Archive for June, 2013

NSA faces potential German PRISM investigation after EU bugging claims

NSA faces potential German PRISM investigation after EU bugging claims

International tensions over the NSA's PRISM monitoring program continue to grow, with federal prosecutors in Germany revealing they are ramping up for a potential investigation into whether the US government has broken German law. The preliminary inquiries are to "achieve a reliable factual basis" on the extent of PRISM and similar programs harvesting electronic data on non-US citizens, the German Federal Prosecutors' Office confirmed this weekend. Meanwhile, at least one criminal complaint has been filed in Germany, in Hesse last week, with the Federal Prosecutors' Office warning that more were likely.

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3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

3D printed Cortex Exoskeleton concept could crack plaster casts

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, is the handiwork of Jake Evill, and could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options.

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Google white space broadband plans get boost with FCC approval

Google white space broadband plans get boost with FCC approval

Google's plans to squeeze wireless internet access into the "white space" in-between TV channels - and in turn further prise web control from ISP dominance - has received a boost, with its TV bands database system getting the green-light from the FCC. The TV white space (TVWS) database, which lists the existing TV services along with the frequencies they operate on in each area, and as such highlights the spare spectrum where other services could operate, gained FCC approval this week, after having been run in a public trial from March.

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iPad 5 schematics leak with iPad mini-size sides

iPad 5 schematics leak with iPad mini-size sides

The fifth generation full-sized iPad appears to be popping up this week for the first time in schematics - not the average leak vehicle, to be sure. Information included in this set of plans suggests that the upcoming iPad model will take on many of the characteristics of the iPad mini, especially those at the edges of the machine, slighter body and all. This machine would be ever-so-slightly less tall and wide than that current-generation iPad and would be about 3/4 the size in thickness.

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iPhone plastic shell leaks in China

iPhone plastic shell leaks in China

It's time to get green, it would seem, as a brightly colored back shell of what's said to be a next-generation iPhone leaks in China. This leak is consistent with several tips and suggestions over the past week involving the so-called "budget" iPhone, including the color similarity to current iPhone bumpers. This device would, if it proves to be real, be one of several color options for the iPhone later this year.

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Just Stay Away from Console Games

Just Stay Away from Console Games

My son gets into the car and before I have a chance to slide into the driver's seat and buckle myself in, he's already reaching for the iPad. He's fastened his seatbelt, obviously, because he knows he can't touch the iPad until he's buckled up. He starts with his current favorite game, Mr. Crab. The music is horrible. The gameplay is fun, especially for a 4 year old.

His gaming elicits those terrific moments of parenting that you can tell your friends who don't have kids and they still find funny. Like when he started trash-talking his games. This happened recently. He always talked to the characters, I think that's normal. Once he figured out Talking Tom the Cat Who Farts will talk back to him in a funny voice, the babbling from the backseat never ended.

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Apple told to make several changes to San Francisco retail store design

Apple told to make several changes to San Francisco retail store design

In May, Apple submitted a proposal to move its San Francisco retail store about three blocks to a new location in Union Square, where many up-and-up shopping establishments are located. While such a change was welcomed by the city, not everyone was happy with some of the design plans, one of which, for example, involves taking down a sculpture/water fountain. The proposal has been analyzed, and Apple is being told some changes need made.

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Yahoo to shutdown a dozen services by September

Yahoo to shutdown a dozen services by September

As the latest of many changes that have been made to Yahoo! under CEO Marissa Mayer's reign, the company announced via Tumblr that it will be shutting down a dozen services over the new few months, with the last one going down on September 28. This move in part removes services that have received little attention in modern times - some of them perhaps being unknown to most of Internet users - while others are more known. Regardless, the purpose is to do away with the old and draw the company's users towards a more cohesive, modern Yahoo!.

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Apple pens deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing after delays

Apple pens deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing after delays

We reported on April 11 following a tip that Apple was distancing its hardware relationship with competitor Samsung via a deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. While the rumor proved to be true, that deal was delayed due to "glitches" and other problems on TSMC's part, with the manufacturer having issues meeting Apple's quality standards. These issues have now been ironed out, according to a statement from the company, and the deal has been made.

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