Auction house eBay has banned the sale of smartphones from Chinese manufacturer Star, as the company's N9500 cheap Google Android-powered device ships with the Usupay.D Trojan malware pre-installed. The device tracks phone user activity and cybercriminals can remotely control and manipulate the phone, if necessary.
The only app shown running on the device is the Google Play Store icon, and the malware is completely hidden. After reports showed the phone was compromised, eBay decided to pull all sales of the Star N9500, which has become popular due to its low cost and close design to the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
"The options with this spy program are nearly unlimited," said Christian Geschkat, G DATA Product Manager of Mobile Solutions, in a press statement. "Online criminals have full access to the smartphone. G DATA customers reported a detection by our security solutions and thus alerted us to this criminal tactic."
Popular e-tailer Amazon today officially launched the Fire Phone, marking the company's first foray into a very competitive smartphone market.
The Fire Phone has a 4.7-inch screen, 2.2GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 12-megapixel camera. Safely enclosed with a rubberized frame and featuring anodized aluminum buttons, Amazon chose Gorilla Glass 3 to help protect the screen from scratches and potential cracks.
"The phone is gorgeous," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO, during the press event. "I can't wait for you to get your hands-on it. Premium materials, rubberized frame. Gorilla Glass on both sides."
While other major storage vendors have quickly entered the all-flash market via acquisitions, NetApp is finally making its mark with the release of the homegrown, brand new FAS8080EX. NetApp claims this new unified storage array is capable of scaling to 4 million IOPS and is configurable as an all-flash array with a capacity of 4.6PB. Alternatively, configured as a hybrid array, it can scale to over 70PB with more than 600 I/O connections.
In addition to announcing the FAS8080EX, NetApp has also launched a new entry-level system that is also capable of both NAS and SAN, the FAS2500. This new system has expanded flash support that increases performance and capacity by over 40%. There are three flavors of the new 2500 series with a max configuration up to 576TB and support for FC, iSCSI, NFS, SMB and FCoE.
Microsoft is looking to clear out its unsold stock of Surface Pro 2 tablets ahead of the launch of the latest Surface Pro 3 offering. Prices on the Surface Pro 2 tablets have been slashed with the 64GB core i5 version seeing a $100 discount to $799.
The most expensive 512GB version of the tablet is available for $1599 rather than $1799 making for a $200 discount. Microsoft will have two version of the Surface Pro 3 tablet. One will run a Core i5 processor and have 128GB of RAM for $999.
The other version will have 256GB of storage and sell for $1299. Those prices include the stylus pen, but no keyboard cover. Faster Surface Pro 3 versions will land in August.
One of the things I always remember about the original Star Wars films is that for the most part the actors in the original trilogy were unknowns until the movie hit theaters. That wasn't the case with the newer three film trilogy that was packed with stars like Samuel L Jackson and several others.
With Star Wars 7 in the works now and the three major actors from the original trilogy returning, you might wonder if Jackson will be coming back too. After all, his character of Mace Windu did fall out of a building, but we never see him dead.
A new Navigation app has landed for iOS users on the App Store that costs under $1 in the States. The app is called Garmin viago and it promises some features you won't find in free apps. Viago offers international map browsing and regional navigation.
Users can search for locations by address and browse points of interest. Turn-by-turn navigation on foot or in a car are supported. Other features include photo realistic junction views with lane assist. Your current speed is shown along with the legal speed limit for the road you are on.
If you pre-ordered one of the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D printers, you'll be getting the notification that it shipped soon. The printer is the largest 3D printer that the company has ever offered. If you didn't pre-order, but want to get your hands-on one of the printers, you can order today.
The biggest catch is that the printers ordered today won't arrive for 6-8 weeks. MakerBot is shipping the printers on a first come, first served basis. The new Z18 printer sells for $6499 and can print items as large as 12" x 18".
We can send all sorts of messages around the world today in digital form. A first was recently made with the transmission of a scented message across the Atlantic. This week a message was sent across the ocean that carried with it the scent of champagne and chocolate.
The message was sent from Paris to New York and was sent by freelance chemist Christophe Laudamiel. He sent the message to a professor at Harvard named David Edwards and to the co-inventor of the tech from the Museum of Natural History in New York.
T-Mobile is the smallest of the four major carriers, but it is making big waves in the industry against rivals in the last year. T-mobile is reportedly looking to purchase more bandwidth to expand services for its customers in the event that the purchase deal with Sprint fails.
If regulators block the sale of T-Mobile to Sprint, a source familiar with negotiations says that T-Mobile will begin trying to buy spectrum from smaller rivals in the industry. Plans to buy the spectrum are already in motion as a backup if the Sprint deal falls through.
Samsung's Galaxy S5 is barely two months old, but the company is ready to unveil an even more powerful flagship, the Galaxy S5 LTE-A. What's different with the Galaxy S5 LTE-A, well starting with the display - which has had its resolution increased from 1920x1080 to 2560x1440 - matching the display found in the G3 smartphone from LG.
The provides the 5.1-inch display with a massive 557 PPI, cramming more pixels into a smaller space compared to LG's 5.5-inch display on the G3. The LTE-A side of the new Galaxy S5 LTE-A is LTE-Advanced, which is capable of an incredible 225 Mbps, in the right country - where right now, this is locked to South Korea.
Inside of the updated Galaxy S5 LTE-A is a better SoC, with Samsung opting for Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 SoC - but we'll see 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board flash, which is expandable right up to 128GB with a microSDXC card. We still have the 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and 2800mAh battery, as well as the water- and dust-resistant goodness.