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Apple rumors fly as DSLR-quality iPhone camera is on the horizon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 3:03 am

Thanks to a recent acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., Apple has been strongly rumored to begin producing DSRL-quality iPhone cameras for their next releases. This Israeli-based firm focuses on depth-sensing camera technology and has been picked out by Apple as important enough for a $20 million buyout as pointed out by The Wall Street Journal.

 

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LinX utilizes an array of sensors in order to take many images at the same time, using this information to produce better imagery.

 

However, Apple has claimed that they will purchase companies every now and then but chooses not disclose why it has taken place - making the DSLR-quality camera claim simply a rumor at this stage.

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Apple's Rusian Siri deemed homophobic

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 2:37 am

A country that is historically known to be fairly hostile against anyone who identifies as being part of the LGBT community, Russia hasn't always stood in the best light when it comes to equality as seen by the outer world.

 

 

In recent news, Alex, a London-based man fluent in Russian, tested out Apple's digital assistant (Siri) with some LGBT related questions - receiving some interesting responses. The most prolific being when he asked "is gay marriage normal?" to which Siri replied "I believe this emotion should be considered negative."

 

These answers have now been patched out by Apple after the BBC's exposure of the issue, with Apple claiming that these responses "were part of a bug that has been fixed."

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The end of a CS:GO season is here, player shuffling commences

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:54 am

What worked this season, what didn't work? Can we shed any dead weight and can we poach some of the best? All questions that many CS:GO teams ask within themselves at the end of a season in order to improve their performance.

 

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With the end of the CyberGamer Premier league here and Team Streamline taking the title (securing $2670 into their back pockets), the team shuffling has commenced.

 

  • Karlo "USTILO" Pivac from Streamline joins Team Immunity
  • Kyran "dizzy" Crombie joins Vox Eminor as a substitute
  • Yaman "Yam" Ergenekon rumored to be leaving Team Immunity for Vox Eminor

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Netflix wishes they didn't give Aussie ISP quote-free deals

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:33 am

If you're on a contract with Optus or iiNet there's a possibility that you've been enjoying watching quota-free Netflix content in recent times, thanks to the online streaming giant signing deals with these ISP's in order to secure unlimited viewership for their customers down under.

 

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In a recent statement, Netflix reflected on these past signing and have commented that "we should have avoided that and will avoid it going forward."

 

According to an interview with Gizmodo, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a strong believer in data cap abolishment worldwide. Claiming "there's no reason for data caps. We want to make the internet unmetered. Period. The capped model is antiquated: we want to make it about speed."

 

There has also been no comment as of yet on how many customers Netflix actually holds in Australia, but we're very interested to see the results.

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Video footage of Project Cars for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 available

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 6:40 pm

Slightly Mad Studios is close to releasing Project Cars, and has recently posted game footage for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.

 

Project Cars for the PS4 (1080p):

 

 

Previous images and videos from the game have looked extremely appealing, so PS4 and Xbox One gamers appear to be in for quite a treat.

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Symantec: Hackers had a great year in 2014, looking to improve in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 5:39 pm

Cybercriminals had an extremely successful year in 2014, and are constantly looking for new ways to compromise businesses and users. Last year saw "far-reaching vulnerabilities, faster attacks, files held for ransom and far more malicious code than in previous years," according to the Symantec 2015 Internet Security Threat Report - and information security is becoming more important for companies.

 

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There were 317 million new pieces of malware written in 2014, while ransomware attacks aimed at breaching user files increased 113 percent. Data breaches remained a major problem, with millions of US consumers compromised, as the total number of incidents increased 23 percent.

 

"The criminals are getting better," said Kevin Haley, director of security response at Symantec, in a statement published on NBC News. "Success breeds success and other criminals want to get into the game, so we need to step up our game in terms of protecting our information and keeping it safe."

Enter to Win An Apple Watch

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 5:30 pm

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Aircraft could be vulnerable to cybercriminals, GAO report says

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 5:28 pm

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is showing increased concern that hundreds of commercial aircraft are vulnerable to possible cyberattack from remote operators. If done successfully, hackers would be able to possibly install malware on flight control computers, take over control of the aircraft, compromise navigation systems and warning systems.

 

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Air traffic control also is increasing to support Internet-based solutions, giving criminals another pipeline to tamper with flights. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and several senators wish to read over the full GAO report - and expect the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make necessary security protocols mandatory.

 

"Modern communications technologies, including IP connectivity, are increasingly used in aircraft systems, creating the possibility that unauthorized individuals might access and compromise aircraft avionics systems," the GAO report says. That level of IP connectivity, however, is what could create a link between aircraft and cybercriminals - posing a threat to the aircraft, its crew and passengers.

Dell unveils the Linux-powered version of its XPS 13 laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 8:07 am

Dell has announced the Ubuntu-powered version of its impressive XPS 13 laptop, giving consumers the option of grabbing the Windows, or Linux-based version of its 13-inch laptop at the time of purchase.

 

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The company took to a blog post to announce that since the launch of its XPS 13 back in January, it had the idea of launching a developer-friendly version of its laptop, but it wanted to make sure that it could offer the best possibly product to anyone who purchased one. Dell said: "There were issues with the touchpad and a repeating keystroke that took longer to address than we, and others, would have liked".

Google's ambitious wireless service reportedly called 'Project Fi'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 6:41 am

Google wants to offer a wireless service to people in the United States, but it looks like their plans of unveiling this as a semi surprise have been popped.

 

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A recent look at the firmware image for the Nexus 6 has teased that there will soon be a service that offers consumers the option of paying for only what they use, with the future service provided with a logo, and a temporary name: Project Fi. Android Police noticed an app called "Tycho" that housed numerous clues to Project Fi, with the app looking to provide the option of activating the service, but giving consumers additional options, too.

 

These options include putting the account on hole, resuming it, or closing it down completely, without needing the consumer to call a customer care number. Project Fi users can also port their own number to the service, or they can use their number from a separate Google Voice system, too.

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