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Apple finally comment on leaked UDIDs from an FBI laptop, say "we didn't give FBI any device IDs"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 10:28 am

Last week we reported on AntiSec's claims that they had somehow gotten their grubby mits on millions of unique device identifiers for Apple devices (UDIDs), which were reportedly stolen from an FBI notebook. But, it looks like Apple have finally weighed in on the serious claim. Apple spokeswoman, Natalie Kerris, told AllThingsD:




The FBI has not requested this information from Apple, nor have we provided it to the FBI or any organization. Additionally, with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID.


The FBI have since stated that the story is completely false:


At this time there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.


At the end of the day, who knows what the truth is. Are the FBI not telling us everything? Are AntiSec pulling our leg? Are Apple covering themselves from a potentially huge security scandal?

Apple could see 10 million new iPhone sales in the first week, says analyst

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 9:32 am

We all know the new, sixth-generation iPhone is just around the corner, we've heard all the rumors, but how well will it sell? According to a Piper Jaffray analyst, we could see 10 million next-gen iPhone's sold, all within the first seven days on sale.




Appel are holding a press event next week on the 12th, where they've teased that something is "almost here". We should definitely see, at least, a new iPhone unveiled. We could also see a smaller 7.85-inch iPad mini, new iPods, Retina iMacs, or more.

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Apple iOS devices enjoy 65% of all mobile traffic, look back at Android in their dust

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 8:29 am

According to Chitika's latest August 2012 market share reports, Apple are absolutely dominating mobile web traffic, seeing their share of mobile traffic pass 65%. iOS completely smokes the competition, made up of Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and "other".




Out of the candidates, only two of them saw growth between July and August. Apple saw 1.28 percentage points (from 63.75% to 65.03%) and Samsung saw 1.56 percentage points increased, from 10.91% to 12.47%.


But, we're seeing Samsung release more and more devices, Motorola just announced three new smartphones today, and HTC should hopefully have a comeback with more than one device in the near future. The fight isn't over, and it never will be, but it is interesting to see just how much Apple's iOS platform dominates in mobile traffic.

Google announces Chromebook rentals as well as bulk online purchases for Apps customers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 7:23 am

Google have announced two key services for their Chromebook project, first up rentals, and secondly, the ability for Google's Apps customers to quickly purchase and deploy the hardware. Renting a Chromebook is not too expensive, at just $30 per month, which declines over time.




After the first twelve months with the Chromebook, the charge drops to $25 and after two years, to $20 per month. Chromeboxes can also be rented, at $25 per month, which declines to $18 per month over time. Google don't push any required time commitment for the rentals, making it a month-to-month service.


The Mountain View-based company also announced a new feature for Apps customers: bulk purchases of Chromebooks online. Current Apps customers can get up to 10 units from a new portal that Google have launched. They also want you to know that you "can manage your fleet of Chromebooks right from the Apps control panel".

Hacker wants $1 million in Bitcoin or they'll release Mitt Romney's tax returns

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 6:25 am

Things are looking to heat up for Mitt Romney, with a hacker claiming to have in his (or her) possession, the presidential candidate's previous tax returns. Romney has been accused of hiding something, as he has only released the previous two years worth of tax returns.




The hacker who claims to be part of Anonymous, claims to have copies of Romney's tax returns in the years before 2010 in which he or she posted to Pastebin. The hacker has also described how the files were accessed, where an actual person gained physical access to accounting form PricewaterhouseCoopers' office in Tennessee on August 25, where they copied the files onto a USB flash drive.

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Adobe updates Photoshop Touch for iOS, Android, the former gets Retina display support for the new iPad

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 5:28 am

Adobe has just pushed out an updated Photoshop Touch app for both iOS and Android, hitting version 1.3. The iOS version now includes Retina display support for the third generation 'new iPad', as well as support for print-resolution images up to 12 megapixels with up to 16 layers.



The new app also includes two new effects, a new three-finger tap, support for Apple's Photo Stream and smoother performance in the organizer, tutorial browser and file picker. Also included is a new "pixel nudging" mode for more precise movements.


The new three-finger tap feature will let you toggle between 100% view and "fit screen" view, while the two new effects added are called "Shred" and "Colorize". With the new version 1.3 of Photoshop Touch now supporting 12-megapixel images (only 10-megapixel on the iPad 2), users will need to change to the higher capacity in preferences, as the default value is still 4.2-megapixel with 10 layers.

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Motorola's third smartphone unveiled is the Droid RAZR HD

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 4:33 am

We've seen Motorola unveil their Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and their edge-to-edge-sporting RAZR M, now we have the veil lifted on the Droid RAZR HD. Motorola's Droid RAZR HD sports a 4.7-inch HD display, a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and a 2,500mAh battery, of course, it also receives Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS.




Motorola have built quite a large phone, while trying to keep it as slim as possible, as well as throwing a decently-sized battery in for good measure. Measuring in at just 8.4mm thick, 68mm across and 132mm tall, you'd forget there's a 4.7-inch screen sitting in front of your face. Motorola's Droid RAZR HD also features Kevlar coating which should keep it safe from most things, maybe except a bullet.




We get a micro-HDMI port, as well as micro USB and the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. Motorola are claiming that we should expect 10 hours of movie or TV show playback, and 6 hours of surfing the web. Because of its HD screen and 4.7-inch size, Moto claim that it sports the "same sharp clarity as your HDTV". Moto also claim that the RAZR HD will come with 24 hours of battery performance.

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Motorola's RAZR M sports 4.3-inch edge-to-edge screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 4:10 am

Motorola have taken the wraps off of a second phone, the RAZR M. What makes the RAZR M special? It's 4.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, that's what. Screen resolution is a little down from the bigger brother found in the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, sitting pretty with a 960x540 Super AMOLED Advanced display with a dash of Gorilla Glas on top.



We're looking at a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor cranking inside the smartphone, backed up by 1GB of RAM. The RAZR M also features an 8-megapixel rear shooter that can handle shooting 1080p video, a crappy 0.3-megapixel front facer, GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ global roaming, 8GB of internal storage and finally, a microSD slot.




NFC will ship with the phone, and its operating system will find comfort with the delicious Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This smartphone will arrive on Verizon Wireless next week.

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RumorTT: Sprint's Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G could receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates tomorrow

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 3:30 am

There seems to be lots of news that pends on announcements and confirmations tomorrow, with more news that Sprint will push out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to two of their Nexus-branded handsets tomorrow, reports Engadget.




Rumor has it the American telco will push Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as the Nexus S 4G with the Nexus' software version of FH06, and the Nexus S 4G software version being JRO03R. The image above shows that the software updates will be "pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own".


If you're one of these lucky people, let us know if and when you get the delicious OS pushed to your smartphone!

Motorola unveil the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, includes Jelly Bean and much more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 6, 2012 3:07 am

Motorola's event in New York city has given life to a new handset from the company, the Droid RAZR Maxx HD. The Droid RAZR Maxx HD sports a 4.7-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED HD display, powered by Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.




The hardware baked inside of the Droid RAZR Maxx HD is just as beefy, sporting a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a surprisingly large battery sitting at 3,300mAh. Oh, and it also Kevlar-coated, too.


The 3,300mAh battery is probably the star of the phone, where Moto are saying that it can provide 32 hours of "performance", the longest of any LTE-based smartphone. It can handle 13 hours of video playback, 10 hours of YouTube HD content, or 8 hours of web surfing. Motorola have promised that the Droid RAZR Maxx HD will be available in the US on Verizon's 4G LTE network, with details on release dates and pricing closer to its official release.

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