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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.

Snapchat for Android gets self-destructing video messages

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Apps | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 9:04 pm

After a beta test of self-destructing videos for the Android version of Snapchat, the app has rolled out the feature to everyone. The newly updated app is now available from the Google Play Store and includes the ability to send videos that will self-destruct after viewing, a feature the iOS version has had since December.

 

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Making Snapchat video for Android has been exciting, but has also had its fair share of challenges. The Android phones that many of us use were never designed with Snapchat in mind, and that can be tough when developing a hardware-based application. The video feeds and playback behavior can differ greatly - often with no guarantees or warnings.

 

We would like to remind users that there are bugs present in both Snapchat and Poke that allow users to save the video without any warning to the sender. These applications are designed for fun and for people with good intentions and should not be used for anything that you can not afford to have possibly get out.

100,000 people want to be able to unlock their phones and not face legal action

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:32 pm

You might remember a small decision by law makers last month that made it illegal to unlock your smartphone without carrier consent. The decision apparently inflamed at least 100,000 Americans who signed a petition on Whitehouse.gov in hopes of getting the law overturned.

 

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Former House Republican staffer Derek Khanna lead the campaign to get an official response from the Obama administration, and now that the petition has passed the 100,000 mark, it will have to do just that.

 

Other high profile supporters of the petition included: Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow, Tim O'Reilly of O'Reilly publishing fame and Internet granddaddy Vint Cerf. "Their interest shows that this a big issue, that this an important issue, and that the law itself is asinine. It's a long process, but this is a clearly a show of force," Khanna said.

Actual PlayStation 4 hardware didn't make an appearance last night because it's 'still in development'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 8:03 pm

Most of you were probably tuned into the live stream or our live coverage of the PlayStation 4 event last night. The one thing that you probably noticed was that a picture or actual hardware version of the PlayStation never made an appearance. There wasn't a single sighting of the device last night and Sony's CEO Jack Tretton has explained why.

 

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According to an interview with AllThingsD, Sony hasn't finalized the hardware or specifications, so they didn't have a final hardware design to show off. That's right, Sony announced the product before they had even finished designing it.

 

Sony Computer Entertainment of America CEO Jack Tretton: "We're certainly capable of showing playable game content, but we don't have a mass-production box that we can bring out and pull out. That's still in development in terms of final specs and design."

 

As further reasoning as to why it wasn't important to show the actual console last night, he added:

 

You certainly look at it when you insert a disc, but for most people, it's behind a cabinet or on a shelf somewhere and you spend all your time looking at the screen. And we wanted to show people the screen.

 

While Sony made known some specifications, such as the device being powered by an 8-core AMD CPU and 8GB of RAM, it is possible that these things could be tweaked in the final version.

 

Sony also let the cat out of the bag that 4K content isn't supported in-game. It is, however, able to b

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