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Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4 both spotted running Android 5.0 Lollipop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 8:32 am

If you're walking around with one of Samsung's flagship smartphones, either the Galaxy S5 or Galaxy Note 4, you might be wondering when you'll receive the new Android 5.0 Lollipop update. Well, it should be soon, hopefully.


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The two flagship handsets have both been spotted running Google's latest mobile OS, with both iterations featuring a little Samsung inside in the form of Lollipop + TouchWiz UI. The above image is of the Galaxy Note 4 with Lollipop + TouchWiz UI running, while the image underneath it is of the Galaxy S5 with Lollipop mixed with the TouchWix Nature UX 3.0 on top.


We should expect Samsung to release the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Galaxy S5 sometime before the New Year, while the Galaxy Note 4 update not being too far behind it.

Idaho-based startup is using 3D printers to print... light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Maker & DIY | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 7:38 am

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho-based startup Rohinni has an interesting project to share with the world: LightPaper. LightPaper is something the startup took to their Twitter account to tease, writing: "We print light".



The goal of the startup is to be the leading lighting application for, well, everything. LightPaper is the world's thinnest LED lighting, which can be applied to, stuck on, and placed onto virtually any surface. LightPaper, if you've already guessed, is super-thin, and is made by mixing ink and tiny LEDs together, and then printing out a mixture onto a conductive layer.


This layer is then "sealed between two additional layers. The tiny diodes are about the size of a red blood cell. When a current runs through the paper, the tiny, randomly-dispersed diodes will light up", reports OLED is currently one of the thinner technologies out there, but LightPaper is set to break that record. LightPaper is being aimed at the automotive industry, where it could allow for better tail lights, or super-impressive looking branding.

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SteelSeries launches new peripherals range with Fnatic eSports team

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 6:40 am

SteelSeries has teamed up with eSports team Fnatic, launching a new range of gaming peripherals. The Fnatic Edition peripheral lineup includes the eSports' teams orange and black signature coloring, and logo.


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The range includes a new special edition 9H Gaming Headset, Rival Optical Mouse, and Apex Keyboard. The owner of Fnatic, Sam Matthews, said: "The new Fnatic Edition products are something we're excited to be using in tournaments ourselves as well as bring to our fans; by purchasing these products they will directly support the team". SteelSeries' CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani, added: that the "talent, ambition and professionalism," of team Fnatic was a key to their success and that their branded products should reflect that".


Now, let's get to the hardware. The APEX Fnatic Edition Keyboard features customizable 16-million color illumination, and low profile keys. Anti-ghosting makes the cut, and is present on the "20 most commonly used keys", with an additional six multimedia keys and a possible 88 (four layers) programmable keys. It also features an integrated USB hub, with a 2m long braided USB cable.

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Reports claim touchscreen laptops are to be phased out

By: Chris Smith | More News: Laptops | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 5:53 am

Do you remember the beginning of the Tablet craze? Even schools have adopted tablets and it seems that almost everyone owns or previous owned one of these devices - however we're now seeing them on the decline. Alongside this information, we've just seen reports that touchscreen PC's are also on their way out.


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At Computex in Taiwan in 2013, Intel announced that it would use its Ultrabook fund to boost their production of large touchscreens, claiming a projected 3-5 times increase in consumer demand in the coming years. Alongside this, they stated that their Haswell platform laptops with touchscreens have tripled the sales of their previous generation, the Ivy Bridge.


Reading ZDNET's findings, it seems that touchscreen laptops are still in abundance in the North American brick-and-mortar retail market.

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Firefox for Android updated, now supports mirroring to Chromecast

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Apps | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 5:29 am

Mozilla has just updated Firefox for Android, providing a bunch of fixes and new features. The thing that will have Firefox for Android users talking, is that it now supports mirroring to Chromecast. The list of fixes and new features can be found below:


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  • Mirroring support for Chromecast
  • Added support for Prefer:Safe HTTP header
  • Wikipedia search now uses HTTPS (en-US only)
  • Public key pinning support enabled
  • Redesigned first run experience




  • Device Storage API enabled
  • ECMAScript 6 WeakSet
  • JavaScript Template Strings
  • CSS3 Font variants and features control




  • MP4 video playback on Android L


Known Issues


  • Flash does not work on Android L
  • MP3 files do not play on Android L


You can grab Firefox for Android from the Google Play store, or here.

Windows 8 features hidden explorer shell options

By: Chris Smith | More News: Software | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 5:02 am

Windows 8 hidden features and Easter eggs are still being discovered, recent reports have claimed to find a hidden Explorer shell option in Windows 8 and 8.1 - allowing users to automatically organize and open programs alongside exiting the shell if needed.


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Reports also claim that no additional programs, tweaks or registry settings are required to use these features.Interested in utilizing this for yourself? Follow these simple steps.

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Apple iPhone 6 case gives awesome nightvision functionality

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 5:00 am

The FLIR case was designed as a hardware upgrade for any iPhone 6 user, allowing the device to function with a heat-vision like experience. Since the release of this product, the NVC has been spotted in development - allowing users to see through their smartphone, even in complete darkness.


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There have been many apps reported to give users 'night vision', with the majority of these just utilizing different software tricks and brightness options, without providing a true infrared LED experience. The NVC offers your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus iteration of their device, which utilizes a 720P video camera, surrounded by a ring of eight infrared LEDs, set to illuminate objects up to 30 feet away without the need for a light source.

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Microsoft acquires Acompli, a mobile e-mail startup

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 4:33 am

Microsoft has confirmed that it has acquired Acompli, a mobile e-mail startup, with neither party confirming the acquisition cost. Some have heard that the deal might have set Microsoft's bank accounts back by some $200 million.


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The Redmond-based everything giant was most likely interested in scooping up the mobile e-mail startup as they offered early adopters support for Exchange, one-tap calendar integration and simple access to e-mailed files and contacts. Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of Outlook and Office 365, said that the acquisition of Acompli was part of the company's effort to help people get more out of their mobile devices.


Jha added that the decision to acquire Acompli is to provide people with a great cross-platform application that supports the variety of e-mail services that people use daily.

Xbox Live down, with suspected DDoS cyberattack to blame

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 4:08 am

Members of the "Lizard Squad" apparently have successfully targeted Microsoft Xbox Live, making inaccessible to gamers on Monday evening. It would appear a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack successfully knocked Xbox Live offline, with the group promising additional attacks leading up to Christmas.


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There were a number of tweets and Facebook status updates from upset gamers reporting they've had trouble logging onto Xbox Live.


The Lizard Squad previously targeted the Sony PlayStation Network and several game from Electronics Arts in the past.

EU and US authorities crack down upon and seize 292 domain names

By: Chris Smith | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Dec 2, 2014 3:53 am

In an effort to diminish counterfeit product sales, United States and European authorities have conducted a large-scale seizure of domain names just in time for the Christmas period.


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Codenamed "Project In Our Sites Transatlantic V", this operation saw 292 domain names seized in total by police across several countries within Europe and including the United States. Based mainly around websites selling counterfeit luxury goods, sportswear, electronics, pharmaceuticals and pirated movies and music, this information has come about by a direct statement thanks to Europol.

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