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Google gets €145,000 fine for collecting Wi-Fi data with its Street View cars in Germany

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Google got into some hot water when it was discovered its Street View cars are collecting Wi-Fi data (including things like email, passwords and more) and while there was no criminal prosecution, there’s a fine.

Almost the maximum too, for what Johannes Caspar, Hamburg data regulator, calls “one of the biggest data protection rules violations known”. Read more »

Funny or Die’s iSteve movie debuts online, Justin Long plays Steve Jobs

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The first ever Steve Jobs movie has debuted online and its called simply “iSteve”. Its produced by humor website Funny or Die and starrs Justin Long playing Steve Jobs and Jorge Garcia as Steve Wozniak.

Running 80 minutes long, the movie takes us on a journey of Steve Jobs’ life, the ups, downs and how he envisioned Apple’s products. Read more »

Google sets up Inactive Account Manager to help you manage your digital footprint after you die

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Google has set up an Inactive Account Manager giving you the option to choose what happens with your digital footprint after you’ve passed away or have been inactive for a specific amount of time.

After you set your timeout period (ranging from 3 months to 1 year) you’ll then be prompted to point up to 10 trusted friends or family members to be notified of your inactivity. Read more »

Samsung Experience Shops will be installed in more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores across US

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Samsung has officially announced its partnership with Best Buy, which is one of the most popular retail stores across US. The South Korean giant is all set to install more than 1,400 Experience shops in the Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile specialty stores across the US, starting from this month.

Samsung Experience shops will allow the consumers to experience a range of smartphones, tablets, laptops, connected cameras and accessories before purchasing them. The shops will also let you know all about the devices from dedicated Samsung experts. Read more »

Mozilla Foundation turns 15, shares 15 interesting facts about itself

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One of the most influential companies when it comes to web browsers – the Mozilla Foundation – is celebrating its 15th birthday. The foundation is best known for its Firefox browser (which is going to turn 9 this November and just hit version 20), but has branched out into other areas.

It all started before Firefox was born – back then the Mozilla Project launched Netscape on March 31 1998. It was an open source version of the older Netscape browser and it served as basis for Firefox. Read more »

Sony’s MWC video wall of 196 Xperia ZL phones is officially a Guinness world record

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Sony had an interesting video wall at the MWC earlier this year – it was made out of 196 Sony Xperia ZL phones in a 14 x 14 grid and their 1080p screens were synchronized to display one 1.9m x 1m image (6 ft 2 in by 3 ft 4 in). The team behind it said that it’s a record-breaking wall and today the Guinness book of records concurred.

The previous record was held by a setup of only 72 phones, less than half of the Xperia ZL phones used in Sony’s wall. Read more »

A special screen protector can turn your phone’s (or tablet’s) screen into a 3D display

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3D phones fizzled out pretty quickly but some people won’t give up on the dream. Temasek Polytechnic and IMRE from Singapore offer a special type of screen protector that turns a regular mobile phone or tablet screen into a 3D display, regardless of its platform.

It’s based on the old lenticular glasses-free tech, but modernized with nanotechnology. The team behind the 3D screen protector is also developing tools for making 3D games and making 2D images 3D (your regular 2D camera won’t magically grow a third dimension). Read more »

S Voice, wallpapers and ringtones ripped from Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One ringtones also go public

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SamMobile received a system dump of the Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware and ripped out some interesting bits –the APK of the new S Voice, the high-res wallpapers and the ringtones.

Meanwhile, a member of XDA-Developers has ripped the ringtones from the HTC One and shared them with the world. Read more »

Apple to have negative income growth for the first time since 2003, analysts say

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For the first time since 2003 Apple might report negative income growth, according to an analyst survey conducted by CNN Fortune.

Every single analyst that took part in the survey believes Apple will report a lower income for Q2, 2013 (ending in March – the company has a shifted fiscal year) compared to the same period last year. Analyst company Thomson Financial estimates Apple’s earnings per share (EPS) for the fiscal second quarter will stand at $10.18, compared to $12.30 in Q2 2012. Read more »

TheDogHouseDiaries gives you its take on the future of smart watches

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Rumor has it that Apple is working on its own smart watch, which will reportedly be dubbed iWatch.

Well the TheDogHouseDiaries has posted a comic, which gives a fun look at the mobile space right now. Read more »

Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik leaves Samsung, praises the Galaxy S4, but hates TouchWiz

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Steve “Cyanogen” Kondik, the leading man behind the popular CyanogenMod, joined Samsung in mid-2011 but now, less than two years later, he left the company. He had spent some “quality time” with the new Galaxy S4 and had some words to share about it.

For one, he seems to be a fan of the device, saying in a Google+ post that it “blows the competition out of the water” and feels more solid than the Galaxy S III he loves and uses every day. What he had to say about TouchWiz was less pleasant. Read more »

BlackBerry 10 will take over your smartphone’s screen in a bid to keep its maker relevant

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BlackBerry is set to employ an aggressive attempt to gain traction in today’s ultra-competitive market. The Canadian company’s latest BlackBerry 10 OS will briefly take over the display of your iPhone or Android handset in a series of full screen ads.

Developed by advertising giants BBDO and Razorfish, the ads will showcase some of BlackBerry 10′s key features as if the OS runs directly on your smartphone. Read more »

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says owning an iPhone is “embarrassing”, throws one on the ground

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In a rather awkward interview on national Finnish television show, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop didn’t hesitate to unequivocally call the iPhone “embarrassing” after the interviewer showed him his Apple smartphone. Shortly after that, Elop threw said smartphone on the ground.

In his nagging for more information regarding the yet unofficial, but highly rumored Lumia 928, the interviewer shared to Elop that he uses an iPhone, but also expressed his disappointment with the device and a desire to change it for a Lumia 928. Apparently, Elop felt he had no choice, but to throw the expensive smartphone away. Read more »

HTC and Samsung exchange Twitter slaps, pretend it never happened

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HTC and Samsung have started a war of words on Twitter, each mocking the other’s flagship smartphone and saying praising its own. After Samsung didn’t respond to HTC’s initial attack on the 140-symbol network, now the company’s UK branch started shooting In a response to a Twitter user, stating: “Four is always better than one ;-) (cc @htc_uk)

Naturally, HTC was quick to respond with their UK office even making the answer rhyme: “Plastic is not fantastic, my friend! ;)“. Read more »

YouTube hits 1 billion monthly users, reaching one of two people using the Internet now

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YouTube proudly announced that it has reached an important milestone. 8 years after its creation the popular video-sharing site has suprassed 1 billion monthly users.

The help you understand just how impressive this stat is, YouTube puts it into perspective stating that it reaches nearly one out of every two people on the Internet. Its user base is so vast that in fact, if it were a country, YouTube would be the third-largest, right after China and India. Read more »