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FBI set pirated Android app sites in their crosshairs, begin shutting some down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 9:26 am

The Department of Justice now have their sites set on some fresh targets: pirated Android apps. The DoJ, along with Dutch and French law enforcement, the FBI have seized three popular Android app sharing sites, Appbucket, Snappzmarket and Applanet. They've issued a press release, stating that they're cracking down on the piracy of copyrighted works:




"Cracking down on piracy of copyrighted works - including popular apps - is a top priority of the Criminal Division," said Assistant Attorney General Breuer. "Software apps have become an increasingly essential part of our nation's economy and creative culture, and the Criminal Division is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to protect the creators of these apps and other forms of intellectual property from those who seek to steal it."


"Criminal copyright laws apply to apps for cell phones and tablets, just as they do to other software, music and writings. These laws protect and encourage the hard work and ingenuity of software developers entering this growing and important part of our economy. We will continue to seize and shut down websites that market pirated apps, and to pursue those responsible for criminal charges if appropriate," said U.S. Attorney Yates.

Apple start seeding OS X 10.8.2 builds to developers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 8:23 am

Apple are still seeding out OS X 10.8.1 to developers, where they'll hopefully address some of the bigger issues with the initial release of Apple's latest OS, Mountain Lion. But, it looks as though some users have received notifications telling them that Apple are preparing to seed builds of OS X 10.8.2 for testing.




Join us for 10.8.2!


You are invited to participate in the next Mountain Lion Software Update seed project, 10.8.2. Apple will provide you with the pre-release software. Once builds are available, we ask that you install and test each build to help us make sure that this is a high quality release!


Apple seem to be moving pretty quick from OS X 10.8.1 to OS X 10.8.2, meaning that they're looking to clamp down on issues found not only in the original OS X Mountain Lion release, but 10.8.1. The issues in the OS X 10.8.1 are probably not that big to begin with, but it's good to see Apple moving quickly with updates.


Have you moved over to OS X Mountain Lion? I personally haven't bothered, there's no stand-out features that make me want to take the dive to the new OS. If I owned an iPhone, and synced it a lot, then maybe. But I don't even sync my iPad, so I haven't wanted to upgrade.

LG reportedly begin the mass production of in-cell displays for Apple's new iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 7:34 am

According to a report by Reuters, LG Display have officially kicked off the start of mass-production on the new displays that are said to get baked into the new iPhone. Apple's media event to unveil the new smartphone is only three weeks away, which is beginning to make sense that the Cupertino-based company will definitely announce a new iPhone within the month.




Han Sang-beom, chief executive of LG Display, has said "we just began mass production and we don't expect any disruption in supplies". The new display is said to feature in-cell technology to embed touch sensors directly into the display, which should make the new iPhone a little slimmer than the current iPhone 4S model.

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Kim Dotcom's US extradition halted, US now has to produce all evidence to the court

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 6:31 am

It looks like Megaupload founder, Kim Dotcom, won't be extradited to the United States anytime soon, with the New Zealand high court ruling that the US must now hand over all evidence in its case against Dotcom before any extradition can happen.




New Zealand Justice Helen Winkelmann ruled without a review of the evidence against him, Dotcom would be "significantly constrained" defending himself, while giving the US Department of Justice a large advantage prosecuting him. Ira Rothken, Megaupload's lawyer, told Wired:


Our expectation is that that the United States through the Crown lawyers will appeal the judgment and further delay the extradition hearing.


Dotcom's legal team also haven't received any payment since he was arrested, and up until now, the Megaupload founder has amassed $2 million in legal fees. Dotcom's lawyers are asking for that amount to be released, with a further $2 million to cover legal fees in the future. Dotcom has also asked the court to release an $8 million government bond so that he can borrow against it, as well as asking permission to sell his luxury cars.

NVIDIA launches their GeForce GTX 660 for OEMs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 5:30 am

NVIDIA have reportedly released their GeForce GTX 660 GPU to the OEM market, and just like its bigger brother, the GeForce GTX 660 Ti, it sports the same GK104 core. But, it features just 6 SMX units enabled for a grand total of 1152 CUDA cores, as well as 96 texture units.




This is down from the Ti's 1344 CUDA cores, and 112 texture units. Frequencies have also received a bit of a snip, clocking in at 823MHz core, with an 888MHz boost clock, and 5,800MHz memory. The GTX 660 should arrive on OEM doorsteps with 1.5GB and 3GB GDDR5 configurations, a 192-bit memory bus, which should offer a maximum bandwidth of 134GB/s. This isn't bad considering the 660 Ti sports 144GB/s memory bandwidth.


The GTX 660 OEM should provide around 75% of the performance that its bigger brother does, but with lower performance brings a lower TDP, of just 130W. This allows NVIDIA to give the GTX 660 a single 6-pin PCIe connector. It will still include the usual four-display output configuration, featuring two dual-link DVI-I connectors, HDMI 1.4a, and a DisplayPort 1.2 socket.

Facebook intros new look for Facebook Messages

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 4:24 am

Facebook have just introduced a new look for Facebook Messages today, where it now sports a side-by-side layout that lets you click through your most recent message on the left, and to the right, shows the whole conversation.




The social networking site have also baked in a new feature where you can now search for a sender's name or keyword from the main messages view. Facebook have also, for "easier navigation", added keyboard commands.


A full list of shortcuts is available, where on a PC you just have to type Alt Q, or on a Mac, Control Q.

The Beauty Inside, a joint-venture social film from Intel and Toshiba

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 3:33 am

Intel and Toshiba have been hard at work on a social film project called 'The Beauty Inside'. It features some Hollywood talent, with Topher Grace narrating, Sundance award-winning Director, Drake Doremus, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead starring.



The first episode is above, for your viewing pleasure, and after watching it, I'm quite intrigued. The main character wakes up as a new person, every single day. Imagine that. You wake up and could be a thin, 20-something year old male, and in the morning, you're an overweight, 50-year-old woman. The changes in clothes, in body weight, aches, hair color, female/male body parts, would make your head spin.




The social film's first episode feels like an introduction to the world, and the advertising from Intel and Toshiba is subtle. It's there, but it's not forced into your face, which is nice. I expected it to jump out at me more, and was pleasantly surprised, as you really only see the advertisement when the characters use a notebook. Another great thing about The Beauty Inside, is this is just the first episode, there's more to come, and if you want to get a chance to audition for a leading role in an upcoming episode, you might want to click here.

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Logitech's Washable Keyboard K310 can be hand-washed

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 2:33 am

We've all spilt liquids on our keyboards before, accidents do happen, you just have to not cry over spilt milk (or expensive scotch). But never fear, Logitech is here, with their latest Washable Keyboard K310. Logitech's latest keyboard can be hand-washed, and is capable of being submerged in up to 11 inches of water.




Logitech have used some drainage holes at the back of the K310 that allow for easy drying while key characters are laser-printed and UV coated in order to keep them from fading. Logitech have also featured the K310 with the ability of sustaining five million keystrokes, meaning that not only is the keyboard washable, it can also take years of typing, gaming, or more.


Sophie Le Guen, senior director of mice and keyboards at Logitech has said:


We've all experienced that moment of distraction - followed by panic, when a cup of coffee or a soda spills all over your keyboard. Because life and its messes will happen, regardless of how careful you are, Logitech designed the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 to look and function like new, even over time.

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Google unveils new JavaScript browser benchmark, 'Octane'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 1:30 am

Google, in their grasp for browser domination, have unveiled Octane, a JavaScript benchmark suite. Octane is a browser benchmark that measures performance when running the "complex and demanding web applications that users interact with daily".




Google have noted that the previous JavaScript-based benchmarks run artificial tests that were "created on an ad-hoc basis to stress a specific JavaScript feature". Where Google have steered Octane is different, as it extends the former V8 Benchmark Suite with 5 brand new benchmarks created from "full, unaltered, well-known web applications and libraries". Google have given a run down on the new tests:

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Spotify to launch in Canada shortly, possibly looking at Asia and South America next

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Aug 23, 2012 1:05 am

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, music streaming service, Spotify, looks to be launching in Canada shortly, with a hint of an expansion into "countries in Asia and South America", too. The news comes from Spotify's annual accounts that were published this week.




A Spotify spokesperson talked to The Wall Street Journal, bu refused to discuss the Canadian launch plans, saying that Spotify "plans to launch in new countries". Spotify's tentacles only recently reached Australia and New Zealand back in May, and the latest news from the company was the unlimited free radio on Android for users based in the US.


Spotify now sports over 15 million active users, with 4 million being paid subscribers, myself included. Once Spotify begins launching in other countries, these numbers should only increase.

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