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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone specs leak in full

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo smartphone specs leak in full

The folks over at GSM Arena have acquired four documents containing the full specifications for Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a rumored so-called lite variety of the smartphone by the same (sans Neo) name. These internal documents confirm the existence of the handset, and in it we see details that lay out a handset akin to the previous Note generation, the Note 2.

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Apple iWatch reportedly facing power problems

Apple iWatch reportedly facing power problems

Apple is facing unexpected hurdles in its smartwatch design process, sources claim, with the much-discussed wearable - colloquially known as the "iWatch" - supposedly giving Cupertino engineers some sleepless nights. Issues include delivering sufficient battery life according to The Information, with Apple supposedly considering changing the display technology it initially intended to use in the hope of cutting power consumption.

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NSA project working towards encryption-breaking quantum computer, reveals Snowden doc

NSA project working towards encryption-breaking quantum computer, reveals Snowden doc

According to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the NSA dreams of a quantum computer that can break nearly every type of encryption -- one it is working towards (in part, at least) via a program called Penetrating Hard Targets, a $79.7 million project. The NSA isn't the only entity working on making a quantum computer reality, and such technologies would have widespread benefits beyond the cryptographically-oriented industry and various spy games.

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Snapchat leak checker ID’s hacked accounts

Snapchat leak checker ID’s hacked accounts

A new tool to allow Snapchat users to check whether their username and cellphone number have been compromised in the recent database hack has been launched, with an estimated 4.6m accounts supposedly leaked. The tool, developed by password management firm LastPass, checks a Snapchat username against the millions of accounts that were exposed using a security loophole the company was supposedly made aware of back in August 2013, but which it only addressed - at least partially - in recent days after the exploit was made public.

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Snapchat scraped: 4.6m usernames and numbers reportedly grabbed

Snapchat scraped: 4.6m usernames and numbers reportedly grabbed

The Snapchat exploit revealed last week has seemingly exposed the usernames and cellphone numbers of a claimed 4.6 million users of the self-destructing messaging service, according to a site that supposedly snatched the information from the company's database using the hack. Dubbed SnapchatDB!, the site offers up a download of what's described as "a vast majority" of Snapchat users, purportedly to highlight the lax security liberties companies take with our personal information.

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Sony VAIO Windows Phone tipped for mid-2014

Sony VAIO Windows Phone tipped for mid-2014

Sony is considering launching at least one Windows Phone handset in 2014, sources claim, as Microsoft courts potential partners to bolster support for its "third platform" OS. Sony, which has been building exclusively Android-powered smartphones for several years, is in the midst of negotiations with Microsoft about adding a second ecosystem to its range, insiders tell The Information, which could potentially launch with VAIO branding rather than the Xperia brand its existing phones carry.

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Apple denies opening NSA backdoor to iPhone

Apple denies opening NSA backdoor to iPhone

Apple has denied collaborating with the NSA to add a snooping backdoor to the iPhone, insisting that despite allegations that the DROPOUTJEEP program could access large swathes of iPhone content without the user realizing, it is unaware of any such exploit. New leaks from NSA documents acquired by whistleblower Edward Snowden led to claims earlier this week that the NSA had a tool that could access data like text messages, location, and more with "100-percent success," something Apple strongly denies either facilitating or, indeed, knowing was in operation.

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Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft’s secret OS tinkering might spawn an open-source language

Microsoft's clandestine Midori, a skunkworks project developing a non-Windows OS, could spawn a new open-source programming language called "M#" insiders claim, a spin-off of existing C#. Chatter of the scheme came after one Midori team member publicly confirmed a new language was in development; that, sources told ZDNet, is M# (aka "M-Sharp"), developed alongside Midori, and is being seen as potentially even more evidence that the mysterious platform will see a launch.

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Ford F-150 military launch tipped to make aluminum butch

Ford F-150 military launch tipped to make aluminum butch

Ford will use military-grade aluminum shielding borrowed from a US army supplier to launch the new F-150 truck with a suitably butch halo, insiders claim, bringing the much anticipated aluminum-bodied vehicle to the North American International Auto Show next month. The new F-150, expected to borrow heavily from the design of Ford's Atlas Concept truck earlier this year, will mark a switch from the steel body of the best-selling outgoing model to lighter materials in the new version, with the car company said to be pre-emptively working to dismiss suggestions that aluminum is flimsy or weak.

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