The leader of the Appbucket group, which was responsible for trafficking pirated Google Android apps, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit criminal copyright infringement.
Nicholas Anthony Narbone from Florida pleaded guilty, while co-conspirator Thomas Allen Dye from Florida pleaded guilty earlier this month. Both Narbone and Dye will be sentenced in July, while two others have court dates scheduled for April.
"These men trampled on the intellectual property rights of others when they and other members of the Appbucket Group distributed more than one million copies of pirated apps," said David O'Neil, Justice Department attorney general, in a statement. "These mark the first convictions secured by the Justice Department against those who illegally distribute counterfeit mobile apps."
The group shared more than 1 million copies of pirated apps worth more than $700,000 before being shut down.
The steady popularity of smartphones and tablets has led to a rush to steal apps - and either distribute them freely - or offer them for sale.
Computer hardware company MSI today announced the GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming notebooks, with 15-inch and 17-inch models available, as the gaming notebook market continues to heat up.
The GS60 Ghost uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, while the GS70 Stealth ships with the GeForce GTX 870M. Powered by the Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 1920x1080 resolution, with 128GB mSATA HDD, plus either 750GB or 1TB of additional storage, with 12GB or 16GB DDR3L RAM. The machines run Microsoft Windows 8.1.
"The GS60 and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America CEO, in a statement. "NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics gives the GS Series incredible graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience."
GTC 2014 - NVIDIA has just unveiled its next generation GPU at its GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California - Pascal. Don't let the name fool you, there's some incredible technology that has made Pascal possible.
Pascal has three key technologies that have made it possible, NVLink, 3D Memory and a new Module size - one-third the size of a PCIe card. NVLink provides some incredible bandwidth - where it will provide up to 5-12x the bandwidth of PCIe 3.0, which NVIDIA expects to see 1TB/sec memory bandwidth by 2016 thanks to the next technology, 3D Memory.
3D Memory is something that has been coming for quite sometime, but it will provide 2-4x memory bandwidth, and its extremely small. This helps NVIDIA's next-gen Pascal GPU to be just one-third the size of standard GPU - such as the just-released GeForce GTX TITAN Black GPU.
Today HTC officially launched it's next flagship, the completely refreshed HTC One M8. The new flagship is said to continue upon the path of excellence that HTC experienced with the 2013 edition of the One, and includes many new features that make this the best smartphone on the market. Boasting a new 5-inch full HD display, the phone features a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, and 2GB of RAM to keep things running smoothly.
Unlike its predecessor, the HTC One M8 features an microSD card slot to augment the 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage. The new HTC One M8 does in fact feature the dual rear camera system we have seen in leaks over the past month, and the pair make for some awesome new photographic features. The larger main camera handles traditional photo duties while its smaller counterpart is tasked with figuring out what is where in the photograph. This depth perception feature allows the M8 to do some clever tricks such as refocusing images after they are taken, or even create that high-end Bokeh (background blur) effect that was previously only possible on high-end cameras.
Toshiba has announced that it has a new hard drive to add to its line of internal storage products. The new hard drive is a self-encrypting unit that is validated to US Federal Information Processing Standards. That means that the drive is secure enough to use with sensitive government documents.
The new drive is a thin-type HDD in the MQ01ABUxxxBW series. The drives are 7mm thick making the appropriate for use in mobile devices. They can be had with up to 500GB of storage capacity. The drive is also available in a 320GB version as well.
Both versions of the HDD use a NIST certified cryptographic module allowing them to meet federal standards. Toshiba also includes an Enhanced Secure Cryptographic Erase function. The FIPS certified cryptographic module of the drive also has tamper-evident labeling for more security.
Sony has announced that a new software update for the PS Vita portable game console is available for download right now. The new update brings the portable console to software version 3.10. If you are wondering what new features the update adds, they are some good ones.
The new updates include the ability to get more than 100 apps on the home page of the console. Users will be able to get 500 apps on the home page after applying the update. Perhaps the biggest of the feature updates has to do with content management.
Users can browse content on the memory card by content type and delete content from the memory card. A new calendar application allows you to sync calendars with friend and with Google Calendar as well. The last of the new features is the ability to send and receive voice messages using the messages application on the portable console. Messages can be exchanged with other Vita users and PS4 users.
This morning at 6AM, DICE officially released the Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield Premium members, but the launch did not go as expected. Only those on consoles got the update, and DICE says that the PC launch has been delayed due to a major bug that was found shortly before launch. DICE did not give any indication what the bug was, and did not give a timeline on when PC gamers can expect the expansion.
"On March 25, Battlefield 4 Premium members on consoles will be able to experience the ultimate sea-to-sea warfare in the third expansion pack for Battlefield 4," DICE said in a statement. "Battlefield 4 Naval Strike takes the intense and dramatic water-based combat introduced in Battlefield 4 to four all-new maps set in the South China Sea while introducing a new game mode and vehicle."
"However, we are delaying the launch of Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC. We've detected an issue and it needs to be solved. Quality is our number one priority and we will not release Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC until we feel it meets the highest quality level possible," the release continued. "Once we have a confirmed date for PC, we'll be sure to update those players on our official channels. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing everyone on the Battlefield."
Anyone who plays games or spends a lot of typing on a computer each day can tell you that not all keyboards are created equal. I've been typing on a super thin Logitech keyboard for years and find that I can't type nearly as fast on anything else. A lot of gamers and typists out there like mechanical keys.
If you are one of those sorts of people, you will be interested in the new offering from Das Keyboard. You might recognize the Das Keyboard name, the company has been making keyboards for years now. In fact, we reviewed one back in 2012.
The latest offering is called the Das Keyboard 4 Mechanical Keyboard and it has mechanical keys as you expect. You can get the keyboard in a version with names printed on all of the keys. If you are a touch typist, sure of the location of everything you can get it blank as well.
Microsoft gifted an employee-only Xbox One white 'Team Commemorative Special' models before its public launch in November 2013, but now its found in an eBay listing. There are at least ten units being found on eBay, but with a whopping price tag starting from $1,800 to as high as $3,566. Currently, Xbox One is sold for $500.
Microsoft bundled these white edition consoles with one year of Xbox Live subscription, a white controller and a black Kinect sensor with the words 'I Made This' written on the front of the console to recognize efforts made by a particular employee.
But it seems they give more value to money than recognition, and selling a 'rare item' with a very large price tag. In any case, this is something that many collectors would love to get their hands-on. The bundles were given for free to Redmond's employees.
Despite flailing at the box office late last year, Twentieth Century Fox Australia has announced the joint Fox/BBC Earth CG/live action feature film Walking With Dinosaurs for release in May in a range of versions, including a 2D/3D/UltraViolet Blu-ray double pack alongside a standard 2D Blu-ray and DVD.
To be released on May 14, Walking With Dinosaurs features a collection of extra features, including one that attempts to address that which many critics (myself included) had criticised in the alternative 'Cretaceous cut' version of the film, which removes the grating character dialogue and makes other minor cuts. In conjunction with this, the film features a selection of child friendly games and activities, along with an interactive map and an in-movie trivia track.