Archive for Dec 28, 2012

Facebook: Poke fix for sneaky video saving coming “shortly”

Facebook: Poke fix for sneaky video saving coming “shortly”

Facebook is hurriedly cooking up a fix to its Poke app, after a security bug allowing all videos sent through the purportedly ephemeral messaging service to be extracted was identified. "We are addressing this issue now" a spokesperson told BuzzFeed, "we should have a fix pushed shortly." Poke - along with rival time-limited messaging app Snapchat - was caught caching videos in a temporary file on iPhones and other iOS devices, where despite the sender setting them to delete in 10 seconds or less, they could later be retrieved.

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The Walking Dead Episodes 2-5 are 50% off today on Xbox Live

The Walking Dead Episodes 2-5 are 50% off today on Xbox Live

The Walking Dead, which won five awards at this year's Video Game Awards, is having a major sale for today only. Episode 1 is still completely free, as it's been for a couple days now, but episodes 2 through 5 are all 50% off each. This means you can get the entire series for just $10 through Xbox Live.

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Pearson to invest $89.5m in Barnes & Noble NOOK business

Pearson to invest $89.5m in Barnes & Noble NOOK business

Barnes & Noble announced today that Pearson, a British publisher and education company, will be investing $89.5 million in Barnes & Noble‘s NOOK business for a 5% stake, valuing the business at $1.79 billion, which is up from $1.7 billion earlier this spring. Barnes & Noble will own 78.2% of its NOOK business after this is all said and done.

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Mars Express christens new space antenna with red planet pics

Mars Express christens new space antenna with red planet pics

NASA's Curiosity rover may be getting us close-up to Mars, but the European Space Agency's Mars Express probe has a far more macro perspective as it beams back the first shots to be received at the new Malargüe space tracking station. Powered up earlier this month, the ultra-sensitive radio antenna funneled back shots from the Mars Express' Visual Monitoring Camera showing the red planet from over 6,000 miles away.

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LG Display outs CES 2013 spoils: Full HD phone/tab screens plus UHD TVs

LG Display outs CES 2013 spoils: Full HD phone/tab screens plus UHD TVs

LG Display has detailed its screen showing for CES 2013, spanning smartphone and tablet scale through to lounge-dominating behemoth panels, and most boasting high-resolution. At the mobile end of the scale, LG will kick off with a 4.7-inch panel with 1mm bezel, helping trim sizable smartphones down to hand-friendly scale, followed by a 5.5-inch Full HD "phablet" panel with huge 403ppi pixel density. There'll also be a 7-inch tablet display, running at 1920 x 1200 for 324ppi.

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Portal gun replica signed by Valve being auctioned for charity

Portal gun replica signed by Valve being auctioned for charity

Donating to charity is always a good thing to do, but what if you got something in return? How about a Portal gun replica that's signed by the entire Valve team? Games Art And Music (GAAM) is auctioning a full-size replica of the Portal gun with signatures plastered all over it on eBay, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to charity.

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Half of Americans no longer have a landline phone

Half of Americans no longer have a landline phone

Fans of technology won't be surprised at the results of the new survey that claim half of Americans have ditched landline phones. For many people, having a home phone makes no sense when all calls can go to a mobile phone or smartphone that can be on your person at all times. The source of the survey that showed only half of Americans have home phone is rather surprising.

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Amazon Instant Video app hits Google TV

Amazon Instant Video app hits Google TV

Amazon's Instant Video has landed on Google TV, with a new app for the smart TV platform arriving in the Play market. A free download - though initially to select Google TV hardware - the Amazon Instant Video app builds on the generic browser access of the streaming media service, with HD support along with recommendations and "Your Watchlist" support.

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Report claims most smart TVs are not used to full capacity

Report claims most smart TVs are not used to full capacity

When smart TVs were first entering the market many TV manufacturers believe that the technology would push a massive number of users to upgrade. That massive upgrade to adopt smart TV technology didn't take place the way TV manufacturers had hoped. A new report published by NPD Group claims that most people who own smart TV aren't using their smart TV to its full capacity.

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RIM to pay Nokia $65m in first patent settlement

RIM to pay Nokia $65m in first patent settlement

RIM will pay Nokia around $65m in a one-off patent royalty payment, newly filed SEC paperwork confirms, though subsequent payments could amount to nearly enough if analyst predictions bear out. The deal to settle ongoing litigation between the companies was announced last week, though at the time neither would say how much the "one-time payment and on-going payments" would involve. A new Securities and Exchange Commission 6-K filing, however, spills the beans on the actual amount.

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Apple fined $165,000 in China for copyright violation

Apple fined $165,000 in China for copyright violation

Apple always seems to be embroiled in a suit of one sort or another around the world. Back in March of this year 22 authors in China sued Apple over copyright violations. The writers claim that Apple published 59 different books on its iBooks bookstore without permission of the authors.

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iPad continues to lead the tablet market in web traffic

iPad continues to lead the tablet market in web traffic

The competition against the Apple iPad is constantly growing. There are a number of popular Android tablets on the market, particularly the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD. While the competition is improving, the Apple iPad is still by far the most popular tablet on the market overall.

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