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Proof-of-concept code knocks affected devices offline
Proof-of-concept example code shows a vulnerability in the firmware of two wireless chips sold by Broadcom -- the BCM4325 and the BCM4329. The chips are found in recent devices such as the iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, HTC Droid Incredible 2, Motorola Droid X2, and some Edge model cards manufactured by Ford. The flaw makes the devices vulnerable to attacks that render the Wi-Fi connection unusable for the duration of the attack.
Scores eight of 10, still has second drive expansion option
Repair and tool-selling site iFixIt has done a teardown of the very latest Mac mini and found it basically unchanged from last year's model in terms of repairability. The company revealed that the RAM, hard drive and even the power supply can be replaced or repaired, with only the processor and graphics not able to be upgraded. The teardown also revealed that the new Mac mini still has an extra SATA connection and room for adding a second hard or sold-state drive. The unit received an overall repairability "score" of eight out of 10.
Only remaining patents held against the Xbox 360 are H.264
For reasons known only to itself, Motorola Mobility has dropped two Wi-Fi-related patents from its ITC complaint against Microsoft's XBox 360 gaming console. Only two H.264 patents remain in the complaint. As listed in the court filing, no agreement between the two parties are in place, so the reason for the withdrawal is unknown. The ITC should complete the investigation and initial remand hearing by the summer of 2013.
Higher-res screen than Retina, brushed aluminum chassis
Just a day after images of the device's manual leaked and gave an impression of its build, images of the actual Nexus 10 tablet have now emerged on the Internet, showing what the device looks like in real life. The Samsung-made Nexus tablet is expected to launch alongside a slew of Nexus devices early next week, and the new images suggest that the Nexus tablet will be attempting to take on Apple's iPad not only in terms of specs, but also in build quality.
Sinofsky cites engineering in driving down Win 8 device prices
Microsoft's Steven Sinofsky believes the forthcoming lineup of Windows 8 devices represents a better value proposition for consumers than do any other comparably-priced devices on the market, including the iPad and similarly-sized gadgets. Speaking shortly after the official launch of Windows 8, Sinofsky characterized the Windows RT platform as "really a PC for everyone" and said that Microsoft's new devices, including its apparently hot-selling Surface tablet, as much better suited for productivity as well as play.
iOS grabs 46.37 percent of ad traffic share
Apple's iOS mobile platform remains the most effective at ad monetization among all mobile operating systems, responsible for nearly as much ad traffic as all other operating systems combined. This according to Opera, which published its Q3 report on the State of Mobile Advertising this week. Opera found that iOS devices account for more than half of all mobile ad revenue, with the iPhone alone accounting for more than a third. The study's findings illustrate the continuing importance of Apple's platform in the mobile web sector, as no competing platform even approaches Apple's figures in the sector according to Opera.
Executive talks down Blu-ray
Following on the heels of Apple's latest device unveilings, the company's marketing head, Phil Schiller, has explained the reasoning behind omitting an optical drive in the latest iMacs. In an interview with Time, he noted that optical drives and rotating hard disks are among the aging technologies that are "holding us back" and represent "anchors on where we want to go."
New York man falsified information claiming partial ownership
Entrepeneur Paul Ceglia, one-time claimant to Facebook billions, has been charged with mail and wire fraud over what federal prosecutors and the US Postal Inspection Service have determined to be falsified information. Ceglia sued Facebook and its CEO in 2010 on the strength of the forged information, claiming that a 2003 contract he signed with Zuckerberg entitled him to a stake in the social network. Zuckerberg had previously done programming work for Ceglia while at Harvard.
Sources suggest missing first-year target to blame
Panasonic is to withdraw from European mobile phone sales within the next six months, according to reports. If true, the exit would see the company move out from the continent, with leaks suggesting that it will most likely miss its self-set target of 1.5 million smartphone sales this financial year.
Win a BRAVEN 600 Bluetooth speaker system
Portable devices like the iPhone and iPad are great to have on the go, but sometimes when you are trying to listen to music, the built-in speakers fall short of providing the clear audio quality necessary to really enjoy your tunes. The BRAVEN 600 series Bluetooth speaker aims to be the solution to that problem, and MacNN is giving one away to our readers.
who is the target audience for the new iMac?
This week in the MacNN forums Senior User gooser asks "who is the target audience" of the new iMac after this most recent round of radical changes made, including elimination of the optical drive and Firewire. Yesterday one Addicted to MacNNer was looking to replace a 2006 Mac Pro with one of the new Mac minis, but is trying to connect three displays, and has turned to the forums for some guidance.
Refurbished iPad and MacBook Air
At Apple's online store today save on refurbished iPads and MacBook Air. The refurb. 11.6-inch MBA with a 1.6GHz Intel core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM and 64GB of flash storage is now $749 after a $150 price drop. At the bottom of the iPad pricing scale is the refub. 3rd generation iPad with 16GB of storage and Wi-Fi available in white or black, now $379 after a $70 price cut.
refurb. 15.4-inch MacBook Pro $1529
This week at DealNN save on MacBooks, SSDs peripherals and more. Apple's online store has the refurbished 15.4-inch MacBook Pro for $1999, but has been reduced by $470 to $1529 with FREE shipping. This MacBook Pro features a 2.2GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive along with 8x SuperDrive, dual video cards, and it is eligible for OS X Mountain Lion Up-to-Date program. A one year warranty is included on parts and labor from Apple.
Google updates Maps with natural geography overlay
Google on Friday announced it has added new details to its online Google Maps. The natural geography overlay for the basemap includes new terrain color gradations to depict vegetation and labels that show natural land formations. Users can now see mountain ranges, deserts, and forests without turning to the satellite imagery.
miniStack external SSD storage
Newer Technology has launched a new external storage device that uses OWC Mercury Solid State Drives. Specifically designed to match the appearance of the Mac mini, the external miniStack is available in four capacities ranging from 120GB to 960GB. Prices start at $200 for the 120GB model, while 240GB, 480GB, 960GB models cost $300, $580, and $1230.
50K Xiaomi Phone 2s to go on sale in China on October 30
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi said it will begin selling its Phone 2, or Mi Two, smartphone in its home market starting on October 30. Like in the past, the phone will be sold online, and if the performance of past sales is any indication, the initial 50,000-unit allotment should be sold out in mere minutes. Those who don't get in on the initial batch will get another chance in min-November when 250,000 more of the Mi Two phones are due to go on sale.
Image resolution suggests 3.1-megapixel camera
An Executive from Google has put photographs taken by the Nexus 10 online. Appearing on the Google+ page of Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, the images have reportedly been taken using the onboard camera, and uploaded before the "Playground is Open" event on October 29th.
Slate model still shows November 2 ship date
Apple quickly sold out of its first stock of white and silver iPad minis, which are now expected to ship in two weeks rather than arriving on November 2 for US customers. The same shipping delay applies to the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants, though as of 11:30AM ET, all black and slate variants are still available for on-schedule arrival next Friday.
GameStop to open nearly 80 GameStop Kids stores for the holidays
Video game store chain GameStop will open about 80 new stores meant to cater to the young ones by November 15. Called GameStop Kids, the first of the stores is now operating at Grapevine Mills Mall in Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas, The Dallas Business Journal reported. The retailer is betting the upcoming holiday season will pay off for the specially-themed stores, which will carry E-rated titles only.
LG now shipping its connected, advanced 3D HDTV in Korea for $660 equivalent
The 27-inch LG TM2792 that seemingly compromises on nothing but size is going on sale in Korea this weekend. Announced late in August, the set has many features of much larger and costlier offerings, such as 3D playback and 2D-to-3D upconversion. The 1080p IPS LCD panel sits atop a metal stand and is surrounded by an ultra-thin bezel.
12.5-inch Toughbook C2 arrives in December running on Windows 8 Pro
Panasonic on Friday revealed its latest Toughbook-series convertible notebook, the C2. It runs on Windows 8 Pro 64-bit and is powered by an 1.8GHz Intel Core i5-3427U vPro CPU and 4GB of RAM, which can be doubled. The 12.5-inch notebook is semi-rugged and promises to withstand drops from 30 inches without any ill effects. The computer is aimed for workers in the field, and thus offers a claimed 11-hour battery life.
RIM replaces Nokia in top 5 for global sales
Third-quarter figures from IDC suggest that Samsung and Apple account for almost half of smartphones shipped. While HTC and ZTE continue to appear in the top five smartphone vendors worldwide, Nokia has dropped from the rankings and been replaced by Research in Motion.
HTC continues downward slide, while Samsung gains more ground
HTC has been unable to stem its backward progress in yet another consecutive quarter of profit reversals, reports Reuters. Its results for Q3 (pdf) show that its made $2.05 billion in revenue, from which it was able to eake out a profit of just $133 million. Compared to the same time last year, HTC's revenue slumped by 48 percent while its proft was down a massive 79 percent.
Published judgement includes coolness comments
Apple has updated its website to comply with a court order in the UK. A small link at the bottom of apple.com/uk titled "Samsung/Apple UK judgement" takes visitors to a seperate page, explaining that the High Courty of Justice of England and Wales found the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, and Tab 7.7 do not infringe one of Apple's design patents.
LG Ultra HD 84-inch 4K TV hits US market for $19,999
LG's 84-inch 84LM9600 TV has gone on sale in the US for $19,999. The new television features the newly defined Ultra High Defintion resolution, which was previously known as 4K. At four times the resolution of 1080p TVs, the new LG TV features a 3840x2160 amounting to a panel that contains 8 million pixels - six million more than previously.
More regions now have prices in local currencies as well
In addition to updating the Apple Store in the US and elsewhere for pre-orders of the new iPad mini on Thursday, the company has also been rolling out adjustments to foreign App Stores, including adding to the list of countries that show pricing in native currencies and raising prices throughout Europe. Countries on the Euro, for example, are seeing a new minimum app prices of 0.89 ($1.15), up from 0.79 (approximately $1). Apple is also updating iTunes Connect to reflect the changes in currency calculations.
All products expected in the first quarter of 2013
Music software purveyor Ableton has announced two new products. The first, an upgrade of music creation suite Live to version 9, greatly expands the creative possibilities of Ableton's popular Live software with the addition of new features. The second product announced is Push -- the company's first USB-based hardware instrument to interface with Live.
Cook warns that new iMac to be in short supply initially
[Update: Pre-orders now available] Just before midnight Eastern time on Thursday, the Apple Store went down to prepare for iPad mini pre-orders, which will open at 3AM (midnight Friday PT). Apple is expecting a rush on the lowest-priced model in the iPad range, introduced on Tuesday as being an eight-inch alternative tablet comparable in power and performance to the iPad 2. While Apple also introduced a fourth-generation full-sized iPad, analysts expect the iPad mini to be the biggest-selling Apple product during the holiday buying season.
TiVo fall update includes changes to My Shows page
TiVo's fall update will feature updates for the To Do List and the My Shows page. A post on Twitter by vice president Margret Schmidt confirmed the update and also included screenshots showcasing some of the changes. While an official rollout date has not been set, TiVo is allowing some users to preview it early, via sign-ups to the Priority List.
New particle system allows for easier environmental effect application
E-on Software today announced the formal unveiling of its upcoming Vue 11 product line, scheduled for release in November. The company is offering professional users under a maintenance contract a download of the pre-release version of Vue 11 xStream and Infinite, the latest production-driven version of its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.
Both feature product as 'hero,' don't go into specs or prices
Apple has wasted no time in getting advertising out showcasing its latest products. A rare TV ad promoting the newest Mac portable on Wednesday evening during Modern Family that featured the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, while Business Insider caught sight of a billboard in New York City's Meatpacking District promoting the iPad mini.
Connection to Apple unclear, likely stock ownership
District Court Judge Gary Sharpe has recused himself from a lawsuit involving Apple's Siri technology because of his potential conflict of interest involving Apple. In removing himself, he cited the law that said "any conduct that would lead a reasonable [person] knowing all the circumstances to the conclusion that the judge's 'impartiality might reasonably be questioned' is a basis for the judge's disqualification." The judge's Apple connection to the case outside the courtroom hasn't been made clear.
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