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Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest

Posted: January 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Google, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Google’s Hot New Buy, Nest

Google's Hot New Buy, NestThe behemoth that is Google, has announced it’s first acquisition for the year, it’s buying Nest, a smart thermostat maker set up by former Apple genius and iPod visionary, Tony Fadell, in a deal said to be worth $US3.2 billion/$AU3.5 billion.

This latest big-ticket buy continues a move by the California-based search giant into consumer electronics hardware, adding smartphone-synced thermostats to its Motorola Mobility smartphones, Nexus mobile devices, Chromecast, and the promised release of  Google Glass some time this year.

Nest Labs makes internet connected smoke detectors and thermostats. The company set about reinventing simple, but essential household devices in 2011 with the launch of it’s Nest Learning Thermostat and follow up product, Protect, a smoke alarm controlled by mobile devices :: Read the full article »»»»


Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Posted: December 27th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Amazon, Android, Cult of Apple, Facebook, Google, Hardware, Smartphone, Social Media, Standout, Tablet, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Top Five Reasons it was Good to be Google in 2013

Google Moments 20132013 marked Google’s 15th anniversary, however the search giant that is Google showed zero complacency, exuding none of the fanfare of previous world-dominating tech monoliths, indeed for many the landmark celebration went completely unnoticed.

For Google 2013 was simply another year, steaming on to solidified its place at the center of almost every arena in internet economy.

In the quadrangle of the internet age, sidled up with Apple, Facebook and Amazon, Google is the only one to have competed in all arenas including: retail, hardware, television,  social networking and search. Although it performed better in some arenas – wink wink, Plus Google – it’s a hardship to write-off Google from any of them.

Google’s 2013 success was the result of a largish range of new product releases, acquisitions and long term project coming to fruition. From Google Glass, Chromecast, Play,Moto X and all the way back to it’s roots, search.

The one thing Google hasn’t done is remained still. We’ve rounded up some of Google’s most important moments of this past year, moments that contributed to the giants exponential tech-rise :: Read the full article »»»»


Google Assists Typhoon Recovery Launching Person Finder

Posted: November 12th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Standout | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Google Assists Typhoon Recovery Launching Person Finder

GOOGLETechbehemoth Google has launched an überclever person finder/relief map to help reconnect people in the wake of the devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan throughout the Philippines.

Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest recorded storm-cells, ravaged much of the Philippines on Friday, leaving 10,000+ people dead and countless others in desperate need of shelter, medical attention, food and safe drinking water.

More than 21 countries have offered humanitarian assistance to the devastated nation, including: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel and Japan.

The United Nations has created a Flash Appeal – used to create a coordinated humanitarian response for the first three to six months of an emergency – as the Philippines faces a rebuilding program sure to last long past the foreseeable future :: Read the full article »»»»


NSA Wreaks Havoc! Hacking Report Highlights

Posted: November 5th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on NSA Wreaks Havoc! Hacking Report Highlights

PRISMIn a pickle once again, the US National Security Agency – NSA – has apparently hacked into communications links used by the planets largest techs, Google and Yahoo. According to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden the tech-behemoths security was breached in transit between data-centres.

It seems the more this pot gets stirred, the more sludge surfaces, weak restrictions on the NSA’s overseas activities are apparently used to exploit major US companies’ data to a much greater extent than previously thought, The Washington Post reported. It however remains unclear how the NSA accessed the links.

Like other major tech-behemoths, Yahoo and Google constantly send data over shared and exclusive international fibre-optic telecommunication lines. The newly disclosed NSA program, operated with the UK’s spy agency GCHQ – Government Communications Headquarters –  jointly amassing 181 MILLION individual records, in just one 30-day splurge, according to the Post.

The head of the NSA, General Keith Alexander, said: “To my knowledge, this never happened.” Wink Wink Nudge Nudge :: Read the full article »»»»


Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Author, Hack!, Verity Penfold | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Secure Email Shut-downsThe encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.

“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.

Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.

Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.

Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes.

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Apple vs The Galaxy! Exploding iPhones?

Posted: July 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Apple, Samsung, Technoid Gadget News | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Apple vs The Galaxy! Exploding iPhones?

AppleAs if Apple’s war with Samsung, a pivotal supplier …or it’s recent brush with price-fixing, weren’t enough, the gadget giants products are now electrocuting users?

Apple says it will investigate claims that an iPhone electrocuted a Chinese woman who was making a call while charging the device. The case drew attention – both sympathetic and sceptical – after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister Ma Ailun on China’s popular microblog service Sina Weibo.

China is Apple’s second largest market, it’s products, many of them made in the country, are highly sought after. But the company came under criticism from state media in April for alleged “arrogance” and double standards, prompting an apology from chief executive Tim Cook. The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece of the ruling Communist Party, berated the US company for five days running, urging consumers to “strike away Apple’s unparalleled arrogance” :: Read the full article »»»»


USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face

Posted: June 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Hack! | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on USA Has ‘Villain Spy’ Egg All Over it’s Face

CHINAThe second largest economy on the planet – and arguably the most powerful – China, has launched a venomous attack on the United States, labelling it an “espionage villain” after former US spy Edward Snowden raised new allegations on the far-reaching US cyber-surveillance program, PRISM.

Snowden’s latest allegations have the US spy-program directed squarely at  Chinese targets.

The US is seeking to extradite the 30-year-old technician from Hong Kong, where he is holed up after leaking details of secret US intelligence programs to international media outlets.

Snowden’s leaks revealed that the National Security Agency – NSA – has access to vast amounts of internet data such as emails, chat rooms and video under a government program known as PRISM. The South China Morning Post says documents and statements by Snowden show PRISM also hacked major Chinese telecom companies to access text messages and targeted China’s top Tsinghua University.

US privacy proponentss have blasted Prism as unconstitutional government surveillance, they’ve called for a review of the program. The US Centre for Constitutional Rights says it believes PRISM to be the broadest surveillance order issued in American history. The Bashing China has received over the past decade on civil liberty, internet censorship and human rights now looks like COMPLETE hypocrisy. The scale of PRISM is daunting, it’s flow-on affect for US allies is likely to haunt us for the foreseeable future, ironically.

In an absolutely ironic twist, Snowden’s revelations come just weeks after US president Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping held meeting on the subject of China/US relations where the US president took the Chinese leader to task on hacking charges :: Read the full article »»»»