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Indian government wants to creep, readying BlackBerry snooping system

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 2:00 pm

More and more governments around the world are taking to creeping and snooping on their own citizens. Americans have to watch out for the Patriot Act, and now, citizens of India have to watch out for their government. The Indian government is readying a system to allow them to monitor encrypted BlackBerry e-mail and BBM services.

 

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This plan follows the installation of a BlackBerry server in Mumbai which hosts the data of the one million customers' data. The system is designed to allow "lawful access" to the data by the government if the user is suspected of criminal activity. There are some protections. In order to gain access, law enforcement must gain permission from the Union Home Ministry.

 

The system still requires law enforcement to send a request to the carrier or RIM for the data. Big businesses will not be affected by this because they're data uses a different system and the security authorities say that it is not of "high concern." RIM had no choice but to comply or shut down service after they were given an ultimatum similar to the one given by Saudi Arabia.

Deal of the Day: 240GB Corsair Force Series 3 SSD - $219.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Storage | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 1:28 pm

Our Deal of the Day is 240GB Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK Solid State Drive SATA III SSD - $219.99 after Rebate with FREE Shipping!

 

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Newegg.com has this big 240GB Corsair Force Series 3 SSD drive with up to 550 MB/s sequential read, and up to 520 MB/s sequential write and 3 year warranty for $219.99 after $30 rebate. Get the drive for $249.99 with FREE shipping.

 

240GB CORSAIR FORCE SERIES 3 CSSD-F240GB3-BK SOLID STATE DRIVE SATA III SSD DEAL

 

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Mobile App of the Day: Ice Age Village for Android

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 12:29 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Ice Age Village for Android.

 

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Enter the Ice Age universe

 

The official Ice Age app is here! Scrat's hunt for his favorite acorn has opened a crack in the Earth's crust, sending the animals scurrying for safety. Manny, Ellie, Diego and Sid decide to build a new village for their displaced friends. Help them in this heroic challenge and get ready for fun and surprises along the way!

 

ENTER THE ICE AGE UNIVERSE

• Immerse yourself in the unique world of Ice Age and interact with all of your favorite characters as they lead you on quests and missions

• Play mini-games featuring Scrat, everyone's favorite saber-toothed squirrel

 

BUILD YOUR OWN DISTINCTIVE VILLAGE

• Build the most beautiful village for all the creatures of the Ice Age world

• Level-up to gain access to new animal species, cool buildings, unique decorations and much more

• Funny quests, side missions and additional daily challenges keep your village bustling with activity

 

LET YOUR FRIENDS JOIN THE FUN AND SEE WHO CAN BUILD THE BEST VILLAGE

• Invite your friends from Gameloft LIVE! & Facebook to play

• Visit all of your friends' villages - "Like it," take care of it and get rewarded for lending a hand

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Download of the Day: Firefox 12.0 Beta 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 11:24 am

Our Download of the Day is Firefox 12.0 Beta 4.

 

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Firefox 12.0 Beta 4 is here, and with it brings a few upgrades and fixes:

 

Beta Channel:

 

Experience cutting edge features but with more stability

Provide feedback to help refine and polish what will be in the final release

 

What's New:

 

Performance Enhancements: Faster startup time on Mac, Windows, and Linux

Optimized Memory Use:

 

Improved memory management: For many users, memory use is reduced by 30 percent or more, responsiveness is enhanced

The JavaScript garbage collector runs frequently to free up more memory when Firefox is idle

 

Firefox Sync: Bookmarks and passwords now sync instantly

Enhanced Font Rendering: Fonts are rendered clear and sharp

 

New platform features and developer tools:

 

Telemetry: Users can opt-in for automatic memory usage, performance testing and reporting to help improve future versions Firefox

Web timing spec: Measure performance characteristics of websites as users experience them

Azure Direct2D for Canvas: Canvas-based animations on the Web are dramatically faster

 

You can read more on Firefox 12.0 Beta 4 and other beta releases, as well as download them, here.

Google+ grows 27% in March, enjoyed visits from 61 million users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 10:26 am

Google saw 61 million visits to their social networking site Google+, which is a 27-percent month-over-month increase from February to March. The results come from Experian Hitwise, where they provided chart (pictured below) showing the growth Google+ has enjoyed since June 2011.

 

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This data comes after Google CEO Larry Page claimed in a state-of-Google blog post that Google now has 100 million active users, this is 10 million more than the figure he shared with analysts in January. But, what defines the word "active", to Google?

 

According to some comScore data, users spent just 3.3 minutes on Google+, compared to 7.5 hours on Facebook. Quite the difference. Google asserted that 50 million users access "Google+-enhanced" products daily, and that 100 million do so once per month. Google+-enhanced includes YouTube, Google Play and google.com.

Samsung to upgrade GALAXY Note 10.1 to quad-core, wants to one-up Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 9:30 am

Samsung could delay the release of their GALAXY Note 10.1 tablet due to wanting to show up Apple at the tablet game they're fiercely competing in. At the moment, specs for the unreleased GALAXY Tab 10.1 have pointed toward the recycled Galaxy Note chip, which is a dual-core 1.4GHz part, to the quad-core 1.5GHz Exynos 4412 chip.

 

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Would anything else be changed apart from upgrading from the dual-core 1.4GHz chip to the quad-core 1.5GHz chip? We don't know yet, but in order to "outsmart" Apple's new iPad that sports the A5X processor, Samsung would have to bake a full quad-core processor into their GALAXY Note 10.1, according to claims from industry insiders.

 

At the moment, Samsung has their lips sealed when it comes to revealing information on the GALAXY Note 10.1, which we don't even know the official release date on it yet. More news as it comes.

HTC One X prototype for AT&T hits eBay, gets purchased by XDA Developers forum member

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 8:26 am

A prototype HTC One X for AT&T has been sold on eBay and promptly purchased by an XDA Developers forum member @voteccow. The device itself clearly shows that it was not meant for sale, and was most likely used by an AT&T technician for network verification and device testing.

 

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The device was being tested for AT&T, and is the One X handset that sports Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and not the International version which features NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3 processor. @voteccow showed off several pictures as well as offering the XDA Developers forum members a tease of the pre-release OS built t hat might help in hacking efforts to root the device. Currently, the bootloader installed on the device is locked.

 

HTC's One X has been received well lately, where the dual-core Snapdragon S4 really kicks some ass, as well as having a great display. The processor also beats out NVIDIA's quad-core Tegra 3, which is quite the feat considering the S4 is only a dual-core. The other highlights filling out the HTC One X is that it sports a unibody polycarbonate body and high-resolution 4.7-inch 720p S-LCD display.

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Intel Ivy Bridge notebook chips go through benchmarks, flex some serious muscle

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 7:26 am

Intel's Ivy Bridge notebook chips have been tested, and have shown up with some impressive results. Bulgaria's Laptop.bg was given a reference notebook with an unreleased 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM which has shown some serious power over the current 2.2GHz Core i7-2670QM.

 

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For the CPU tests in Cinebench 10 and 11, the performance increase was eight and 22-percent, respectively. Photoshop didn't show the same improvements, but that could be because it was wanting some of that graphical power for some of its filter. The upgraded HD 4000-series graphics still isn't enough to keep up in current games, but this is an integrated solution, so it's to be expected, for now.

 

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Gaming wasn't too bad on the HD 4000, details needed to be dropped, but that still doesn't put the HD 4000 in the box of "it can't run games", because it can. Just not amazingly well. Intel is expected to launch their first Ivy Bridge-based CPUs on April 29, with all first mobile processors to be the quad-core Core i7 models, and should hit mid- to large-size notebooks, including Apple's MacBook Pro or Dell's XPS15.

RumorTT: New iMacs, MacBook Pros could arrive in June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 6:20 am

The latest rumors to come from DigiTimes, who quotes a report from China's Economic Daily News, says that supplier checks are now indicating that due to the late-April availability of Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs, Apple now plans to push back the launch of the refreshed MacBook Pro and iMac models to near the end of the company's fiscal second quarter, which ends in June.

 

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But, these new rumors could prove to be real as earlier speculation points to Apple beginning to use new glass tech a company called G-Tech for the display screens, which are said to be less reflective and reduce glare.

 

Manufacturers of the new units are said to be handed over to Foxconn and Quanta, which will benefit from the smaller and more energy-efficient, but faster Ivy Bridge chips, as well as support for internal PCI-Express 3.0, USB 3.0 and faster graphics. Other reports are pointing toward the new iMac being thinner, which could then point to the new iMac losing its optical drive, just like the MacBook Air.

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NVIDIA Tegra 4 might hit 2GHz, would arrive in Q3 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 9, 2012 5:25 am

VR-Zone Chinese has leaked spec sheets on NVIDIA's upcoming system-on-a-chip (SoC) detailing the next-generation of Tegra chips codenamed "Wayne". We should expect four different Tegra 4 models in 2013, all using the same 4-PLUS-1 tech from NVIDIA.

 

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We have two "Flagship" models, the first of which should drop in Q1 2013 dubbed "T40" and will clock in at 1.8GHz and be made from the Cortex-A15 architecture, the second Flagship model is the "T43" and clocks in at 2GHz, this is from the same Cortex-A15 tech. We then have two "Mainstream" products that should arrive in Q3 2013.

 

These two models are "AP40" and "SP3X", with the latter coming in between 1.2-1.8GHz, and the former arriving in 1.2-2.0GHz. They will be based off of Cortex-A15 and Cortex-A9 designs for the AP40 and SP3X, respectively. One thing to note of the SP3X chip, is that it will finally bring with it LTE connectivity in the form of LTE100/HSPA42 tech, it will also be designed for 7-inch tablets, with the other three models made for 10-inch designs.

 

It's pretty far out, and having to wait over twelve months to see LTE connectivity on an NVIDIA Tegra-based smart device is pretty lame in my opinion. The tech world will change so much between now and then.

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