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Accountability Office finds government health care site isn't secure

5 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security

In a report set to be delivered to Congress this week, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Healthcare.gov website has a number of security issues yet to be addressed. While a number of steps have been taken to secure the health care portal since its troubled release, the complexity of the system and lack of security protocols in some instances still continue to plague the system.

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Amazon refreshes Kindle line; adds new HDX Fire 8.9, Fire HD Kids

6 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Amazon has completely refreshed its Fire tablet line, and added two new Kindles as well. Leading the pack is a refreshed Fire HD 8.9, with HDX display with a more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 "Sangria" features and services. Also added are the Fire HD for less than $100, the Fire HD Kids Edition with a two-year replacement guarantee. The Kindle line has been buttressed by the seventh generation Kindle Voyage, and a new $79 price point Kindle with faster processor and twice the storage.

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AOC introducing technology in monitors to protect against blue light

6 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging

Display manufacturer AOC is introducing a technology that is said to protect users from the damaging effects associated with blue light from backlit LED screens. The patent-pending innovation is dubbed Anti-Blue Light (ABL), offering protection against the prolonged effects of exposure to shortwave light in the blue spectrum.

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Chinese hackers hit government contractors 20 times in a year

7 hours ago | Posted in: industry, security

A US Senate committee discovered that Chinese hackers were able to gain access to computer systems for US Transportation Command (Transcom) contractors at least 20 times in a single year. In an unclassified report released today, the investigation focused on the security of Transcom due of the central role it plays in mobilizing troops and equipment.

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Pioneer sells DJ audio arm to equity firm, alters home audio deal

9 hours ago | Posted in: audio

Pioneer's vision for the future is shifting as it was announced this week that the company is spinning its disk-jockey audio line off into a new company. Through an agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) the private equity firm will acquire a majority share in the new company, tentatively titled Pioneer DJ. News follows a change in the previously announced venture that would see the home audio division splintered from Pioneer, selling it to Onkyo in its entirety.

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Briefly: KiiTag Bluetooth item finder, 'Fiber City' second phase

9 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, enterprise

Life N Soul has announced the launch of its new Bluetooth item finder, the KiiTag. Utilizing Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Technology, the KiiTag can track and locate up to 10 items within a 200-foot range. If users travel more than 200 feet away from one of their valuables, an "out of range" alert will appear on their phone. In combination with in-app purchases, the KiiTag can perform additional tasks, including sending automatic messages of the user's location in an emergency ($5), a remote camera shutter ($4), and a two-way phone finding function ($1). Available in three colors, the KiitTag item finder is priced at $20.

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Yelp, TinyCo to settle with FTC over information collected from kids

10 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Popular online review site Yelp and mobile application developer TinyCo, Inc. have decided to settle their respective charges with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the collection of personal information from children. The FTC states that in both cases, the information was collected in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

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WSJ: iPhone 6, 6 Plus cameras beat Galaxy S5 handily

11 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, digital imaging, Apple

The Wall Street Journal's Geoffrey Fowler has had a chance to take the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Samsung's Galaxy S5 on a test run from a photographic perspective, comparing the built-in cameras on each. On paper, the iPhone models were at a serious disadvantage: the photo modules are only 8MP, compared to the 16 megapixel units on Samsung's flagship smartphone. Nevertheless, Fowler's photos make clear that Apple's combination of lenses, camera, sensor and post-processing technologies create consistently better pictures.

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Apple acknowledges HealthKit bug, promises fix

12 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, Apple

Apple has confirmed the existence of a bug in HealthKit that resulted in the removal of related apps from the App Store. In an email to the Financial Times' Tim Bradshaw, the company states that it has "discovered a bug that prevents us from making HealthKit apps available on iOS 8 today. We're working quickly to have the bug fixed in a software update and have HealthKit apps available by the end of the month."

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BitTorrent Chat exits private test; emerges as Bleep for OS X, Android

12 hours ago | Posted in: security, networking

Peer-to-peer protocol pioneers BitTorrent has released an Alpha version of its chat client. BitTorrent has revealed Bleep -- what used to be called BitTorrent Chat -- for Android and OSX. Bleep offers fully encrypted, end to end communications between users only stored locally on devices, and not retained by servers along any step of the way.

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Dremel reveals Idea Builder: 'user-friendly' consumer-level 3D printer

13 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Today, Dremel introduces the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, what the company calls "the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market." Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on the printer's suppor twebsite to coach users through the building process.

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Ecobee introduces smart thermostat with remote sensors, touchscreen

14 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Thermostat manufacturer Ecobee has unveiled its third-generation device, the ecobee3. Much like other smart thermostats, the ecobee3 is able to work out when is the optimum time to raise or lower the temperature, though this time the unit is able to rely on a network of remote sensors to find out whether a room is occupied or not, as well as the temperature of each area.

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Briefly: Epson Mopria Support, Tonido personal cloud for Android

15 hours ago | Posted in: digital imaging, networking

Epson America today announced its first Mopria-certified printers for home and business -- the Epson Expression Photo XP-860, Epson Expression Premium XP-820, XP-620, XP-520, and Epson WorkForce WF-2660, WF-2650 and WF-2630. The new printers will, after a firmware update, support the Mopria Alliance's Print Service, and the Printing Framework in Android 4.4 and later in addition to other connectivity technologies like AirPrint.

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Brief held for politicians in DC over Apple privacy, data security

15 hours ago | Posted in: security, Apple

Apple has sent two high-ranking executives to Capitol Hill earlier this week to brief lawmakers on what it is doing to keep users' data secure and private in the wake of new devices tapping into users' health information and financial data. Apple Chief Technology Officer Bud Tribble and Health Project Manager Afshad Mistri briefed the House Energy and Commerce Committee behind closed doors on Tuesday, according to sources within Congress.

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Swaive debuts Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer for iOS

15 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Swaive Corporation today announced that it has developed the Swaive Thermometer, an "intelligent" Bluetooth-connected ear thermometer. The Swaive Thermometer communicates with an iPhone and iPad app that analyzes temperatures and provides vital information to monitor the health of the family, and syncs with Apple's HealthKit. All readings can be instantly shared with physicians, nurses, parents, caretakers, and spouses allowing remote monitoring of critical trends.

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iOS 8 now live, adds features like Health app, Extensions, Continuity

16 hours ago | Posted in: iPod, iPhone, Apple, iPad

As planned, Apple has released iOS 8 via iTunes and as an over-the-air update. The latter may be difficult or impossible for some users, as it requires roughly 5.7GB of free space on an iPhone, and 6.9GB on an iPad. In any event users must have at least an iPhone 4S, iPad 2, or fifth-generation iPod touch.

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HealthKit problem prompting Apple to pull some third-party apps

16 hours ago | Posted in: troubleshooting, developer, Apple

An unspecified, last-minute problem with HealthKit is prompting Apple to pull some compatible apps from the App Store, developers say. The developer of CARROT Fit, Brian Mueller, says that he received a phone call from Apple explainingadds on Twitter.

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Amazon websites leak details of Kindle Voyage with 300dpi display

17 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets

Amazon is looking to launch another e-reader in its Kindle range, according to details leaked through its German and Japanese stores. The appearance of the Kindle Voyage has also allegedly been uncovered, with an illustration from a supposed manual along with other details appearing to show the device's page turning buttons will be replaced by a new sensor in the bezels responding to light presses.

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Next Apple press event targeted for mid- to late October, source says

19 hours ago | Posted in: Apple, iPad

(Updated with Oct. 21 date and counterclaim) Apple's next press event should take place in mid- to late October, a source tells AppleInsider. The company has reportedly set internal project and marketing deadlines for mid-October, ahead of a planned announcement. Previous rumors have called for an October event, but without specifying more precise timing.

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Foxconn operating 'around the clock' trying to meet iPhone 6 demand

20 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry

Foxconn -- Apple's main manufacturer for the iPhone - has 100 dedicated assembly lines in Zhengzhou operating around the clock in an attempt to meet preorder and launch demand for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, say sources for the Wall Street Journal. "We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders," one source says. "For iPhone 6 Plus, we are still ramping up the production line. Another reason for the limited supply is the shortage of 5.5-inch displays." While Foxconn is simply handling the majority of iPhone 6 units, it's the only manufacturer of the 6 Plus.

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Logitech enters home automation with array of new Harmony products

20 hours ago | Posted in: gadgets, iPhone apps, mobile phones, iPad apps

Today, Logitech announced it is entering the home control market with new home automation product compatibility and four new products. The new Harmony Living Home lineup gives users access to and control of a wide library of entertainment and home automation devices, all from one centralized control system.

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Motorola enables Moto Maker customization in UK, e-mails designs

21 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Motorola has enabled Moto Maker in the United Kingdom, offering customization of the new Moto X. Added just after the company commenced direct sales to the country via the website, the portal allows users to modify their future phone in an identical way to the United States version of the site, though unlike in the US, British customers do not get the option to actually order the device just yet.

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Sony smartphone sales poor, company taking $2.1B impairment charge

21 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, industry, mobile phones

Sony has revised downwards its financial guidance for the quarter, and intends to take a 180 billion yen ($1.7 billion) "impairment charge" as a result of overestimating smartphone sales. The revision will take a serious bite out of earnings, with the company now expecting to take a loss for the fiscal year of $2.1 billion dollars, versus the possibility of returning to profitability.

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Dropbox halts automatic backups over iOS 8 compatibility issue

22 hours ago | Posted in: software, iPhone apps, iPad apps

Users of Dropbox on iOS are unable to back up data to the cloud storage service, due to a compatibility issue with iOS 8. The company claims the issue prevents users of the latest Apple mobile operating system from automatically backing up all of their photographs and videos to the service, with only a few of the latest files able to be uploaded successfully.

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Briefly: Virgin Media iOS app update, Goat Simulator on mobile

23 hours ago | Posted in: gaming, iPhone apps, iPad apps

British cable company Virgin Media has overhauled the iOS version of its TV Anywhere app. Engadget notes the app now uses a purple color scheme and some updates to bring it in line with iOS 7 and iOS 8, making the app appear more modern. The app update also precedes an upcoming makeover of Virgin Media's TiVo set-top box interface, with the addition of the Opera app store and an additional "What to Watch Now" function set to be added in October.

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Logitech launches G910 Orion Spark mechanical gaming keyboard

Wed September 17, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, peripherals

Logitech has launched a gaming keyboard which offers extra functionality with a smartphone. The G910 Orion Spark can be used with an Arx Control app for iOS and Android, turning the smartphone into a second screen displaying data about the player's performance, with the keyboard also including a small docking area to hold the mobile device upright.

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