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We check out LG's new G Pad 8.3 at IFA 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:53 pm

IFA 2013 - Our very own Johannes Knapp is in Berlin, Germany, for IFA 2013, an industry tradeshow currently taking place. While there, he got a chance to go hands-on with LG's recently announced G Pad 8.3, an 8.3-inch tablet that packs an impressive list of specifications.



The LG G Pad 8.3 features a quad-core QUALCOMM Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. The processor is coupled with 2GB of RAM to keep everything running smoothly on the 8.3-inch 1920x1200 full HD display. It features 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera for selfie duty.


The system is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 4600mAh battery, ensuring that the G Pad 8.3 should stay powered up for hours on end.

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Your common encryption protocols are nothing for the NSA

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 10:32 am

If you thought your piddly little firewall would protect you, think again: the NSA can get into virtually anything according to a new leak that has popped up on The Guardian and The New York Times.




The leaked documents are from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who details in the documents that HTTPS and SSL encryption that is used by most e-mail and banking services are nothing to the NSA to break through. The article talks about a ten-year long NSA project that attacks encryption standards from all angles.


This method uses server farms for brute-force decryption, using malware to intercept messages before encryption could happen, as well as working from within the walls of the tech industry to make sure the adoption of new protocols take place that would make the NSA's job of spying on the world was easier.


You can read more on the scary documents here, and here, but you'll most likely be joined by an NSA analyst somewhere, who is enjoying sharing your screen with you.

ctOS Mobile app for Watch Dogs lets you challenge your friends

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 9:28 am

Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, Watch Dogs, is looking more impressive by the day, especially with the ctOS Mobile app. The ctOS Mobile app will let you challenge your friends, or poke them if you dominate them in a game.




The news is coming from Anne Lewis, who is a communications associate for Ubisoft, who showed the application off by locating her friend on the app's map of Chicago, tapping on them and starting a challenge. One her friend accepting the challenge, he had to hit four checkpoints within a limited time period. Her job was to stop him from changing the game world from within the app.


She elaborated by saying: "By dragging the helicopter on the screen to hover over the console player's marker (which moved in real-time with his movements on the screen) I was able to see the various aspects of Chicago's infrastructure I could affect. As my opponent stole a car and headed toward an intersection I quickly hacked the traffic lights, sending cars careening into him. His luck held out and he was able to keep moving. If a player dies during the challenge it's not an automatic game over, but he'll have to start back at the beginning and none of the time is returned."

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Apple to reportedly launch Mac OS X Mavericks late next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 8:46 am

Apple should have a few good months starting September 10, with its next-gen iPhone event, but in late October the Cupertino-based giant will be unleashing OS X 10.9 Mavericks.




The news is coming from anonymous sources, who have said that Apple will stick with its previous tradition and launch the software the day that it releases its fourth quarter earnings report. Mavericks brings a few new features to OS X, such as enhanced multi-display support, browser-like finder tabs, and more.


We should also see Mavericks introduce reduced power state transitions that will take CPU utilization down by up to 72%. OS X Mavericks is also capable of compressing inactive memory to free it up for other applications that might require it. Mavericks will deliver over 200 improvements to OS X.

BlackBerry: BBM for iPhone 'submitted for review two weeks ago'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 4:29 am

It looks like BlackBerry's BBM for iPhone might reach us quicker than previously thought, with BlackBerry Senior Strategic Account Manager Alex Kinsella tweeting that Apple has BBM for iPhone, and BlackBerry is just waiting for its approval.




Kinsella tweeted: "Just in case we forgot to mention, BBM for iPhone was submitted for review 2 wks ago #waiting #BBM4ALL." We've already been teased of BBM for Android, so let's hope Apple is quick with its approval and gets BBM for the iPhone onto the App Store, ASAP.

EA is working on 6-8 new IPs, wants to avoid 'life support' scenario

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 3:31 am

EA has some truly gigantic franchises behind them, but they know to not just stand still in this ever-evolving gaming market, especially with next-gen consoles right around the corner.EA Games executive VP, Patrick Söderlund, told MVCUK during an interview: "We have six to eight completely new IPs in the works. The day we stop making new IP is when we go onto life support."




What exactly does 'new IP' mean to EA? Well, Söderlund explains: "We are working on a new Mirror's Edge game, and although that's not a new IP, it is a revival done in a new way. We are developing Star Wars: Battlefront, which to us is a new IP, even though it isn't technically."

September Android numbers are in, Jelly Bean takes 45.1% now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:31 am

Google has released the latest Android platform distribution numbers, where Android 4.1 and 4.2 have taken the lead in terms of Android OS market share. Android 4.1 and 4.2 Jelly Bean combined enjoy being on 45.1% of all Android-based devices.




The previous Android OS that took up the most market share was Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which now has 30.7% of Android users. Android 1.6 and 2.1 have been dropped from active tracking as they don't work with the latest version of the Google Play Store, which is where Google scoops up the distribution numbers from.


Jelly Bean saw increases of 4.6% total between Android 4.1 and 4.2, but all other versions of Android saw drops, showing the dominance of the best version of Android finally taking the lead. We will see more of this as Samsung has just announced some future top-selling devices, such as the Galaxy Note III and the upcoming Galaxy S5.

Packaging leaks for Apple iPhone 5S, shows new home button

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 2:01 am

With the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C set to launch in just a few days, more leaks about the 5S model have surfaced. Today, an image of what is said to be the official packaging for the device was spotted on a Chinese website. Interestingly enough, the packaging shows that the iPhone 5S most likely will feature a larger home button than on the previous model.




It's hard to tell from the grainy photos, but the home button appears to have what could be a LED light ring around it that would most likely be used to indicate different statuses from the phone. Unlike actual hardware, packaging is quite easy to fake, so take this leak with a grain of salt and just be patient until Tuesday when we will see what the iPhone 5S really looks like.

Crowds already beginning to amass at Apple Stores ahead of event

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 1:34 am

It's that time again: in just a few days from now, Apple will launch its next-generation smartphones, the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, and as with all iPhone launches, hordes of what can only be described as fanboys have started amassing at Apple stores around the country.




While this happens for many product launches, fans usually only gather a few days in advance, but with the new iPhones not expected to hit retail shelves until September 20, fans will be sitting outside of Apple stores for more than two weeks. In an interview over Skype, one of the campers told VentureBeat that "We think the new iPhone will be available on the 20th...that's our speculation, since it's usually out on the Friday after the introduction. So we think we'll be out here for about two weeks."

Google Street View takes us inside an 800-year-old salt mine

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Sep 7, 2013 1:02 am

The images coming in from Google's Trekker backpack loan program are simply breathtaking. Adventurers, historians, and people from all over the world are taking advantage of the company's generosity and are capturing Street View-like images of some of the most spectacular and amazing places on earth.




Today, Google added images from the 800-year-old Wieliczka Salt Mine in Wieliczka, Poland, to the company's Street View product in Google Maps. The imagery is part of the company's UNESCO World Heritage series and takes us inside the 187 mile long, 1,000 foot deep salt mine. The imagery that has been posted includes three hand carved full-size chapels and a massive cathedral that is carved from the natural gray salt deposits.

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