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Articles Archive for Author Glenn Barber

Jely Bean’s Source Code Made Available!

Nexus 7 and Android Jelly Bean, Google’s latest operating system for mobile devices has been in news for quite a while and as Google promised, they made available to the Android Open Source Project. The source code has been released and that makes the Android what it truly is i.e. An Open Source. The statement actually came from Jean-Baptiste Queru.

Twitter Gets Hacked By UGNazi

It looks like it is that time of the year again for hackers to cause their online mayhem. The latest instant comes from a group called UGNazi, responsible for former hacks towards government websites.

The attack occurred on 6/21/2012 and was a DoS or “Denial of Service” attack which shut down Twitter by flooding it with requests. While this likely disrupted the 14% of the country who regularly sends out tweets, the attack was brief.

Judge Rules Facebook Trolling = Identity Theft

A boy by the name of Rolando received an unsolicited text message with a victim’s e-mail password. He used the password to gain access to the victim’s Facebook account and then began trolling, or in other words, he started posted sexually inappropriate messages from the victim’s account.

Trolling is a form of online bullying, and it varies greatly amongst trolls. Some are malicious with the intent of putting tremendous psychological stress upon others while other trolls mainly do it for the kicks at little expense to others well being.

iTunes Introduces Replay Movie Feature

Recently, Apple introduced a new service which would allow users to stream TV shows which they had already purchased on their Apple TV. It was rumored that Apple would launch a music streaming service with iCloud and iTunes, but the latest reports suggest that Apple is now working on a new movie streaming service called iTunes Replay.

According to the experts at App Advice Apple, the company is soon to launch a new movie streaming service on iTunes which will allow users to re-stream the movies which they had already purchased and will also provide the facility to re-download them.

2012 Mobile Devices Will See Quad Core Nvidia Chips

Currently on the mobile market, we are seeing smartphones and tablets teeter between single and dual cores, and while all this is powerful enough for the types of applications we use today, we need to continue to push ourselves if technology is ever to evolve.

I think the applications that will be most intensive on processors will be gaming and perhaps HD movie watching at a better resolution that phones and tablets are currently rocking at the moment.

Trojan: Android System Messenger Records All Your Calls

Researchers at CA Technologies have recently uncovered a new Android Trojan that records both incoming and outgoing calls, and the user never even knows whats happening. The app claims to be a useful package, and is dubbed Android System Messenger (sounds important, right?).

The program runs quietly in the background while the user goes about their normal routine, and as we have mentioned, records the audio from all incoming and outgoing conversations in a compressed AMR format.

Microsoft To Pay $70 M To Alcatel In Patent Ruling

The patent war is not new is US. Almost everyone is suing someone else for some goddamn reason. The patent war between Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft is also not new. There had been a number of clashes between the two companies ever since 2002 when Alcatel sued Gateway and Dell and Microsoft jumped in to help the two companies.

According to a recent federal ruling, Microsoft is bound to pay $70 million to Alcatel-Lucent by the order of a San Diego federal judge for the patent infringement which was originally filed by engineers at AT&T in 2003. The patent dealt with data entry on computer screen without using a keyboard.

Google Buys IBM Patents

Suing rival tech companies has now become child’s play for big IT companies. Consequently every company is trying to decorate its portfolio with as many patents as it can by buying patents from different companies.

Google, which had recently been sued by Oracle for Java patent infringement in development of Android has also decided to take some precautionary measures.

Next-Gen Of PCs To Be Powered By Graphene

Technology not only advances with every second but also becomes obsolete every second. Based on current research, it appears that silicon would be out of action in near future and Graphene might take its place.

Graphene is a new substance discovered by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004. The substance is found to have been composed of just a single layer of Carbon atoms contrary to Silicon which comprises of many layers of Carbon.

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Copyrights & Patents

In the tech industry, suing rival companies is not a big deal so its no surprise that Oracle sued Google.

The bone of contention is Google’s US$100 million deal with Sun Microsystems to pay the royalties for using Sun Microsystems’ programming language java for building the, then-new operating system, Android.

The deal has invoked a copyright infringement case against the search giant Google. However, Google has denied the allegations put forth by Oracle.