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  • LG is gearing up for a "new era of downloadable casual 3D games" by announcing Game World, a new casual games store for its CINEMA 3D line of Smart TVs. As you can probably imagine, Game World functions similarly to other app stores out there, allowing users to search for, purchase, and keep a collection of casual games. LG says that the games featured in Game World can be played with the company's Magic Remote, but if you're not crazy about the idea of playing video games with a remote control, many of the games also come with support for third-party gamepads.
  • Dropbox has followed through on an earlier promise and is rolling out two-factor authentication for its Windows, Mac, and Linux users. In July, the company pledged to the move after a bunch of its customers had their accounts hijacked and used to send vast quantities of spam for gambling websites. Dropbox blamed the security slip on a staffer reusing his work password on a website that had been hacked, and promised to beef up its security systems. "Two-step verification adds an extra layer of protection to your account by requiring an additional security code that is sent to your phone by text message or generated using a mobile authenticator app," it said in a Friday forum post. "We'd like to give our loyal forum viewers a chance to try it out first."
  • Samsung lost the lawsuit brought on by Apple, and it could be the first win of many for Apple as they slowly work their way to dismantling the Android operating system. Apple will receive over a billion dollars from Samsung unless Samsung wins on appeal. If that happens then we can expect every hardware maker to make a deal with Apple, and Apple will likely go after Google to take down Android. Apple says that it took years to develop the operating system but it took only 3 months to copy. This could lead to a rise in Microsoft's Windows 8 for phones as an alternative because it is lawsuit bullet proof due to secret previous agreements between Apple and Microsoft over 3 years ago.
  • The world's largest oil producer Saudi Arabia saw 30,000 of its computers hacked about a week and it's just coming out this week. Saudi Aramco said that although it did affect their business offices, it didn't affect their ability to drill and pump oil because those computers are not on the internet. Maybe some of our companies and governments can take that same approach to protect our security.
  • If you're a You Tube user you may have noticed a new feature forced on to many people called Mood Wall. After you log in you're asked to be a video based on your mood. It will then pick more videos for you to watch like comedy, drama etc. Sounds like an interesting feature but a lot of people had it forced on their login page and have no idea how to remove it. If you were on the You Tube page, what mood would you pick?
  • Last week we discussed the new Android based Nikon camera. This week it's the new radar detector made by Escort called Smart Radar. After connecting the radar you download an app to your iPhone or Android device and connect to the radar via Bluetooth. It then connects you to a network of other people who are also driving. If the detector sees a police radar it notifies everyone else on the network to watch out for the police without you having to do anything but connect to the network. If someone else passed by the area you will be driving in the app notifies you exactly where the cops are so you won't get a ticket. Should it be illegal?
  • A vulnerability in the latest version of Oracle's Java software framework is under active attack, and the damage is likely to get worse thanks to the availability of reliable exploit code that works on a variety of browsers and computer platforms, security experts warn. The flaw in Java version 1.7 was reported on Sunday afternoon by FireEye security researcher Atif Mushtaq. A separate post published on Monday by researchers Andre M. DiMino and Mila Parkour said the number of attacks, which appear to install the Poison Ivy Remote Access Trojan, were low. But they went on to note that the typical delay in issuing Java patches, combined with the circulation of exploit code, meant it was only a matter of time until the vulnerability is exploited more widely by other attackers.
  • It was just two days ago that a Google product manager let slip that Google was working with Hisense on a low-cost Google TV box. At the time, we didn't know much -- not even a product name -- but Google did intimate this mystery item would sell for under $100. Now, Hisense is stepping in to clarify a few key details. For starters, this thing is called the Pulse, and it will arrive in November priced at $99, just like Google said it would. Other than the fact that it's built on Android (duh), it supports resolutions ranging from 480i to 1080p and has HDMI, USB and Ethernet sockets. (It also has WiFi, of course, in case you'd rather not make use of that wired internet connection.) Hisense also says it will ship with a double-sided remote, with a full QWERTY keyboard on one side, and a touchpad and dedicated Netflix button on the other. The Pulse is slated to arrive in mid-November, but there's a good chance we'll see it before then
  • Samsung electronics announced plans for the Galaxy Player 5.8, a Wi-Fi-only device with a 5.8-inch screen, meaning that one can now get a Samsung product in any screen size from three inches to 10 inches without a significant gap. Details were a bit fuzzy (and even fuzzier, since I had to run the Korean blog post through Google Translate), but the Galaxy Player series is essentially the Android equivalent of the iPod touch, offering phone-like features without the phone - or the phone bill.
  • Apple fans anxious to know when the next iPhone is coming out may want to circle Sept. 21 on their calendar. That is the date when Verizon Wireless employees will begin a vacation blackout, lasting through Sept. 30, a "trusted Verizon employee" told TechCrunch. Earlier rumors have said that Apple will announce its next iPhone on Sept. 12, and release the new handset roughly a week later. If the reports are true, Apple will follow a pattern similar to last year, when it announced the phone mid-week, and released it on Friday of the following week. Apple also put up the iPhone 4S for online pre-orders a week before launch last year, so we may see a similar timeline for 2012's new iPhone.

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  • Fran from Seattle asks " Why does my iPad battery not last as long as it did last year?"