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Commonly used Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset vulnerable to attack

10/26, 9:40pm

Proof-of-concept code knocks affected devices offline

Proof-of-concept example code shows a vulnerability in the firmware of two wireless chips sold by Broadcom -- the BCM4325 and the BCM4329. The chips are found in recent devices such as the iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Motorola Droid X2, and some Edge model cards manufactured by Ford. The flaw makes the devices vulnerable to attacks that render the Wi-Fi connection unusable for the duration of the attack.

New Mac mini gets teardown, still highly repairable

10/26, 8:45pm

Scores eight of 10, still has second drive expansion option

Repair and tool-selling site iFixIt has done a teardown of the very latest Mac mini and found it basically unchanged from last year's model in terms of repairability. The company revealed that the RAM, hard drive and even the power supply can be replaced or repaired, with only the processor and graphics not able to be upgraded. The teardown also revealed that the new Mac mini still has an extra SATA connection and room for adding a second hard or sold-state drive. The unit received an overall repairability "score" of eight out of 10.

Motorola pulls Wi-Fi patents from Microsoft ITC complaint

10/26, 7:40pm

Only remaining patents held against the Xbox 360 are H.264

For reasons known only to itself, Motorola Mobility has dropped two Wi-Fi-related patents from its ITC complaint against Microsoft's XBox 360 gaming console. Only two H.264 patents remain in the complaint. As listed in the court filing, no agreement between the two parties are in place, so the reason for the withdrawal is unknown. The ITC should complete the investigation and initial remand hearing by the summer of 2013.

Nexus 10 tablet shown off in new photos

10/26, 7:02pm

Higher-res screen than Retina, brushed aluminum chassis

Just a day after images of the device's manual leaked and gave an impression of its build, images of the actual Nexus 10 tablet have now emerged on the Internet, showing what the device looks like in real life. The Samsung-made Nexus tablet is expected to launch alongside a slew of Nexus devices early next week, and the new images suggest that the Nexus tablet will be attempting to take on Apple's iPad not only in terms of specs, but also in build quality.

Sinofsky: Win 8 PC a better deal, iPad mini 'recreational'

10/26, 6:15pm

Sinofsky cites engineering in driving down Win 8 device prices

Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky believes the forthcoming lineup of Windows 8 devices represents a better value proposition for consumers than do any other comparably-priced devices on the market, including the iPad and similarly-sized gadgets. Speaking shortly after the official launch of Windows 8, Sinofsky characterized the Windows RT platform as "really a PC for everyone" and said that Microsoft's new devices, including its apparently hot-selling Surface tablet, as much better suited for productivity as well as play.

Opera: iOS still tops in ad monetization

10/26, 5:23pm

iOS grabs 46.37 percent of ad traffic share

Apple's iOS mobile platform remains the most effective at ad monetization among all mobile operating systems, responsible for nearly as much ad traffic as all other operating systems combined. This according to Opera, which published its Q3 report on the State of Mobile Advertising this week. Opera found that iOS devices account for more than half of all mobile ad revenue, with the iPhone alone accounting for more than a third. The study's findings illustrate the continuing importance of Apple's platform in the mobile web sector, as no competing platform even approaches Apple's figures in the sector according to Opera.

Facebook lawsuit ends with claimant arrested for fraud

10/26, 4:40pm

New York man falsified information claiming partial ownership

Entrepeneur Paul Ceglia, one-time claimant to Facebook billions, has been charged with mail and wire fraud over what federal prosecutors and the US Postal Inspection Service have determined to be falsified information. Ceglia sued Facebook and its CEO in 2010 on the strength of the forged information, claiming that a 2003 contract he signed with Zuckerberg entitled him to a stake in the social network. Zuckerberg had previously done programming work for Ceglia while at Harvard.

Panasonic may leave European mobile phone market in 6 months

10/26, 2:57pm

Sources suggest missing first-year target to blame

Panasonic is to withdraw from European mobile phone sales within the next six months, according to reports. If true, the exit would see the company move out from the continent, with leaks suggesting that it will most likely miss its self-set target of 1.5 million smartphone sales this financial year.

Google Maps adds natural geography details

10/26, 12:59pm

Google updates Maps with natural geography overlay

Google on Friday announced it has added new details to its online Google Maps. The natural geography overlay for the basemap includes new terrain color gradations to depict vegetation and labels that show natural land formations. Users can now see mountain ranges, deserts, and forests without turning to the satellite imagery.

Xiaomi Phone 2 due in China on October 30

10/26, 12:22pm

50K Xiaomi Phone 2s to go on sale in China on October 30

Chinese phone maker Xiaomi said it will begin selling its Phone 2, or Mi Two, smartphone in its home market starting on October 30. Like in the past, the phone will be sold online, and if the performance of past sales is any indication, the initial 50,000-unit allotment should be sold out in mere minutes. Those who don't get in on the initial batch will get another chance in min-November when 250,000 more of the Mi Two phones are due to go on sale.

Photographs taken by Nexus 10 appear on Google+

10/26, 12:05pm

Image resolution suggests 3.1-megapixel camera

An Executive from Google has put photographs taken by the Nexus 10 online. Appearing on the Google+ page of Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, the images have reportedly been taken using the onboard camera, and uploaded before the "Playground is Open" event on October 29th.

Apple sells out of white iPad mini, shipping delayed 2 weeks

10/26, 11:45am

Slate model still shows November 2 ship date

Apple quickly sold out of its first stock of white and silver iPad minis, which are now expected to ship in two weeks rather than arriving on November 2 for US customers. The same shipping delay applies to the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, though as of 11:30AM ET, all black and slate variants are still available for on-schedule arrival next Friday.

GameStop to open 80 Kids stores by mid-November

10/26, 11:37am

GameStop to open nearly 80 GameStop Kids stores for the holidays

Video game store chain GameStop will open about 80 new stores meant to cater to the young ones by November 15. Called GameStop Kids, the first of the stores is now operating at Grapevine Mills Mall in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas, The Dallas Business Journal reported. The retailer is betting the upcoming holiday season will pay off for the specially-themed stores, which will carry E-rated titles only.

LG's 27-inch Smart HDTV with 3D goes on sale in Korea

10/26, 10:59am

LG now shipping its connected, advanced 3D HDTV in Korea for $660 equivalent

The 27-inch LG TM2792 that seemingly compromises on nothing but size is going on sale in Korea this weekend. Announced late in August, the set has many features of much larger and costlier offerings, such as 3D playback and 2D-to-3D upconversion. The 1080p IPS LCD panel sits atop a metal stand and is surrounded by an ultra-thin bezel.

Panasonic shows Windows 8-running Toughbook C2 for $2,949

10/26, 10:23am

12.5-inch Toughbook C2 arrives in December running on Windows 8 Pro

Panasonic on Friday revealed its latest Toughbook-series convertible notebook, the C2. It runs on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit and is powered by an 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U vPro CPU and 4GB of RAM, which can be doubled. The 12.5-inch notebook is semi-rugged and promises to withstand drops from 30 inches without any ill effects. The computer is aimed for workers in the field, and thus offers a claimed 11-hour battery life.

IDC: Samsung, Apple continue smartphone sales dominance

10/26, 9:31am

RIM replaces Nokia in top 5 for global sales

Third-quarter figures from IDC suggest that Samsung and Apple account for almost half of smartphones shipped. While HTC and ZTE continue to appear in the top five smartphone vendors worldwide, Nokia has dropped from the rankings and been replaced by Research in Motion.

HTC Q3 results reveal massive 76 percent slump in profits

10/26, 7:25am

HTC continues downward slide, while Samsung gains more ground

HTC has been unable to stem its backward progress in yet another consecutive quarter of profit reversals, reports Reuters. Its results for Q3 (pdf) show that its made $2.05 billion in revenue, from which it was able to eake out a profit of just $133 million. Compared to the same time last year, HTC's revenue slumped by 48 percent while its proft was down a massive 79 percent.

Apple adds link to Samsung judgement on UK site

10/26, 6:41am

Published judgement includes coolness comments

Apple has updated its website to comply with a court order in the UK. A small link at the bottom of apple.com/uk titled "Samsung/Apple UK judgement" takes visitors to a seperate page, explaining that the High Courty of Justice of England and Wales found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, and Tab 7.7 do not infringe one of Apple's design patents.

LG Ultra HD 84-inch 4K TV hits US market for $19,999

10/26, 6:33am

LG Ultra HD 84-inch 4K TV hits US market for $19,999

LG's 84-inch 84LM9600 TV has gone on sale in the US for $19,999. The new television features the newly defined Ultra High Defintion resolution, which was previously known as 4K. At four times the resolution of 1080p TVs, the new LG TV features a 3840x2160 amounting to a panel that contains 8 million pixels - six million more than previously.

Ableton reveals Live 9 upgrade, Push USB hardware instrument

10/26, 2:45am

All products expected in the first quarter of 2013

Music software purveyor Ableton has announced two new products. The first, an upgrade of music creation suite Live to version 9, greatly expands the creative possibilities of Ableton's popular Live software with the addition of new features. The second product announced is Push -- the company's first USB-based hardware instrument to interface with Live.

Apple Store down ahead of iPad mini pre-orders on Friday [U]

10/26, 2:28am

Cook warns that new iMac to be in short supply initially

[Update: Pre-orders now available] Just before midnight Eastern time on Thursday, the Apple Store went down to prepare for iPad mini pre-orders, which will open at 3AM (midnight Friday PT). Apple is expecting a rush on the lowest-priced model in the iPad range, introduced on Tuesday as being an eight-inch alternative tablet comparable in power and performance to the iPad 2. While Apple also introduced a fourth-generation full-sized iPad, analysts expect the iPad mini to be the biggest-selling Apple product during the holiday buying season.

Briefly: TiVo update, Urbanears Tweed Edition, Obex case

10/26, 2:02am

TiVo fall update includes changes to My Shows page

TiVo's fall update will feature updates for the To Do List and the My Shows page. A post on Twitter by vice president Margret Schmidt confirmed the update and also included screenshots showcasing some of the changes. While an official rollout date has not been set, TiVo is allowing some users to preview it early, via sign-ups to the Priority List.

E-on to boost Vue effects suite to version 11 in November

10/26, 1:58am

New particle system allows for easier environmental effect application

E-on Software today announced the formal unveiling of its upcoming Vue 11 product line, scheduled for release in November. The company is offering professional users under a maintenance contract a download of the pre-release version of Vue 11 xStream and Infinite, the latest production-driven version of its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.

Judge recuses himself in Connecticut Apple Siri trial

10/26, 12:50am

Connection to Apple unclear, likely stock ownership

District Court Judge Gary Sharpe has recused himself from a lawsuit involving Apple's Siri technology because of his potential conflict of interest involving Apple. In removing himself, he cited the law that said "any conduct that would lead a reasonable [person] knowing all the circumstances to the conclusion that the judge's 'impartiality might reasonably be questioned' is a basis for the judge's disqualification." The judge's Apple connection to the case outside the courtroom hasn't been made clear.

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