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RumorTT: Samsung to release Galaxy Tab 3 Plus with octo-core processor and AMOLED HD display

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2013 9:32 am

Samsung might not be baking in their octo-core Exynos 5 processor in to the US-based Galaxy S4, but it looks as though they could be saving some of those eight-core processors for their upcoming, but still rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Plus.

 

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The rumored tablet will feature the octo-core Exynos 5 processor, a Super AMOLED Full HD display which will arrive as either a 10.1- or 11.6-inch panel. There are reportedly two prototypes floating around, with the final screen size not yet finalized. We should hear more on this in the coming weeks.

Apple acquires WiFiSlam, an indoor GPS mapping startup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 24, 2013 8:56 am

Apple is still trying to begin to (because they aren't right now) compete with Google and their far superior mapping service, where the Cupertino-based company have just acquired an indoor GPS tracking startup, WiFiSlam.

 

 

The Wall Street Journal has confirmed that Apple have acquired the startup, who specializes in WiFi-assisted indoor GPS functionality for smartphones. What makes this news interesting is that the company was reportedly founded by a few ex-Google staff a couple of years ago, with one of their investors included a Google employee. A stronger confirmation on this is the fact that any WiFiSlam-related apps have been removed from the Google Play Store.

 

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Apple reportedly coughed up $20 million for the startup, but no confirmation on this has materialized. I'm sure we'll see more on this in the future.

LeakedTT: Samsung Galaxy S4 mini pictures and specs appear

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 23, 2013 1:03 am

And just like that the tech crowd has moved on from the Galaxy S4 to the Galaxy S4 Mini. Samsung first introduced the "Mini" line with the Galaxy S3 Mini last year. We're now seeing what are purported to be leaked pictures and specifications of an upcoming Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone.

 

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The expected launch time for the device pictured above is sometime in June or July. The screen will be a smaller 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD. This yields a pixel density of just 256 ppi. The device will be powered by an unknown 1.6GHz dual-core processor. The operating system will be Android 4.2.2 with the TW Nature UX 2.0 laid on top.

 

We're hearing that the device might also come with a dual SIM slot, which some customers will appreciate. Considering the device will be a budget phone, I'm leaning towards it not coming with a dual SIM. We'll have to wait and see.

Google expands Transparency Report with daily highlights of links not removed

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 11:45 pm

Google continues to expand its Transparency Report. This time Google has added a list of recently submitted URLs for takedown that the company declined. This latest update comes on the heels of Google expanding the report to include a statistics on the number of false DMCA takedown requests received.

 

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Besides having the effect of calling out the sheer ignorance (stupidity?) of the rights managements groups, the new section brings attention to these links that the company attempted to have removed. Obviously, some of the requested links that were rejected by Google are more entertaining than others.

 

For instance, Audiolock issued a takedown request for 25 different URLs. Google denied 84 percent because many of the links were to the band's music on iTunes, Spotify, and eMusic. Go figure.

 

Check out the newly updated Transparency Report and feel free to send us any especially humorous takedown requests similar to the one above.

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Apple disables iForgot password recovery page after exploit discovered

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 10:42 pm

After a security hole was discovered in Apple's iForgot password recovery page that allowed passwords to be recovered with just an e-mail and date of birth, Apple has disabled the page for obvious reasons. Navigating to the page now returns a "Currently Unavailable" status message that suggests you "check back later."

 

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Make sure to enable two-step authentication on your account to help protect from future vulnerabilities such as this.

 

At the time of writing, Apple's page continually timed out for both my coworkers and myself.

Apple starts warning of free apps that 'offer in-app purchases'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 10:21 pm

Apple obviously felt the sting of a recently settled lawsuit as they have added a warning to free apps that have in-app purchases. This will allow parents to easily identify which free apps offer in-app purchases and hopefully prevent their kids from going crazy with micro-transactions.

 

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The warning doesn't appear to be present on the mobile App Store or on the Apple website. It is confirmed to be showing in the App Store that is contained within iTunes. We do expect it to eventually show up on the mobile version of the App Store.

 

An interesting idea that could spring from this new warning is the ability to filter apps that allow in-app purchases. Apple has clearly identified free apps that contain in-app purchases. Now all they need to do is implement a parental filter to prevent those apps from being used or downloaded. Apple has not said that this feature will be implemented.

Google's self-driving car parks in parking space reserved for Nobel laureates

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 10:02 pm

We won't deny the fact that Google's self-driving car is very well equipped when it comes to computing power. It has an massive array of sensors and is able to process all of that data in near real-time. But, can the car compete with, say, a UC Berkeley Nobel laureate? The car sure seems to think so:

 

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The parking spot looked perfectly acceptable to it. This brings up an interesting question about Google's self-driving car and parking. Is the car able to tell where it is legal to park? Can it detect handicapped signs and limited time parking signs? All questions that I'm sure will be answered as the technology progresses.

Nokia CEO tosses interviewer's iPhone, calls it 'embarrassing'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 9:33 pm

Occasionally an interviewer manages to get under the skin of a person they are interviewing. Often times it makes for a great interview. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop was being interviewed on Finnish TV--video embedded below--and the interviewer continually asked about the Lumia 928. Elop managed to dodge those questions and get away with tossing the interviewer's iPhone.

 

 

During the interview, Elop calls the fact that the interviewer has an iPhone "embarrassing" and then tosses it away. The interviewer continues to pester him about the Lumia 928, though Elop was interested in sharing the Lumia 620. Watch the video and enjoy a CEO tossing an interviewer's iPhone.

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T-Mobile LTE turned on ahead of release, early test results in

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 9:03 pm

T-Mobile is working quickly to roll out its LTE network. It appears that they are beginning to test installations in a few different cities and OpenSignal has seen their app utilized on the new 4G LTE installations. Lucky for us, we have some early testing data on the network that show it should be able to compete.

 

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A quick disclaimer before we actually dive into the hard numbers: these tests were carried out with little load on the network and were likely in strong signal locations. With that said, the T-Mobile LTE came up with an average download speed of 25Mb/s and 8Mb/s upload. Combine that with an average ping of 40ms and it starts to look really good. Of course, real world speeds will be slower.

 

It's also interesting to note that the network was being tested with the Samsung Note II, Samsung Galaxy S4, an unlocked AT&T Galaxy S3, and the SII HD LTE. OpenSignal says they have detected testing in Seattle, Denver, Las Vegas, New Orleans, New York, San Diego, Kansas City, and the San Jose/Bay Area.

Apple updates malware definitions to protect from Yontoo adware

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 22, 2013 8:33 pm

Apple appears to be taking security more seriously. Just a mere 24 hours after Yontoo adware was discovered to be affecting Mac OS X systems, Apple has pushed out an update to its malware definitions to protect from the malware. The Yontoo adware was found to be injecting ads into sites visited in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox.

 

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Apple hasn't always been so quick to respond to new threats. For a long time, Apple actually advertised that Mac OS X was basically invulnerable to viruses. Variants of Yontoo are bound to show up and it will be interesting to see if Apple is able to keep them at bay. As always, we'll keep our eye on the latest security threats and alert users when major problems arise.

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