Worldwide tablet shipments have slowed as consumers await the next-generation iPad, according to data published by market research firm IDC. Second-quarter shipments reached a total 45.1 million units-a 9.7 percent drop from the first quarter of 2013, yet a whopping 59.6 percent gain over the same period last year, when vendors shipped 28.3 million devices. "A new iPad launch always piques consumer interest in the tablet category and traditionally that has helped both Apple and its competitors. With no new iPads, the market slowed for many vendors, and that's likely to continue into the third quarter," Tom Mainelli, research director of tablets at IDC, said in a statement.
LinkedIn introduced a new feature Monday that will allow its members to apply for jobs directly from their iOS or Android device. More than 30% of the company's members who view jobs on the network are now doing so from mobile, Vaibhav Goel, Associate Product Manager at LinkedIn, wrote in a blog post. And being able to apply directly from the mobile app was one of the most requested features from LinkedIn users. "We have heard from many of you that you want the ability to apply directly from your mobile device but that managing and editing resumes on a small screen can be challenging," said Goel."With that in mind, we're introducing the ability to apply for jobs without a resume attachment from mobile. For many of the jobs that interest you on LinkedIn, you can now put your best foot forward by simply using your LinkedIn profile to apply for the job."
Samsung, the world's largest smartphone maker and second largest tablet maker, was on the verge of its first court win, scoring a ban on some Apple products. But in the eleventh hour the ban was overturned by the administration of U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama (D) in a decision that was described as a "rare" display of executive power. The ban had come from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The ITC is not a standard federal court, but rather a trade court. However, it has become an increasingly popular place to try to block competitors infringement-accused products, ever since the 2006 Supreme Court ruling in eBay v. MercExchange [PDF] made it harder to ban products while pursuing infringement claims in the federal court system.
While the National Security Agency has gotten most of the recent flak for spying on people via the Internet and cell phone records, the Federal Bureau of Investigation appears to be doing some cyber spying of its own. The most alarming technology mentioned by the Wall Street Journal is a tool that allegedly lets the FBI remotely activate the microphones in Android devices. Once activated, the bureau can record conversations without the device's owner knowing. Apparently this tool can do the same thing with laptop microphones.
Security researchers tonight are poring over a piece of malicious software that takes advantage of a Firefox security vulnerability to identify some users of the privacy-protecting Tor anonymity network. The malware showed up Sunday morning on multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting. That would normally be considered a blatantly criminal "drive-by" hack attack, but nobody's calling in the FBI this time. The FBI is the prime suspect. "It just sends identifying information to some IP in Reston, Virginia," says reverse-engineer Vlad Tsyrklevich. "It's pretty clear that it's FBI or it's some other law enforcement agency that's U.S.-based." If Tsrklevich and other researchers are right, the code is likely the first sample captured in the wild of the FBI's "computer and internet protocol address verifier," or CIPAV, the law enforcement spyware firstreported by WIRED in 2007. Court documents and FBI files released under the FOIA have described the CIPAV as software the FBI can deliver through a browser exploit to gather information from the target's machine and send it to an FBI server in Virginia. The FBI has been using the CIPAV since 2002 against hackers, online sexual predators, extortionists, and others, primarily to identify suspects who are disguising their location using proxy servers or anonymity services, like Tor.
HTC reportedly is planning to release a phablet sized version of its flagship HTC One smartphone, and the device has been leaked in all its glory. Aptly named the HTC One Max, the upcoming device was photographed by Taiwanese news website ePrice, confirming the handset's large 5.9in display and aluminum body, almost identical to that of the HTC One and HTC One Mini smartphones. According to the leak, the 5.9in screen will feature HD 1080p resolution, as HTC looks to challenge Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Taiwanese website claims that the device could ship with a stylus too, similar to the pen that shipped with HTC's not so popular Flyer tablet.
Scroll, zoom and browse with a flick of your finger in the latest version of Google's Chrome web browser. The company announced it has packed a number of touch-friendly features into the latest test version of Chrome, Venture Beat reports. Users can go backwards and forwards on web pages by swiping right or left. Pinch-to-zoom was also added, allowing users to effortlessly enlarge text and images on the web. Windows 8 users can also test out a full onscreen touch keyboard that pops up when you tap the address bar or any text box. It's virtually identical to touch functionality found in Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8.
Labels like "the world's thinnest and lightest" don't seem to last for long in the tech industry. But MSI Computer has claimed that title for a nanosecond with the announcement of its GS70, the "world's thinnest and lightest 17-inch portable gaming laptop. The company says the computer can play the most demanding games on the road. The machine is less than 1-inch thick and weighs 5.7 pounds. It uses the Haswell-based 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics chip, Killer DoubleShot networking, and a SteelSeries backlit keyboard with "anti-ghosting" keys. It can display images in high-definition 1920 x 1080 resolution, and it has a 2.1 speaker system with an integrated subwoofer. It has Sound Blaster Cinema software that is capable of delivering "the quality of 5.1 surround sound" from the 2.1 speakers. It comes with 16 gigabytes of DDR3L memory, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 3 audio jacks, and a 720p HD webcam. It is housed in a brushed aluminum chassis.
American actor Will Smith captured the attention of Defcon attendees when he showed up unexpectedly at the hacker conference on Sunday apparently to do research for an upcoming movie. The actor attended a talk that featured Apollo Robbins, a renowned sleight-of-hand artist, security consultant and entertainer, who is best known for picking the pockets of Secret Service agents during an encounter with U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Smith came at the invitation of Robbins, who is coaching him for an upcoming movie, said Chris Hadnagy, the CEO of social engineering consultancy and training firm Social-Engineer and organizer of the Defcon social engineering contest. According to Hadnagy, Smith was brought in through a back door so he can sit in and hear the talk that he, Robbins and Michele Fincher, another Social-Engineer representative, gave. The talk included a demonstration of Robbins' skills, as he called an attendee to the stage and stole his watch, wallet and mobile phone in front of the crowd.
This season, NFL fans have a much easier way to to track their favorite sport on the go. The NFL is unifying its mobile offerings under one standalone app. The revamped app, NFL Mobile From Verizon, is free and includes highlights, analysis, fantasy tools, statistical updates and more for basic members. Verizon customers can also pay $5 to access live coverage of Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football broadcasts, plus NFL Network and NFL RedZone television content.
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