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Microsoft rolling out two-step verification to Microsoft accounts

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 10:03 pm

Microsoft is pushing out a major upgrade to Microsoft account security by offering the option of two-step verification. As of late, many different online services have started to offer two-step or two-factor authentication to help keep online accounts more secure.

 

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Two-step verification usually takes a bit longer to allow access to an account, but it makes it much more difficult for a hacker to brute-force your password. To login after two-step verification is enabled, you'll be required to enter your password and a code that was sent to either an e-mail or cell phone on file.

 

You'll be able to enable two-step verification at Microsoft's website, though the option might not be immediately available. For more information about Microsoft's two-step implementation, check out their blog post.

Aereo CEO responds to CBS and FOX threats to move to cable

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 9:33 pm

CEO of Aereo, Chet Kanojia, has responded to the threats issued by CBS and FOX over Aereo not being shut down. CBS and FOX have threatened to move to a subscription platform, such as cable, if they are not successful in their lawsuit to stop the antenna-renting Aereo.

 

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"They're independent businesses, they can choose to do what they wish to," Kanojia said. "Can you disenfranchise over 54 million people over what they can rightfully do today?"

 

Broadcast TV networks have become major players in the TV game mostly due to their wide--and free--availability. Their wide audiences have also brought in massive amounts in advertising dollars, something they'll be hard-pressed to want to give up. Kanojia believes that this will ultimately result in CBS and FOX staying free broadcast networks.

Advertisers can now target Twitter users via tweet keywords

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 9:04 pm

Twitter has expanded its advertising options available to advertisers. According to Twitter, the company has added the ability for advertisers to target users based upon keywords used in a user's recent tweets. Twitter says that this is "an important new capability -- especially for those advertisers looking for signals of intent -- because it lets marketers reach users at the right moment, in the right context."

 

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This new feature is similar to Google's advertising offers in that they can reach users that are using certain words. Google offers the ability for advertisers to have ads shown when keywords are used in a search query.

 

An interesting application of this new option would be a local concert venue geotargeting tweeters who post about an upcoming band. Twitter notes that users shouldn't see much of a difference on their side. The only change will be the promoted tweets will be more targeted.

Google announces new security measures for Chrome

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 8:33 pm

Google has announced plans to implement malware warnings for downloads in Google Chrome. Google is calling these newly expanded warnings "Safe Browsing malicious download warnings." Software that falls into a specific set of criteria, as defined by Chrome, will be flagged as possibly malicious.

 

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To further safeguard you while browsing the web, we recently added new measures to protect you and your computer. These measures will identify software that violates Chrome's standard mechanisms for deploying extensions, flagging such binaries as malware. Within a week, you will start seeing Safe Browsing malicious download warnings when attempting to download malware identified by this criteria.

 

These specific forms of malware operate by "misusing Chrome's central management settings" or by manipulating Chrome preferences to re-enable silent installs. Of course, you should never download something from a source you don't trust, especially a binary package. A good anti-virus and malware protection plan will only get you so far.

Apple stock takes further dive, drops below $400 for first time since December 2011

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 7:31 pm

Apple's stock continues to fall as more and more reports of decreased demand roll in. Today, Apple's stock dropped by almost 6 percent, slipping to under $400 for the first time since December 2011. Apple stock has since rallied slightly and is back at $401.70 at the time of writing.

 

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A major contributor to today's decrease in value is a report by DigiTimes stating that iPad mini shipments could be down by as much as 30 percent quarter-over-quarter. Another contributor is Cirrus Logic, supplier of the audio chips in Apple products, failed to meet expectations, leading many investors to believe Apple's demand is also down.

 

We'll know just how bad Apple performed when they release their financial results next week.

Google Glass unboxing video surfaces, go-karting action recorded

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 6:30 pm

It's no doubt that Google Glass is the hottest tech topic of 2013 - it has overshadowed smartphone launches, and made headlines internet wide whenever an appearance in the public is made. This morning Redmond Pie stumbled across what appears to be the first unboxing of Google's coolest project to date.

 

 

YouTuber Dan McLauglin managed to get his hands on a Google Glass set and like any good techie, he has posted a full unboxing video for all of us to drool over. The video while low quality even at 720p, lends some insight into what we can expect when the device goes retail later this year.

 

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Below is a video that shows Glass being used in the real world at an indoor go kart track. While the entire project is quite impressive, the video stabilization capabilities of Google Glass really impressed me the most. This has been something I have been worried about since the project's first announcement.

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HTC One gets overclocked with LN2, gets boost in 3DMark score

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 6:09 pm

Someone is having just a bit too much fun with the new HTC One. HKEPC decided to overclock the HTC One to 1.72GHz, using liquid nitrogen to keep the CPU cool. Once overclocked, HKEPC ran some benchmarks on the device to see how much extra performance they could squeeze out of the newest HTC smartphone:

 

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So just what were they able to achieve with the super-cooled and overclocked device? 11585 in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. Impressive:

 

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For comparison, a normal HTC One receives about 10,000 marks on the same benchmark, so we see about a 10 percent improvement in score. However, it's not very practical to be walking down the street with an LN2-cooled phone. You wouldn't be able to touch the device because of its temperature.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 pre-orders open tomorrow at Sprint, and T-Mobile on April 24th

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 5:34 pm

Yesterday we saw AT&T begin taking pre-orders on Samsung's long anticipated Galaxy S4, and tomorrow Sprint will follow suit ahead of its April 27th release. T-Mobile also confirmed that it will begin taking pre-orders for the S4 on April 24th.

 

 

T-Mobile customers will be able to purchase the Galaxy S4 for an upfront cost of $149 with 24 monthly payments of $20 when tied to the company's new Simple Choice Plan, which starts at $50 a month. AT&T is offering the device for $199 with a new two year contract.

 

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Sprint customers can pick up the device for $249.99 with a new two year contract, but will receive a $100 credit which brings the price more in-line with T-Mobile's price range. I am still stuck deciding between Samsung's Galaxy S4 and HTC's aluminum unibody One.

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New micro lithium-ion battery technology could shrink your phone by 30%, and recharge in minutes

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 4:39 pm

Recent research at the University of Illinois has led to a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery technology. Researchers have developed a lithium-ion micro-battery that leaves all of its competition in the dust in both size and recharge rate.

 

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A team headed up by professor William P. King has devised a new fast-charging cathode using 3D micro-structure, which resulted in an anode of similar design. When paired up, the result is a unit that is being touted as the most powerful battery in the world.

 

The new Li-ion micro-battery bucks current trends and avoids the usual tradeoff between longevity and power and has a footprint of just a couple of millimeters. This will ultimately lead to batteries for mobile devices that are 30 percent smaller, could broadcast radio signals 30 percent farther and could recharge in minutes compared to hours.

Intel CEO alludes to upcoming massive price drop on Windows 8 devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 17, 2013 4:02 pm

During Intel's first quarter earnings call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that Windows 8 touch devices including laptops will see a massive price drop in the coming months when the company releases its new quad-core Bay Trail chip. He said that new innovative designs will allow future touch devices to sink into the $200 price range.

 

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"If you look at touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks that are ultra-thin using [Bay Trail] processors. Those prices are going to be down to as low as $200... Bay Trail is going to be a great product in that segment of the market and enable stunning performance relative to what the competition can bring."

 

Being billed as the most powerful Atom processor ever, Bay Trail is a complete redesign of the Atom micro architecture and is said to bring Atom chips closer to the performance levels of mainstream Intel processors.

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