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ASUS Transformer Book goes up for pre-order, will set you back $1,479

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 5:11 am

One of the latest devices to join the Ultrabook convertible category is the ASUS Transformer Book. This Windows 8 machine is part tablet, part notebook and costs a pretty penny. Official pricing hasn't been released by ASUS, but MacMall has put the machine up for pre-order for a small fortune of $1,479.99.

 

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The 13.3-inch device is powered by a Core i7-3517U CPU and 4GB of RAM. The display checks in at 1920 x 1080 resolution and is powered by Intel's HD4000 graphics processor. Storage is provided by a 500GB HDD and a 128GB SSD, which is most likely used for booting and quick-on technology.

 

While that price comes with the keyboard, you'll probably want to wait to order the device until ASUS officially outs the pricing and it becomes available at more locations. It's very possible and likely that MacMall has the price artificially high to make some extra money off of the early adopters.

Anonymous' Twitter account hacked, people LOL at the irony

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 4:16 am

It looks like Burger King and Donald Trump aren't the only ones having trouble with Twitter hacks this week. Ironically, one of Anonymous' Twitter accounts was the target of a hack. Rustle League, a little-known hacking group, has taken responsibility for compromising the @Anon_Central Twitter account.

 

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"The reason Anonymous fell victim is probably human weakness," said Graham Cluley, senior consultant at security firm Sophos. "Chances are that they followed poor password practices, like using the same password in multiple places or choosing a password that was easy to crack."

 

We didn't capture any screenshots of tweets sent out while the account was out of Anonymous' control. If you managed to see some of the tweets--if there were any--let us know what they said!

RIAA says Google's updated ranking isn't working at reducing piracy

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 1:04 am

Another week, another complaint about piracy from the Recording Industry Association of America. This time the RIAA is saying that Google is not making pirate sites harder to find in its search results. Six months ago, Google offered up a change to the way it ranks sites that could cause pirate sites to appear lower in rankings.

 

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Specifically, the company said: "Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results. This ranking change should help users find legitimate, quality sources of content more easily."

 

The RIAA say that finding pirate sites in Google's search results is just as easy as it ever has been. They issued a new report regarding the matter, in which they allege the following: "We have found no evidence that Google's policy has had a demonstrable impact on demoting sites with large amounts of piracy."

 

Google has responded to the report saying,

 

We have invested heavily in copyright tools for content owners and process takedown notices faster than ever. In the last month we received more than 14 million copyright removal requests for Google Search, quickly removing more than 97% from search results. In addition, Google's growing partnerships and distribution deals with the content industry benefit both creators and users, and generate hundreds of millions of dollars for the industry each year.

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Ubuntu Touch developer preview now available for Nexus devices

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 12:34 am

For the really not faint at heart, Canonical has made available a developer preview of the upcoming Ubuntu Touch operating system. This developer preview is just that--a preview for developers. It's still quite rough around the edges, much more so than, say, the Windows 8 alpha or beta.

 

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If you aren't scared off by the possibility of bricking your device, then you can consider installing the developer preview on your Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10. You'll need to know what you're doing to attempt this and TweakTown takes no responsibility if something happens to your device. Make sure your device is one of the supported ones at Ubuntu's Touch website.

RumorTT: Are these pictures of the rear-shell of the iPad mini 2?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 22, 2013 12:02 am

A forum post on a Chinese site, WeiPhone, contains numerous pictures of what the author claims to be the rear shell of the second-generation iPad mini. It's hard to say for sure if these are actual pictures of the next-generation iPad mini or not, but they do look convincing:

 

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The shell does appear slightly thicker, though the edges of the device have not been chamfered yet. This could be causing an optical illusion or it could be that the second-generation iPad mini won't have a chamfered edge. If the case is a bit thicker, that would indicate that Apple is probably planning on putting a Retina display into the device.

 

There are still plenty of unanswered questions and these pictures are in no way verified, so take them with a grain of salt. I'll leave further speculating up to the readers, so let us know what you think of the pictures in the comments.

Google announces 'Doodle 4 Google' competition, enter now!

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 11:29 pm

Google often hosts these "Doodle 4 Google" competitions in which Google encourages users to submit a doodle to become the homepage logo of Google for a day. Google has just announced this year's Doodle 4 Google in the United States and has kicked off the 30-day countdown to the March 22 submission deadline.

 

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To make the competition more interesting and fun, Google has produced an interactive map that shows where submissions are coming from and which state has the most submissions. Google wants you to encourage fellow students and teachers to enter the competition.

 

One winner from each state will win an all-expenses paid trip to New York City in May for the awards ceremony. The contestant with the winning doodle design will win a $30,000 college scholarship and his or her school will win a $50,000 technology grant.

 

You can download the entry form here and start doodling right away.

Apple's App of the Week makes popular 'Plants vs. Zombies' free

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 11:06 pm

Plants vs Zombies is somewhat of an older title now, but that doesn't make it any less fun to play. The app has been put on sale numerous times in the past, but it has never been available for free. Apple has now changed this by promoting the app as its App of the Week and making it free to download.

 

 

Both the iPhone and iPad version of the app are available for free for a limited time. You can grab the iPhone version and iPad version from the Apple App Store.

 

It's a great game and a great value at $0.00. If you have an iOS device, you won't want to miss downloading this app. It will provide hours of fun through its 50 levels of gameplay and endless survival mode.

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Twitter adds DMARC to e-mails to help with phishing attacks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 10:28 pm

In the wake of a series of high-profile hacks, Twitter has updated it's e-mail sending systems to help prevent phishing attacks from being successful. Known as DMARC, the new technology helps identify an e-mail as legitimate and allows e-mail providers to block e-mails that come from forged domains.

 

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The technology is rather new and has been created to help fight e-mail phishing attacks. All four of the major e-mail providers--AOL, Gmail, Hotmail/Outlook, and Yahoo--have gotten on board with the new technology and are already rejecting e-mails coming from forged domains.

 

It will be interesting to see just how well this technology works to cut down on Twitter hacks. If you'd like a more technical explanation of the technology, you can find more information about the DMARC technology on their website.

Apple seeds iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 to developers, Apple fast at working patching iOS 6.1 bugs

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 10:03 pm

Apple has had to be especially diligent with updates and patches after the iOS 6.1 update. iOS 6.1 came with numerous bugs, some of which have already been patched by previous updates, and some that are still hanging around. Apple needs to quickly address these issues to maintain the notion that Apple products "just work."

 

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iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 is actually a renamed iOS 6.1.1 update. Apple was forced to delay the iOS 6.1.1 update to deal with critical issues of cellular connectivity and battery life. The recently released 6.1.2 took care of the Exchange bug that was causing poor battery life in iOS 6.1 devices.

 

The new beta, which has been seeded to developers, includes the patch for the lock-screen bug that allowed people to easily bypass a password-protected iPhone. This update also includes the improvements to Apple Maps in Japan. Let's hope, for Apple's sake, that this latest update, when made publicly available, doesn't include any more bugs.

Donald Trump joins a growing list of people who have had their Twitter accounts hacked this week

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 9:35 pm

Donald Trump can now count himself among an exclusive group of high-profile users who had their Twitter accounts hacked during the past week. We started out this week with Burger King's Twitter being hijacked and tweeting that they had been bought by McDonalds.

 

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Jeep joined the party a bit later in the week and Donald Trump has joined the ranks today, though he regained his account much quicker than the others. Just before 12p.m. EST, Trump's account tweeted lyrics from Will.I.Am's "Scream & Shout (Remix)" song, as seen in the picture above.

 

Within 15 minutes, the tweet was deleted, but not before being retweeted by over 1,000 people. Trump has probably said "You're Fired!" to the people in charge of keeping his Twitter account safe and has tweeted that he is looking for the perpetrators.

 

MTV and BET attempted to jump on the Twitter hacking bandwagon by pretending to hack each other. The stunt failed to pay off and the two companies have received negative feedback over it.

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