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LG debuts Optimus LTE III on SK Telecom

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 6:34 am

LG have just unveiled their Optimus LTE III, which is the successor to the Optimus LTE II. LG's latest smartphone features a 4.7-inch 1280x720 IPS display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a decent 2540mAh battery.

 

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We have a nice square design, plastic back and a physical home button. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean makes an appearance, as well as LG's software UX tweaks and apps. LG have struck a deal with SK Telecom to release the Optimus LTE III in both black and white varieties. We should expect it to jump the pond eventually, but there's no firm dates at the moment.

ASUS show off their GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini, is just 17cm long

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 5:38 am

ASUS have unveiled something quite awesome on their Facebook page, a new GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini. From the name alone, it might not seem like a lot, but this GPU is a full GeForce GTX 670 and only measures in at 17cm, or 6.7 inches long.

 

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This means that the GPU is just as long as a miniITX motherboard, and they're very short. Super amounts of power in a very small space. I'd like to see what a couple of them in SLI could do! If you'll notice, it only has a single 8-pin PCIe connector, which is nice.

Sony has internal goals to ship 16 million PS4s in 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 4:32 am

Gamers across the world, myself included, are itching for the next-generation consoles to be released - but how many do Sony expect to ship this year? DigiTimes' latest piece comes from quoted sources at both the Foxconn and Pegatron manufacturing plants where the PS4 is being made, who have said that Sony's internal plans are to ship at least 16 million PS4s by the end of 2013.

 

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DigiTimes' sources said that Sony have only just begun requesting quotes on the requisite components, and that mass component shipments in August would allow Sony to get the PlayStation 4 onto shelves by Christmas this year. If DigiTimes' sources are right, Sony are in the very beginning stages of industrial design, which could be problematic if something were to happen in the coming months.

 

16 million is a lot, but we have had nearly 10 years between consoles, and gamers are spending more than ever with DLC these days - so is it too much to ask for Sony to sell 16 million? What are your thoughts on the matter?

Garry's Mod has made nearly $22 million since its release in 2006

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 3:43 am

It's hard to believe that Garry's Mod has been out for seven years now, but Facepunch Studios' hit has made them a tidy sum of money. Garry's Mod creator, Garry Newman, took to his blog to say that since its release, the game has made "about $22 million dollars".

 

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This may sound like a nice pile of money, but the creators are only entitled to "less than half" of that. Newman writes "The tax man gets a bunch of [the $22 million]. Then when we take money out of the company, the tax man gets a bunch of that too."

 

Garry's Mod is available through Steam on both Windows and Mac for $9.99, and we should expect a new PC game from Facepunch Studios, as Newman has "wanted to start work on for ages," he continues, "I don't really want to talk about it until we've got something more solid though."

Study suggests Android apps engage in less risky behavior than iOS

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:34 am

Appthority has released a new study that looks at risky behavior exhibited by the top 50 iOS and top 50 Android apps. The data suggests that despite the appearance of more security in iOS, more iOS apps tend to engage in risky behaviors, such as sending and receiving unencrypted data, than Android apps do.

 

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As you can see in the chart above, every single one of the iOS apps tested sent or received data without using encryption. This exposes user data to being sniffed while traveling over the internet. Only 46 of the 50 Android apps tested exhibited this behavior.

 

Furthermore, a higher percentage of tested iOS apps used ad networks or analytics. Far more iOS apps tracked the user's location. Finally, over half of the iOS apps tested had access to the user's contacts, while only 20 percent of the Android apps tested were allowed to access a user's contacts.

 

Of course, none of these behaviors are indicative of a major security risk. However, it just goes to show that Apple's process of going through and approving apps doesn't make them any less risky than Android. In fact, by Android showing which permissions an app is allowed to access likely discourages app developers from requesting permissions they don't need.

comScore data shows Android losing ground to iOS, Windows Phone staying steady

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 2:02 am

New data released by comScore shows that Android lost ground to iOS in the three month average from October 2012 to January 2013 as compared to the three month average from August 2012 to October 2012. Most interesting is the fact that Microsoft's Windows Phone failed to gain any market share.

 

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In fact, Microsoft's Windows Phone actually lost 0.1 percent of the market despite a marketing push from the Windows giant. Of course 0.1 percent is not statistically significant meaning that for all intents and purposes, Microsoft's market share remained steady at just over 3 percent.

 

Android saw a 1.3 percent decrease in market share while iOS picked up a 3.5 percent increase. Blackberry was the largest loser, losing 1.9 percent of the market. Interestingly enough, Blackberry continues to be ahead of Microsoft with 5.9 percent.

RumorTT: Samsung Galaxy S3 might get S4 features such as Smart Scroll

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 1:27 am

The latest out of the rumor mill is that the Samsung Galaxy S3 might end up getting some of the same features that are said to be coming in the yet-to-be-released Galaxy S4. These rumored features include the new Smart Scroll feature that will automatically scroll webpages and other text areas automatically.

 

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The screenshot seen above is said to be from a Galaxy S3 device running a leaked Android 4.2.1 update. If this is indeed a true Galaxy S3 update, then I would expect to hear more about it at the March 14 event being held by Samsung to announce the Galaxy S4. At that time, they'll probably give a timeframe for the update to roll out to the international version of the device.

Nexus 7 dock magically appears in Google Play Store for $30

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:29 am

Google has made the official Nexus 7 dock available in the Google Play Store for $29.99. The dock's shipping time is one to two weeks out in the future, but it's at least available from the Play Store. Google has said that the dock is available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, UK, and US.

 

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You can head over to the Google Play Store to pick up your very own, something I'll be doing very shortly. Google's dock allows you to place your Nexus 7 at the perfect angle for "optimum viewing of your Google Play movies and television shows." It will also charge your device through a microUSB port and output audio through an integrated 3.5mm jack.

Bug found that allows bypassing Samsung Galaxy S3 lockscreen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 7, 2013 12:01 am

Coming on the heels of a bug that allows partial access to the Galaxy Note II, a new bug has been discovered that provides full access to a device locked with a pin, password, or gesture. The bug was posted on the Full Disclosure mailing list by Sean McMillian and makes use of a variation on the original bug.

 

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ZDNet verified the bug on their Galaxy S III running Android 4.1.2 and note that "the issue is very small and difficult to replicate at first." McMillian's instructions are as follows:

 

  1. On the code entry screen, press Emergency Call
  2. Press Emergency Contacts
  3. Press the Home button once
  4. Just after pressing the Home button, press the power button quickly
  5. If successful, pressing the power button again will bring you to the S3's home screen.

 

It seems like it's not just Apple that is having security issues stemming from the emergency call function. Samsung has not yet commented on the bug and there is not a current estimate for how long it will take for a fix to be released.

Continue reading 'Bug found that allows bypassing Samsung Galaxy S3 lockscreen' (full post)

EA shut down several SimCity servers for maintenance

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2013 11:20 pm

For those looking to play on some of EA's SimCity servers, you might have found yourself out of luck earlier today. EA was forced to shut down Oceanic 1, NA East 1, and NA East 2 to apply patches that will hopefully fix connection and load issues that users have experienced since SimCity's launch yesterday.

 

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The process started at 11:40a.m. PST for NA East 1 and NA East 2. At 12:14p.m., EA said they had powered on four new servers to meet demand. Ten minutes later, they brought Oceanic 1 back online for players to use. At 1:55p.m., EA turned NA East 2 back on for gamers. At the time of writing, NA East 1 is still offline for maintenance.

 

EA added at 2:18p.m. PST that they were applying the patches to EU West 1 and EU West 2. This likely means these servers are offline, though I can not confirm this as I don't have SimCity. You can keep an eye on EA's progress on their status post.

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