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July 2013

A New Android Owner’s Guide to Gaming – IGN

Congrats on your sexy new Android-powered device! Whether you’re an iOS veteran testing the Android waters with a Nexus 7 tablet or a non-techie that just ended up with a Samsung smartphone because that’s what the Verizon store recommended, you’ve now joined the ranks of hundreds of millions of other Android users. You’ve probably already downloaded apps for Facebook and Twitter, something for music and photos, maybe a chat app… but let’s be honest. You’re going to spend a lot of time playing games on this thing. This is where IGN comes in. With more than 100,000 Android games on the market, there’s undoubtedly a few for you, whether you just want to kill some time with a simple word Read More

This Fake Charger Will Hide A Trojan In Your iPhone’s Facebook App – Forbes

The Mactans charger researchers built to infect iPhones with a spoofed Facebook trojan. Apple Apple takes great pains to protect its air-tight iOS app store from the malware that plagues PCs. But get physical access to the device’s data port–with, for instance, a carefully spoofed charger–and those app store protections can be bypassed in seconds. At the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, three Georgia Tech security researchers carried out a demonstration for reporters showing just how easily they could compromise an iPhone 5 using a malicious charger built with a three-inch square, $45 computer known as a BeagleBoard. Their malicious charger, which they called Mactans in reference to the scientific name of the Black Widow spider, can Read More

HP CEO: Apple ‘Very Interested’ In Moonshot – CRN

Meg Whitman Apple is one of several large-scale Internet service providers in line to use Hewlett-Packard’s Project Moonshot servers, according to HP’s top executive. While HP CEO Meg Whitman declined to confirm reports from a channel source that Apple is planning on using HP Project Moonshot servers to run its iTunes service, she did confirm to CRN that Apple is one of several large data center customers looking at Moonshot for part of its IT infrastructure. HP has a lot of interest in Moonshot from customers doing scale-out computing, Whitman said. [Related: 15 Questions For HP CEO Meg Read More

Report: HP Poised to Pass Lenovo as Top PC Maker – PC Magazine

Beleaguered Hewlett-Packard may soon have something to cheer about; a new report suggests that the company is poised to overtake Lenovo as the world’s biggest PC manufacturer. HP, on the strength of winning some key government procurement bids for new laptops, will recapture its global PC market share in the third quarter of this year, according to DigiTimes. The Taiwanese tech journal, citing unnamed industry sources, said HP “is expected to see notebook shipments in the third quarter of 2013 increase 15 to 20 percent [quarter over quarter] while Lenovo is expected to see a sequential drop of 7 to 9 percent.” A big driver of HP’s purported gains is an order by the government of Read More

HP’s Whitman Keynotes Nth Symposium, Says HP Returning To Customer- And … – CRN

Page 1 of 3 Hewlett-Packard President and CEO Meg Whitman on Tuesday told a packed crowd of IT executives that HP has returned to its roots as a customer- and partner-centric provider of IT products and services, and that customers should trust their solution providers to support their HP infrastructures. Whitman, speaking at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif., to a crowd consisting mainly of clients of Nth Generation, a San Diego-based solution provider and sponsor of this week’s Nth Symposium 2013 conference, said that in the nearly two years since she took the reins at Read More

Twitter: We’re not blind to the reality of abusive tweets – The Guardian

Twitter appeared to respond to increased pressure to deal with abusive and offensive material on Monday by claiming it is exploring ways to make it easier to report abuse. In a blog post entitled ‘we hear you‘, Twitter’s senior director of trust and safety Del Harvey, wrote that the majority of the 400m tweets sent every day are positive, and “embedded into the fabric of traditional and digital media”. “The vast majority of these use cases are positive,” she wrote. “That said, we are not blind to the reality that there will always be people using Twitter in ways that are abusive and may harm others.” “We are constantly talking with our users, advocacy groups, and government officials to see Read More

Quip (for iPad) – PC Magazine

Quip is billed as “a modern word processor that enables you to create beautiful documents on any device.” From what we’ve experienced in our testing, it doesn’t quite live up to that lofty statement. The free iPad app does let users create collaborative, editable documents on Apple’s slate (or via an iPhone or web browser), but it lacks numerous features that one associates with a word processor, as well as basic saving and sharing abilities. Compare Similar Products Read More

One Direction fans launch #Twitter war against @GQMagazine – NBCNews.com (blog)

GQ Magazine’s social media editor was in the middle of eating his chicken salad when he noticed the publication was getting more death threats than usual. The subject of the rage: One Direction. Fans of the English-Irish boy band, which graces the cover of the British edition of the magazine this month, are known as #Directioners — and they’re famously over the top when it comes to the shaggy-haired singers with accents that would make any tween swoon. They’ll camp out for days, skip class and take three different modes of transportation just to be in the same vicinity. Now they have taken their fandom to a new, darker level by launching an Internet war against the fashion magazine’s September issue, enraged Read More

New non-Retina iPad Minis hinted at in iOS … – CNET

(Credit: Apple) Mention of three new models of iPad Mini have been spotted in a pre-release version of Apple’s upcoming iOS 7, but seemingly without a key hardware feature many are hoping for. Pointing to hidden iOS 7 code sent in by a developer, 9to5Mac notes mention of iPad models “2,8,” “2,9,” and “2,10” which represent higher numbers than Apple’s existing trio of iPad Minis, which are listed in code as “2,5,” “2,6,” and “2,7.” The new models also have a reference to the same A6 chip found inside of the iPhone 5, but without the typical references to double-resolution images found in iOS devices with Retina Displays. That strongly suggests these new iPad Mini models would come with a Read More

Embedded Posts: This Is Facebook’s Real Public Offering – Wired

Facebook made changes to let its posts go wide on the web. Photo: Ariel Zambelich/WIRED Facebook is making a shift to the public sphere, precisely because it’s a public company. Everything it’s been doing in recent months–even years–has been aimed at making Facebook content more accessible outside of just your circle of friends. Graph Search, hashtags, the ability to follow users without friending, are all moves at making the stuff posted on Facebook more findable. When things are more findable, more people can see them. When more people can see them, well, you can sell more ads. Facebook announced today that it’s rolling out embedded posts. That means you’ll be able to click on a link in whatever you publish, Read More