Time to Change Some Passwords Again: eBay Hacked

May 21, 2014 - 9:09 AM - by dgstorm

The bad guys are really becoming a "pita"! Another high profile company was just hacked, so it's time to change your passwords again. This time eBay was the victim of the "Black Hats." They just issued a press statement detailing their security breach. The gist of it was this,

“[C]hanging passwords is a best practice, and will help enhance security for eBay users.”
No kidding?!? Why is it becoming so difficult for these companies to keep their databases secure?

Here's a link to the rest of their statement on the matter: eBay Inc. To Ask eBay Users To Change Passwords | ebay inc
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Off Topic News: New Interstellar Trailer Hits the Web Showing More Details

May 16, 2014 - 2:40 PM - by dgstorm

The newest trailer for director Chris Nolan's upcoming sci-fi movie, Interstellar, just hit the web. It's obviously not Android related at all, but it gave me chills watching it, so I simply had to share it. What is most intriguing about the film is that it takes the old formula of needing to "save the world" and targets it much closer to reality than most movies do.

Setting aside politics, there are a great many smart people in the world predicting that the real problems we will face in the middle/later part of the 21st century will be running out of the resources of water and food instead of oil and money. This movie drives home that very distinct possibility, and brings with it the vibe of all humans striving together for the greater good. Wouldn't that be a thing to see?
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Intel Powered Asus Memo Pad 7 Leaks

May 13, 2014 - 2:24 AM - by Jeffrey

Asus and Intel seem to be forming a new partnership, an Asus tablet powered by Intel Bay Trail processor has leaked. The new tablet is called Asus Memo Pad 7 (ME176C or ME176CX) and no it’s not the Nexus 7. The Asus MeMo Pad 7 weighs 295 grams and is 9.6 mm thick and trust me we just fell in love with the design.

Asus MeMo Pad 7 Specifications

Intel Atom Z3745 ” Bay Trail T ” SoC
7 inch IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels
1GB of DDR3 RAM
8GB or 16GB of internal memory
microSD card slot
2 megapixel front camera
5.0 megapixel rear camera
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS
Android 4.4.2 KitKat with ZenUI
3910mAh battery



As you can see the rear camera has no flash so don’t expect to use it for pictures in the dark. As for the release date expect the Asus MeMo Pad 7 to be announced at Computex 2014 with a selling price of around 149 Euros which is roughly $200.



Scource: New Asus MeMo Pad 7 Tablet Leaked, Runs Intel Bay Trail - Mobile Geeks
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Asus Padfone X Commercial Pushes the Boundaries on Terrible to New Heights

May 07, 2014 - 2:15 PM - by dgstorm

Asus makes great products, but they need to fire AT&T from ever doing marketing for them again. The above AT&T Padfone X video commercial is so utterly lame, the other guys in the office thought I had gone crazy from laughing so hard. This commercial wants us to believe that girls are stupid and the Padfone X will help you score with them in the lamest way possible... It apparently thinks we are all stupid enough to believe something so trite and sexist.

I haven't seen anything so atrocious and ridiculous since LG's bizarre and disgusting G Flex ad, which you can find here: LG Succeeds at Making the Most Disturbing and Disgusting G Flex Commercial Ever. [*I just noticed that the gross LG G Flex video has been removed. For those who have not seen it, count yourself lucky!]

While the LG takes the crown in grossing you out, this new commercial from Asus and AT&T might be worse because it actually takes itself seriously. At least the LG ad seems to be going for a macabre humor angle and makes a big impact.

This ad is so insulting it deserves the dreaded "Double Facepalm!"

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Despite Results, Samsung Plans to Appeal Court Decision in Apple v. Samsung

May 06, 2014 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm

Could this be one of the moments when Samsung's lawyers don't know when to walk away from the poker table? Just yesterday we reported that the Apple vs. Samsung patent dispute retrial concluded last Friday. Although technically Apple won the lawsuit, the final damages awarded of $120 Million were so paltry compared to the previous victory from the first trial, that it basically amounted to an indirect win for Samsung. In fact, it is likely that Apple's legal costs will come close to that $120 Million figure.

Despite this, Samsung is planning to proceed with another appeal. Apparently, the reason why Samsung won't remain satisfied with the results is a matter of principle. According to Samsung's legal team, Apple purposefully omitted "real world evidence" that would have exonerated Samsung completely. Here's a quote from John Quinn, a lawyer on Samsung's legal team.

"Of course we're pleased that the jury awarded Apple 6 percent of what they were asking for. But even that can't stand, because Apple kept out all the real world evidence and didn't produce anything to substitute for it, so you have a verdict that's unsupported by evidence – and that's just one of its problems."
While it's easy to see why Samsung might want to keep pursuing this to achieve what it believes would be "real justice," it's hard not to see the bigger picture and wonder why they don't just let it go and move on. Plus, the damage award is so small overall that Samsung wouldn't even blink paying such a relatively minuscule price.

What do you think? Should Samsung quit while they are "basically even," or is it important to keep fighting until Sammy gets its perceived justice? The Kenny Rogers song, The Gambler comes to mind...

Source: Bloomberg
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Mother's Day is Almost Here (Sunday, May 11th); Gift Ideas from TransformerForums.com

May 05, 2014 - 10:46 AM - by dgstorm

Mother's Day is almost upon us. It's one simple day of the year when we get a chance to celebrate and/or give thanks for one of the most important people in our lives. She gave birth to us, clothed us, fed us, wiped our faces and our butts, worried when we were sick, showered us with love and affection and much much more. It's an easy thing to do to come up with a card and/or a gift for her compared to all of that.

To that end, we thought it would be handy to share a few links to online retailers to make it super-easy for our members to share their appreciation for their Mom. Here are several links to retailers with gift offers and a few generous discounts to get you started:

  • 1-800-Flowers - Special Offer = Save 20% on orders over $49.99 with MDAY49 or save 15% on select items with MTHR15. Valid until 5/12
  • Groupon - No specific special offer since Groupon itself is the special offer.
  • Target - Special Offer = Save 20% on Women’s Heels and Flats, and Buy One, Get One 50% off Jewelry & Accessories. Valid 5/4-5/10
  • Walmart - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.
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  • bergdorfgoodman.com - Save up to 40% off 5F Contemporary read-to-wear at Bergdorf Goodman! Free Shipping and Returns, every day. Feel free to indulge! Valid until 5/7
  • Best Buy - Special Offers depend on the product or individual sale - see online site for more details.

Some of these deals are only good for a limited window of time, so you may want to check them out ASAP. Make it a Happy Mother's Day!!!
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Apple Scores Hollow Victory Over Samsung in Retrial; New Damages are Just $120Million

May 05, 2014 - 9:21 AM - by dgstorm

The retrial court case between Apple and Samsung concluded last Friday (May 2), with Apple pulling out the win. It turns out their ultimate victory was pathetic compared to the last time though. The jury awarded Apple with only $120 Million dollars in damages compared to the nearly $1 Billion from the first trial over patent disputes. What's particularly weak about this victory is that the damages awarded will barely cover the legal costs Apple incurred while fighting to achieve this victory. Here's a quote explaining this further,

“It is hard to view this outcome as much of a victory for Apple,” Brian Love, an assistant professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law, said in an e-mail. The amount of damages “probably doesn’t surpass by too much the amount Apple spent litigating this case,” he said.

The jury rejected Apple’s claim on the patent it counted as the most valuable of the group, one that enables updating of applications while other features of the phone are in use. Apple also lost its claim over a patent that allows a user to perform a “universal” search for information with a single click.
There's more that makes Apple's victory particularly hollow though. While the jury found that Samsung had infringed upon two of four Apple patents, the jury also found that Apple infringed on one of two Samsung patents. This basically means that one side stole "more" than the other, but how can you really say that someone is more of a thief? You either are a thief or you aren't. This isn't good for the reputation of either company (although realistically it will probably amount to nothing in the public's eye.)

During the trial, Apple made an "absurd" request regarding the patent damages amount they asked for, which obviously didn't pan out. Here's a quote with the details,

Apple wanted Samsung to pay as much as $40 for each phone sold that uses infringing technology, for a total of $2.19 billion. Samsung argued that the jury should award no more than $38.4 million for any infringement damages.

From the start, Samsung cast the iPhone maker’s case as a bid to displace Google as the leading supplier of smartphone operating systems and limit consumer choice.

The verdict “doesn’t slow down Samsung at all” because the implied royalty rate is so low that Samsung doesn’t need to worry about paying it, said Kevin Rivette, a 3LP Advisors LLC partner. “It was absurd for Apple to ask for $2 billion. That was a case of ‘Am I going to laugh now or laugh later?’”

Apple might have considered the trial a win if the verdict amounted to more than $10 per phone, Rivette said.
The next step will be for both companies to order sales bans of the offending devices, and... [Read More]
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