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CyanogenMod 10.1 sees 11 new devices added, teases next-gen ROM too

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 6:03 pm

Today, CyanogenMod announced that it has added 11 new devices to its 10.1 white list, with most of the devices being of Motorola origin and a few Samsung handsets tossed in. Additionally, three new tablets have been added to the list as well.

 

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For our readers who have never heard of CyanogenMod, it is a custom ROM for Android devices and is widely believed to be one of the best alternate Android ROMs on the market. Cyanogen 10.1 is based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is closer to stock Android than any other custom ROM. The development team behind CyanogenMod says that work on CM 10.2 is already underway and that it will be based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. They alluded to what could be the next generation of Custom ROMs with a top secret project named Nemesis that will feature a new camera app called Focal.

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LinkedIn comes to full-touch Nokia Asha devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 5:02 pm

This morning, Nokia Asha owners have one more reason to use the phone today. Nokia has announced that the popular professional networking site LinkedIn has just released an app for the full-touch versions of its Asha smartphones, making it even easier to stay in touch with colleagues and coworkers.

 

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"LinkedIn for Nokia Asha essentially brings the most popular features of LinkedIn to an app built specifically for Asha touch devices," said LinkedIn's Giovanni Iachello, responsible for international product management. It's made up of four main features:

 

  • Update Stream: Keep up to date with your network and access information about your industry. You can like, comment and share updates to stay in the loop with what's going on.
  • Inbox: Accept connection requests and communicate with your contacts.
  • Search: Search through the global network of over 225 million LinkedIn members. There's also a People You May Know feature, which suggests professionals you may know and want to connect with, based on your current contacts.
  • Profile: Check out your own profile, and see who's been viewing you. You can reach out to them with a message or an invitation to connect.

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Meet SOL, an Unbuntu-powered, solar-charged laptop, 10hr battery life

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Laptops | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 4:03 pm

Imagine the convenience of having a laptop that boasted 10 hours of battery life, yet only requires two hours in the sun to fully recharge. Sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? Well that fantasy is now a reality thanks to a Canadian company called WeWi Telecommunications and their revolutionary Ubuntu-based laptop dubbed the SOL. The laptop was designed with developing countries in mind where one may need computational power, but reliable grid-based electricity is something of a scarcity.

 

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The SOL will feature a dual-core Intel Atom D2500 clocked at 1.86GHz with built-in Intel GMA 3600 graphics. 2GB stock or 4GB of RAM is optionally available alongside a 320 GB Seagate HDD. A 1366 x 786 pixel, 13.3-inch WXGA display is featured with a 3-megapixel webcam. Audio is headed up by a Realtek ALC661 HD chip with two built-in speakers and a built-in microphone.

 

Connectivity is headed up by three USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI port. 10/100 LAN and 802.11 b,g,n Wi-Fi is present alongside 3G/4G World Multimode LTE and Bluetooth 4.0. A headphone jack and an SD card reader round out the features. The SOL features fold-out solar panels on the back of the screen which allow the device to charge up in just two hours after spending a full 10 hours powered on. Expected to retail for around $300, more info is expected in a few days pending a company announcement.

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TT eSports unleashes POSEIDON, an illuminated mechanical keyboard

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 3:36 pm

This morning, TT eSports officially announced the launch of the POSEIDON, an illuminated gaming keyboard. TT eSports says that they built the POSEIDON with the goal of providing a quality Cherry MX switch-based keyboard, while retaining an extremely affordable price, allowing more gamers around the world the chance to experience the difference a mechanical keyboard can make. Our own Anthony Garreffa got a chance to check out the POSEIDON back in June at Computex 2013.

 

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The keyboard is constructed out of a hefty ABS plastic body that gives the keyboard a very solid feel and virtually removes all flex when pushing down on the keyboard. TT eSports says the POSEIDON was designed meticulously with no shortcuts being taken in the construction or overall function, giving this mechanical keyboard a premium feel while retaining a budget friendly price.

 

The POSEIDON is a pretty bare-bones gaming keyboard that provides everything you need without excessive clutter from macro keys or extra functionality. It is truly a plug-and-play experience with no extra software needed, allowing it to become the "ultimate plug-and-play" keyboard for gaming at home or on the go. The POSEIDON will retail at an MSRP of $79.99 and will begin shipping out worldwide later this month.

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'BREACH' can hack HTTPS in 30 seconds, nothing is secure

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 1:19 pm

One would think this is fear mongering, but it's real, and it's here. Security experts are now warning website operators to test their HTTPS traffic, as it might be vulnerable to a new crypto attack that can be used to take users' information.

 

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The attack is called Browser Reconnaissance and Exfiltration via Adaptive Compression of Hypertext, or BREACH, and was detailed in a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "BREACH vulnerability in compressed HTTPS" advisory issued on Friday. The DHS warned that "a sophisticated attacker may be able to derive plaintext secrets from the ciphertext in an HTTPS stream."

 

The vulnerability was exposed last Thursday at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas by Salesforce.com Lead Product Security Engineer, Neal Harris, along with Salesforce.com Lead Security Engineer, Yoel Gluck. Their HTTPS crypto attack can watch "the size of the cipher text received by the browser while triggering a number of strategically crafted requests to a target site" according to exploit details provided to the DHS by Prado.

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Left 4 Dead 3 teased during a visit through the Valve offices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 12:24 pm

During a visit by tourists through Valve's Bellevue-based offices, a member of the DotA 2 Reddit community snapped a picture of what the Internet has now grabbed onto as hope of a tease of Left 4 Dead 3.

 

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You can see in the photo above about "L4D3", and I've also noticed "Source2" which is the next-gen graphics engine that I think Valve will unveil with Half-Life 3. Of course, none of this is total, 100% proof, so for now, this is just a "we hope this is proof" post. There's no mention of Half-Life 3, but I'm sure Gabe and his team have that under serious lock and key this time around.

Neill Blomkamp says he was lucky he never directed the Halo movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 11:30 am

A few years ago, we nearly saw a Halo feature film from director Neill Blomkamp. At the time, he wasn't a big director, and the Halo film collapsed under the weight of its two financiers, 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures, pulling out of the project at the last minute.

 

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This was reportedly due to concerns over the ever-increasing budget, and Microsoft's cut. Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson, had hired Neill Blomkamp to direct the Halo movie, which would've been Blomkamp's first full-length film. When the Halo film collapsed, Jackson and his partner, Fran Walsh, decided to go with producing Blomkamp's District 9, a sci-fi flick based on one of his short films.

 

District 9 was released in 2009 to a huge praise from critics and viewers, going as far as receiving an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. When talking with Hero Complex, Blomkamp said: "The luck is the fact that Peter and Fran let me make [District 9] out of the ruins that were Halo. What happened out of that was learning to trust my ideas. If Halo had come out and succeeded or failed, I wouldn't have learned that."

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Ex-FEAR developers unveil Betrayer, a colonial-era FPS title

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 10:27 am

FEAR was a great game for its time, with its scares and slow-mo goodness, but some of Monolith Productions' former developers have formed a new studio, Blackpowder Games, and announced their first new title: Betrayal.

 

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Betrayal is a colonial-era, first-person shooter, set in 1604 where ghosts and mysteries are in high numbers in a high-contrast world. Betrayal has been made with the help of Unreal Engine 3, and will give players weapons from the era, including crossbows, muskets and axes. Players will be searching the lands for survivors and solving mysteries.

 

Creative Director of Betrayal, Craig Hubbard, said: "We wanted to get back to crafting games more intuitively. There's a sense of discovery and excitement when you navigate by instinct rather than market research and open yourself up to opportunities that arise during development." Betrayal will hit Steam Early Access on August 14 for $15.

Battlefield 4's Battlescreen feature won't work with Xbox 360, PS3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 9:29 am

I'm quite excited for the inclusion of the Battlescreen for Battlefield 4, which is an interactive mini-map and is powered through the Internet. It works on next-gen consoles and PCs, but won't be compatible with the current generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

 

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Battlelog Assistant Producer, Jesper Nielsen, says: "Battlelog is powered by the web, and that has a lot of implications. There are a lot of different things you can do, things you can do faster, rather than building stuff in native code." Battlescreen allows gamers to use a tablet or smartphone as a second screen, which is an awesome addition to Battlefield 4.

 

Battlefield 4 launches on October 29 for the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. It shouldn't launch too long after this date for the next-gen platforms.

RumorTT: AMD working on 12-core, 6GHz, AM4-based processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 6, 2013 8:45 am

Ok, before you read this post, please make sure you've gone to your cupboard and picked up your salt, because you're going to need it. Over at the Chiphell forums, it looks like some users have found some details on a CPU from AMD.

 

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Considering AMD aren't releasing their 28nm Steamroller-based "Kaveri" APUs until next year, I'd like to know where this new processor is coming from. The new processor in question is codenamed "Baeca", or the Phenom IV X12 170 processor, on a 25nm process. This processor is pretty incredible, with 12 cores and a base clock speed of 6GHz.

 

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All of this is wrapped into a beautiful 75W package, and includes 24MB of L3 cache. The new processor would come with a bunch of new instruction sets, including 3DNow(+), AMD-V and AMD-IV. The new processor would also arrive on the AM4 socket, which is a 1356-pin variant. The leaker of the information has said that this processor would launch in the second half of 2014, after AMD launch their new Steamroller-based Kaveri APUs.

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