Visa, Mastercard allegedly pressured by Senator Leahy to cut off Mega
File storage locker Mega has experienced a major setback. Effective immediately, and at the alleged exhortation of the US government, Paypal has ceased processing payments for the service, despite PayPal's reported confirmation that Mega is a legitimate business. PayPal has since said that the company's "unique encryption model" securing its files presents an insurmountable difficulty to confirm legal compliance.
Video chat service from Mega touts end-to-end encryption of calls
Kim Dotcom has launched his latest Mega-branded enterprise, providing encrypted chat services. Previously teased by Dotcom, MegaChat is a browser-based video chat service similar to Firefox Hello, allowing users to make and receive calls without installing a separate client, with the main draw being its claim of end-to-end encryption between the conversation participants.
Touted MegaChat service to offer encryption, file sending, video messaging
Kim Dotcom will be launching a secure browser chat service in the near future. The Mega founder claims the company's chat client will be "fully encrypted" and will offer "browser-based video call and chat" to users, along with high-speed file transfers, with the Microsoft-owned Skype being seen as Dotcom's main messaging competition.
Cloud service has seen 300 percent increase in uploads over six months
Kim Dotcom, founder of the legally-troubled internet storage locker service Megaupload, believes that the entities involved in the case of his previous business venture are at least partially responsible for the growth of his newest service, Mega. Boasting upload growth since November in a graph posted by Dotcom, Mega has seen a 300 percent growth over the past six months.
Xbox One update due February 11, adds battery life indicator
Microsoft's Xbox One is set to have an update released, addressing issues encountered by users since the console's launch. The update is due February 11th, featuring issue corrections regarding storage management, and the addition of a battery life indicator for the console's controller. Libraries will be split into two separate lists of 'My Games' and 'My Apps', as to simplify file searches. Also expected in the update is the added ability to use a USB keyboard with the console.
Windows Phone to get Mega cloud storage service in 2014
Windows Phone 8 users won't be left out of access to the Mega cloud storage service, the Kim Dotcom-helmed company revealed last week. A Reddit user posted confirmation from Mega, with the company saying it plans to build an app for Microsoft's smartphone platform. The company was not very specific regarding a launch date for the Windows Phone 8 Mega app, but it did point to early 2014 as a launch window.
Mega releases cloud storage app for iOS, iPad version due in future
Mega, the cloud storage service operated by Kim Dotcom, has launched an official iOS app. The free download allows users to browse their account, preview and stream specific documents and files, and to send links to files and folders to other people. Support for the iPad as well as photo synchronization are touted as future upgrades.
Galaxy Gear smart watch to work with five more Galaxy smartphones
Samsung will be bringing Galaxy Gear compatibility to more devices than previously thought. The manufacturer will not only allow the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II, and Note III to communicate with the smart watch via a scheduled Android 4.3 update, but also adding devices to the compatibility list through a smaller software update.
Samsung set for quick sequel to Galaxy Gear
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch has yet to hit store shelves, rumors have already surfaced of a sequel that could be revealed as soon as CES 2014, reports The Korea Times. The Galaxy Gear 2 is expected to be a more refined iteration of the original device which was apparently rushed to market on the back of Apple iWatch speculation and to gauge public interest in smartwatches. The updated device is also expected to add an on board GPS module, adding to the Galaxy Gear’s already feature filled specifications.
Large Samsung smartphone appearing on three US carriers later this month
Following a leak on the weekend, Samsung has confirmed that the 6.3-inch model of the Galaxy Mega with LTE connectivity will be going on sale in the United States later this month. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will be available on AT&T, Sprint, and US Cellular, with the former also stating it will be on sale through the carrier on August 23rd.
LTE-equipped smartphone could launch on AT&T on August 23rd
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could still be making its way to AT&T in the future, according to a new leak. An image showing the large smartphone, complete with blue color scheme and AT&T branding on the back, suggests that the brief appearance of the device with compatible LTE radios at the FCC in June was leading to a full release.
Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS to retain specifications of original
Samsung is going to make a dual-SIM version of one of it's largest smartphones, according to a report. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS will apparently be able to take two SIM cards at the same time, while effectively retaining all the specifications of the original device, including its 6.3-inch 720p LCD display.
Android app already available, iOS and Windows to 'follow suit'
Cloud storage service Mega is in the "final stages" of developing native apps for iOS and Windows, according to an official blog post. The company yesterday released an Android app which supports uploading, downloading, and sharing files, folder management, and Dropbox-style automatic camera sync. Mega hasn't said what features the iOS and Windows apps will have, but the iOS title will likely have to limit some features to satisfy Apple rules.
Samsung smartphones appear on carrier at same time as prepaid refresh
British phone network Three has announced it has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 Mini. Going on sale online today and in stores tomorrow, the two Samsung devices appear on Three at the same time as the carrier makes significant changes to the way it charges for its prepaid phone service.
Support for AT&T LTE bands found in large Samsung smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 could be heading to AT&T, according to details found in an FCC filing. The smartphone with the 6.3-inch display made its send trip to the Commission for clearance, and while in the first instance it was shown to have AT&T-supported HSPA+, this time it is equipped with AT&T 4G LTE bands.
Ruggedized phone shows bumpers on back, hardware buttons
Images reported to be of the rumored Samsung Galaxy S4 Active have surfaced, complete with a ruggedized casing. The leaked photographs come at the same time as a fresh rumor claiming Samsung is creating a Mega version of the Galaxy S4, following on from the Mega devices revealed by the company last month.
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8, 6.3 extends 'phablet' range
Samsung has made the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 official. The new ‘phablets’ sit above the Galaxy Note 2 in screen size, although neither offers a stylus input. Further, the new Mega range omit quad-core CPUs for dual-core chips and forgo high-resolution OLED displays for lower resolution TFT LCD displays. However, each also incorporates the ‘Air View’ feature that will debut on the new Galaxy S 4, and will run a number of software tweaks also featured on the new flagship handset.
Launch event at DotCom Mansion features 'FBI Raid'
Mega has seen over one million users sign up for its service in its launch day, the company reports. The user-number milestone was claimed by Kim DotCom himself at a launch event for the service in New Zealand, along with a message to governments, copyright holders, and to others seeking its closure: "We cannot be stopped."
Free storage offer dwarfs that of existing cloud storage services
Former Megaupload boss Kim Dotcom has claimed that his new data storage service, Mega, will be offering users 50GB at no charge. The large-capacity offer eclipses free cloud storage offers from existing services, such as Dropbox and SugarSync, and will apparently require little to no effort to obtain, as opposed to some usage and promotional actions others require.