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Wi-Fi arrives at the London Underground

Published by on Jun 8th, 2012, No Comments

Londoners and tourists using the famous London Undergound system will now have access to the internet as Wi-Fi became available at various stations around the capital city on Thursday. Commuters no longer have to worry about being completely out of touch as they can now access the internet from their iPads, iPhones and other devices below ground.

The first stations to receive Wi-Fi were Warren Street and King’s Cross, followed by Oxford Circus and Green Park. 80 more Underground stations will follow during the summer in preparation for the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. By the end of the year, about 120 tube stations are expected to have Wi-Fi, including those particularly far underground.

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Could this be what the Facebook phone will look like?

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, 3 Comments

According to various reports and rumours, Facebook is planning to develop its very own smartphone and the company has already begun to recruit a number of hardware engineers, including former Apple employees, to work on the device which could be launched as early as next year.

While no details of the phone or an official launch date have been confirmed by Facebook, a concept of what the phone could look like, designed by Michal Bonikowski, was featured on tech website Yanko Design.

In the concept, the phone, made from metal, features a Facebook signature blue case,  5-megapixel camera in the front and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 4.2 inch display and an optional inductive charging dock.

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Apple wants Samsung Galaxy S3 out of U.S.

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, No Comments

When Samsung’s latest flagship phone, the Galaxy SIII launched in the UK and other markets in Europe in May, among its many enthusiastic buyers was Apple, although not for quite the same reasons.

Apple wanted to get its hands on the much anticipated follow-up to the popular Galaxy SII to investigate what Samsung’s latest device had to offer. Reports now reveal that the company were not happy with what they found. The smartphone lead Apple to its legal team and subsequently a court filing against Samsung for infringing on two of its patents with the SIII.

This new move seems to be Apple Inc’s attempt at blocking the smartphone from entering into the U.S. market that is set to launch on 21 June. Apple has asked the court to impose an injunction on the Galaxy SIII before this launch date arrives.

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This is Scanbox: Turning your smartphone into a portable scanner

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, No Comments

One of Kickstarter’s latest projects is Scanbox and it has already surpassed its funding goal of $12, 500 to raise over $88, 000 by its backers.

Scanbox, created from durable laminated cardboard, is an easy-to-use and affordable portable scanning box that uses your smartphone’s camera to take high quality scans. The scanbox is easy to assemble and when you’re done with it, you can pack it flat and take it with you.

Scanbox lets you: digitize receipts, scan 3D objects, scan photos, use it as a photocopier and for live presentations. Scanbox can be used with any smartphone that has a camera on the back including the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Samsung Galaxy S2 as well as any iPod with a camera.

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Twitter unveils redesigned bird logo

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, No Comments

Twitter has unveiled its new bird logo that it announced on its official blog. The company highlights the importance of the bird image as a universal symbol for the micro-blogging site and its service offering over the last six years.

Doug Bowman, creative director writes that “Starting today you’ll begin to notice a simplified Twitter bird. From now on, this bird will be the universally recognizable symbol of Twitter. (Twitter is the bird, the bird is Twitter.) There’s no longer a need for text, bubbled typefaces, or a lowercase “t” to represent Twitter.”

Bowman explains that the new design grows out of “love for ornithology, design within creative constraints, and simple geometry.”

In the same way in which a user’s networks, interests and ideas connect with other users on Twitter, so three sets of overlapping circles have been used to create the new logo.

The blog concludes by saying “Whether soaring high above the earth to take in a broad view, or flocking with other birds to achieve a common purpose, a bird in flight is the ultimate representation of freedom, hope and limitless possibility.”

Twitter also posted a short 17 second video online to introduce the new design.

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LinkedIn password stealing hacker targets dating site

Published by on Jun 7th, 2012, 1 Comment

The Russian hacker who was reportedly responsible for stealing 6.5 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords and then uploading them as proof on an online forum, has continued on his stealing spree on a popular dating site in  the U.S. The hacker has now compromised about 1.5 million passwords from eHarmony which have also apparently been posted online.

eHarmony has confirmed the activity in its blog by stating that:

“After investigating reports of compromised passwords, we have found that a small fraction of our user base has been affected. We are continuing to investigate but would like to provide the following actions we are taking to protect our members. As a precaution, we have reset affected members passwords. Those members will receive an email with instructions on how to reset their passwords.”

eHarmony concluded the blog with deep regret of any convenience the incident may have caused its users.

While eHarmony deals with its own security issues, LinkedIn has posted an update on the matter in its blog as well as on Twitter, confirming that “some of the passwords that were compromised correspond to LinkedIn accounts.” The company, which at first was unable to confirm that any security breach had occurred, continues to investigate the situation.

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Cell C announces new ‘Straight Up’ packages

Published by on Jun 6th, 2012, 3 Comments

In an announcement today, Cell C continues to offer its competitive prices in the local service provider market with the launch of six new packages for postpaid and top-up customers, My Broadband reported.

Called ‘Straight Up’, the offer will be available for all Cell C customers from 22 June that will range from R30 to R800.

Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig said that “For the first time customers can see exactly what they are paying for and select the package that suits them best. For instance when you buy a Straight Up 100 package, you get 100 minutes, 100 SMS’s or MMS’s, and 100 MB of data anywhere, anytime for R100.”

Customers will pay 99c/minute, with per-second billing, at any time of the day in any of the new bundles.

With the new offering, customers will know exactly how many minutes, MB of data and SMS’s and MMSs will be available in each bundle.

Cell C added that “The minutes in the bundle, however, exclude international calls. Calls to the UK, USA, China, India and Pakistan are billed at 99 cents per minute on per second billing any time, out of bundle. New international rates to all countries will be announced in the next few weeks.”

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Samsung enters gaming with cloud service

Published by on Jun 6th, 2012, No Comments

Samsung Electronics is entering into the gaming business, using a cloud-gaming service powered by gaming streaming startup Gaikai.

The new service will officially be announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles that could bring a big change for the gaming industry as Samsung sets to compete with Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony, the big three gaming players.

David Perry, chief executive of Gaikai said that “Samsung will become a first party and we will power their game network. They will be the fourth major company. They are going after gaming.”

Rather than introduce a gaming console, Samsung’s service will be accessed through its Smart TVs sold this year. The cloud will stream a variety of video games directly to the TVs that requires no downloading or installations. This will allow Samsung to move quickly into the market as Gaikai begin beta testing in the upcoming weeks.

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