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Verizon FiOS Mobile app for iPad updated with live TV streaming

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Software | Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:42 pm

It's been a long-time coming for Verizon FiOS customers who have been waiting for the FiOS Mobile iPad application to receive its inevitable live-streaming television update, and this week, the company finally released that very update.




The FiOS Mobile iPad application was promised to have live streaming when it first debuted back in 2010, but it didn't and has gone two years without the ability to stream television programing to iPad owners. With this week's update, FiOS customers can now stream 75 channels of live television to their iPads.

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Apple just doesn't stop - asks judge to add Samsung's Galaxy Note II and other smartphones to latest suit

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 25, 2012 4:40 am

Seriously, Apple - innovate instead of suing. You have one god damn smartphone on the market, the iPhone 5, in a single size - and yet they just continue bashing forward with lawsuits. Their market cap has experienced over $150 billion in drops in the past two months - and it has no signs of slowing.




Well, today Apple have launched yet another suit, adding the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III with Android 4.1 and four other products to their latest lawsuit against Samsung. Apple have already added some of those devices, such as the Galaxy S III, but between then and now, they've received software updates - which leads us to another round of requested inclusions, sigh.


The other four devices added are Samsung's Galaxy S III mini, Rugby Pro, Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. With these devices, we could see the lawsuits (plural) dragged out into 2014 - hearings are expected to take place early next year.

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Disney has taught a humanoid robot to play catch, juggle - doesn't look like Arnie, thankfully

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Nov 25, 2012 3:27 am

Here I am thinking we're getting closer to the end of the Mayan long-count calender, and the world won't end - but now Disney have taught one of their humanoid robotic subordinates how to play catch and juggle with human participants.



Yes, I'm not trolling - Disney have just unveiled this new effort, and designers have given the unit (not named the T100) a cup-shaped, human-like hand which helps with the catching and juggling. The robot uses an ASUS Xtion Pro Live camera which tracks faces and incoming balls - technology similar to Microsoft's Kinect.


The project started off with Kinect, but researchers switched to the ASUS Xtion Pro Live because they didn't need the Kinect's panning motor or microphone.

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Samsung lets "Baffin" slide through the FCC, features 5-inch WVGA screen and quad-core CPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2012 2:32 am

Samsung have had great success in the 5-inch smartphone market, with the incredibly popular Galaxy Note range of smartphones. There's now another player joining the 5-inch ranks, with Samsung's SHV-E270L sliding through the FCC.




It sports a codename of "Baffin", and doesn't seem like it'll break Korean borders when it's released. We should expect it to don the name "Galaxy Grand" when it's released, and listed in the Bluetooth database, it is an LTE-powered device.


We should expect it to rock a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, and its 5-inch display getting its resolution knocked down to 800x4800 WVGA. Korea's Money Today has reported that the Galaxy Grand will be the perfect device for older customers as it'll feature bigger icons and letters on its 5-inch low-res screen.

Samsung intros flip phone sporting dual screens, quad-core processor and is marketed by Jackie Chan

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:07 am

This is the one thing I love about every manufacturer apart from Apple - they're not scared to mess with the general look of the phone. In Samsung's latest high-end hardware headed for China, they've unveiled the new SCH-S2013.




The SCH-S2013 is a flip phone, but sports high-end internals such as a 1.4GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in flash storage, also expandable through microSD cards. Better yet, there are two screens - both 3.7-inch Super AMOLED, at WVGA resolution - 800x480.


Software wise, it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as well as Samsung's TouchWiz UI - both of which are probably tweaked to handle the old school form factor. There's also dual SIM slots, one for GSM, and the other for CDMA.

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ECS announces their first ever Modmen PC modding competition, $33,333 holiday up for grabs!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 11:50 pm

If you have any sort of modding ability, this might be the time to stand up and pit yourself against the competition across the world. Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) have just announced that they're teaming up with Thermaltake, G.Skill and a bunch of media partners to bring you the first ever worldwide Modmen PC modding competition.




The competition started on October 11, 2012, where ECS are on the hunt for the Modmen of the year. The best bit? The Grand Prize will become a Taiwan millionaire with the prize pool of NT$1,000,000 - roughly USD$33,333.


There are two stages of the competition, with the first beginning online. The top 10 case modders will be determined from a combination of online votes and ECS' own modding judges. Whoever gets donned with the most votes, wins $1,000. From there, the top 5 PC modders qualifying for the second stage of the competition will be flown to Taiwan, put up in accommodation, and will compete at Computex 2013 for a chance of the Grand Prize - the NT$1 million, or USD$33,333. This is on top of the cash and prizes in between.

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Wii U U.K. launch event giving games away to attendees on Nov. 30th

By: Daniel Perez | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 3:15 pm

The Nintendo Wii U launched in the U.S. nearly a week ago, but others around the world are still waiting for their official release dates for Nintendo's console to release in their neck of the woods. The Wii U is set to release in Europe on November 30th, and it seems like their official launch event is going to blow the U.S. launch event out of the water in terms of goodies attendees will walk away with.




If you're in Europe and plan on attending Nintendo's launch event at the HMV Oxford Street store, you might want to get there quick as there will be a number of freebies available for those who are one of the first to purchase the Nintendo Wii U.

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Japan makes it illegal to import R4 cartridges, probably just a bit too late

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 2:02 am

Users of the Nintendo DS are likely to know what an R4 cartridge is. For those who don't, it's a device that allows gamers to get around the security measures implemented on the DS so that they can run homebrew or illegally downloaded games. It basically allows users to play ROMs on their system, much like you can do on a computer.




In the UK, these have actually been illegal to import, advertise, or sell since July 2010. However, in Japan, the country where Nintendo hails from, it has been illegal to sell them for three years. Only this Spring, though, did an actual arrest take place because of someone breaking that law.


Of course, Nintendo is against these cartridges because they allow people to illegally download games, which cuts into their revenue. Japan has now made it illegal for the devices to even be imported into the country, though this seems a bit late. The 3DS is taking over and the DS is falling by the wayside. Currently, no device exists that does the same thing for the 3DS.

Updated: GoDaddy has DNS compromised causing some site visitors to get infected

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 1:03 am

GoDaddy is having more trouble with their DNS. After a major outage took down a large portion of the internet, they are again facing issues. This time, DNS records of websites hosted on GoDaddy are being modified. The modification adds subdomains that point to infected websites under the control of malicious users.




Once a computer is redirected to the malicious IP, the server attempts to exploit the system using the Cool Exploit kit. Because of the record being modified at the DNS level, the URL and site look to be legitimate. If a user becomes infected, the computer is locked down via ransomware and the user is made to pay to unlock it.


It's the typical ransomware setup--it uses local currency and information to make it look as if local law enforcement are the ones who locked it down. Affected webmasters should check their DNS records to make sure that they don't have these rogue subdomains and users who have been affected should contact a virus removal expert.

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Facebook looking to create official external advertising network

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 24, 2012 12:06 am

Facebook has a lot of data about you. They know what you like, you who know, and what you post and they use all of that information to allow advertisers to target you while you're surfing Facebook. But what if that information could be used to target you when you're running around the rest of the web?




Well, it looks as though we'll soon find out. Facebook is reportedly looking to start up an external advertising agency. This means that Facebook would allow advertisers to use Facebook information about you to target ads at you as you surf around the net. The whole reason Facebook would want to do this is because it would bring it lots of revenue.


One estimate says that they could double their current revenue by doing this. Increasing revenue is an important thing for Facebook as they are now a publicly traded company. The model would be similar to Google's AdSense, something that has proven popular and effective. Facebook, if they do this right, could possibly compete with Google's advertising, something that has previously been unobtainable by anyone.


Chris Dixon: "An external ad network is inevitable. Google proved this model with Adsense. With an already huge base of advertisers bidding on CPCs, it is impossible for most other ad networks to compete on publisher payouts. But Facebook's traffic is so great now that an external ad network might increase their revenues by 2x or so."


Facebook's Chief Privacy Officer has even said that this is allowed in an in

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