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Pentagon approves Samsung Galaxy S4, makes history as Samsung's first DoD approved device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 8:28 am

Samsung has made company history by getting its new Galaxy S4 approved by the Department of Defense (DoD). For a long time, BlackBerry has had a stranglehold on government contracts, especially in the security sensitive areas such as the DoD. The security clearance also covers Samsung's Knox security system.

 

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We recently told you about how the DoD also cleared BlackBerry's new line of BlackBerry 10 devices and PlayBook tablets. Now, however, BlackBerry will face some competition. The competition couldn't really come at a worse time for the faltering company. As of late, BlackBerry has been facing declining sales and market share as Android and iOS devices have taken over.

CPU-Z result shows Haswell Core i7-4770K at 7 GHz

By: Trace Hagan | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: May 3, 2013 7:31 am

It looks as though Intel may have a winner on its hands with Haswell when it comes to overclocking. One of the results in the CPU-Z database shows a Haswell CPU running at an impressive 7,012.65MHz. It's important to note that CPU-Z reported that the core was running four cores and four threads, suggesting that higher clocks could be achieved with a single core enabled.

 

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Also interesting to note is the fact the BCLK was reported as 91.07MHz, suggesting that Haswell might scale better with a lower BCLK and higher multiplier. After all, Intel did increase the maximum multiplier to 77, which was used in achieving this impressive score.

 

As an overclocker, I can't wait to see what I can achieve with Haswell.

Department of Defense approves the use of BlackBerry Z10, Q10 and PlayBook

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 3, 2013 6:33 am

Department of Defense employees have now been given the green light to use a couple of BlackBerry devices, with the company behind them announcing that the DoD will soon use their BlackBerry 10 smartphones and PlayBook tablets running Enterprise Service 10.

 

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These devices have been added to the Defense Information Systems Agency's approved products list. Up until now, the last BlackBerry device they were approved of using was the BB7 handset, so they'll be able to get with the times now at least.

YouTube Capture for iOS gets updated, now includes Wi-Fi-only upload option

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 5:36 am

Google have updated their YouTube Capture for iOS app, which is a video sharing app for Apple's mobile OS. Google have pushed it up to version 1.3, which includes a bunch of colorless enhancements like faster startup times, an upload timer and HD previews of image enhancements.

 

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The biggest change YouTube Capture for iOS version 1.3 includes is the ability to flick on Wi-Fi-only sharing, which is great for those of us without unlimited mobile data plans. The new update is 28.3MB, and you can get it from the iTunes Store.

FBI arrests Chinese "spy", thought he had precious NASA secrets, but it was filled with porn

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 4:26 am

The FBI thought they had another Chinese spy on their hands when they boarded a plane at Dulles International Airport to arrest Bo Jiang, a Chinese national with a doctorate in electrical engineering from Old Dominion University.

 

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Jiang was a former contractor with NASA at their Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, and was fired because of pressure from Republican congressman Frank Wolf of Virginia. Wolf claimed that Jiang and other Chinese engineers employed by NASA contrators were a security risk, and the day of his flight back to China, he had a NASA-owned laptop in his possession.

 

All that Jiang did wrong, was violate NASA policies, as there was no evidence of any sensitive material on his laptop, and Jiang had not had clearance to the secret projects at Langley as an employee of the National Institute of Aerospace. Investigators did find the laptop filled to the brim with porn and pirated movies. There was a press release issued by Wolf after the arrest, with a copy of Jiang's arrest warrant disappearing off the congressman's website. It was cached by Google though, where Wolf said:

 

I am particularly concerned that (the) information (on Jiang's laptop) may pertain to the source code for high-tech imaging technology that Jiang has been working on with NASA. This information could have significant military applications for the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army.

Instagram updated to version 3.5, includes account tagging, 'Photos of You' album

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 3:13 am

Instagram has been updated, reaching version 3.5 and now includes the new feature of photo tagging. You've been able to use hashtags up until now, but tagging your friends in your photos is a great new addition.

 

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You can take your picture, drop it, apply whichever filter you like best, then tap the tag button to select one or more friends in your photo. You can add any of your friends, as well as other accounts you follow such as a restaurant or business. The person who took the photo is the only one who can tag others, which will help with spam, thankfully.

 

If you're tagged in one of your friends' photos, it will turn up in your profile as "Photos of You", where you, or anyone else, can see them in one single spot.

Netflix's Ted Sarandos says piracy drops in territories shortly after Netflix launches

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 3, 2013 2:03 am

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, recently completed an interview with Stuff.tv. Most of the information was rather boring, though you can read the full interview at Source #1 below. The one interesting piece, at least to me, is that Sarandos says piracy drops in a region shortly after Netflix launches.

 

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One of the things is we get ISPs to publicise their connection speeds - and when we launch in a territory the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows. So I think people do want a great experience and they want access - people are mostly honest. The best way to combat piracy isn't legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. One of the side effects of growth of content is an expectation to have access to it. You can't use the internet as a marketing vehicle and then not as a delivery vehicle.

 

It does make quite a bit of sense. Often times people are forced to turn to BitTorrent to get the content they want to watch. However, most people are willing to pay for that content if the content providers would just license it to the region. This is similar to what has been seen with Spotify and other offerings. People are willing to pay as long as they can get the content they want.

Facebook rolls out Trust Contacts feature, uses friends to help unlock accounts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 3, 2013 1:33 am

Facebook has rolled out the new Trusted Friends feature. Trusted Friends allows a Facebook user to set various friends as trusted contacts to aid in recovering a Facebook account. Should you forget your log in or need emergency access, these trusted friends will be able to lend a helping hand.

 

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The feature is much the same as you might do with your house keys. Many people give neighbors house keys when on vacation or just to keep in case they lose their keys or have an emergency. The system will send security codes to each trusted contact who will then need to provide the code to you.

 

You'll apparently need the security codes from each friend, which should help prevent a single trusted contact from gaining access to your account.

Apple starts countdown to 50 billion app downloads, offers $10,000 gift card

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 1:05 am

Apple's App Store is getting close to hitting the 50 billion download mark and wants to celebrate. They've started another countdown, this time to 50 billion and will be awarding a $10,000 gift card to the person who manages to snag the 50 billionth app download.

 

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As part of the countdown, Apple has listed up some of the all time most downloaded free and paid apps, citing these apps as being what helped propel the App Store to such great heights. Interestingly enough, the top paid app is Apple's Pages and the top free app is Microsoft's Skype for iPad. Goes to show what we use these devices for the most.

Blockbuster launches iOS app, allows users to rent and stream movies

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 3, 2013 12:33 am

Blockbuster was acquired by Dish back in 2011 after filing for bankruptcy in 2010. The defunct movie rental company has had a desktop app, Smart TV app, and Android app since January and has now added an iOS app to the line up. The new app performs the same functions as the other currently available apps.

 

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Users are able to browse, rent, then stream movies from Blockbuster's catalog of almost 5,500 different movies. Pricing ranges from $2.99 all the way to $6.99 for new releases. You'll need a free account, which you can create through the app or on Blockbuster's On Demand website.

 

Blockbuster has some competition in the streaming market. Netflix is rather well established and Redbox has recently entered into the market. It's going to be an uphill battle, but definitely doable. The app is available from Apple's App Store.

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