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Pirates find hole in Spotify's DRM wall big enough to sail their ships through it

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 8, 2013 2:45 pm

Yesterday Spotify saw one of its worst fears come true when a Google Chrome extension popped up in the Chrome Web Store that allowed Spotify users to download music from the streaming service. This hole in Spotify's DRM became possible because of the fact that the company's web player does not encrypt the MP3 file that is downloaded for playback.

 

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The Chrome Extension, which has now been removed from the Google Web Store, would begin downloading the DRM-free MP3 to a user specified location, as soon as it began playing. This put Spotify in a tough spot as it now allowed any user, free or paid, to download as many songs as they wanted from its massive 20 million song library.

 

Spotify has since patched its web player and began encrypting the data stream to prevent further exploits of this kind from happening. As an avid user of Spotify and a premium subscriber from US launch at day one, I really hope that Spotify is able to curb the possibility of future hacks, because I would be lost without its service.

BitFenix releases two new Prodigy chassis, now in 100% more green and blue

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 8, 2013 2:27 pm

This morning BitFenix announced not one, but two new chassis in their popular Prodigy case line. The two new cases are windowed versions of the company's Prodigy series and come in two new colors - Vivid Green and Cobalt Blue.

 

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The Prodigy green and Prodigy blue both feature a SoftTouch finish that BitFenix is known for, and strong FyberFlex handles for easy portability. Unlike the four colors that came before it, the two new cases also feature a side panel window to enable users to show off their sick Mini-ITX setups.

 

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The Prodigy chassis line has become famous for its spacious interiors, which is something we rarely see in Mini-ITX cases. There is even enough room in front of the drive cage to house a slim line 240mm radiator or you can remove the BitFenix FlexCage and fit much thicker 240mm radiators. Users will also find plenty of room for storage, with space for up to five 3.5-inch drives or 2.5" SSD's. The Prodigy is also capable of fitting video cards up to 320mm in length.

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YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app 'completely redesigned'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: May 8, 2013 10:29 am

Google has released an updated YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app. According to Google, the app has been "completely redesigned" to take full advantage of most Windows Phone 8 features. For users stuck on the older Windows Phone 7.x, Google says a version is in the works and will be released soon.

 

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The most notable change to the YouTube for Windows Phone 8 app is the ability to pin videos, channels, and playlists directly to the Start Screen. The full list of changes/features:

 

  • Pin any video, playlist, channel, and search queries to Live Tiles.
  • Manage your YouTube profile with your unique My YouTube page.
  • Manage your playlists, uploads, and video lists.
  • Find channels, videos, and playlists with the quick access search bar.
  • Share videos to your social networks, e-mail, and text messages.
  • Let your kids watch safe videos in Kid's Corner and keep their own profile

 

You can pick up the updated YouTube app directly from the Windows Phone Store. For those on Windows Phone 7.x, stay tuned to TweakTown as we'll let you know when your version is released.

ReportTT: Facebook News Feed to get video ads in July

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 8, 2013 9:16 am

The Financial Times is reporting that Facebook is readying video News Feed ads. These ads will reportedly make their debut sometime in July. Luckily for users, the videos will automatically play, but without sound. The user can then activate sound, at which time the video will start over.

 

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Some analysts predict that, if intrusive, the ads could result in lower user engagement. This is especially true if video ads are automatically playing. By Facebook not autoplaying the ad with sound, they are likely trying to avoid some of this backlash. But if it will be enough remains to be seen.

 

The ads will be limited to a total of 15 seconds and will cost in the "low $20s" per thousand views. A view is counted even if the user never activates the sound. To increase the impact of the video, Facebook will ensure that each user only sees video content from one advertiser per day.

 

I know if video ads come to my mobile device, I would likely quit Facebook completely. I wouldn't want to afford the mobile data and bandwidth to advertising.

RumorTT: Suppler confirms that Apple is working on low-cost iPhone

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2013 8:08 am

Put down another tally for an Apple rumor. A supplier has reportedly confirmed that Apple is in fact working on a low-cost iPhone. According to ETrade Supply, a parts supplier that was the first to leak the iPhone 5 case and the BlackBerry Z10, Apple will be producing a low-cost iPhone.

 

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ETrade Supply didn't provide any sort of specifications for the low-cost iPhone. Previous rumors, however, fill in the gaps. According to various rumors, the low-cost iPhone will sport a 4-inch LTPS display and A6 processor--the same processor currently available in the iPhone 5.

 

Rumors have also suggested that Apple will once again go with a poly-carbonate backing to reduce cost further. We probably won't see this device appear until the late August/September time frame, so until then, take this rumor with a grain of salt.

Google Glass Explorer Edition getting updated XE5 software, brings with it new features and enhancements

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: May 8, 2013 7:09 am

We're a bit in love with Google Glass. We're closely following along the progress made by Glass and are happy to report that it is receiving a software update that brings with it a bunch of new features. According to Google, the update brings with it a host of changes, including crash reporting.

 

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  • Change to sync policy: require power + wifi for background uploads
  • Crash reporting
  • Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
  • Incoming Hangout notifications
  • Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
  • Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
  • International number dialing + SMS
  • Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
  • New On-Head Detection calibration flow
  • Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
  • More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
  • New recipient-list mosaic

 

One interesting change worth noting is that background syncing now requires the device to be on a local Wi-Fi network and plugged into power. We imagine this is to increase the rather short battery life, but can't confirm this as the reason. Other notable changes include the addition of Google+ notifications.

 

If you have an Explorer Edition in your possession, simply plug it into a power source and Google should take care of the rest.

Google bringing Fiber to Grandview, Missouri, a city just south of Kansas City

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: May 8, 2013 6:11 am

Google has announced that Grandview, Missouri will join the growing list of cities in which Google Fiber will be available. This announcement comes just five days after Google announced that Shawnee, Kansas residents could expect Google Fiber to become available in the coming months and years.

 

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Like the last announcement, the details were a bit on the light side. Residents know that they will be getting Fiber, but they don't know when. Grandview is located just south of Kansas City, the first city to get Google Fiber. This will make the expansion easy and makes logical sense as to why Google picked it for Google Fiber.

 

Google shows no signs of slowing down Fiber roll out. In fact, the announcements seem to be speeding up, suggesting that Google ultimately wants to be an ISP. Keep your fingers crossed that Fiber soon makes its way to your city.

LOLTT: Woman accused of stalking self and blaming ex's new girlfriend

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2013 5:06 am

Every now and again you have to take a step back and go, "Do I really belong on this planet?" This is certainly one of those moments. Police in Michigan say a woman set up a fake Facebook account so she could stalk...herself. That's right, she stalked herself and sent herself nasty messages. Better yet, she blamed them on her ex's new girlfriend.

 

 

The ABC report, embedded above, does a great job of explaining the story, but I'll add some details. According to Kent Country Sheriff's Detective Jason Russo, police investigated where the messages were coming from and it led back to her computer. She also confessed that she resorted to these actions because she couldn't get over the relationship.

 

Evidence shows that Nelson used her computer to set up false Facebook accounts using Kevin Haarsma's personal information. Nelson used this account to make it appear that she was being stalked and harassed by Kevin's new girlfriend by posting threatening messages.

 

This is the world we live in, folks.

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Bethesda announces Wolfenstein: The New Order

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 8, 2013 4:12 am

Bethesda announced a new Wolfenstein game that has been completely re-imagined. Along with the announcement, Bethesda released a trailer for the upcoming game. We've embedded the trailer below for your viewing pleasure:

 

 

The new game will see players in control of B.J. Blazkowicz, an American war hero, in an alternative world where the Nazis came out on top in World War II. The game is set in the 1960's and will require players to take the fight to the Nazis via an impossible counter-offensive.

 

The game is slated to launch in the fourth quarter on PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and next-gen consoles. If we see the game at E3, we'll be sure to go hands-on.

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ReportTT: Next iPhone's display will be going into production next month; Sharp, LG, and Japan Display producing them

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 8, 2013 3:10 am

Nikkan is reporting that the displays going into the next iPhone will go into production next month. According to the report, Sharp, LG, and Japan Display will be the companies responsible for producing the displays used in the next-generation iPhone.

 

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It looks as though the device will be similar to the current iPhone 5 in shape and capabilities. If the next iPhone is launched under the S nomenclature, we expect it to come with an upgraded camera, processor, and not much else. We also continue to hear rumors that the device will be available in a multitude of colors.

 

If display production does start in June, it would line up with a projected launch date in late August to September. Of course, reports are just that: reports. This could prove to be an inaccurate report and the iPhone could launch before or after the projected time frame.

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