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Ben Kersey is a writer and contributor to SlashGear and Android Community, currently based in London, UK. He would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, and can be found on Twtter: @ben_kersey

Researchers develop Gauss detection tools

Researchers develop Gauss detection tools

Kaspersky Labs discovered a new computer virus recently dubbed Gauss that targeted banking systems and financial information. According to Kaspersky Labs, the virus has infected over 2,500 computers, primarily located in Lebanon, and targets specific banks and financial institutions such as BlomBank and Credit Libanais. Now, web-based tools have been released that allows anyone to check if they’ve been infected by Gauss.

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Microsoft rebrands yet again with “Modern UI Style”

Microsoft rebrands yet again with “Modern UI Style”

Yesterday we heard word that Microsoft was ditching the Metro branding for UI design and elements within Windows 8, replacing it instead with “Windows 8 design.” It looks like the company might still be at odds as to the final naming decision, with Microsoft employees reportedly using the term “Modern UI design” in reference to Windows 8 apps and design language.

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HTC One X 4.0.4 update rolling out today

HTC One X 4.0.4 update rolling out today

The HTC One X shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but the company has finally gotten around to updating Android to version 4.0.4. An OTA update will be rolling out to the international version of the HTC One X starting today, which includes several new features and overall tweaks to the operating system. In addition, HTC will be tweaking Sense, most notably the remapping of the multitasking key.

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New iMac and Mac Pro models could ditch optical drives

New iMac and Mac Pro models could ditch optical drives

Apple refreshed its line of notebooks at WWDC in June, but the Mac Pro and iMac were left out of the festivities. Apple later confirmed that updates for both machines were on the way, and now Apple Insider has discovered references to new models after digging around inside some configuration files. When examining the Boot Camp files, references to several unreleased Mac Pros and iMacs were discovered, with the specific model numbers listed in a place that indicates they may not come with optical drives.

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Lenovo reportedly readying convertible Windows RT tablet

Lenovo reportedly readying convertible Windows RT tablet

When Microsoft announced its Surface tablet running Windows RT, it was reported that NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 chip would be powering the tablet. Now NVIDIA looks to have signed a deal with Lenovo that will see the Chinese manufacturer making use of the same silicon, according to sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal. Not only that, but Lenovo is reportedly working on yet another convertible tablet device, this time using an ARM chip instead of an Intel processor.

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Apple vs. Samsung trial reveals sales numbers

Apple vs. Samsung trial reveals sales numbers

Apple and Samsung are currently duking it out in court over various patent infringement allegations, and as part of the proceedings the two companies have had to submit detailed sales numbers for their smartphones and tablets. Apple normally reveals how many iPhones and iPads it has shipped during its quarterly earnings results, but this is the first time we’re getting a closer look at some of Samsung’s sales numbers along with detailed breakdowns in the United States.

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Sony PRS-T2 eReader appears on J&R for $129.99

Sony PRS-T2 eReader appears on J&R for $129.99

Just last month we saw details pop up Sony’s PRS-T2 eReader pop up at the FCC, and now the elusive device has cropped up on the J&R website for pre-order. Those hoping for a radical overhaul will be disappointing to learn that the PRS-T2 is very similar to its predecessor, with a very minor tweaks. The eReader features the same pearl e-ink touchscreen with a 800x600 resolution, WiFi, microSD, and two months of battery life.

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Facebook: Forward us your phishing emails

Facebook: Forward us your phishing emails

Take a look inside your spam folder and you’ll find a variety of phishing emails from the likes of eBay, PayPal, and Facebook. The social network has decided to take matters into its own hands, setting up an email address (phish@fb.com) that users can forward phishing emails to. Facebook will then investigate the emails, trying to determine where it came from and who sent it.

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Vringo buys 500 Nokia patents for $22m

Vringo buys 500 Nokia patents for $22m

Vringo, a technology company that develops and licenses mobile patents, has today announced that it will be acquiring 500 patents from Nokia for around $22 million. As a result, the company is selling off 9.2 million shares in the company to raise $31.2 million to cover the purchase. Vringo is acquiring 500 patents and applications across the world, with 109 issued within the United States. Critically, some of the patents relate to 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies.

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