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  • S-oh no!-ny Hacked. Again

    Sony on Tuesday said its websites in three countries had been hacked with 8,500 Greek user accounts compromised, in a blow to efforts to restore confidence after a huge data breach affecting millions. Websites in Thailand and Indonesia had also been affected, it said. The Japanese entertainment and technology giant said data taken from Greek accounts included email addresses, telephone numbers, names and passwords but that credit card data had not been stolen in the latest attacks. Analysts say such breaches threaten to further damage Sony's brand image and undermine its efforts to link its gadgets to an online "cloud-based" network of...

  • HTC Flyer takes flight

    HTC has released its first real contender in the tablet market, the HTC Flyer, which goes on sale in Tier 1 markets (US, Europe, etc). It’s a 7” device using what HTC calls a “magic pen” (also known as a stylus). It’s positioned as more than a messaging and Web browsing device, as the stylus lets you take notes, sketch and do more detailed manipulation. It’s heavy on the multimedia features, with HTC Watch for video streaming (including Hollywood blockbusters) on the 1024*600 touch screen. Hardware includes a 5MP camera on the back, 1.3MP on the front, in a relatively...

  • MeeGo still defiantly developing

    Meego is still kicking. It was dumped by Nokia and Microsoft, but a dedicated team is keeping the faith, and coding away furiously. The dev team has just released MeeGo 1.2 and things are looking very promising for this Linux-based smartphone/tablet/netbook/thingum operating system. Early reports are very positive – while it’s still a bit rough, MeeGo is coming together as a contender in the netbook and media device environment, perhaps even for mobiles if a manufacturer or two picks it up. LG has been very supportive, and both Panasonic and Huawei have made noises. Intel is also still in...

  • US lawmakers query smartphone ‘apps’ privacy

    Apple, Facebook, and Google on Thursday fielded questions from US lawmakers concerned that smartphones and popular mobile "apps" were putting people's privacy at risk. "I think online privacy is a basic American right and the companies that produce apps have to be regulated," Senator Jay Rockefeller said at the opening of a hearing on consumer privacy and protection in the mobile marketplace. "With this new innovation comes gigantic risk." Members of the Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance Subcommittee questioned a panel that included Facebook chief technology officer Bret Taylor; Apple vice president of worldwide government affairs Catherine Novelli, and Google's US...

  • Chromebook awesome if it wasn’t from Google

    The Chromebook is slowly coming into focus. Currently manufactured by Acer and Samsung (what? no American laptop brands up for it?), key specs look like this: Chromebook Specifications (Acer/Samsung): 11.6 or 12.1” display (1280x800) 1.45 or 1.48kg (so pretty light) 2GB RAM, 16GB SSD 6 or 8.5 hours continuous usage (cough) Intel Atom dual-core processor Built in dual-band Wi-Fi and optional 3G HD Webcam HD audio support 2x USB 2.0 ports 4-in-1 memory card slot HDMI of mini-VGA port Chrome keyboard (interstingly, missing a CAPS LOCK key. Good.) Clickable trackpad Early reports say it’s much superior to the CR-48 prototype that a couple of US reviews got...

  • Amazon selling more Kindle books than print books

    Online retail giant Amazon said Thursday that sales of digital books for the Kindle electronic reader have surpassed sales of print books. "Customers are now choosing Kindle books more often than print books," Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos said in a statement. "We had high hopes that this would happen eventually, but we never imagined it would happen this quickly," Bezos said. "We've been selling print books for 15 years and Kindle books for less than four years." The Seattle, Washington-based Amazon said that since April 1, it was selling 105 Kindle e-books for every 100 print books, hardcover and...

  • PlayStation Network up and down again

    Sony’s efforts to revive its PlayStation Network (PSN) have stumbled after the firm discovered a flaw hackers could exploit when it came to resetting passwords. Sony temporarily disabled PSN and its Qriocity music streaming password reset pages to fix a vulnerability in a system that was just regaining its footing after a cyber attack that resulted in it being shut down for weeks. “We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page,” Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold said in an update posted at the PlayStation blog. “Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved,” he explained. “In the process of...

  • BTW, Android Paid-For Apps Are Go in Your Country!

    After lots of stop-go-stop-go, users in most countries can now access Android paid-for apps from the Android Market. The announcement was made relatively quietly at the Google I/O developer conference a few days ago, and the news has garnered suprisingly little attention. [NOTE: Shoppers in most new countries, apps are paid for by credit card in dollars) The full list of countries (from Androidpolice.com, the link on Google's site keeps disappearing) is posted below. Pic snapped at the event by AndroidCentral. The Market also gets some new features, including a better Top App chart, Editor's Choice for top picks, Top Developers...

  • App of the week: Discovr

    This week I take a look at Discovr, a music discovery app that is creating huge amounts of buzz between music junkies all over the world with its innovative and elegant way of finding and sharing new music. It’s no lie that one of the reasons I use an iPhone over any other device is because of the built in iPod. Sure, all smartphones have a built-in music player, but to me, nothing compares to the iPod. The awesome controls and aesthetically pleasing cover flow display are truly unmatched by anything else available on the market today…but I digress. At this...

  • Nokia Changes Ovi to Nokia

    Bye bye, Ovi. Don’t let the door hit you on the ass on the way out. Nokia has killed the Ovi brand, although not the services and app store it once represented. They’ll now be called “Nokia Services”. On the Ovi blog, editor Pino Bonetti trotted out the party line (as penned no doubt by Nokia’s brand agency) that “The main reason for this change is so we can leverage the high-value of the Nokia master brand to better support future plans to deliver disruptive and compelling mobile experiences globally.” One could be callow an ask why this was not the...