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Round 2 - Smartflash is suing Apple after their previous $533m win

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 4:35 am

In more extremely ironic news and fresh off their $533 million lawsuit win against the tech giant, Texas-based company Smartflash is taking Apple into round two of hearings with attorney Bradley W. Caldwell stating "Apple has released new products that came out too late for inclusion in Smartflash's previous action against Apple."

 

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This new case is based around allegations that Apple has infringed on seven of Smartflash's patents through their release of the "iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad mini 3, and iPad Air 2 devices containing any version of iTunes that can access the iTunes Store or any version of the App Store app," as reported by PC World.

 

Smartflash also alleges that Apple has infringed on their patents titled "Data Storage and Access Systems." We haven't been told exactly how much Smartflash are chasing with this lawsuit, but expect it to be in the hundreds of millions yet again.

US regulator worried of major 'Armageddon' cyberattack targeting banks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 4:15 am

Ben Lawsky, a New York financial regulator and head of the New York Department of Financial Services, is reportedly considering new regulation to help prevent against "an Armageddon-type" cyberattack. There is concern that a coordinated cyberattack would be able to hit the "broader economy" of the United States.

 

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"We are concerned that within the next decade, or perhaps sooner, we will experience an Armageddon-type cyber event that causes a significant disruption in the financial system for a period of time," Lawsky said while speaking at Columbia Law School.

 

To help prevent against a "cyber 9/11," Lawsky wants financial institutions and insurance companies be graded by the DFS. The legislation may also require multifactor authentication and other requirements to keep data secure. Banks also must be proactive in their effort to keep data secure, as foreign-based hackers continue their attempts to disrupt Wall Street.

Google will launch two new Nexus smartphones made by LG and Huawei

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 3:40 am

We all know there's a new Nexus smartphone coming, but with Google already using up the Nexus 4, Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 product names, we can't have a Nexus 7 come out for two reasons. First, we already have two Nexus 7 tablets, and second, the new Nexus won't be anywhere near 7 inches.

 

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Rumor has it Google is now working with both LG and Huawei, with the latter being the interesting choice for Google to partner with. Huawei is the leading smartphone manufacturer in China, and is quickly becoming a favorite around the world. Weibo is reporting that we will see Google using two manufacturers work on the Nexus smartphone that will be announced later this year, most likely at Google I/O 2015.

 

There's a few things to be excited about here: Google working with Huawei on its flagship handset which should rock Android 6.0, Huawei getting a very big stage to showcase its manufacturing talents to the world alongside LG, and the fact that we might receive not one but two Nexus handsets. Google could very well finally step up its game, showing the competition how to do the best Android smartphone, it just needs the right mojo to make it happen. You can do it, Google.

Report: Lenovo only collected $250,000 from Superfish installations

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 3:30 am

Lenovo likely only collected $200,000 up to $250,000 for its Superfish adware installations on consumer PCs, according to a report from Forbes. Previous estimates predicted higher figures - but considering the company's major earnings - the low sum likely won't be worth the legal and public relations headaches.

 

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It is alarming Lenovo, which finalized a deal in summer 2014 to pre-install Superfish, received such a small amount for jeopardizing so much. In addition to promising no more Superfish installations, the company's website was reportedly compromised by the Lizard Squad hacker group last week.

 

It looks like Lenovo is learning from its mistakes, promising to be more transparent about pre-installed software in the future. For new machines running Microsoft Windows 10, the Lenovo standard image will only include the OS, security software, Lenovo applications, and software/drivers required to make hardware work well.

Huawei teases its new smartwatch hours before MWC 2015 kicks off

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 3:13 am

MWC 2015 - We are now just hours from Mobile World Congress kicking off, with Huawei unveiling its new Android Wear-powered Huawai Watch. The new smartwatch has been showcased in a new video from Huawei, on their official YouTube channel.

 

 

The video is done quite stylishly, even if it mostly has nothing to do with the Huawei Watch. When we do get those quick peeks at it, it's gorgeous - sleek, stylish, and powered by Android Wear. There's a second, more professional-like clip, with Huawei representatives talking about their decisions that went into the design of the Huawei Watch, as well as some of its features.

 

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The Huawei Watch has a sapphire glass surface, smooth stainless steel unibody, replaceable straps, and is powered by Android Wear with all of the goodies that Google Now features, too. Huawei has also included 'state-of-the-art activity tracking functionalities' which provides health monitoring, and more.

The 3's just keep lining up as Half-Life 3 rumors hit overdrive

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 2:14 am

As told to us by RagnarRox, Valve has set a press release aside for GDC at 3pm on the 3rd of march. Let me run that by you again - 3pm on 3/3.

 

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What's even funnier? With GDC being held in San Francisco, San means three in Japanese - further adding to the madness of 3's. There has been numerous funny attempts to prove HL3's existence by the gaming public, becoming a meme-like process as seen with the popular Illuminati proof videos and articles you often see.

 

However this time the 3's have lined up in ridiculous fashion - could it be that Half-Life 3 is on the way?

Crystal Dynamics all-in for Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 1, 2015 1:22 am

Rise of the Tomb Raider will be a timed exclusive on the Xbox One, but what use is that tight relationship with Microsoft if you're not going to make the Xbox One version of the game stand out from the crowd?

 

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Crystal Dynamics, the developer who rebooted the series with Tomb Raider a couple of years ago now, has said that they pushed the Xbox 360 development over to Nixxes Software, so that they could focus on "pushing the boundaries" on the Xbox One version of Rise of the Tomb Raider. During a recent interview with Game Informer, Rise of the Tomb Raider's Game Director, Brian Horton, said they outsourced the development of Rise of the Tomb Raider to Nixxes Software so that the studio could "concentrate 100% on the Xbox One version".

 

Horton said that the two versions of the game won't be all that different, but the Xbox 360 version of the game will obviously need to be modified as it doesn't have the graphical prowess that the Xbox One has access to. He said: "For us, of course, we are not limited at all, we are pushing the boundaries when it comes to what the Xbox One can do, and we are excited that we have such a talented group in Nixxes to bring the best 360 version to the market".

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Rockstar teases master race 4K screenshots of GTA V on the PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 28, 2015 11:50 pm

Rockstar may have crushed our souls multiple times now by delaying the #pcmasterrace version of Grand Theft Auto V, but now the developer is teasing a new slew of screenshots of the PC version of the game, at 4K. Ugh.

 

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The developer has promised that a new trailer is coming soon, and something more exciting after that - a closer look at the PC exclusive Rockstar Editor that will let you make your own custom videos. Rockstar talked about the delay of the PC version of GTA V recently, where they said: "Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC".

 

Grand Theft Auto V will land on the PC on April 14. The new batch of screenshots can be viewed after the jump, but there's a warning: these screenshots are over 3MB each.

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Virtual reality slowly beginning take over of video game industry

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: 3D | Posted: Feb 28, 2015 7:59 pm

Virtual reality still has numerous problems to overcome before it goes fully mainstream among gamers, but already has greatly influenced the video game market. At the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next week, game studios, developers and influencers are expected to discuss VR-focused hardware and software.

 

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At GDC, Oculus will show off Rift, Razer is expected to promote its OSVR headset, while Steam is going to unveil the SteamVR headset.

 

"Nobody buys a piece of gaming hardware because they think it looks cool," said Lewis Ward, analyst at IDC, in a statement published by CNET. "Until there's a great experience to go along with it, the hardware simply opens the door."

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Report: 5 billion Google Android apps are vulnerable to cyberattack

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 28, 2015 2:30 pm

More than five billion downloaded Google Android apps could be targeted by hackers, according to cybersecurity experts. Most forms of malware (96 percent) are focused on compromising Android, according to data from the FireEye cybersecurity firm.

 

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Android is open source and allows more developers to contribute to the OS, but that also gives hackers a great opportunity to create sophisticated malware. Malware targeting Android drastically increased from 240,000 samples in 2013 up to 390,000 unique samples last year - and the problem seems to be accelerating.

 

"You can get all the code and then you can insert additional instructions and make it look and feel like the original app and no way for a consumer to tell the difference when they download it," said Jason Steer, director of technology strategy at FireEye, in a statement given to CNBC.

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