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Facebook takes steps to prevent illegal gun sales

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 6:36 pm

Facebook has groups for just about any subject you can think of. Some of the most popular groups are those that are used rather like classified ads where people can go and post the items that they no longer want and sell them. Anyone who has visited these sites knows that many of the items for sale are guns.

 

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Facebook is cracking down on who can see the guns posted for sale on its pages and taking steps to stop illegal gun sales from happening. Facebook says that from now on any page listing guns for sale will be shielded from minors.

 

Some gun control advocates feel that Facebook isn't dong enough. They want Facebook to ban any advertisement for the unlicensed sale or transfer of guns in the US. In most states, you are supposed to have a license to sell firearms. Currently Craigslist and eBay both prohibit the listing of weapons so Facebook is one of the few outlets that people have.

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Pennzoil to host real Mario Kart racing at SXSW 2014

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 6:05 pm

If you have ever walked through the oil section in your local store, you have probably seen the yellow Pennzoil bottles sitting on shelves. Pennzoil is sponsoring what may be the coolest thing going on at SXSW 2014 in Austin. The oil company will be letting visitors race in real-world Mario Karts.

 

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The event is called Mario Karting Reimagined and it is inspired by Mario Kart 8 and sponsored in part by Nintendo. Visitors to the show will be able to slip behind the wheel of a real Mario Kart and race around the track in competition with other users.

 

The karts will be able to run over Pennzoil logos on the track that will give their Kart special powers. You won't get to toss turtle shells at your opponents, but the power-ups will make the cart slower or faster. The racing action will be broadcast at SXSW on a big Jumbotron for everyone to see.

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Wello iPhone case monitors your heart rate, temperature, and more

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 5:30 pm

Fitness tracking devices are very popular today with a number of companies offering wearable devices to track your vitals. Many of these devices are wearables in the form a of a watch with embedded sensors. If you are the sort of person that doesn't like to wear watches, but you want to monitor your health Azoi has a case for your iPhone that might be perfect.

 

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The case is called the Wello and it works with sensors to monitor your health functions and present them via an iPhone app. The case can measure your blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, ling function, and more.

 

It appears that the smartphone case doesn't offer you statistics in real-time; you have to stop and hold the case for it to work. There are sensors embedded on the case that gather your data. The case also supports remote access allowing family members or others to keep an eye on your statistics.

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Clare Computer Solutions details basic steps to PC defense

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 5:13 pm

Trying to keep PCs and devices safe from increasing numbers of cyberattacks hasn't been easy, with sophisticated malicious code targeting PCs.

 

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Even with elevated malicious attacks in the wild, there are a few basic steps that can be done to boost defenses before something critical occurs.

 

The first step: "Make sure you have up-to-date Anti-Virus software - preferably not the freeware versions," said Bruce Campbell, IT outsourcing company Clare Computer Solutions, in a statement to TweakTown. "For home users, make sure you activate the Norton or McAfee that comes with the computer, and renew it every year."

 

Appropriate software is an important first step, but a bit of retraining and reeducation must also take place, for home users and business users.

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Sprint to add stolen and lost smartphones to CheckMend database

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:54 pm

One of the most prolific types of theft around the world today is the theft of smartphones. The reason is that smartphones are very common, worth a lot of money, and relatively easy to steal and resell. Authorities around the world are working with carriers in an effort to help curb theft.

 

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The carriers are introducing methods that will make stolen or lost devices unusable for whoever has them. The hope is that by making it known that the smartphone a thief steals won't work the thefts will stop. Sprint has announced that it will begin adding all lost and stolen smartphones its customers report to an international stolen property database.

 

The database is called CheckMend and it will be open to carriers and police to use. The idea is that by listing all of the devices users buying a used phone can check to see if it has been reported stolen or lost. If the device shows up on the list Sprint won't activate the phone.

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Bellabeat wants to give parents the next-gen pregnancy experience

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:31 pm

Bellabeat's new Bellabeat Tracking System is now available, which provides upcoming parents with the ability of tracking their unborn baby using a small device, that connects to a smartphone.

 

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The Bellabeat Tracking System is a pocket-sized digital tracker that uses an accompanying app to allow parents to listen to their unborn babies' heartbeat, as often as they like - all without visiting a doctors office or hospital. The app is available for both the iPhone and Android devices, which provides "innovative sound visualizations, fetal movement counter, vibrant illustrations of fetal development and a tool for tracking and planning pregnancy weight gain. In addition to the fetal monitoring services, the app is also a social platform allowing the user to interact with a global community of expecting parents and their support systems".

 

One of the biggest features of the Bellabeat Tracking System is that it features a Kick Counter chart, keeping tabs on your babies kicks while he or she is in Mommy's tummy. The Bellabeat System is available for $129.

HTC Desire 301 budget smartphone gets official

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 4:22 pm

HTC has rolled out a new budget smartphone that aims at offering maximum value to the user. The smartphone is called the HTC Desire 310 and it will land in Taiwan next month. The smartphone promises seamless multitasking, video creation, and smooth web surfing for the entry-level users.

 

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The phone has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor that promises enough power for smooth mobile gaming and other needs. The phone runs Android for the OS and has HTC BlinkFeed for the home screen. The phone supports an offline reading mode that lets the user save up to 120 articles when they are on Wi-Fi networks to read when networks aren't available.

 

The Desire 310 has a 4.5-inch screen with an unspecified resolution. Don't expect high resolution since this is a budget smartphone. The 301 also has a 5MP rear camera for shooting images and video. HTC is staying mum on pricing right now and there is no word on availability outside Taiwan.

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IBM workers in China strike over Lenovo server deal

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:50 pm

Back in January, we mentioned that IBM had sold its low-end x86 server business to Lenovo. As part of the deal, Lenovo would get a facility in China where the servers were made and the staff working at that facility. It seems that the workers at the IBM International System Technology Company factory in Shenzhen aren't happy about the deal.

 

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About 1000 workers at that factory have been on strike and the factory has stopped manufacturing for at least four days. One of the striking workers says that the strike will continue. The worker noted that so far the company had ignored the demands of the workers.

 

As you can guess, the strike has to do with money. The workers want better pay to move to Lenovo or they want better severance packages if they choose to leave the company. An IBM spokesperson says that the deals offered to these workers are on par with what they have now.

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TSMC is reportedly working on Apple's A8 processor for the iPhone 6

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:33 pm

According to a new report from Taiwan's Commercial Times, Apple's new A8 processor is currently under production with its new chip partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC).

 

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The report claims that TSMC began producing Apple's new A8 processor last month, which should power the upcoming iPhone 6. The report also stated that, according to supply chain sources, TSMC won most of the manufacturing orders for logic and power management integrated chips for the upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple.

 

We should expect the A8 processor to be built on a new 20nm process, come in a quad-core design with 64-bit capabilities and 'quad-core' graphics. Up until now, Samsung has been the exclusive manufacturing partner of Apple for A-series chip production, so it will be interesting to see how Apple fares with iPhone stock numbers with the iPhone 6 and its A8 chip being produced by TSMC.

GoDaddy suspends Mexican protest site after US embassy's intervention

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 6, 2014 3:17 pm

A Mexican website that was a source for information containing, news, discussion and point of view from many protestors about the new President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto at a wake of a controversy in December 1st 2012. The website 1dmx.org grew over the time.

 

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When the protests' first anniversary was near, the website included information about organized campaign against a bill that was going to criminalize protest in Mexico and even made preparations to document the entire protests. However, but December 2nd 2013, the website was taken offline by its host 'GoDaddy' without any notice.

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