earnings show a dip year-on-year, but still beat analysts' expectations. The global downturn on PC sales can attribute to the drop. Intel CEO Paul Otellini has said in a statement:




Our third-quarter results reflected a continuing tough economic environment.


During their investor call, the chipmaker didn't really touch down on their new Android-based devices, but they did say that progress is happening. Intel touched down on the launch of the 2.0GHz Motorola RAZR i for example. Intel also talked about the current transitioning that the global computing market which we're currently experiencing.


Intel didn't mention any OEM's that they would be working with in 2013, but we know that Intel have a multi-year, multi-device partnership with the Google-owned Motorola.

Microsoft introduce Xbox 360 holiday bundles, includes $50 off promo for US market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 3:25 am

The holidays are nearly here, and before I pull out my Blu-ray of Home Alone and watch it with a joyous face, Microsoft have teased gamers with some great Xbox 360 deals. Major Nelson announced earlier today the 2012 Xbox 360 holiday bundles.




This includes a 250GB console with Kinect, Dance Central 2, Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures and even a month of Xbox Live for $400. The 4GB option gets priced at $300 and includes the same month of Gold subscription, Kinect, Kinect Disneyland Adventures, and Kinect Adventures.


Microsoft have also said that retailers should start offering the Xbox 360 with $50 off its MSRP, which is a limited time deal and will also apply to the Halo 4 bundle which is due to drop on November 6.These bundles and promos are available right now, so if you are interested in an Xbox 360, this might be your time.

WinZip 17 launches, includes cloud storage support with Google Drive, Dropbox, Facebook, SkyDrive and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 2:21 am

I remember the days of the original versions of WinZip, I was a huge, huge user of the software and I still use it to this day. Well, WinZip Computing have just launched WinZip 17, which is the industry's first singel application that is designer to "give users a better way to manage, protect and share files across all the ways we connect today - the cloud, social media and email".




WinZip 17 now features direct integration with cloud-based storage options like SkyDrive, Dropbox and Google Drive. This is great as you can zip your files up, saving space on your cloud storage, as well as offering 128- or 256-bit AES encryption making your files safer than ever in the cloud. WinZip 17 also allows you to both manage and share your files directly from the slow, where WinZip 17 can automatically create links to the files you want to send to friends or family over email.

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Microsoft's Surface tablet compared to the competition, how does it fare?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 17, 2012 1:29 am

I've got to admit, I wasn't that excited about Microsoft's Surface tablet when we first started hearing about it, but now that it's nearly here and we have found out more on Microsoft's iPad competitor, I'm beginning to get genuinely excited.




But, how does it fare in terms of specifications against the competition? Namely Apple's third-gen iPad and Samsung's pen-toting Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet? AllThingsD have made a great little chart comparing the tablets against each other, which you can see below.




So the new Surface tablet sports a 10.6-inch 1366x760-pixel screen, compared to the iPad's 9.7-inch 2048x1536 "Retina" display, the Surface loses out in resolution, but enjoys its slightly bigger and wider display. Surface only sports 720p front- and rear-facing cameras which is disappointing in this 5-megapixel-plus rear-facing camera world we now live in. Processor-wise, the Surface comes with NVIDIA's T30 SoC which is a quad-core design, compared to the third-gen iPad's dual-core A5X processor and Samsung's 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos chip.


One area that the Surface really shines is in the fact that it offers Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 - the competitors simply can't come close to offering a full productivity suite like Office.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 'Launch Trailer' released on YouTube, check it out

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 11:21 pm

I'm sure every single one of our readers is excited about Black Ops 2. No? Well, Call of Duty, specifically Treyarch, would like to get the uninterested interested in the game so that they can sell more copies come launch day. Hence, they have released a new trailer designed to do just that:



It features the prerequisite fast-paced cinematics and a strong, driving rock tune to get your adrenaline pumping. It really shows nothing new regarding the game, and really serves no purpose other than to get you interested in buying the game when it comes out on Tuesday, November 13.


Of course, there will already be gamers lining the street at the local game store with or without this latest trailer. There were a few details that I hadn't read before. If you pre-order the game now, you'll get access to a double experience launch weekend as well as getting the Nuketown 2025 Zombies map.

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Kitchen is the worst place for your iPhone: survey says 21 percent of damage occurs there

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 10:31 pm

If you don't want your iPhone to meet an untimely demise, you might consider staying out of the kitchen. A new study by warranty provider SquareTrade has found that the majority of iPhones are damaged in the kitchen. A whopping 1 out of 5 iPhones were destroyed in the kitchen, according to those who were surveyed.




The living room was next highest with 18 percent of the surveyed people responding that their iPhone had been damaged in the living room. Following in a close third, the bathroom took out 16 percent of iPhones, which makes me wonder what people were doing in there when their iPhone was damaged.


The rest drop off from there, with bedrooms being the safest for an iPhone. Reportedly 9 percent of the iPhones were dropped into the toilet, which makes up just over half of all the iPhones that were destroyed in the bathroom. I guess the take-away from this is don't text and go to the bathroom.

New iPod touch "too thin" to fit an ambient light sensor

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 16, 2012 8:33 pm

The new iPod touch has one feature curiously absent. If you've ever seen your old iPod touch screen brightness change when you walked out of a dark room into the sunlight, you'll know the feature I'm talking about. The new iPod touch will not have this capability and will instead force users to do it themselves.




According to Phil Schiller, this is due to the new iPod touch being just too thin to fit the required ambient light sensor. Without the sensor, the device has no way of knowing the relative brightnesses between locations and lacks the ability to adjust the screen brightness to compensate for the difference.


It's not that big of a deal, but the automatic brightness adjustment is a feature that I have come to take for granted on my iPhone. It's great for when I am using it at night and had the brightness all the way down and then wake up in a bright room. Instead of trying to see on a dark screen, it automatically brings the brightness up to a comfortable level.


Is this a deal breaker for most? Probably not. But, I'm sure it will have a buying influence on a few people. Would it affect your purchase decision?

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