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North Korea may have just tested a nuclear bomb, emergency Security Council meeting now happening in Seoul

It looks like things in North Korea just got a whole lot more real, as there has been a 5.1-magnitude earthquake in the country that might have been an artificial quake caused by a nuclear detonation. Reuters is reporting that a UN Security Council diplomat confirmed the nuclear test after speaking with South Korea.


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An emergency Security Council meeting is currently taking place in Seoul, South Korea. Yonhap has quoted a South Korean official as stating that both the United States and China were alerted yesterday of North Korea's plans to test a nuclear device. South Korea are currently trying to figure out the source of the tremor.

Magnitude 8 earthquake strikes off the coast of the Santa Cruz Islands

An 8-magnitude earthquake has struck just off the Santa Cruz islands, after weeks of tremors. I've been reading that most sites are reporting that there have only been a few tremors, but there has been nearly two weeks of tremors averaging at 5-magnitude.


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The earthquake has resulted in tsunami warnings for many places, including Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna. There is also a tsunami watch in effect for American Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and eastern Indonesia. The earthquake happened at 12:12pm local time.


It struck at a depth of 5km, just off the Santa Cruz Islands, which are part of the Solomon Islands nation. The above picture shows just the last few days, where the Santa Cruz-based EQs have been rattling along for days now.

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Facebook seeing an extended outage in the US

Uh oh - users based in the US might be experiencing an outage of Facebook, where the social networking site has been down for patches of US-based users, including Texas, New York and others for nearly two h ours now.


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Some parts of the country are still able to access Facebook without a problem, and over here in Australia I'm experiencing no issues whatsoever. Downrightnow has given Facebook's current status as 'Likely Service Disruption', and reports that the social network has been experiencing issues since 20:00 EST.


It's ok - Facebook will be back everyone, you can sit down and relax. Everything should be back to normal in just a couple of hours.

Apple's financial results for Q1 2013 are in, just how well did they do?

Apple's press release has just hit the webs. Results of $54.5 billion for the quarter makes it a record. Another record, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion. Along with that, Apple announced that 47.8 million iPhones were sold, 22.9 million iPads were sold, 4.1 million Macs sold, and 12.7 iPods sold.


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Introducing the Typhoon, a new gun in Crysis 3; 7 Wonders episode 4 released

For all you Crysis fans out there, episode 4 of the 7 Wonders series has been released today. In the episode, they introduce the Typhoon, which they bill as the "culmination of 2000 years of human warfare." This very capable gun is able to fire 500 rounds per second. It fires 10 bullets in parallel 50 times per second.



When you're heading towards an enemy with this much firepower, there isn't much the enemy will be able to do to stop you. I don't know about you, but every day that Crysis 3 gets closer to release, I get happier. Crysis 3 is set to release in the US on February 19 and in Europe on February 22.

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Sprint to offer Total Equipment Protection on iPhones starting Jan. 25

Previously, Sprint customers only had one option when it came to insurance and extended warranties for Apple iPhones: Apple's very own AppleCare. However, a leaked internal screenshot shared anonymously with Engadget shows that starting January 25, Sprint customers will be able to purchase Total Equipment Protection (TEP) for iPhones.


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The monthly charge is an additional $11 on top of your current bill and a large $150 or $200 deductible if or when your device needs to be replaced. This is opposed to AppleCare, which costs just $99 up front and a $50 deductible when a device is damaged.


I'd have to lean towards AppleCare being the better choice. However, if you can't afford that extra $99 up front, you will soon have another option.

Another court agrees: Galaxy Tab doesn't infringe upon iPad

Yet another court agrees that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon patents held by Apple regarding the iPad. It turns out that in the Netherlands, round corners are not patentable, or at least don't belong to Apple. The district court in The Hague ruled that the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7 do not infringe on the iPad.


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"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," reads a Samsung statement.


The Dutch court apparently cited previous rulings made by British courts as precedent. There are still plenty of other legal battles still going on between the two tech giants, including hashing out the details of the $1.05 billion judgement that Apple got against Samsung last year.

Valve playing genius marketing game at CES 2013 for upcoming Steam Box?

CES 2013 - Valve are not letting media into their "private booth" (as they call it) at CES 2013 in Las Vegas to see the "Steam Box".


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We were told by Valve staff at the booth that the company tried to book a private suite, but they were all booked out. We actually think it was a brilliant marketing scheme to create hype about the forthcoming Steam Box gaming console. The early prototype box that is on display at the Valve booth is hidden behind plexi glass with tight security. It's just a small form factor PC at this stage that isn't anything that special, probably showing off some early Linux based Steam (Box) OS software, if we can call it that. It's a good idea to grab loads of attention at the show.


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If recent stories are to be believed, it would seem that Valve has not yet selected as a system design as yet, and it's in talks with its partners to see who gets the design win. That, or there will be various versions of the Steam Box hardware offered by various hardware partners. None of this can be confirmed at this stage, so treat it as speculation.


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LG and Samsung found guilty of LCD price fixing

The Chinese government has found Samsung and LG both guilty of price-fixing their LCD panels. The duo were said to be part of a cartel that included AUO, Innolux, Chunga, and HannStar, who were also found guilty of price-fixing.


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During roughly 53 meetings, the cartel is said to have discussed setting prices on their LCD panels in order to obtain higher profits and even out competition.


They are said to have divulged confidential information with each other that harmed the legitimate rights and interests of the domestic colour TV enterprises and consumers. This isn't the first time the "Cartel" has been found guilty of price-fixing. A similar ruling was passed down by the Korean Fair Trade Commission in 2011.

Hacker cracks into Verizon customer files steals 3 million files.

3,000,000 Verizon customer entry files are claimed to be stolen by hacker TibitXimer. As a show of proof, the hacker recently posted some 300,000 entries to a code sharing site which will remain unnamed. The data was apparently compromised back in July of this year and is said to include account passwords, names, addresses and more.


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TibitXimer first revealed his hack to ZDNet, saying he has access to more than "three million customers' names, mobile serial numbers, account passwords, and other information." He went on to say that he has "no idea exactly how many records he nabbed in total," and that "the three million figure is a low estimate calculated from the size of one record and the total size of all the files."


Tibit says he first alerted Verizon of the venerability and was ignored and he posted the information to the code sharing site to hopefully grab Verizon's attention. He has not said that he will leak the rest of the files, but he will leave that possibility open.

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