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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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Google debuts Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen Chromebook with high-res screen

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Laptops | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 7:22 pm

Google has proved that a leaked video was indeed accurate. The previously rumored Chromebook Pixel, a Chromebook developed by Google, has officially been announced by Google and will be available for pre-order in the Google Play Store soon. The device will start shipping in April, though the price presents quite a barrier to entry.

 

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The Chromebook Pixel features a 12.85-inch touch-enabled Gorilla Glass display that outputs 2,560 x 1,700 pixels. This gives it a total of 4.3 million gorgeous pixels. It features 239 pixels per inch, which beats out the Retina Macbook, and is roughly double that of most Windows laptops.

 

The device will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and will come with Wi-Fi connectivity. An upgraded model will be available with Verizon LTE compatibility, though this will set you back an additional $150. The base price of the new device is $1,299 and the LTE model comes in at $1,449.

 

"This is for power users who live in the cloud," Senior Vice President of Chrome Sundar Pichai said.

 

Development of the laptop started two years ago and is developed by Google with the help of unnamed PC manufacturers.

Official Sony PlayStation 4 trailer launched, features some amazing graphics

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 6:30 pm

In case you missed it, Sony announced the PlayStation 4 yesterday and TweakTown had you covered with all the latest news during the event.

 

This morning Sony released the first official PlayStation 4 trailer, showcasing some pretty bad ass graphics.

 

 

Titled "Push the Boundaries of Play" and focuses entirely on gaming content, but Sony does not want us to think of the PS4 as a mere console, but rather an all-encompassing multimedia entertainment device.

Google's Chrome web browser to get Chromebook app launcher in future release

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Feb 21, 2013 5:41 pm

Google will be bundling its Chrome OS app launcher with future versions of its Chrome browser, if the latest developer version of Chrome is correct. Yesterday, someone spotted a new feature in a just released developer channel version of Chrome that adds the app launcher feature to the popular browser.

 

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The App Launcher lets you run Chrome apps without launching the browser first. This lets apps that are capable of running offline have a wider range of features than regular web apps. Google has stated that you will have the same experience as Chromebook users via the App Launcher.

 

At the moment, the new feature is only available on the developer's version of Chrome for Windows, but Google has said that the Linux and OSX developer version will be released shortly. No word on which upcoming release of Chrome will see the official launch of the App Launcher, but we will keep you notified when we find out.

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