Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Android fragmentation not so serious, says study

Android is regularly blasted for fragmentation, but most Android smartphones and tablets use similar builds, screen sizes, and resolutions, according to a study by app analytics firm Localytics. Currently, 73 percent of Android smartphone app sessions use Android 2.3, with 23 percent at Android 2.2, while 41 percent originated from 4.3 inch screens and 22 percent from four-inch screens, says the study....

Source: http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/Localytics-Android-usage-study/?kc=rss

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Apple Doesn't Do Cheap

While I really would like to see an inexpensive new iPhone model, I'm having a hard time seeing this shake out anytime soon, despite the rising tide of rumors. We've weathered rumors of a cheap iPhone model in years past -- which in retrospect seem to have been more wishful thinking than anything else.

Source: http://ectnews.com.feedsportal.com/c/34520/f/632000/s/27627bc7/l/0L0Stechnewsworld0N0Crsstory0C770A530Bhtml/story01.htm

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CES 2013: Sprint Finally Commits To Windows Phone 8

Sprint has agreed to offer smartphones running Microsoft's Windows Phone platform, but not until this summer.

Source: http://feeds.informationweek.com/click.phdo?i=3b8d30fd743ab26678de6d0d78c4597b

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Rough hack converts an Optimus G to a Nexus 4, minus the constant sellouts

Rough hack converts an Optimus G to a Nexus 4, minus the constant sellouts

It's almost a truism to say that the Nexus 4 is near impossible to buy, at least for those who don't want to pay a carrier premium. G33k3r, Rohan32 and others at XDA-Developers may just save us from camping at the Google Play storefront through a new software hack. Their work converts an LG Optimus G's firmware to that of an 8GB Nexus 4 by swapping every LG-customized software element with a Nexus 4 parallel. The nearly identical hardware makes for a very close rendition, at least if you discount the unavoidable design differences. If anything, the work is almost too faithful: the current hack turns off LTE, caps the internal storage at 8GB and even requires using Nexus 4 firmware for future upgrades. It's possible to revert to LG's code if there's jitters, but it goes without saying that the overall procedure carries more than the usual share of risk when even familiar ROM flashers are warned to be careful. Anyone who throws caution (and the price of an Optimus G) to the wind can find their stock Android experience at the source.


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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/14/rough-hack-converts-an-optimus-g-to-a-nexus-4/

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New MySpace Is Now Open to the Public

After six months of beta testing, the new MySpace is finally opening its doors to the public: now, anyone who wants an account can trot over to the site and sign up. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/KknpeSOYSWM/new-myspace-is-now-open-to-the-public

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Samsung's 85" Ultra HD Television On Pre-Order For Nearly $38,000

One of the buzzwords to come out of CES last week wasn't really a world at all: it's 4K. But the term you'll be hearing more often is "Ultra HD." Samsung actually showcased an 85" Ultra HD monster at the show, and to those who generally complain that CES is full of concepts that never ship -- have a look at this. The company's 85S9 has already...

Source: http://hothardware.com/News/Samsungs-85-Ultra-HD-Television-On-PreOrder-For-Nearly-38000/

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Google Glass: Vision For Future Unclear

Augmented reality glasses from Google may appear in early 2013, but they remain a work-in-progress.

Source: http://feeds.informationweek.com/click.phdo?i=ef5cd24e08d4f60b8d73f302f8a245a4

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DCM Dealer software platform mines social media for stock sentiment, Wall Street licks its chops

DCM Dealer software platform mines social media for stock sentiment, Wall Street licks its chops

In this episode of "What could possibly go wrong?!", allow us to introduce you to DCM Dealer. Billed as an "online trading platform," this here project was whipped up by the same London-based investment outfit (DCM Capital) that went belly-up after losing some $40 million in assets in just one month during the summer of 2011. Granted, that was a pretty tough time in the market, and it did manage to squeeze out a 1.9 percent gain in the period it was open, but it's still worth keeping in mind. Now, the firm is hoping to catch a second wind with a tool that mines Twitter, Facebook, and the whole of social media in order to pick up clues about the public's view on a stock. Reportedly, it'll spit out real-time ratings from 0 (negative) to 100 (positive), giving investors yet another "leading indicator" on what to invest in flip for a quick buck.

Founder Paul Hawtin confesses: "This is not some kind of holy grail of buy-sell signals that's guaranteed to make you money. This is an additional layer of market information...markets are driven by greed and fear, so if you can understand fear and quantify it in real-time, you could use that to protect yourself." We'll leave it to the 99 percent to comment on the idea below.

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Source: CNBC, DCM

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/14/dcm-dealer-software-platform-social-media-stock-investment/

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Baidu and Orange launch mobile browser for Africa, Middle East

Baidu and Orange launch mobile browser for Africa, Middle East

Not content to dominate internet search in China alone, Baidu and France Telecom's Orange are partnering to capitalize on African and Middle Eastern markets as well. Today they launched a co-branded version of Baidu's browser on France Telecom's Egyptian operator MobiNil -- it's essentially the same as the one released last year for the Chinese market but in English / Arabic instead (a French version is also coming). The browser is a pre-installed app on carrier-sold smartphones and features bookmarks for Orange and Baidu services. According to Orange, smartphone adoption in the region has become widespread due to the increased availability of 3G networks -- demand apparently doubled in Egypt in the second half of 2012 alone. With nearly 80 million potential customers at hand, Baidu could certainly give Google a run for its money yet again. You can peek at the full PR after the break.

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Source: http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/15/baidu-orange-browser-africa-middle-east/

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You Won't Be Performing Any Gnarly Tricks With This BMX Bike Grip Flashlight

When you were a kid you probably clinged to your handlebar grips for dear life while attempting ridiculous stunts on your BMX bike. But now that you're older and know better, the only reason you'll need a set of bike grips is in the form of a flashlight used to illuminate your walk to the bathroom several times a night. More »


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Sony Unveils Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Xperia Smartphone

Sony Mobile Communications announced the newest model in its Xperia line, the waterproof and dustproof Xperia Z. The 4G LTE device has a 13-MP camera and a five-inch full HD 1080p Reality display powered by Sony's Bravia Engine 2. It is built around a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and runs Android Jelly Bean 4.1.

Source: http://ectnews.com.feedsportal.com/c/34520/f/632000/s/27518b54/l/0L0Stechnewsworld0N0Crsstory0C770A320Bhtml/story01.htm

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Iran Peppers US Banks With Steady Barrage of Cybertraffic

Iran is to blame for a wave of distributed denial of service attacks that hit U.S. banks in the past few weeks, according to a report in The New York Times. The amount of traffic flooding American banks' sites was several times the volume Russia aimed at Estonia in a month-long online assault back in 2007, said James A. Lewis, senior fellow and director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Source: http://ectnews.com.feedsportal.com/c/34520/f/632000/s/275c3a4e/l/0L0Stechnewsworld0N0Crsstory0C770A490Bhtml/story01.htm

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Review: Capcom hits you over the head with Dante's new style in DmC: Devil May Cry

Opting for an angst-filled, emo-punk Dante instead of the classic dark-gothic Dante, Capcom?s new game reboots the venerable Devil May Cry franchise and tackles a different side of the demon-angel hybrid than we?ve seen before. He?s funny, slick, powerful, and rather carefree about everything but his mission to stop a deranged psychopath from taking over the world. You know, the small stuff.

Dante?s back and, thankfully for us, he?s at his best. When we first meet him, it?s clear that he?s not the same Dante we?ve seen in previous releases. He?s less of a gothic demon hunter and more of a hard partier, the kind that all the ladies dig (as the game continually points outs.) He has this way about him that screams confidence, one that carries over into his unique style of combat.

While the style might be unique, it doesn?t stray far from classic Devil May Cry and works exceptionally well. Combat flows along at a smooth clip and there aren?t any dead moments, unlike past Devil May Cry games. This time it?s all action, all the time, especially after you progress through the story and unlock more weapons. Once you have a few different tricks up your sleeve, switching between different weapons and powers becomes second nature and key to stringing together combos necessary to take out some of the more difficult enemies, especially when they spawn in groups.

The environments are beautifully rendered; each area feels unique and different than the last while still adhering to the basic level design present throughout. Platforming is a necessity in Devil May Cry, both to advance the story and collect the surprising variety of tchotchkes littered throughout the game.While you will encounter plenty of hidden collectables throughout the story, the most notable are keys scattered throughout the levels which allow access to hidden time trials found throughout the game. They?re all rather simple, but thanks to leaderboard integration, it can be worth replaying each one a few times to snag the top spot among your friends.

It's important to note that while the game looks great, while playing the PC version of Devil May Cry I ran into a few notable issues. Some textures appeared muddy and seemed to pop in at odd moments, but that wasn?t nearly as big of an issue as the massive screen tearing during cutscenes (especially during early sections of the game) that made it difficult to focus on what was going on. The PC version also doesn't evince much of a graphical improvement over the Xbox 360 version, making it clear that the console version of DmC is probably the ideal version to play.�

Despite those (minor) issues, the game looks great and the sound design really stands out. Not only is there a great score to go along with the pacing and action, but the evolution of Dante as a character seems to be reflected in the overall soundtrack, which accompanies your actions with a diverse range of music encompassing a punk/dubstep vibe that imbues the protagonist (and the game) with more depth of character.

Along with this new Dante and his attitude comes a story that strives to match it, which allows for hilarious boss fights in which Dante and the boss yelling curse words at each other until one of them finally gives up. That sense of sardonic satire sticks around for the entire game, but Devil May Cry manages to keep it under control and avoid going over the top.

While the story isn?t the longest, clocking in somewhere around 10 to 12 hours across 20 missions, it is extremely well-paced and never feels artificially lengthy, which is exceptionally rare these days for an action-adventure title. The mission structure splits and seems a bit odd at first, but it actually works pretty well once you get used to it, giving definitive ends to story sequences while driving you towards the finale.

So far we have a new Dante, new tone, funny curses, and non-stop action, but the best part of all is just how much fun DmC manages to be. It struck the same chords that Asura?s Wrath did last year, opting for fun and outrageousness over everything else, and it excels because of that. It doesn?t take itself too seriously while still maintaining respect for the series, and that?s key.

DmC: Devil May Cry succeeds in re-imagining the angel-demon hybrid while capturing everything that made the original series so great. Sure, Dante might look a little different and have funny hair, but he?s brutal as ever and still looks undeniably cool firing dual pistols upside-down in a rainstorm of bullets. Even with a few technical hitches, I never encountered anything gamebreaking that soured my experience. After a long run of mediocre releases in 2012, DmC: Devil May Cry might be just what Capcom needs to get back on track.

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Source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025291/review-capcom-hits-you-over-the-head-with-dantes-new-style-in-dmc-devil-may-cry.html

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Charge me up with Griffin?s PowerDock 5

If you are an Apple mobile device fan like me and have more than one (two or even three) Apple devices, then you are probably looking for a convenient way to charge all of those devices at once. Enter Griffin‘s new PowerDock 5, a multi-device charging stand that allows you to charge up to five [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/01/13/charge-me-up-with-griffins-powerdock-5/

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Protect your iPhone 5 with Griffin?s Survivor + Catalyst waterproof case

The Survivor + Catalyst case for iPhone 5 from Griffin is waterproof to 3 meters and has an IP68 rating; you can even take photos and videos underwater. �Griffin consulted the�U.S. Department of Defense?s Mil-Std 810G regulations when designing the case, so it’s proof against 6-foot drops onto cement, wind-blown rain, and vibrations. �It has [...]

Source: http://the-gadgeteer.com/2013/01/10/protect-your-iphone-5-with-griffins-survivor-catalyst-waterproof-case/

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Oracle Buys Sun

After weeks of rumors that IBM and various other major IT companies would buy the troubled maker of high-end hardware and the ubiquitous Java, Oracle Corp. announced this morning that it will buy Sun Microsystems, according to sources cited by Reuters....

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CES 2013: Smaller Smartphone Players Steal Spotlight

LG and Samsung neglected to announce new smartphones during Press Day at CES 2013, but Huawei and Pantech made big splashes with large-screen phones.

Source: http://feeds.informationweek.com/click.phdo?i=c852fe9697f7b213725fb8d54ddefd34

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HTC announces fix for Android Wi-Fi security flaw

HTC announced a fix for a vulnerability that lets hackers view and access Wi-Fi security information on nine of its Android phones. The fix is available via an automatic software upgrade, though some users will have to update manually....

Source: http://www.linuxfordevices.com/c/a/News/HTC-fixes-WiFi-vulnerability-on-nine-phones/?kc=rss

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Find All the Bank Robbers In Your Neighborhood With This Handy Map

Whether you're just trying to find a way to that restaurant you keep hearing about, or you want to hunt down bank robbers at large for some (ill-advised!) vigilante justice, Google Maps has got you covered. At least, now that the FBI whipped up its own robber-tracking map, complete with all your local miscreants. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/7k1F18bCPu0/find-all-the-bank-robbers-in-your-neighborhood-with-this-handy-map

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Meet Red October: The Global Cyber-Espionage Ring That Spent 5 Years in the Shadows

There are plenty of cyberweapons floating around out there, like Stuxnet, Flame, and that whole gang. Now, Kaspersky has turned up a cyber-espoinage operation its dubbed "Red October," and it's up there in the big leagues. But unlike its cohorts, it doesn't look state-sponsored. This is a freelance job, and it's professional grade. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/wme8Lwn-8ZI/meet-red-october-the-global-cyber+espionage-ring-that-spent-5-years-in-the-shadows

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Meet Red October: The Global Cyber-Espionage Ring That Spent 5 Years in the Shadows

There are plenty of cyberweapons floating around out there, like Stuxnet, Flame, and that whole gang. Now, Kaspersky has turned up a cyber-espoinage operation its dubbed "Red October," and it's up there in the big leagues. But unlike its cohorts, it doesn't look state-sponsored. This is a freelance job, and it's professional grade. More »


Source: http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/gizmodo/full/~3/wme8Lwn-8ZI/meet-red-october-the-global-cyber+espionage-ring-that-spent-5-years-in-the-shadows

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