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Opening of massive NSA data center delayed by costly electrical meltdowns

The NSA has suffered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage to hardware at its top-secret Utah Data Center over the past 13 months. Frequent electrical meltdowns are the culprit for the setbacks, which have pushed back the facility's opening by a year according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i><i>.</i> …

Cybersecurity help wanes due to government shutdown

SEATTLE –The National Institute of Standards and Technology has curtailed work groups, conferences and most other work, because of the government shutdown.<p>That's bad news for the global cybersecurity community.<p>In February, President Obama raised NIST's profile by issuing an executive order …

Docstoc Redesigns Its Site To Become The Go-To Place For Small Business Documents

Over the past several years, Docstoc has positioned itself as the go-to place for small and medium-sized businesses to find the documents they need to grow. Today, it’s taking a big step toward making it easier to do that, with the launch of a major redesign to improve the way its customers find …

Eyewear shopping app turns your headshot into 3D image

The last time I picked out new eyeglasses, I spent about an hour trying out different pairs in the store. Of course I had to drive there, find and pay for parking, and get soaked in the rain.<p>I would have much rather used Smart Vision, an Australian technology that can create an augmented-reality 3D …

iPhone developers: Not optimizing for iOS 7 will cost you big $$$

Software testing service uTest, which analyzes more than 80 million reviews with its mobile app analytics tool Applause, is revealing some attention-grabbing numbers that might make app developers think twice about delaying iOS 7 updates.<p>Especially major apps like WhatsApp, which is getting …

WhatsApp website attacked by Palestinian hackers

WhatsApp, the popular free messaging app, was hacked and defaced yesterday — but don’t worry, it was only the website.<p>A group, which calls itself the KDMS Team of Plaestinian [sic] Hackers” took over the company’s domain whatsapp.com posting pro-Palestine messages and threats toward anonymity. One …

Quasar IV encrypted phone begins production, slated for Q2 2014 release

By the looks of it, Quasar IV's Indiegogo campaign won't reach its $3.2 million goal -- not when it's only been able to raise a small fraction of that amount with so little time left. Even so, the super-secure phone with encrypted local and cloud storage will still see the light of day. QSAlpha, …

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Samsung Goes First, Google Experiments And Apple Refines

There’s a new rhythm to product releases among the biggest players in mobile tech, and increasingly, Samsung is building a reputation as the most brash and quick-to-act of what I would call the ruling triumvirate, which also includes Google and Apple . Google plays the reasoned experimenter, Apple …

Xiaomi is shaking up the Chinese smartphone market with quality, and rabbits

In three short years since its inception, Chinese company Xiaomi has sold 20 million smartphones, cornered five percent of its home country's smartphone market, and been valued at $10 billion. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> spoke to the company's founder and CEO, Lei Jun, to find out what fueled such …

Mozilla’s Firefox OS Gets First Update As It Heads For 2nd Phase Of Market Launches

Mozilla’s HTML5-based open mobile platform Firefox OS, which bagged support from a raft of carriers at the start of this year as a low cost alternative to Android-based smartphones, is gearing up to launch in more markets.<p>New device hardware running FFOS is also incoming, Mozilla said today in a …

Quasar IV Encrypted Ninja Smartphone Goes Into Production, Despite Indiegogo Failure

One of the more ambitious and interesting hardware projects on a crowdfunding platform recently has to be the Quasar IV, a smartphone designed entirely around security, encryption and identity protection. QSAlpha’s Quasar IV uses authentication tech called Quatrix, and a hybrid Android/Linux and …

Hands-on with HTC's ostentatious golden One

HTC's supremely limited edition golden One handset is in London today, where I was one of the few people allowed to get their hands on the 18-carat phone. One of only five gold-plated units, this handset has been put together to promote the MOBO Awards, and notably has the MOBO logo on the back …

Facebook prepares major updates to iPhone apps as top engineer returns to Apple

Facebook is preparing a pair of major updates for its most popular iPhone applications, according to a source familiar with the apps. Facebook is testing an updated version of its main iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch client that integrates the social network’s powerful Graph Search tool. Graph Search …

iPad Mini: 'Apple to unveil new iPads on October 22'

With Apple reportedly holding an iPad launch event in less than two weeks, read a comprehensive roundup of which new products could be revealed.<p>Apple will unveil the newest version of the iPad Mini at a launch event in less than a fortnight, online reports have revealed.<p>An invitation-only bash will …

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Collabspot Integrates Gmail With Leading CRM Platforms

Collabspot is a browser extension that promises to make life easier for sales teams by integrating Highrise and SugarCRM with Gmail. The Singapore-based company has been following a lean startup model, but recently accepted a seed round of $80,000 Singapore dollars (about $64,000 USD) from Louis …

Leaked Samsung flip-phone flexes muscles with Snapdragon 800 CPU

Samsung's recent foray into flip-phones with the Hennessy and Golden is no joke, judging by a new model leaked from China's Tenaa certification body. The SM-W2014 features the latest Snapdragon 800 processor and an ample 2GB of RAM to go along with its dual 3.67-inch, 800 x 480 Super AMOLED …

iPhone 5S and 5C go on sale in over 40 more countries by November 1st

Despite continued shortages of Apple's flagship smartphone in the United States, both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will soon be available in more than 40 additional countries, including Italy, Russia, Spain, India, and Mexico. The pair of new smartphones will expand to over 30 additional countries …

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