As we see Google Glass’ first YouTube app join the first Reddit app, first blink-to-photograph app, and an ever-growing ecosystem software expand, it’s become clear: this device is currently embroiled in a Wild West atmosphere. What this means for developers is that if the opportunity is open, an basic app for every purpose can and
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When you think of crowdsourcing, you usually imagine something like the Pebble smart watch or the Misfit Shine – gadgets that are hard to build in mainstream ways but take off by sparking a groundswell of support. But what about a crowdfunded Tesla museum? Or how about a grocery store that uses no packaging? Those kinds of projects are what Slava Rubin, founder of Indiegogo, is most excited about these days.
An anonymous reader writes “It is no secret that SSH binaries can be backdoored. It is nonetheless interesting to see analysis of real cases where a trojanized version of the daemon are found in the wild. In this case, the binary not only lets the attacker log onto the server if he has a hardcoded password, the attacker is also granted access if he/she has the right SSH key. The backdoor also logs all username and passwords to exfiltrate them to a server hosted in Iceland.”
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Google’s Glass wearable computer has been spotted in the wild in New York City, complete with what appears to be integrated prescription lenses. The bright red augmented reality headset – set to ship to developers in $ 1,500 Explorer Edition form early in the new year – was spotted by a Road to Virtual Reality tipster on what’s
A Nokia job listing [since taken down] has been discovered seeking a Senior Engineer with Linux expertise, rather than Windows Phone experience, this leading the Android masses to have a freak-out-festival about the possibilities of a Google OS Nokia device. At the moment it’s a nearly all-Microsoft party at Nokia with the latter shaking hands
Steve Ballmer: Android Ecosystem Is Wild And Uncontrolled, Apple Is High Priced And Highly Controlled
Tonight, during Steve Ballmer’s interview by Reid Hoffman, the two talked about everything Microsoft. Now that Ballmer is talking about his competitors he let out a few bonzo words when it came to Google and Apple and the state of their phone ecosystems, especially when it comes to apps.
- On the Android ecosystem, Ballmer called it: “Wild”, “Uncontrolled”, and susceptible to malware.
- On the Apple ecosystem, Ballmer called it “High priced” and “Highly controlled.”
Valve’s hardware beta is apparently getting underway ahead of schedule, as a recent 4chan group interview with company head Gabe Newell revealed that the beta’s already in user testing. Moreover, Newell says that three different controller prototypes are in circulation. He echoes Valve hardware engineer Jeri Ellsworth’s words from earlier this year, saying controllers are yet another step in Valve’s journey with Steam from desktop PC to living room. He also says that the options currently available simply aren’t good enough. “The reason we’re doing controllers is we didn’t think there was enough interesting innovation going on.”
We’ve yet to see any of Valve’s hardware prototypes, but the last word was it shouldn’t be too long before they’re ready for consumption … in one form or another. Be sure to let us know if you spot one!
Wild female pit vipers can reproduce without a male, suggesting virgin births may take place in nature far more than before thought.
Now that the second-gen Note is finally out of Samsung’s precious (and teasing) bag, we’re learning more and more about the exorbitant device — not to say we weren’t expecting this to be the case, however. Still, we were rather intrigued by the distinct Galaxy Note II pictured above, which, by the looks it, comes pre-loaded with dual-SIM capabilities, and thus makes this particular unit slightly different than that one unit we played with back at IFA. Although details are still very scarce at the moment, rumor has it the dual-SIM Note will only be available in China and, aside from the slot additions, all other features the famed phablet offers appear to be exactly the same. Feel free to check out the source below for more pics, but don’t expect anything too exciting or out of the ordinary — unless, of course, extra SIM slots are your thing.
We’ve had furtive glances of Sony’s upcoming NEX-6 before, but only in the very clinical space of a government test lab. Apparently, no mere agency can confine it: photography workshop director Vincent Kang has posted a photo of the pre-release mirrorless camera on Weibo for all to see. Posing next to 24mm and 50mm lenses, the NEX-6 looks to be very much the in-between camera we suspected it was, without as much dedicated control as the NEX-7 but still carrying an electronic viewfinder, a pop-up flash and a dedicated function key near the shutter release. The dedicated mode dial is also more conspicuous — there’s no question that Sony wants to free up controls on the back for the future camera’s more experienced target audience. Between the new design and the already known inclusion of WiFi, it’s looking as though the NEX-6 may hit the sweet spot for shooters who want more control than the NEX-5R without sacrificing all its newer features. We just need to wait for official launch details to make it all real.
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With the advent of cheap 3D printing, I was wondering when someone would jump into the completely custom iPhone case market. Netherlands-based Polychemy has just released iPhone and Blackberry cases in five unique styles complete with 3D customizations.
The cases cost $ 40 and you can have your name or #YOLO printed on the back. Your choice. They come in four colors.
Well this is interesting: as we’re being inundated with rumors that Apple is set to reveal an iPad Mini, pictures of what appear to be the rear shell of such a device have surfaced on the Internet. The photos you see below were originally posted by Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo and later picked up
Quince alPillan writes “Netflix revealed today that they’ve released Chaos Monkey, an open source Amazon Web Service testing tool that will randomly turn off instances in Auto Scaling Groups. ‘We have found that the best defense against major unexpected failures is to fail often. By frequently causing failures, we force our services to be built in a way that is more resilient. We are excited to make a long-awaited announcement today that will help others who embrace this approach. …source code for the founding member of the Simian Army, Chaos Monkey, is available to the community.’”
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At first it was faint — a blurry smear bisecting the sky above, running roughly north to south and flanked by a second, even more indistinct line to the west. Soon, though, both lines began to change, coalescing and intensifying into bright green streaks impossible to miss and difficult to ignore.
As the night began to expire and the morning matured, those lines grew brighter and brighter and then, without warning, they started to dance. Numbing feet and chilly fingers forgotten, bundled-up onlookers looked skyward to gasp and laugh out loud as the evergreen, spectral curtains far above began to waver and move, blown by a fickle celestial wind. Waves traveled from north to south and back as the luminescent lines above twisted, forming glowing knots of purple and red before slowly spreading out, covering the night sky in green, bright enough that even the snow-colored landscape glowed like an emerald wonderland. Gradually, the motion stopped and slowed, seeming to stall in the sky above, exhausted before — encore; the heavenly dance began anew.
Gallery: Alaska Project Aether
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Social gaming giant Zynga has just added another notch to its belt. This one was created with a very specific niche in mind – targeting women gamers on mobile platforms. The company in question is Wild Needle, which was created by the co-founder of successful game company Playdom Rick Thompson. Playdom was acquired in 2010
Zynga has done a small acquisition of Wild Needle, a female-focused casual games company that was backed by Playdom co-founder Rick Thompson.
Wild Needle was raising funding back in late 2010 to build casual, mobile games for women and closed a round with Thompson and Shasta Ventures. They didn’t release their first title until more than a year later in March (which is a pretty long time to be building a casual, freemium game). It was called Shoptown Hero and it looks like it lasted in the store for about a month before they pulled it two weeks ago (see chart below).
What other phone made by Samsung has a similar back to the Galaxy S III? The elusive “Mandel” handset, supposedly hitting AT&T soon and adding to Ma Bell’s ever expanding lineup of Windows Phones. The Lumia 900 may still be the flagship Windows Phone device, but maybe Samsung have a little something up its sleeve
Now that the Samsung Galaxy S III rumors have ramped up considerably, now that we’re literally less than a couple weeks away from the release of this device, the fakes have been piling up as fast as the real leaks. There’s not a whole lot of difference between the “real” leaks and the “fakes,” but
Google’s widely talked about but still highly under-wraps cloud storage service looks like it is just about ready for prime time. Pictures of an app called “Drive” have been leaked from what appears to be a developer-friendly Android phone. According to previous rumors, the service may be ready to launch as early as next week,
If you thought Research in Motion’s bungled Playbook tablet was on the way out, think again. It looks like RIM is not giving up on its iPad challenger, even though that game is an uphill battle for the strongest companies with the biggest momentum, much less ones that have lost double-digit market shares over the
angry tapir writes “Luigi Auriemma, the researcher who discovered a recently patched critical vulnerability in Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), published a proof-of-concept exploit for it after a separate working exploit, which he said possibly originated from Microsoft, was leaked online on Friday. Identified as CVE-2012-0002 and patched by Microsoft on Tuesday, the critical vulnerability can be exploited remotely to execute arbitrary code on systems that accept RDP connections.”
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This week it appears that one lucky fellow has found his way into the LG repository of unrevealed products with a touchy-feely look at each and every one of the Mobile World Congress 2012 devices. You’re about to get a glimpse of no less than the LG Optimus LTE, the LG Optimus L7, LG Optimus [...]
Sure, we’ve read the specs and we’ve seen the press shots, but we didn’t expect to get up close and personal with Samsung’s Galaxy S Advance (GT-I9070) until Mobile World Congress later this month. Fortunately, Filipino tech blog TechPinas was able to get a hands-on with the handset — complete with photos and video. The Gingerbread-packing phone, which looks like a cross between a Galaxy S II (in front) and a Nexus S (complete with curved glass), features a 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 768MB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a five megapixel AF camera with flash, an HSDPA 14.4Mbps radio and a 1500mAh battery. It’s expected to launch the week of February 27th, and according to UK retailer Clove, it’s going to cost £295 ($ 467) plus tax. That’s lovely and all, but without the Galaxy S III on the menu let’s just hope Samsung’s hiding something special up its sleeves for Barcelona. Until then, check out the pictures and video at the source link below.
Update: An additional set of photos of the Galaxy S Advance (in silver) just landed in our tip jar, direct from Vietnam.
RunCore shows off its large portfolio of solid-state storage devices and its latest 2.5-inch standard drive at CES 2012.
Sony Ericsson’s teased CES 2012 smartphone, the XPERIA Arc HD (codenamed “Nozomi”), has been caught in the wild and benchmarked already. The Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread smartphone has a 1280 x 720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 chipset and, ITProPortal‘s source confirmed, no expandable memory slot. Still, the 12-megapixel camera should make up for any disappointment. The 8GB [...]
This week we both saw the official announcement of the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor that would power it – and today we get a special treat from ZTOP: a hands-on treatment complete with a size comparison to the comparatively hefty iPhone 4 (or the iPhone 4S). What [...]
We can’t imagine this Admiral wants to stick around in the docks for much longer, yet its date of departure from port is still unclear. Fortunately, the Motorola Admiral — the device that we presume will become the fearless leader of the Direct Connect fleet — is one nautical mile closer to the sea of finished products, now that we’ve been handed some pics of the skipper itself in the wild. It’s exactly as we’ve expected, as it looks rather close to the version we saw in the now-pulled “official” video. According to the image snapper, the Admiral is “awkward to hold due to the bottom being so thin and the phone being very top heavy.” It’s also known as the XT603, and unsurprisingly runs on Moto’s proprietary UI (formerly called MotoBlur). We didn’t hear of any change in the specs, so for now we’re still expecting to see the military-certified handset come with a 1.2GHz single-core Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU, Android 2.3, 3.1-inch VGA display, a 5MP rear camera with 720p HD video capture and a 1,860mAh battery. One more pic of the sides below. Sound off, loose cannons — is this Admiral going to command your next two-year contract?
From leak-town to the wild, HTC’s Runnymede’s getting a whole lot of pre-release love. This Beats Audio-branded handset’s just received the quick and dirty hands-on treatment (or so it appears) on YouTube. If you’re looking for details on where the phone came from or what’s going on here, you’ve come to the wrong place, but judging from the Vodafone branding on the home screen, we’re fairly certain that this is our first real-life spotting of the 4.7-inch Android phone. A rather off-center video awaits you after the break.
Gallery: LG Univa E510