Archive for February, 2012

iOS loophole lets developers access all your photos

iOS loophole lets developers access all your photos

Apple may soon have to fight the flames of another privacy-related controversy, this time involving a loophole in their iOS apps that allows developers access to users' photos. There's already been controversy over iOS apps accessing users' address books without permission, but now it appears the situation is actually much worse. The apps can also secretly access users' photos and upload them to a remote server once users allow apps permission to their location information.

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Home Depot PayPal payment pilot set for chainwide rollout

Home Depot PayPal payment pilot set for chainwide rollout

After an apparently massive success with its trial of accepting PayPal payments at the point of sale, Home Depot has decided to bring the revoutionary POS technology to nearly all of its 2,000 stores in the US. It's the first time in recent memory that a major retail chain has allowed a way to pay at the register that doesn't actually require customers to have a physical product (whether it's a credit card, a mobile phone, or a dollar bill).

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Xbox 360 limited edition all-white Kinect bundle available now

Xbox 360 limited edition all-white Kinect bundle available now

Microsoft is offering a new Xbox 360 limited edition bundle that will be especially desirable to those who lust after shiny white gadgets. It seems like special edition white versions of popular devices have become a common trend and are especially coveted. Well, this bundle does the same trick, bringing you the Xbox 360 console, the Kinect hardware, and a controller, all in white.

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IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM sets new records in quantum computing

IBM scientists have set three new records in the realm of quantum computing, the company announced today at the Annual Physical Society meeting in Boston. Significant advances were achieved by the team in developing a quantum computing system that's stable enough to be scalable, bringing it one step closer to reality for practical computation.

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Sony’s PlayStation Network to be down March 1

Sony’s PlayStation Network to be down March 1

Attention, PlayStation gamers - the online PlayStation Network service will be going under the knife on Thursday, March 1 for nearly the entire day. This is to address bugs, optimize performance, and perform necessary maintenance. The service is expected to be down starting at around 11:00 AM Eastern Time and will not be back online until after midnight.

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Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

This year's Mobile World Congress has turned out to have more than a couple surprises, and the highly quotable Eric Schmidt is no exception to the rule this week in the Google keynote address. Speaking to the entire world via webcast as well as an audience of press and mobile enthusiasts alike on not just the state of the mobile world today, but the future in which the developing world will be utterly changed for the better by a web-connected community. In addition, both privacy and the most recent release for Android by Google: Google Chrome, were touched upon by both Schmidt and Android's Hugo Barra.

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Audi launches A3 e-tron EV pilot program in the US

Audi launches A3 e-tron EV pilot program in the US

Audi has announced that it will be launching its first pilot program in the US for its fleet of A3 e-tron all-electric battery-powered vehicles. The hatchbacks will be deployed in four major US cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Denver, and Washington DC, where Audi hopes to enlist beta testers to get real world day-to-day usage data.

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Bethesda job ad points to DirectX 11 in Xbox 720 or PS4

Bethesda job ad points to DirectX 11 in Xbox 720 or PS4

Game studio Bethesda has posted a new job listing for a next-generation console programmer, which gives us insight into what Bethesda's insights are for the Xbox 720 and potentially the PS4. There are some surprisingly specific details about what the position will entail. The job is titled "Future Generation Console Programmer," something we expect will be changed before any business cards are printed.

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Has Apple shown us the iPad 3 Retina Display already?

Has Apple shown us the iPad 3 Retina Display already?

Apple's iPad 3 event invite doesn't just confirm the March 7 launch of the third-gen tablet: it's also the most official suggestion so far that a Retina Display is indeed on the slate's spec sheet. Take a look at the invite graphic Apple included - complete with the tagline "We have something you really have to see. And touch" - and the on-screen graphics certainly look smoother and more precise than what the current 1024 x 768 iPad 2 offers.

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Xbox 720 reportedly codenamed Durango

Xbox 720 reportedly codenamed Durango

There have been rumors that Microsoft's next-gen Xbox console, which some term the Xbox 720, is codenamed "Durango." The report first surfaced on Kotaku, which claimed to have heard the name from multiple sources close to the project. But today, a now-pulled Tweet from a Crytek game developer inadvertently confirmed the codename and revealed a secret developer summit underway in London for the new console.

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