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NASDAQ goes offline for three hours due to 'technological problem'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:52 pm

I've just woken up this morning (it's 7am here in my part of Australia) to the news of a three-hour shutdown of NASDAQ. Yes, a three-hour shutdown to trading in NASDAQ securities, which is massive news.

 

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NASDAQ pegged the issue on an 'unexplained technological problem' and resumed trading at 3:25pm EDT, after a 3-hour, 11-minute shutdown of trading in US companies' stocks. The shutdown is the largest in recent history. Sal Arnuk, co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading in Chatnam, New Jersey said: "Any brokerage firm gets paid by executing orders. So yes, we are frustrated, and this hurts us, it hurts the market and it hurts public confidence."

 

The exchange blamed the issue with distributing stock price quotes for the shutdown, with a source close to the matter describing the problem as a "data feed issue" reports Reuters. Ok, now let's talk serious for a little bit, because a "technical issue", in my opinion, doesn't just happen to NASDAQ.

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Yahoo bests Google in monthly traffic for the first time in two years

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 9:04 pm

A new report out from comScore says that last month for the first time in more than two years, Yahoo managed to best Google in terms of overall monthly traffic. Yahoo was able to coax in 196.6 million unique monthly visitors during the month of July, while Google only managed to attract 192.3 million unique visitors.

 

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Interestingly enough, these numbers did not include traffic from Yahoo's newly acquired social network Tumblr, which sees more than 38 million unique visitors every month. If these numbers were included, it would put Yahoo far ahead of Google in overall web traffic. However, the report did not include mobile traffic either, and with Google's Android being the dominant mobile OS, we're sure that Google would have topped Yahoo if the mobile numbers were included.

Canon prepares Powershot N for launch, now features Facebook Connect

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cameras | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 7:29 pm

Next month, Canon will release its PowerShot N compact camera that was first spotted at CES earlier this year. Since then, one major change has been made to device in the form of a button that allows quick and easy photo sharing on the giant social network we all know and love called Facebook. And while that is a pretty awesome feature, let's not overlook the camera's overall small form-factor design.

 

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Coming in at not much wider than its lens assembly, the Canon PowerShot N features a 12.1-megapixel CMOS sensor that is backed up by Canon's proprietary DIGIC 5 imaging processor. The compact camera is able to record 1080p video at 30 frames per second and features a 2.8-inch tiltable touchscreen that will assist you in composing that perfect shot.

 

The camera features a creative shot mode that will generate five artistic photos from each shot that is taken. Another 58 scenes under the smart auto mode allows users to customize their digital captures. The camera will be only available from Canon Direct and will retail at a price point of $300.

Logitech announces new white special edition K400 Touch Keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 6:33 pm

Today, Logitech announced that it has released a special edition of its popular Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400. The special edition boasts all of the same features that already make the original Logitech K400 so great, except now it is available in what the company is calling a "stylish, fresh white, to fit your clean and modern living space."

 

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For those of you not familiar with the K400, it is a wireless QWERTY keyboard from Logitech that includes a notebook-style touchpad and mouse buttons. The keyboard features all the standard media keys as well as a few extras that enhance your computing experience.

 

The company says that this keyboard has been optimized for the living-room environment and its new white façade allows it to fit in with any modern home theater environment. The Logitech Wireless Touch Keyboard K400 White edition is expected to be available in the US and Europe beginning next month and will retail at a pricing point of $39.99. Head over to Source #1 to check it out!

AVAST fights back against phone and data theft with Mobile Premium

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 5:39 pm

Earlier today, avast! Software announced the release of its new premium mobile security platform called avast! Mobile Premium. The company says that this premier version of its award-winning mobile security app for Android smartphones and tablets offers customers new superior anti-theft and backup technologies. The company claims that the new software will help owners recover lost or stolen phones by using a new technology called "Geofencing."

 

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Geofencing creates a virtual perimeter around the device and sounds a loud alarm if someone attempts to take the device beyond a user set distance. This new anti-theft feature, when combined with avast's mobile backup, ensures that in the event that a phone is stolen, both the hardware and data are easily recoverable. The backup technology allows you to backup important documents such as photos, contacts, and even financial information.

 

"More than half the people in the US own a smartphone and consumers are growing more concerned by the day about the security of the information on their mobile devices," said Vincent Steckler, Chief Executive Officer at AVAST. "avast! Mobile Premium easily fills the rapidly growing need for on-the-go security and protection." Check out the full release at Source #1 below. You can pick up the avast! Mobile Premium app from the Google Play Store at Source #2.

PayPal could soon introduce face verification for mobile payments

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 4:30 pm

In a not-so-surprising move, PayPal is reportedly testing out a new face verification system for mobile payment transactions. PayPal's app currently features a tab called "Local," which allows users to find nearby stores and restaurants that accept mobile PayPal payments.

 

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When a customer checks into a PayPal-capable store, their name and photo appear on the store's PayPal app. The customer can then use the app to pay for items, with the cashier completing the transaction by clicking on the customers profile picture. Head of retail services at PayPal, Rob Harper, has said: "We're pleased to help local businesses of all sizes offer a new more personal experience, while never having to turn away customers who don't have enough cash on them to pay."

Apple seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 3:35 pm

Apple is inching closer to the official release of OS X Mavericks, seeding out OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 6 to developers over the last 24 or so hours.

 

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In Apple's release of Developer Preview 5, the Cupertino-based giant introduced both the Mac iMacs app and a new beta version of iPhoto. OS X Mavericks, which is expected to be released in the fall, will include multiple new features such as a tabbed Finder, full-screen dual-monitor capabilities, Safari improvements and a new Maps app.

 

Developers can grab the update through the Software Update tool in the Mac App Store.

TearsTT: Roughly 3% of Americans are still on dial-up Internet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 2:30 pm

Google are slowly rolling out its uber-fast Fiber service across the United States, but did you know that around 3% of Americans are still stuck on dial-up? You know, the old Internet that wasn't always-on and had your modem make weird sounds when it connected to the Internet.

 

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The news comes from the Pew Research Center's report, that states that 3% of American Internet users are still using dial-up services for their Internet needs, with that 3% number not changing since 2011. This obviously means that there are 3% of Internet users who might not know better, maybe older Internet users without computer-savvy young children or friends, or Internet "black spots" where DSL or cable aren't available.

LG to impress with a slew of new products coming soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 1:37 pm

It looks like LG could have a very bright future ahead of them, not only is the South Korean giant proud to announce a new 5.5-inch 2560x1440-capable panel, but they are set to release a slew of new products.

 

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What can we expect? Well, LG Mobile's communications chief in Bulgaria, Dimitar Valev, when talking with Bulgarian blog, Dnevnik.bg, that they're working on a bunch of new products they're getting ready to launch. These new products include a new 6-inch smartphone, a new tablet that should feature a 9.8-inch display, a new Firefox OS-powered smartphone and a smartwatch.

 

There's obviously no release date or anymore details on these upcoming products, but we should all be looking at LG to be seriously competing against Samsung and Apple in the coming months, something I've been saying since they made the Nexus 4.

The Elder Scrolls Online will cost gamers $14.99 per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 22, 2013 12:30 pm

According to ZeniMax Online Studios' general manager, Matt Firor, The Elder Scrolls Online will require a $14.99 monthly subscription fee. Firor added: "We'll talk about further discounts, etc. later, but for now, we are very happy to finally announce our model. It's very simple - you pay once per month after the first 30 days and the entire game is available to you."

 

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Firor did say that ZeniMax would offer up discounts if gamers purchase multiple months at a time, and the developer will be supporting game time cards. The ZeniMax GM also said that the decision to require a "flat fee for continued, unlimited access" would allow the developer to remove "sacrifices" that other pricing models would've forced them to do. Firor continued:

 

We're building a game with the freedom to play - alone or with your friends - as much as you want. A game with meaningful and consistent content - one packed with hundreds of hours of gameplay that can be experienced right away and one that will be supported with premium customer support. Charging a flat monthly (or subscription) fee means that we will offer players the game we set out to make, and the one that fans want to play. Going with any other model meant that we would have to make sacrifices and changes we weren't willing to make.

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