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Mozilla Firefox Hello Is Open Browser-Based Skype Rival

Oct 20, 2014 - 10:12 PM - by Reverend
Mozilla is testing out a feature that will let Firefox users have voice and video conversations with other web users, without the need to download proprietary software or even for the recipient to be using the same browser.

Firefox Hello uses Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) and is built directly into Firefox.

Mozilla Firefox Hello 1Users don’t even have to sign-in to use the service, something which Mozilla says differentiates Hello from other communications services like Skype that require people to surrender their personal information.

The feature is being rolled out to Firefox Beta users over the next few weeks, with chats initiated by clicking the ‘chat bubble’ inside the customisation menu. Recipients don’t even have to be using Firefox, so long as they are using a WebRTC browser like Chrome or Opera.

Mozilla is working with Telefonica on Firefox Hello, which uses the Spanish operator’s OpenTok communications platform. The partnership extends the two organisations’ existing relationship, which has centred around the open source Firefox OS mobile operating system.

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Apple iTunes 12.0.1 (

Oct 17, 2014 - 11:29 PM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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Apple Reveals Ultra-Slim iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3

Oct 16, 2014 - 7:12 PM - by Reverend
Apple today revealed the iPad Air 2, which it said is the thinnest tablet on the market, and the iPad mini 3.

The new iPads will come in silver, gray, and a new gold color. Pricing begins at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the iPad Air 2 and $399 for the iPad mini 3. Like the new iPhones, Apple is doing away with the 32GB version, so you can get a 64GB for $100 more and a 128GB version for $200 more.

Pre-orders begin Oct. 17 and they will start shipping by the end of next week. Apple will continue selling the iPad mini with Retina display and iPad Air, both of which will get a $100 price cut. The original iPad mini, meanwhile, will sell for $249, down from $299.

Among the updates on Apple's new iPads is Touch ID, the fingerprint scanner currently available on newer iPhones like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

The updated tablets will also support the Apple Pay mobile payment system, though only within apps, not in stores. Apple Pay is set to roll out on Monday, Oct. 20 with iOS 8.1.

The iPad Air 2 is just 6.1mm thick. "Can you even see it?" Tim Cook quipped as he turned the iPad Air 2 to the side.

You could stack two iPad Air 2 devices on top of one another and still be thinner than the original iPad, Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, during an event at the company's Cupertino headquarters.

Apple slimmed down the tablet by eliminating a micro-thin layer of air usually found between the LCD, touch layer, and glass on the tablet, Schiller said.

The iPad Air 2 also reduced internal reflection, which makes graphics and text look like they are just sitting right on top of the screen, Schiller said. Notably, the new tablet includes an anti-reflective coating for multi-touch surfaces, which reduces reflection by 56 percent.

Inside the new iPad is an A8X chip, a version of the A8 chip found in the new... [Read More]
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Google unveils the Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet

Oct 15, 2014 - 9:26 PM - by Reverend
Google is finally bringing its latest Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system -- code-named Android L -- to mobile devices with a Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus 6 phablet.

It took a bit more than a year, but Google has also caught up with Apple on 64-bit tablets with the Nexus 9, which was made in conjunction with HTC. The tablet has an 8.9-inch screen.

The Nexus 6, made with Motorola, would qualify more as a "phablet" with its 5.9-inch screen that can display images at 493 pixels per inch. It has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels.

The devices can be ordered on Oct. 17, and will start shipping on Nov. 3. Prices were not immediately available. Google will sell an unlocked version of the Nexus 6, which will also be available at subsidized prices through AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless.

Google's Android 5.0 OS was introduced at the company's I/O conference in June, and it is the first version of the OS to support 64-bit programs. Google has improved OS performance and introduced many battery saving features, which will likely reflect in the devices.

The Nexus 9 is being announced just a day ahead of an event where Apple may announce new iPad tablets.

The Nexus 9 tablet runs on Nvidia's 64-bit Tegra K1 chip, which will provide a great gaming and multimedia experience through its 192 graphics cores. The 64-bit capabilities should also improve the tablet's overall performance, provided programs take advantage of the capabilities.

"With the 64-bit processor, easily move between tabs to check email, watch videos, and tweak docs -- all at once," reads Google's Nexus 9 product page.

The tablet has an 8-megapixel rear camera and 1.6-megapixel front camera, and 16GB or 32GB of storage. A separate magnetic keyboard attachment has been designed, though it's not clear if the product will be sold as separately... [Read More]
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Facebook's Zuckerberg donates $25M to fight Ebola

Oct 14, 2014 - 10:49 PM - by Reverend
Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said he and his wife are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control to help fight Ebola.

In a statement Tuesday on his Facebook page, the company's billionaire co-founder said he believes Ebola is at "a critical turning point" and that it is spreading quickly.

"We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn't spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio," he wrote.

The gesture from one of Silicon Valley's richest citizens comes as the CDC is facing increasing concern over the disease. More than 8,000 cases of Ebola have been reported over the course of this latest outbreak. It has also spread to the US, where the first diagnosis, death and retransmission happened in just the past few weeks. US officials have also grappled with revelations that local hospitals are potentially ill-equipped to diagnose or even handle the disease.

The World Health Organization warned Tuesday that worldwide infections could hit 10,000 new cases per week within the next couple of months.

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Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for October 2014

Oct 14, 2014 - 10:45 PM - by Reverend
Published: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (2987107)
Vulnerabilities in .NET Framework Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3000414)
Vulnerability in Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3000061)
Vulnerability in ASP.NET MVC Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (2990942)
Vulnerability in Windows OLE Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3000869)
Vulnerability in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3000434)
Vulnerability in Message Queuing Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2993254)
Vulnerability in FAT32 Disk Partition Driver Could... [Read More]
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Kmart shops hit by payment card hack attack

Oct 13, 2014 - 3:32 PM - by Reverend
Cash registers at 1,200 Kmart stores were infected with malware that scooped up payment card numbers for over a month, reports the retailer.

In a statement, Kmart said the security breach was discovered on 9 October and that the malware had been operating since early September.

An initial investigation suggests the cyber-thieves stole credit and debit card numbers.

So far, it is not clear how many cards and customers have been affected.

In its statement, Kmart said no personal information, pin codes, email addresses or social security numbers were taken with the card numbers.

The malware has now been removed and the breach contained, it said, but it was continuing its investigation to gauge its full impact.

It added that there was no evidence that any of the card numbers stolen were being used to create counterfeit cards and land victims with bills for items they did not buy.

Despite this, Kmart said it would be offering free credit monitoring protection for customers to ensure any fraudulent use of their cards did not affect their credit score.

The US Secret Service, which leads investigations into financial fraud, is known to be investigating the case.

"I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause our members and customers," said Alasdair James, president of Kmart, in the statement.

BBC News
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Is The Next Version Of Android Called Licorice?

Oct 13, 2014 - 3:29 PM - by Reverend
The next version of Google’s Android software is set to be named “Licorice”, according a series of hints published on social media by a senior figure at the company.

Eagle-eyed industry observers spotted that Giovanni Calabrese had seemingly revealed the name through a number of posts on his Google+ account which appear to confirm the new product name.

In one post, Calabrese, who is part of the team responsible for the sculptures outside Google’s Mountain View HQ representing all the different flavours of Android, said: “I never had a great liking for Licorice, but damn! There are some great flavors out there!!!”

This was followed up by a later post sent during his journey to Google, where the new sculpture will be unveiled this week, which said: “What’s with all the boxes of licorice’? #thingstheTSAsays #googlebound #googlelawnsculptures”, seemingly stating that the Transportation Safety Administration had quizzed him about the sweets in his luggage.

Many people had expected the newest version of Android to be called Lollipop, especially since the company sent out a picture of a birthday cake adorned with lollipops to celebrate its 16th birthday – although these were accompanied by a strand of licorice.

Licorice would continue Google’s policy of naming their OS products after sweet desserts and snacks, a trend which started with the release of Android 1.5 Cupcake back in April 2009, and continued through Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean and most recently, KitKat.

Several rumoured details have emerged surrounding the hotly-anticipated software, including that it will offer data encryption by default as a response to consumer worries about government snooping.

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