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RumorTT: Are these pictures of the upcoming iPhone 5S?

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 10:33 pm

GSMAreana has received some pictures from a tipster that are allegedly of the upcoming iPhone 5S. The pictures depict a radical departure from the current iPhone 5. They actually line up with a patent application approved by the US Patent Office last week, which could indicate they are real. Or the "tipster" could have crafted some pictures to match the application. First, the application picture:

 

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As you can see, the patent application features a curved screen and curved back. Noticeable absent is the typical Home button. Now, take a look at the pictures sent in:

 

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We encourage you to not take these pictures as the iPhone 5S that will be launched this summer. This could be a prototype or it could be the real thing. It could also be a render that someone has made from the patent image.

 

There is one thing to note. The back of the panel appears to feature the same regulatory markings as the current iPhone 5. This could indicate that this is a render using a picture of the back of the current iPhone 5 as the texture, or it could indicate this is a final product.

Skype malware turns victim's machine into Bitcoin miner

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 9:31 pm

A new malware has been discovered by Kaspersky labs. The new malware spreads through Skype and turns the victim's computer into a Bitcoin miner. The victim's machine is then fully loaded to mine Bitcoins which is how the malware author makes money from the software.

 

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The malware currently has a low detection rate. Kaspersky now identifies the malware as Trojan.Win32.Jorik.IRCbot.xkt. The malware is downloaded from a server in India. Once on the victim's machine, it pulls down more files from Hotfile, one of which is a Bitcoin mining application.

 

Bitcoin mining, explained more in-depth by Bitcoin, is a processor intensive task. The victim's CPU will be fully loaded mining Bitcoins, which are then given to the author of the malware. These Bitcoins are then used to turn a profit.

 

To stay safe, be sure to update your anti-virus software often and don't click any random links received via Skype.

ITC judge issues ruling that Samsung infringes upon key part of Apple patent

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 8:31 pm

An International Trade Commission judge has ruled that Samsung infringes upon a key part of an Apple patent that deals with text-selection on smartphones and tablets. The ITC judge also ruled that Samsung did not infringe upon parts of a second patent owned by Apple dealing with detecting if a microphone is plugged into the microphone jack.

 

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Now that a ruling has been issued, the full ITC commission will convene and decide whether or not to uphold the judge's ruling. We are told to expect the final decision sometime in August. If the decision is upheld, it will not work out well for Samsung. The ITC can decide to bar importation of any device found to be infringing on the patent.

T-Mobile starts roll out of software update for existing unlocked iPhones on the network

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 7:33 pm

T-Mobile has started the roll out of software updates for the scores of unlocked iPhones already running on the carrier's network. If you're using an unlocked iPhone 5 on T-Mobile's network, this update will enable LTE and Visual Voicemail as well as fix minor bugs and optimizations.

 

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We previously reported that this roll out would start today. You can easily update your device over the air or by connecting up to iTunes. The update details what it brings to the table:

 

Enables the following:

Visual Voicemail

4G network indicator

Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS)

AWS LTE (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)

HD Voice (T-Mobile and officially unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 only)

AWS HSPA+ (T-Mobile and new 2013 AT&T iPhone 5 only)

 

Auto configures:

MMS Settings

Personal Hotspot Settings (Smartphone Mobile Hotspot)

APN settings for LTE connectivity

SpaceTT: ISS experiment may have discovered dark matter, and Saturn begins rising in the night sky

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 6:30 pm

The International Space Station (ISS) may have detected the elusive so-called dark matter, which is believed to be the glue that holds the universe together. The discovery comes from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer on-board the ISS, which has detected about 400,000 positrons.

 

 

Positrons are the antimatter partner particle of electrons. Positrons have been detected before, but these are a little different in composition. They have an energy signature that suggest they might have been formed when particles of dark matter collided with other particles of dark matter.

 

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In other space news, Saturn has once again returned to the northern hemispheres nighttime skies. Saturn has always been my favorite object to view, not just because of its beauty, but because it's easy to find and view with minimal equipment. A decent set of binoculars as well as cheap department store telescopes can all resolve Saturn and its rings and you might even be able to notice some color in the rings if the skies are clear enough.

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Tech giants descend on Washington to talk patent trolls with the FTC and DoJ

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 5:33 pm

Four of the tech industries largest companies are in Washington today to appeal to the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice in an effort to put a stop to patent trolling from firms like Lodsys and Intellectual Ventures.

 

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Patent trolling has become a sort of industry all of its own in the last few years with firms headed up by lawyers buying up tech patents from failing companies or sell-offs. These firms have no original IP of their own and only exist to extort exorbitant licensing fees and lawsuit wins over everything from individual app developers to giants, such as Google.

 

The "patent assertion industry" has gotten so big that in 2012 it ate up roughly $30 billion in funds from large tech companies. Google has teamed up with BlackBerry, EarthLink and Red Hat and compiled a 22-page report explaining how Patent Assertion Entities have slowed innovation, decreased jobs, and overall hurt the US economy in the last decade.

 

The report noted that since 2007, these so called PAE lawsuits have made up over 65-percent of all patent lawsuits in the country.

Nintendo apologizes for availability shortage of Monster Hunter Ultimate

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 4:42 pm

Nintendo has officially issued an apology for low supply numbers for its most popular WiiU game to date. The rehashed Monster Hunter Ultimate is one of the highest rated games available on the console, and Nintendo just cannot keep it in stock.

 

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"I'd like to apologize for the current stock shortage due to high demand of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate at retail. New #MH3U stock will hopefully be available in shops next week for Wii U and mid-April for Nintendo 3DS", read the tweet on the Nintendo UK Twitter account.

 

The shortage is only affecting physical copies of the game. Users can still visit the Nintendo eShop and purchase a digital copy of the game. They will need to have an external HDD though as the fully HD game is quite large.

Chrome will transition from WebKit to Blink in ten weeks, says Google

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 4:01 pm

All week we have been covering Google's decision to drop and fork WebKit to build its own web rendering engine called Blink. Today we are learning when the transition will begin taking place.

 

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Google has confirmed that Blink will make its first official appearance in Chrome 28, which should release in this summer. In a Q&A session with the Chrome Development Community, Chrome developer advocate Paul Irish explained that "Blink is already integrated in Chrome Canary builds, and we can expect to see it in stable versions of the browser in about 10 weeks."

 

Blink is said to be faster, better coded, and overall a better rendering engine than WebKit. Web developers will not have to worry much about shifting standards in CSS or other code as Blink is a true fork of WebKit. There is a chance that we could see Blink built into upcoming beta releases of Chrome 28 as well, so keep an eye out.

Patch Tuesday is coming and Microsoft has two releases you need to know about

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 3:04 pm

Microsoft will release two critical patches this coming Tuesday April the 9th. The pair of patches are both for Windows and one for Internet Explorer.

 

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One of the patches is a critical update to Windows 8, Vista, 7, XP and RT. The other patch is deemed "important" and is for Vista, 7 and XP. There is also patches for Windows Server 2012, 2008, and Server Core. An update of Microsoft's Windows Malicious Software Removal tool is also expected.

 

Keep an eye out for the updates next Tuesday.

iPhone 5 goes on pre-order at T-Mobile for $99

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 5, 2013 2:16 pm

T-Mobile has begun pre-orders of the iPhone seven days ahead of its release with the "Unplan" carrier. While the iPhone 5 has been out for some time, T-Mobile will be the only carrier offering the smartphone without a service contract.

 

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T-Mobile recently abandoned service contracts which effectively put an end to the carrier offering contract-subsidized phones. In a sort of ironic twist, you can now buy phones at full price or enter into a contract payment plan to pay off the phone over the course of a year or two years.

 

Pre-orders are now open on the $99 + $20/month for 24 months 16GB iPhone 5 in black or white. The 32GB and 64GB versions are also both available under the same $20/month for 24 months terms, but will cost you $199 and $299 respectively. How do you feel about the new contract-less plans that T-Mobile has switched to? Let us know in the comments.

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