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19-Year-Old Canadian Arrested for Heartbleed Hack

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A 19-year-old Canadian was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged role in the breach of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website, the first known arrest for exploiting the Heartbleed bug. Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes (pictured) of London, Ontario faces one count of Unauthorized Use of Computer and one count of Mischief in Relation to Data. On Monday, CRA Commissioner Andrew Treusch announced ... Read More »

Zynga’s FarmVille 2: Country Escape Arrives on iOS, Android

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Dust off your straw hats and work boots, mobile gamers. It’s time to work the farm. Zynga on Thursday launched its uber-popular Facebook hit FarmVille 2 on mobile devices. FarmVille 2: Country Escape, the latest addition to a franchise that has already reached more than 400 million players worldwide, is now available for free on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. The game marks ... Read More »

Twitter Testing App Downloads in Ads

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Twitter announced today that it will allow advertisers to serve up download links in the ads that appear on users’ Twitter feeds. The push, made in conjunction with the MoPub mobile advertising exchange that Twitter acquired in September, means that Twitter users might see a “download” button in ads going forward that will allow them to access an app directly from ... Read More »

Scout iPhone Nav App Helps You Find Coffee, Parking

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Road trippers, rejoice. TeleNav, maker of the GPS app Scout, is looking to get a leg up on competitors with a handy new feature you won’t find on Google Maps, Apple Maps, or Waze. The latest version of Scout for iPhone, released Thursday, lets you search for restaurants, gas stations, or coffee shops that are coming up ahead, then easily add ... Read More »

Tell Facebook Friends Where You’re ‘Traveling To’

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Facebook has unveiled an update to its “Update Status” box that allows users to indicate that they are “traveling to” a particular destination. To access it, click on the “What’s on your mind” section to unveil the more specific options one can use in the field. Click on the smiley face icon to bring up the drop-down list for the ... Read More »

Launch Window: Upcoming Product Releases

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Wondering what’s coming in the weeks ahead? You could consult your favorite fortune teller, but she won’t tell you what’s really important: the latest gadget releases! Whatever it is—a game, a phone, a tablet, or a mysterious new product—if we’ve got the scoop on when it’s going to make a public debut, we’ll share it here. Bookmark this page so ... Read More »

Samsung and Tizen: Still Hedging Bets?

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 hit the market on Friday, and is thus far selling faster than its predecessor, a Samsung executive told Reuters this week. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, declined to talk exact numbers since it’s still early days, but he predicted that “S5 sales should be much better than the S4.” Meanwhile, he confirmed that ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S5 Fingerprint Scanner Hacked

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The fingerprint scanner on the new Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of its selling points, but it appears that the feature has fallen prey to hackers – with just a bit of wood glue and a latent print. Researchers from Germany’s Security Research Labs (SRLabs) this week revealed “how flaws in the implementation of fingerprint authentication in the Samsung Galaxy S5 expose users’ ... Read More »

AT&T Threatens to Ditch Spectrum Auction Over Rules

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AT&T might withdraw from next year’s incentive spectrum auction if the FCC imposes rules on the proceedings that make it difficult for AT&T to secure the spectrum it wants, the company said this week. Specifically, AT&T is concerned that the FCC wants to restrict just how much spectrum a larger company can purchase in any one market. The idea is ... Read More »

$50 Project Ara Modular Smartphone Coming in January

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Google’s Project Ara initiative aims to change the future of smartphones, and it just might, when the first modular device launches in January for $50. During this week’s Project Ara Developers Conference, leader Paul Eremenko announced the “Gray Phone”—an intentionally boring handset expected to be personalized. “It’s called the Gray Phone because it’s meant to be drab grey to get ... Read More »