Archive for Jun 27, 2013

Digg Reader iOS app update hits iPhone and iPad

Digg Reader iOS app update hits iPhone and iPad

Digg Reader, the company's attempt to replace ill-fated Google Reader, has made its jump to mobile, with an update of the Digg iOS app introducing RSS support. Available in versions for iPhone and iPad, the new app - v5.0 - not only pulls in the feeds users have set up or OPML imported in the browser-based version launched a week ago, but in time will integrate them with other news pulled from social feeds.

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Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple hybrid port patent tips slimmer MacBooks sharing sockets

Apple could further slim its MacBook Air and Pro range by combining ports, a new patent application suggests, developing hybrid USB and SD card reader ports that save notebook space without sacrificing connectivity. The newly published patent, simply titled "combined input port", describes a single connector that, thanks to offset pins inside, could work with both a regular USB plug or the contacts on a memory card, depending on which the user required at the time. However, the same arrangement could also be used for combining any other mixture of ports, such as Thunderbolt, Apple points out.

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FBI sued over facial-recognition database details

FBI sued over facial-recognition database details

The FBI has been sued by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) for access to its biometrics database, arguing that the US agency has failed to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests and is gathering face-recognition data, among other things, with no external governance. The lawsuit, which follows grudging FBI confirmation that it is deploying drones in the US for surveillance purposes, is the culmination of two years of EFF investigation into the Bureau's developing Next Generation Identification (NGI) database, which includes storing a broad range of biometrics.

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iTunes Radio label deal leak puts Pandora back in the spotlight

iTunes Radio label deal leak puts Pandora back in the spotlight

Apple's iTunes Radio terms for record labels have been revealed, and look likely to ramp up attention on Pandora and other rivals who have recently been accused of short-changing artists. The royalties iTunes Radio will pay, according to the WSJ's insider glance at the offers made to independent labels, will kick off at 0.13 cents per play, as well as a proportionate share of 15-percent of net advertising revenue.

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Microsoft follows Google in demanding FISA disclosure permission

Microsoft follows Google in demanding FISA disclosure permission

Microsoft has demanded permission to disclose FISA security requests, following Google in aiming to publicize the frequency and extent of calls from the NSA and others to hand over user data. "Microsoft respectfully moves this court for an order, judgement, or other such relief as the court may deem appropriate declaring that Microsoft may lawfully disclose aggregate statistics concerning any orders and/or directives that Microsoft may have received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and/or FISA Amendments Act" the company said in a motion [pdf link] filed on June 19.

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Sony CyberShot RX100 II boasts “DSLR” images from a point-and-shoot setup

Sony CyberShot RX100 II boasts “DSLR” images from a point-and-shoot setup

Alongside the CyberShot RX1R, Sony has unveiled a second addition to the RX-series: the RX100 II, which is a more powerful version of the RX100. Sony hails this camera as offering photographers DSRL-quality images from a compact camera setup, managing to pull this off in part due to the device's 1.0-type Exmor R backlit CMOS sensor, which offers 20.2-megapixels. We've got a gallery available after the jump.

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Amazon AutoRip UK arrives: Free digital versions of your CD buys

Amazon AutoRip UK arrives: Free digital versions of your CD buys

Amazon has brought its AutoRip service to the UK, offering CD and vinyl buyers - whether new or based on historic purchases - a free MP3 copy on over 350,000 albums. Launched in the US back in January, Amazon AutoRip tries to address the balance between the immediacy of digital and the physical reassurance of a CD or vinyl record, with purchases dating back to 1999 (and even including cassettes) qualifying for a digital version. Whether you'll want to be reminded of your musical tastes in the late 90s is your own problem.

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Sony unveils Cybershot RX1R point-and-shoot with 24.3MP full-frame sensor

Sony unveils Cybershot RX1R point-and-shoot with 24.3MP full-frame sensor

Sony has announced one of its latest additions to the RX-series of CyberShot cameras: the RX1R. This compact point-and-shoot features, among other things, a full-frame 35mm 24.3-megapixel sensor, the same that was offered in the previously-released RX1 camera. Rather than replacing the RX1, this latest iteration complements the series with additional features and image quality that Sony says offers the "sharpest detail ever."

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North Korean company unveils Android-based Samjiyon tablet sans wifi

North Korean company unveils Android-based Samjiyon tablet sans wifi

Earlier this year, North Korea had promised to switch on a 3G mobile broadband network for foreigners to access the Internet while within the Internet-deprived nation. While it did follow through on March 1, it wasn't even a month before the network was taken down for reasons unknown. Now the nation has entered into its newest technology foray, with a Pyongyang company unveiling an Android tablet called Samjiyon that doesn't have wifi.

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