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Apple's iOS 4, 256-bit hardware encryption has been cracked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2011 1:28 am

ElcomSoft, a Russian-based company is claiming they have cracked the 256-bit hardware encryption Apple use to protect the data on iOS 4 devices, but not only that, they are also offering the software that will allow anyone to do it. ElcomSoft is a well-known corporate security and IT audit company, which works with law enforcement agencies, the military and intelligence agencies to recover data and perform forensics on devices.


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Their latest tech allows them to open up the data stored on any iOS 4-based device by circumventing the hardware encryption chip Apple use to protect it. ElcomSoft's software allows full access to what is stored on the iOS 4 device, such as geolocation data, browsing history, call history, text messages and emails, usernames and passwords, it even provides access to recover data that the user has deleted from the device.

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YouTube turns six, sees 3 billion views per day

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Online Video | Posted: May 26, 2011 1:11 am

It's hard to believe but YouTube are celebrating their sixth birthday today and announced they receive more than 3 billion page views per day, a 50-percent increase over last year. Another impressive feat is that 48 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, a 37-percent increase over the last six months and a 100-percent increase from last year. YouTube are congratulating the improvements to these numbers to their job of making the processing of uploads faster, increasing video length limitations, tweaking the homepage, etc.


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YouTube was founded on Valentines Day (Feb 14), 2005 and by May 2005 they had launched Since then the site has gone through various news headline grabbing problems, with intellectual property infringements and even after the impressive numbers, has yet to make a profit for Google since they acquired YouTube in 2006.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to ship with Android 3.1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 26, 2011 12:49 am

Originally, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Tab 10.1 was meant to ship with Android 3.0 but plans have changed. Instead of receiving the Android 3.0 and having to upgrade the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Android 3.1 when you get it, it will now ship with Android 3.1 by default.


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The Wi-Fi only version of the 10.1 will ship on June 8 in 16GB and 32GB sizes, with prices of $500 and $600 respectively. There's also an 8.9-inch version which will come in both 16GB and 32GB units, priced at $470 and $570 respectively. Samsung is quite proud of their new devices, touting them as the world's thinnest mobile tablets at just 8.6mm thick. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 weights just 595 grams while the Galaxy Tab 8.9 weighs in at 470 grams.

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Minecraft Goes Mobile, FTW x Infinity

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 25, 2011 10:57 pm

Indie-game sensation Minecraft will hit both Android and iOS later this year, and will be unveiled at this summer's E3. Evidently the game will only be available on Sony's new Xperia Play handheld, but will be gradually introduced into the rest of the mobile ecosystem.


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(photo courtesy of Wired)


No concrete knowledge right now for the actual release date, but I'm sure we'll hear all about it following that gigantic game conference in Los Angeles this year.

Dry-All Kit Gives First Aid For Soaked Portables

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 25, 2011 10:29 pm

I don't know if this has happened to you, but it's happened to me at least 4 times: phone gets wet and then very, very dead. People tell you rice, hair dryers, and all sorts of kooky home remedies, but unless you're really lucky you generally just end up buying a new phone. If your insurance deductible is greater than $100, it probably works out for you as these kits run about $50.



One time I left an old Nokia phone next to a blow up mattress while camping. The dampness in the air alone shorted that thing out. Then there was the time I went skinny-dipping at 3am and my LG flip-phone fell out of my pocket into the sand. When I realized I had left it on the beach, I drove back immediately, only to find it sitting at the tide-line, waves gently lapping it. Then my Blackberry got treated to a Pina Colada shower at a restaurant one night. Man, I might go order one of these now......

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Twitter Officially Acquires TweetDeck

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 25, 2011 10:06 pm

Twitter has officially won the race with Ubermedia to acquire TweetDeck, the third-party Twitter aggregator. I'm still curious how this is going to play out, as a 3rd-party Twitter app would undoubtedly compete with Twitter's official apps on desktop and mobile, as well as unique views of their social network- but hey, both parties seem pretty psyched about it. We'll start with Twitter's, followed by that of Iain. See the official announcements here and here.


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In early 2008, a London-based programmer named Iain Dodsworth began thinking about how to organize everything happening on Twitter. His answer was TweetDeck, a groundbreaking dashboard for monitoring what people are saying in real-time. Today, we're pleased to announce that the TweetDeck team has joined Twitter.This acquisition is an important step forward for us. TweetDeck provides brands, publishers, marketers and others with a powerful platform to track all the real-time conversations they care about. In order to support this important constituency, we will continue to invest in the TweetDeck that users know and love.

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Microsoft Unveils App Marketplace For Mango

By: Trak Lord | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: May 25, 2011 9:43 pm

Not entirely sure why Microsoft didn't announce this when they announced Mango, but hey, today it's confirmed: Microsoft Mango will have a Windows Phone Marketplace, just like Apple or Android.


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Once again, I don't know what it is with tech firms and naming their operating systems after edible items, but the Mango update should bring a lot of new features and functionality to what has been a fairly silent contender in the mobile front. Check out the press release below for more info.


Yesterday at events all around the world, Microsoft unveiled the key features of the next version of Windows Phone, code named Mango. The demonstrations focused on Mango's ability to make it easier to connect and share with friends and family, take the Web beyond the browser and what we think is a smarter approach to apps. Matt Bencke blogged about the new beta developer tools for Mango and announced that we'd be adding a Web-based Windows Phone Marketplace with Mango. As promised, I'm providing some more detail.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: May 25, 2011 3:21 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - May 25th, 2011




- HP Elitebook 8560p @ TechReviewSource

- HTC Flyer Tablet @ TechReviewSource




- Gigabyte Z68X-UD3H-B3 Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets

- ASUS M4A78LT-M LE Motherboard @ Motherboard-Reviews

- Foxconn P67 Rattler @ Overclock3D

- ASRock 890FX Deluxe5 AMD Socket AM3+ Motherboard @




- HIS 6950 IceQ X Turbo X 2GB Graphics Card @ Viperlair

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Download of the Day: Google Chrome 13.0.772.0 Beta

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: May 25, 2011 6:12 am

Our Download of the Day today is Google Chrome 13.0.772.0 Beta.


Google Chrome is a browser that combines a minimal design with sophisticated technology to make the web faster, safer, and easier.


One box for everything


Type in the address bar and get suggestions for both search and web pages.


Thumbnails of your top sites


Access your favorite pages instantly with lightning speed from any new tab.


Incognito mode


Don't want pages you visit to show up in your web history? Choose incognito mode for private browsing.


Safe browsing


Google Chrome warns you if you're about to visit a suspected phishing, malware or otherwise unsafe website.


For information about alpha and developer builds, check out the Chrome dev channel here.


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The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 13.0.772.0 Beta


# All


* Updated V8 -

* Continued work on Print Preview

* Making progress on rel:preload

* Crash fixes


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