Archive for Feb 26, 2013

Stuxnet virus existed 2 years prior to attacks

Stuxnet virus existed 2 years prior to attacks

Researchers from Symantec have uncovered more information about Stuxnet, the virus that was used to damage Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities back in 2007. The Stuxnet virus was speculated to be created solely to damage the nuclear plants in Iran. In an 18-page report by Symantec, it turns out that the existence of Stuxnet dates back to 2005. The virus was called Stuxnet 0.5 at the time, but there isn't any word yet on whether or not this version of the virus was used to do any damage.

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Pentagon rolling out 100,000 iOS and Android devices next year

Pentagon rolling out 100,000 iOS and Android devices next year

We heard back in October that the Pentagon was going to be opening up its mobile device network to iOS and Android, on top of BlackBerry. Details were a bit scarce at that point in time, but today the US Department of Defense has announced their plans for the new program, and it's expected to get under way earlier next year.

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First Windows Phone 8 GDR2 to be the HTC Tiara

First Windows Phone 8 GDR2 to be the HTC Tiara

HTC just announced its 2013 Android flagship smartphone, the HTC One, which is also HTC's trump card in getting itself out of its financial rut. However, if the sales of the HTC One doesn't go as successfully as planned, HTC's going to find itself in a lot of trouble. HTC, however, has a contingency plan, and while it won't launch the company to financial bliss, it will serve as a cushion until the company figures out what to do next.

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Instagram surpasses 100 million monthly users

Instagram surpasses 100 million monthly users

The popular photo-sharing service Instagram has announced that they have reached 100 million monthly active users after just two-and-a-half years of being available to photography nerds around the world. Despite the recent privacy policy debacle, it seems a lot of users are over that now, and are ready to get back to creating timeless imagery.

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Windows Phone Store now has over 130,000 apps available

Windows Phone Store now has over 130,000 apps available

Microsoft has announced a new milestone reached by the Windows Phone developer community. There are currently over 130,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Store, with 15,000 of them designed specifically for Windows Phone 8 devices. That's still a long ways away from the 675,000+ apps offered by the Google Play store, and the 775,000+ offered by the iPhone's App Store, but progress is progress.

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Acer Aspire ME600 Review

Acer Aspire ME600 Review

Unless you’re a hardcore gamer or a developer of some kind, you probably don’t have a huge need for a traditional desktop computer, and probably might get a laptop or even a tablet instead. However, desktops have a few advantages that make them worth sticking around for the foreseeable future, including easy upgradeability, more hard drive storage, and the general notion that you can get faster components for cheaper than what an equivalent laptop would cost. Acer still believes in desktop computers, and their Aspire ME600 is the perfect example of a computer that still has its place in a so-called “post-PC” world. Let’s have a look at it to see what makes it tick.

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Ubuntu Touch to launch developer preview on over 20 more devices

Ubuntu Touch to launch developer preview on over 20 more devices

Last week, the Ubuntu Touch developer preview was launched on the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. The preview gave developers and users access to the core and shell apps of the OS, alongside many of your phone's normal features, like cameras, Wi-Fi, and more. The developer preview is of course still full of bugs and issues that make it impossible to use as a daily driver. Canonical also stresses that you're flashing Ubuntu on your device at your own risk, because there is the possibility of bricking your device.

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EU Commission investing $65.4m in 5G, targeting a 2020 release or earlier

EU Commission investing $65.4m in 5G, targeting a 2020 release or earlier

While 4G LTE is still rolling out across the US, Europe is already thinking about the next cellular technology. The European Commission has invested 50 million euros ($65.4 million) into 5G cellular technology research, and to accelerate the development process of the new technology. The European Commission wants to have 5G ready by 2020.

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Silicon Valley launches campaign to teach coding in schools

Silicon Valley launches campaign to teach coding in schools

Many major businesses and icons in Silicon Valley are joining together with a new non-profit, named Code.org, to bring more computer science classes to schools. Some big names supporting the project are Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Jack Dorsey (of Twitter and Square fame). The project was started by Hadi and Ali Partovi in an effort to bring more qualified programmers and engineers to the evergrowing tech industry.

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Twitter for Windows Phone updates with new look, live tile support

Twitter for Windows Phone updates with new look, live tile support

In the past, Twitter wasn't giving as much love to its Windows Phone app is it was to its Android and iOS offering. However, that changed today. The social media service has updated its Windows Phone app with a new design that "brings the app in line with other Twitter apps," and introduced some new features that make it easier to share and discover content.

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5 games optimized for the NVIDIA Tegra 4

5 games optimized for the NVIDIA Tegra 4

NVIDIA's new Tegra 4 processor is a beast, dominating benchmarks left and right. The Tegra 4 utilizes a whopping 72-core GeForce GPU making it capable of handling any intense 3D mobile game out there. But none of the games currently out in the Google Play store do the Tegra 4 justice, so NVIDIA has given us a preview of 5 upcoming games that will fully utilize the Tegra 4 and its 72-core GPU.

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Google confirms no plans for retail stores

Google confirms no plans for retail stores

Earlier this month we heard chatter that Google may be introducing a line of retail stores in order to promote its physical products, like various Chromebooks, Nexus devices, and their upcoming Google Glasses. However, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital Content Andy Rubin says that there's no need for Google retail stores since most consumers don't need to try out a device before they buy it.

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