nsa data miningJust how powerful are the folks over at the NSA? Well, there are plenty of whispers on the ground that seem to point towards the NSA being able to listen in to dosmestic calls by “accident” when it comes to roaming confusion, but a report from Spiegel does carry a whole lot more seriousness to the situation. Spiegel, a German news magazine, did mention that they have managed to catch hold of evidence with their own eyes that the NSA has the capabilities to peer into your smartphones for crucial data such as SMS traffic, location data, and the all important contact list information among others.

These particular claims were purportedly outlined in internal NSA documents, and they tend to point out specifically to iOS and BlackBerry devices as targets. In fact, it has been speculated also in the report that the NSA has the ability to access iPhone data through the act of hacking a recently synchronized PC. BlackBerry access, however, might not be as complicated as it takes a far more direct route, as Spiegel reports the very real possibility of the NSA tapping straight into the BlackBerry email system. When contacted concerning such serious allegations, BlackBerry officials informed Spiegel that it would not give any comments on such allegations, but rather, assured Spiegel that the company has not opened up a “back door” to the NSA. Who are we to believe as consumers these days?

lg widi lcdLG Display has just unveiled what is deemed to be the first LCD panel for monitors in the world that will boast of Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, where obviously, this will be part of a in collaboration with Intel Corporation. This is a spanking new 23.8” LCD panel that will enable users to stream wirelessly both their laptop and desktop content to their TVs and monitors, all in a far more hassle-free manner.

The success of this new Intel WiDi enabled LCD panel is made possible thanks to Intel’s WiDi solution that has been incorporated into a key chipset straight into the LCD module. Thanks to such a cutting-edge LCD panel that has been embedded with Intel WiDi solution, LG Display would pave the way for users to enjoy quality images in an easy and convenient manner without the need for extra devices, in addition to facilitating a path for both OEMs and monitor manufacturers to adopt such advanced technology without having to fork out a fortune. The 23.8” Intel WiDi solution-enabled LCD panel from LG Displays will make its bow at the upcoming 2013 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco later this week. Pricing details for this new LCD panel has yet to be determined though. [Press Release]

gta5 collectors special edition 1Playing a great game is fun during the process of playing, but once everything has been done, it gets kind of sad to see the game you’ve enjoyed come to an end. Well for those hoping that they wouldn’t run into a similar situation with Rockstar’s upcoming Grand Theft Auto 5, you’re in luck as the Rockstar’s Dan Houser has stated that the game has an expected competition time of about 100 hours, which means that you’d have to play the game for a little over four days straight to complete it, with no breaks in between! Read full post →GTA 5 Expected To Offer 100 Hours Of Gameplay

Samsung galaxy note 3 02 640x426The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be made available on all four major US carriers, such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, but the good news for would-be Galaxy Note 3 owners is that if you wanted to get the phone from a different carrier, you’re in luck as US Cellular has also announced that they too will be offering the Galaxy Note 3, and that the arrival date of the handset on their network has been confirmed for October. Unfortunately US Cellular did not provide any specific dates, nor did they mention anything about a price, but given that AT&T and Verizon have priced the device at $299.99 on contract, it is safe to assume that US Cellular’s offering should be around that range as well.

Like we said a specific date of release was not mentioned by the carrier, but since AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have all stated that the device should be available early October, we expect US Cellular to release their Galaxy Note 3 around that timeframe as well. In any case we’ll keep our eyes peeled for a specific release date and price for US Cellular, so do check back with us at a later date for additional details!

nexus 5 fan render 640x590Just the other day a image surfaced on the internet which is allegedly that of the Nexus 5, Google’s upcoming next-gen Nexus handset. While we’re not sure if that is a real rendering of the device or merely a concept, Reddit user Vovicon has taken it upon himself to create a new rendering based on what we do know about the upcoming device, but at the same time making some assumptions about the device as well, with the result pictured above. Vovicon’s rendering  of the device is noticeably different from what we saw the other day, but since this is hardly the real deal, some discrepancies are expected.

The Nexus 5 has been rumored to be in the works for a while now, with LG allegedly being the company behind the device again. A possible first-look at the device was spotted in a Google video where the Android 4.4 KitKat statue was unveiled, whereby a mysterious device with the “Nexus” brand written on the back of it, leading to many speculating that this could be the Nexus 5. Additional evidence includes a recent trip to the FCC where some of its specifications were revealed. In any case what do you guys make of this render? Is this a design you could see yourself getting on board with? Or did you prefer the glass backing that LG used in the Nexus 4?

samsung ativ q canceled

Earlier this year, Samsung announced the ATIV Q which was a rather interesting hybrid device which ran both Windows and Android at the same time. However there were apparently some patent issues that Samsung ran into regarding the ATIV Q that led to rumors that Samsung could be cancelling the device because of that, which is definitely a bummer of sorts to those who were looking forward to getting their hands on the product sometime later this year. Well the semi-good news is that Samsung has not cancelled the ATIV Q, but neither will it be launching this year.

This is according to German website, AllAboutSamsung whom Samsung confirmed the news to, stating that the launch of the ATIV Q will not be happening this year. This does not sound like the device has been cancelled, and we’re guessing the earliest we could then see the device would be in 2014. We’ll keep our ears open for more news regarding the ATIV Q, but what do you guys think? Are you a bit bummed that this interesting hybrid will not be available for purchase this year? Or is the mixture of Windows and Android a little too gimmicky for your tastes?

samsung exynos processorsEarlier this year at CES 2013, Samsung took the wraps off their new Exynos 5 series chipset, the company’s first octa-core chipset that would make its debut in Samsung devices like the Galaxy S4. Samsung later announced a new Exynos 5 chipset in the form of the Exynos 5420, and now it looks like Samsung might have a new Exynos chipset to announce. This is according to a tweet by Samsung Exynos who according to their tweet, “Exynos processors are about to undergo another evolution… Can you guess what it will be?”

Attached to the tweet was a photo pictured above, where we can see a microphone with a defocused background. We’re not sure what new Exynos technology Samsung has to announce, and given that Samsung has pretty much announced all of its high-end devices for the year (the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3), we expect that this new Exynos chipset could either debut in next year’s Samsung devices, or it could be a new and better chipset that has been designed for Samsung’s lower-end offerings. In any case we’ll keep our eyes peeled, but what do you guys think Samsung will have to share?

marked fingerprint patent 130908 640x384According to the rumors, it is widely believed that the iPhone 5S could debut a new hardware feature in the form of a fingerprint scanner that would be embedded in the home button of the phone. This rumor has been corroborated by leaked packaging photos and leaked components that suggests that Apple could be doing something different with the iPhone 5S’ home button compared to previous generations. Thanks to an European Apple patent, an embedded fingerprint scanner seems to be more or less a sure thing. Read full post →European Apple Patent Corroborates Plans For A Fingerprint Scanner

bbmWhile BlackBerry did originally state that BBM for iOS and Android would be released by the end of the summer, no specific dates were mentioned, although an earlier rumor did suggest a release by the end of this month. Well for those still wondering about the fate of the app, you’ll be pleased to learn that the app has since been submitted to the Apple iTunes App Store, which means that it’s only a matter of time before it is reviewed and thus made available for download.

This was confirmed by BlackBerry’s Senior Strategic Account Manager, Alex Kinsella, who in a tweet confirmed that the app was submitted to Apple about two weeks ago. Assuming that is the case, we’re wondering why it is taking so long for Apple to review and approve the app. Kinsella did not mention anything about a Google Play Store submission, but hopefully the app will be released on both platforms simultaneously. BBM for iOS and Android was recently demoed at the Toronto International Film Festival, so hopefully we will be able to get a release date soon.

BBM4IOS of9Word on the street has it that BlackBerry could be set to release BBM for iOS and Android towards the end of this month, and so far we’ve seen leaked screenshots along with videos that have since been removed. However we’re guessing that the app could be close to being released as BlackBerry has decided to demo the app in public during the Toronto International Film Festival. This is according to reports of those who went for the festival and noticed Android and iOS devices on display.

It turns out that this was a public demonstration of BBM running on iOS and Android and while no videos were allowed to be recorded, those who tried the app out claim that it is a pretty smooth experience. The UI for iOS and Android is said to not differ too greatly from the original app running on a BlackBerry smartphone, so for those who have transitioned from BlackBerry to iOS or Android, this should not be too foreign a concept for you guys.

The app is said to be on demo this week and is available for you to try out at the BlackBerry Experience building, so for those living in Toronto, you can hit it up and check it out for yourselves!