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iPhone 6 leak confirmed rendered fakery: seek the smudge

iPhone 6 leak confirmed rendered fakery: seek the smudge

This week several news outlets - including our own - were quick to the gun with posting some iPhone 6 images that very much appeared to be the real deal. As it turns out, some smudges on the displays of these units gave them away: the same smudge patterns were used on previous renderings, also giving these images away as renderings as such. The whole lot was mocked up by 3D illustrator Martin Hajek.

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NSA catalog lets agents deliver cloned hardware to targets

NSA catalog lets agents deliver cloned hardware to targets

A new examination of the seemingly bottomless well of Snowden documents describes an internal NSA catalog of dead ringers for consumer hardware that the NSA can deploy on unsuspecting targets' systems. For example, when a target orders a new hard drive, router, monitor cable, or USB plug online, the NSA can intercept the order and send a bugged clone, which the target would then install by his own volition. The catalog includes hardware by Seagate, Samsung, Cisco, Huawei, Dell and many others.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook revs rumor engine with talk of big plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook revs rumor engine with talk of big plans

Apple CEO Tim Cook has piqued fan interest and rumors once again with a characteristically vague but enticing mention of "big plans" for 2014. The mention came by way of an employee newsletter he sent to the entire Apple workforce. It was nestled near the end of a long list of accomplishments both from a product standpoint and from a corporate citizenship perspective.

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NSA and GCHQ targeted 1,000 allied individuals: latest Snowden drop

NSA and GCHQ targeted 1,000 allied individuals: latest Snowden drop

The latest installment of the ongoing slow release of the whistleblower Edward Snowden's cache of 1.7 million stolen NSA documents has revealed over 1,000 targets of the NSA's and GCHQ's international spying efforts between 2008 and 2011. The targets include high-ranking officials in allied nations, economic regulatory bodies, humanitarian aid agencies, and -- seemingly as an afterthought -- individuals being watched for hypothesized ties to terrorism. These particular documents were reported Friday by the American newspaper New York Times, Britain's the Guardian and Germany's Der Spiegel.

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OPPO R1 leaked: next-gen camera-upgraded phone to debut late December

OPPO R1 leaked: next-gen camera-upgraded phone to debut late December

Images and specs for the OPPO R1 have leaked, and the smartphone is looking to be a worthy update to the Chinese electronics company's R-series line of Android handsets. While the R1 will not be OPPO's flagship handset by any means -- those honors go to the Find-series and CyanogenMod-enabled N1 -- the R1 is a step up in most respects from the R819 released in August.

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Snowden sitting on 1.5 million more documents, NSA estimates

Snowden sitting on 1.5 million more documents, NSA estimates

And now for your weekend Snowden update. Edward Snowden, as you may know if you haven't been living in Plato's cave, is the 30-year-old former NSA employee who stole and leaked "thousands" of documents revealing some of the incredible extent to which the NSA and other international spy agencies go to spy on Americans, Chinese, Germans, and the rest of the world. Last month the NSA said Snowden had leaked 200,000 documents to journalists. Now we're hearing estimates from the NSA itself that Snowden is sitting on 1.5 million additional documents -- but the agency admits even that figure is more-or-less a shot-in-the-dark.

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HTC “One Two” to launch early 2014, UK patent judge reveals

HTC “One Two” to launch early 2014, UK patent judge reveals

HTC's flagship phone, the HTC One, will have a successor by February or March of 2014, a UK patent judge has revealed in a court document. The name of that successor is the cleverly named "HTC One Two," according to the BBC. No photos or specs were revealed.

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Nokia Lumia 929 photo leaked: December release now rumored

Nokia Lumia 929 photo leaked: December release now rumored

The rumored Thanksgiving release date for the Lumia 929 from Nokia has come and gone, and now we're seeing a new possible release date. This time word has it the 5" phone will be released in mid- to late December. There's also new photographic evidence of the phone's existence.

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NSA hackers compromised at least 50,000 networks in 14 years

NSA hackers compromised at least 50,000 networks in 14 years

A large team of NSA hackers known collectively as the Tailored Access Operations (TAO) department successfully hacked 50,000 computer networks between the years 1998 and 2012, according to a new examination of the Snowden documents. A PowerPoint presentation seen this week by Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad revealed the statistic along with other information about the agency's Computer Network Exploitation (CNE) activities.

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Nokia Lumia 2020 8-inch tablet rumored for release by April 2014

Nokia Lumia 2020 8-inch tablet rumored for release by April 2014

Hot on the heels of the release of Nokia's 10.1-inch tablet the Lumia 2520, rumors of an 8-inch Lumia tablet are already astir. The mid-sized device would be the same one that is currently known by the code name "Illusionist" and would be officially dubbed and sold as the Lumia 2020. According to Digitimes, the release date will likely be sometime in the first quarter of 2014.

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Zee.Aero develops flying car near Google X

Zee.Aero develops flying car near Google X

From the front it looks a bit like a catfish. From the top it looks like a water strider. From the side it looks like a great white shark. This odd-looking flying car is under development at a technology company near the Google X research facility--although so far it looks like Google is not involved with this project.

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Google’s 2013 Nexus 10 to source LG, leaked pics suggest

Google’s 2013 Nexus 10 to source LG, leaked pics suggest

Google's 2013 reboot of its Nexus 10 tablet will be manufactured by LG and sell for £299 ($482), if these leaked pics are to be believed. They were apparently leaked by Spanish broadband and telecom provider Telefonica, as the "Property of Telefonica" watermark on the second pic would indicate. Together the allegedly individually sourced pics would confirm rumors the Korean manufacturer will be Google's go-to replacement of Samsung for the tablet (not Asus as was widely--and erroneously--rumored this last summer.

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