MWC 2014 - Quickly following our hands on of the new Fonepad 7 LTE edition, Johannes took a few minutes to check out ASUS' other Fonepad being shown off at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. The Fonepad ME175CG is a 7-inch tablet featuring a 1280x800 resolution screen. An Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core processor is on hand to manage the computational duties and 1GB of RAM to keep everything running smooth.
Android 4.3 is loaded from the factory, but there is no LTE featured. 3G radios are installed alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. Storage is set at 8GB but is easily extended via the built-in microSD port. Like all ASUS Fonepad's the ME175CG is capable of making phone calls as well as functioning as a normal 7-inch tablet. A 5-megapixel rear camera handles imaging duties while a 1.2-megapixel front shooter is on hand for selfies and video conferencing.
When Facebook pushed its offer of $16 billion onto the table to acquire WhatsApp, the company's founders would've had their hearts drop - in utter surprise because its last funding round had them pegged at a value of around $1.5 billion.
In WhatsApp final round of funding, which took place in July last year, it secured $52 million from a valuation of around $1.5 billion. WhatsApp grew exponentially between July 2013 and just a few days ago when it was acquired by Facebook for $16 billion in stocks and cash. The sole investor in WhatsApp, Sequoia, owned around 20% of the company, which is now worth a cool $3 billion.
At $3 billion, Sequoia has seen an amazing 50x return in its investment in WhatsApp... something that nobody could complain about, that's for sure.
RSA 2014 - EMC-owned security company RSA started its security conference in San Francisco by announcing the Managed Security Partner (MSP) program to boost managed security efforts.
The RSA MSP wants to make it easier to quickly detect, investigate, remediate, and manage security incidents and vulnerabilities. For participating partners, it opens the door to rapid adoption to a slew of different RSA products.
Almost nine out of 10 compromises took only a few hours or less, though 66 percent of cases weren't discovered quickly - and with increasingly sophisticated cyberthreats, it's even more critical to create modernized security solutions.
MWC 2014 - ASUS updated its Fonepad 7 tablet at Mobile World Congress 2014, providing LTE capabilities to its 7-inch slate. The new Fonepad 7 LTE features an IPS-based panel, with an LTE modem cranking along inside to give you super-fast mobile Internet.
Johannes Knapp, our man on the ground at MWC 2014, had some hands-on time with the LTE-enabled Fonepad 7. Inside of the refreshed 7-inch slate, we find the underused Intel dual-core Atom Z2560 processor (Clover Trail+). The 7-inch screen features a resolution of 1280x800, 32GB of storage, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 5-megapixel rear-facing camera are also featured.
One surprise found in the new Fonepad 7 is the new Android-based UI, ZenUI. ZenUI will first appear in the PadFone Mini, PadFone and ZenFone products before it filters down to the Fonepad 7 devices. At the moment, more detailed specifications aren't available, nor is pricing information. We should hear more about that in the coming weeks.
MWC 2014 - Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 yesterday during Mobile World Congress 2014, but it didn't mention anything about the Exynos-powered version of its new flagship.
Well, the company did announce it, but very quietly. While the main Galaxy S5 will feature a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, there will also be a 2.1GHz octo-core version, based on the company's Exynos SoC. Samsung performed a similar move with its Galaxy S4, but the LTE-powered Galaxy S4 featuring the Exynos-based processor didn't really get pushed out of its South Korean market, unfortunately.
Cybercriminals enjoy using mobile malware to create vulnerabilities, with around 100,000 new malicious programs introduced in 2013 - more than double the 40,059 samples that went live in 2012.
Russia (40%), India (8%), Vietnam (4%), Ukraine (4%) and the United Kingdom (3%) led the list with users under attack the most, and the majority of mobile malware threats are aimed towards stealing money. Banks and mobile customers are under fire and need to be vigilant, ensuring some type of anti-malware solution is being used to better protect smartphones and tablets.
"Today, the majority of banking Trojan attacks target users in Russia and the CIS, said Victor Chebyshev, Kaspersky Lab Virus Analyst, in a press statement. "However, that is unlikely to last for long: given cybercriminals' keen interest in consumer bank accounts, the activity of mobile banking Trojans is expected to grow in other countries in 2014. We already know of Perkel, an Android Trojan that attacks clients of several European banks, as well as the Korean malicious program Wroba."
MWC 2014 - Our man on the ground at Mobile World Congress 2014, Johannes Knapp, had some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy S5. You can check out our hands-on time with the Galaxy S5, below.
If you didn't already know the specifications of the Galaxy S5, Samsung has used a 5.1-inch 1920x1080-pixel Super AMOLED display, quad-core 2.5GHz processor (with a 2.1GHz octo-core processor version coming soon), 2GB of RAM, an option between 16GB or 32GB of on-board storage, 16-megapixel 4K-capable rear-facing camera, a heart-rate sensor, fingerprint reader, and the choice of four colors: gold, black, white or blue.
You'll be able to purchase the Galaxy S5 in April.
A gigantic 400kg meteor smashed into the Moon on September 11 last year, hitting the lunar surface at 37,900 mph. The meteor itself was ten times larger than the previously recorded hit, which left a 131-foot-wide crater.
Jose Madiedo of the MIDAS project said he "couldn't imagine" such a collision before seeing it himself on the day, where he added: "This is the largest, brightest impact we have ever observed on the Moon". Scientists at MIDAS had been studying lunar collisions since 2009, said that the crash was quite explosive, releasing the equivalent energy of 15 tons of TNT.
The meteor hit the dark side of the Moon, which is unfortunate as the blast was big enough that it would've been visible with the naked eye here on Earth. Madiedo said: "Usually lunar impacts have a very short duration - just a fraction of a second. But the impact we detected lasted over eight seconds. It was almost as bright as the Pole Star, which makes it the brightest impact event that we have recorded from Earth".
EA DICE has just revealed it is quietly inviting people into a new feature for the still-buggy Battlefield 4, something that will make the game more social. Platoons will allow gamers to track stats together in groups, and much more.
Platoons was featured in Battlefield 3, but the new feature will go live on Battlelog for BF4 gamers "very soon". DICE is offering select gamers early access to the feature in order "to test certain parts of the system", and to collect the usual feedback on it before it rolls out to digital soldiers across the planet.
SanDisk has unveiled a massive 128GB microSD card, something that makes it the largest-capacity microSD card on the market. Getting to this point isn't easy, as you can expect.
The company had to use custom manufacturing to stack 16 memory dies, which are each thinner than a strand of hair on that head of yours, within each card. 128GB is enough space to store 24 hours of HD video, so if you were after a beast of a memory card, SanDisk has your back.