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'Six-strikes' copyright alert system takes effect in the United States

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:31 am

Bittorrent users in the United States will now be subject to the "six-strikes" copyright alert system. Customers of AT&T, Cablevision, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, and Comcast will face "mitigation measures" if a movie studio or other copyright holder asserts that they were illegally downloading a copyrighted work.

 

 

Theoretically the program will affect all users who pirate copyrighted material, though studios and other content owners can only really easily track bittorrent swarms. The program features escalating tiers of warnings, starting out with a simple notice that they were found to be downloading copyrighted material.

 

The second tier will see users facing more invasive measures, such as being forced to watch a video. The final tier of punishment can see users having their download speed reduced, though no service can be disconnected as a result of these accusations. Users can appeal for $35 to the American Arbitration Association. If a user wins the appeal, the fee is refunded.

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ASUS Fonepad hands-on, we take a look at ASUS' super-cheap smartphone at MWC 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 2:28 am

MWC 2013 - Our guy on the scene, Johannes Knapp has another hands-on from Mobile World Congress, with the latest video a look at ASUS' cheap Fonepad. We see it as a 7-inch tablet, phone, whatever you want to call it.

 

 

You can use it as a normal phone, or possibly connect via Bluetooth to use it. 7-inch 1280x720 display, Intel Atom processor cranks along inside, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. European-based consumers won't be getting a camera on the rear, with the international version the one shown off the most.

 

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MicroUSB port on the bottom, 3.5mm headphone/speaker jack, power button and volume rocker are on the left side of the device. We think the build quality is quite nice, which is great for the price - just $249.

HP Slate 7 gets some hands-on treatment at MWC 2013

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:54 am

MWC 2013 - We have some hands-on time with HP's Slate 7 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and if you haven't already read about it, HP's Slate 7 tablet is the company's first Android-powered device.

 

 

We have Johannes Knapp at the event, who grabbed one of the Slate 7's to take a look at it, above. He notes the 1.6GHz dual-core processor, 7-inch 1024x600 display, VGA front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. The soft-touch back feels nice, and there's some HP and Beats Audio logos on the rear. Looking around the Slate 7 itself, on the bottom we find two speakers and a microUSB port for charging and syncing, on the right side we find the volume rocker, on top we have the power button and microSD card slot as well as a 3.5-inch headphone/speaker jack and on the left - nothing.

 

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The build quality feels nice, the Slate 7 runs Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean out of the box which is nice - there you have it! Keep checking back for some more MWC content.

Arrested Development won't have a 5th season produced by Netflix

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Online Video | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 1:02 am

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has described the fourth season of Arrested Development as a "one-off" that would likely be "non-repeatable" due to the circumstances surrounding the actors and series. A company spokesperson added that it would be "extremely difficult to get the cast together" for additional seasons.

 

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The actors in the series are busy doing other movies and shows that are a higher priority than Arrested Development, which is a disappointment for fans of the show who would like more seasons produced. We likely won't see the actors back together until Arrested Development hits the movie screen.

Sony confirms every PlayStation 4 game will be available digitally

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:29 am

Sony has confirmed that all PlayStation 4 games will be available as digital downloads. This is part of Sony's push to the cloud and will reduce the costs to game manufacturers as they don't have to produce CDs. Shuhei Yoshida, Worldwide Studios President at Sony, confirmed the details.

 

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We're shifting our platform more and more to the digital side - PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc.

 

It's very possible that this cloud push could result in smaller titles not being available in physical form in countries where broadband internet is widely available. We'll know more once the console actually launches around holiday 2013.

Shazam celebrates 300m users by announcing plans for redesigned tablet apps

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 26, 2013 12:01 am

Music-tagging app Shazam has announced that they have passed the 300 million user mark, an impressive feat for any app to achieve. The app is celebrating this massive achievement by releasing newly redesigned apps for Android and iOS tablets. The updates should be coming in the following weeks.

 

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The new design will feature ways to discover what songs are being tagged in cities around the world and what songs are being tagged most often. Free users will also be getting more features as well. Songs will be tagged faster and lyrics will be displayed after a song is tagged.

 

Shazam hasn't announced when the new apps will be released, other than they will be available in the coming weeks.

Check out highlights from ASUS' press conference in which they reveal the PadFone Infinity and FonePad

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 11:12 pm

If you happened to miss ASUS' press conference at Mobile World Congress, ASUS has posted up highlights of the event online so you can check it out for yourself. You can check out the video below:

 

 

What do you think of the event? A little bit crazy, right? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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Another iOS 6.1 lockscreen vulnerability discovered, allows full access to contacts, pictures, and more

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 10:45 pm

More and more bugs continue to be found in Apple's iOS 6.1 update. The latest to be found is another bug that allows people to bypass the lockscreen of a device secured with a pin. This exploit allows direct access to a device's contacts, pictures, videos, and more simply by executing a few easy steps.

 

 

The steps are similar to the previous lockscreen bug that was discovered and involves the same process of making a call to an emergency number. The process relies heavily on the earlier exploit, though this one allows hackers to pull data from the device directly through a USB cable, useful if you want to transfer large amounts of data (read: numerous pictures).

 

Apple has a fix for the first passcode bug already included in the iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 update, though it's not clear if that patch will fix this latest bug to be discovered.

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iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 update patches exploits used by Evasi0n jailbreak

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 9:05 pm

According to one of the developers of the Evasi0n jailbreak, the new iOS 6.1.3 beta 2 update that was seeded to developers last week fixes one of the exploits used by the jailbreak. This means that the jailbreak will no longer work, so it is imperative that users do not update to the latest version when it releases.

 

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"If one of the vulnerabilities doesn't work, evasi0n doesn't work," David Wang says. "We could replace that part with a different vulnerability, but [Apple] will probably fix most if not all of the bugs we've used when 6.1.3 comes out."

 

Wang adds that the team behind the Evasi0n jailbreak, evad3rs, has found numerous more bugs that could be used in a future jailbreak tool. It's not clear whether or not Apple will patch some or all of these bugs. "If they patch most of the bugs, then we're starting from scratch."

RumorTT: Barnes & Noble could be spinning off its Nook assets

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:30 pm

Starting your work week off with a rumor is always a good thing, right? Book retailing giant Barnes & Nobel is reportedly refocusing resources from its Nook hardware development and diverting them to licensing its content to other device makers. To further complicate things, B&N founder Leonard Riggio has expressed interest in buying the companies retail and online business.

 

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In a war similar to the MP3 player hardware races of the early 2000's, the E-Reader game is beginning to see casualties. Barnes & Nobel's Nook saw less than stellar holiday sales, while competitors reported record sales. Now we are hearing that the company might be looking to part off its Nook Hardware division all together.

 

A filing this morning with the SEC read:

 

"On February 25, 2013, Mr. Riggio notified the Board of Directors of the Company (the "Board") he plans to propose to purchase all of the assets of the retail business of the Company. The retail business would include, among other things, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Inc. and barnesandnoble.com; and would exclude NOOK Media LLC.

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