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Warhol works recovered from old Amiga disks

Apr 24, 2014 - 9:24 PM - by Reverend
A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.

The art experiments were produced in 1985 by Warhol under commission from Commodore - creator of the Amiga computer.

Commodore paid the artist to produce a series of works to aid the launch of the Amiga 1000.

A painstaking three-year project was required to recover the images which were saved in an obscure data format.

The digital images were discovered and recovered by staff and students who are members of Carnegie Mellon University's computer club.

The club was enrolled in the attempt to find and restore the images by self-confessed Andy Warhol fanatic and artist Cory Arcangel. He noticed Warhol's involvement in the Commodore Amiga launch thanks to a video uploaded to YouTube of the 1985 event.

At the launch news conference, Warhol used the Amiga's graphics program to paint a portrait of Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry.

Arcangel wondered if Warhol had produced any other works with the Amiga and contacted the Andy Warhol Museum in 2011 to get permission to search its collection.

The search turned up an Amiga computer and lots of floppy disks and led Arcangel to approach Carnegie Mellon for help in cataloguing what was on the storage media. At that time it was not known if any Warhol works were on the old disks.

Magnetic imaging tools were used to copy data on the disks so no damage was done to the original floppies. Examination of the copied data revealed several files that had titles such as "campbells.pic", "flower.pic" and "marilyn1.pic" that were reminiscent of Warhol's best-known works.

The recovery project was initially thwarted from viewing the actual images as the data was saved in an obscure format that modern Amiga emulators could not read.

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Apr 24, 2014 - 9:17 PM - by Reverend
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Reports say an Amazon phone is close

Apr 23, 2014 - 6:44 PM - by Reverend
After more than two years of hints and leaks, the long-awaited Amazon phone appears to be almost ready for its debut.

The device has been a prime example of "vaporware," the term for rumored tech gadgets that everybody loves talking about despite the fact they don't officially exist. And Amazon has never confirmed that it's making a smartphone.

But the drumbeat is getting louder, and recent reports suggest the handset will hit the market soon.

In the past week, tech blog Boy Genius Report has posted images of what it says is that very phone, along with a report that users will control some features of the device just by tilting it at certain angles.

That followed a report from The Wall Street Journal that Amazon will roll out the phone by June and it will be on sale by September.

Both articles say the phone will include a groundbreaking technology: a screen that uses four cameras to produce hologram-like 3-D images without the need for special glasses.

In the BGR photos, the phone is cloaked in a protective shell that hides details of its design. The blog did not say how it acquired those images, but reported speaking with "multiple trusted sources." In the past, BGR has accurately reported details about unannounced Amazon products like its Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers.

The 3-D model is one of two phones Amazon plans to announce, the reports say, the other being a cheaper, less fancy one.

The company that made its name in online retailing has been working on the phone for several years, according to reports. And, indeed, rumors of its existence have been floating around since at least 2011.

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Twitter rolls out Facebook-style profile redesign to all users

Apr 23, 2014 - 6:41 PM - by Reverend
Twitter has started rolling out its profile redesign to all users. The update makes Twitter appear more like Facebook, and draws attention to user pictures.

Tweets that have received the most engagement will appear in bold so users can easily find the best Twitter content. Users will also be able to pin one of their Tweets to the top of their profile page, so it is easy for their followers to see.

The redesign will also allow users to filter Tweets when looking at other users’ timelines, so they can choose between a number of options: Tweets, Tweets with photos and videos, or Tweets and replies.

Twitter designer David Bellona said in a blog post: “Your Twitter profile shows the world who you are. We look forward to seeing what that means to you."

Many Twitter users are likely to need time to adjust to the new look with several writing they are not impressed with the new layout.

“Twitter is suggesting me to try the new twitter profile update thing. Ummm how about no,” tweeted Twitter user @klaineuniverse. While @ayelikekidrauhl said: “Damn I don’t like this update.”

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Google refunding buyers of fake anti-virus app

Apr 22, 2014 - 7:47 PM - by Reverend
Google is refunding users who unsuspectingly bought a fake anti-virus app from its Play Store.

The Virus Shield app reached the number one ranking in the Play Store with over 10,000 downloads before it was removed.

The fake app was uncovered by news site Android Police, which looked at the app's code and discovered it did nothing.

As well as a full refund, users are being given credit to spend in the Play Store.

The app claimed to "prevent harmful apps from being installed on your device". But when Android Police tested the app, it discovered that when a user tapped on an icon to activate the "virus shield" all that happened was a new icon was displayed.

After the story was published, the fake app was removed from the Play Store. It had first appeared on the site on 28 March and was taken down on 6 April.

Google emailed users who had purchased the app, which cost $3.99 (£2.35), offering a full refund.

"We're reaching out to you because you recently purchased the 'Virus Shield' app on Google Play," the email said.

"This app made the false claim that it provided one-click virus protection; in reality, it did not.

"Google Play's policies strictly prohibit false claims like these, and in light of this, we're refunding you for your 'Virus Shield' purchase. You should see funds returned to your account within the next 14 days.

"Additionally we'd like to offer you $5 promotional credit, which can be used to purchase digital content on Google Play."

The developer of the app spoke to the Guardian after the app was removed from the Play Store and said that it had been a "foolish mistake" and that this version of the app had not been intended for release.

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Netflix to increase subscription prices

Apr 22, 2014 - 7:44 PM - by Reverend
The streaming video company said Monday that it planned to increase subscription prices for new customers by one or two dollars a month within the next few months. Existing subscribers will be able to continue at their current rate "for a generous time period," Netflix said.

U.S. streaming subscribers currently pay $7.99 a month, a plan introduced back in 2010. The company raised monthly fees for new subscribers in Ireland by one euro back in January, a change that it said had "limited impact."

"If we want to continue to expand, to do more great original content... we have to eventually increase prices a little bit," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a conference call with analysts Monday.

The news came as part of Netflix's first-quarter earnings announcement. Shares surged 6.6% in after-hours trading Monday, after another quarter of strong subscription growth and earnings that came in ahead of analyst expectations.

Netflix added 2.25 million new streaming subscribers in the first three months of the year, just a shade off pace from the fourth quarter of 2013, which was its best in three years. The service now has nearly 36 million subscribers in the U.S. and over 48 million globally.

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Facebook defends use of targeted adverts

Apr 22, 2014 - 7:42 PM - by Reverend
Facebook chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, defended the social network's use of targeted advertisements, while speaking at the company's first SME client council in Ireland.

The SME client council aims to connect small businesses with Facebook so any advertising issues can be easily discussed.

Sandberg said Facebook is committed to making sure online advertisements are relevant to users. She also emphasised Facebook's commitment to user privacy.

"Privacy is the utmost to Facebook and it's important to us that the people who use our service know it is their data, they have control of it, they share it. When they are able to personalise ads, we are doing it without sharing their private data with any advertisers," stressed Sandberg during a BBC interview at the event.

The SME client council was hosted at Facebook's international headquarters in Dublin, where Sandberg spoke about the importance of small businesses to Facebook's future.

"Our missions are intrinsically tied. The challenges and opportunity of this huge technological shift we are going through is one we can work out together, make the world a little smaller," she told small business owners.

Sandberg further discussed how the word ‘online' has become old fashioned because of the growth of mobile technology. "We are all going to be connected all of the time," she added.

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AOL Mail Hacked, Accounts Sending Spam

Apr 22, 2014 - 7:40 PM - by Reverend
If you get a suspicious email from an AOL user, it's probably best to delete it. The service has apparently been compromised and some accounts are sending out spammy messages.

But rather than compromising actual accounts, it appears the scammers are just spoofing them. As AOL explained in a help page, "spoofing is when a spammer sends out emails using your email address in the From: field. The idea is to make it seem like the message is from you – in order to trick people into opening it."

"These emails do not originate from AOL and do not have any contact with the AOL Mail system – their addresses are just edited to make them appear that way," the company said. "The message actually originates from the spammer's email account and is sent from the spammer's email server."

The easiest way to tell if you've been affected is if your inbox is littered with message bounce backs from emails you never sent. Or perhaps a friend or two has been kind enough to alert you to the spam messages your account appears to be sending. To determine if you've been hacked versus spoofed, check you sent messages: if there are sent emails you didn't send, it's a hack. If there's nothing there, it's a spoof.

AOL is urging users to change their passwords and be on the lookout for sketchy emails so they don't fall prey to phishing scams.

"AOL takes the safety and security of consumers very seriously, and we are actively addressing consumer complaints," the company said in a statement. "We are working to resolve the issue of account spoofing to keep users and their respective accounts running smoothly and securely.Users can find the latest updates on our AOL Help site, and should contact us if they believe their account is being spoofed."
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