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Vertu Aster smartphone has 4.7-inch 1080p display, premium materials

25 minutes ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Luxury smartphone manufacturer Vertu has unveiled the latest in its high-priced mobile device collection. The Vertu Aster is an Android 4.4 device with a 4.7-inch 1080p sapphire-protected display, and while it has relatively high specifications, the luxurious materials used in its construction pushes the price tag up far above any comparable flagship smartphone.

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Google threatened with $100M lawsuit over stolen celebrity photos

1 hour ago | Posted in: industry

Google is being threatened with a lawsuit that "could well exceed" $100 million, with Over a dozen celebrities complaining that the search engine giant failed to remove stolen private images from the Internet. A letter from attorney Marty Singer claims that Google is showing "despicable, reprehensible conduct" for "failing to act expeditiously and responsibly to remove the images" that were pilfered from various celebrity online photo storage accounts, including Apple's iCloud service.

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Toshiba rolls out new NAND, fabricated using 15nm process

1 hour ago | Posted in: mobile phones

Toshiba today announced the launch of the world's smallest embedded NAND flash memory products integrating NAND chips fabricated with cutting-edge 15nm process technology. The new products are compliant with the latest e∙MMC standard, and are designed for application in a wide range of digital consumer products, including smartphones, tablet PCs and wearable devices. Sample shipment of the 16GB products start from today, with 8GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB products to follow.

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Honda in-car entertainment systems to use Nvidia Tegra, Android

3 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Honda's future in-car entertainment systems will be using Tegra processors, Nvidia has revealed. Joining the ranks of BMW, Tesla, Audi, and others, the Honda Connect infotainment system will use an embedded version of Android combined with the Nvidia processors, though it will be using the older Android 4.0.4 rather than a newer version.

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LG developer site hints at webOS-based smartwatch in development

4 hours ago | Posted in: software, developer

A webOS-based smartwatch may be in development by LG, the company's developer site strongly suggests. A now-removed teaser page strongly hinted at a wearable device running the software, by depicting a "Bean Bird" mascot from the company's webOS smart TV software next to a watch, along with the words "Coming soon".

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Pro-democracy protesters targeted with malware on iOS, Android

8 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, security, developer, iPhone apps, mobile phones, Apple, iPad, iPad apps

In an almost unheard-of claim, Lacoon Mobile Security has said that it has discovered a new spyware attack that targets both iOS and Android devices and which appears to be aimed specifically at Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters. Lacoon says it made the discovery while investigating the Android version, but did not clarify how the malware might be installed, or overcome the security built into iOS that has, thus far, kept it largely immune to serious malware or viruses.

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Review: Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger

11 hours ago | Posted in:

Backup batteries and device chargers are objects that many users take for granted. They often only one-dimensional in functionality, restoring the batteries of the devices that people use every day through the outlet. But what if there was more to a charger? Tylt decided to offer consumers something a little different, adding an internal battery to an everyday charger. The Tylt Energi 2K Travel Charger is the result, meshing a charger that can be thrown in a bag with one of the company's Energi external battery packs. Would the Energi 2K be good enough to replace the chargers included with smartphones, or would consumers be better off sticking with what they have? Find out in our review.

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California passes bill limiting student social media data collection

14 hours ago | Posted in: industry

While California Governor Jerry Brown's signing of a bill banning single-use plastic bags across the state made its way to headlines this week, another bill signed the day prior made headway on how social media, schools and information collection interact. Brown signed Assembly Bill 1442 on September 29, limiting the amount of information schools can collect on student activity on social media.

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Verizon retreats from 'network optimization' for unlimited data users

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry

Verizon had a change of heart on its implementation of "network optimization" that would result in slower 4G LTE speeds for account holders with unlimited data. Initially, the carrier announced a change in policy that was said only to impact the "top five percent" of unlimited plan users, as the company would manage their data speeds in order to optimize speeds in the area for others.

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Analysts: Apple Watch likely a hit, but will take time to mature

15 hours ago | Posted in: industry, gadgets, developer, accessories, Apple

Analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray, while calling the Apple Watch "light years ahead of any other smartwatch on the market," nevertheless advised both clients and market watchers to expect "conservative" initial sales of the device in its first year. Like the iPod, which took three years to become the dominant force in music players, Munster said that "consumer application may be limited initially, until developers begin to create useful applications for the watch."

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Court tosses WiLan suit against Apple over LTE patents

16 hours ago | Posted in: Investor, Apple

Non-practicing entity and patent holdings company WiLan has again lost to Apple in the second of three proceedings against the iPhone maker. The US District Court for Southern California granted Apple's motion for a summary judgement, following a finding that the two LTE patents the Canadian patent troll was accusing Apple of infringing were invalid, and therefore not infringed. Apple previously won a jury trial brought by WiLan in Texas over different wireless patents.

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Briefly: Hearthstone expansion, PlayStation Plus October games

16 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

A new expansion for Blizzard's popular online card game Hearthstone is reportedly in the works. Production Direction Jason Chayes spoke with Polygon this week, informing the publication that more than 100 new cards are being produced as a part of the game's first expansion. Chayes said that the developer has thought a lot about the pacing of not only the game, but also in how content is released. He adds that Blizzard was pleased with the reception of the Curse of the Naxxramas add-on, which only added 30 cards to the game.

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Google increases cash rewards for Chrome bug bounties

17 hours ago | Posted in: security, software

Google is increasing the rewards in its bug bounties program, as it tries to make its software more secure. The search company is updating its reward pricing range to between $500 and $15,000 per bug, up from the previous maximum of $5,000 for a high-quality report, with an increased focus on discovering potential vulnerabilities within the Chrome browser.

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Hyperkin accused of using no-commercial-use emulators in console

17 hours ago | Posted in: gaming

Developers behind the RetroArch project, an open-source project for the creation of video game emulators, are accusing Hyperkin of illegal use of open-source and no-commercial-use software in its Retron 5 console. One developer says that two non-commercial emulators are being used in the console, while segments of code from the RetroArch interface are contained within the console's frontend.

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Apple drops German publication over iPhone 6 Plus bending video

18 hours ago | Posted in: iPhone, industry, troubleshooting, Apple

Apple has dropped a German publication, Computer Bild, from receiving review units or covering company events, according to the publication's editor-in-chief, Axel Telzerow. Like some other websites, CB recently decided to produce a video testing whether the iPhone 6 Plus can be bent more easily than other phones. The clip (below) has managed to gather over 510,000 views so far on YouTube; its popularity apparently caught the attention of Apple, which contacted CB to revoke press privileges.

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Briefly: Logitech Type+ keyboard, Corsair Voyager Vega flash drive

18 hours ago | Posted in: accessories

(Updated with corrected Type+ pricing) Logitech announced a new case and keyboard combo for the iPad Air today, the Type+. Like many other Bluetooth keyboards for tablets, the Type+ is powered by an internal battery. In this case, the battery is said to last up to three months on a single charge, according to Logitech. The case portion uses clips in the corners to hold onto the iPad, also using magnets to hold the cover closed. The Type+ auto-wakes or auto-sleeps the iPad Air, depending if the cover is open or not. The case does make the tablet a little thicker, as it bumps up to 0.71 inches.

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Sprint, Verizon take on AT&T 'double data' promotion with own offers

19 hours ago | Posted in: mobile phones

AT&T's recent promotional offer to double the data caps on its Mobile Share Value plans seems to have struck a nerve with other carriers. Both Verizon and Sprint have announced their own data-doubling promotions just a few days after AT&T -- and while Verizon appears to match AT&T's allowances and prices, Sprint has opted to go further, by redoubling the caps.

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Second round of POS breaches strikes Albertson's, Supervalu chain

19 hours ago | Posted in: security

Supervalu and Albertson's shoppers may be in for another round of personal information theft notifications. The companies said that a second hack took place in late August or early September, with the company finding malicious software on systems that process credit and debit card sales at some of the company's 1,081 stores. Additionally, the malware was also found at Shoppers Food and Pharmacy, plus Shop 'n Save stores -- but the company believes that the installation was not successful, and failed to capture payment data.

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Microsoft Windows Insider launches, Windows 10 preview available

21 hours ago | Posted in: computers

As expected, Microsoft has started the Windows Insider program today, offering "frequently updated" pre-release software for enthusiasts and people willing to do testing for the company. Starting today, users can download the up to 4.2GB Windows 10 preview, following registration with Microsoft.

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Microsoft Sway introduced as simplified web project creation app

21 hours ago | Posted in: software

Microsoft has added a new app to Office, one which may help users create and share projects or documents for reading online. Sway is a simplified webpage creation tool that allows for content to be collected from a variety of sources and formatted in an attractive manner on a cloud-hosted page, without needing the user to have prior web development experience.

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FAA orders airlines to replace cockpit screens over Wi-Fi interference

23 hours ago | Posted in: industry

A number of Boeing passenger aircraft will be receiving a cockpit upgrade, because of wireless interference. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has ordered for more than 1,300 Boeing 737 and 777 jets to replace their cockpit display units because the Honeywell International-produced screens were susceptible to interference from Wi-Fi and cellular signals.

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Garmin Forerunner 920XT GPS watch revealed with wireless connectivity

Wed October 1, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Garmin has introduced another device in its Forerunner GPS watch range. The Forerunner 920XT, a follow-up to last year's Forerunner 910XT, is able to track the wearer's physical activities and provide a variety of statistics on its display, but improves on its predecessor by using a color display, being 15 percent lighter, and offers increased connectivity options.

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Microsoft reportedly testing Cortana for Windows 10 internally

Wed October 1, 2014 | Posted in: software

Cortana, Microsoft's voice-controlled virtual assistant from Windows Phone 8.1, may appear in the final retail release of Windows 10, according to a report. Though it was not demonstrated during the Windows launch event yesterday, it is claimed Microsoft is actively testing the feature in internal builds of the operating system.

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Briefly: Spotify launches in Canada, Pokemon TCG reaches iPad

Wed October 1, 2014 | Posted in: gaming, software, audio, iPad, iPad apps

Spotify has opened up its service in Canada to all users, following a brief invitational period. The streaming music service boasts over 20 million songs served on 320kbps streams, with chief content officer Ken Parks claiming the collection has been "tailor made for Canadian music fans." Users have the same ad-supported free and paid service options as other regions, with Spotify Premium priced at $10 per month.

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Bloomberg: Apple to offer next iPad Air in gold color option

Wed October 1, 2014 | Posted in: Apple, iPad

As previously reported, Apple will launch the second-generation iPad Air, and possibly the iPad mini with Retina display, with an option for a gold color -- to match the options available for the iPhone 5s and new iPhone 6 family. The gold color, first introduced last year, is said to be the most popular color for the iPhone 5s and caused severe shortages for the gold model during its debut. The next iPad models are also expected to gain the latest A8 processor, improved graphics and Touch ID.

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Pebble cuts smartwatch prices by $50, adds activity tracking

Tue September 30, 2014 | Posted in: gadgets

Pebble, the Kickstarter-funded smartwatch, has been updated with some new functionality, and new prices. An incoming update for the smartwatch will enable activity tracking functionality for the first time, with the manufacturer dropping the price of both the standard Pebble and the Pebble Steel by $50, bringing them to $99 and $199 respectively.

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