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Wikipedia founder will encrypt the site if the UK passes their Communications Data Bill

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 10:32 am

The UK government proposed their controversial Communications Data Bill earlier this year, which would see British ISPs made to keep records of every website that their customers visit for 12 months. Of course, you can see where civil rights groups, and others, would have problems with this.




Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, has stepped up to the debate and joined the opposition to the proposed bill, saying:


If we find that UK ISPs are mandated to keep track of every single webpage that you read at Wikipedia, I am almost certain we would immediately move to a default of encrypting all communication to the UK, so that the local ISP would only be able to see that you are speaking to Wikipedia, not what you are reading.


Wales has threatened to encrypt Wikipedia for UK-based users in order to protect their privacy. Wales adds that the data retention bill is:


Not the sort of thing I'd expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese.

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Latest data shows that Android 2.3 Gingerbread still rules, ICS is catching up quickly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 9:28 am

According to the latest data Google have taken during a 14-day period ending on September 4, Android 2.3 Gingerbread still rules the roost with 57% of devices running the ageing mobile OS. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sits in second place with a little under 21% of Android devices.




Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS isn't doing too badly, with 1.2%, but this should grow quite rapidly with more and more new devices being announced with the OS on-board. Android 3.1 Honeycomb is sitting with just over 2%, and was a release-and-forget-it OS from Google, as it was only on tablets, and was definitely not popular at all.


Ice Cream Sandwich adoption has been growing rapidly in the last six months, from 1% or so to its current 21%. The last three months in particular have been great for Android 4.0 ICS. I'm expecting Jelly Bean distribution to go from 1.2% to around 4-5% by the end of the year, and ICS to jump to around 30-40% in this time. Gingerbread will probably drop from 57% to less than 50% in this time.

Facebook's Instagram acquisition is now complete, no picture of their dinner in sight

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 8:24 am

Social networking giant, Facebook, have finally completed their acquisition of Instagram. Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's Vice President of Engineering said:




As we said from the beginning, we are committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Instagram will continue to serve its community, and we will help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook's strong engineering team and infrastructure.


Instagram's team have confirmed they'll be packing their gear into those cool boxes I see on American TV shows when they move offices, or get hastily fired, and move over to the Facebook Menlo Park-based offices.

Foxconn forcing university students to work on the new iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 7:42 am

The new iPhone looks to be announced next week at Apple's September 12 event, and one analyst estimates the new iPhone could sell as many as 10 million in its first week. The question is, how do Apple amass 10 million (or so) new iPhone's in a short amount of time?




Simple. Force university students to work 12 hours per day, six days per week for around $243 per month on the new iPhone. This is what Foxconn is doing, reports the Shanghai Daily. Foxconn reportedly couldn't get their soul machine to work normally, so they secured more workers from universities, as classes were suspended at the start of the new semester.


Students began working on the new iPhone last Thursday, and are being "compensated" by the $243 per month wage. One student who wished to remain anonymous, claims that the authorities had ordered the schools to round up students to help Foxconn, with the company not informing parents, or signing agreements with students. Another anonymous student said that some universities would go as far as punishing students if they tried to leave the factory.

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Raspberry Pi revision 2.0 boards announced

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 7:22 am

The original $25 Raspberry Pi was a success, even though it had its fair share of manufacturing hiccups, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation have just announced revision 2.0 of the micro device. We're not looking at it featuring a new processor, or any massive changes, instead we're looking at smaller concerns from the first Raspberry Pi that the team received from the original device.




Revision 2.0 will sport changes to the GPIO pin out, which will add ARM JTAG support and to present a different I2C peripheral. Revision 2.0 also features a reset circuit which can be used by adding an appropriate header to P6. The Raspberry Pi team says that shorting P6 pin 1 to P6 pin 2 will cause the BCM2835M to reset. Resetable fuses that were used to protect the USB outputs on early revision 1.0 boards have been removed, and replaced with links.


Two GPIO pins have been interchanged, while the primary and secondary I2C channels have been reversed. Revision 2.0 has also seen the removal of four GPIO signals that were used for verification identification in revision 1.0, as they were said to be redundant. In their place, will be a new connector site, P5, which the foundation says is perfect for adding a third-party clock and audio codec board.

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Cybercrime costs customers nearly $110 billion in 2011

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 6:28 am

According to the latest report from security company Symantec, cybercrime cost customers across the world nearly $110 billion in 2011. For the US alone, consumers lost $20.7 billion in the twelve-month period, which saw 71 million Americans finding themselves victims to cybercrime.




An average of $197 in direct financial loss to each victim across the world, with US losses per victim tallying up to $290. The report states that a whopping 556 million adults across Earth had found themselves experiencing first-hand experience of cybercrime in 2011.


This figure of 556 million people affected, is nearly half of all adults on the Internet, which is staggering, and is also up 45% from 2010. The reason for the increase in cybercrime and affected consumers, is the meteoric rise in social network and mobile use. 21% of online adults report that they have been victims to social- or mobile-based crime. The report also states that 15% of Internet users have had their social networking account hacked, with 1 in 10 users falling victim to fake links or scams through Facebook.

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Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G to get Jelly Bean updates today

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 5:28 am

Yesterday we heard rumors that Sprint would be pushing out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S 4G, where today this news has been confirmed. The updates should already be hitting handsets, or will any minute now.




Jelly Bean updates will provide a bunch of new features such as Google Now, which is a Siri-like assistant, an improved notification and voice search system, offline dictation, and more. One of the better features of Jelly Bean is 'Project Butter', which makes the entire OS' UI move at 60fps.


I've been using Jelly Bean for only two days now on my recently-acquired Nexus 7, and it truly is beautiful. If you're a Sprint-based Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus S 4G owner, keep checking your phone for that JB update!

LG's 84-inch, 4K-capable TV, the 84LM9600 hits US retailers next month for $19,999

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 4:33 am

LG unveiled their 84-inch 4K TV just under two weeks ago now, where we were teased of its behemoth size, and resolution to match: 3840x2160, or 4K.




LG have said that the first units will start shipping out this month, and there'll only be a handful available through the normal high-end sources sometime next month. LG's 84LM9600 is of course a Smart TV, featuring WiDi, a dual-core L9 processor, 2.2-channel speakers, Magic Remote and LG's passive glasses Cinema 3D technology.


As you're probably aware, there isn't much 4K content available, so LG have been displaying the set with normal 1080p content in order to showcase the company's "Resolution Upscaler Plus" capabilities. Engadget reports that they've seen the 4K set running 1080p content and it was "sharp and clear". LG will find competition in Sony's 84-inch 4K-capable TV.

Amazon also unveils lower-end Kindle Paperwhite, revamped Fire's

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 3:24 am

Amazon didn't just keep their high-end fans happy today with the announcement of the Kindle Fire HD range of tablets, or the 4G LTE-powered version, but the retail giant also announced some new lower-end tablets, too.




First up we have the revamped budget fourth-generation Kindle, which is priced at just $69. The revamped Kindle is the company's best-seller, and is now $10 cheaper, while sporting new fonts, crisper text, and 15% faster page turns. This model should ship next Friday, September 14.


Next up we have the new backlit Kindle Paperwhite, which will be priced at $119 for the Wi-Fi-only model, and $179 for the 3G-capable model. Amazon is proud to announce the Paperwhite sports patented technology that distributes light evenly across the Paperwhite's entire surface, just like ambient light. The Kindle Paperwhite measures in at just 9.1mm thick, weighs 7.5 ounces and sports an insane 8-week battery life. Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite will ship on October 1.

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Amazon unveils Kindle Fire HD, sports 4G LTE, includes 250MB of data per month for $50 per year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 7, 2012 3:03 am

Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire HD range of tablets earlier, where we reported on the 7- and 8.9-inch variants. There was a higher-end model unveiled also, which finds itself known as the Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE.




4G LTE connectivity is something new for Amazon, and they've partnered up with US telco, AT&T using their 4G LTE network. It's the same as the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 model, but with the joy of having 4G LTE connectivity, and a $499 price tag. This means you're coughing up $200 more for 4G.


But, for $50 per year, you'll get 250MB per month from AT&T, which is definitely not a kick in the pants by any means. The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available for pre-order today, and ships on November 20 with its siblings.

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