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Huawei has a new luxury Android Wear smartwatch coming, and it looks great

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 22:25

Huawei has a new luxury Android Wear smartwatch coming, and it looks great Ahead of an official unveiling tomorrow, Chinese tech OEM Huawei has shown off their new Huawei Watch, an incredibly sleek and appealing Android Wear powered device.

The trailer video does not reveal any specs, but that should be settled tomorrow at Mobile World Congress.

From the video we can see the watch has a 42mm circular face with sapphire display and a stainless steel unibody case.

There are three finishes; silver, black and gold and a host of bands. There are quite a few watch faces designed for launch, and some look quite beautiful.

Finally, the watch has a heart-rate monitor and pedometer for fitness tracking.

Check out some photos and the video here:

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Dark and gritty 'Power Rangers' fan film returns to YouTube, Vimeo following deal with Saban

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 21:21

Dark and gritty 'Power Rangers' fan film returns to YouTube, Vimeo following deal with Saban Earlier this week, producer Adi Shankar and director Joseph Kahn released a dark and gritty fan film for the classic kids TV series 'Power Rangers,' dubbing the short Power/Rangers.

The film quickly reached nearly 12 million views on YouTube alone before rightsholder Haim Saban took the videos offline across the Web.

Back online now thanks to a deal with Saban, the videos have lengthy disclaimers that the movie is 100% fan film and with no affiliation to the real deal.

On Vimeo, Kahn wrote: "Deboot of the Power Rangers. My take on the FAN FILM. Not a pilot, not a series, not for profit, strictly for exhibition. This is a bootleg experiment not affiliated or endorsed by Saban Entertainment or Lionsgate nor is it selling any product. I claim no rights to any of the characters (don't send me any money, not kickstarted, this film is free). This is the NSFW version. An alternate safe version is on youtube."

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U.S. DOJ indicts man on hacking charges, identity theft for stealing pre-release films back in 2010

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 20:57

U.S. DOJ indicts man on hacking charges, identity theft for stealing pre-release films back in 2010 The U.S. DOJ has indicted 28-year-old Dutchman Joey Vogelaar, accusing the man of stealing digital copies of "How Do You Know," "Rango" and "Megamind" back in 2010 before they were released in theaters.

Vogelaar, who went by the nicknames 'TyPeR' and 'neXus,' accessed the computers of the production company behind the films by using an employee's login credentials although it is unclear how he gained access to said credentials.

The alleged thief has been charged with computer hacking and identity theft, but not with copyright infringement which is curious given that Hollywood is involved. The charges, if he is extradited to the U.S., have a max sentence of seven years total.

Source:
Ernesto




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PayPal shuts down Mega's account, kills its payment processing

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 20:19

PayPal shuts down Mega's account, kills its payment processing Succumbing to political pressures, PayPal has shut down the account of Kim Dotcom's Mega file sharing service.

Reportedly, the pressure came from U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, who was a proponent of SOPA and went directly to Visa and MasterCard who then pressured PayPal.

The move is a huge blow to Mega's business, as PayPal was handling payment processing for the site and its users.

"It is very disappointing to say the least. PayPal has been under huge pressure," Mega CEO Graham Gaylard said in an interview. "MEGA provided extensive statistics and other evidence showing that MEGA's business is legitimate and legally compliant. After discussions that appeared to satisfy PayPal's queries, MEGA authorised PayPal to share that material with Visa and MasterCard. Eventually PayPal made a non-negotiable decision to immediately terminate services to MEGA."

Shockingly, Mega's top-of-the-line encryption seems to have been the tipping point. "MEGA has demonstrated that it is as compliant with its legal obligations as USA cloud storage services operated by Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dropbox, Box, Spideroak etc, but PayPal has advised that MEGA's 'unique encryption model' presents an insurmountable difficulty," Mega added.

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Chinese companies take down 60,000 accounts with vulgar, sexual or inappropriate usernames and avatars

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 19:45

Chinese companies take down 60,000 accounts with vulgar, sexual or inappropriate usernames and avatars Some of China's largest companies have already begun taking down accounts that do not conform to the new standards set forth by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC).

Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu and Weibo have taken down 60,000 accounts that had inappropriate, vulgar or sexual usernames and avatars. Some were misleading and others were considered 'harmful.'

Weibo reportedly kicked 5500 accounts for promoting terrorism and Tencent deleted accounts that promoted gambling and firearms.

Most likely, some of the accounts were deleted because they did not have the user's real name attacked, a new rule from the Chinese government for all accounts.

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Dropbox teams up with Vodafone to give cloud storage access to 400 million wireless customers

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 18:52

Dropbox teams up with Vodafone to give cloud storage access to 400 million wireless customers Dropbox has announced a partnership with the world's largest carrier, Vodafone, in an attempt to jumpstart international growth.

The company hopes that the deal could give Dropbox tens of millions of new international users, an area where it would like to continue to see large growth.

Beginning next month, some of Vodafone's customers will automatically see Dropbox as the default service to back up and sync their content on their Android devices. If you don't have an account, you will need to sign up for a new one, flush with 25GB of free storage space.

Dropbox currently has 300 million users and international customers account for 70 percent of that figure.

Over time, Vodafone will pre-install Dropbox on all new Android handsets sold and will also promote the service for Apple iPhone buyers.

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Star Wars saga gets the Lego treatment with special mini-series

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 18:19

Star Wars saga gets the Lego treatment with special mini-series Disney XD has picked up the 'Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales' mini-series, five 22-minute episodes that will retell the first 6 movies in the series with Lego protagonists.

The series will air later this year, concluding before the hotly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens blockbuster opens worldwide on December 18th.

According to the writers, the original and prequel movies will be retold through the eyes of popular droids C-3PO and R2-D2. The droids have been kidnapped after the events of Return of the Jedi, leading them to tell their story of what happened, from the very beginning.

There was little other details, but Star Wars and Lego fans should be very excited.

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Verizon could be finally getting the Nexus 6

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 15:05

Verizon could be finally getting the Nexus 6 Three months after T-Mobile users got their hands on the Google reference device, Verizon subscribers may finally be on the verging of getting the Nexus 6 themselves.

Thanks to leaked in-store marketing materials and a promo video leaked accidentally by Verizon, it appears the Nexus 6 could be headed to the U.S.' largest carrier on March 11th.

At launch, the phone will have VoLTE and Lollipop 5.1 but no other noticeable differences.

Check out our review here: Review: The Massive Nexus 6 is the Perfect Device for Android Lollipop

Source:
Phandroid




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Swatch unveils first smartwatch/fitness tracker, marketed for volleyball players

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 14:20

Swatch unveils first smartwatch/fitness tracker, marketed for volleyball players Popular Swiss watch maker Swatch has introduced its first smartwatch today: The Swatch Touch Zero One.

The company had announced last month that their first smartwatch was coming, but what we are seeing is different than what most expected. The watch is being marketed to beach volleyball players, and many of the features of the watch itself for created with volleyball in mind.

For your money, you get a curved touchscreen, built-in backlight, tap and swipe gesture controls and Beach Volleyball functions like a step counter, a "power hit" counter and "power clap" counter. The watch will be able to differentiate between attack hits, low hits, high hits and 'high fives.' The Power Hit counter will rate the hit on a scale of 1 to 100, with professionals likely to see 80s or higher.

The watch syncs with your Android and iOS phone, acting as a fitness tracker not unlike other watches and bands like the Fitbit.

Unlike other current smartwatches, the battery will last for "months," says the company. If accurate, that would be a huge selling point. Keep in mind that it is unclear whether the watch uses Bluetooth or NFC, and whether it can sync texts, phone calls and other notifications.

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Netflix beats anti-trust class action suit stemming from DVD rental business in 2005

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 14:05

Netflix beats anti-trust class action suit stemming from DVD rental business in 2005 Though we would forgive you if you forgot, Netflix used to be a DVD-by-mail rental company before becoming a streaming giant.

In 2005, Netflix acquired Walmart's failed DVD-by-mail service, which had 60,000 subscribers in exchange for promoting Walmart's online DVD sales and for a cut of revenue made off of previous Walmart subscribers.

After the deal, class action lawsuits were filed, alleging that the deal kept prices artificially high. At the time, Blockbuster was offering a 3U plan (3 discs out at a time, unlimited per month) for $15.99 while Netflix was charging $19.95 for the same deal. The suits alleged that Netflix would have dropped their prices to match had it not been for the Walmart deal.

Walmart decided to settle the suit for $27 million in 2011, meaning all 1.2 million claimants will receive a gift card for $12. Netflix, on the other hand, took the battle to court and has now beaten the charges since the subscribers could not adequately prove they were injured by the deal.

Read the ruling from 9th Circuit chief judge Sidney Thomas:

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Hands-on with the new HTC One M9 leaks a day ahead of official release

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 13:29

Hands-on with the new HTC One M9 leaks a day ahead of official release A hands-on video for the new HTC One M9 has leaked today, a day ahead of the phone's official unveiling at Mobile World Congress.

Over the past week, nearly all details of the phone have been leaked including press shots and full spec sheets but the video does confirm a few features.

The power button has been moved to the side, the design is two-tone, and the Ultrapixel tech camera has been moved up front for better low-light selfies.

Other than the changes, the phone looks very similar to the critically acclaimed HTC One M8 which was released last year.

Take a peak at the hands-on here before the announcement tomorrow:

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Pirated HD copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' hits the Web, sans explicit scenes

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 13:18

Pirated HD copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' hits the Web, sans explicit scenes Just a day after legal services in China began streaming a censored version of the film, a pirated copy of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' has hit the Web.

Tencent's QQ.com streamed the censored film in HD, which was promptly ripped and packaged for download. As with other Web rips from Chinese sources, there are large hardcoded Chinese subtitles.

Most people who want to see the movie likely want to for the explicit sex scenes that made the book popular, so this release is not for them. Downloaders have called the film a "PG-13 version," as Chinese censors took a knife to it.

By all accounts, there are about 6 minutes worth of scenes missing.

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Uber got hacked -- in May of last year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 13:06

Uber got hacked -- in May of last year Disruptive taxi startup Uber has admitted today that the company had a security breach, in May of last year.

In its release, the company says there was a one-time access to Uber's database by a third party, and that 50,000 current and former drivers were affected.

Names and driver's license numbers were stolen, but Uber says it is unaware of any fraud or other misuse of the info.

The company broke down the events as they know it:


•On September 17, 2014, we discovered that one of our databases could potentially have been accessed by a third party.
•Upon discovery we immediately changed the access protocols for the database and began an in-depth investigation.
•Our investigation revealed that a one-time unauthorized access to an Uber database by a third party had occurred on May 13, 2014.
•Our investigation determined the unauthorized access impacted approximately 50,000 drivers across multiple states, which is a small percentage of current and former Uber driver partners.
•The files that were accessed contained only the name and driver's license number of some driver partners.
•To date, we have not received any reports of actual misuse of any information as a result of this incident, but we are notifying impacted drivers and recommend these individuals monitor their credit reports for fraudulent transactions or accounts.

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Rumor: Next Nexus devices to be built by Huawei

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 12:22

Rumor: Next Nexus devices to be built by Huawei According to new sources, Google is considering partnering with Chinese OEM Huawei for the next Nexus flagship devices.

Every year, Google launches a Nexus smartphone and a Nexus tablet, each serving as reference devices for the latest iteration of Android. For 2014, Motorola built the Nexus 6 and HTC built the Nexus 9 tablet.

Neither Google nor Huawei has confirmed the rumor.

Despite being unknown outside of China, Huawei brought in nearly $12 billion in revenue last year from Android smartphone sales.

It will be interesting to see which way Google decides to go for 2015.

Source and mockup image:
SlashGear




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Take a look at the waterproof Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 28 Feb 2015 12:02

Take a look at the waterproof Sony Xperia M4 Aqua The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua has been leaked ahead of the Mobile World Congress event, showing off the company's waterproof flagship.

If the rumors are correct, the device has a 720p 5.2-inch display, 2GB RAM, a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 610, 16GB internal storage, Android 5.0 and dual 5MP/13MP cameras.

From what has leaked we can see a familiar Xperia design, including a dedicated camera button.

Take a look here:

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