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Accell Power Trio overview and review


Accell is an electronic company that specializes in cables, connectors, etc. They also offer power solution products which can be downright handy to have in the home or office. Take, for instance, the following devices, which would be welcome in pretty much any environment.

Accell Powramid Surge Protected Power Center w/ USB Output

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The Powramid w/ USB Output is great for your bedroom, living room and more. All outlets and ports are surge protected and fireproof according to the manufacturer; provides multiple outputs and 2.1amp USB output.

Multiple outputs strategically placed allows for additional room for even the bulkiest of chargers. I really enjoyed the smaller size of this unit. You can find the Powramid with USB Output for $34.99.

For those looking for something more portable or heavy duty, check out the products below.

Accell Home or Away Travel Surge Protected Power Station

Items like the Home or Away Travel Sized Surge Protector were a big hit for the 2013 holiday season; they really make for useful presents for yourself or your favorite on-the-go friend.

Like above, this version features two USB ports compatible up to 2.1amps along with three traditional outlets. This unit is very convenient for charging your laptop, cellphone, Bluetooth device, and more. In other words, I really loved this device.

This product worked as expected and gave me no issues. I feel much safer knowing that my devices are being protected while they charge. The Home or Away Travel Charger retails for $19.99.

Accell GreenGenius 8 Outlet Smart Surge Protector

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This is Accell’s king of home surge protectors. The GreenGenius is great for your living room, home office, conference room, etc.

I really enjoyed the standard 8 outlets, 2 USB outlets (up to 2.1amps), and landline telephone protection. This product was designed with energy savings in mind – certain ports have Energy Saving Modes.

You can get your hands on the GreenGenius Power Center for $44.99.

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Google Maps updated with new ‘faster route’ feature


The most famous app by Google got another update. Maps now offers a new features which will alert you when a faster route becomes available while you are using navigation. For example, if you are stuck in a traffic jam, Google Maps will let you know if there’s any other way out.

Navigation with Dynamic ReroutingYou don’t have to download any update. All you have to do is to turn on navigation and you will be good to go. As Google says, “Outsmart traffic and save time on the road” with this new update.

Did you like the new feature? Tell us about it in the comment box below.

Source: Google+

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Feb
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iOS 7.1 Beta 5 Fixes Additional Exploits Used by Evasi0n Jailbreak [iOS Blog]


Today’s iOS 7.1 beta 5 release has patched additional exploits (via @iH8sn0w) used for the evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak after the primary kernel exploit was patched in iOS 7.1 beta 4.

Because the main exploits for the jailbreak have been patched, it will not be possible to jailbreak iOS 7.1 using the untethered evasi0n 7 jailbreak, according to iJailbreakEvasion. This means that users who have jailbroken their devices will not be able to upgrade to iOS 7.1 when it is released.

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It’s 100 percent official that the evasi0n7 UnTethered 7.0.4 jailbreak was partially patched by Apple in their previous beta release, which will effectively render the utility useless once Apple releases 7.1 to the masses.

The site recommends that users who wish to keep their devices jailbroken avoid the latest iOS 7.1 beta and the finalized version of the software “at all costs.”

First released in December of last year, the evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak continues to work with iOS devices that are running versions of iOS up to iOS 7.0.5.

    



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Feb
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Adobe Releases ‘Critical’ Update for Flash After Security Vulnerability Discovered [Mac Blog]


FlashiconAdobe has released a “critical update” for its Adobe Flash Player software on both Mac and Windows, addressing a zero-day vulnerability that gives complete control over comprised systems to hackers.

The vulnerability affects all Macs with Adobe Flash Player version 12.0.0.43 and earlier and all users are urged to update immediately. Adobe has a site where users can check what version of Flash they have installed. The latest version of Flash can be downloaded from Adobe’s website.

Adobe has released security updates for Adobe Flash Player 12.0.0.43 and earlier versions for Windows and Macintosh and Adobe Flash Player 11.2.202.335 and earlier versions for Linux. These updates address a critical vulnerability that could potentially allow an attacker to remotely take control of the affected system. Adobe is aware of reports that an exploit for this vulnerability exists in the wild, and recommends users update their product installations to the latest versions.

These updates resolve an integer underflow vulnerability that could be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.

Adobe thanked Alexander Polyakov and Anton Ivanov of Kaspersky Labs for discovering the vulnerability, but the company did not specify precisely how it works.

    



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Feb
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iOS 7.1 Beta 5 Tidbits: Redesigned Shift and Caps Lock, Public Launch Expected Soon


Earlier today, Apple released the fifth beta of iOS 7.1 to developers, which included both bug fixes and a minor updates to the operating system. While previous iOS 7.1 betas introduced several visual changes, iOS 7.1 beta 5 included just a few additional tweaks to further streamline the look of iOS 7 ahead of a prospective public release.

Keyboard: In iOS 7.1 beta 3, Apple introduced a new design for the shift key, which was unpopular with many beta testers as it made it unclear when shift and caps lock were activated. With iOS 7.1 beta 5, Apple has tweaked the keys once again to make it clearer when shift and caps lock are enabled.

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Wallpaper: Apple has been tweaking the way wallpaper is handled throughout the iOS 7.1 beta testing period. Beta 3 introduced a “Motion” option to turn off parallax for wallpapers and renamed the function to “Perspective Zoom” in beta 5.

iTunes Radio: iTunes Radio has gained a new “Buy Album” button which accompanies the option to buy an individual song that is playing.

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Siri: Siri has gained new natural sounding voices for English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin – China).

Calendar: iOS 7.1 beta 2 introduced a new event list view within the Calendar app. In beta 5, the toggle for the list view has been made bolder and easier to see.

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AirDrop: According to several reports on our forums, AirDrop appears to be experiencing some issues in iOS 7.1 beta 5.

iOS 7 Jailbreak: Apple patched an evasi0n iOS 7 jailbreak exploit in beta 4 and it appears to have issued another patch for additional exploits in beta 5.

Previous iOS 7.1 betas have also included a number of significant features like a “Button Shapes” option in Accessibility, more prominence for Touch ID and Passcode options, a new look for several aspects of the Phone dialer and shutdown screen, a new animation for ”Slide to Unlock” and a slightly revamped color for the Phone, FaceTime, and Messages app icons.

Details on features in past beta releases can be found in our previous beta posts: Beta 1, Beta 2, Beta 3, Beta 4.

Though a December report from BGR indicated that iOS 7.1 would not be released to the public until March, today’s build number, which is not much different than the build number of beta 4 indicates the software could be nearing a public launch.

A new report from BGR issued today also retracts the initial March release estimate and suggests the software will be released to the public in the “coming weeks” following the debut of a golden master build of iOS 7.1 for developers.

    



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Feb
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Netflix passes bill for the third season of House of Cards


Before the start of season two on Valentine’s Day, Netflix has a gift for the legions of House of Cards fans. Deadline reports that the streaming outfit confirmed to that it has renewed the political drama for a third season. When the series started, it was planned as a two-season run with a $100 million investment in tow, so this marks the first renewal for Kevin Spacey & Co. Of course, it’s no secret that the show has continued to gain momentum while amassing a respectable trophy case. And don’t forget: it’ll even be in 4K.

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Via: The Verge

Source: Deadline

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Sony is reportedly in talks to sell its PC business


Sony’s had much more success in gaming and home entertainment than with its PC division, so the latest news isn’t exactly shocking. According to Japanese news service Nikkei, the company is looking to sell its personal computer business to an investment fund for as much as 50 billion yen (or $492 million). When we reached out to Sony for comment, a rep directed us to a statement responding to a similar rumor three days ago:

A press report on February 1, 2014 stated that Sony Corporation (“Sony”) is discussing with Lenovo Group (“Lenovo”) the possible establishment of a joint venture for the PC business. As Sony has announced previously, Sony continues to address various options for the PC business, but the press report on a possible PC business alliance between Sony and Lenovo is inaccurate.

While that doesn’t address this latest report specifically, the statement makes it clear that selling off Sony’s PC business isn’t out of the question, if not extremely likely. And as Nikkei reports, parting with this division would enable Sony to shift its focus to smartphones — the company has released several critically acclaimed Xperia handsets in the last several years, though it still struggles to compete with the likes of Samsung, the top Android phone maker by a landslide. In any case, stay tuned.

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Via: Reuters

Source: Nikkei

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Apple and carriers will donate free devices and broadband to US schools


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The White House won’t be going it alone as it brings US classrooms into the internet era through its ConnectED initiative — it just revealed that a host of technology firms will also lend a hand. Apple plans to donate $100 million in iPads, MacBooks and software to underprivileged schools, while Autodesk and O’Reilly Media will give away free software and content. Microsoft, in turn, will heavily discount Windows to lower educational PC prices. Carriers are getting in on the action, too. AT&T and Sprint have both pledged to offer free wireless broadband to schools for multiple years; Verizon isn’t giving away service, but it will donate up to $100 million in cash and other commitments. The combined efforts aren’t going to fix the American education system by themselves, but they could create a level playing field for schools across the country.

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Source: The White House Blog, AT&T, Sprint

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Feb
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Game Insight Trailer Released for upcoming Cloud Raiders Strategy Game


Game Insight is the game development studio behind many games you are sure to have played like, Paradise island, Crime Story, My Country and plenty others. I know I clocked in my fair share of hours on a few and spent more money than I would be willing to tell my wife about. Today they have released a game trailer for the next game, Cloud Raiders, that will be launching across multiple mobile platforms, with Android being the first to get their grubby little gaming paws on it.

Cloud Raiders Strategy Game by Game Insight In Cloud Raiders, players can fortify their bases with anything from cannons to traps to magical artifacts, while leading their own troops into battle. Players must be ready for anything, including encroachments from massive monsters and legendary buccaneers that wander the skies in search of easy prey‹as well as raiding parties sent by enemy players in search of loot! In order to keep their own holdings safe and conquer this brave new world, players can research and unlock new troop types, brew powerful potions to strengthen their forces, launch mighty cannon salvos to even the odds, and build ever-larger armies of axe-wielding marauders, grenade-lobbing bombardiers, and fire-breathing dragons to win the day!

Personally, I am all about those dragons. Like all of their games, there will be a social aspect as well as IAP options to help move you along. I have played quite a few of their games over the years and can’t recall “having” to pay just to play. I don’t imagine that Cloud Raiders will be much different.

I did title this with a game trailer, so here, take a watch of the game in action.

Game Insight did fail to offer a launch date or even a launch time frame in the release they sent over to us. They simply said “Cloud Raiders will be available for Android in the nearest future.” We expect that to mean sometime this week. As soon as we hear it has been released we will let you all know.

The official website for the upcoming game is at cloudraiders.com

NOw, if they would just hurry up and release ‘Running Shadow

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Check Out the Teaser Trailer to Gameloft’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Mobile Game


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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in theaters on April 4th, and Gameloft and Marvel want to bring the movie’s story into the palm of your hands. Today the gaming company released a teaser trailer for the new mobile game for the anticipated sequel on their YouTube channel, and I must say, the graphics look oh so sexy. We are not quite sure when the game will be released since the video ends with the “Coming Soon” tagline that we hate seeing, but in the meantime check out the teaser trailer below for some Captain America action. Let us know what you think about it.

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