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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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PlayStation 4 reportedly hitting shelves this year

PlayStation 4 reportedly hitting shelves this year

Last night, Sony released a new teaser that seems to point to an incoming PlayStation 4 reveal. The Wall Street Journal today is reporting that Sony will indeed reveal the next PlayStation at this event on February 20, and that the console will be releasing sometime this year. That's a pretty exciting claim if true, but keep in mind that we won't know Sony's real plan until at least February 20.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 31, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 31, 2013

Welcome to Thursday evening everyone. After dropping a new teaser trailer today, it looks like Sony is gearing up to announce the next PlayStation on February 20, 2013, so mark your calendars. Google Glass made a stop by the FCC today, and Temple Run 2 achieved the title of "fastest growing mobile game" 22 days sooner than the previous record-holder. The Windows 8 upgrade discount officially ends today, and the latest figures from IDC peg Samsung and ASUS will quickly-growing tablet sales.

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Eurora supercomputer cuts back on CO2 emissions with help of NVIDIA GPUs

Eurora supercomputer cuts back on CO2 emissions with help of NVIDIA GPUs

The world obviously needs its supercomputers, but with a growing energy crisis, efficiency is becoming a big priority. The problem is that supercomputers require a lot of power, but that's an issue Eurotech and NVIDIA are trying to solve in the new Eurora computer. Not only is this beast powerful, but NVIDIA has announced that it's also breaking efficiency records for supercomputers.

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PlayStation 4 announcement tipped for February 20 in Sony teaser

PlayStation 4 announcement tipped for February 20 in Sony teaser

Rumors of the next console generation are hitting left and right as we head deeper into 2013, and today Sony may have just given us a date for the reveal of its next console. The company has released a new teaser trailer of sorts on the PlayStation Blog, and it suggests that the next PlayStation will be announced on February 20. That's less than a month away, so the PlayStation 4 may be closer than some think.

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Twitter silent on details surrounding today’s outage

Twitter silent on details surrounding today’s outage

If you're one of the world's millions of Twitter users, then there's at least some chance that you were experiencing outages earlier today. Twitter first started reporting that some users may be having issues accessing the site this morning, but it seems that those issues have since been resolved. This problem doesn't seem like it was a massive outage, but then again, the details Twitter gives about the issues are pretty general, so it's difficult to know what was going on behind the scenes.

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Apple says no to Java 7, blocks browser plug-in

Apple says no to Java 7, blocks browser plug-in

You've likely already heard of the Java security scandal, which was something Oracle looked to fix quickly with an update to the software. Even though Oracle says it has patched the issue, some entities disagree. The latest to add its name to the list of dissenters seems to be Apple, as it has decided to block the Java 7 browser plug-in, even after the update was delivered by Oracle.

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Garnet Red PS3 God of War bundle confirmed for North America

Garnet Red PS3 God of War bundle confirmed for North America

If you've yet to jump into the God of War series, then boy does Sony have the bundle for you. Today the company announced that it will be bringing its recently revealed Garnet Red PS3 to North America as part of a new God of War bundle. This bundle will feature the latest game in the series, God of War: Ascension, along with every other game in the franchise.

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Motorola X-Phone pops up in job listing

Motorola X-Phone pops up in job listing

We've heard plenty of rumors about the Motorola X-Phone, but it seems that Motorola itself just confirmed the device. Motorola has a job listing for a Senior Director of Product Management up on LinkedIn, and in the job listing, it refers to the X-Phone by name. After Phandroid spotted the listing, it seems that Motorola has made it inactive, which adds a bit more mystery to the rumors we've been hearing.

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Wii U price cut isn’t happening, Nintendo says

Wii U price cut isn’t happening, Nintendo says

Yesterday, we heard that Nintendo was revising its Wii U sales forecast, bringing the number of consoles it plans to sell in the year ending in March 2013 down to four million. Previously, Nintendo has expected to sell 5.5 million consoles, so this is suggesting to some that Nintendo is struggling on the Wii U sales front. Sorry to say, but if you were hoping for Nintendo to cut the price on the Wii U in a effort to boost sales, you're not going to get your wish.

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Mega search engine listings appear as files get the axe

Mega search engine listings appear as files get the axe

Kim Dotcom's Mega is off to a high-profile start, but today we're hearing of seemingly inevitable copyright woes for the site. Mega has only been officially up and running for 11 days, but according to ComputerWorld, the website has already received 150 copyright warnings for 250 files. Since Mega lacks a search function and requires users to share links in order to share content (which is encrypted when uploaded), how are these copyright holders finding their content on Mega?

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 30, 2013

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: January 30, 2013

Welcome to Wednesday evening everyone. Today was RIM's big day, as it rebranded itself as BlackBerry and launched the latest version of its mobile OS, BlackBerry 10. We were there at the launch event to take it all in and get some hands-on time with the new handsets the company has introduced, and you can catch all of the news from the show in our BlackBerry 10 event wrap-up. Be sure to read through the hands-on posts, because it seems that BlackBerry is doing some interesting things with its new phone.

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