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Twitter finally gets two-factor authentication, should help prevent high-profile hackings

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 22, 2013 8:25 pm

Twitter has finally introduced a rumored--and much needed--feature: two factor authentication. For those who don't know, two-factor authentication relies on two different pieces of information. Generally, one is a password (something you know) and the other is a code e-mailed or sent to you via text message (something you have).

 

 

This technology isn't new. Banks have used it for years with ATM cards requiring a PIN number. After a string of high-profile hackings, including the AP's account, Twitter has introduced this technology for everyone. You are highly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication as soon as you're done reading this article.

 

You'll be required to register a phone to send codes to. When attempting to log in from an unknown computer, you'll be required to enter a code that is sent via SMS to your registered device.

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Developer hacks iOS to push notifications to Google Glass

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2013 8:01 pm

An ambitious developer has managed to hack iOS to push notifications to his Google Glass. This is no easy task as iOS is generally hostile towards third-party devices. The hack appears to work well and the developer, Adam Bell, notes that iMessages and Tweets automatically show up in Google Glass.

 

 

As you would expect, the hack is only available to those with a jailbroken iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. This is good news, however, as it means that Apple could eventually make friends with Google and enable this feature in the regular iOS operating system. Bell will be uploading the tweak to GitHub and it will eventually be turned into a Cydia tweak.

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Redbox Instant offering free rental of 'The Hobbit' after users unlocked the freebie through a tweet-to-stream promotion

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: May 22, 2013 7:33 pm

Redbox Instant is one of the newest movie streaming companies on the block and needs to add customers. This need likely led to a promotion in which users had to tweet to unlock a free movie rental. The movie in question? The Hobbit. So, did they succeed? They did and you can now rent The Hobbit for free.

 

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To receive the free rental, you'll need a free Redbox Instant account and you'll need to rent the movie before 12a.m. ET on May 23. This means you'll need to complete the rental in the next 9 hours or so. After you rent the movie, you'll have up to 30 days to watch it. However, "Once you start watching it, you have 48 hours to view the movie as many times and on as many supported registered devices as you choose."

 

Redbox says they'll run future promotions of this same nature, though we don't currently know when the next one will take place.

Fractal Design releases PSU list approved for Intel Haswell processors

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 22, 2013 6:30 pm

With its 4th Generation Intel Core processors AKA "Haswell," Intel has introduced a new power saving feature that reduces consumption while the CPU sleeps. This new deep state sleep mode is called "C7" and is causing a lot of tech insiders to second guess if older power supplies will be able to function properly with Haswell.

 

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This morning Fractal Design released a list of their PSUs that are Haswell friendly. With 12 models throughout its Newton R3, Tesla R2, Integra R2 PSU lines on the list, Fractal says that its customers can rest easily knowing that their PSU is compatible with the next generation of Intel processors.

 

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The issues come from the new deepest sleep state, called C7, will be able to reduce the power consumption of the CPU to only 0.05A (0.6W). As this occurs in the deep sleep state, when most other 12V devices are either in low-power states or turned off, this can reduce the 12V load on the power supply significantly.

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Minecraft developer Notch and others say the Xbox One does nothing to impress

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2013 6:05 pm

Yesterday's Xbox One announcement did little to impress most of the tech community. We were expecting to see truly innovative things like IllumiRoom, and much higher graphics quality levels than what Microsoft delivered.

 

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Independent game developers such as Minecraft's Markus "Notch" Persson said that "I tried to get excited about the Xbox One, but failed.". Developer of Super Meat Boy, Tommy Refenes chimed in with his thoughts as well. "So as someone who doesn't play Forza or any EA Sports games and already has a computer hooked up to my TV, what does Xbox One offer me?"

 

With big name Indie developers turning their nose up at the new console, and the majority of the tech world appearing to be quite unimpressed, it leaves one to wonder what was Microsoft thinking? Of course, there are just as many of the non-techies who want to do nothing more than play FIFA and Madden, and still be able to watch TV, with just a shout of one's voice.

ASRock shows off Dual Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Waterproof Conformal Coating on Intel 8-Series motherboards

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Motherboards | Posted: May 22, 2013 4:54 pm

When we last took a look at ASRock's microsite for its upcoming Intel 8-Series motherboards, we learned of the new HDMI-In feature and before that, we got a glimpse of their new Purity Sound hardware. This morning ASRock has unveiled two new features present on its Intel 8-Series boards.

 

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Up first is built-in functionality for the next-generation Wi-Fi standard. 802.11ac Wi-Fi is a new wireless computer networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks on the 5GHz band with data transferring speeds up to 867Mbps. The new boards will feature ASRock's 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth v4.0.

 

 

Up next is a new conformal coating that renders the boards waterproof for use in systems that feature liquid cooling. This cool new feature will also come in handy for the extreme overclockers who worry about frost build up shorting out components when using LN2. The coating is said to protect the board from conductive liquids, dust, corrosion and extreme temperatures.

Facebook adds new Pandora app to Timeline, lets users find and share music with friends

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: May 22, 2013 4:12 pm

Pandora and Facebook have had a very friendly relationship for years now and now both companies are taking it to a new level with a purpose built app for Facebook's Timeline. The new app will let users share what they are listening to on their timeline, similar to how Spotify handles things.

 

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The new functionality is being integrated into Pandora's iOS and Android apps as well as Pandora.com and will let users automatically publish their listening habits to their Facebook Timeline. Pandora users will be able to specify which stations they share on the social network, as well as which artists and tracks they would like to appear on the wall.

 

In a statement, Pandora's Tim Conrad, had the following to say:

 

"While we've offered social features that allow you to explicitly share your Pandora stations and music discoveries to Facebook for some time, today's update makes sharing effortless. This means it's easier than ever to discover new music from friends' listening activity in your Facebook News Feed or by checking out the music section on their profile."

Apple will manufacture its US-built Mac computers in Texas, says CEO Tim Cook

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2013 3:38 pm

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook made an appearance in front of Congress to defend the company's recent tax dodging accusations, but not all of the conversation was about taxes. Cook told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that Apple will be manufacturing it's US made Mac in Texas.

 

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"We're investing $100 million to build a Mac product line here in the U.S. The product will be assembled in Texas, include components made in Illinois and Florida, and rely on equipment produced in Kentucky and Michigan."

 

While this is good news, not all is as shiny as it appears. Apple will not be building any in-house manufacturing facilities, but will rely on existing manufacturers who have existing plants in the area. While nothing is official, as AllThingsD pointed out, China based Foxconn does own and operate several manufacturing facilities in Texas.

LeakedTT: LG Optimus F3 gets 4G speeds in low-end smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2013 3:13 pm

A new LG Optimus smartphone was spotted by PhoneArena this morning. The Optimus F3 is the little brother to the Optimus F7 and F5 we saw launched in February at the Mobile World Congress, and although it is aimed at the low-end market, it packs some cool features.

 

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The leak comes courtesy of a photo posted by our favorite Twitterer @evleaks, who is correct about 95 percent of the time. The photo shows that the device will be running Jelly Bean and will feature 4G connectivity, something we usually do not see in cheaper phones.

 

The phone is also said to feature a 4-inch WVGA display that is at least 720p in resolution, and will sport a massive 2,460mAh battery for super long uptime. It does not look like the F3 will hit the US, but sources are pointing it to an Australian release in the next few weeks.

Amazon looking to take on Apple for coolest campus ever, plans rainforest bio-dome in downtown Seattle

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: May 22, 2013 2:46 pm

Apple may be practicing "forward looking" with its spaceship like campus in Cupertino, but Amazon is looking to take things in a very different approach to a green headquarters. Yesterday while everyone was focused on Redmond, a proposal was being reviewed by Seattle's Design Review Board.

 

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Amazon has tweaked plans for its new headquarters that will be built-in the inner city of Seattle. The proposed three block campus is codenamed Rufus 2.0, and will feature a huge tri-sphere bio-dome like greenhouse environment. I have included the PDF file of the proposal at Source #3 below.

 

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Amazon says that the "plant-rich environment has many positive qualities that are not often found in a typical office setting." Featuring five levels, the bio-dome feature work spaces, dining, meeting and lounge spaces, and even a pair of shops serving the general public. A wealth of trees and plants are also present to keep things nice and "Amazon" like.

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