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Nest smart thermostat launches in the UK with install included

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 2, 2014 3:40 pm

The Nest smart thermostat has been available for people to buy in the US for a longtime now. Not too long ago, Google purchased Nest and kept the people behind the product turning the team into the Google hardware group.

 

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If you live in the UK and have been waiting to get your hands-on a Nest thermostat, it has now launched in your country. As of today, the Nest thermostat can be purchased in the UK starting at £179. That price includes free installation within about ten days of purchase.

 

If you want the Nest and need it installed faster, you can pay £249 and get the Nest with FAST installation within 3-4 days. The thermostat has the same features and style in the UK that it offers in the US. An accessory stand will be available for users who don't want to install it on the wall.

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RumorTT: Apple moving iPhone 6 into mass production in May

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 11:57 pm

With spring fresh in the air in the northern hemisphere, its that time for things to begin blooming once again. However, I am not talking about flowers and trees, I am talking about rumors of Apple's next-generation iPhone. A new report from RedmomdPie is suggesting that Apple will be pushing the 4.7-inch version of the iPhone 6 into mass production beginning sometime in May, but the 5.5-inch iPhone 6S will not be headed to production until later in the summer due to delays.

 

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RedmondPie cites Reuters as the source of the info, which says that its contacts within the Asian manufacturing industry have said that Apple has began pushing out orders to its supply chain for the components that make up the iPhone 6. While I am inclined to take this news as mostly speculation, it is about time for the Cuppertino-based company to begin building up stock if it plans on launching a new phone this year, but with the iPhone 5C being such a major flop, will apple actually bring a second device to market for its sixth iteration of the iPhone? What do you think? Will we see 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone's hit the market later this year?

LSI announces availability of new Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i

By: Kalen Kimm | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 11:13 pm

Today, at the WORLD HOSTING DAYS in RUST, Germany, LSI Corporation launched the Nytro MegaRAID 8140-8e8i. The new card is double the flash capacity compared to previous shipping Nytro cards and has four times the number of ports. The new design is geared towards scale-out servers and high capacity storage environments.

 

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The launch of this card coincides with the announcement from LSI that it has surpassed the 100,000 units of Nytro cards shipped worldwide. Demand for Nytro continues to be driven by the ever growing requirements for high-performing, massively scalable datacenters. According to Tom Swinford, senior vice president and general manager, Datacenter Solutions Group, at LSI, "The Nytro MegaRAID 8140 card provides cloud and hosting companies with a single, integrated solution to simply and cost-effectively scale caching and connectivity to support their customers' growing performance and storage requirements."

 

The latest 8140-8e8i integrates an expander onto the card that enables scale-out server environments with connectivity for up to 236 SAS and SATA devices. In addition to this expandability, the card also contains 1.6TB of onboard flash for intelligent data caching to maximize application. Also included is the Nytro Flexible Flash feature which allows users to partition the flash as primary storage for data volumes or partition the onboard flash as a boot drive.

Google Chrome plugin lets you view LinkedIn profile email addresses

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 10:53 pm

A free Google Chrome plugin that lets users view the email address of other LinkedIn profiles, even if they aren't connected, is in the legal cross hairs of LinkedIn.

 

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The free Sell Hack extension provides a "hack in" button, and while it is being defended by its creators, LinkedIn and security experts aren't overly impressed with the feature.

 

"LinkedIn members who downloaded Sell Hack should uninstall it immediately and contact Sell Hack requesting that their data be deleted," said Krista Canfield, LinkedIn Senior Manager of Corporate Communications, in a statement to TNW. "We advise LinkedIn members to protect themselves and to use caution before downloading any third-party extension or app. Often times, as with the Sell Hack case, extensions can upload your private LinkedIn information without your explicit consent."

 

UPDATE: According to the Sell Hack Blog, the plugin no longer works with LinkedIn - and any collected information has been deleted by the company. A future update that doesn't violate the LinkedIn Terms of Service could be available later down the road.

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RSA provided the NSA with more information than originally thought

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 10:07 pm

The National Security Agency (NSA) had two encryption tools that were adopted by EMC-owned security firm RSA, allowing the federal government easier access to snoop on Web communications, academic researchers recently noted.

 

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The researchers are largely made up from professors at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and Johns Hopkins, as they found the "Extended Random" extension which is able to nullify the RSA Dual Elliptic Curve software faster.

 

"If using Dual Elliptic Curve is like playing with matches, then adding Extended Random is like dousing yourself with gasoline," a researcher told Reuters.

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HTC's One M8 gets pulled from 3DMark results for cheating the system

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 10:06 pm

Last summer it was Samsung that got caught cheating the system when it came to 3DMark benchmark scores, and it appears that HTC has now decided to follow a similar path with its new HTC One M8. 3DMark has delisted the new phone from its ranking system after research and testing was conducted by AnandTech that proved the M8 was falsely bumping performance when publicly available benchmarks were ran.

 

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HTC was caught by a version of 3DMark that is not available to the public but otherwise identical to the public version showed results that were 15-percent lower than those ran on the detectable public version of the benchmark. This means that HTC is boosting performance when it detects 3DMark is running. This is a direct violation of Futuremark's rules and as such, it pulled all results from its 3DMark website.

 

HTC says that it does optimize performance when running benchmarks and that the deception is a feature as it shows the phones maximum performance. "Our engineers optimize in certain scenarios to produce the best possible performance. If someone would like to get around this benchmarking optimization there are ways to do so, but we think most often this will not be the case," said HTC. The issue is that 3DMark does not seek to discover a phones maximum performance, but rather its real-world performance. This means that the benchmark must be ran under normal everyday conditions.

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Apple could plan to release DSLR-like lenses for future iPhone models

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 8:27 pm

A new patent filed by Apple is lending some insight into the companies future plans for its iPhone and iPad mobile devices. The patent shows that Apple has came up with a concept that would see DSLR-like interchangeable lenses attaching to a bayonet-style mount surrounding the camera. Add-on lenses for the iPad and iPhone have been around since the first iPhone launched, and now it looks like Apple wants to cash in on those accessories.

 

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The bayonet mounting method has several advantages over some of the magnetic, and clip-on designs that are already on the market as it gives Apple a way to ensure that the lens is perfectly aligned with the iPhone's camera sensor every time. This will improve image quality, and allow Apple a licensing avenue that would force lens makers to pay Apple for the rights to create lenses to mount onto the new iPhones. In the end, I feel that this is exactly what Apple was going for, and I actually think that they will release this mount in the form of a case rather than built into the camera.

Subaru Tribeca replacement rumored for diesel plug-in hybrid power

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 7:51 pm

The Subaru Tribeca isn't exactly the best selling SUV that Subaru makes. When Subaru showed off its new concept car during the New York Auto Show in April called the Viziv 2, rumors surfaced that the concept car might be the next Tribeca. A new rumor going around suggests that the Tribeca name may be retired altogether.

 

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The concept car is now said to hint at future small and larger SUVs from Subaru. The source of the rumor is said to be "close: to Subaru. This source also says that the new SUV will be close to the Tribeca in size for the larger model. No additional details were offered on the rumored smaller SUV.

 

Another interesting tidbit is that the new SUV is tipped to be a plug-in hybrid using a diesel engine. The engine will reportedly be a 2.0L turbo boxer diesel producing 148hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. There is no indication of how much power the electric engine will add. There is a chance that the hybrid system will be similar to what was shown in the Viziv 2 with rear motor driven symmetrical AWD. The new SUV is tipped to be coming for late 2017 availability.

LaCie Fuel grows to 2TB capacity to hold more content

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 7:20 pm

In Late January, we got our hands-on the new LaCie Fuel 1TB storage device for review. We liked the Fuel a lot and gave it a 90% rating when all the tests were done. One of the things that might have bothered some about the Fuel was that 1TB of storage isn't that much space.

 

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LaCie has announced a new version of that drive that has the same feature, but has twice the capacity. The storage capacity is now up to 2TB. The 1TB version is still available. LaCie talks about the device as if it's for the iPad only. It should work with just about any mobile device that has a version of the Seagate media app available. Devices that support that app include iOS devices, Android, and the Amazon Kindle.

 

The 2TB Fuel is able to stream content to up to five devices without needing an internet connection. When a Wi-Fi connection is available, the Fuel can be used as a hotspot. AirPlay is supported making it easy to shoot content to the big screen in the living room. Battery life for the device is 10-hours. The 2TB Fuel can be pre-ordered now for $249.99 in the US with shipping globally happening this month.

MinnowBoard Max developer board starts at $99 with Intel Atom power

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Apr 1, 2014 6:47 pm

If you are the sort of geek that is into projects that require a CPU and board among other things, check this out. A new developer board has landed called the MinnowBoard Max and it is an update to the original MinnowBoard. That original product used an Intel Atom E640 CPU and sold for $199.

 

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The new product offers better hardware and a cheaper price tag. The MinnowBoard Max comes in two versions with the base model selling for $99. For the money, you get a small developer board with a 1.46GHz Intel Atom E3815 CPU and 1GB of RAM.

 

If you need more performance, you can get an upgraded version with a 1.33GHz dual-core Atom E3825 with 2GB of RAM. That hopped up version sells for $129. The MinnowBoard max supports Android 4.4, Debian Linux, and other operating systems.

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