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Samsung Galaxy S III Security Flaw Allows Potential Hackers Free Reign on Your Home Screen: SECLISTS.ORG has recently disclosed a potential security flaw on the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to the report, “It is possible to bypass the lock screen on the GSIII allowing an individual full access to the phones features.” We previously reported a similar screen lock bug relating to the Samsung Galaxy Note II. It appears that when Samsung messes up with security, they go BIG or go home! Similar to the Note II Security flaw, it takes pressing a combination of buttons in the correct sequence to get it to work. More here.
News Corp launches 10-inch tablet aimed at education, manufactured by ASUS: Global media company News Corp is entering the education market with the release this autumn of its Amplify tablet, aimed at taking on the iPad in schools. It will launched under News Corp’s Amplify education division and will also offer schools the option of subscribing to a $99 (£66) a year Amplify curriculum that will integrate with the new tablet, along with others already on the market. More here.
Tablets surpass smartphones in driving global Web traffic: The numbers are out — people increasingly prefer to browse the Internet on tablets rather than smartphones. Adobe released its latest Digital Index today and discovered that for the first time ever worldwide tablet traffic has surpassed smartphone traffic. Tablets now drive 8 percent of all Internet traffic, while smartphones generate 7 percent. More here.
Digital Living & Gaming
SimCity launch a complete disaster: Good luck trying to move into the new SimCity. Ever since the city management game launched on Tuesday, countless gamers have found themselves battling error messages and random disconnections that prevent them from experiencing what the SimCity was supposed to deliver in the first place — fun. In response, publisher Electronic Arts is working around the clock to try to fix the problems and add more servers so people can play without worry. More here.
San Francisco’s Bay Bridge becomes a glowing network of Ethernet-enabled LEDs: On Tuesday evening at 9pm local time, a 1.8 mile western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge will be transformed into a massive, two-year-long public art project called The Bay Lights. Each night for the next two years, from dusk until 2am, the northern side of the bridge section between San Francisco and neighboring Treasure Island will display a dazzling array of 25,000 LEDs. It’s an assortment of seemingly animated patterns, strung vertically on the bridge’s twisted steel cables. More here.
GoDaddy predicts first batch of new web site names will go on sale by June: As the process to roll out hundreds of new top-level domain names, which will join familiar ones like “.org” and “.com,” grinds forward, the head of the largest domain registrar predicted the public will be able to buy them by June. More here.
Unreported Side Effects of Drugs Are Found Using Internet Search Data, Study Finds: Using data drawn from queries entered into Google, Microsoft and Yahoo search engines, scientists at Microsoft, Stanford and Columbia University have for the first time been able to detect evidence of unreported prescription drug side effects before they were found by the Food and Drug Administration’s warning system. More here.
Skype 4.6 for iPhone and iPad released, adds ‘beautiful new calling experience’ and more: Skype has released an update for its iPhone and iPad applications that add several tweaks and improvements, including a new calling experience that it describes as “beautiful”. Alongside a number of fixes, including the fact that one-to-one chats will now appear in the correct order, and several other issues having been resolved, the new interface for calling is much cleaner and, dare we say it, more FaceTime-esque. More here.
Dell’s Crafted LBO Pitch Gets Messy as Carl Icahn Circles: Michael Dell’s $24.4 billion deal for Dell Inc, carefully crafted over six months, has gotten much more complicated. Billionaire Carl Icahn has amassed a stake in Dell and is pushing the company to pay a $9 a share special dividend, according to a statement today. Dell’s board, seeking bids higher than last month’s offer from CEO Dell and Silver Lake Management LLC, has also attracted interest from Blackstone Group LP and rival computer makers Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lenovo Group Ltd., said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. More here.
Pandora CEO announces resignation following record revenue and losses: Pandora’s CEO, Chairman, and President Joe Kennedy will resign from leadership of the company following yet another quarterly loss. Pandora’s board of directors announced that it begun a search for a successor and that Kennedy would continue to lead the company through its transition. More here.
Razer Taps Bing Fund GM And VoodooPC Founder Rahul Sood To Advise Board Of Directors: Now that it’s spent some time trying to navigate the gap between churning out PC accessories and actual, honest-to-goodness gaming computers, the folks at Razer have seen fit to look for some experts for guidance. To that end, Razer announced earlier today that it has appointed entrepreneur and former VoodooPC founder Rahul Sood to serve as advisor to the company’s board of directors. More here.
Nokia backs Apple in legal skirmish against Samsung: Apple has finally found an ally in its fight for a sales ban of Samsung phones.On Monday, Nokia filed a brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington backing Apple in its bid for a permanent injunction of certain Samsung phones, Reuters reported yesterday.Though the brief itself was sealed, a summary from Nokia said that the court was wrong to deny Apple’s request. Read more here.
Microsoft Discounting Windows 8 For OEMs to Boost Sales: Both the Wall Street Journal and DigiTimes are reporting that Microsoft has cut the prices of Windows 8 and Office 2013 to boost current lackluster sales. The Redmond-based company’s blocky new operating system is struggling to gain traction since its release back in September 2012 even though the company offered discounted upgrades until January 2013, and launched two branded tablets. Office 2013 just launched in January, but has been plagued with complaints about Microsoft’s policy regarding the transfer of the suite from one PC to another. More here.
Nokia still owes Microsoft $650M in Windows Phone fees: Nokia still has to pay Microsoft 500 million euros ($650 million) as part of its agreement to use the Windows Phone operating system. That’s the amount that Nokia will have to pay over the life of their agreement after taking into account the “platform support payments” that Microsoft pays to aid in the development of Windows Phone products. The length of the agreement wasn’t disclosed in the company’s annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. More here.
EU Fines Microsoft for Failing to Comply with Browser Ballot: The European Union has imposed a €561 million fine on Microsoft for failing to offer the browser ballot screen it promised to ship with all versions of Windows. The European Union was said to have launched an investigation last summer after receiving complaints that Microsoft was not offering the browser ballot to all users. The ballot screen is a pop-up designed to give customers the ability to choose which browser they want to use to surf the web. In September, word got out that the EU was preparing to lay charges against Microsoft for its mistake. More here.
China unexpectedly lifts ban on IMDb website: The Chinese government has apparently lifted its longtime ban on IMDb, making the encyclopedic movie website available to users in both Chinese- and English-language versions. As the AFP reports, the restrictions were unexpectedly lifted on Wednesday, though the reasoning behind the change remains unclear.
IMDb was first blocked in 2010, ostensibly because of a documentary on Tibet that was prominently displayed on its homepage. The move was met with consternation from many Chinese cinephiles, though it was hardly surprising, considering Beijing’s strict censorship of politically “sensitive” online media. More here.
NZ appeals court says Kim Dotcom can sue over illegal government spying: On Thursday, the New Zealand Appeals Court ruled that Kim Dotcom has the right to sue the government of New Zealand for illegal surveillance. The Megaupload founder had previously gotten the green light late last year, but the government appealed that ruling. New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau, analogous to the National Security Agency in the United States, was found to have spied on Dotcom (a German national with permanent residency status in New Zealand) before the January 2012 raid on his mansion. More here.
Attorney General: Aaron Swartz Case Was a ‘Good Use of Prosecutorial Discretion’: Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday said the suicide death of internet activist Aaron Swartz was a “tragedy,” but the hacking case against the 26-year-old was “a good use of prosecutorial discretion.” Read more here.
Facebook Launches Multiple Topic-Based Feeds, Bigger Images, And A Consistent Design Across Devices: Today at Facebook HQ, Mark Zuckerberg just unveiled a new look for news feed that uses a “mobile-inspired” consistent design across devices, lets you drill into specific content type feeds, and offers larger images. More here.
Twitter, LinkedIn apps updated for BlackBerry 10, now function like the real deal: Two new app updates are currently on deck for owners of BlackBerry’s Z10 aimed at enhancing the native Twitter and LinkedIn experience. More here.
Latest Google Chrome for Android Beta features data compression for quicker web browsing: Not too long ago we heard about a web data compression feature Google was testing out. It was only available to Android 4.2 users, however, so not many of us got a chance to play with it. After some digging around in the source code for the latest Chrome browser, it turns out that Google has somewhat implemented the data compression feature into Chrome for anyone to try out. More here.
Twitter’s API keys and secrets for its official apps surface; what should we do with them?: It appears that Twitter’s API keys and secrets for its official apps have surfaced, and are currently being shared on GitHub. At first look, this is simply a little embarrassing. The keys and secrets which Twitter’s official apps utilize through its API have leaked, but because of the way OAuth works, this information can’t actually be hidden completely, if you know where to find it. More here.
Apple’s Phil Schiller pokes fun at Android security on Twitter: Apple’s Phil Schiller has been known to fire salvos at the competition using Twitter, and today he’s back at it. In April of last year, the marketing chief notoriously claimed that Instagram had “jumped the shark” in its expansion to Android. And now he’s again aiming his sights squarely at Google’s mobile OS. “Be safe out there,” reads Schiller’s latest tweet, paired with a link that points to F-Secure’s latest Mobile Threat Report. More here.