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11th anniversary of 9/11, the world still remembers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Sep 11, 2012 1:11 am

A year ago today marked the 10-year anniversary of the most tragic attack on American soil, and here we are again, at the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Time usually heals wounds, but the wounds caused by these attacks are still wide open, and still hurting for most Americans.



I'm yet to have visited the United States, but I hope to more than once next year and would love to visit the 9/11 memorial site. Until then, enjoy a tribute video that we displayed last year - by Alex Mihal.

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American Airlines pilots receiving iPads after FAA approves them for use

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 11:31 pm

The FAA has cleared iPads for takeoff, at least for use in the cockpit. The iPad will be used by pilots as part of their "electronic flight kit" and will replace paper manuals which currently weigh in at 35 pounds. Apple's tablet is the only one approved for use as the electronic flight kit and has now been approved for use in "all phases of flight."




The reduction in weight, which ends up being pretty sizable due to no longer carrying 35-pound flight manuals, will save American Airlines an estimated $1.2 million in fuel costs annually. That figure is based upon current fuel costs, which are only set to go up.


This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American Airlines as we work to modernize our processes and best meet the needs of our people," said Captain John Hale, American's Vice President of Flight. "With this approval from the FAA, we will be able to use iPad to fully realize the benefits of our Electronic Flight Bag program, including improving the work environment for our pilots, reducing our dependency on paper products and increasing fuel efficiency on our planes. We are equipping our people with the best resources and this will allow our pilots to fly more efficiently."

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iOS users get updated Google Drive app with built-in document editing

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 10:57 pm

Google has updated their Google Drive app on iOS today to include built-in document editing. The new app version also includes support for collaboration, so more than one user can be editing the document at one time. Users have access to formatting options from a prominent bar placed across the top of the screen.




One user of the new app notes that it seems to be a web interface as the keystrokes don't immediately appear on the screen. He also notes that the interface is very similar to Apple's Pages app, though the typing features that delay previously mentioned.


The iOS App page lists the following as changes:


  • Edit Google documents with formatting and collaboration
  • Edits to your Google documents appear to collaborators in seconds
  • Richer Google presentations with animations and speaker notes


Having editing and collaboration directly in the app is an extremely useful feature, especially the collaboration part. Users can pick up the app for free from the Apple App Store.

GoDaddy hacked, sites down as result, Anonymous takes credit

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 9:55 pm

A member of Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the hacking of GoDaddy today, which has affected sites across the web. GoDaddy's site has been down today, along with sites hosted with the service. Other sites that use GoDaddy for DNS or other services have also been affected, though not all are down for everyone.




GoDaddy has acknowledged the problem with a Tweet:


Status Alert: Hey, all. We're aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We're working on it.


@AnonymousOwn3r has Tweeted the following, taking credit for the attack:


I'm taking godaddy down bacause well i'd like to test how the cyber security is safe and for more reasons that i can not talk now


@AnonOpsLegion, the official Twitter for Anonymous responded with the following:


@AnonymousOwn3r Good job brother, glad to see you back!


GoDaddy has provided the following updates:


Update: Still working on it, but we're making progress. Some service has already been restored. Stick with us.


We're continuing our work to get back on track. This is our #1 priority. We'll keep posting updates here. Thanks for all the support.


It's not clear when all services will be restored, but GoDaddy is working as quickly as possible to bring everything back online. I'm sure will come out in the following hours and days and we will be sure to keep you updated on the latest.

Rumor TT: Toshiba cuts NAND prices 20 to 25% today

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 9:06 pm

On the eve of Intel Developers Forum San Francisco, we received word from a SSD manufacture that Toshiba just slashed the price of Toggle Mode NAND Flash by 20 to 25%.




If you recall, just a few months ago Toshiba announced a 30% reduction in manufacturing. Toshiba expected other NAND flash manufacturers to follow suit to increase the cost of flash. Micron took the opportunity to gain market share and either held flash production or increased output. We've seen Micron gain some market share because of it. Companies are even making special Micron flash versions of existing products, like the new OCZ Vertex 4 512GB M (M for Micron) SSD.


With the massive price drop, we can only assume that Toshiba is backing off their reduced output strategy. This is good news for consumers looking for even lower priced SSDs. How good is this for consumers? Well, this is a quote from one of my inside sources:


"Full on price war started today. I just got news from ******, all [our] SSDs are getting cut by around 25%"

Blue Toad admits responsibility for leaked UDIDs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 8:01 pm

Remember those 1,000,000+ Apple UDIDs that were leaked last week? Well, it turns out that they probably didn't come from an FBI laptop after all. The CEO of Blue Toad, a small, Florida-based publishing company has issued an apology as the data was taken from their servers about two weeks ago.




The data originated from the company's servers, though this doesn't completely rule out that the data made its way to the FBI. It does, however, contradict the story that went along with the leak as the data was taken just two weeks ago, not back in March as claimed. Blue Toad was alerted to the likelihood of it being their data by security researcher David Schuetz.


Schuetz noticed that several of the device names included in the leak made reference, or contained, "Blue Toad." The numerous references seemed to indicate development devices, so he contacted the company. They ran a comparison between the leaked data and their database and found a 98 percent match.


"That's 100 percent confidence level, it's our data," DeHart, CEO of Blue Toad, said. "As soon as we found out we were involved and victimized, we approached the appropriate law enforcement officials, and we began to take steps to come forward, clear the record and take responsibility for this."

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Instagram is coming to Windows Phone 8

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 7:33 pm

Fans of Instagram and Windows Phone rejoice, the app will be coming to the new Windows Phone 8 platform. According to The Verge's sources, Instagram will be made available on Windows Phone 8. A slip-up in a promotional video tipped them off, though the video could possibly be showing a Vimeo live tile.



The Verge then went and independently verified that Instagram is indeed coming to the platform. As you can see in the video above, at 0:52, the tile on the right, second from the top appears to be Instagram likes and comments. An image is provided below for your viewing pleasure.


Now, you no longer have to make a decision on buying a phone based on needing Instagram as it should make its way onto Windows Phone 8 before the end of 2012. Now you can use Nokia's PureView camera to take even better grainy 600x600 sunset or meal pictures. Won't all your friends be impressed?

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Toys 'R' Us unveil tablet designed for kids, priced at $150

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 6:28 pm

Tired of your kids dropping your expensive tablet? Well, Toys 'R' Us has your back as they are going to be selling a tablet designed just for kids, including built-in features for the drop that it is almost guaranteed to experience. The tablet looks like most of your entry level Android tablets, but comes with a few kid-centric features.




For one, the device comes preloaded with 50 games, books, and educational apps. There are also more than 6,000 additional apps available through the Tabeo Store. Children can also use the built-in Wi-Fi to browse the web safely as the tablet features parental controls that can block objectionable web content.


The tech specs side of things prove pretty marginal. It's powered by a 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in storage, and a 7-inch multitouch screen. The storage can be upgraded through the use of micro SDHC cards. The device will be sold by Toys 'R' Us exclusively so people can't try it out in store and then buy it online cheaper.


Expect the device to hit store shelves October 21. The device is currently available for pre-order on the Toys 'R' Us website with an estimated ship date of October 1.

Nokia Flame surrounded in rumors, said to be a low-end Windows Phone 8 device

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 4:26 pm

Nokia, fresh off an advertising scandal, is now the subject of rumors. Now that we've learned about the Lumia 920 and 820 at Nokia's press conference, rumors have started to surround Nokia's plans for lower devices. Today, we bring you the latest on all things Nokia Flame, Nokia's Lumia 710 replacement.




The Nokia Flame is rumored to be a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device at the low-end of the performance spectrum. The screen is thought to be a WVGA screen resolution. According to KitGuru, "other known specifications include a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot."


The new device is due out sometime in the first quarter of 2013 and has already been labeled as the replacement for the Lumia 710, so it will likely come with a nice low price tag.

Gottfried Warg, a co-founder of Pirate Bay, faces new charges

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 10, 2012 3:28 pm

When Gottfried Svartholm Warg was arrested two weeks ago, it didn't really come as a surprise to anyone. But, as the time goes on, the plot thickens. Originally, it was thought that the arrest in Cambodia was due to his conviction of copyright charges. Now, sources are reporting that his arrest is in conjunction with an alleged hacking of Logica.




Logica provides IT services to Sweden's tax offices. It seems as though the Logica servers were infiltrated several times between 2010 and 2012. The result of this is that there appears to be a compromise of tax records stored on said servers. Why would Warg want to do something like this?


After all, his copyright charges weren't that big of a deal, but he if is responsible for these hackings, they are a big deal. It's not clear why someone already in legal trouble would want to bring more upon himself. Furthermore, the question must be asked: what did he want with those tax records?

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