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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.

LG acquires HP's WebOS to power it's next-gen Smart TVs

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 7:01 pm

On the heels of HP's announcement that its upcoming Slate 7 will be running Android, the company has decided to dump its once popular WebOS. Reports are coming in that LG is in the process of acquiring WebOS for use in its future Smart TV products.

 

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When Palm first debuted WebOS for its mobile devices, we were all amazed at its use of HTML and JavaScript to bring us such a rich mobile experience. Things went down-hill for WebOS after HP acquired Palm, with the OS seeing an end to supporting hardware and then being Open Sourced shortly after.

 

Now, HP is selling the entire WebOS conglomerate to LG, including the source code, documentation, engineers and websites. LG has announced in the past its intentions to use the OS as the controlling operating system for its Smart TVs, and this move to buy the technology affirms that statement.

ASUS PadFone Infinity smartphone video hands-on from MWC 2013

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 6:31 pm

MWC 2013 - A few hours ago ASUS got done making its announcements for Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona.

 

The biggest announcement of the event was probably the company's new 5-inch full HD PadFone Infinity. This baby comes packed with a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It's basically the same as the previous PadFone, except with the new 1080p Full HD resolution, and a few other changes.

 

 

The device uses an aluminum unibody case with a rounded back, and Johannes Knapp who is at MWC 2013 for us, commented that it feels good, and it's not too big to hold comfortably. As far as the camera goes, it comes with an impressive 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. We're told that the device should expect up to 27 hours of battery life for basic usage and 19 hours battery life for more intensive use, with the use of the PadFone station.

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T-Mobile gets exclusive with the new Nokia Lumia 521

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 6:30 pm

With Nokia's Lumia line of Windows phones gaining more market share every week, T-Mobile may have just hit a home-run. The company has revealed that it will be the exclusive carrier of Nokia's just announced Lumia 521 smartphone.

 

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The Nokia Lumia 521 is a variant of the 520 that was announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The 521 features a 4-inch ClearBlack, SuperSensitive Touch 800x480 display, wireless charging, 8GB storage (expandable via MicroSD), 1430mAh battery and 1GHz dual-core CPU.

 

The Lumia 521 will hit shelves at around $200 and could prove to be a decent mid-range device for those looking to test the waters of the Windows Phone 8 sea. Nokia also announced a $20 USD Nokia 105 feature phone with a 1.5-inch screen. It is designed to run up to 35 days on a single charge and is geared towards the millions of people who have no access to the power grid. It also features a flashlight and an FM radio.

Spotify comes to Ford via in-car app

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 5:29 pm

Spotify, everyone's favorite music streaming service, has finally made it's way into Ford vehicles with out the aid of pesky wires. The new in-car app will allow users to control Spotify through the car's dashboard using simple voice commands.

 

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To take advantage of this new service, users must first be subscribers to Spotify Premium on their smartphone, and have a compatible Ford vehicle. Voice commands can be used to adjust the volume and access things like top playlists, your music library, similar music, starred songs and radio stations.

 

Since the music is actually streamed from your phone, you might want to take advantage of the offline playlist feature if driving in tunnels, or remote locations where cellular service is hard to acquire. Furthermore, the adoption of an unlimited data plan may be beneficial as well, as constant streaming of music chews through data rations.

Intel teases 22nm tri-gate Atom SoC, while releasing new gen-two Atom chips

By: Charles Gantt | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 4:59 pm

MWC 2013 - Intel had a fairly big announcement this morning at the 2013 Mobile World Congress. The company has teased us with a promise of its third-generation 22nm Atom System-on-Chip processor by mid 2014.

 

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The announcement came as Intel debuted it's new Atom Z2580, Z2560 and Z2520 SoC's which are built on dual 32nm processing cores running at 2GHz, 1.6GHz and 1.2GHz respectively. The new Atom chips support Hyper-Threading which brings the total simultaneous processes count up to four, allowing it to compete with recent ARM processors.

 

Codenamed Merrifield, the next-generation 22nm Atom's will feature tri-gate transistors, and a big decrease in power consumption. All of this sounds like exciting news, but with issues like Android Apps refusing to install on Atom based devices still plaguing Intel, we do not see the mobile market jumping on the Atom bandwagon just yet. No official release date has been set, but we should see 22nm based devices on shelves by Q2 2014.

Opera launches Opera Mediaworks, worlds largest mobile ad platform

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 25, 2013 4:28 pm

Opera seems to be making headlines on a weekly basis in 2013, A couple of weeks ago I reported on the companies adoption of Webkit, then a few days later, covered the layoff of over 90 employees. Now Opera is announcing the formation of an entirely new subsidiary.

 

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Over the last few months Opera has made a few strategic acquisitions with the intention of bolstering it's mobile advertising business. The company has spent in excess of $100 million snatching up companies like AdMarvel, 4th Screen Advertising and Mobile Theory and has announced today the formation of Opera Mediaworks.

 

Opera Mediaworks is a fully-owned subsidiary, which is being touted as the world's largest mobile ad platform. The new arm of Opera includes ad mediation and exchange services AdMarvel and Opera Mediaworks, mobile advertising networks Mobile Theory and 4th Screen Advertising, and the Opera Mobile Store and Opera Payment Exchange to monetize ad solutions.

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