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Facebook Seeking Beta Testers For Android App

June 28, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Facebook Seeking Beta Testers For Android App

Facebook is rolling out a beta tester program for Android smartphone users that it hopes will result in quicker diagnosis of bugs and more feedback on new features. The program is based on a recently launched feature provided to Android developers by Google and will allow Facebook to roll out new versions of its software to tightly defined subsets of users before it is released to its multimillion-user audience. Facebook already gets a report every time its application crashes on an Android phone,... 

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Adobe Continues Buying Spree, Acquiring Digital Marketing Firm

June 28, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Adobe Continues Buying Spree, Acquiring Digital Marketing Firm

Adobe Systems Incorporated said it had agreed to buy privately held Neolane, which operates a software platform for managing digital marketing campaigns over multiple platforms, for $600 million in cash. The maker of Photoshop and Acrobat software said the move would “bring critical cross-channel campaign management capabilities to the Adobe Marketing Cloud.” Adobe Marketing Cloud is a set of tools encompassing analytics, social,advertising, targeting, and web experience management... 

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Malware Appears To Be Posing As Xbox One

June 28, 2013 by   | Category: Gaming
Malware Appears To Be Posing As Xbox One

Malwarebytes has discovered a malware program disguised as an Xbox One video game emulator to fool fans of the upcoming games console into downloading it. Malwarebytes analyst Joshua Cannell said that a video of the emulator in action, featuring fake gameplay from the upcoming Watch Dogs game from Ubisoft, has received 75,000 views on Youtube despite being only a few days old. “Over at emulatorxboxone.com, you’ll find the self-proclaimed first and ‘best Xbox One emulator out there’,... 

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Samsung Rolls Out OLED TV

June 28, 2013 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Samsung Rolls Out OLED TV

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd rolled out its first OLED TV on Thursday, taking the ultra-thin technology despite tenacious production challenges that keep costs high while prevailing LCD screens only get better and cheaper. The world’s biggest TV manufacturer has staked its display future on OLED – organic light emitting diode – technology and its success with smaller screens has bolstered its smartphone market share and earnings. But big screens are likely to take a much slower... 

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Are Big Game Developers Headed For Disaster?

June 28, 2013 by   | Category: Gaming
Are Big Game Developers Headed For Disaster?

Our industry is a young one and, as any teething toddler or pimpled teen can attest, growing can be tricky business. Recently, however, the repercussions of growing too quickly have been widely felt as not a week goes by without word of a “restructuring”, “downsizing” or “shifting focus” among major game studios the world over. Part of this frightening state of affairs is to be taken on a case-by-case basis – as is widely known, when a studio comes to the... 

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Astronomers Find Mini-Neptune In Cluster

June 28, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Astronomers Find Mini-Neptune In Cluster

Alien planets are popping up in unexpected places. Astronomers using the planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft have found two planets circling different stars in the violent environment of an ancient open star cluster called NGC 6811 located about 3,300 light-years from Earth. Until now, four of the more than 850 planets known outside the solar system were spotted in clusters. The planets — Kepler-66b and Kepler-67b — are both smaller than the planets previously found in clusters. They are slightly... 

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Sprint To Offer Two Windows Phones This Summer

June 27, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
Sprint To Offer Two Windows Phones This Summer

Sprint announced Wednesday it will soon offer two Windows Phone 8 smartphones that run over fast LTE, the HTC 8XT and the Samsung ATIV S Neo. The 8XT will cost $99.99 and the ATIV S Neo will cost $149.99. Both prices apply after rebate and require a two-year service agreement. Sprint didn’t announce a sales date, but said both devices will be launched this summer. Customers can register on the Sprint website for more information. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer introduced both Windows Phone 8... 

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Dish Network Withdraws Bid For Clearwire

June 27, 2013 by   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Dish Network Withdraws Bid For Clearwire

Dish Network has withdrawn its offer to buy Clearwire, probably clearing the path for a strengthened Sprint Nextel to complete its takeover of the struggling but spectrum-rich mobile operator. Both SoftBank’s US$21.6 billion acquisition of Sprint and Sprint’s buyout of Clearwire are now on track for completion in early July, with the main remaining hurdle being U.S. Federal Communications Commission approval of the SoftBank-Sprint transaction. Together, those deals will create a stronger... 

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Intel Invests In Tablet Business

June 27, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Intel Invests In Tablet Business

Intel has invested in E La Carte, a firm that designs tablets for restaurants. Intel Capital, the chipmaker’s investment arm, has bought into in all sorts of companies outside of semiconductors in a bid to diversify the firm’s income. Now the chipmaker has invested in E La Carte, a firm that designs tablets for use in restaurants. E La Carte raised a total of $13.5m in second round funding for its niche tablet business, with Intel Capital leading the investment. The firm said it would... 

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Social Network Launched For Anonymous Users

June 27, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
Social Network Launched For Anonymous Users

Want to maintain your anonymity when you post your ideas and opinions on a social network? You can. The Duvamis social network went was launched late last month with a mission of keeping the identity of its posters from other users — and site operators. The company says that anonymity allows its users to express themselves freely, ignoring social or peer pressure. The site offer users the option of making posts widely available or keeping them private within a closed group. A spokesman for... 

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Citrix Updates Xen Server

June 27, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Citrix Updates Xen Server

Citrix has released its open source Xen Server 6.2 to go up against VMware’s closed source free Vsphere hypervisor. Citrix for years has maintained a free, open source version of its Xen hypervisor but it has been losing ground to KVM and in particular VMware’s free Vsphere hypervisor. Now the firm has released Xen Server 6.2 and a community website that the firm hopes will help increase support for its open source hypervisor. According to Citrix, Xen Server 6.2 supports Cloud Stack,... 

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New Super-Earth Like Planets Discovered

June 27, 2013 by   | Category: Around The Net
New Super-Earth Like Planets Discovered

The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced on June 25. An international team of scientists found a record-breaking three potentially habitable planets around the star Gliese 667C, a star 22 light-years from Earth that is orbited by at least six planets, and possibly as many as seven, researchers said. The three planet contenders for alien life are in the star’s “habitable zone” — the temperature region... 

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Phishing Attacks Increasing Extremely Fast

June 26, 2013 by   | Category: Computing
Phishing Attacks Increasing Extremely Fast

Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have reported significant growth in phishing attacks over the last year. In a study entitled “The Evolution of Phishing Attacks”, Kaspersky said it found 37.3 million out of its 50 million customers running its security products that were at risk of being phished from 2012 to the present, an 87 percent increase over the same period between 2011 and 2012. “The nature of phishing attacks is such that the simplest types can be launched without... 

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Teens Convicted For Instagram Insults

June 26, 2013 by   | Category: Uncategorized
Teens Convicted For Instagram Insults

Two Swedish teenage girls were found guilty of defamation on Tuesday for posting sexual insults about other youngsters on the  popular photo sharing site Instagram. The court convicted the girls, aged 15 and 16, for writing explicit, derogatory remarks next to pictures of 38 young people, mostly girls, via an anonymous account on Instagram. Posted in December, the comments quickly spread on the Internet before the account was shut down and caused hundreds of young people to take to the streets in... 

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BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space For Android, iOS Now Available

June 26, 2013 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Secure Work Space For Android, iOS Now Available

BlackBerry continues to expand its support for Android and iOS with Secure Work Space, which separates work and personal apps and data, as the device maker tries to hold on to enterprise users by becoming more platform neutral. Remaining relevant in a world where more than 9 out of 10 smartphones shipped are based on either Google’s Android or Apple’s iOS isn’t easy for BlackBerry. But the company still has fans in enterprise IT departments and hopes to remain an option for users... 

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