Archive for September, 2013

Libratone Loop wireless speaker unveiled with wall-mounting option

Libratone Loop wireless speaker unveiled with wall-mounting option

Libratone, maker of the column-shaped portable Zipp speaker we reviewed last year, has unveiled another wool-covered speaker option: the Libratone Loop. With the latest speaker, users are again provided with a wireless connectivity option, but wall-mounting has been added into the mix, allowing the speaker to be fixed to a wall in addition to being placed on a flat surface.

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Google Web Designer targets easy HTML5 animation (and Tumblr will love it)

Google Web Designer targets easy HTML5 animation (and Tumblr will love it)

Google has launched Google Web Designer, a new beta app for creating animated online content such as adverts or other moving graphics, all in HTML5. The Windows and Mac app aims to streamline the post-Flash online world with the option of code or graphical animation creation, for those of differing comfort levels with CSS and JavaScript. Although Google intends it to be of primary use to advertisers, the software may well follow GIFs in becoming the platform-to-have for eager Tumblr users and other social addicts.

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BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent Chat promises encrypted P2P chat away from NSA prying

BitTorrent has revealed BitTorrent Chat, its secure take on instant messaging using the peer-to-peer technologies that made it notorious for file-sharing so as to escape the eyes of the NSA. Described as "a pre-Alpha experiment in server-less messaging" the new chat client promises to shuttle conversations across an encrypted, peer-to-peer network rather than routing them through a central server, as iMessage, Skype, and other services currently do.

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Windows Phone jumps in Europe but US still loves Android and iOS

Windows Phone jumps in Europe but US still loves Android and iOS

Windows Phone has hit double-digits in two European markets and averages 9.2-percent in Europe as a whole, new figures suggest, though Microsoft's smartphone platform still lags well behind iOS and Android, particularly in the US. Sales of Windows Phone devices - the majority of which are from Nokia's Lumia range - in the UK and France hit 12.0- and 10.8-percent respectively, Kantar Worldpanel calculates, in the three month period up until the end of August 2013.

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PlayStation 4 PSN boost will avoid GTA5-style download nightmare Sony says

PlayStation 4 PSN boost will avoid GTA5-style download nightmare Sony says

Sony has committed to boosting the PlayStation Network in time for the PlayStation 4, after the online game arena faltered at the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 leaving some players struggling to download or install the hotly-anticipated title. Concerns as to how the PS4 - which will feature bigger game downloads and more online components - would cope when the existing model could not left some would-be PlayStation 4 upgraders second-guessing their next-gen console selection. However, the gaming division's UK boss has insisted, that's not going to be the case.

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Breaking Bad finale sees record 10.3m viewers

Breaking Bad finale sees record 10.3m viewers

AMC's Breaking Bad finale pulled in 10.3m viewers on Sunday evening, with the five seasons coming to a close with the network's second highest ratings of the year. The show, which followed anti-hero and terminally ill Walter White over the course of sixty-two episodes as he turned to crime in order to provide for his family, saw a 3.7m surge from the penultimate episode, Nielsen says.

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Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) Review

Apple iMac 27-inch (2013) Review

Apple wowed us with the new iMac last year, its incredible design borrowing from aerospace construction methods and the sort of screen lamination only done on smartphones like the iPhone, while inside delivering the sort of power desktop users expected. Now, for 2013, comes the updated version: still visually grabbing, but now brought up to speed with faster processors, beefier graphics, and an extra jolt of speed for Apple's own Fusion Drive technology. So, is beauty still more than skin deep? Read on for our full review.

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NSA Marina metadata tracking hoards online social lives of millions

NSA Marina metadata tracking hoards online social lives of millions

The NSA is hoarding vast quantities of metadata about millions of internet users, piecing together records of their social networking use, locations, and other personal details, it's alleged, even if those individuals aren't in any way suspected of illegal activities. The year-long record of user data is gathered as part of a clandestine program called Marina, The Guardian reports, with leaked documentation about the system indicating that it uses browser tracking and more to build up automatic summaries of "pattern-of-life" activity and movement.

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