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Android users outraged at Bomb Gaza game listed on Google Play Store

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

A game called "Bomb Gaza" has been found on the Google Play Store for Android, prompting outrage as war rages in the Middle East.

 

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Although the app since seems to have been removed, it encouraged players to drop bombs on Gaza from Israeli aircraft and "avoid killing citizens" as they target caricatures of Hamas members. According to Britain's Independent, it was first uploaded on 29 July and was installed as many as 1,000 times. 1,800 Palestinians have so far lost their lives since the most recent assault began, while Israel has said 64 of its soldiers are now dead.

 

One user slammed the app as "utterly shameful" while another branded it "inhumane" and another still as a "violation of human rights." Users flocked to Twitter to express their disgust at the game, with some urging as many as possible to flag the content, made by developers PLAYFTW, as inappropriate. Other games from the developer include two benign looking titles, called Piano and Space War.

21 year old man dies while taking Facebook selfie with loaded gun

By: Tamlin Magee | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

A man while trying to take a Facebook selfie with a loaded gun, according to Mexican news.

 

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Mexican website Proseco said Oscar Otero Aguilar, 21, was drinking before taking the picture and stumbled when the gun fired. Omar Abner Campos Vives, a friend of Aguilar's, has been arrested while another friend is reportedly on the run.

 

One report says Aguilar was found dead by the time police arrived, while another claims a neighbor found him while he was alive, Pocket Lint reports. An autopsy is expected, and so far officials say the death appears to have been an accident, and that the photograph was likely going to be posted on Facebook.

LG issues OTA update for G Watch to combat skin irritation

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

A number of owners of the LG G Watch have noticed that the gold contacts on the back where the watch attaches to the charger have been causing skin irritation. LG has now reportedly begun to roll out an OTA fix to address the problem; the software on the watch will go from KMV78V to KMV78Y.

 

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It sounds odd for an OTA update to fix an issue causing skin irritation, but it can. The irritation comes from the result of galvanic corrosion caused when sweat mixes with a running electrical current between two metals.

 

The update is designed to disable the current when the G Watch isn't in the charging dock. The update should stop this irritation and eliminate any issues for many users. The OTA update won't help those with pins that are corroded.

Square to announce Caviar purchase this week says source

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

Square is the mobile payment firm that made a name for itself in the credit card processing industry with a tiny card reader that works with the iPhone. The company is set to make a big purchase of a food delivery company called Caviar this week. The tip comes from a source claiming to be familiar with Square's plans.

 

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Caviar is a food delivery firm located in San Francisco that allows customers to order meals that are delivered to the home or office. The meals ordered come from restaurants that don't normally offer food delivery.

 

The deal is reportedly valued at $90 million and is a being funded with stock only. That means no cash is changing hands. Square already has a food pickup feature called Square Order. The Caviar tech could be integrated into Square Order allowing users to browse pickup and delivery options in their area.

Microsoft and the NFL team to put Surface tablets on the sidelines

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

When the NFL kicks off this year in the US, teams will be replacing the old school black and white photos used for decades to study opponent formations with high-tech tablets. The tablets will take to the sidelines as part of a partnership between the NFL and Microsoft.

 

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The tablet system is known as the Sideline Viewing System and is one of the new technologies being introduced this year. Using the tablets, teams will be able to study color images of formations of opponents from the sidelines.

 

This marks the first time that players and coaches have been able to legally use technology on the sidelines during a game. This year the refs will also get wireless communication gear so they don't need to huddle to talk. Coaches will also be wearing new Bose headphones.

NASA plans to send oxygen-making device to Mars

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

NASA has announced that it plans to send several pieces of equipment to Mars early in the next decade. The gear will include seven instruments that will be placed on a Martian rover, with two of the devices designed specifically to see if the atmosphere on the planet can be used to make oxygen.

 

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The oxygen NASA wants to generate isn't for some sort of terraforming of the planet, rather NASA wants to generate the oxygen for use in making rocket fuel. The goal of the oxygen-making instrument is to see if NASA might be able to support bigger missions to Mars in the future.

 

Astronauts that eventually walk the surface of Mars could also use the oxygen made to breathe while on the planet. The test device being sent to mars will be called Moxie and has the ability to make three quarters of an ounce of oxygen an hour. If the process works, a device one hundred times the size will travel to Mars in the 2030s.

Court gives preliminary approval on $450 million Apple eBook settlemen

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

Apple has been granted preliminary approval on a proposed settlement for an eBook price fixing case brought against it by states and consumers. The main charge in the case is that Apple led a conspiracy to fix the prices of electronic books. The judge presiding over the case said that the proposed $450 million settlement is "within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable."

 

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The settlement will see Apple pay $400 million to states and consumers with $50 million in attorney's fees. The settlement still requires final approval from courts. Apple is currently appealing the decision, and if it does win, it will pay nothing under the settlement.

 

If the case is kicked back to judge Denise Cote for a retrial, Apple will pay $50 million plus $20 million in attorney's fees. A judge had previously ruled that Apple conspired with five major publishers to fix prices of e-books in response to competition from Amazon.

HP unveils new smartwatch designed by Michael Bastian

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

The smartwatch market is hopping right now with Samsung producing several different smartwatches and a number of other products available as well. The wearables market is growing and rumors continue to suggest that Apple is getting into the market with its own product. HP has teased a new smartwatch that it will be offering designed by Michael Bastian.

 

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The watch is the result of cooperation between HP and the luxury marketplace Gilt.com and will launch later this year. Gilt brought in Michael Bastian to design the watch while HP is heralding the tech behind the wearable. Not much in the way of details are available on what hardware the watch will use.

 

What we know at this time is that the software on the watch is going to power a round screen. Wearers will be able to use the watch to control music and see notifications from their smartphone. Reports indicate there will be three different strap options. Pricing is unknown at this time.

Microsoft sues Samsung for failing to pay patent royalties

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

Microsoft has filed suit against Samsung in the US after Samsung failed to make a patent royalty payment last fall. The missed payment came after Microsoft announced that it intended to purchase Nokia's handset business. The suit was filed in a Manhattan federal court.

 

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Microsoft is seeking monetary damages from Samsung, but it is unclear what those damages are. The suit alleges that Samsung refused to make the agreed to payments to Microsoft once the intention of buying Nokia was announced.

 

Samsung had made payments for an entire fiscal year before the Nokia purchase was announced. Samsung claims that the Nokia purchase violated the licensing agreement in place with Microsoft. Samsung apparently paid the payment late, but has refused to pay interest.

Updated Qi wireless specification allows for further wireless charging

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 1, 1970 12:00 am

The Wireless Power Consortium has updated its Qi specification to version 1.2, something that allows the new Qi standard to blast its wireless powers up to 45mm, or 1.77 inches away. The current standard is only capable of 7mm, or 0.27 inches, so this is quite the increase.

 

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Better yet, Qi 1.2 chargers and receives will be backwards compatible with Qi 1.1 devices, so a Qi 1.1 receiver (such as your Qi-capable smartphone) will be able to enjoy a power transfer range of up to 30mm. The Wireless Power Consortium has said that Qi 1.2 is capable of pushing out an incredible 2000W of resonant energy through the air for powering kitchen appliances.

 

This means we will eventually see kitchen top appliances being powered without cords, which will be great. The new version 1.2 standard also allows for a single inverter to power multiple coils, which should see much more affordable multi-device chargers.

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