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PDF files can open up your iOS device to hackers

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 19:24 CDT

Look out if you are running a device with iOS 3.1.2 or higher; it seems that you can let a hacker into your device simply by loading a PDF file. This security bug, which is also used for programs like JailbreakMe that we reported on yesterday, can give one click access to your device and bypass Apple's security.

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Apparently all it takes to let someone in is to load a PDF in Safari that contains a font that hides the rogue program, causing "stack overflow" that allows the program access to the device. The rogue programs can install, delete, or monitor programs on the device without the user knowing. There are a few workarounds besides the obvious "only open files from trusted sources," such as PDF loading warner apps from Cydia to remind you of the possibility of intrusion.

7 inch Viewsonic tablet destined for the UK

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 18:17 CDT

Viewsonic has announced that they are throwing their hat in the tablet ring with a 7 inch tablet slated to hit the UK this fall. IT will be GSM enabled so phone usage will be available; most likely through the use of a Bluetooth device as I doubt many would want to hold this to their head.

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The tablet is expected to hit shelves running Android 2.2. A 3 or 5 megapixel camera is expected to be onboard; no word on a front facing camera. Prices will be around the 300-400 GBP mark.

3D hits the iPhone with HoloToy

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 16:36 CDT

3D Technology: It's everywhere. TVs, video games, and now even the iPhone. Kode80, a developer from Florida, has released the HoloToy app for the iPhone which uses the iPhone's accelerometer and, if you have an iPhone 4, the front facing camera, to show and manipulate three dimensional images according to your angle of perception.

Thirteen interactive programs, including four games, are included with the app including a program to create your own 3D pics, scenes, and galleries with My HoloPics. Sounds like quite a little program for only a dollar; no funny looking glasses required.

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BlackBerry Torch announced today by RIM

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 16:13 CDT

RIM's New York event today revolved around their newest handset: the BlackBerry 9800 "Torch." This mobile device boasts a slide out keyboard with the traditional BlackBerry feel, a 5 MP camera, and will be running the long-awaited BlackBerry 6 OS.

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The new hybrid touchscreen device will have a 480x360 display, 4GB of onboard storage, wireless N capability, and 512mb of ROM and RAM. AT&T is releasing the device for the U.S. on August 11th for $199 (with contract), while Rogers, Bell and Telus in Canada have all confirmed they will get the Torch but have not released launch dates.

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Samsung whips out new EcoGreen F4EG HDD

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 14:10 CDT

Samsung has added a new HDD to its line of Eco Green offerings. The newest drive is called the F4EG and is the follow up to the F3EG. The drive is good for storing up to 880 hours of video or 500,000 songs.

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The HDD has 19% better standby time performance and 23% lower power consumption than the F3EG. The lower power usage is thanks in part to new platters that store 667GB each.

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Kingston launches HyperX H2O RAM

By: Shane McGlaun | RAM | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 13:04 CDT

Kingston has been building and selling enthusiast RAM for computers for a long time. The company has a line of RAM that is popular with gamers and overclockers in the HyperX series.

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The new HyperX H2O series RAM is notable because rather than having the traditional aluminum heat sink the RAM has a heat sink that has barbs for liquid cooling. The heat sink allows water to be circulated through the heat sink for better cooling.

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StarCraft II is largest PC game release of the year

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 12:04 CDT

The PC game StarCraft II launched recently and was one of the most anticipated PC games in a long time. The game has now set day one sales records according to Blizzard.

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The game sold more than 1 million copies around the world making it the best selling game of 2010 within the first 24 hours on the market. In the first 48 hours the game was available it sold 1.5 million copies.

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Logitech unveils new Alert video security system

By: Shane McGlaun | Hacking & Security | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 11:06 CDT

Logitech has announced a new home security system that records HD video with motion alerts and is accessible from anywhere. The new system is called Logitech Alert.

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The system comes in an Alert 750i Master system and a weatherproof 750e Outdoor Master System with night-vision. Both master systems come with the HD camera and PC software for recoding video on a Mac or a PC.

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MXI Security unveils Stealth M600 Encrypted flash drive

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 10:04 CDT

When it comes to storing sensitive government files and documents on a flash drive, the contents of the files have to be protected from unauthorized access. That means that the files have to be encrypted.

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For governments to use these drives they often have to carry certifications that are government approved. MXI Security has announced a new flash drive called the M600 that is government approved for the UK with CESG CAPS certification.

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Getting an iPhone 4? - Watch out for franchised Telstra T-Life stores

By: Steve Dougherty | Mobile Devices | Posted: Aug 3, 2010 @ 6:14 CDT

More dirty deeds from the inevitable; Telstra is reported to have been rorting its iPhone 4 customers at its T-Life stores by charging them prices that are significantly higher than what is advertised on their website.

It has been said that in some instances there are stores asking customers to sign contracts that agree to more than $1,000 of additional charges versus what is advertised here. Also, while it is well known that Telstra charges its post paid customers an up front cost for its 16 or 32GB iPhones, depending on the size of the monthly cap, some T-Life stores are also tacking on further monthly handset fees that adds up to hundreds of dollars across the full term of the contract.

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A member of the Whirlpool forums has said that he approached the T-Life store manager about these discrepencies and was given a charming reply. Apparently the manager said that because he is the owner of the franchise he can charge whatever the hell he wants. He doesn't have to issue subsidised phones nor does he have to follow the iPhone 4 plans that Telstra have on their website.

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