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Volkswagen debuts iBeetle with iPhone integration at Shanghai Motor Show

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 11:51 pm

Volkswagen has debuted a new vehicle, known as the iBeetle, at the Shanghai Motor Show. This new vehicle was built in conjunction with Apple, meaning that the iBeetle's big selling point is the iPhone integration present. Volkswagen is hoping to boost the popularity of the vehicle more than Apple is hoping to boost the popularity of the iPhone.




The car features a built-in iPhone 5 cradle and offers numerous different functionalities. The Beetle app allows the iPhone to display various gauges, such as a G-meter or compass. The new iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet will be put on sale in 2014, likely in the first part of the year.

Twitter said to be testing two-factor authentication after numerous high-profile hacks

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 11:31 pm

It seems like everyone is rolling out two-factor authentication. Just a few days ago, Microsoft enabled two-step authentication for Microsoft accounts and now reports are surfacing that Twitter is working on a similar system. Google and others have already employed two-factor authentication to much success.




Now is the perfect time for Twitter to enable extra security. There have been many high-profile hacks of Twitter handles, including one of the AP's account yesterday, which resulted in a massive drop in the Dow Jones. Wired reports that Twitter has a two-factor solution built and is putting it under internal testing before releasing it to the public.

Australian authorities arrest 'self-proclaimed leader' of LulzSec hacking group

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 11:01 pm

Australian authorities have announced that they have arrested the "self-proclaimed lead" of the LulzSec hacking group. Authorities have not yet named the suspect, but say the 24-year-old was employed in a position that gave him "access to sensitive information." He was discovered after an investigation into a compromised government website.




"[This] man's knowledge and skills presented a significant risk to the clients of the company for which he was employed," authorities wrote in a statement. He faces up to twelve years in jail.


LulzSec is the hacking group responsible for the 2011 Sony PlayStation network hack. Cody Kretsigner, another implicated in the Sony attack was senteced to one year in jail by the American justice system.

Apple announces Worldwide Developer Conference to start June 10, tickets on sale tomorrow

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 10:27 pm

Apple has scheduled its Worldwide Developers Conference to start June 10, 2013. The conference will run from June 10 tto June 14 and take place at San Francisco's Moscone West. It's widely expected that Apple will announce iOS 7 at this year's WWDC and many expect iOS 7 to feature massive changes from iOS 6.




Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing:

We look forward to gathering at WWDC 2013 with the incredible community of iOS and OS X developers. Our developers have had the most prolific and profitable year ever, and we're excited to show them the latest advances in software technologies and developer tools to help them create innovative new apps. We can't wait to get new versions of iOS and OS X into their hands at WWDC.


Tickets for the event will go on sale tomorrow, April 25, at 10am PDT. They will set you back $1,599 and each organization is limited to just five tickets. Apple is also providing scholarships for students. To learn more, head to Apple's WWDC website, specifically the "Students" page.

Zynga meets earnings targets, manages to make a profit for Q1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 10:04 pm

Today, Zynga reported its first-quarter earnings. Incredibly, Zynga performed better than expected and managed to beat expectations that they experienced a loss. Zynga reported a net income of $4.1 million, much better than the loss of $85 million from this time last year.




Revenue came in at $263.5 million, down from $320.9 million this time last year. Even decent results by the struggling company has investors selling. In after-hours trading, Zynga's stock has dropped by 11 percent after having increased during today's trading.


We are encouraged by the strong execution from our teams and the breakout hit performance of FarmVille 2, which captures the imagination of nearly 40 million players every month. 2013 will continue to be a transition year as we face the challenging environment on the web and invest in developing the leading franchises and network across web and mobile platforms and offer our 253 million monthly players a connected experience that can follow them from work to school to home and anywhere in between.

RumorTT: Is Amazon planning on releasing a Kindle TV set-top box?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 9:32 pm

We've heard several rumors about Amazon, with the most frequent one being they are working on a Kindle-branded smartphone. The latest rumor is that Amazon is getting ready to release a Kindle-branded set-top box. This would likely feature Android as the OS and provide access to Amazon's digital content.




We expect it would operate much like Apple TV. Amazon declined to comment regarding a possible set-top box, though BusinessWeek cites three people familiar with the project. The device is said to be in development in Lab126, based in Cupertino, California. Of course, as with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt.

Samsung chief says it doesn't matter whether GS4 comes with 4-core or 8-core processor

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 9:01 pm

Most of our readers likely know that Samsung has decided to ship two different versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. One model comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, while the other model comes with Samsung's very own Exynos 5, an eight-core processor based upon ARM designs.




The US and European markets are getting the quad-core Snapdragon-powered model, while other countries will be getting the arguably better Exynos 5-powered model. But why? And does it even matter? According to JK Shin, co-CEO of Samsung and head of Samsung's mobile business, the general public won't be able to tell the difference.


The main reason for using the two different chips, according to Shin, is sourcing. They want to have more than one source for chips going into the Galaxy S 4. "We use multiple different sources. It's a sourcing issue." One thing is clear, the Exynos 5 destroys the Snapdragon 600 in benchmarks.

US Cellular selling Samsung Galaxy S4 on April 30

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 8:33 pm

Despite claimed inventory shortages, US Cellular has announced that they will be getting the latest Samsung smartphone come April 30. The Samsung Galaxy S4, originally announced back in March, will be coming to US Cellular. The 16GB version will be available in either black or white for $199, provided you sign a two-year contract.




After being one of two U.S. carriers to offer a presale for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, U.S. Cellular is now one of the first to have the device available for purchase online and in stores.


The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be available for purchase online at on Friday, April 26. Preorders will also begin shipping that same day along with the exclusive, free S View flip covers that were a part of the presale. The device will be available in stores on Tuesday, April 30.


U.S. Cellular is offering the 16GB device in White Frost and Black Mist and it is $199.99 with an instant rebate. Customers who buy the 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy S 4 from U.S. Cellular can enjoy a valuable rewards program that recognizes loyalty. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to a 4G LTE network, and by the end of the year, 87 percent of customers will be covered.

Google gets approval from city council to buy iProvo fiber network for a massive $1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 8:03 pm

The title doesn't have a typo; The Provo Municipal Council voted Tuesday in a unanimous decision to allow Google to acquire the iProvo fiber network for a total price of $1. Not only is Google getting a steal on the fiber network, the city has agreed to pay approximately $722,000 for equipment to use the gigabit network for government services and $500,000 to determine the exact locations of the buried fiber cables.




Google will, in exchange, take ownership and control of the existing fiber network. They will provide free 5Mbps/1Mbps connections to all of Provo's residents for at least seven years. Additionally, Google will provide free gigabit connections to 25 different public institutions.


Provo, Utah will be the third Google Fiber city. "It gets back to our origins as a company...our customers cared about speed," said Google's director of community affairs.

Microsoft advertises Xbox event: 'A new generation revealed'

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 24, 2013 7:14 pm

Earlier today, I turned on my Xbox to watch a bit of Netflix and discovered the homepage featured an advertisement for an upcoming Microsoft event. That's right, Microsoft is advertising an event at which the next generation Xbox will be unveiled. Microsoft is trying to get the #XboxReveal hashtag trending, as seen in the picture below.




We will hopefully be able to feast our eyes on the next-gen Xbox 720 on May 21 at 10am PDT. Interested parties can watch the event on Xbox Live, or Spike TV. We will, of course, have full coverage of the event here in case you miss it. We also figure Microsoft will offer the event for replay.


We've seen a number of rumors about the upcoming Xbox 720. Just which would you like to prove true?