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RumorTT: Nexus 5 to feature MEMS camera, fastest camera phone tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 4:33 am

We know that the Nexus 5 should arrive with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, with most - myself included - not too impressed with that. But, now there's news that Google's upcoming flagship pure Android device might feature a camera technology called MEMS.

 

 

MEMS stands for microelectromechanical technology, and is a technology that is very different from the usual voice coil motors (VCMs) found in today's smartphone cameras. It's the same technology found in microphones, gyros and barometers in our smartphones today. It's very precise, with MEMS made in clean rooms just like other chips, but hundreds of times more power efficient.

 

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MEMS is capable of focusing 7 times faster than current cameras, and is able to snap images very, very fast. The ability of snapping multiple photos in quick succession allows you to shoot first, and focus later, like you would on a Lytro camera. It doesn't matter if you're taking photos in daylight or at night, as a MEMS-based camera can focus in a fraction of a second, and is magnitudes faster than current cameras. It is rumored that the Nexus 5 would see this technology baked inside of it, the first of its kind.

Anonymous: US gov't is using Apple's TouchID to collect fingerprints

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 3:29 am

Most are impressed with the NSA's Apple's TouchID fingerprint scanner, being the only real change on the iPhone 5S, but hacking collective Anonymous has come out with quite the claim: the US government is using the TouchID database to collect citizens' fingerprints.

 

 

Anonymous has released a video, above, with several documents supporting its claim. Anonymous claims to have uncovered evidence of a "corrupt alliance" between the US government and a bunch of its contractors. AuthenTec, the company who made Apple's TouchID technology, reportedly has strong ties to "the most powerful and corrupt Defense Department and Intelligence Community contractors and figures." This is an interesting quote from the piece:

 

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In brief, the claims the group make concerning Touch ID seem to focus on Authentec director, Robert E Grady, who appears to have been a prominent figure within the George Bush administration and (Anonymous claim) was connected with The Carlyle Group, which Anonymous also claim is a majority shareholder in Booz Allen Hamilton, the NSA contractor with which whistleblower Edward Snowden worked.

 

The group also claims Authentec was keen on Apple acquiring the company, thinking that as it adopted the biometric technology other firm's would follow suit. This doesn't ring true, by the way, as Apple is incredibly unlikely to license its new technology. It is possible other firms may attempt to emulate the tech.

Enter the Jungle in our latest Disney Blu-ray competition!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 3:28 am

Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures Australia, we have been granted two copies of this week's release of The Jungle Book on Blu-ray to give away to two lucky readers.

 

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The timeless Disney classic has been temporarily released from the Disney vault ready to enchant a new generation of families with a state of the art video restoration, 7.1 DTS-HD audio and a suite of extra features.

 

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To go into the running, correctly answer the following question:

 

Name the author of the 1894 book which inspired this adaptation

 

Send your answers to ben@tweaktown.com along with your address before the competition closes on Monday the 7th of October. The competition is open to the world, with TweakTown covering shipping.

 

The Jungle Book is available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital from Walt Disney Pictures for a strictly limited time.

GTA Online has failed so far, Rockstar issues an apology

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 2:35 am

GTA Online has launched, but there are countless people complaining about it. There has been so much uproar it has forced Rockstar Games to apologize for the issues, saying it is working hard on resolving the problems.

 

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Most people are receiving the issue "Rockstar Cloud Servers Unavailable" as well as some freezing during the first race in the game. The GTA developer has said it is working to fix "Failed to Host a GTA Online Session" error messages, and the occasional "Failed to star job" errors. Rockstar said in a statement: "We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience while we work to resolve this."

Bitcoin prices head south after news of Silk Road seizure spreads

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 12:30 am

Anyone who has been following the Bitcoin saga, will likely have ran across reports that the virtual currency is fueling the online drug trade. For anyone who doubted this, today's seizure of Silk Road proves just how closely connected the two really were. Reports suggest as much as $1 billion of Bitcoin transactions occurred as a direct result of Silk Road.

 

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Today as news began to spread about Silk Road being shut down by the FBI, the price of Bitcoins dropped from $130 down to just over $85. Analyst are speculating that the selloff was the direct result of Silk Roads seizure, and indicated that many users felt uncertain about the future of the virtual currency. There could potentially be millions of Bitcoins that are frozen in limbo as a result of the seizure, and they will most likely never be claimed by their owners. At the time of this writing, the Bitcoin price had rebounded to about $120.

FBI seizes underground drug marketplace Silk Road, arrest owner

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 11:04 pm

Earlier today, the FBI announced that it had seized Silk Road, an underground drug marketplace located on the darkweb. Along with the seizure came the arrest of the website's founder, Ross Ulbricht. Silk Road was only accessible through the TOR network, and was responsible for the sale of billions of dollars of drugs.

 

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Anyone could logon, and purchase a bag of weed, a few ecstasy pills, or even much harder drugs like heroin and crystal meth. Ulbricht is being charged with narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, and money laundering, and could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted. The bust came after FBI agents and law enforcement officers made more than 100 purchases through the "hidden" site, many of which were said to contain very high purity drugs.

 

The FBI report says that Silk Road did more than $1.2 billion in illegal drug transactions since 2011 which netted Ulbricht about $80 million in commissions from the sale. The website had more than 957,079 registered users and conducted more than 1.2 million transactions. Between 2011 and 2013.

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Amazon's Jeff Bezos is now the official owner of The Washington Post

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 9:52 pm

While I first broke the news that Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, had purchased The Washington Post, the sale was not finalized until this week. Yesterday the announcement came that the $250 million acquisition had been finalized, and that Bezos was now the sole owner of the near 80-year old company.

 

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While $250 million sounds like a lot of money to spend on a business which many consider a dying medium, Bezos has plenty of cash to spare. He founded Amazon.com back in 1994 and has since became one of the wealthiest men in the world. Bezos says that he plans to turn the post around and once again lead it to profit. Bezos commented that he will remain at the helm of Amazon, and that he will visit the Post from time to time, but will remain devoted to Amazon for the foreseeable future.

LeakedTT: Newly leaked software seemingly confirms Half-Life 3

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 8:05 pm

Recently, Valve's internal "User Picker" tool leaked to the public which apparently confirms the development of Half-Life 3. The User Picker tool was designed by Valve to track projects and assign personnel to projects easily, but was never designed for outside eyes to see. The tool basically list all employees who are working on a specific project and provides organizes listing of their name, user name, and internal email address.

 

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Fans of the Half-Life series were able to use the program to discover the full list of Valve employees who have been assigned to Half-Life 3. 46 developers are currently working on the game, with 10 of them directly tied to the games core development. An internal tool like this does not simply leak from a very secretive company like Valve, and it leaves us wondering if the leak is real, or if Valve purposely let the program slip to ease some of the growing tension between fans and the company.

Thecus announces the adoption of Plex Media Server

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Storage | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 6:37 pm

This month, Thecus will begin phasing in the popular Plex Media Server software into its product offerings with a new 7-bay, Top Tower, and rackmount NAS. Additionally all existing Thecus customers, the Plex Media Server app will be offered free of charge through the Thecus App Center.

 

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For those who are unfamiliar with Plex and its products, Plex Media Server has became the de facto standard in home media streaming in recent years. The software makes managing a vast digital library of Movies, Videos, Music and Photos quick and easy, while the Plex Media Client app allows streaming from the server to any supporting device. The Plex client is featured on many of today's smart TVs, Xbox 360, Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Mac, and even the Raspberry Pi.

 

I have been running the Plex Media Server software as my personal media server for over a year now, and honestly can not imagine life without it. It makes organizing, managing, and playback of my digital library so easy that I forget its running sometimes. With Thecus adding the Plex Media Server app to its offerings, the company has just moved to the top spot of my list!

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Spotify sees Breaking Bad finale song surge 900-percent in streaming

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 2, 2013 5:20 pm

The series finale of Breaking Bad was a huge success for AMC, as was the entire series, and today the franchise just added another notch to its bed post. Spotify has announced that "Baby Blue" by Badfinger, the song that played during the finale has seen its popularity grow by more than 9000-percent.

 

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The song sold just over 5,000 downloads on Monday night alone which is said to account for a 300-percent boost in sales. Baby Blue was recorded in 1971 and was launched on Apple Records, a record label owned by the Beatles. Until now it fluctuated in popularity with peaks coming a few times a decade, but nothing close to the levels it has seen after being featured on Breaking Bad.

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