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Leaked cover for HTC One successor looks awesome

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2014 4:31 am

HTC is expected to unveil the successor to its One smartphone on March 25, but between now and then, we can take a look at a new leaked photo of its upcoming new accessory - a beautiful, yet strange new cover.




@evleaks is behind the picture, posting on its Twitter page a press image of the new One smartphone with its new cover installed. The new case looks like a new Lite Briight, but sees information littered across the back of it along hundreds of dots. It looks like it could be a real eye-catching cover, something that will definitely have the One successor stand out from the rest.


Now all we need is Robert Downey Jr. rocking this smartphone and cover in a new ad. If the cover is customizable, where you could have your own words, logo or basic picture on the back, this could really be something worth talking about.

AMD's dual Radeon R9 290X rumored to launch very soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 9, 2014 3:40 am

All the way back in November last year, we reported on AMD building a dual Hawaii XT GPU - the same core used on its flagship Radeon R9 290X... but this new video card would feature two of those Hawaii XT cores.




The dual Radeon R9 290X became a little more real this week, with a tease of the ARES III GPU by ASUS. ASUS' ARES line of GPUs is its dual-GPU video cards, some of the most respected and most-wanted GPUs on the market. Talking specs, the dual Radeon R9 290X card would feature three 8-pin PCI-E power connectors, with a massive 500W TDP.


We should see 8GB of RAM total, 4GB per GPU. Personally, I think the 4GB limitation is going to be the letdown on a dual Radeon R9 290X card, as SAPPHIRE has teased a beautiful Radeon R9 290X VAPOR-X which features 8GB of RAM, on a single GPU.

Galaxy S5 will protect parents' bank accounts with 'Kids Mode'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 9, 2014 3:34 am

Samsung must know that thousands, if not millions of parents own Galaxy-branded smartphones, so with its upcoming Galaxy S5 flagship device, it is baking in a new 'Kids Mode' function. Kids Mode will allow parents to let their kids use their flashy new Galaxy S5, but it will be locked down to certain functions, including access to Samsung's pre-loaded apps.




These pre-loaded apps include a basic drawing app, a voice recording app, special camera and gallery apps, and finally, a karaoke app. There will also be a Kids Store built into the Galaxy S5, which will provide parents with access to more apps for their kids. Parents will be able to add more apps to the Galaxy S5 in Kids Mode, which should keep kids across the world busy for hours on end when needed.


Kids Mode seems to be aimed at kids under 10 years old, with the "approach is fun and very cartoony," according to Pocket-lint, who took a closer look at the new function. The Kids Store is apparently the same, which has vibrant colors bursting everywhere, and includes app categories such as Special, Learning, Play, Store and others.

Apple has reportedly ordered 90 million iPhone 6's from Foxconn

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 9, 2014 2:32 am

Apple has reportedly ordered some 90 million iPhone 6 smartphones from Foxconn Electronics, with those 90 million handsets orders for just 2014 alone. It looks like Apple is quite confident its next smartphone will be a smash hit, ordering that massive quantity of devices.




Taiwan-based Commercial Times newspaper has said that its sources of Citigroup Global Markets analysts have said that Foxconn is expected to receive the massive orders from Apple for the new iPhones this year. The market observers believe that iPhone shipments should increase 23% in 2014, compared to the 13% growth seen last year.


90 million iPhoness sounds like a lot, but considering Apple sold around 85 million iPhones in the second half of last year, this shouldn't be that hard of a task for the company.

Beats Music makes its API public, is now open to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 9, 2014 1:25 am

Beats Music is catching up on its competitors Rdio and Spotify by making its API public. Up until this point, the company only gave its API out to a few select partners so that they could create integrations with compatible devices.




Now that developers have access to the API, they have access to Beats' catalog of over 20 million tracks, as well as metadata, artist and album art, personal recommendations, and the company's own curated content. The curated content is what Beats believes will make its service stand out against the streaming music crowd.


Opening up its API has Beats in a more competitive nature, as it will allow developers to get elbows deep in its code, making the service available on more platforms.

Google was attacked by the Chinese, NSA according to its chairman

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 9, 2014 12:33 am

During his speech at the SXSW technology conference in Austin, Texas, Google chairman Eric Schmidt had some damning words to say about the Chinese, and the NSA. SChmidt said that government attacks from China, and the US, forced Google to boost its security protocols.




Schmidt said that governments around the world have come to the realization that trying to block Internet access to its citizens are futile, and that they have moved onto other methods of control. He said: "You don't turn off the Internet: you infiltrate it. The new model for a dictator is to infiltrate and try to manipulate it. You're seeing this in China, and in many other countries."


The Google chairman was pressed about the role of technology in uprisings, such as the one in the Ukraine right now, where he said that the spread of mobile devices has allowed people to organize much more easily, but although "revolutions are going to be easier to start," they'll also be "harder to finish."

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Julian Assange says President Obama isn't serious about NSA reform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 11:46 pm

WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, gave a talk at SXSW Interactive, where he said that President Obama isn't serious about NSA reform. Assange said he is siding with the NSA, and not with the American people.




Assange said that we can see that Obama isn't serious about the NSA scandals, as he has failed to fire or prosecute anyone at the NSA. The WikiLeaks founder also said that Obama couldn't enable any change, even if he actually wanted to. Assange said that if President Obama tried to dismantle the NSA or CIA, that he would be impeached, and that the agencies would destroy him as they "have dirt on him".


Assange had some dark words about the NSA, adding that the NSA "has dirt on all of us", suggesting that the American government has been collecting information on US citizens to black mail them when the time is right.

NC State researchers create compromised Android detection software

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 6:20 pm

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created the Practical Root Exploit Containment (PREC) tool aimed to look for root exploits in malicious apps.




Since most malicious apps targeting Google Android are based on C programming, not Java, researchers can compare apps with a database that describes how apps are expected to operate. Software anomaly detection isn't new, but researchers focused strictly on C code, greatly reducing the number of false positives by searching for C only.


"We have implemented PREC and evaluated our methodology on 140 most popular benign applications and 10 root exploit malicious applications," researchers wrote in their paper. "Our results show that PREC can successfully detect and stop all the tested malware while reducing the false alarm rates by more than one order of magnitude over traditional malware detection algorithms."

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Europol warns public Wi-Fi users of privacy, security risks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 4:10 pm

European Union law enforcement agency Europol is urging citizens to be careful using public Wi-Fi hotspots, due to an increase in the number of cybercriminals trying to steal information.




There is even greater concern when people use these hotspots to log into social media, make online purchases, or use online banking. However, the majority of consumers don't tend to focus on security, and aren't aware of the risks.


"We should teach users that they should not address sensitive information while being on an open insecure Wi-Fi Internet," said Troels Oerting, head of the Europol cybercrime unit, in an interview with BBC Click. "They should do this from home where they know actually the Wi-Fi and its security, but not if you are in a coffee shop somewhere you shouldn't access your bank or do all of these things that actually transfer very sensitive information."

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Snowden raised concerns within the NSA before blowing the whistle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 8, 2014 9:31 am

During his testimony to the European Parliament released on Friday morning, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that he reported policy or legal issues related to the NSA's far-reaching spying programs to more than 10 officials. But, as a contractor, he had no legal leg to stand on in order to pursue further whistleblowing.




Snowden was asked specifically if he had felt like he had exhausted all of his options before deciding to leak the classified information to the public, where he responded with: "Yes. I had reported these clearly problematic programs to more than ten distinct officials, none of whom took any action to address them. As an employee of a private company rather than a direct employee of the US government, I was not protected by US whistleblower laws, and I would not have been protected from retaliation and legal sanction for revealing classified information about lawbreaking in accordance with the recommended process".


US President Barack Obama said back in an August news conference that Snowden had "other avenues" to pursue, referring to Snowden "whose conscience was stirred and thought that they needed to question government actions". Obama referred to Presidential Policy Directive 19, a system setup for questioning classified government actions under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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