Author Archives: Will Conley

Humanesque technology writer for SlashGear and beyond.

US telecoms sold 1.1 million cell records to law enforcement in 2012

US telecoms sold 1.1 million cell records to law enforcement in 2012

The major US telecoms delivered at minimum 1.1 million cell phone records to law enforcement at all levels of government in 2012. The records include voicemail and text content. The telecoms earned $26 million from the transactions. Many of the fulfilled information requests legally required no warrant, no subpoena, and no probable cause. These and other irresistible revelations come compliments of US Sen. Edward Markey, whose voluminous correspondence with the involved telecoms revealed the information. They include US Cellular, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile USA, Leap Wireless/Cricket Communications, MetroPCS, Verizon, AT&T and C Spire Wireless.

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Hackers stole data from five European nations at September G20 Summit

Hackers stole data from five European nations at September G20 Summit

Network security company FireEye has reported a coordinated malware attack on five European foreign ministries. The attack took place last August just prior to the G20 Summit in September. It was achieved by sending the ministries email attachments bearing file names pertaining to the primary topic of the summit: military options in Syria. Once downloaded, the files allowed the hackers to monitor communications and steal data from the host machines. FireEye believes the hackers are from China, but it stopped short of alleging collusion with the Chinese government.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset to hit emerging markets in 2014

Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset to hit emerging markets in 2014

Qualcomm has announced a new chipset designed to help lead emerging mobile markets into the 64-bit era. Its new Snapdragon 410 chipset is integrated with a 4G LTE "World Mode" for "high-volume" (budget or entry-level) smartphones. The company's main target market here is China.

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2015 Ford Mustang electronic burnout control confirmed

2015 Ford Mustang electronic burnout control confirmed

The 2015 Ford Mustang could very well come equipped with electronic burnout control, confirms the Washington Post. It's already been a rumored feature among a number of rumor and confirmed features, but this report should be especially enticing to Mustang lovers around the world. The word arrived this afternoon.

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Samsung to launch 1TB mSATA SSD this month

Samsung to launch 1TB mSATA SSD this month

Samsung this evening announced it will launch the industry's first 1-terabyte (1TB) mSATA SSD this month. That doubles the capacity (512GB) of some of the largest-capacity mSATA SSDs generally available today. As such, the 1TB 840 EVO mSATA SSD is poised to bring unprecedented large-capacity hard storage to some of the market's thinnest portables.

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Mobile to boost all-platform advertising growth to 5.8 percent by 2015

Mobile to boost all-platform advertising growth to 5.8 percent by 2015

We know that advertising appearing on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets is a growing market. But the latest estimates show mobile is creating an even rosier picture than expected. A report by ZenithOptimedia estimates that global advertising growth across all platforms (not just electronic) could accelerate to 5.8% by 2015.

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Facebook developers experiment with “sympathy” button

Facebook developers experiment with “sympathy” button

Facebook's "Like" button could be getting another overhaul. The company nixed the ubiquitous thumbs-up symbol, starting with a rollout at that began a month ago. Now it could be getting a more emotionally complex character in the guise of a "sympathy" button.

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Square to make mystery announcement, prompts speculation

Square to make mystery announcement, prompts speculation

Square, the service that lets individuals and retailers accept credit card payments on your mobile device with a branded card reader, is set to make an announcement tomorrow (Monday, Dec. 9), but we don't yet have a solid idea of what it might entail. There are guesses, mind you -- as there always are. The mysterious tease photo came by way of Vine today.

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HP Chromebook 11 charger appears in Google Play store

HP Chromebook 11 charger appears in Google Play store

The HP Chromebook 11 that was officially announced in October but suddenly pulled from shelves in November has begun slipping back into our field of vision. A replacement charger for its overheating-prone battery charger has appeared in the Google Play store. This could signal an imminent return of the machine as a whole.

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Hisense announces H6 smart TV and Pulse PRO set-top box with Android

Hisense announces H6 smart TV and Pulse PRO set-top box with Android

Electronics and appliances manufacturer Hisense this week announced two new products. The main offering is the H6 smart TV, which relies on a Marvell HD media processor and Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean). The Pulse PRO, which also runs Android 4.2.2, brings the Hisense smart TV suite of software and services to any HD TV. Pricing details and official images were not released.

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Scientists trace superconductivity anomalies to a single point

Scientists trace superconductivity anomalies to a single point

Superconducting materials that function at room temperature make electrons behave unpredictably. The electrons sometimes arrange themselves in lines or around atoms in an asymmetrical arrangement. This is one reason superconductors have not proliferated into everyday use -- an advance that would render everything from power lines to personal computers far, far more efficient. But two scientists now say they have discovered the cause of those anomalies in zero-resistance systems and are now working on a practical way to get rid of them.

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Motorola “Project Ara” modular smartphone prototype nears completion

Motorola “Project Ara” modular smartphone prototype nears completion

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed that a Project Ara prototype is nearing completion. Project Ara is a collaboration between Motorola and 3D Systems to produce something similar to the "Phonebloks" project -- modular smartphones whose components can be replaced like Legos. The confirmation occurred yesterday in a Google+ Hangout.

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