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Google Keep, Google's new note taking service is now available on the web and Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 2:33 am

Google have officially launched Keep, and if you haven't heard of it before now - like myself - it might actually become a tool you'll use on the daily. Google Keep is a note taking service, available online and through an app for Android.

 

 

Keep is aimed at users who need to quickly tap something into their device, where it is saved onto Google Drive. Those of you with Android 4.2.2-based devices get an even better way of taking notes, as there's a lock screen widget available for even quicker and easier access to jotting down notes. There's the trailer above explaining Keep, and if you're interested, check it out on the Play Store for your Android device.

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SpaceX's Merlin rocket engine approved for use

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 2:01 am

Space enthusiasts get excited: SpaceX's new Merlin rocket engine has been approved for use. Gaining this qualification wasn't easy. The Merlin rocket engine was subjected to a total of 28 tests amounting to 1,970 seconds of total test time. SpaceX has said that this amounts to 10 full missions of use.

 

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The Merlin 1D successfully performed every test throughout this extremely rigorous qualification program. With flight qualification now complete, we look forward to flying the first Merlin 1D engines on Falcon 9's Flight 6 this year.

 

The Merlin will see its first use launching a weather and communications satellite into low-Earth orbit. After that, Merlin will be used to launch a satellite into geosynchronous orbit. The Merlin engine has been in development for about two years.

Logitech unveil their G line of gaming products

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 1:39 am

Logitech are reiterating the fact that they're committed to PC gaming by unveiling their new Logitech G line of gaming peripherals. This lineup boasts six redesigned mice and keyboard favorites, as well as two brand new headsets. There's a lot to cover, so let's get introduced to Logitech's new products.

 

 

Logitech G700s Rechargeable Gaming Mouse - Logitech's G700s mouse is a wireless gaming mouse featuring the report rate of an epically fast wired gaming mouse. Logitech have made the G700s capable of maintaining a consistant report rate, no matter if you're using the mouse over its included 2.4GHz wireless connection, or physically connected through USB. You can switch out from wireless to wired gaming if your battery dies, using a data-over-cable connection thanks to its standard microUSB cable.

 

There are 13 programmable controls on the G700s, macros and more, which are all controlled and manipulated through Logitech's Gaming Software (LGS). Logitech are slapping a suggested retail price of $99.99 for the G700s mouse.

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Lockscreen bypass bug discovered in iOS 6.1.3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 1:02 am

Just when Apple thought they were out of the woods, a new lockscreen vulnerability has been discovered. Apple released iOS 6.1.3 to fix a previously found lockscreen vulnerability, though it appears to have introduced a new one--or failed to fix one that was present in previous versions.

 

 

The bug isn't too difficult to activate, nor is it difficult to protect from. A person needs to simply make a telephone call by using Siri and remove the SIM card at the correct time. The bypass is demonstrated in the above embedded video.

 

To protect against the bypass until Apple fixes it, you just have to disable voice dial from the Password Lock screen. It's time for Apple to start working on iOS 6.1.4.

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Google adds YouTube searches to Google Trends

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 21, 2013 12:10 am

As if we didn't already have enough weird info coming from Google Trends, we will now be able to watch the rise and fall of viral videos. Google has added YouTube searches to the data available through Google Trends to allow curious users and journalists to dig through piles of information.

 

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For instance, goats were the top animal searched for this month, beating out the ever-so-cute dogs and cats that are usually on top. Goats are probably on top because of the hilarious videos of goats screaming like humans that have surfaced online. More interesting information is that searches for Rebecca Black peak every Friday.

 

Users are able to search Trends for different Google services, such as just Images, News, Products, or YouTube. We'll keep our eyes on the trends and see if anything interesting pops up. Oh, some good news: Harlem Shake appears to be on the way out.

Ebay cutting fees to be more competitive with Amazon

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 11:31 pm

Ebay has announced that they are changing its fees in order to become more competitive with Amazon. Some of the fee changes will take place April 16, while others will remain the same until May 1. In the end, most sellers will end up paying lower fees, though this won't be the case for everyone.

 

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Part of the reason Amazon has been so successful is that they don't charge listing fees. "For most of our sellers the complexity of our fees were keeping them from being on eBay and preventing them from having full transparency into their profitability from selling on eBay," Michael Jones, vice president of merchant development, said.

 

If you only list a few items each year, Ebay is going to offer 50 free listings per month. Ebay will then take 10 percent of the sale price, if the item sells. If you happen to be a higher-volume seller, final value fees will range between 4 percent and 9 percent, depending on the product category.

 

"There will be some sellers who will pay a little bit more on eBay, but most sellers will be impacted positively by this."

Google 'inadvertently' removed Digg from from its indexes

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 10:31 pm

Google suffered a temporary case of dementia earlier today which resulted in Digg being erased from Google's indexes. The deletion of Digg from the index resulted from Google accidentally applying a Webspam filter to the whole site rather than the one link they were trying to disallow.

 

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We're sorry about the inconvenience this morning to people trying to search for Digg. In the process of removing a spammy link on Digg.com, we inadvertently applied the Webspam action to the whole site. We're correcting this, and the fix should be deployed shortly.

 

It comes at an ironic time. Just a few days ago, Digg's Kevin Rose announced that they would build a replacement for Google's ill-fated Reader. Digg's General Manager Jake Levine added that the accidental removal wasn't too terrible for business:

 

The good news is that it doesn't really impact us all that much. The vast majority of our traffic is direct (like 90 percent) so it's not a huge deal for us from a business or user perspective.

Samsung working on fixing security flaw present on some Android devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:32 pm

Samsung has confirmed that they are working on a fix for a flaw that allows bypassing of the lock screen. The bug was posted to the internet today and shows a method for bypassing the lock screen, permanently, if you have enough time to download an app from the Play Store.

 

 

The steps to reproduce the bug are below:

 

  1. From the lock screen, hit the emergency call button.
  2. Dial a non-existent emergency services number - e.g. 0.
  3. Press the green dial icon.
  4. Dismiss the error message.
  5. Press the phone's back button.
  6. The app's screen will be briefly displayed.
  7. This is just about long enough to interact with the app.
  8. Using this, you can run and interact with any app / widget / settings menu.
  9. You can also use this to launch the dialler.
  10. From there, you can dial any phone number (one digit at a time) and place a phone call.
  11. With Google Play, you can search for apps using the voice interface.
  12. You can download apps from the app store which will disable the screen lock.

 

The bug is only present on Samsung's implementation of Android. It doesn't seem to affect the stock build. In a statement, Samsung said, "We are aware of this issue and will release a fix at the earliest possibility. Samsung considers user privacy and the security of user data its top priority."

 

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RumorTT: Guy Kawasaki hints that Motorola X Phone will be customizable

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 9:04 pm

A fairly large rumor is making the rounds today. Guy Kawasaki, a former Apple evangelist who now advises Google and Motorola, dropped a pretty large hint that Motorola's rumored X Phone will feature customizable hardware. He posted up a Porsche promo video that talks about the customizable features of the vehicle:

 

 

Kawasaki posted the video with the following comment: "Wouldn't it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?"

 

This is obviously hinting towards a future phone that can be modified, at least partly. Other rumors have suggested that the X-Phone will come with customizable hardware, so coupled with this new hint it's looking like the X-Phone might just come with customizable features. We still expect to hear more at Google I/O in May.

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High-profile Xbox Live accounts hacked, former and current Microsoft employee accounts compromised

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 20, 2013 8:33 pm

Microsoft is currently dealing with some high-profile hackings that have compromised the Xbox Live accounts of former and current Microsoft employees. The attack apparently used a series of stringed social engineering tactics that collected social security numbers and other information necessary to gain access to the accounts.

 

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A group of attackers are using several stringed social engineering techniques to compromise the accounts of a handful of high-profile Xbox Live accounts held by current and former Microsoft employees. We are actively working with law enforcement and other affected companies to disable this current method of attack and prevent its further use.

 

It's not clear what Microsoft will be able to do to prevent this from happening in the future. Microsoft needs a way to properly identify an account's owner, but they can't prevent third-parties from giving out that private information.

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