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WikiLeaks' latest release is their biggest yet, puts US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the firing line

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 5:25 am

WikiLeaks have chosen today to release their largest ever unleashing of formerly confidential information, known as the "Kissinger Cables". These cables include over 1.7 million diplomatic records spanning 1973-1976, where 205,901 are connected to controversial US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger.

 

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The release has an eye-busting 700 million words, and contains something WikiLeaks describes as "significant revelations about US involvements with fascist dictatorships, particularly in Latin America, under Franco's Spain (including about the Spanish royal family) and in Greece under the regime of the Colonels."

 

These files should be an interesting read for those involved in the various industries, so hopefully we see some juicy content from them in the coming hours, days and weeks.

Anonymous claims to have caused billions of dollars in damage to Israel in their latest cyberattack

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 4:31 am

Anonymous are in the news again, this time for their claims of a cyberattack against the Israeli government and their various Web sites, which has caused billions of dollars in damages. Israeli officials have said that there has been no serious disruptions.

 

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Anonymous have claimed to have hacked over a dozen website, including the Israel Police, the Prime Minister's Office, the Israel Securities Authority, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, and the Central Bureau of Statistics. Anonymous estimates that #OpIsrael has caused over $3 billion in damages, after hacking over 100,000 websites, 40,000 Facebook accounts, 5,000 Twitter accounts and 30,000 Israeli bank accounts.

Acer ready their Iconia A1-810 to fight the iPad mini

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 3:33 am

It looks like Acer is preparing a new form-factor tablet, something that will compete with the popular iPad mini among other smaller slates. Acer's Iconia A1-810 would feature a 7.9-inch IPS panel with a resolution of 1024x768.

 

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This display slaps it right on iPad mini territory, but loses out to the Nexus 7 ever so slightly. We should expect Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, an 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8125 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. The usual suspects will also make an appearance, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The A1-810 also features an micro HDMI port, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facer, and a 3250mAh battery.

 

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1GB of RAM will be included, as well as 16GB of on-board storage. The Acer Iconia A1-810 weighs 460 grams and measures in at 208.7 x 145.7 x 10.5 mm. We should expect a price of around $250 and it should ship sometime in June.

NASA gets one step closer to $100 million grant to acquire an asteroid

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 8, 2013 2:25 am

It looks like NASA might just get that $100 million grant to find an asteroid, bring it back to the Moon, and study it. The $100 million initial fund would be used to find the right asteroid to retrieve.

 

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The good news comes from the Christian Science Monitor, who says that President Obama is putting aside $100 million in a 2014 budget for the project. This isn't written in ink just yet, but it is exciting. The full project will cost much more, somewhere around $2.6 billion - a huge twenty-six times as much as the initial $100 million grant.

HTC First can go from being the Facebook Phone to a stock Android phone easily

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 5:43 am

HTC's upcoming "Facebook Phone" or the HTC First, will still just be an Android phone underneath. Phandroid has reported that the OS shaking along underneath the First handset is accessible by either resetting the default launcher, or disabling the Facebook Home app from its own settings.

 

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This is quite interesting, because it could change the future of the Facebook app itself. I would expect a future iteration of the Facebook for Android app to give all Android users this ability in the near future. Most people live their entire lives through their smartphone, and most of the time it's heavy Facebook use (I'm looking at you, my dear sister-in-law) and the background OS doesn't matter to those people.

 

Give them their games, status updates and 'liked' pages, and you've done your job.

More than 10 million copes of Minecraft have been sold on the PC making it the 7th best-selling PC game ever

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 4:12 am

Indie superstar, Minecraft, has sold more than 10 million copies according to Mojang customer support manager Marc Watson. Watson tweeted the news, with the milestone including just copies from PC, Mac and Linux - making it the seventh best-selling PC game of all time - a huge, huge milestone.

 

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The game is also available on Android, Xbox 360 and iOS, so these numbers would be much higher if the extra platforms were counted. The developer has said that the Xbox 360 version alone has sold more than six million copies as of last month. Developer Jens Bergensten believes that across all platforms, sale numbers on Minecraft was around 20 million in January of this year.

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is coming, Ubisoft wants to kick it old school style

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 3:09 am

What was originally thought of as a huge April Fool's Day joke has turned into an actual serious tease of the upcoming Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon from Ubisoft. A bunch of screenshots have made their way to the official Xbox.com website, which has gamers talking.

 

 

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon goes down a very different path to the usual DLC, where we should expect some seriously fun first-person shooter fun. Here is the official synopsis from the game's website:

 

The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.

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US Cellular offers customers to sample their network without signing a contract

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 7, 2013 1:09 am

US Cellular is trying something new for their would-be customers, where they're offering up some play-before-you-pay trials saving customers from signing a two-year agreement, to only be disappointed with US Cellular's network performance.

 

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The offer is for just selected markets, starting off with Eureka, CA, Klamath Falls, OR and Knoxville, TN. Some carriers already offer this, but what happens here is that you don't need to actually sign a contrat in order to get any of the equipment to test their network out. US Cellular will instead offer a loan device, with three on offer: Motorola's Electrify M, Samsung Chrono 2 or Samsung Galaxy Metrix, which can be used for eight days with 500 minutes, 500 texts and 1GB of data included.

 

This is a great way to test out their network, to see if it's worth a dive into a two-year contract on a new device.

RumorTT: Google could acquire WhatsApp for $1 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 6, 2013 10:57 pm

If the latest rumors are correct, Google is looking at acquiring WhatsApp in a deal that could be worth around $1 billion. The deal reportedly started out four or five weeks ago, where Digital Trends' source said that WhatsApp is "playing hardball" and are pushing for a higher acquisition price. This price is being pushed "close to" $1 billion right now.

 

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With WhatsApp's immense popularity, and Google's soon big push into a possible unified messaging system - acquiring WhatsApp might be yet another smart billion-dollar acquisition by Google. We should hear more about this in the coming weeks.

Microsoft issues apology over employee's disrespectful Twitter rants

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 6, 2013 4:59 am

This morning we covered a back and forth between Microsoft's Adam Orth and Xbox fans over Always-on DRM. Orth was quite disrespectful and in my opinion, very unprofessional. This afternoon, Microsoft issued an official apology to Xbox fans over the tirade.

 

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The statement from Microsoft reads:

We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer-centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product road map, and have no further comment on this matter.

 

It is worth noting that they did make a point to deny any conformation of any form of DRM on the next generation Xbox. While we still believe that the new Xbox will feature Always-on DRM, we understand why Microsoft is reluctant to release any details at this point.

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