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RumorTT: LG to unveil 'G Flex' 6-inch flexible smartphone next month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 8:34 am

If the rumors are true, LG could unveil its G Flex smartphone next month, a flexible 6-inch handset. CNET is reporting on the news, where it believes the South Korean giant will unveil the G Flex next month according to a "person familiar with the company's launch plans."

 

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Samsung is also rumored to be working on a similar flexible smartphone, so it'll be interesting to see who bounces out of the gate first with a flexible smartphone. When the Nexus 4 came out, which was manufacturered by LG, I did say it could quickly become a smartphone powerhouse to better rival its South Korean competitor, Samsung. If LG can beat Samsung to the punch with a flexible smartphone, it could make a big difference for the company.

Google Search for Android sees Now cards for notable people and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 7:23 am

Google seems to constantly be updating its various services, with the Mountain View-based giant updating its hotword for voice search to "Ok Google," similar to its "Ok Glass" for its wearable Glass device.

 

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The "more beautiful" search results are hitting users now, where users can add "notable people" to the list of items that Google Now keeps you updated on. You'll see a button on their card when you search for them, like the image above.

Deus Ex: Universe is coming, will hit PCs and next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 6:32 am

I was a massive fan of the original Deus Ex, and I did enjoy Deus Ex: Human Revolution, and now I'm excited for the news of Deus Ex: Universe. It feels like it has come out of nowhere, really.

 

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Edios Montreal's boss, David Anfossi, explains how the Deus Ex universe (heh) is going forward: "The concept behind Deus Ex: Universe is to create an ongoing, expanding and connected game world built across a generation of core games. It's a commitment on our part to deliver meaningful content that expands the franchise on a regular basis and to deliver a deep conspiracy that will span several connected Deus Ex games, creating a more immersive and richer experience than ever before. Deus Ex: Universe will include PC and console games, but also additional Deus Ex games and experiences available in other media such as tablets, smartphones, books, graphic novels, etc. I'm pleased to confirm that we are already into production of the starting point for Deus Ex: Universe with a new game for PC and next-generation consoles."

 

The image you see above is actually a piece of art from Universe, which depicts the results of "trans-humanism segregation" which will be a very big part of the game.

Google acquires startup company Flutter, who work on gesture tech

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Oct 3, 2013 5:32 am

Before today, you probably haven't heard of Flutter, who are a startup company working on gesture recognition technology. Well, neither did I, but the startup has been acquired by Google.

 

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Flutter's gesture recognition technology focused on getting it working with a standard camera interface, such as webcams. Currently, Flutter only ships a Windows and Mac app, with this software continuing to work even though it has been acquired by Google. Google must see a future in the company, hence the acquisition that might help it with its future in gesture technology.

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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