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Mozilla pulls Firefox 16, claims it has "serious security flaw"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 9:30 am

Mozilla have taken to their Security Blog to update users on a security vulnerability they've found in their latest version of Firefox, version 16. The company have stated that there is an update arriving on October 11 on Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux.




This update should fix the problems with the security hole, which Mozilla have stated:


Mozilla is aware of a security vulnerability in the current release version of Firefox (version 16). We are actively working on a fix and plan to ship updates tomorrow. Firefox version 15 is unaffected.


The impact of the hole itself:


The vulnerability could allow a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters. At this time we have no indication that this vulnerability is currently being exploited in the wild.


For the meantime, Mozilla have cleared Firefox 16 from its current installer page.

Grand Theft Auto V seems to be ready, is being shown off to the press

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 8:26 am

Well, one very lucky son of a gun gets to look at Rockstar's upcoming sure-fire hit, Grand Theft Auto V, reports Kotaku. Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, teased the world yesterday on Twitter saying that he was at Rockstar checking out Grand Theft Auto V for the magazine's December cover story.




You can see his tweet above. If Game Informer are looking at the game, that would indicate it'd be in a near-final form. Game Informer normally reveals their covers during the first week of each month before the one on the issue, so we should hear more on GTA V in early-November.


Are you excited? I think GTA V is going to be the last, truly huge seller on current-gen consoles before we see a transition over to next-gen consoles next year.

There are 6 billion cell phone subscribers across the world

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 7:30 am

If the current estimates are true, there are over seven billion people on Earth. According to the UN telecom agency, there are around 6 billion cell phone subscriptions, which works out to around one for 86 of every 100 people.




The International Telecommunication Union said on Thursday that China takes a huge chunk out of those users, representing 1 billion subscribers alone. India is close in second place, where they're expected to cross the 1 billion milestone later this year.


The Geneva-based agency says that 2.3 billion people, or roughly one third of the estimated 7 billion on Earth, were using the Internet by the end of 2011. The ITU has also said that 70% of people who use the Internet live in wealthier, industrialized countries, compared to just 24% who live in poorer, developing nations.

Google Play Magazines launches in Australia, except it doesn't work yet

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 6:31 am

I was laying in bed last night and grabbed my Nexus 7 that I have on my bedside table, I turned it on and hit the Google Play store to have a look around. I noticed that the menu looked different, so I looked closer and noticed that "Magazines" now appeared - finally, the Australian Play Store has magazines!




Cool, I thought, I'll check it out and purchase a magazine to see how it is. I download the app, purchase a magazine from an Australian technology magazine "PC & Tech Authority", lay down and proceed to enjoy reading it. Well, I couldn't because Google Play Magazines doesn't quite work yet.


The app itself doesn't open, and requires an update, which you can't tap the option to do so. You can see in the picture above, just below where it says "GOOGLE INC.", there should be an "Update", and "Open" tab, but there is not. So I have now wasted $4.99 on a magazine that I can't read. I'm sure it'll work soon enough, but it's disappointing to see Google launch a new section of their Play store, and have it fail on day one.


Anyway, the new Magazine part of the Play store offers countless titles from major Australian publishers like Haymarket Media, ACP Magazines and Pacific Magazines. Also thrown into the mix are a bunch of publishers from overseas, and the option of a once off purchase or subscription-based service is offered. Prices aren't too bad, where they either match the price of Apple's Newsstand, or they're slightly cheaper.

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PC part suppliers are concerned Windows 8 demand won't be strong this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 5:33 am

DigiTimes is reporting that upstream component makers are concerned that the PC replacement trend that is expected to spark when Windows 8 drops in two weeks time may not actually happen this year at all.




They're estimating that it will begin in the first quarter of 2013, according to DigiTimes' "sources from upstream supply chain". They say:


Since an operating system usually needs to have serious debugging after launch, the sources believe consumers may hold back their new PC purchases until some time later and their actions would impact demand for Windows 8-based systems in the fourth quarter.


Component makers do have "high hopes" that Windows 8 will bring increased growth. But I'm sure that if you look at the market, the 'replace your desktop PC' days are over. Throw an SSD into a 2-3 year old machine and it's like new. There have to be some serious changes to the standard desktop PC before I can see huge growth coming from Windows 8. Such as a serious drop in the price of touchscreen-based LCD screens.

Sharp's Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E is the first to sport the low-power IGZO display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 4:31 am

Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo has unveiled a great-looking smartphone from Sharp, the Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E, the first smartphone to bake the IGZO display. IGZO's display uses indium gallium zinc oxide technology that promises higher translucency compared to normal LCDs.




This technology reduces the demand for backlighting on the screen which should result in reduced battery use. The phone sports a 4.9-inch, 1280x720-pixel display, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, Adreno 320 graphics, NFC and 4G LTE compatibility through NTT DoCoMo's network.


The IGZO display-powered Sharp Aquos Phone Zeta SH-02E comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, which is probably the only downer on an otherwise well-specced smartphone. There's no word on whether this will land anywhere outside of Japan, yet.

Twitter opens up shop in Korea, wants to focus on launching localised features and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 3:23 am

Social networking site Twitter has opened its wings and flown across the pond to Korea, where they hope to focus on localised features and building partnerships with brands and celebrities in the country. Yonhap News is reporting that Twitter has looked at Korea as one of its most important markets, which is mostly thanks to its increasing Internet users as well as the quality of service in the country.




Vice president of the Marketing Department for the Asia-Pacific region, James Kondo, said that the areas that Twitter would focus on when it came to furthering their business were partnerships with handset manufacturers such as natives Samsung and LG, mobile operators, media companies, celebrities and talent agencies - hopefully they give Psy a call.


Othman Laraki, Twitter's vice president of Growth, International and Revenue, the social network are already working with Daum (Korea's second most popular web portal) and LG Uplus, who are Korea's third-largest mobile operator. Laraki adds:


[Korea is] a country where we've seen a lot of early adopters that have taken to Twitter in a very energetic way and we don't necessarily see that in all countries.

Google's former CEO says Android vs Apple fight is the industry's "defining contest"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 12, 2012 2:32 am

Eric Schmidt, Google chairman and former CEO of the company spoke with AllThingsD yesterday where he talked of the Apple vs. Android war, saying that it is the industry's "defining content" and that Google are currently ahead in this David vs. Goliath battle.




The former Google CEO points out that there are four times as many Android-based phones than there are iPhone's, with up to 1.3 million activations per day. With this momentum, the Mountain View-based company are set to reach the enormous one billion mobile devices activated.


Schmidt does state that the resulting fight between Apple and Google will only benefit the consumer, and when talking about Apple Maps he has said that Apple are now discovering that "maps are really hard", and that "Apple should've kept our maps... They're better". The Google chairman also cited something he called the "gang of four" which consists of Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google which are "all different, all competitors, [and] all making enormous investments".


Schmidt also kept Microsoft off that list, and called the omission of the Windows maker "deliberate". He added that the Redmond-based company is a "well-run company", but they have not released any "state-of-the-art products" in any market yet.

LG Google Nexus pictured in all its glory, specifications still unknown

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 11:35 pm

LG is working on a device that is rumored to be a Nexus-branded device. As it stands, we currently only have rumored specifications, however, pictures have been plentiful. We now have a plethora of pictures of the device, many of them in focus, well lit, and showing off cool features that we can expect from the device.




Take, for example, the picture above. The back panel of the device shows that it will indeed come with a rear-facing camera--go figure. The rear-camera will also come with an LED flash, as seen by the panel below the camera. There also appears to be a vent or speaker towards the bottom of the device, but on the back panel.


The panel is also branded with "NOT FOR SALE HW REV 1.0 0821" meaning the device could under go revisions before final sale. Rumors place the specifications as a 4.7-inch display with 720p resolution, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM, and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera.


The device is rumored to launch October 29.

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Another Samsung sales ban is overturned by the courts, Galaxy Nexus can now be sold again

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 11, 2012 10:39 pm

Apple has s suffered another loss of sorts as one of the post-trial sales bans instituted by Judge Koh has been overturned by an appeals court. The federal appeals court ruled that Apple would not suffer significant harm by the infringement that was found during the trial, and as such removed the sales ban.




The Next Web put it beautifully when they described Samsung's arguments: "Samsung argued, somewhat humiliatingly, that the sales of the Galaxy Nexus were so poor that they didn't pose a threat to Apple's iPhone and that the unified search feature was not essential to the success of its device. The appeals court apparently agrees."


An excerpt of the official order:


…it may very well be that the accused product would sell almost as well without incorporating the patented feature. And in that case, even if the competitive injury that results from selling the accused device is substantial, the harm that flows from the alleged infringement (the only harm that should count) is not.


The ruling that contributed the most to the ban was in regards to patent 8086604, which deals with a unified search method. The idea here is that the Galaxy Nexus would sell nearly as well, if not as well, as it is currently even if it didn't implement the infringing feature. It seems like Samsung keeps getting more and more reason to launch an appeal.

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