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Galaxy Note 4 has a large gap between its display, and metal frame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2014 3:35 am

Apple is chewing up most headlines with its #BendGate issues on the iPhone 6 Plus, but Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone has an equally as large problem: a visible gap between its display and metal frame.

 

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This gap is big enough to fit two A4 paper sheets, or a business card, between - which is quite large. The reports of this are surfacing out of South Korea, Samsung's home turf, but it could be limited to the first batch of Galaxy Note 4 smartphones, and not a continue manufacturing defect.

 

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The other side of this coin is that this could be a hoax, but we will only find out when the Galaxy Note 4 launches in the coming weeks.

German mag says it's banned from Apple events after BendGate coverage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Oct 1, 2014 3:26 am

Apple has been having a tough time with the bending iPhone 6 Plus, but it looks like German magazine ComputerBild.de is having an even tougher time, with Apple reportedly banning the magazine from official events after its coverage of #BendGate.

 

 

ComputerBild.de is claiming that Apple has stopped sending them test devices, as well as revoking invites to any future Apple launch events after they posted a video showing how the iPhone 6 Plus could be bent with your bare hands. As you can see in the video above, the iPhone 6 Plus is easily damaged through bending just below the volume button.

 

The site has talked with Apple's PR department in Germany, which refused to answer any questions about the bending iPhone 6 Plus, telling the site that it "will not get any testing devices and no invites to official events any more". ComputerBild.de then wrote an open letter to Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, asking him if this was the reaction that his company wants to have to publications that are covering the issue, like we have been - I still ask: seriously, what's Apple going to do with #BendGate.

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CDC confirms Ebola has arrived in the United States

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Health, Lifestyle & Travel | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 10:55 pm

It was probably only a matter of time, but U.S. health agency the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now confirmed the first case of diagnosed Ebola has hit the continental United States, according to news agency Reuters.

 

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The unidentified man left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States the next day, not showing symptoms of the disease until four of five days later. The Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where the man is in isolation won't confirm details such as the man's identity, his contact with the public, or what he was doing in Liberia, which is now an Ebola hotspot. There are currently no other suspected cases of the deadly disease in Texas, or the wider United States.

 

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More than 3,000 people in West Africa have died after being infected with Ebola, the strain of which broke out earlier this year.

eBay confirms plans to spin off PayPal, setting up two companies

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 9:30 pm

Auction house eBay has decided to spin off its PayPal business amid activist pressure from board members and shareholders, with two independent companies to begin in the second half of 2015. Devin Weng, head of the eBay "Marketplaces" business, will lead the independent eBay as CEO - and Dan Schulman, a former American Express executive, will be CEO head of the new PayPal unit.

 

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"We are happy that eBay's board and management have acted responsibly concerning the separation - perhaps a little later than they should have, but earlier than we expected," said investor Carl C. Icahn. "As I have said in the past and have continued to maintain, it is almost a 'no brainer' that these companies should be separated to increase the value of these great assets and thus to meaningfully enhance value for all shareholders."

 

Corporate spinoffs are becoming more commonplace among major corporations, as shareholders and potential investors want to see better control over corporate operations. Depending on the economic climate - and the parties involved - it can lead to a strong boost in stock prices to win over board members.

Four hackers charged with targeting U.S. military, Microsoft, others

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 8:30 pm

The U.S. Justice Department announced four accused members of the "Xbox Underground" hacker group have been charged for their roles in launching attacks against the U.S. military, Microsoft, and other game studios.

 

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Two of the members, Sanadodeh Nesheiwat, 28, and David Pokora, 22, have pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit computer fraud and copyright infringement. They both face up to five years in prison when they are sentenced in early 2015.

 

As part of the 18-count indictment that was recently unsealed, Nathan Leroux, 20, and Austin Alcala, 18, also contributed to the hacking activities - which included stealing more than $100 million of software and data related to military pilot training and Xbox gaming information. Xbox Underground also took pre-release copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Gears of War 3 as part of their criminal activities.

Report indicates Supervalu hit by yet another data breach again

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 7:42 pm

Supermarket chain Supervalu and Albertsons confirmed it was hit in yet another data breach this year, with customer data at risk all over again. This most recent attack took place sometime in late August or early September, with the malware installed to target payment card transactions at retail grocery stores.

 

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"We care greatly about our customers, and the safety of their personal information will continue to be a top priority for us," said Sam Duncan, SuperValu CEO and President, in a press statement. "We've taken measures to install enhanced protective technology that we believe significantly limited the ability of this malware to capture payment card data and we will continue to make these investments going forward."

 

Evolving point-of-sale (POS) malware is proving difficult for retailers to defend against, as significant data breaches continue to rack up. Some cybersecurity previously warned retailers that aren't quick to make changes could be the victim of follow-up attacks, as cybercriminal groups are aware they are susceptible to attack.

Microsoft officially unveils Windows 10, pushing into the future

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:34 pm

Microsoft today unveiled its Windows 10 operating system, a push into the future to try and help desktop and PC users forget about the Windows 8/8.1 debacle. During an invite-only event in San Francisco, the company showed off Windows 10, which mixes live tiles with the familiar UI of Windows 7, including a Start menu and taskbar. The "Metro" start screen and the regular Start Menu of older versions of Windows have been blended together, to provide a more cohesive user experience.

 

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Starting tomorrow, Microsoft will open up a Windows 10 technical preview for PCs and laptops, with additional device support expected in the near future. The company hopes to make a transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 much more comfortable than the headaches that followed many users as they tried to embrace the touch-centric Windows 8/8.1. Additional details about the OS will be unveiled in early 2015.

 

Microsoft chose to skip the Windows 9 name and help usher in the idea that its OS needs to be robust and compatible with a wider variety of different products: "Windows 10 will run across an incredibly broad set of devices - from the Internet of Things, to servers in enterprise datacenters worldwide," the company boasted. "Some of these devices have 4 inch screens - some have 80 inch screens - and some don't have screens at all. Some of these devices you hold in your hand, others are ten feet away. Some of these devices you primarily use touch/pen, others mouse/keyboard, others controller/gesture - and some devices can switch input types."

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Edinburgh Airport testing out Google Glass, enhancing customer service

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:30 pm

The Edinburgh Airport has become the first airport in the UK to test Google Glass, in an attempt to improve service to air travelers. Employees would be able to pull up flight details and other relevant information to help assist customers as they prepare to fly out of the airport.

 

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"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to improve the airport experience for our passengers and Google Glass trial is a great example of how we're thinking out the box," said Gordon Dewar, Edinburgh Airport chief executive. Over the next few months we'll be able to establish whether this product is suitable for an airport environment."

 

If airport officials determine Google Glass isn't the right wearable for its employees, companies such as Kopin manufacture industrial wearables.

ROCCAT begins shipping its Tyon gaming mouse

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 6:00 pm

ROCCAT has announced that it is shipping its new Tyon gaming mouse, which features a dorsal fin, 16 assignable buttons, and 31 distinct functions. ROCCAT has made its new Tyon gaming mouse available at Best Buy, too.

 

 

All of those buttons and functions allows ROCCAT's Tyon to be an "efficient, combat-ready and aestherically facscinating masterpiece for all genres, including MMO, RPG, and more". René Korte, Founder and CEO of ROCCAT said: "Today's games demand that players master the different layers and dimensions of gameplay, whether on land, at sea, in air or space. The efforts placed on perfecting the Tyon is beyond comparison and we are confident that it will take gaming to the next level".

 

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ROCCAT's new Tyon gaming mouse features a two-click button which is placed between the mouse wheel, providing a comfortable mid-finger action, known as the Dorsal Fin. Tyon features 576KB of on-board memory to save all of your settings and macros, an 8200DPI Pro-Aim Laser Sensor that ensures you get your target, and programmable dual lighting RGBY illumination for both the lower rim and wheel of the Tyon.

 

ROCCAT's Tyon is available online and at Best Buy right now for $99.99.

eMusic dropping major record labels, choosing to go back to indie

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Sep 30, 2014 5:30 pm

Online music service eMusic is dropping major record labels as it plans to leave "the mainstream music business" and return back to the independent music scene. Of note, the company will drop music from Sony, Warner and Universal - a bold move at a time when streaming and digital download services try to cozy up to the big record labels.

 

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eMusic was one of the original music services which began offering subscriptions for listeners, and was one of the best known services to find new indie music. The decision will also drop indie artists that have their music distributed using major record studios.

 

"Beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the leading download-to-own music retailer will be exiting the mainstream music business and exclusively offering independent music," the company said in a public statement. "The company's goal is to build the most extensive catalog of independent music in the world."

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