Google has just unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S4: Google Edition which runs stock Android Jelly Bean. The Google Edition SGS4 is coming only in the U.S. and supports both T-Mobile and AT&T LTE networks. The device will be sold directly from Google’s Play Store and will be available starting from June 26 for $649.
The Google Edition Galaxy S4 has an unlocked bootloader and comes with 16GB storage. The device will receive Android updates directly from Google, which means the device will be updated at the same time as Google’s own Nexus devices. Google didn’t talked about the Galaxy S4 much so we don’t know if the device features the Qualcomm 600 or the Exynos 5 Octa but we will update you as soon as we get any more information.
Source: Google I/O 2013 Picture credits: Android Police
from SamMobile http://www.sammobile.com/2013/05/15/google-announces-stock-android-running-samsung-galaxy-s4-google-edition-coming-in-june-for-649/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=google-announces-stock-android-running-samsung-galaxy-s4-google-edition-coming-in-june-for-649
Your education doesn’t have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when you learn it. We’ve put together a curriculum of some of the best free online classes available on the web this fall for our third term of Lifehacker U, our regularly-updating guide to improving your life with free, online college-level classes. Let’s get started.
from Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/plan-your-free-online-education-at-lifehacker-u-summer-506542454
At the Google I/O keynote in San Francisco, Google VP Vic Gundotra demonstrated a ton of new features for the company’s social network, Google+. Among these is a bevy of photographic capabilities, chiefly Google Photo Highlights. If you’ve ever uploaded a massive cache of photos to a social network and had to sort through to pick out the best ones, you may appreciate this.
Google’s algorithms can cut down a large group of imperfect images and pick out the best-looking ones, reducing potentially thousands of image to a smaller collection of only the very best.
We’re still covering the event live from Moscone West, so stay tuned for continuing coverage.
from Android Central – Android Forums – News – Reviews – Help and Android Wallpapers http://www.androidcentral.com/new-google-picks-out-your-best-photos
Apple apparently has the power to decrypt iPhone storage in response to law-enforcement requests, though they won’t say how. Google can remotely “reset the password” for a phone for cops, too:
Last year, leaked training materials prepared by the Sacramento sheriff’s office included a form that would require Apple to “assist law enforcement agents” with “bypassing the cell phone user’s passcode so that the agents may search the iPhone.” Google takes a more privacy-protective approach: it “resets the password and further provides the reset password to law enforcement,” the materials say, which has the side effect of notifying the user that his or her cell phone has been compromised.
Ginger Colbrun, ATF’s public affairs chief, told CNET that “ATF cannot discuss specifics of ongoing investigations or litigation. ATF follows federal law and DOJ/department-wide policy on access to all communication devices.”
…The ATF’s Maynard said in an affidavit for the Kentucky case that Apple “has the capabilities to bypass the security software” and “download the contents of the phone to an external memory device.” Chang, the Apple legal specialist, told him that “once the Apple analyst bypasses the passcode, the data will be downloaded onto a USB external drive” and delivered to the ATF.
It’s not clear whether that means Apple has created a backdoor for police — which has been the topic of speculation in the past — whether the company has custom hardware that’s faster at decryption, or whether it simply is more skilled at using the same procedures available to the government. Apple declined to discuss its law enforcement policies when contacted this week by CNET.
It’s not clear to me from the above whether Google “resetting the password” for Android devices merely bypasses the lock-screen or actually decrypts the mass storage on the phone if it has been encrypted.
I also wonder if the “decryption” Apple undertakes relies on people habitually using short passwords for their phones — the alternative being a lot of screen-typing in order to place a call.
Apple deluged by police demands to decrypt iPhones [Declan McCullagh/CNet]
from Boing Boing http://boingboing.net/2013/05/12/apple-can-decrypt-iphones-for.html
Sure, Instagramming your food in a restaurant is annoying, but it usually doesn’t lead to anyone’s arrest.
However, in the case of two suspected identify thieves, it did. Troy Maye and Tiwanna Tenise Thomason caught the IRS’s eye when they bragged about all of the identities they had allegedly stolen. And an Instagram photo helped police pin them to the crime, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
Read the entire Sun Sentinel report here.
At a restaurant called YOLO in Fort Lauderdale, an IRS tipster heard that a man who went by “Troy” was saying that he had 700,000 stolen identities he wanted to sell. Later, Troy and Thomason met up with an undercover IRS agent at a Morton’s Steakhouse to allegedly sell a flash drive filled with stolen identities. During the transaction, Troy took a photo of his meal and posted it to the Instagram account @TroyMaye with the caption “Morton’s.”
The IRS found the name Troy Maye on the flash drive, found the Instagram account in question, and was able to link Maye to the steakhouse on the night of the transaction, leading to his and Thomason’s arrests. They now face up to 12 years in prison.
This is the first time an Instagram photo has been used as judicial evidence, the New York Daily News reports.
from Technology on HuffingtonPost.com http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/13/troy-maye-and-tiwanna-ten_n_3267491.html?utm_hp_ref=technology
The camera of the iPhone has seen many improvements over the past few generations, and with the device regularly taking the coveted position as the most-used snapper on image enthusiast site Flickr, it’s no wonder many have previously dubbed it the world’s favorite camera. Things have certainly come a long way since the very first iPhone in terms of functionality, image quality and detail, and to offer some perspective on just how much the shooter of the iconic smartphone has advanced in six years and through six generations, Lisa Bettany has pieced together a very interesting comparison.
Continue reading this article at RedmondPie.com
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We’ve talked before about the things every computer user should know how to do, but we geeks are special: we want to go above and beyond, to explore every nook and cranny of our system and make everything easier. Here are ten ways to do just that.
from Lifehacker http://lifehacker.com/top-10-computer-tricks-every-geek-should-know-500223907