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Samsung launches Galaxy Core II, Ace 4, Young 2, Star 2 smartphones

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 09:58
Samsung has unveiled a group of four new smartphones destined for the entry-level mobile device market. All four devices, the Galaxy Core II, Galaxy Star 2, Galaxy Ace 4, and Galaxy Young 2, use Samsung's Touchwiz interface on Android 4.4 and have relatively similar, if basic specifications, though there are still some slight differences between the smartphones....

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Geeksphone, Silent Circle starts shipping pre-orders of Blackphone

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 07:52
The Blackphone, the privacy-based smartphone joint venture between Geeksphone and cryptographic service provider Silent Circle, has started shipping. Launched at Mobile World Congress in February, the Android smartphone aims to provide secure phone calls, texts, file transfers, and other communication options without compromising on the user's privacy....

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Windows Phone 8.1 update could roll out in first half of July

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 06:48
Windows Phone 8.1 could be shipping to smartphones next month. A posting on Twitter by Microsoft India states the Windows Phone 8.1 update will "roll out to existing Windows Phone 8 users during the first two weeks of July," suggesting that features such as the long-awaited Cortana virtual assistant may reach consumers in the near future....

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Google prepares to pull QuickOffice from app stores

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 05:39
Google has confirmed it will be removing QuickOffice from both Google Play and the App Store. Set to take place in the coming weeks, QuickOffice is being taken down following Google's updates to Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides that allowed the apps to work directly with Microsoft Office files without first converting them, among other new additions....

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Mt. Gox CEO speaks on liquidation, thoughts on company purchase

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 16:58
Since the announcement of the Mt. Gox bankruptcy filing in February, CEO Mark Karpelès has remained silent on his feelings and events surrounding the Bitcoin exchange. That changed this week when he gave an exclusive interview to the Wall Street Journal, indicating that he was "scared, frustrated and angry" upon learning the extensive losses the exchange faced....

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Android TV controller spotted in wild, comes with developer kits

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 15:30
Those thinking that Google wouldn't be taking any real step into gaming with the Android TV set-top box may want to reconsider. A Reddit user digging through the system developer kit (SDK) for Android L, discovered a directory full of images of an Android TV controller, which also detailed all of its pieces. Photos from Google I/O of the developer kits for Android TV would affirm its existence....

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Briefly: Dolby-Atmos speakers and receivers, Windows Phone folders

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 14:32
Pioneer has announced a new dedicated line of Dolby Atmos-enabled Elite speakers and Elite SC series of home theater receivers. Dolby Atmos technology was first established for cinema use, and the collaboration with Pioneer aims to offer a multi-dimensional sound experience. Dolby's partnerships will not stop at Pioneer, with Dolby Atmos branded Blu-ray and streaming video services to be launched this fall....
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Facebook toys with the emotions of users in the name of science

Sun, 06/29/2014 - 14:30
In a study to see if emotional states could be transferred to others online, Facebook conducted a psychological experiment in January 2012 with its users as guinea pigs. According a research paper published this month, feeds from over 689,000 English-language accounts were altered for either positive or negative states for one week to see if there was an impact on mental states....

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Center for Copyright Information anti-piracy warnings subpoenaed

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 13:41
Despite the ostensible goal of the US Center for Copyright Information's (CCI) "six strikes" program being education, US Magistrate Judge Mark Dinsmore has ruled that the center must divulge Copyright Alert System (CAS) warnings. Pornography studio Malibu Media is seeking messages that the CCI sent to one of its many lawsuit targets, and will be used as proof of the woman's alleged copyright violations in court....

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Trapper Keeper reborn as universal tablet case for '80s nostalgics

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 11:59
Accessory manufacturer Kensington, in conjunction with Mead, are resurrecting the '80s school icon Trapper Keeper folio. A pair of Mead three-ring binders; the Trapper Keeper, Pee-Chee, and classic black notebook lines are being brought back to life as tablet cases for seven- and 10-inch tablets....

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US Marshals Service Silk Road Bitcoin auction process complete

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 11:15
The US Marshals Service has completed its auction of the Bitcoins it seized from the raid and shutdown of alleged online drug marketplace Silk Road. The 12-hour auction consisted of nine blocks of 3,000 bitcoin, and one block of 2,757 bitcoins. At current exchange rates, the auction was valued at $17.7 million dollars....

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Monkey Parking creator refuses shutdown order, fights San Francisco

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:42
Startup public parking spot sale app Monkey Parking has vowed to fight the cease-and-desist served onto it earlier this week. The company is claiming that the order is a misinterpretation and invalid use of San Francisco police code, and believes that the model of selling a parking spot that a driver is about to depart is protected by free speech rights....

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Aereo shuttering 'temporarily' in wake of Supreme Court defeat

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 10:04
In the fallout of the anti-Aereo Supreme Court decision, founder and CEO Chet Kanojia has emailed customers, declaring that while consulting with the courts, the television streaming service must shut down. Users will only be able to access the cloud-based antenna and DVR until 11:30 EST today....

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Briefly: Philips' efficient displays, Dulux's paint visualizer app

Sat, 06/28/2014 - 02:22
Philips has announced two new PowerSensor displays that detect user presence so as to conserve energy consumption. By automatically reducing monitor brightness when users step away from the display, the PowerSensor displays reduce energy usage by up to 80 percent. Available in 24- and 27-inch screen sizes, the displays utilize LCD backlighting for dimming control. The 24-inch display is priced at $250, and the 27-inch at $350....

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Opinion: Buy an iPhone 5s now, or wait for the iPhone 6?

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 22:18
If the rumor mill is correct, Apple will launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 on September 19, which is less than 100 days away (it may also launch a larger 5.5-inch model at or around the same time). Typically, as the anticipated launch event gets closer of any product, sales of the previous generation model begin to taper. So is it worth hanging on for Apple's next-generation smartphone, or should you jump in and grab an iPhone 5s now anyway? For some people answer to the question is a no-brainer -- wait, and get the next iPhone because it is literally going to be bigger and better. However, there are...

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Verizon Wireless account system failure affects majority of customers

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 21:18
Verizon Wireless is currently undergoing a serious outage affecting its payment systems, according to customer reports on Twitter. The widespread issues, affecting customers of the carrier over the last 24 hours, is leaving subscribers unable to make online bill payments and is preventing some from being able to upgrade their devices or activate lines on the network....

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Briefly: AluPen Digital ultra-fine stylus, Moment usage tracker app

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 18:36
Just Mobile has announced the release of a new stylus pen for tablets and smartphones. Featuring a 1.8mm tip, the AluPen Digital aims to provide a writing experience comparable to that of a ballpoint pen on paper. The stylus is accompanied by a wider, 8mm tip, intended for use with drawing. Its charge-amplified circuitry does not require Bluetooth pairing or companion apps to function. Powered by a AAA battery, the stylus automatically turns itself off after idling for three minutes. Priced at $50, the AluPen Digital is now available....
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US government issues first transparency report for FISA, NSL requests

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 16:47
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI) has released a report, revealing a number of insights into the activities of the National Security Agency (NSA). The report, posted on Tumblr, comes as part of a DNI directive from August 2013, itself prompted by President Obama in June of the same year, with the report listing how many information requests and surveillance-related activities have been performed by the US government in the entirety of last year....

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