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HTC One 2014 edition leaks again, this time in 15-minute video

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 10:33 pm

HTC's next-generation of its flagship One handset is scheduled to be released tomorrow, but today we are already getting a very detailed look at the refreshed device. A video was posted on YouTube this morning that spends 15-minutes showcasing the phones new features, hardware, and how its dual rear camera system can be used to provide selective focusing on photos taken by the device.

 

 

HTC will unveil its M8 tomorrow and is widely expected to give it the official HTC One name with a 2014 Edition subtitle. The phone will be very similar to its predecessor, but will feature an upgraded processor, more RAM, and a more efficient battery. HTC is also expected to release the phone to the retail market immediately after launch exclusively to Verizon for the 14 days following the launch. Stay tuned to TweakTown for full coverage of the HTC One launch event tomorrow at 8AM PT.

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Futuremark re-list Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note III in benchmark results

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 9:36 pm

Last November, Futuremark made the announcement that it would be de-listing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note III from its 3DMark benchmarking results. This drastic action was taken because of some shady, behind the scenes code that was implemented on the devices that made them appear to perform better in benchmarking than they actually did. Several other phones were caught up in this scandal, but things have changed with the roll-out of Android 4.4.2 KitKat to these two devices.

 

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"That decision (To de-list the Samsung devices from results) won us lots of praise from 3DMark users, even from those who owned one of the delisted models. We knew that de-listing would send a message to manufacturers too. We hoped it would encourage them to be fair and honest with their customers," said Futuremark. "After conducting our own testing, I can confirm that the Galaxy Note III and Galaxy S IV now conform to our benchmark rules when running the Android 4.4 update provided by Samsung."

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University of California at San Francisco hit with data breach

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 9:20 pm

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) recently suffered a data breach and almost 10,000 people have been compromised, according to school officials. Several desktop PCs with unencrypted information were stolen from the university's Family Medical Center in January, including personal and health information.

 

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Social Security numbers were exposed for 125 people, with a mix of patient names, birth dates, mailing addresses, medical record numbers, health insurance ID numbers, and driver's license numbers exposed in the breach.

 

The data theft is now being investigated by the California Department of Public Health, federal authorities, and the California Attorney General, with notification letters and free credit monitoring being offered to some of those exposed.

 

Security experts strongly urge companies, universities and research groups to encrypt data on PCs, especially if it includes personal or medical information.

LG unveils its new G Watch, goes for a rectangular look

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 9:14 pm

We've already seen the Gear smartwatches from Samsung, the new Android Wear OS from Google which debuted with the Moto 360, and now we're finally being introduced to LG's wearable, G Watch.

 

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LG's new G Watch features an angular design, which looks very similar to Sony's SmartWatch 2. LG's G Watch is powered by Google's new Android Wear, which is nice to see. Google uses LG to manufacturer its popular Nexus 5 smartphone, so the relationship is still tight between the giants. The South Korean giant took to its Facebook page to tease the G Watch, something you can check out right here.

China wants US government to explain itself over Huawei spying

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 8:43 pm

The Chinese government is angry and now demands the US government to explain its reported spying actions against Huawei, a major Chinese electronics and telecom company. The report, led by insight taken from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, accuses the NSA of spying on the company - and stealing information about Huawei customers.

 

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The NSA was specifically trying to find ties between Huawei and the People's Liberation Army, though stumbled across intellectual property of Huawei network switches and routers, reporters state.

 

"China has already lodged many complaints with the United States about reports of its espionage activities," said Hong Lei, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, in a statement to the media.

 

It's ironic that countries such as Russia and China, which have been accused of launching cyberattacks - and violating human rights - are now demanding the US government to explain itself.

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Time Warner Cable received less than 250 national security orders

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 8:10 pm

Time Warner Cable processed almost 12,000 government requests in 2013, with 82 percent subpoenas, 12 percent court-ordered incidents, 4 percent were search warrants, 2 percent were emergency requests, and 0.3 percent were wiretap orders.

 

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TWC says the company received between 0 and 249 National Security Orders, though cannot identify an exact number. The company wants to become more open about customer information requests, especially after Edward Snowden's spying disclosures made last year.

 

We will issue future Transparency Reports on a semi-annual basis," TWC said in a statement. "We have also provided answers to frequently asked questions related to the practices we follow to strengthen protections for the privacy of customer information."

 

The NSA itself might begin offering transparency reports, as American citizens and foreign residents angry over organized NSA spying. Despite promised transparency from the US federal government and private Internet and telecom companies, users are now significantly more aware of snooping and other questionable behavior.

Crytek and DeNA announce the launch of The Collectables

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 7:13 pm

Crytek is a company that gamers know and are fond of. It is the developer behind the cool PC and console game Crysis. Crytek teamed up with DeNA to make a mobile game called The Collectables that was announced an awhile back.

 

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That game has now landed for mobile gamers on the iPhone or iPad. The game will be coming later for Android gamers. Players are able to assemble a squad of mercenaries in the game and control the third-person tactical combat action through 3D environments.

 

The game is available for free on the App Store. There is no mention of it on the PR, but I would assume the game is supported by in-game purchases. Players will be able to upgrade their squad as the game progresses using a collecting card system unlocking new weapons and ways to kill the enemy.

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Google Chrome for Mac and PC now features Google Now integration

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:44 pm

After more than a year of steady development, Google has finally added its Google Now service to the stable channel of Google Chrome for Mac and PC. Today Google announced that it has finally refined Google Now for the desktop enough to include it in the next stable release of its Chrome browser for Windows and Mac, and says it will begin rolling out in the next few days.

 

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Once the feature has been added to the Chrome browser on your device, you can turn it on by signing into the same Google account you use on your Android or iOS device. This will sync your Google Now cards, searches, and other relevant data to your PC or Mac. If you use Google Now on multiple devices, you will need to manage location settings for each PC, Mac device, and mobile device you use the service on to ensure accurate results.

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Thrustmaster Ferrari themed racing wheel for Xbox One unveiled

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:42 pm

There are a few companies out there that make racing wheels for game consoles and PCs. Some of them are very expensive and others are affordable. Thrustmaster has announced a new racing wheel for the Xbox One that falls into the affordable category.

 

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The new racing wheel is called the Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel and it is an officially licensed product from Ferrari. The racing wheel has a red rubberized grip and dual paddle shifters for changing gears.

 

The racing wheel is a nine-button device that includes a view and menu button. The engine start button is actually a d-pad. The racing wheel comes with a pedal set with adjustable travel and linear feedback. The wheel itself has a diameter of 11-inches.

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Supporters hope bitcoin helps spur a global financial revolution

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:08 pm

Digital currency bitcoin has endured ups and downs over the past 12 months, and clearly is shaking up the financial industry. More consumers are becoming familiar with bitcoins, while businesses are embracing the payment, and governments remain unsure how to utilize the online currency.

 

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An upcoming meeting in Paris led by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) should involve an active bitcoin discussion, in which companies such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom, US Federal Reserve, and other major organizations listen and share experiences - as bitcoin legality and legislation still remains a difficult battle.

 

"The rise of bitcoin has changed everyone's idea of what a good payment system should be," said Manu Sporny, Digital Bazaar CEO, in a statement. "bitcoin raised the bar, so everyone's got to come in and match that in some way."

 

The fall of Mt. Gox and other bitcoin exchanges, however, have made foreign government officials hesitant to throw support behind digital currency. Meanwhile, the launch of SpainCoin hopes to offer stability for a digital currency, with SpainCoins offered to Spanish citizens - and will prove to be an important guinea pig for regulation.

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