Archive for December, 2012

Senate approves warrantless phone tapping until 2017

Senate approves warrantless phone tapping until 2017

The US Senate has voted 73-23 to approve the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Reauthorization Act, which will authorize phone surveillance of Americans without a warrant for counter-terrorism purposes for the next five years. The bill extends the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Amendments Act of 2008, which granted immunity for wiretaps and email monitoring under the Bush Administration.

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Motorola DROID RAZR M HD leaked with details

Motorola DROID RAZR M HD leaked with details

A few details have been leaked by an anonymous tipster as to what the next-generation DROID RAZR M will be, building on the greatness of the already fabulous palm-sized beast. We had our first look at the original DROID RAZR M earlier this year in NYC, the reveal event also playing host to one of the first public showings of a newly minted Google-owned Motorola, complete with Google-minded software choices for Android - like on-screen buttons, for example. Here we're seeing the logical next step for the DROID RAZR M with an "HD" name addition, but the specifications we're seeing aren't quite as solid as we'd hope - not logically, that is.

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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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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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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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