Author Archives: JC Torres


NSA AURORAGOLD ops aimed to weaken all cellphone networks

NSA AURORAGOLD ops aimed to weaken all cellphone networks

When your job involves spying on other people's conversations, it is in your best interest that such lines of communications remain open to your snooping. That is pretty much the principle used in one of NSA's operations, codenamed AURORAGOLD, that virtually aimed to weaken the world's networks so that it will always have a backdoor to use, no matter the country. This is just one of the latest revelations unearthed from the documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden regarding the NSA's almost godlike power and reach.

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Sony Android TVs to come in February 2015

Sony Android TVs to come in February 2015

Android TV, the successor of the somewhat stillborn Google TV, is barely a few months in the market, and yet some true believers are already lining up to take the platform under their wings. One of those is Sony, who courageously announced (or Google announced for them) that its entire HD and 4K Smart TV lineup next year will have Android TV in tow. But what does that exactly mean for the user experience? Some Sony insiders reveals some hints on how Sony's Android TVs will behave when they arrive.

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Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

Google offers DVD Dev Kits for the Internet-constrained

As much as the Internet is a font of knowledge (not exactly wisdom) for many of us, not everyone has the luxury of a good connection to take advantage of what the Internet has to offer. This is an impediment especially for interested Android app developers, as majority, if not all, of Google's resources, though free, are Internet-bound. At the very least, they require a lot of time and bandwidth to even download. Which is why Google has a new Developer's Kit offer for those living in "bandwidth challenged" areas.

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iPhone 6 Plus grabs almost half of US phablet market

iPhone 6 Plus grabs almost half of US phablet market

In the three months ending in October this year, the iPhone 6 Plus managed to reach 41 percent of the sales of smartphones with screen sizes 5.5 inches and above, commonly regarded as phablets. This is a rather strange victory for Apple because while it does prove that consumers will flock to their devices no matter how novel or unusual it is, like this biggest iPhone ever, it also proves that there is indeed a market for a device category that the company, especially under Jobs' tenure, has been shunning and even ridiculing.

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Apple allegedly deleted iPod content from rival services

Apple allegedly deleted iPod content from rival services

It was a subtle tactic to give users the worst experience should they make the mistake of purchasing music from elsewhere other than iTunes, in effect driving them and locking them into Apple's walled garden. This was the accusation against Apple that attorneys told the US District Court in Oakland, California. Said lawyers are representing consumers in a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the Cupertino-based company that is already a decade in the making. If found guilty, Apple could pay damages close to $350 million at the very least.

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Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Digital Turbine’s Ignite gives carrier bloatware a boost

Bloatware, a not so loved term used to describe unwanted software on your smartphone or tablet, the mobile equivalent of spam. It has been a long bemoaned blight in the mobile world and yet very little seems to be done about it because the powers that be simply would not allow things to change. In fact, things might get even worse, thanks to Digital Turbine's new Ignite product, which not only gives carriers the ultimate bloatware tool, it also potentially bypasses Android's security measures.

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Target Australia bans GTA 5 due to violence against women

Target Australia bans GTA 5 due to violence against women

Target's Australian branch has taken a rather bold move that will most likely send ripples throughout the country's gaming community and advocacy groups. The retail chain, taking to heart majority of customer feedback, has decided to yank Grand Theft Auto 5 from their store shelves, not because of violence in general, which the game is already popular and notorious for, but specifically because of how women are portrayed and treated in the game. A well-timed move given the recent high-profile controversies regarding genders in games and gaming culture.

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Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update starts rolling out

Galaxy S5 Android 5.0 Lollipop update starts rolling out

Samsung faithful who have been feeling a tad jealous of LG and Motorola the past month might start feeling a little bit better now, if not even more anxious. The awaited Android 5.0 update for the Galaxy S5 has apparently started to roll out, at least in Poland. If so, then it practically marks the start of Lollipop's arrival on Samsung's early 2014 flagship, probably in Europe first, before the year ends. Perhaps a fitting Christmas gift to those who stuck with Samsung through thick or, lately, thin.

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iPhone 6 allegedly infringes on Chinese OEM design patent

iPhone 6 allegedly infringes on Chinese OEM design patent

In a rather ironic turn of events, it might be Apple who will soon be in trouble for copying someone else's smartphone design, depending on how much weight you put on this claim. Chinese company Digione isn't exactly the most popular in the market, at least when compared to the likes of Xiaomi or OPPO, so it is akin to a David versus Goliath legal battle. And the battle cry is something we've heard before. Supposedly, the iPhone 6 infringes on Digione's patented design for its own 100+ brand.

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SPIN: a remote control with a literal twist

SPIN: a remote control with a literal twist

How many remote controls have you lost in the black hole that is the couch? Or actually, how many such contraptions do you have to control everything and anything in your house? Chances are, you have a lot of them and it becomes like a harrowing quest just to change channels or turn the volume up or down. What if you had one remote control to rule them all, and with a twist bind them? One that didn't even have any buttons. That's exactly what SPIN is trying to sell on Kickstarter.

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