Archive for November, 2013

Nexus flaw sees Android phones crash after SMS overload

Nexus flaw sees Android phones crash after SMS overload

Google's Nexus smartphones are susceptible to a messaging glitch that can force them to reboot or disconnect, security researchers have discovered, with handsets running recent versions of Android falling victim to special SMS messages. When around 30 so-called Flash SMS messages - which are displayed on-screen but not stored - are sent to a Nexus 5, Nexus 4, or Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.x versions, Bogdan Alecu found, the phones can either unexpectedly reboot or drop its data connection.

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SlashDeals Black Friday 2013: Alienware 17, Apple networking & LG plasma TV

SlashDeals Black Friday 2013: Alienware 17, Apple networking & LG plasma TV

It's Black Friday, and that can only mean one thing: more tech deals than you can shake a stick at. You could head down and face the crowds at the stores, or you could grab your bargains online instead, and spend the rest of the day enjoying turkey leftovers. On past the cut, monster TVs and displays whether you're a gamer, a PC pro, or just looking to give your living room a makeover; a rare price cut on Apple's much-loved networking gear; super-fast Core i7 laptops and desktops; and more!

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Official Android Figurines Series 4 unveiled: Dead Zebra strikes again

Official Android Figurines Series 4 unveiled: Dead Zebra strikes again

There's no doubt now that the folks at Dead Zebra have a solid combination of style and pop-culture connection on their hands with their officially licensed Android Figurine series. They've been released waves of these guys for several years now, finding their way in to Google device releases (the official first showing of Honeycomb) and international conferences (CES 2012, MWC 2011) alike. They're on their 4th series now, coming in smooth with a caveman, gold, and burger for good measure.

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LG Android 4.4 KitKat software update hits G2 in Q1

LG Android 4.4 KitKat software update hits G2 in Q1

The hip thing for hardware brands to announce this week appears to be their schedule for updating their smartphones to Android 4.4 KitKat, and LG is aboard right alongside the rest with its G2 for Q1 2014. The LG G2 is the current hero smartphone for the company, with the curved LG G Flex coming in only slightly more recently. The LG G2 has ben pegged for the month of March inside 2014 for a full upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat, to be precise.

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Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

Pebble smartwatch hits Black Friday with Amazon and own-page cuts

There's nothing like a good push on the biggest shopping day of the year, especially when you've got a device that's just about the size of your traditional stocking for stuffing. That's what's up with Pebble this weekend when they reveal that they've released the device to Amazon as well as on their own site with special cut just for this weekend. This device is also getting ramped up for a bit of a rebirth as their version 2.0 software brews in beta, mind you, with developers chomping at the bit.

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Nintendo 64 revived in color Lekki edition

Nintendo 64 revived in color Lekki edition

We're certain you did not expect to see the name Nintendo 64 in your news feed today, but there it is - revived by the company called Lekki. This machine will be sold by the company in a collection of new colors never available with the console's standard run. While users were able to get a black/gray unit as well as some particularly flashy bright yellow Pokemon style runs, this release (unofficial, non-Nintendo sanctioned, mind you), will come in a set of white-topped colored-bottom units.

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Volvo V60 Polestar wagon coming to the US

Volvo V60 Polestar wagon coming to the US

In Europe Volvo has some rather interesting cars, but in the US we get mostly boring cars that typically focus on safety rather than performance. A new Volvo vehicle is coming to the US that will bring with it impressive performance and a wagon body with lots of space inside. In the UK, the Volvo V60 Polestar would be called a shooting brake.

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Scientists explain how T Rex soft tissue remained preserved for 68 million years

Scientists explain how T Rex soft tissue remained preserved for 68 million years

Scientists have been trying to explain exactly how some soft tissue on a 68 million year old T Rex skeleton could have survived millions of years without rotting away. The question has been burning in the minds of researchers since 2005 when an adolescent T Rex skeleton was discovered in Montana that had soft tissue preserved inside the leg. At first, scientists believed that the soft tissue had to be caused by some sort of later bacterial infection.

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