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Web developer fired for outsourcing entire job to China

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 5:03 pm

A developer working at an anonymous "critical infrastructure company" has been terminated because he was caught outsourcing his entire job to China. The trickery was highlighted in a recent study in which Verizon was asked to complete about some suspicious network traffic.

 

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The employee who is called "Bob" in the study, was caught when someone noticed suspicious activity on the company's VPN log. "We received a request from a US-based company asking for our help in understanding some anomalous activity that they were witnessing in their VPN logs. Plainly stated, the VPN logs showed [Bob] logged in from China, yet the employee is right there, sitting at his desk, staring into his monitor", the study reported.

 

Bob had hired Chinese developers to complete all of his task, while he sat back and browsed Facebook, Reddit and LinkedIn for most of the day. If you did not think that this story could get any better, Bob was actually running this same ruse with several other full-time employers which was earning him a combined salary of several hundred thousand dollars a year.

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LeakedTT: RIM BlackBerry 10 sales pamphlet leaked

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 4:17 pm

As the January 30th launch inches closer, more information about the upcoming BlackBerry 10 is surfacing. This time the leak is in the form of a sales manual.

 

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The internet is swarming with images of RIM's Blackberry Z10 and X10 models, but the manual is packed full of screenshots, menu images and it confirms specs we have reported on in the past. The full manual can be found at the source link below.

 

Research in Motion is set to unveil the new handsets on January 30th, and analysts say that the BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system and its accompanying phones might just save the dying company. This past weekend RIM held a series of "Port-o-Thons" that led to over 15,000 apps being ported to the company's new platform in just three days.

New Chevy Corvette Stingray C7 features 8-inch customizable instrument cluster

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 3:31 pm

Chevrolet's new Corvette C7 Stingray is making headlines across the net, and now we get a glimpse at the sports car's high-tech 8-inch customizable instrument cluster. In the video below, Autoblog gives us a quick overview of the new dash cluster.

 

 

Behind the bright red super car's steering wheel is a high resolution screen that can display three different layouts: sport, touring and race. Sport mode locates the tachometer to the center, while touring slides it to the side to make room for navigation, and race mode morphs the tachometer into a vibrant ascending bar graph.

 

The modes can be configured to display many different details ranging from g-force to lap times. Dash displays like this have been shown off before, but this new display is certainly something all other high-end sports car makers are sure to be envious of.

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For the first time smartphones are consuming more data than tablets, research shows

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 2:45 pm

A new study has revealed that smartphones have for the first time topped the data consumption charts. In a study conducted by mobile analytics firm Arieso, smartphone users now "consistently consume" more mobile data than tablet users.

 

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Apple's iPhone 5 tops out the list of "hungriest" data consumers, who actually demand 50% more data than iPhone 4S users and four times the data than iPhone 3G users. Samsung Galaxy S III users however, generate more upload data than all iOS-based phones.

 

Overall, mobile data usage is through the roof, and is growing exponentially, with new devices being activated every day. LTE networks are beginning to bear some of the load, but we are still far off from a true nation-wide LTE network in the United States.

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Google ordered by Australian courts to identify "libelous" bloggers

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 1:58 pm

Online anonymity has been dealt yet another hard hitting blow, this time by Australian courts. In a case of defamation, the courts have ordered that Google relinquish all relevant evidentiary material about several bloggers who allegedly defamed businessman Shane Radbone.

 

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The former footballer along with his wife want to sue the bloggers on accusations of defamation and up until now, the problem was that the bloggers were just anonymous faces behind a blog. The courts have given Google a total of 21 days to comply with the order, which states that Google must hand over email addresses, telephone numbers and the IP addresses provided by the person or persons who created the blog.

 

Google declined to comment on the case, but we know that the company has handed over details in criminal cases and criminal investigations before. It is unclear whether Google has handed over information in civil legal proceedings before, though.

Samsung Chromebox Series 3 shows up in online stores, features Core i5 processor

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 11:27 am

This news has come totally unannounced from Google and Samsung, but we're looking at the Chromebox Series 3 unit which features a Core i5 processor and is listed as 'in-stock' at multiple retailers.

 

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The XE300M22-A01US sports a Sandy Bridge-based dual-core Core i5 processor clocked at 2.5GHz, 4GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD. It won't wipe the floor with a high-end PC, but these days a fast dual-core, 4GB of RAM and an SSD is all you need for a system to feel snappy.

 

Prices floating around right now suggest we're looking at around $405, which is a little more than the older model.

Apple loses VP of retail, could indicate Apple close to hiring new SVP

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 10:35 am

Apple's business hasn't been doing well as of late. It's stock is the lowest its been since February of last year. Now, Apple has just lost their Vice President of Retail, Jerry McDougal. McDougal is said to have left the company to "spend more time with his family," though this seems a bit fishy.

 

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One theory is that Tim Cook passed him over for the position of Senior Vice President of Retail, a position that hasn't been filled since the firing of John Browett back in October. This could indicate that Tim Cook is getting close to nominating a replacement candidate.

 

Apple has replaced McDougal with Jim Bean, current VP of Finance and someone who has been with the company for 15 years now.

Google Glass developers can participate in two-day hackathon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 9:35 am

For those super early (and lucky) developers who were able to get their hands on early access to a Google Glass unit - for a cool $1500 - are now invited to two hackathon events which are dedicated to the wearable augmented reality unit.

 

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The events will take place on January 28 and 29, which will be held at Google's San Francisco office, but on February 1 and 2 the Glass Foundry in New York will house the second, and last hackathon. Registration opens on January 18 and I'm sure those seats will be snapped up quite quickly. Developers will learn about the Google Glass Mirror API, but Google engineers will also be there to help out and answer questions.

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RumorTT: Lenovo working on Chromebooks, would release them in May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 8:35 am

We already have Chromebooks from Acer and Samsung, but it looks like another player is about to put boots on the ground in the war on Chromebooks. Lenovo are set to add their devices into the Chromebook fight.

 

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The news comes from TheStreet, and would see Lenovo diving into the fight if they could get business-orientated users on board with the plan of offering up a cheap notebook solution. TheStreet thinks that Lenovo could start selling Chromebooks as early as mid-May, with pricing starting at just $299.

 

Lenovo would offer up a higher-end Chromebook, which would see pricing scale up to $499. We should expect screen sizes of 11.6-, 12.5-, 13- and 14-inch. With multiple models on offer, Lenovo would show confidence to the world that they're not just experimenting with Chromebook, but they're in it for the long haul.

Irrational Games has PC gamers' backs with BioShock Infinite

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 16, 2013 7:33 am

It warms my heart to see that there are still developers out there who state they're looking after PC gamers, and then actually follow through with it. Crytek are notorious with Crysis 2 for slapping PC gamers in the face, but BioShock Infinite developer, Irrational Games, has PC gamers' backs with their latest first-person shooter.

 

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Irrational Games' Technical Director, Christopher Kline, admitted that the precious BioShock titles didn't have great PC-specific features, which he cites is due to the studio not being able to spare the resources required to amp up the PC version, and not because they didn't want to please PC enthusiasts.

 

BioShock Infinite turns things around, and Kline says that the studio has a special team which is responsible for identifying and implementing features that are important for PC gamers, as this time around, they had the resources spare to apply them. DirectX 11 will be included, as will HD Ambient Occlusion and Diffusion Depth of Field, EyeFinity and Surround Vision support, as well as huge amounts of graphical options and support for Steam Cloud and Big Picture.

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