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OnePlus One could see wood, carbon fiber, denim back covers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 7 hours ago

The OnePlus One smartphone is shaping up to be one of the surprise announcements this year, but there are some new leaks which make the cheap smartphone sound even better.


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OnePlus is set to release some removable back covers that will change the entire look of the One smartphone. Why? Because these covers will come in some interesting designs: wood, carbon fiber and denim. We will find out more when the OnePlus One smartphone is officially unveiled on April 23.

OnePlus One, a powerhouse smartphone alternative for under $400

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 8 hours ago

In a world dominated by the Galaxy S5 and iPhone, most other devices that aren't from the big players on the market don't really get a mention. Well, the OnePlus One smartphone might change all of that.


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The company has said that the One smartphone would be "the most beautifully designed handset ever," which are some mighty big words. The OnePlus One packs some flagship hardware, starting with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon 801 SoC clocked at 2.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera thanks to the Sony Exmor camera sensor, a 5-megapixel snapper up front, LTE Category 4 modem with global LTE connectivity, a 3100mAh battery and 16-64GB of on-board flash storage.


In terms of specs, the OnePlus One smartphone sounds like a winner. On the software side of things we have CynanogenMod, which is a nice touch as it's not just the same old Android + UI skin like everyone else does. The OnePlus One will be released into 16 markets including: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and United States. Where it will customers over, is its price: $400.


Considering the Galaxy S5 is $650 or more, and the new HTC One M8 is $700, the OnePlus One might have consumers lining up for its smartphone on specs and pricing alone. We will see the official announcement on April 23, which is just a few days away.

U.S. government, militants engaging in social media dialogue

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 11 hours ago

The U.S. government is engaging global terrorists on Twitter and other forms of social media, trying to open up dialogue with jihadists and supporters. It also has proven to be a useful tool to try and stifle recruiting efforts before would-be jihadists convert to radical Islam and potentially carry out attacks.


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Terrorists often rely on the Internet to communicate, share videos, and taunt western forces - and although intelligence officials follow the chatter opening lines of communication is still relatively new.


"We are actually giving al Qaeda the benefit of the doubt because we are answering their arguments," said Alberto Fernandez, State Department Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CCSC), in a statement to CNN. "The way I see it is we are participating in the marketplace of ideas."

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Mt. Gox supporters hope to revive the company, with creditor blessing

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 2 days, 14 hours ago

Supporters of Mt. Gox and the bitcoin currency hope to resurrect the defunct bitcoin exchange by wooing creditors to avoid liquidating current assets.


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Just days after Mt. Gox said it won't try to rebuild the company - and invites creditors to liquidate - Mt. Gox faces a rather uncertain future.


"We need your help to stop a liquidation, which would be good neither for Mt. Gox creditors nor bitcoin's reputation with the general public and regulators," according to supporters of the new movement.

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Florida man suffocated baby so he could play video games

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Humor & WTF | Posted: 2 days, 17 hours ago

A Florida man has been charged with third-degree murder and child neglect after being accused of suffocating his infant son so he could play video games and watch TV. Cody Wygant, 24, is now being held in Citrus County Jail without bail, and Wygant's 3-month-old daughter has been placed under care of the Department of Children and Families.


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Wygant allegedly covered the boy's nose and mouth after the baby cried uncontrollably, holding his grip up to four minutes - then placed the baby in a playpen, put a blanket on him, and returned to his gaming session. For the next five hours, the man watched multiple episodes of "Fringe," and also was gaming - and when he finally decided to check on his son, the boy was unresponsive.


"It is inconceivable that a father could kill his infant son - it just baffles the mind," said Sheriff Jeff Dawsy. "Our only sense of relief now comes from knowing that we did exactly what we needed to do to bring justice to him swiftly. Our prayers go out to those who knew and loved Daymeon."

Michaels admits to data breach, 2.6 million customers at risk

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 2 days, 18 hours ago

Crafts store Michaels confirmed that as many as 2.6 million customers, totaling almost 7 percent of customers paying with debit and credit card, were affected by a data breach that began last year.


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Customer information exposed includes card numbers and expiration dates, though the store didn't confirm if names, addresses and PIN numbers were also breached. Since the news of the breach earlier this year, the popular arts and crafts store has removed the malware and reportedly boosted security to try and prevent future incidents.


In addition to Michaels, its Aaron Brothers subsidiary also suffered a data breach affecting around 400,000 debit and credit cards.

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Nokia warns of possible faulty chargers shipped with its Lumia 2520

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 19 hours ago

Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in Europe over concerns of a faulty charger that may have shipped with some devices. The charger in question carries the model number AC-300 and was shipped with Lumia 2520 devices in Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Any 2520 users who have this charger are advised to cease use of the charger immediately.


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More than 30,000 chargers are affected including about 600 "travel chargers" sold as optional accessories here in the US. Nokia Lumia 2520 chargers that are bundled with US versions of the phone are not included. Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Smart Devices at Nokia, said "We apologise to the owners of the Lumia 2520, and we are working with urgency to minimize the inconvenience."

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The Dark Web just got darker with a new Google-like drug search engine

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

The so-called Dark Web is one of the few places on the Internet that I rarely visit, which is mostly because I have no reason to visit the type of websites it caters too. With sites like Silk road and other illegal sites populating this seedy corner of the web, it is no surprise that someone has developed a search engine to make it easier to find the illegal stuff you might be searching for.


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"I noticed on the forums and Reddit people were constantly asking 'where to get product X?' and 'which market had product X?' or 'who had the best product X and was reliable and not a scam?'" Grams' creator, Gramsadmin, said in an interview with Wired. "I wanted to make it easy for people to find things they wanted on the Dark Net and figure out who was a trustworthy vendor."

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Atari Minimum crafting combat game coming to PC

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 days, 22 hours ago

If you are a fan of Minecraft, you may be familiar with some of the mods out there that turn the game into a shooter of sorts. Atari is getting a game ready called Minimum that reminds me a lot of Minecraft focusing heavily on crafting, but having a lot of third-person shooter aspects as well.


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In Minimum, players will use blueprints and acquire the materials needed to build their own weapons and armor. Once those weapons and armor are done, players will wear it into combat. As you kill more enemy players, the armor and weapons power up making the character more powerful.

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HTC says optical zoom will land in its smartphones in the next year

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 days, 23 hours ago

A lot of people are replacing a point and shoot camera with the camera in their smartphones. Some smartphones have cameras that are better than others. One of the things that most smartphone cameras need help on is the optics. HTC is working on that right now and teasing with a few details.


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HTC's Symon Whitehorn is the camera expert for the smartphone maker and he says that HTC is hard at work on bringing optical zoom to smartphone cameras. We have seen optical zoom in smartphone cameras before, but Whitehorn says that the tech needs some tweaking.

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