Archive for March, 2013

iMessage DDoS attacks foreshadow a bigger threat

iMessage DDoS attacks foreshadow a bigger threat

Recently, several iOS developers became victims to an iMessage DDoS attack that crashed their app and inhibited their devices. The attacks were executed using a simple AppleScript, where the attackers are able to send out an unlimited, fast-pace amount of messages to the recipient. Depending on the content of the message, the app would either crash, or would shell out notifications at an annoyingly, alarming rate.

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Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Find treasure with Google’s new treasure map

Following up on YouTube's April Fool's Day prank, Google has launched one of its own. It's similar to its prank last year, when it launched an awesome 8-bit version of its Maps service. This year, Google has transformed Google Maps into a treasure map. In order to access the map, all you have to do is click on "Treasure Mode" on the top right of the Google Maps page. Then you can watch as your location is magically transformed into a treasure map.

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Would Android Matter As Much Without Google?

Would Android Matter As Much Without Google?

Android is the dominant force in the mobile operating system landscape. And now more than ever, people are finding that the operating system is not only a strong competitor to iOS, but in some respects, might just be even better.

Now, I’m sure that Apple fans won’t want to hear such a thing. After all, for years, they’ve been supporting Apple’s iOS platform and to hear that Android could possibly come with features that surpass those of iOS is anathema to them. But perhaps it’s time that we all agree that, at the very least, Android and iOS are in a neck-and-neck battle for mobile operating system dominance.

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Mysterious Blackberry 10 roadmap leaks

Mysterious Blackberry 10 roadmap leaks

A new Blackberry 10 roadmap, leaked by a mysterious Twitter account, shows that Blackberry has a few interesting devices heading our way. Of course, we have to take this information with a grain of salt, but nonetheless, it does show us an interesting new future for Blackberry. In the leaked roadmap, we see that Blackberry is planning on releasing a 10-inch tablet, a phablet, and another touchscreen device with a fully QWERTY keyboard.

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PlayStation 4 demand will reportedly outpace supplies at launch

PlayStation 4 demand will reportedly outpace supplies at launch

There is speculation going around that the demand for the PlayStation 4 will outpace the available supply for the console system at launch. Gamestop stated that around 900,000 of its members have signed up for its "PlayStation 4 First To Know List". While it's more of a pre-registration than it is pre-orders, Gamestop says that its lists are usually a "strong indicator" for the number of people planning on pre-ordering the device.

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Apple gets denied the iPad Mini trademark

Apple gets denied the iPad Mini trademark

Apple has been denied the trademark for its iPad Mini devices in the U.S. The United States Patent and Trademark Office denied Apple's application because it says that the word "Mini" is "merely descriptive" of Apple's iPad. The reviewer of the application stated, "the applied-for mark merely describes a feature or characteristic of the applicant's goods." Apple is able to appeal the decision, however, and will most likely be granted the trademark as long as it addresses all of the reasons why the application was denied.

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After 8 years, YouTube is finally shutting down

After 8 years, YouTube is finally shutting down

No, not really. In celebration of April Fool's Day, YouTube went all out with their (highly unbelievable) prank. Now some of you may be saying, "You're one day early YouTube, it's March 31st", but you have to keep in mind that its April 1st in some countries already, like Japan. In its April Fool's Day prank, YouTube stated that after 8 years, the contest that is YouTube, will finally come to an end come midnight, April 1st.

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64GB HTC One available exclusively to AT&T

64GB HTC One available exclusively to AT&T

AT&T subscribers will apparently be able to purchase a 64GB version of the HTC One when the device heads to the United States. In its promotional video for the HTC One, AT&T revealed that it will exclusively have the 64GB version of the device, meaning that those of you on the other major carriers, like T-Mobile, will only have access to the 32GB HTC One. However, that shouldn't be a deal breaker for many of you.

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Facebook’s Android OS will be called “Facebook Home”

Facebook’s Android OS will be called “Facebook Home”

Last week, we reported that Facebook is planning on revealing its own customized version of the Google Android operating system . They will be debuting their "special" version of the Android OS onto one of HTC's devices. It's speculated that it will launch on a new HTC device, however, there's also reports that the OS will be able to run on HTC's older handsets, and even on its upcoming flagship handset, the HTC One.

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