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US citizens' phone calls, and all electronic data is captured and recorded by the FBI, accessible by the government

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 6, 2013 2:26 am

Tim Clemente, a former FBI counterterrorism agent claims that there is a 'Person of Interest'-type surveillance network used by the US government to monitors their citizens. Clemente talked about this when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night.

 

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The discussion turned to the Boston Marathon attack, and past telephone calls with Katherine Russell and her deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The former FBI agent said those conversations would be available to investigators. Clemente discussed the issue in an exchange, below, with host Erin Burnett:

 

BURNETT: ' Tim, is there any way, obviously, there is a voice mail they can try to get the phone companies to give that up at this point. It's not a voice mail. It's just a conversation. There's no way they actually can find out what happened, right, unless she tells them?'

 

CLEMENTE: 'No, there is a way. We certainly have ways in national security investigations to find out exactly what was said in that conversation. It's not necessarily something that the FBI is going to want to present in court, but it may help lead the investigation and/or lead to questioning of her. We certainly can find that out.'

 

BURNETT: 'So they can actually get that? People are saying, look, that is incredible.'

 

CLEMENTE: 'No, welcome to America. All of that

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Ouya shipments are ahead of schedule, all backers will receive their consoles before the end of May

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2013 8:39 am

Ouya have pushed out 'Project Update #25' and included inside is an update on the shipping status of their Android-powered console. For the week just gone, they have "successfully eclipsed 50 percent of units shipped and remain ahead of schedule to complete all shipments by the end of May".

 

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Because they are this far in the game now, Ouya have completed their first production run, with all of their tools operating as needed to get all of the Ouya units to consumers. Other events this week for Ouya include the Limited Edition consoles rolling off the production line. International shipments have been slowed down because of an issue with the power adapter, which was caught early enough to be rectified before units began shipping.

 

The Limited Edition Ouya consoles should begin shipping in the coming days, meaning I should get mine in the next couple of weeks!

RumorTT: Next-gen Xbox will charge $15 per month for optional subscription

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 5, 2013 6:31 am

We're counting down the days until Microsoft's reveal of the next-generation Xbox, but there are going to be a slew of rumors and talk between now and then. The latest piece is from Windows SuperSite reporter, Paul Thurrott.

 

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Thurrott said last week that a subsidized next-gen Xbox would be priced at $299 and carry a $10 monthly fee - this is incorrect. Thurrott has taken to Twitter to say that his source suggests the cheaper console would feature a $15 per month fee. The Verge reporter Tom Warren, corroborated the rumor, tweeting "yup" and noted that the subscription "includes family" as well.

RumorTT: LG working on the next Nexus smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2013 5:39 am

If the rumors are correct, it looks like Google have chosen LG once again to make their upcoming next-generation Nexus smartphone. The Korea Times' sources have said that Google founder Larry Page met with LG CEO Koo Bon-joon recently, discussing ways to improve their relationship.

 

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The same sources to The Korea Times said that the two companies are already working on a Nexus successor, adding that LG may be looking for ways to work with Google on future smart televisions and wearable computing, such as Google Glass. We should find out more in just a few weeks time at Google I/O.

Microsoft wants to fill Walmart's with cheap Lumia smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2013 4:35 am

Windows Phone isn't doing too well against iOS and Android, we all know that, but Microsoft is obviously working on a plan to push Windows Phone into more consumers' hands.

 

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This plan, according to AllThingsD, is to sell the super-cheap Nokia Lumia 521 in huge numbers at Walmart. Selling them in large numbers will require a cheap price, so how does $150 off contract sound? Considering the iPhone and Galaxy S4 both sell for around $200 or so, on a two-year contract, the Lumia 521 at $150 outright would be quite a steal.

 

The Lumia 521 features a 4-inch 800x480-pixel display, dual-core 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera.

Tesla partners with some banks for some in-house financing for Model S buyers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: May 5, 2013 3:37 am

Tesla Motors' CEO, Elon Musk, announced last month a partnership with two major banks that would see consumers enjoy the option of in-house financing when purchasing their Model S electric car.

 

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Musk said that consumers could own the Model S electric car for less than $500 per month at the time, but has since revised these figures. Under the new plan, future owners of the Model S would expect the monthly cost to be around $580, which takes into consideration the projected savings from using electricity versus gas, depreciation and a few other factors. Tesla also notes that the cost for business use could be a low as $315 per month.

 

The new plan also involves an updated resale value guarantee, which states that the resale value on the Model S would be higher than Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Lexus or Mercedes. Tesla have also extended the amount of time an individual can finance a Model S from 63 months to 72 months, through Wells Fargo and US Bank.

Buttonless LG smartphone appears, features curved glass look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 5, 2013 2:10 am

LG have had a great last six months or so, with the Optimus range of smartphones as well as the Nexus 4 all selling well. Now Evleaks is back with another leak, of what could be a future LG smartphone.

 

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You'll notice from the picture above that this smartphone doesn't have any physical buttons, just the LG logo in the bottom center and the usual earpiece and front-facing camera up top. There's a curved glass feature on display, which looks gorgeous. This shouldn't end up being the next-generation Nexus device, as there's the LG branding displayed to all.

 

I think we're seeing the beginning stages of the next-gen Optimus devices.

Mozilla demonstrates potential of web browser as gaming platform with Epic Citadel demo

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 4, 2013 4:11 am

I don't usually get excited over tech demos or browser upgrades, but this one sure has me excited. Mozilla is showing off a tech demo of Epic's Epic Citadel demo playing directly in Firefox. See for yourself in the video they created, embedded below:

 

 

The video provides some impressive figures: over one million lines of C++ compiled to JavaScript.

 

Today, Epic and Mozilla are making the Epic Citadel demo available, so that you can try it out for yourself. For best results, we suggest using a newer version of Firefox Nightly (Firefox 23 or better) which includes optimizations for asm.js and support for Web Audio API. The demo will also run in Firefox 20 (the current released version) because the core technologies are just standard web technologies, but there will be some performance degradation and a lack of Web Audio-dependent audio effects. The demo will also work in other browsers but it heavily depends on the quality of the WebGL implementation, memory management and JavaScript engine.

 

The future of the web looks bright. It's time to hear your input. What do you think of the tech demo?

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Solar Impulse, a solar-powered plane, sets off on journey across the US

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:33 pm

The Solar Impulse is a plane powered completely by the sun. Its wings, which are the size of a Boeing 747's, are covered in solar panels which generate and store electricity in batteries so the plane can fly 24/7 without ever needing to stop to refuel. The plane is currently on a journey across the United States, with the first leg being from Mountain View, CA to Phoenix, AZ.

 

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The first leg of the journey will take about 20 hours to complete due to the plane being rather slow moving. In fact, the plane only moves at around 40 MPH. You can track the Solar Impulse on its journey via the live stream and site set up by the creators. The stream shows a Google Earth view of the terrain below the plane, while the site has current speed, direction, temperature, engine settings, and battery status.

Google Glass shoots video of LHC in new Explorer Story

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: May 3, 2013 11:03 pm

Happy Friday, everyone! Time to get your geek on. Google has released a new "Explorer Story" video in which a physics teacher heads 500 feet underground to tour the Large Hadron Collider, all the while teaching to a physics class thousands of miles away. How awesome!

 

 

The video really speaks for itself. But just in case it doesn't, Andrew Vanden Heuvel, the star of the video, has authored a blog post with his thoughts and experiences. I know that I can't wait to buy my own pair of Google Glass.

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