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Apple releases statement on customer privacy in wake of PRISM

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 2:11 pm

This morning, Apple has released its first official statement on customer privacy in the wake of the PRISM scandal in Washington. Apple was one of the companies named as a willing participant in the NSA's spying program and was one of the first to deny its participation entirely. The statement released by Apple this morning clarifies how and when the Cupertino giant hands over customer information to the US Government.

 

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To get started, Apple released some vague figures on the number of data requests received from US law officials during a 17-month period that ended on May 31, 2013. The company says that during that time frame it received between 4000 and 5000 request for customer data, most of which involved investigating robberies and "other crimes", aiding in the search for missing children or alzheimer's patients, or suicide prevention measures.

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Oxford English Dictionary recognizes Tweet as an actual word

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 10:32 am

We all know what "tweet" means, and for the uninitiated, it's when posting a "tweet" from Twitter, the second largest social network in the world. Well, now, it is considered an actual words thanks to the Oxford English Dictionary.

 

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OED chief editor, John Simpson, announced the word being official as both a noun and a verb, in his June update. Tweet has been a word previously, for birds obviously, but now the definition has been expanded to include Twitter, the explanation: "To make a posting on the social networking service Twitter. Also: to use Twitter regularly or habitually."

PS4 demolishes Xbox One in an Amazon customer poll

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 9:30 am

I think the line in the sand has been drawn with next-gen consoles, but just how far back as Microsoft been pushed? Well, according to a poll run by Amazon on their Facebook page, Microsoft are really losing this war, by a long shot.

 

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They asked readers which next-gen console they prefer, the PS4 or the Xbox One and the results are absolutely huge. The PS4 has 31,689 votes and the Xbox One has just 1,754 votes - yes that is not a mistake. Of course, this doesn't mean that the PS4 is going to be 20x more popular, or make 20x the sales - but this is an interesting statistic. This doesn't mean the Xbox One is finished, but it'll be interesting to see where things sit in a couple of years from now.

 

All I know is that I would've bought an Xbox One on launch if there was a killer app, but nothing I've seen makes me want one. The built-in Kinect sensor being always-on kind of turns me off, and isn't something I want sitting in my house. I like that Sony at least gives you the option, which is definitely the right move.

ASUS' 7-inch slate should rock Snapdragon 600 SoC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:30 am

ASUS' kinda mysterious K009 tablet slipped by the FCC for a drink or two recently, and was rocking the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, but now the 7-inch tablet has received Bluetooth SIG certification and it looks like there's a Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor inside.

 

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We don't know why this upgrade in processor has happened, but it's only a good thing. We could also be tricked here, so don't expect this to be concrete information right now. From the tiny photo above, we should expect something that looks similar to the also ASUS-made Nexus 7 slate.

Paramount set August release for Star Trek Enterprise: Season 2 on Blu-ray, set phasers to buy!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:45 am

Paramount, no doubt keen to capitalise on the swirl of interest surrounding the evergreen Star Trek property this year, have set the release date of Star Trek Enterprise: Season Two for August 21, marking the first time the second series has been released in high definition.

 

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The 26 episodes that make up season two have been cleaned up from the original HD masters and is joined by a lossless 5.1 DTS HD audio mix. However, in a fashion that we've now become accustomed to, CBS has allowed disc producers Roger Lay and Robert Meyer Burnett to return with some new extra features including a full length cast and crew reunion feature, the three part "Destination Unknown" retrospective documentary, deleted scenes, audio commentaries and outtakes, as well as features created for the original DVD release.

 

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Earlier this month, we took a look at Paramount's Blu-ray release for the first season and we were quite happy with the set overall. You can read our review here. The trailer for Star Trek Enterprise: Season Two Blu-ray release can be viewed below:

 

Motorola X phone should feature a 720p display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 6:28 am

We're not far from the unveiling of Motorola's secretive X phone, which looks like it could be a mid-range handset. We should expect a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage.

 

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The disappointing bit of this is the 720p display, which would place the X phone overall, at under most of the high-end handsets, or even the awesomely-priced Nexus 4. The details are arriving from @evleaks, who add that the rear-facing camera should be of a 10-megapixel variety backed up by a 2-megapixel front-facer.

 

Of course, this could all just be rumors, but @evleaks are usually on the money with most of their posts. We should expect some more concrete news on Moto X in the coming months.

Acer won't be building Windows Phone 8 devices this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 5:31 am

It looks like Acer is staying away from Windows Phone 8 for now, with the electronics manufacturer stating that they will not be releasing any Windows Phone 8-based devices this year. This comes from executives from within the company when speaking with Pocket-Lint.

 

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Acer vice president for the EMEA region that that the company don't see Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 OS as a safe bet. They want to wait and see how the mobile OS goes before they push investment into it and produce a handset for Windows Phone 8. The Acer exec said "We want to be there. But as someone who is growing up in the industry, we have to take bets and right now we know that [Android] works. For us, taking {a bet on Windows Phone] is not the right decision this year."

RumorTT: Microsoft shelling out $100,000 to some developers to build Windows Phone apps

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jun 17, 2013 4:52 am

Google and Apple are far out and just legging it in terms of application development, with app developers embracing the platform - but what about Microsoft? Well, it looks like they're having to shell out nearly $100,000 to some developers to build Windows Phone apps.

 

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This $100,000 isn't just for anyone, with Microsoft most likely handing the cash over to developers for specific, high-profile content. Microsoft are also running a separate program that offers every single developer $100 per app submitted to either the Windows Phone and Windows 8 stores.

CPU-Z makes its way to Android, get detailed information about your smart devices internals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 11:33 am

CPU-Z is now available for Android, a tool that has been used for many years by people like myself and other enthusiasts to get information on their systems and to check their latest overclock and what not. The app is now available for Android, which is a refreshing change.

 

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CPU-Z for Android provides a slew of information about the internals of your Android-powered device that you can use for debugging, optimizing or tweaking, just like you would on your Windows-powered PC. There are different tabs for your SoC, system build information, battery stats and live sensor data. There are obviously other apps that provide users with a similar experience, but this is CPU-Z, something that has been a long time companion of PC tweakers and enthusiasts.

 

I'll be installing this on my phone this afternoon for a tweak or two! You can grab it, here.

Box art for next-gen Xbox One and PS4 has been released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 16, 2013 10:30 am

The final box art for the next-gen consoles has been released by Microsoft and Sony. It doesn't look too bad at all, but I think Microsoft can at least have props for having the better box art this generation. First up, we have the Xbox One box:

 

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Not bad, eh? Nice and to the point, with a great shot of the controller on the side. The PlayStation 4 box art we have below:

 

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I think we have a lot of wasted space on the left side - and just a quick tease of the console. I'd really like to see an up-close shot of the PS4 instead of the floating shapes. Oh well, that's not my job now, is it? What are your thoughts on the box art of the next-gen consoles?

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