Google

Google puts out a new laptop: Chromebook Pixel

Google has been making strides to increasing its presence in the physical market. Almost anybody knows of Android and Google’s new browser, which is Chrome. Now Google has unveiled a new laptop, which is known as Chromebook Pixel. This laptop features touchscreen capabilities, a powerful chipset and a high resolution display. It is available on the Google Play store and will be shipped sometime in April it features a 13 inch screen and has a resolution of 4.3 million pixels, while the current Microsoft laptops only have half that amount in the Google Chromebook actually beats the MacBook retina.

Google And Its New Laptop

GoogleThe Chromebook Pixel will ship in two versions, but both will include the Intel Core i5. One version will be Wi-Fi only and the other will be able to connect to Verizon’s own network. Google has claimed that it has a battery that will last five hours. It has the application QuickOffice and contains an inlet port SD card. The price for this is actually rather expensive. The Wi-Fi only model has a prize of nearly $1300, while the other one has a price of $1449.

On the one hand, Google has said that this new notebook is everybody’s cup of tea. It has been tailored for those power users who want to live in the cloud. While it does have a touchscreen, that doesn’t mean that Google will use its own operating system Android. This new laptop does have touchscreen and that seems to be the future of up-and-coming laptops. By using a touchscreen people will not have to go to the touchpad of their browsing experience will be much different. In that regard, it does take a little bit for users to get familiar with.

At the moment no one outside of Google has had time to review this new laptop, but many should be excited if this new laptop does indeed live up to the hype. Having a laptop which connects easily to the cloud as really yet to be achieved. If this new laptop is a success, it could mean all only path for Google to take. Already the search engine giant has managed to break into new markets that would’ve been previously thought impossible. It has gone from a simple search engine for provider of an operating system and now is breaking into the market of laptop builders. Anyone should be excited for this new development for Google.

 

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Playstation 4: cloud is the future for it

The PlayStation 4 has been released to much fanfare and there have been many changes that have taken place since the seven years that the PlayStation three was released. In terms of raw power, Sony crafted this new product with an AMD Jaguar, a PC style graphics processors and a whopping 8 GB of RAM. Sony showed off the debut of this new PlayStation with two new games. However, it is being pushed as a cloud type of device.

 PlayStation 4: what lies within

While the individual performance of the PlayStation for is indeed impressive, this new product has its future in the cloud, unique streaming opportunities. It allows users to stream select PlayStation four games to their handheld PlayStation Vitas. This allows the small console to have more power than you previously had and those who own a PlayStation 4 will be able to stream titles to their PlayStation. There is no need to download or have any type of legacy hardware, as all the titles are available on a remote server. Of the games are available, they include those which the trail back to the original PlayStation.

PlaystationThis is an exciting new step for the PlayStation and Sony as well, it should come as no surprise to learn that the console industry has been in and out lately, thanks to the rise of smart phone and tablet makers. These new smart phones have games that rival the quality of the PlayStation mobile device. By using the cloud device, Sony is hoping to compete and offer more than was been previously offered by mobile devices and smartphones in general.

Does this mean that these devices will ship away in coming years of the market share of Sony? Not exactly. There are many things, such as exclusive titles, that these smart phones and tablets do not have. It seems that having a simple self-contained gaming device is no longer enough. People want more bang for their buck, but they don’t want to carry around a bunch of consoles, when one would do the tickets. Hopefully with this new streaming option and opportunities are available in the cloud, Sony will be able to achieve a greater market share there has done in the past. After all, other councils have already been in Sony to the punch, such as the Nintendo Wii U. This console is allowed for users to stream games to the mobile Nintendo device.

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Was China Alone in the Cyberattacks?

A Java vulnerability that was worn by the Homeland Security Department was responsible for computers and even entire companies to be left vulnerable to the activities of hackers. A multitude of companies, including Twitter, Facebook, the Washington Post, Bloomberg and even the New York Times of all claiming there were attacks on the networks. For some of them, the attacks were relatively minor and no user account information or any other type of confidential information was sacrificed. With all of these attacks, it was believed by many to be the work of none other than China itself. Just yesterday, it was reported that security group in Virginia had discovered evidence that the attacks were centered in the building located near Shanghai.

 What was China’s response?

China has not taking any of this lying down. Today, the Chinese military denied the hacking allegations made by the tech company in Virginia. Now there are reports that an Eastern European group has also packs such companies as Apple, Facebook and twitter, in addition to several other smaller hacks. On Tuesday, Apple confirmed that some of the employee computers have been compromised after they visit a website for iPhone developers and Facebook said that their computers were also compromise after employees visited a developer site. However, both of these companies have claimed that no user data was compromised during these attacks. This was unlike twitter who claim that nearly a quarter of 1 million users were at risk.

It is unknown whether or not China was truly responsible for these attacks, or whether this group was working independently or concurrently with China. The problem has gotten so severe, that President Obama made the point in his State of the Union address. Whether or not China is truly responsible has yet to be established, but for the future of all virtual media and virtual companies, the ability to maintain confidentiality is indeed important.

Identity thieves are not the only one to hack computers there is so much information that is available, such as blueprints, business statements, invoices, and proprietary manufacturing techniques, which can be used by the hackers to replicate trademark technology. Relations between China and the United States may become strained as a result of these activities, so is important to establish concrete evidence for either claim, whether China is truly guilty or not. It doesn’t make any sense to jump to conclusions, only to be proven wrong later.

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Group Mandiat Points Finger at China

For so long, people in America have been pointing the finger at China for a series of cyber attacks that targeted such places as the Washington Post, Facebook and twitter. For some of these attacks, it was estimated that user account information was compromised. All of these attacks were due to a Java vulnerability, which was hatched earlier this month, or so many have hoped. Things got so severe that the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning to the American people to disable Java until an appropriate patch was released.

 Java and China

ChinaThe group that has linked China to the attack is a Virginia-based Mandiant. This company compiled a 60 page report that was published on Tuesday and described a six-year. This group observed a group of hackers stealing hundreds of terabytes of data, from 141 organizations across 20 industries around the world since 2006. All of this activity was traced the four networks near Shanghai. This is also the headquarters of the Unit 61398, which is a secret division of the Chinese military.

The sheer size of this operation leaves little doubt that it was at least in part supported by the Chinese military. China, predictably, has protested these findings and the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei stated that these findings were inconclusive and insisted that China instead with the victim of cyber attacks which originated in the United States.

Mandiat hypothesized that hundreds and even thousands of people work within the unit in China, as is a 12 story structure. The victims of the cyber attacks had their origins in this building with 87% being observed. With that number, 115 targeted United States organizations. The group stole intellectual property, blueprints, manufacturing processes and business plans. While the report did not list companies by name, it is known that Coca-Cola, RSA and Chertoff Group are among the victims.

Many in the United States are concerned and they are saying there are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of attacks being employed in the country. These attacks have the potential to be quite severe, as they could target such things as the power grid, financial system and even Wall Street.

But China is not alone with the cyber attacks, as their other organizations in other countries are believed to have a hand in it. President Obama signed an executive order which was designed to address the concerns of cyber security. Even highlighted the need in his State of the Union address.

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Facebook is the Victim of An Attack

Facebook is in one of the unlucky companies. It seems that has been a bad month for companies, as many of them are now vulnerable to hacks. It can be remembered for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and even twitter have claimed they’ve been the victims of hacks. Now to add to the troubles, Facebook has admitted that they had been the victim of an attack that took place in January.

As of now, nothing is known for certain, yet many people are pointing fingers at various groups, one of which is located in China. All of this is merely speculation and Facebook has not released anything who they believe is responsible for these attacks.

How is Facebook attacked?

According to insiders at Facebook, some employees visited a compromised site and the machines were infected with malware. Facebook then contacted law enforcement and they began an investigation. As of now, Facebook has not released any details related to this case.

Twitter announced a similar attack that took place, which had been attributed to a group in China, yet that has yet to be proven. Neither Facebook or twitter has mentioned this. Facebook has found no evidence any user information was compromised, unlike twitter, who said as many as a quarter of 1 million users were grist having their personal information hacked.

All of this is contributed to a Java vulnerability, which has been installed on many computers. Oracle has attempted to patch this on February 1. The Department of Homeland Security issued alerts about the software and advise users to disable it and telling appropriate patch was released. If you’re using Java, is recommended that you download the latest versions and updates.

Java is used most often as a plug-in for many web-based applications. Its prevalence has been installed on virtually every PC is around today. Therefore, the vulnerability in it is very worrisome. And if China or people within its borders are responsible for these attacks, and this can seriously affect the relations between the United States and China.

Hopefully with the patches several released by Oracle, these types of attacks become just a bad dream. As always, make sure that you have the latest version of security software installed in a you exercise caution when visiting sites. Part of vulnerabilities can be exploited by careless users who do not think. If you have any questions, consult your local computer expert. If you believe you are risk, then they will be able to assess the situation.

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Android

Ubuntu: Operating System for Android

One of the most popular mobile distributions that is utilized by Linux announced a developer preview of its new mobile operating system, Ubuntu. Is available for release on the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 on February 21. This new operating system for the Android is being developed by Canonical. It brought one code base to its mobile devices, including tablets and even desktops and TVs.

 Android and The Operating System

It is important to Androidkeep in mind that Canonical has stressed that this is a developer preview and not the finalized code, so it will not be available on majority of devices. Users of the Android should be expecting more details. The new operating system for the Android will be available at the Mobile World Congress later in February in Barcelona. Those who attend can have their phones flashed to the new Android operating system.

This new operating system is intended for enthusiasts and developers. It allows them to port the platform to other devices and supports a wide variety of screen sizes and resolutions. In other words, it is meant to be compatible with as many Android devices as possible.

This release is a new chapter for Ubuntu, which allows for real compatibility between devices. Ubuntu 13.10 will be released in October and will include an entry level smartphone experience. Canonical published a Preview SDK and App Design Guide. This will allow the developers to create a full variety of applications for the new operating system. The beauty of this is that the platform will be able to serve all applications on a single platform.

With all of this, one can hope that it will be far easier to develop applications for the android, by making use of this new operating system. By using what operating system across devices, developers won’t have to worry about individual nuances that may affect these devices. In other words, they will be able to tailor applications to suit the operating system more effectively than having to worry about designing an extra version.

 What Does This Mean For Android?

The release of this new mobile operating system for the android marks the beginning of a new era for the android. This will allow multiple devices to use the same operating system, so as to increase compatibility. This will make it easier for users who want to use more than one device, but maintain a high degree of compatibility between these devices.

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Security flaw in Apple’s iOS 6.1

Apple has been facing many new challenges, as they alter the specs of the MacBook Pro and put up with rumors of new iPhones, which have yet to be proven. On the heels of the IOS operating system that allowed for a very famous jail breaking, the Apple company has discovered a security flaw in iOS 6.1.

 Apple And Other Security Problems

This security breach is present in the iPhone five and can be exploited on any phone running IOS 6.1, as well as some earlier versions. The technique for breaking into the iPhone came as a result of a Spanish-speaking user named ‘videosdebarraquito.’ This user posted a video that showed him altering the settings of the iPhone. It was published on the last day of January and was discovered later by tech bloggers.

In this video, it showed the user using a phone to make another call to a phone, and then canceling it. He then answered with the target phone and fiddled with the power button. According to him, this technique can be used to access other parts of the phone, but the validity of that is still in question. He urged users to only use this technique as a joke or the parlor bet.

AppleHe said that uses could include retrieving a password that one forgot and warned to use at their own risk. On Thursday, Apple released a statement that they are working on the problem. According to another tech blog, they were able to access photos on another phone and similar bugs haven’t pointed out on previous versions of Apple’s mobile operating system.

To keep yourself safe, it would be a good idea to establishing secure passwords, as well as ensuring that all settings decrease the risk of having your iPhone susceptible to hacks. If you are truly worried, you may visit Apple’s home page and see if there are any updates or any advice that they would recommend to keep your data safe. Apple is taking these allegations very seriously and will not be long before they release a patch.

And then, once Apple releases a patch to prevent this, keep an eye on everything and remember to not store sensitive data on your phone. As it seems right now, anybody who attempts to hack the phone must be in the same room, that there had been no attempts to see whether it can be done in a more remote nature.

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iPhone and MacBook Pro: Changes for Apple

There are changes coming for to love Apple’s greatest products, the iPhone and the Mac book Pro. Both of these products are facing changes, whether it is due to increased pressure and decreased demand. The MacBook Pro had its specs changed and in Brazil, Apple has lost the right to use the name iPhone.

Apple and its iPhone

AppleBBC reported that Gradiente Eletronica has the right to use the name iPhone in Brazil and that means that Apple does not have the right to use the name iPhone in Brazil. Obviously, Apple will plan to appeal the ruling. This isn’t just a matter of a name for Apple, but for an identity. For years, Apple has used the name iPhone in virtually every country that is sold to.

Apple and the MacBook Pro

Anyone who has ever owned an Apple is familiar with the MacBook Pro. Of all Apple products is by far one of the most expensive in one of the most sought after among Apple enthusiasts.

Apple dropped the prices of its MacBook Pro series of laptops. The 13 inch model is $200 less there had been previously, at a price of $1500. A higher capacity 256 GB MacBook Pro carries a price tag of $1699. In terms of processing speed, has been boosted from 2.5 GHz to 2.6 GHz.

In terms of the 15 inch MacBook Pro, the lower end model has been boosted from 2.3 GHz to 2.4 GHz and a higher-end version has been boosted from 2.6 GHz to 2.7 GHz. The latter utilizes a quad core processor and a higher-end model has double the RAM at 16 GB.

These MacBooks were always at the higher-end of Apple’s line of notebooks. Apple’s own iPad sales have been cutting into its Mac revenue. As of right now the prices have not been reflected on the site itself, but it will not be too long before consumers will be able to choose these new Apple products.

All in all, it has been a busy month for Apple indeed. They have launched a new firmware update for its latest line of iPhone’s, which led to the release of the much anticipated jailbreak. Also, Apple has had to deal with the rumors of an iPhone 5S and even iPhone six. In China especially, there were photos released of the iPhone 5S and some speculation of the iPhone six.

This means that Apple will continue to release new exciting products in an effort to appeal to the higher end of the market.

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Cloud- Free Storage Options Out There

The cloud refers to a virtual storage medium that is used by many businesses and individuals to automatically stored data, whether it is to back up or shared data across multiple devices and computers. There is so many options available for cloud storage, that it would be virtually impossible to cover all that not once.

Virtual Cloud Storage Options

CloudFor those users looking for free storage options available on the cloud, here are some grades alternatives to paying a subscription fee. These services offer limited storage and the ability to pay for even more storage. While it may not be the right choices for many people because of the size limitation, they are just perfect for the occasional user and/or those who may not have very much.

Dropbox: This is one of the best-known storage options available. There is no limit on file size when uploading from the desktop application and works across many different operating systems. The free service allows you 2 GB of storage and additional 500 MB with friends register.

Amazon Cloud Drive: When a user purchases music from Amazon, is automatically stored on the cloud Drive for free. However, Amazon has been criticized for how it handles its files. It offers 5 GB of free storage for its users.

Apple iCloud: 5 GB are offered across Apple devices at the company offers 128 bit AES encryption. In addition, users can synchronize across different devices. This includes videos, web browsing pages, photos and other types of files.

Google Drive: also available for 5 GB, is the Google Drive. Google docs and files converted to Google docs do not count for the storage limits, the other files do. In Google+, they offer unlimited storage and videos there up to 15 min.

Microsoft SkyDrive: Of course Microsoft has to jump in. They offer a full 7 GB of free storage. It has a Windows 8 interface. Uploads are limited to 300 MB via the web browser and 2 GB for the desktop application. In addition, this offer extends to Windows, OS X, and IOS, as well as android and Windows applications.

With these five storage options, you will be able to utilize the cloud free of charge. Of course, if you are looking for more in one place then you will have to pay a fee. A lot of storage option backup automatically to the cloud and allow you to keep purchases that you may have made.

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Rumors for iPhone 5S Circulating

Rumors have been circulating that the iPhone would be continued in iPhone 5S. However, recently photos surfaced that showed this new iPhone, courtesy of a Chinese website, Zol.com.cn, which was busted by Times of India. These photos showed front and rear panels of the preproduction models of the iPhone 5S. These are still rumors, so it is important to remember that they may or may not be true.

 IPhone 5S: Fact or Fiction

Just last week, the iPhone 5S and is another one the iPhone 6 came to light, according to a Chinese blog site names Sina Tech. However, this information came secondhand from one of their users. The iPhone 6 is claimed to be wider, longer and much thinner. However, both of these phones are still debated and Intel Apple releases official statements, they should be considered only rumors.iPhone

In December, a French website claimed they had received photos of the iPhone 5s. According to these photos, this new iPhone would be very similar to that of the iPhone 5. This would follow the format that Apple has used in the past in regards to releasing iPhones.

 What Is The Validity Of These Rumors?

Since the death of Steve Jobs, Apple has been breaking its traditional model of releasing products. If these rumors are indeed correct, it won’t come as too much of a surprise. One should remember that Apple has always claimed that it will not release cheaper products just for the sake of tapping into new market. However, the release of the iPad mini, which was a scaled-down version of the regular iPad, cast light that Apple may be willing to tap into the cheaper end of the market if it is profitable enough and without sacrificing the quality of their products.

And even if these photos are indeed incorrect, Apple has released and S series for iPhones in the past. In other words while these phones may not be the real iPhone 5S, there may be an iPhone 5s in the future. But a release for the iPhone 6 is still very much contested, especially for this year. Apple has faced some fierce competition from both Samsung and Android in general. Many experts are claiming that Apple’s glory days are behind them.

While these rumors are hardly proof the iPhone 5s will indeed launch, it is interesting nonetheless. Keep your eyes peeled, but make sure to take any rumor with a grain of salt, as they may or may not be true.

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