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Facebook for iOS getting Chat Heads, probably the most liked feature of Facebook Home

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 7:32 pm

Facebook is working on bringing Chat Heads, one of the most liked features of Facebook Home, to the iOS app. The app update has already been pushed out to iOS devices--I just downloaded it moments ago--and the update text says that Chat Heads will be coming to everyone over the "next few weeks."

 

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Of course, the implementation will differ slightly. Chat heads will only show up when being used in the Facebook App. When we reported that iOS might be getting Facebook Home, the details were likely regarding this update that has since been released. Users will also be getting "stickers" in the coming weeks.

 

The Facebook App is available from the iOS App Store.

AMD Radeon HD 7990 'Malta' engineering sample shows up on Ebay, current bid at $510

By: Trace Hagan | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 7:24 pm

Someone has seemingly gotten their hands on the elusive AMD Radeon HD 7990 dual-GPU video card that AMD is readying for launch. Codenamed "Malta," this GPU features two of AMD's 7970 GPU cores on a single board paired with 6GB of vRAM. The card was first unveiled at the Game Developers Conference alongside Battlefield 4.

 

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We're pretty sure that the auction will end up getting pulled from Ebay, but that shouldn't stop you from bidding on the item. We know that the 7990 does exist, so this card shouldn't be a fake. The card takes two 8-pin PCIe power connectors for a total of 375W TDP.

 

There are still four days left on the auction, but we doubt it will still be up by the end of the day. If it does end up selling, we'll be sure to report on the final selling price. It's currently at $510, at the time of writing, with 17 bids having been placed. Shipping will set you back an additional $50, but it is one-day shipping.

 

The auction is available on Ebay.

RumorTT: iPhone 5S to come with 12MP camera and improved low light mode

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 6:32 pm

Rumors about the iPhone 5S have surfaced that suggest the new Apple device will feature a 12-megapixel camera and improved low light functionality. It's not completely unexpected that Apple would up the ante in terms of the iPhone's camera, but remember that this is just a rumor and should be taken with a grain of salt.

 

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Apple has previously used the S models to upgrade the camera, such as upgrading the iPhone 4S' camera to 8MP from 5MP in the iPhone 4. A 12MP sensor wouldn't bu unheard of in a device and might be just enough to set the iPhone 5S apart from other smartphones coming out.

Some Apple TVs have WiFi issues, Apple to replace faulty units

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 4:31 pm

Apple has discovered that a "very small number" of Apple TVs might have issues with WiFi. Because of this, Apple has opened up a replacement program, authorizing Apple Authorized Service Providers or Apple themselves to replace faulty third-generation Apple TV devices for up to two years from the purchase date.

 

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The issues include the device not being able to locate a network, join a network, or being unable to maintain a steady connection to a network. To be eligible for a replacement, your serial number must fall within the range provided by Apple. This means the last four characters must be DRHN and the third and fourth characters must be one of the following:

 

H9, HC, HD, HF, HG, HH, HJ, HK, HL, HM, HN, HP, HQ, HR, HT, HV, HW, HX, J1, J2, J3, J4, J5, J6, J7, J8, or J9

Galaxy S4 appears on AT&T website, ships on April 30 for $639 outright

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 2:35 pm

We heard yesterday that AT&T would receive the Galaxy S4 first, on April 26, but it appears that the Staples document was off by a few days. It looks like the official pre-order availability and pricing for the Galaxy S4 is now here, and on AT&T's website.

 

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The pricing is $199 on a two-year contract for the 16GB Galaxy S4 in either white or black, and if you want it outright, it's going to set you back $639. If you want it on a one-year contract, then that price comes down to $449. You can pre-order right now, here, if you want it with the estimated May 3 arrival date. You know you want to.

Facebook Home could be coming to the iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 1:38 pm

Facebook Home may not be doing so well on Android, but that isn't stopping the talks of the app arriving on the iPhone. According to Adam Mosseri, director of product at Facebook, talks are happening, but nothing is concrete right now. He says: "We've shown them what we've built and we're just in an ongoing conversation".

 

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During the Q&A session after Facebook Home was unveiled, Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed interest in bringing Home to iOS, but said that an iOS version would be harder to create as the social networking site would have to work with Apple. Mosseri said that Facebook Home would be altered in order to suit Apple's preferences:

 

It may or may not be Home. We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen. Maybe then it's not called Home, it's called something else.

Dell stand by Microsoft's side, will stay committed to Windows RT on future ARM devices

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 11:28 am

Microsoft have found themselves a strong partner in Dell, who have reiterated their commitment to Windows RT. Dell have announced that future generations of their XPS 10 tablet are under development, based around the Windows RT platform.

 

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Dell's vice president, Neil Hand, has said: "it's turned slower than we were hoping at this point in time. Over the long haul it shouldn't matter if it is Windows on ARM, Windows on Intel, Windows on anything else". IDG News has reported that the new products will be lighter and faster, but no detailed specifications have been unveiled.

Android devices with malware infections tripled last year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 10:34 am

Android looks like its the OS of choice for malware developers, with mobile security vendor NQ finding that Android devices infected with malware grew exponentially last year alone.

 

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NQ found that Android devices with malware infections grew from 10.8 million in 2011 to 32.8 million, meaning a triple of infections year-over-year. They also found that nearly 95% of malware detected in 2012 was designed specifically for Google's mobile OS, which means that Android is the main target for cybercriminals.

 

Most Android malware infections happen in China, India and Russia - so while this might seem like some frightening numbers at first, InfoWorld's Brian Katz does make us feel all a little better. Katz also writes that most mobile malware can be avoided if Android users "download apps only from known sources", such as the Google Play Store. My advice? Don't click ads, don't open suspicious links, don't join random or weird Facebook groups that want all of your info.

New Grand Theft Auto 5 artwork gets unveiled

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 9:38 am

Rockstar have graced us with two more pieces of artwork from their upcoming, sure to break records game, Grand Theft Auto V. The first image shows off a guy on a motorbike holding an uzi, with a helicopter above him in which looks like a hot pursuit.

 

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The second shot is a guy on a jet ski, just smashing through some waves. According to Rockstar though, the images show "two of our three leads, Michael and Franklin getting things done - by sea, or by land. Of course many other modes of transport will also be available to accommodate your travel needs across Los Santos and Blaine County this September".

Anonymous attacks North Korean websites

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 16, 2013 8:32 am

North Korea are the subject of yet another attack by Anonymous, this time taking down a North Korean news and information site. Uriminzokkiri.com has been taken down, with a timeout error appearing when someone tries to access the site.

 

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Anonymous didn't stop there, as they also attacked minjok.com, jajusasang.com and paekdu-hanna.com. These sites were hacked to display images mocking North Korean supreme leader, Kim Jong-un. This also isn't the first time Anonymous have hacked North Korea, as earlier this month the hacking collective gained access to the North Korean Twitter feed.

 

With access to NK's Twitter feed, they posted tweets to images poking fun at Kim Jong-un, condemning him for "threatening world peace with ICBMs and nuclear weapons" and "wasting money while his people starve".

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