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LG to launch the G2 Mini smartphone at Mobile World Congress

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 5:30 am

LG has taken to its Facebook page to confirm it will be releasing the G2 Mini smartphone at Mobile World Congress. The South Korean giant will fully unveil the new, smaller smartphone on February 24.

 

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LG used the caption: "Experience the MINI. Mobile World Congress. 2014-02-24". Not much else is given to us to decipher, other than some pictures showing bigger grey things, next to smaller, pink things - such as a show, a starfish, and a cupcake - which has now made me hungry. We should expect the smaller G2 Mini to feature a rumored 4.3-inch 960x540 panel, 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB of RAM.

iPhone 6 teased on Twitter, features bigger screen

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 4:41 am

The iPhone 6 will feature a bigger screen from what we've heard, but there are some photos that have been posted to Twitter which hint at Apple's next smartphone featuring a larger display.

 

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The pictures tease an edge-to-edge display, something that has been rumored before. Sonny Dickson, who has previously provided photos of iPhone and iPad parts before the devices were released, is behind these latest pictures, and told MacRumors that they come from a source within China. Based on the ports alone, MacRumors says the parts here are 2.6 inches wide, compared to the current iPhone 5S which is 2.31 inches wide.

Comcast to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal worth $44.2 billion

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 3:39 am

CNBC is reporting from multiple sources that Comcast will soon announce a deal to purchase Time Warner Cable in a deal worth $44.2 billion. There are 227.9 million Time Warner Cable shares outstanding, with the deal being calculated at a total of $44.2 billion.

 

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Time Warner Cable stock hit $135.31, with the deal seeing TWC holders earning a nice 18% premium. Comcast will reportedly divest three million subscribers in order to fan down regulatory worries. CNBC's David Faber, the man behind the report, says: "Comcast deal for $TWC does not face ownership cap restrictions, but sure to get tough review from FCC. $CMCSA wants to avoid consent decree".

Boom Shaka Laka: EA preparing another NBA Jam sequel

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 3:38 am

EA Sports has teased a possible sequel to NBA Jam, a long-running fan favorite basketball title. NBA Jam made a return back in 2010, where it landed on the Nintendo Wii, and later on it jumped over to the Xbox 360 and PS3.

 

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In 2011, an enhanced downloadable version was released called NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, which offered gamers gameplay improvements and new features. EA hasn't announced an NBA Jam sequel yet, but it is teasing it through Twitter, which is an interesting way of doing things, especially for Electronic Arts.

Toyota issues Prius recall over faulty software

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 1:31 am

A software glitch has forced Toyota to recall 1.9 million vehicles sold worldwide from 2010 to 2014, trying to fix an error that causes the car to stall. The recall hits 1 million cars in Japan, 700,000 in the United States and the remaining 200,000 from Europe and other select markets.

 

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Specifically, Toyota will have car dealerships install updated software to fix a bug that leads to heat buildup in the car's circuit transistors, which obviously caused damage. Engine warning lights would trigger an alert, but the vehicle would also occasionally stall while driven.

 

No reports have been submitted to Toyota regarding accidents or injuries from the unexpected error.

 

Toyota has helped usher in hybrid vehicles to mainstream auto buyers, and the Prius currently has three generations. The issue is limited to the latest generation Prius, and will take time before the Japanese automaker can remove the egg from its face.

White House releases cyber security guidelines for select industries

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 13, 2014 12:08 am

The Obama administration wants to help utilities, banks and other important industries better defend themselves from cyber attack, launching voluntary cyber security guidelines as reference. The White House didn't want to offer direct requirements in an effort to allow companies to determine what would work best in their own business environment.

 

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"While I believe today's framework marks a turning point, it's clear that much more work needs to be done to enhance our cybersecurity," said Obama, in a statement from the White House. "Our critical infrastructure continues to be at risk from threats in cyberspace, and our economy is harmed by the theft of our intellectual property."

 

Although the Obama administration worked on the recommendations based on analysis and industry-offered input, it's unlikely to be effective in preventing future attacks.

 

The US government and military learned in recent years that cyber threats cannot be ignored, especially with many criminal groups operating out of China, Russia, and other political rivals.

Kagan: Verizon Wireless takes its time, responds carefully to rivals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 11:11 pm

Verizon Wireless is the No. 1 wireless carrier in the United States and is now finding itself being dragged into an escalating price war among carriers. Verizon rivals AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are expanding smartphone offerings and slashing prices, though Verizon has remained steadfast in trying to conduct business as usual.

 

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Serving as the No. 1 carrier in the United States, and a wait and see vision, analysts agree that this is part of the company's strategy.

 

"Verizon is always the last one to the party," said Jeff Kagan, industry analyst, recently told TweakTown. "They passed on the iPhone and AT&T had that winner all to themselves for years. Verizon doesn't like to lead the marketplace. They follow. Verizon doesn't want to drop prices. However don't think Verizon is not dropping prices. They advertise a wireless smartphone plan for roughly $45 per month along with everyone else."

 

Even though Verizon hasn't been in a hurry to cut prices and publicly target rivals, don't be surprised to see Verizon quietly make adjustments depending on which rival campaigns succeed.

 

"They have to do so in order to keep from losing business. They don't lead the move in this direction however."

Comcast recently hacked, customers should change passwords

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 9:42 pm

Comcast subscribers are now recommended to change their passwords after the NullCrew FTS hacker group successfully hacked at least 34 Comcast servers. The hack took place earlier in February, but didn't receive much attention, and many Comcast users were still unaware they faced any type of security exploit.

 

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All 34 Comcast mail servers fell victim to the same exploit.

 

Much to the delight of the hacker group, when originally targeting Comcast, a Comcast Twitter support team member naively asked "Hello, how can I help?", in which the group said, "Fix the vulnerabilities in your mail servers before we pwn them?, taunting the oblivious customer service rep.

 

Comcast is the biggest U.S. ISP and appears to have neglected closing a security hole in which the NullCrew FTS team was able to collect information - and didn't share customer data in a public pastebin - specifically targeting e-mail accounts.

U.S. gaming market racked up $15.39 billion spent in 2013

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 8:40 pm

Total consumer spending in the gaming market reached $15.39 billion in 2013, signaling a 1 percent improvement over 2012, according to The NPD Group. Full-game downloads and downloadable content saw especially strong growth, in addition to more people embracing mobile gaming.

 

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Both gaming hardware and software, in addition to downloadable content, should increase as cost-effective next-generation hardware becomes available.

 

"The bottom line is that the overall games market is growing," said Liam Callahan, NPD Group analyst, in a press statement. "NPD reported declines in content and hardware spending in both 2011 and 2012, so the growth in 2013 is a positive indicator for future market growth as we enter the first full year with all three new consoles on the market."

 

The gaming industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry and is an indicator on the health of the overall consumer technology market.

Microsoft accused of censoring Chinese language Bing results in US

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 7:29 pm

Microsoft is censoring its Bing search engine results for Chinese-language searches, with politically sensitive topics registering different results than if searched in English, according to the cyber monitoring group Greatfire.org.

 

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FreeWeibo found that uncensored Chinese blog searchers were drastically different in English for U.S. residents searching for controversial Chinese topics. For example, results for the Dalai Lama, Tiananmen Square, and other political incidents were changed for Bing visitors, even if residing outside the "Great Firewall of China."

 

"We are 100% sure our findings indicate that Microsoft is cleansing search results in the United States to remove negative news and information about China," the group noted. "And they are doing this in every market in which they operate in the world."

 

Of course, Microsoft denied the accusations, though if this is true, expect a government investigation - and severe penalties levied against the search company. As Microsoft begins working under just its third CEO in company history, accusations of censorship and NSA-related spying habits along with Bing censorship will give Satya Nadella fits.

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