dotTech » news http://dottech.org Professional Technologians Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:54:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Symantec admits anti-virus software is no longer effective at stopping virus attacks http://dottech.org/157355/symantec-admits-anti-virus-software-is-no-longer-effective-at-stoping-virus-attacks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=symantec-admits-anti-virus-software-is-no-longer-effective-at-stoping-virus-attacks http://dottech.org/157355/symantec-admits-anti-virus-software-is-no-longer-effective-at-stoping-virus-attacks/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:43:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157355

Ever since I switched to Mac seven years ago, I never thought about my computer getting infected with viruses. (Yes, I know Mac have viruses too — but not enough to care about, yet.) However, Windows’ longtime battle with viruses…

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Paperfold is an experimental smartphone that folds into three http://dottech.org/157273/paperfold-is-an-experimental-phone-that-folds-into-three/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=paperfold-is-an-experimental-phone-that-folds-into-three http://dottech.org/157273/paperfold-is-an-experimental-phone-that-folds-into-three/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:36:39 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157273

The smartphone era won’t be over yet. That despite the arrival of wearable technology. I know that smartphones will just improve and be innovated and it won’t reach its peak anytime soon. Phone manufacturers will only think of…

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Sony stores 185 TB of data on a cassette tape http://dottech.org/157352/sony-stores-185-tb-of-data-on-a-cassette-tape/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sony-stores-185-tb-of-data-on-a-cassette-tape http://dottech.org/157352/sony-stores-185-tb-of-data-on-a-cassette-tape/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:31:01 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157352

I am all for going retro and vintage finds. I find them geeky cute. We’ve seen a lot of retro or vintage style gadgets but Sony’s new 185TB Cassette Tape just beats everything.

I admit I’m part of that generation of cassette…

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Special new type of paint changes color when touched http://dottech.org/157345/special-new-type-of-paint-changes-color-when-touched/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=special-new-type-of-paint-changes-color-when-touched http://dottech.org/157345/special-new-type-of-paint-changes-color-when-touched/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 01:27:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157345

Sometimes I still can’t believe we’ve already moved into our own home. The challenge now is to arrange the interiors and at least for the next ten years, pay the mortgage. It’s been five months since we’ve moved here but I haven’t really…

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Photos of alleged Amazon smartphone are leaked http://dottech.org/157303/photos-of-alleged-amazon-smartphone-leaked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=photos-of-alleged-amazon-smartphone-leaked http://dottech.org/157303/photos-of-alleged-amazon-smartphone-leaked/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:34:15 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157303

If you think only Apple and Samsung have all the rights to make a smartphone that will make it big month after month, you’re wrong. There are other phone manufacturers out there although they don’t sell as much just like the top two tech giants.…

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Miami high school student is arrested… for hacking into school report card system and changing him grade http://dottech.org/157306/miami-high-school-student-is-arrested-for-hacking-into-school-report-card-system-and-changing-him-grade/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=miami-high-school-student-is-arrested-for-hacking-into-school-report-card-system-and-changing-him-grade http://dottech.org/157306/miami-high-school-student-is-arrested-for-hacking-into-school-report-card-system-and-changing-him-grade/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:31:05 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157306

If your grades are bad, the only thing to do is be honest enough to admit that you failed. You tell your parents and try again next time. Study hard. You don’t go hacking that school’s online report card system to show that you did good.

Apparently,…

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iWatch to be unveiled by Apple at WWDC this June, if rumors are true http://dottech.org/157229/iwatch-to-be-unveiled-by-apple-at-wwdc-this-june-if-rumors-are-true/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iwatch-to-be-unveiled-by-apple-at-wwdc-this-june-if-rumors-are-true http://dottech.org/157229/iwatch-to-be-unveiled-by-apple-at-wwdc-this-june-if-rumors-are-true/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:29:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157229

I know that just like me, you’ve only been waiting for Apple to finally unveil the iWatch. The Cupertino company may have started the smartwatch trend with the iPod Nano turned into watch but we have yet to see a real iWatch.

All roads lead…

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Microsoft to open a Microsoft Innovation Center in Miami http://dottech.org/157311/microsoft-to-open-a-microsoft-innovation-center-in-miami/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-to-open-a-microsoft-innovation-center-in-miami http://dottech.org/157311/microsoft-to-open-a-microsoft-innovation-center-in-miami/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:27:15 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157311

Microsoft is still the top software company. No matter what you say about its Windows offerings, it’s the desktop operating system to beat. Windows XP has bid goodbye but Windows 7 and Windows 8 are still doing fine. And to further its …

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Is this iPhone 6 for real? http://dottech.org/157225/is-this-iphone-6-for-real/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-this-iphone-6-for-real http://dottech.org/157225/is-this-iphone-6-for-real/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:26:16 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157225

Samsung may be celebrating the success of the Galaxy S5 these days but it won’t be for long once the iPhone 6 is launched. Of course, the iPhone 6 is only for the die-hard Apple fans but you know how it will be for both Samsung and Apple. Expect…

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Nokia invests in promising companies that focus on intelligence for connected vehicles http://dottech.org/157308/nokia-invests-in-promising-companies-that-focus-on-intelligence-for-connected-vehicles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nokia-invests-in-promising-companies-that-focus-on-intelligence-for-connected-vehicles http://dottech.org/157308/nokia-invests-in-promising-companies-that-focus-on-intelligence-for-connected-vehicles/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:25:09 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157308

Nokia’s mobile division may be sold to Microsoft and the deal was recently finished but Nokia is still a single entity. From mobile phones to cars, Nokia is set to make a living by introducing a project related to cars. The project is launched…

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Some Samsung Galaxy S5 units experiencing camera issues http://dottech.org/157227/some-samsung-galaxy-s5-units-experiencing-camera-issues/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=some-samsung-galaxy-s5-units-experiencing-camera-issues http://dottech.org/157227/some-samsung-galaxy-s5-units-experiencing-camera-issues/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 00:24:35 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157227

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one highly anticipated smartphone. And now that it’s here, the new Android flagship is quickly making waves in the phone arena. It now holds almost 1 percent of the whole Android market. That despite the fingerprint…

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Microsoft releases fix for Internet Explorer security bug… including a patch for Windows XP users http://dottech.org/157174/microsoft-releases-fix-internet-explorer-for-security-bug-including-a-patch-for-windows-xp-users/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-releases-fix-internet-explorer-for-security-bug-including-a-patch-for-windows-xp-users http://dottech.org/157174/microsoft-releases-fix-internet-explorer-for-security-bug-including-a-patch-for-windows-xp-users/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 03:19:18 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157174

After details about a critical security bug affecting Internet Explorer 6 to 11 on Windows XP through 8.1 hit the web, it was inevitable that Microsoft would fix the issue and release a patch to keep everyone safe(er). And today Microsoft has…

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Adobe Flash bug is threatening Windows, Linus, and OS X, download patch now to stay safe(er) http://dottech.org/157015/adobe-flash-bug-is-threatening-windows-linus-and-os-x-download-patch-now-to-stay-safeer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=adobe-flash-bug-is-threatening-windows-linus-and-os-x-download-patch-now-to-stay-safeer http://dottech.org/157015/adobe-flash-bug-is-threatening-windows-linus-and-os-x-download-patch-now-to-stay-safeer/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 02:59:46 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157015

We already heard about how Internet Explorer is experiencing some issues these days; attackers are said to be exploiting a zero-vulnerability. There’s also another campaign that seems to be targeting the Flash media player by Adobe.

Only…

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AOL e-mail accounts are hacked, change your password now http://dottech.org/157017/aol-e-mail-accounts-are-hacked-change-your-password-now/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aol-e-mail-accounts-are-hacked-change-your-password-now http://dottech.org/157017/aol-e-mail-accounts-are-hacked-change-your-password-now/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 02:57:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157017

Some AOL Mail accounts have been hacked last week. AOL is honest that it happened and is even telling customers to please change their passwords to be safe and sure. Security questions are also requested to be changed.

Two percent of AOL Mail …

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Skype finally offers free group video calling http://dottech.org/157012/skype-finally-offers-free-group-video-calling/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=skype-finally-offers-free-group-video-calling http://dottech.org/157012/skype-finally-offers-free-group-video-calling/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 02:55:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157012

I’ve used IRC, ICQ, Yahoo Messenger, Google Talk, Skype, and iMessage over the past decade. Next to iMessage, there’s also WhatsApp and Viber that I often use. But for more professional online conversations, I trust and use only Skype.…

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Old 8-inch floppy disks are used to control US nuclear missiles http://dottech.org/157020/old-8-inch-floppy-disks-are-used-to-control-us-nuclear-missiles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=old-8-inch-floppy-disks-are-used-to-control-us-nuclear-missiles http://dottech.org/157020/old-8-inch-floppy-disks-are-used-to-control-us-nuclear-missiles/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 02:55:04 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157020

I am amazed at how computer technology has advanced the past three decades. I am one of those fortunate ones able to use an 8-inch floppy disk to play Prince of Persia and many other retro games. I was still a child then but then I could remember how…

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Apple is #1 in US customer satisfaction survey http://dottech.org/157023/apple-is-1-in-us-customer-satisfaction-survey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=apple-is-1-in-us-customer-satisfaction-survey http://dottech.org/157023/apple-is-1-in-us-customer-satisfaction-survey/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 02:52:20 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=157023

We know this already but sometimes people need proof that it really is the case. A recent customer satisfaction study by JD Powers showed that Apple is No. 1. Samsung follows close in the US market, at least, if we are to discuss customer satisfaction.…

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Internet Explorer hit by major security bug, Windows XP users will never get a fix for it http://dottech.org/156905/internet-explorer-hit-by-major-security-bug-windows-xp-users-will-never-get-a-fix-for-it/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=internet-explorer-hit-by-major-security-bug-windows-xp-users-will-never-get-a-fix-for-it http://dottech.org/156905/internet-explorer-hit-by-major-security-bug-windows-xp-users-will-never-get-a-fix-for-it/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:39:45 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156905

We didn’t think that Windows XP finally saying goodbye and not getting software updates in the future would be this bad so quickly. Perhaps Microsoft didn’t calculate, or miscalculated, as there is already a major security bug that affects…

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Judge says US search warrants still apply to digital data that is stored outside the US http://dottech.org/156901/judge-says-us-search-warrants-still-apply-to-digital-data-that-is-stored-outside-the-us/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=judge-says-us-search-warrants-still-apply-to-digital-data-that-is-stored-outside-the-us http://dottech.org/156901/judge-says-us-search-warrants-still-apply-to-digital-data-that-is-stored-outside-the-us/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:35:45 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156901

The recent development in Internet privacy has me worrying about the future. Why? Apparently a new ruling by a New York judge said that US search warrants can be applied to e-mail accounts and other digital data even if they (the data) are stored…

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President Obama plays football (soccer) with a robot in Japan http://dottech.org/156788/president-obama-plays-football-soccer-with-a-robot-in-japan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=president-obama-plays-football-soccer-with-a-robot-in-japan http://dottech.org/156788/president-obama-plays-football-soccer-with-a-robot-in-japan/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:33:06 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156788

About 10 percent of those in my Facebook and Instagram feeds are in Japan. I understand the fascination and I wish to visit the country soon. Even US President Obama is in Japan for a state visit as part of his Asian tour. He quickly made friends …

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QuantuMDx is a handheld malaria tester that works as a portable DNA lab http://dottech.org/156909/quantumdx-is-a-handheld-malaria-tester-that-works-as-a-portable-dna-lab/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quantumdx-is-a-handheld-malaria-tester-that-works-as-a-portable-dna-lab http://dottech.org/156909/quantumdx-is-a-handheld-malaria-tester-that-works-as-a-portable-dna-lab/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:31:00 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156909

You may think that at this day and age, malaria would be a disease unknown but sadly, we’re still fighting against it. I know one who had been infected with it after staying in a country where malaria is still common. It was a frightening experience…

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SensaBubble tells when you’ve got mail by releasing coloured, scented bubbles http://dottech.org/156791/sensabubble-tells-when-youve-got-mail-by-releasing-coloured-scented-bubbles/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sensabubble-tells-when-youve-got-mail-by-releasing-coloured-scented-bubbles http://dottech.org/156791/sensabubble-tells-when-youve-got-mail-by-releasing-coloured-scented-bubbles/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:29:47 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156791

I understand digital scent technology but I never expected it would go further. Who thought that scent could be used to deliver notifications? Apparently, a university team made a machine that could give off colored and scented bubbles to …

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PhD student develops algorithm to predict how popular a photo will be online http://dottech.org/156829/phd-student-develops-algorithm-to-predict-how-popular-a-photo-will-be-online/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=phd-student-develops-algorithm-to-predict-how-popular-a-photo-will-be-online http://dottech.org/156829/phd-student-develops-algorithm-to-predict-how-popular-a-photo-will-be-online/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:26:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156829

Even before selfies became popular, I was taking self-portraits with either mirror shots or photos of my feet or shoes wherever I am. That was before when I was younger and adventurous. But right now, I am too lazy to bring my camera gears and just…

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Apple’s official video of their ‘Spaceship Campus’ leaked, watch it here http://dottech.org/156703/apples-official-video-of-their-spaceship-campus-leaked-watch-it-here/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=apples-official-video-of-their-spaceship-campus-leaked-watch-it-here http://dottech.org/156703/apples-official-video-of-their-spaceship-campus-leaked-watch-it-here/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:23:14 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156703

To coincide with Apple’s new video on caring for the environment, the company created a dedicated page to their environmental initiatives. Within the page, a video featuring the company’s planned ‘Apple Campus 2′…

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Verizon wants to protect your privacy, challenges NSA’s metadata collection http://dottech.org/156903/verizon-wants-to-protect-your-privacy-challenges-nsas-metadata-collection/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=verizon-wants-to-protect-your-privacy-challenges-nsas-metadata-collection http://dottech.org/156903/verizon-wants-to-protect-your-privacy-challenges-nsas-metadata-collection/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:21:34 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156903

There are a lot of talks about privacy and security whether online or offline. We recently heard about a US judge ruling that it’s okay for the government to check on an e-mail account even if stored outside the US as long there is a search warrant.…

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Google+ head resigns, end of Google+ coming soon? http://dottech.org/156914/google-head-resigns-end-of-google-coming-soon/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=google-head-resigns-end-of-google-coming-soon http://dottech.org/156914/google-head-resigns-end-of-google-coming-soon/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:21:05 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156914

If you’re to ask me, I never really thought much about Google+. I didn’t think it would beat Facebook or Twitter. I have my own Google+ account but I don’t remember when was the last time I checked it. While I know people who say that it’s…

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Big tech firms commit to prevent another Heartbleed from happening http://dottech.org/156907/big-tech-firms-commit-to-prevent-another-heartbleed-from-happening/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=big-tech-firms-commit-to-prevent-another-heartbleed-from-happening http://dottech.org/156907/big-tech-firms-commit-to-prevent-another-heartbleed-from-happening/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:19:24 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156907

A few days ago we shared a Heartbleed checklist. And now more tech companies have joined forces to fight this security breach. The likes of Google, Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, and Google are working together to prevent another Heartbleed.

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Storyful wants to prevent fake viral stories from spreading http://dottech.org/156826/storyful-wants-to-prevent-fake-viral-stories-from-spreading/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=storyful-wants-to-prevent-fake-viral-stories-from-spreading http://dottech.org/156826/storyful-wants-to-prevent-fake-viral-stories-from-spreading/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 05:16:10 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156826

Even if you’re still active on Facebook or not, you would know that most stories are shared on the top social network. People are not as willing to RT (retweet) on Twitter as they are willing to click the share button while on Facebook.

Sharing…

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Microsoft is officially bringing back Start Menu to Windows 8.1… maybe as early as August http://dottech.org/156673/microsoft-is-bringing-back-start-menu-to-windows-8-1-this-august-rumor/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=microsoft-is-bringing-back-start-menu-to-windows-8-1-this-august-rumor http://dottech.org/156673/microsoft-is-bringing-back-start-menu-to-windows-8-1-this-august-rumor/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:53:53 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156673

Microsoft may have fully acquire the Nokia mobile division but that doesn’t mean it’s forgetting it’s main product, the Windows platform. Nokia, now called Microsoft Mobile, is just one part of the Redmond giant. As for the OS division,…

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Internet Bill of Rights is passed by Brazil senate http://dottech.org/156776/internet-bill-of-rights-is-passed-by-brazil-senate/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=internet-bill-of-rights-is-passed-by-brazil-senate http://dottech.org/156776/internet-bill-of-rights-is-passed-by-brazil-senate/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:50:40 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156776

The Internet is fast becoming a world on its own. Admit it or not, the Internet is everything to you and me. No one really owns the Internet, we live in it. Who leads it? Nobody can really say but countries are busy making their own rules. For one,…

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Twitter accounts hacked, sent lots of spam http://dottech.org/156755/twitter-accounts-hacked-sent-lots-of-spam/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=twitter-accounts-hacked-sent-lots-of-spam http://dottech.org/156755/twitter-accounts-hacked-sent-lots-of-spam/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:48:55 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156755

It’s been seven years since I made Twitter my main social network. Yep, I prefer this microblogging site over Facebook every time. But between Twitter and Instagram, I prefer the latter. I’ve been checking my Twitter less these…

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Samsung Galaxy S5 is already owned by almost 1% of Android users worldwide http://dottech.org/156678/samsung-galaxy-s5-is-owned-by-almost-1-of-android-users-worldwide/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samsung-galaxy-s5-is-owned-by-almost-1-of-android-users-worldwide http://dottech.org/156678/samsung-galaxy-s5-is-owned-by-almost-1-of-android-users-worldwide/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:47:23 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156678

Much has been said about the Samsung Galaxy S5. We expected the new Android flagship phone from the South Korean tech giant will be another bestseller. Each year that Samsung releases a new Galaxy phone, it’s anticipated that people, the …

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OnePlus One smartphone is powered by CyanogenMod and costs just $299 (unlocked, no contract) http://dottech.org/156699/oneplus-one-smartphone-is-powered-by-cyanogenmod-and-costs-just-299-unlocked-no-contract/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oneplus-one-smartphone-is-powered-by-cyanogenmod-and-costs-just-299-unlocked-no-contract http://dottech.org/156699/oneplus-one-smartphone-is-powered-by-cyanogenmod-and-costs-just-299-unlocked-no-contract/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:44:38 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156699

Aside from HTC’s All New One, there is a new One in gadget town. Meet the OnePlus One. The One is OnePlus’ first smartphone offering that runs CyanogenMod straight from the factory as we described earlier.

OnePlus is a new startup…

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Google merges SMS and IM conversations in latest Hangouts update for Android http://dottech.org/156473/google-merges-sms-and-im-conversations-in-latest-hangouts-update-for-android/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=google-merges-sms-and-im-conversations-in-latest-hangouts-update-for-android http://dottech.org/156473/google-merges-sms-and-im-conversations-in-latest-hangouts-update-for-android/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:42:40 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156473

Google is updating its Hangouts messaging app with some much-needed and requested features. The top of the list is combining your SMS and IM conversations within the app. Apple’s iMessages has implemented a similar system, …

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PayPal authorization on Galaxy S5 could be compromised, fingerprint scanner already hacked http://dottech.org/156740/paypal-authorization-on-galaxy-s5-could-be-compromised-fingerprint-scanner-already-hacked/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=paypal-authorization-on-galaxy-s5-could-be-compromised-fingerprint-scanner-already-hacked http://dottech.org/156740/paypal-authorization-on-galaxy-s5-could-be-compromised-fingerprint-scanner-already-hacked/#comments Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:41:50 +0000 http://dottech.org/?p=156740

It may not be the first to feature a fingerprint scanner but the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be the first to do authorization for PayPal payments. Twenty-five countries have been confirmed to receive the feature but looks like we have to be wary about…

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