Archive for October, 2011

US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

US Satellites hacked by Chinese Military says Congressional Commission

While it might seem rather terrifying to think about anyone being able to hack into satellites thousands of miles away hanging precariously above our collective heads, it was back in 2007 and 2008 that this reported incident actually took place. It's just today though that the report has surfaced via Bloomberg who state that a congressional commission annual report (to be released next month) has outlined the interference which took place two times, once in 2007, and another inside 2008. China has reportedly denied any involvement.

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Facebook’s Spare Keys and how they work

Facebook’s Spare Keys and how they work

This week Facebook is updating its security options and amongst the fray is a feature which may well be the most interesting offered by Facebook since its inception: spare keys. These keys come in under new "Trusted Friends" options on the social network which gives three to five friends the ability to access a special code which will allow you to unlock your account if you've forgotten your password. This of course will also come in rather handy if your account has been compromised by an ex-boyfriend who just so happens to be messing with you after you foolishly forgot to change your password after your amicable separation.

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Nintendo $925 million net loss, faith placed in 3DS

Nintendo $925 million net loss, faith placed in 3DS

It's time for Nintendo to announce another loss, and we weep for the falling giant, as this Thursday the gaming group reports a net loss of $925 million net loss for six months through September of this year. Nintendo reports that it's slashed its full year through March forecast to a $263 million net loss - though just this July they'd predicted an annual net profit of essentially that same size. Is this the mobile age of gaming coming to crush the group that essentially started the trend with the original GameBoy? Or is Nintendo just losing touch with the market that they've held strong for the vast majority of your humble narrator's lifetime?

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Grand Theft Auto 3 set for NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core optimized play

Grand Theft Auto 3 set for NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core optimized play

You may remember back in the middle of October when it was announced that Grand Theft Auto 3 would be coming back for a 10th anniversary edition that'd work with both Android and iOS - now it appears that NVIDIA is getting in on the action with Rockstar, providing their next-gen Kal-El (aka Tegra 3) quad-core processor-toting Android tablet to the group so that they can optimize the game for ultimate supremacy. Word comes this week from Adam Rosenberg who this week had the opportunity to check the soon to be released game out on the unnamed Kal-El NVIDIA tablet, an iPad 2, and an iPhone 4S. With the Kal-El tablet came the biggest surprises, both in that the game was running not on the tablet itself but through its TV-out connection, and secondly that Android's ability to work with USB controllers is programmed into the game so that an Xbox 360 controller works perfectly well!

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Dropbox for Teams service aims for small business owners

Dropbox for Teams service aims for small business owners

So you've got a business in the works that needs to share files that are potentially gigantic across the ocean and through the woods, but you don't exactly want to be transferring these files by mailing iPods back and forth - what do you do? How about Dropbox for Teams? That's what Dropbox is essentially saying this week as it launches the new service which has plans starting at $795 for a total of five users. The differences between this and Dropbox's free service might seem slight to the lay user, but for the small business owner - features here are great.

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Motorola DROID 4 leaked in Beta build photos

Motorola DROID 4 leaked in Beta build photos

It appears extremely likely that the photos and specifications you're about to see belong to none other than the fourth in the basic-named DROID line from Verizon and Motorola. This is the DROID 4, if I may be so bold, ladies and gentlemen, and it looks rather similar to the rest of the very recent stylings of the Motorola family, having the same bent-in corners, dual ports (microHDMI and microUSB), and overall look of both previous DROID models and the ATRIX 2, the DROID RAZR, and the unconfirmed next-level XOOM tablet.

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Sony Just Bought Its Future

Sony Just Bought Its Future

Sony, with a $1.47bn check, just bought back its destiny. In agreeing to buy out Ericsson's 50-percent stake in the Sony Ericsson smartphone partnership, the Japanese company brings to an end a decade of collaboration; more importantly, though, it buys the opportunity for Sony to come up to speed with its rivals and - if it leverages its strengths correctly - overtake Samsung, LG and even Apple in the consumer electronics market. "We can more rapidly and more widely offer consumers smartphones, laptops, tablets and televisions" CEO Howard Stringer promised in the announcement, "that seamlessly connect with one another and open up new worlds of online entertainment." Big words, but Sony is one of the few companies that could ever deliver on them.

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RIM Porsche Design P’9981 gets official

RIM Porsche Design P’9981 gets official

I hardly think a cool design is going to be enough to lure people back to the Blackberry smartphone from more popular devices like the iPhone. We mentioned the Blackberry Porsche Design smartphone a few weeks ago when the first details of the device started to surface. The device was said to be coming on October 27. Today being the 27, RIM did in fact offer up some of the details on the Porsche Design smartphone.

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