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Hack the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5S for $15,000 cash reward

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 22, 2013 12:34 am

There are already security holes within iOS 7, that allow someone to quite easily access your photos, e-mails, and much more. But now one man has made it his mission to hack the iPhone 5S Touch ID.




The fingerprint scanner built into the iPhone 5S by the NSA Apple is now the target of hacking, with the start of this. Nick DePetrillo is raising money through cash and Bitcoins, with $16,000 raised already. Alcohol and other random prizes have been handed over from over 60 different pledges.


All of the donations will be given to the first who can "successfully [lift] a print off the iPhone 5s screen, [reproduce] it and [unlock] the phone in < 5 tries." Video confirmation will be necessary, with every step of the process needing to be recorded for legitimacy.

Valve's Steam Box teased in a new website, what can we expect?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 11:43 pm

I really think that Valve can seriously take on the next-gen consoles from both Sony and Microsoft, where it could even come out on top with some of the best gaming experiences we've ever had.




Now the Washington-based game developer has teased its new Steam Box console on a new website, with a teaser image above. There's a countdown ticker that is counting down to 1PM EDT on September 23. We don't know what will be announced, but Valve says it will unveil something exciting - we should expect the Steam Box, in perfect timing, before the PS4 and Xbox One are released.

Oppo set to become Cyanogen's first hardware partner with the N1

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 11:41 am

We reported earlier in the week about the Cyanogen Inc announcement, with a new smartphone coming with the help of Oppo. Oppo will be manufacturing Cyanogen Inc's smartphone, which will be the Oppo N1 smartphone.





We don't know what to expect, apart from the video tease above that gets us ready for "OPPO + CyanogenMod = ?" which is the Oppo N1 smartphone. The original teases show off a gorgeous smartphone, which Oppo says has "a beautiful large screen." We should expect some seriously slick things from the N1, as it is going to be unveiled at Oppo's Beijing event on September 23.

Qualcomm joins the Wireless Power Consortium, but why?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 10:31 am

A collective of companies who support the Qi wireless charging standard joined forces to become the Wireless Power Consortium, but industry heavyweight Qualcomm stayed out of it until now.




Qualcomm has become a member of the Wireless Power Consortium, which includes over 170 companies who are behind the standard. Considering Qualcomm is a founding member of the WPC's competing wireless charging standard, Alliance for Wireless Power - or A4WP - which has just 60 members. Qualcomm is knee-deep in A4WP, so it's an interesting move to say the least.


Could Qualcomm be wanting to bring the two groups together? Qi seems the bigger of the two, with companies like HTC, Samsung, LG, Nokia, Sony and now Qualcomm all on board. We should see what Qualcomm were up to joining the WPC in the next couple of months.

Gaikai will stream PS3 games to the PS4 in 2014

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 9:33 am

We've been wondering what Sony would do after it purchased premium cloud-based service Gaikai, but now we know: Sony will stream PS3 games to the PlayStation 4 starting next year. This will go around the issue that the PS4 is an x86-based device, compared to the custom chips inside of the PS3.




We shouldn't expect full compatibility and the entire PS3 library, but the Japanese company has said that Gaikai would compliment its next-gen console nicely, affording for interactive functions like Remote Play and more. The news comes directly from Sony Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida, when he spoke at the Tokyo Game Show earlier this week in Japan.


Yoshida stated that Gaikai will begin offering the streaming of certain PS3 games to the PS4 starting next year in the US. Yoshida also confirmed that Sony plans to continuously build up the PS3 library for the PS4, where it'll first build a core library, constantly adding titles to it.

Android 4.4 KitKat teases new status bar with gray icons

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 8:34 am

Apple may have launched its iOS 7 platform, but it is receiving mixed responses if my Facebook news feed has anything to do with it. Well, on the other side of the field we have Google with its Android 4.4 KitKat OS which is set to hit Android devices in the near future.




The latest tease, in the shot above, shows off a new status bar with gray icons versus the current blue. I dig it, as it is more visible on the screen than blue is. We are to expect Android 4.4 KitKat to have a refreshed UI, which is something I'm quite excited to see. What to expect? We don't know just yet, but I expect we'll see much more in the coming weeks, where I hope we'll see the Nexus 5 unveiled with Android 4.4 KitKat on board.

BlackBerry to leave the consumer market, 4,500 employees to be let go

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 7:53 am

BlackBerry is about to cut 4,500 staff from its books, which represents the 40% layoff numbers we heard a couple of days ago now. But the news gets worse: BlackBerry is leaving the consumer market.




This is something we've been expecting here at TweakTown, but the news is quite sudden. This all comes from the failure that is the BlackBerry Z10 smartphone, which has cost the Canadian phone maker $1 billion in losses in the last quarter alone. BlackBerry says it will take a "primarily non-cash, pre-tax charge against inventory and supply commitments in the second quarter of approximately $930 million to $960 million" due to the Z10.


In the second quarter of this year, BlackBerry shipped only 3.7 million smartphones, most of which were running BlackBerry 7, not the company's BB10 OS that ships on the Z10. BlackBerry didn't reveal how many BB10-based devices it sold in the quarter, which should give us a hint in where those numbers must lie.

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Qualcomm confirms Lumia 1520, features 20MP cam and Snapdragon 800

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 2:03 am

Today, Qualcomm posted a tweet on its Twitter account that seemingly confirmed the existence of Nokia's rumored upcoming phablet, the Lumia 1520. The tweet also mentioned that the phone will feature a 20-megapixel rear camera and that it will feature Qualcomm's flagship Snapdragon 800 processor.




The Lumia 1520 is rumored to feature a 6-inch full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, and a 20-megapixel PureView camera. The phablet is said to feature an S-Pen-like stylus, and will run a purpose-built version of Microsoft Office OneNote. Nokia was expected to release the 1520 this month, but the event was pushed back until October 22 for unknown reasons.

Corsair unveils Obsidian 750D enthusiast grade PC chassis

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 1:03 am

Today, Corsair announced the launch of the newest addition to their world-famous Obsidian line of enthusiast grade PC cases. The all new Obsidian 750D will fill the gap between the high-end Obsidian 800D and the mid-range Obsidian 650D.




Corsair says that the new 750D retains the full-tower design and features enough room for those who prize storage space while still retaining enough room for today's high-end, longer graphics cards. The company says that even when packed full of hard drives and video cards, there is enough room for a custom-built water cooling setup to be installed.


The case weighs in at 9.5kg and has a footprint of 235x560x546mm and supports XL-ATX, EATX, HPTX, and ATX form-factor motherboards. Like all other Obsidian series cases, the 750D features a brushed aluminum front panel with an overall sleek black exterior finish. For those looking for a minimalist style and a full side panel window, this is the case for you.


Corsair says that the Obsidian 750D really stands out when it comes to its cooling ability as it features room for two 120mm intake fans up front while still having enough room for a 240mm radiator. A single 140mm exhaust fan can be placed at the rear, while two 140mm fans or three 120mm fans can be placed in the top. Additionally, a 360mm radiator can be placed in the top as well. Corsair says that the Obsidian 750D will be available for purchase soon at a price point of $249.99.

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Canonical to release Ubuntu Touch 1.0 on October 17

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Sep 21, 2013 12:03 am

Today, Canonical announced that it will release the first public version of Ubuntu Touch for download on October 17. "We are exactly one month away from the release of Saucy Salamander," wrote Canonical's quality assurance community coordinator on the company's blog.




If you're bummed out about the Ubuntu Edge not getting funded, there is still hope that their is light at the end of the tunnel. Canonical says that Version 1.0 of Ubuntu Touch will be compatible with Google's Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, and Nexus 10 devices. I have one friend in particular who I am sure this news will excite greatly as he was quite distraught when the Ubuntu Edge was not funded.