Archive for Dec 28, 2012

HyTAQ robot rolls on the ground and flies through the air

HyTAQ robot rolls on the ground and flies through the air

We've seen plenty of remote-controlled toy robots over the years. We've seen remote-controlled devices that can fly such as the AR Drone and remote-controlled devices that roll around on the ground as well. What I don't recall seeing is a remote-controlled device that combines both ground and air capability into one device.

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Facebook Poke and Snapchat bug saves “deleted” videos

Facebook Poke and Snapchat bug saves “deleted” videos

A security flaw that quietly saves private videos in Snapchat and Facebook Poke for future recovery, when the sender expects them to be deleted after a few seconds, has been identified in the new "sexting" apps. Both apps promise a simple way to share photos and video temporarily, with the promise that they'll be deleted shortly after viewing; however, BuzzFeed discovered, a simple third-party file browser can pull the video files from a cached store on your iPhone or iPad, allowing the clips to be archived and shared.

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Apple customer satisfaction falls to four-year low in new survey

Apple customer satisfaction falls to four-year low in new survey

The results of the annual holiday E-Retail Satisfaction Index from ForeSee are in for this year. The survey is compiled from 24,000 customer surveys gathered between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The results show that Apple has declined in rankings falling to a new four-year low for online customer satisfaction.

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Sony stops shipping the PS2 in Japan

Sony stops shipping the PS2 in Japan

We all knew that eventually Sony would have to kill the PS2 despite the fact that it still had a decent sales numbers. The original Sony PlayStation 2 launched in March of 2000 and quickly became one of the most popular game consoles ever built. It looks like the PS2 is ready to head into the sunset.

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Nissan expands battery warranty coverage for Leaf EVs

Nissan expands battery warranty coverage for Leaf EVs

Nissan hasn't been having the best of luck with its all-electric Leaf. The vehicle hasn't sold in numbers like the automaker had hoped. Out of the consumers who purchased the Leaf, nearly 18,000 complained of battery capacity loss and poor performance of the vehicle battery packs.

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Toshiba will show off SDHC memory card with TransferJet tech at CES

Toshiba will show off SDHC memory card with TransferJet tech at CES

CES 2013 starts early next month and there'll be no shortage of new devices on display at the show. Toshiba will be on hand at CES and one of the new products that it will be showing off is a slick SDHC memory card that features wireless transfer technology. Toshiba says that the memory card on display at the show will be a reference unit.

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China closes Internet loophole and forces Internet users to give their real names

China closes Internet loophole and forces Internet users to give their real names

China is famous for censoring the Internet with one of the largest nationwide firewalls in the world. China's firewall is called the Great Firewall of China and many Chinese citizens have used loopholes in the system to get access to unfiltered news from outside the country and blocked websites such as Gmail and others. This loophole was exploited by Chinese citizens by accessing foreign VPNs to be able to access block sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and others.

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Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s star product for holiday sales

Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s star product for holiday sales

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD was the retail giant's best-selling product over the holiday season, with the Android-based ereader-tablet also the most gifted and most-wished-for item on the virtual shelves. The company still refuses to give specific sales figures, but says that the Kindle Fire HD has held the top spot in all three categories since it landed fifteen weeks ago.

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LG Display hunts Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 sales ban in Korea

LG Display hunts Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 sales ban in Korea

Apple isn't the only company to bear a grudge against Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1: LG Display has filed an injunction for a ban on the stylus-equipped tablet in Korea, as well as nearly $1m in damages for every day Samsung keeps it on sale. The latest phase of an ongoing patent dispute between LG Display and Samsung Display, Dow Jones reports, the suit alleges that the screen used in the Note 10.1 infringes its technologies in the way it boosts viewing angles.

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OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

OUYA details special translucent Dev Consoles as SDK thrown open

We already knew OUYA's Dev Console was shipping slightly ahead of schedule, but the open-source gaming team has now revealed exactly what comes in the box: a special edition frosted translucent version of the console. The limited availability version is headed off to 1,200 developers with a new casing - along with a few hardware tweaks - while OUYA has also thrown open the doors to its Dev Portal with the full development kit (aka ODK) and full support forums.

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BLU announces unlocked VIVO 4.65 HD, will start shipping next month

BLU announces unlocked VIVO 4.65 HD, will start shipping next month

BLU has given its Vivo 4.3 a boost to the Vivo 4.65 HD, an unlocked smartphone with decent specs and a lowish price tag. The handset includes a handful of improvements over the Vivo 4.3, and boasts a 4.65-inch HD Super AMOLED display after which the phone gets its name. The phone is slated to begin shipping in January, and is priced at $300.

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Anonymous’ attacks will decline in 2013, says McAfee Labs

Anonymous’ attacks will decline in 2013, says McAfee Labs

In McAfee Lab's latest annual report, it details how it views the security of the Internet throughout 2013. Perhaps surprisingly, the company says to expect a decline in attacks from Anonymous, with a possibility of a few big attacks as it peters out into relative obscurity. In its place will be more centralized, targeted groups with specific causes and goals.

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