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Nokia executive who was responsible for the tight relationship with Microsoft, has left the company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 10:28 am

Nokia's relationship with Microsoft hasn't taken off as much as most thought it would when it was announced, but the relationship itself is a big deal. The man behind this relationship, Steven Overman, has left Nokia.

 

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Overman was the vice president for global branding and marketing strategy with the Finnish company, and was responsible for drafting the partnership with Microsoft, as well as handling the marketing for Nokia's Lumia and Asha smartphones.

 

He joined Nokia in 2010, coming from a position at Lowe Worldwide where he was in charge of a marketing team that handled Nokia's account. Nokia have pushed out some great marketing campaigns, but have struggled against the juggernauts that are Apple and Samsung. Lumia Windows Phone shipments increased to 5.6 million units in Q1 2013, up from 4.4 million in Q4 2012.

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DHS' new intrusion detection and prevention system raises security concerns

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 9:30 am

Cyberthreats are the new way of slowly removing citizens' privacy, and now the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is preparing to deploy a very powerful new version of their EINSTEIN intrusion-detection system that is built to detect attacks and malware, especially when it comes to e-mail.

 

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But because this new version of EINSTEIN is able to read electronic content, it is raising privacy concerns. DHS has recognized this, and have just issued a "privacy impact assessment" on what they're calling EINSTEIN 3 Accelerated, the intrusion detection and prevention system that is expected to be made available as a managed security service from ISPs to monitor the ".gov" traffic to and from civilian agencies and Executive Branch departments.

 

The DHS has said that EINSTEIN 3 might be able to collect "personally identifiable information" (PII) in some instances where this network security system will not just monitor but also prevent threats by clocking traffic in order to detect a cyberthreat or potential cyberthreat.

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US ambassador to Australia asks Australians to stop pirating Game of Thrones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 8:30 am

US ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich, has reached out to his official Facebook page telling Australians to stop pirating popular HBO show, Game of Thrones. He wrote:

 

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As the ambassador here in Australia, it was especially troubling to find out that Australian fans were some of the worst offenders with among the highest piracy rates of Game of Thrones in the world.

 

The comments came on April 23, marking the 17th annual UN World Book and Copyright Day. He added:

 

I realise that fans of Game of Thrones who have used illegal file-sharing sites have reasons. They will say it was much easier to access through these sites, or that they got frustrated by the delay in the first season, or their parents wouldn't pay for a subscription, or they will complain about some other issue with copyright laws. But none of those reasons is an excuse - stealing is stealing.

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LG plans to launch flexible OLED smartphone before the end of this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 7:29 am

LG have had a great first quarter, shipping record numbers of smartphones, but it looks like their end of year goals are set to have them see even more success.

 

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Yoon Bu-hyun, vice president of LG's mobile business, has confirmed that the South Korean electronics giant are set to launch a smartphone with a flexible OLED display before the end of the year. This may sound great in practice, but the entire smartphone won't be flexible. There aren't any flexible batteries or other components available, but it will be the first consumer device to feature a wraparound display.

 

We should expect LG's flexible OLED smartphone sometime in Q4 of this year.

Google reports that government content removal requests have increased

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 6:37 am

The government is thirsty for content removal according to Google, who says they've seen a huge increase in the amount of content removal requests in the past year.

 

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Google have reported that government content removal requests have increased from 1,811 in the first half of last year, to 2,285 in the second half of the year. 39% of these takedowns were related to cases of alleged defamation, with 18% of the takedown requests said to be related to privacy and security concerns, says Google.

 

Google have also added that they received "a request to remove a YouTube video that allegedly defames the President" of Argentina "by depicting her in a compromising position". There was also a "request from legal representatives of a member of the executive branch" of Israel's government "to remove two YouTube videos for alleged defamation". South Korea also chimed in, with a "request to remove a YouTube video that allegedly defamed a presidential candidate".

Yahoo CEO joins the Jawbone board of directors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 5:37 am

AllThingsD has an exclusive report that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has just joined the Jawbone board of directors, the company behind those wireless headsets, Jambox speakers and the Up personal fitness wristbands. AllThingsD's report comes from 'sources at the Silicon Valley Internet giant'.

 

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The Yahoo CEO has already sat in on a Jawbone board meeting, according to the same sources. Mayer had been talking to Jawbone about becoming a board member before she even became the CEO of Yahoo. Mayer will fit in well, as her previous job at Google had her working with products, aesthetics and high-level design.

 

Having Mayer sit in on the board will help Jawbone in more ways than one, as she'll bring her experience of scaling businesses from small to large, as well as her deep technical expertise.

Google Chrome Beta for Android gets updated, features better rendering and bug fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 4:31 am

Google have just pushed out an update to the Chrome Beta for Android, which increases page rendering performance and fixes some frequently occurring crash issues. The full list of changes is as follows:

 

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  • 179250: Black screen during load on Huawei tablets
  • 224379: Cannot scroll images after zooming in
  • 226193: Blue line displayed below the omnibox
  • Improvement to page rendering performance
  • Fixes for some frequently occurring crashes

 

You can read more on Chrome Beta for Android, and download it, from the Google Play Store.

Samsung Q1 earnings are also strong, $6.4 billion in profits for the three-month period

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 3:29 am

We've seen so many financial reports this week, and now South Korean electronics giant Samsung have joined in the race. Their Q1 2013 numbers are strong, with operating profits of $7.9 billion, a huge 50% gain year-over-year for the same three-month period.

 

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Revenues were a hefty $47.6 billion, with a net profit of $6.45 billion. Samsung have said that strong smartphone sales as well as reductions in marketing expenses helped boost their IT & Mobile Communications division to revenues of $29.6 billion alone. Their revenues were hit though, taking in 6% less cash than the previous quarter, something they've pegged on a slow economy, equating to lower TV and home appliance sales.

Three new GTA V character trailers to arrive next week

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 2:36 am

Rockstar have just teased us by announcing that there are no less than three new trailers to Grand Theft Auto V coming next week, the new look at GTA V is set to arrive in the form of three character trailers.

 

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The tease was simple, which said "Michael. Franklin. Trevor. Trailer 4.30". GTA V's characters are all said to have their own unique identity, story and skills, it would make sense to introduce them separately. The new trailers should hopefully be accompanied by some nice new footage of the open-world game.

Haswell-powered MacBook said to go into production in May, launch in late summer

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 26, 2013 12:37 am

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst for KGI Securities, Apple will start production on a Haswell-powered MacBook sometime in May in preparation for a late summer launch. A late summer launch flies in the face of what Tim Cook said during an investor call: "Our teams are hard at work on some amazing new hardware, software, and services that we can't wait to introduce in the fall and into 2014."

 

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Kuo expects the MacBook line to feature a vastly updated design and only Retina displays. Intel is currently thought to be planning to release Haswell at Computex in the first part of June, so this timeline matches up with Intel's schedule, lending some credibility to this claim.

 

We don't doubt that Apple will make use of Intel's Haswell CPUs, it's just a matter of when exactly they make the switch and to what degree they update the MacBook line.

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