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OS X 10.10 Mockup Shows Off ‘Flat’, iOS-Inspired Design [Mac Blog]


In iOS 7, Apple redesigned the user interface from top to bottom, removing most “skeuomorphic” elements and giving the OS a cleaner and lighter look and feel. Back in January, it was reported that OS X 10.10 — code named Syrah — would also see a flatter redesign, but that it would not see as extensive a reworking as iOS did.

Designer Danny Giebe has posted a series of concept images on Dribbble, showing what an iOS 7-inspired redesign of OS X could look like:

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This is a concept for Mac OS X Syrah, expected to be published in September 2014. It’s based on the new flat design approach of the Contacts and Notes App introduced in Mac OS X Mavericks.

It is not known what Apple will call the next version of its OS X operating system, but may show off the new OS — and its new California-inspired name — at WWDC in June of this year. Over the past several years, Apple has tended to release its new Mac operating system in mid-Fall.

    



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Mar

T-Mobile circles March 24 for Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders


T-Mobile on Thursday announced that preorders begin for the Samsung Galaxy S5 on March 24. Keeping with its tradition of attracting customers, the Uncarrier will offer the flagship device at zero down and payments equally spread over 24 months.

As for that cost, the $27.50/mo equates to $660, or about what everyone else is doing. The chief difference here is that T-Mobile will not lock you into a service contract and you can cancel service whenever you’d like. You’ll have to pay off the remaining balance, of course, but you get the gist. Don’t forget that you can also break your existing carrier’s contract and bring your family plan to T-Mobile. Do so and the magenta ones will pay off your early termination fees.

“This thing is so hot we’ve already seen over a half a million pre-registrations for the Galaxy S 5,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.  ”That’s a lot of very smart people grabbing this opportunity to pay nothing down, save more than a grand over the life of the other guys’ contracts, and have T-Mobile pay off every penny of their family’s early termination fees. It’s a brilliant move.”

On March 31 T-Mobile will offer the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 with a limited discount of $120 off the normal price. As is the case with other tablets purchased through T-Mobile, you’ll get 200MB of free data for the life of the device. Note that this promotion is available while supplies last.

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The post T-Mobile circles March 24 for Samsung Galaxy S5 pre-orders appeared first on AndroidGuys.

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Qik shutting down April 30th, three years after being acquired by Skype


Qik shutting down April 30th, three years after being acquired by SkypeIt’s been more than three years since Skype purchased the video calling service Qik, but until now, it’s lived on as a standalone app. Finally, though, it’s shutting down: Qik announced in a blog post today that it will close its doors on April 30th, taking all your videos with it. The reason: Skype has finally folded all of Qik’s features into its own service, so there’s no reason to offer a duplicate product.

So what now? For starters, you’ll want to download any recorded clips from the user dashboard, as those won’t be saved past April 30th (ditto for any videos you’ve embedded — we recommend re-embedding using a site like YouTube). Unfortunately, if someone sent you a video through VideoMail, you won’t necessarily be able to salvage it; only the original sender has rights to it, so your best bet is to ping your friend and ask nicely. Lastly, any Premium users will get a refund for any service past April 30th that they already paid for. It’s only fair, right?

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Via: MobileBurn, The Next Web

Source: Qik

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Orange shares all its call data with France’s intelligence agency, according to new Snowden leak


Another day, another round of troubling surveillance news. In a twist, though, today’s nugget has less to do with the US or the NSA but rather, France’s central intelligence agency, the DGSE. According to a leak by Edward Snowden to the French paper Le Monde, Orange, the country’s leading telecom, has been willingly sharing all of its call data with the agency. And according to the leaked document — originally belonging to the UK intelligence agency GCHQ — the French government’s records don’t just include metadata, but all the information Orange has on file. As you might expect, the DGSE then shares this information with other countries, including, of course, the UK, which had this incriminating document in the first place.

In a way, this isn’t surprising: the French government owns a 27 percent stake in the company. But until now, Orange has ostensibly been operating as a private firm. What’s more, the leaked document would suggest that the DGSE’s relationship with Orange has been cooperative, with Orange employees creating new tools to collect and interpret the data. If true, then, this arrangement would go beyond the DGSE merely requesting specific cell phone records and getting them. For now, both the French government and the DGSE have declined to comment, according to TechCrunch, while Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told LeMonde that he isn’t aware of what the DGSE is doing, but that Orange has granted access to the DGSE to comply with the law.

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: Le Monde

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T-Mobile to offer the Samsung Galaxy S5 for no money down, pre-orders begin March 24th


T-Mobile to offer the Samsung Galaxy S5 for no money down, pre-orders begin March 24th

Looks like the embargo is officially up on Samsung Galaxy S5 pricing. After AT&T revealed earlier today that it’ll sell the new flagship phone for $200 on-contract, T-Mobile chimed in to say it will offer the device for no money down, with pre-orders beginning next week, on March 24th. Of course, anyone who knows anything about T-Mobile’s UnCarrier pricing plans knows that hardly means “free” — it means you’re committing yourself to 24 subsequent monthly payments. So, if you’re already sweet on the GS5′s Band-Aid-like stylings, and know you prefer T-Mo, you’ll want to sign up first thing on Monday.

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SEC investigation of Bitcoin-based stock sale could lead to broader regulation


In July of last year gambling site SatoshiDice.com was sold by its creator for 126,315 BTC (Bitcoins) which was roughly $11.5 million at the time. The deal, which was executed on the Romania-based Bitcoin exchange MPEx, has drawn the interest of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The agency sent MPEx operator Mircea Popescu a letter requesting paperwork related to the SatoshiDice sale, including any contracts signed with Erik Voorhees, the founder of the gambling site. The SEC isn’t necessarily saying either MPEx or SatoshiDice broke the law, but it’s in the process of deciding whether or not these sorts of stock sales executed as Bitcoin trades are legal in the US. If the federal government finds that American financial law has been violated, it could have serious consequences for the future of the virtual currency.

So far Bitcoin has escaped serious regulation in the US, but after the collapse of Mt. Gox, government agencies stepped up their efforts. Part of the trouble so far has been nailing down exactly what Bitcoin is. Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen has already said that it falls outside of her jurisdiction since Bitcoin is not issued by a central bank. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is trying to determine if it could possibly be considered a commodity, while the SEC is working on whether or not it’s a security. The key to its case will be whether or not MPEx represents an unlicensed securities trading platform, which would put it in violation of US law. Of course, whether or not the SEC even has any jurisdiction over the Romanian exchange or the foreign company at the heart of the investigation is another question entirely.

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Source: Bloomberg, Washington Post

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The NSA may release its own transparency reports


The NSA has been on the offensive lately, first claiming that Google, Facebook and others are fully aware of its data-collecting practices, and now hinting that it’ll nip criticism in the bud by releasing its own transparency reports. NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, defending the agency’s surveillance activities in a video interview today, said the following:

The vulnerabilities we find, the overwhelming majority we disclose to the people who are responsible for manufacturing or developing those products. We’re actually working on a proposal right now to be transparent and to publish transparency reports in the same way the internet companies do.

This isn’t exactly out of the blue. Apple, Facebook, Google and several other web giants have long expressed frustration at the NSA’s lack of openness in the wake of Edward Snowden’s PRISM leaks. Most recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with President Obama about the need for “trust in the internet,” and a handful of high-profile companies successfully sued for the right to share more specifics about national security requests. Releasing its own transparency reports could help change public perception of an agency that’s secretive by design, but it’s likely the NSA’s reports wouldn’t be too revealing if they do indeed get published. Stay tuned.

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Christian Bale Top Choice to Play Steve Jobs in Biopic Written by Aaron Sorkin


Director David Fincher, who is in talks to direct the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs biopic based on Water Isaacson’s biography, is hoping to cast Christian Bale in the leading role as Steve Jobs, reports TheWrap.

Though Fincher has not yet officially signed on to direct the film, he has allegedly said that he will take on the project if Christian Bale plays Steve Jobs. Bale has not been approached about the possible role, but he has reportedly been a front runner for the position due to his undeniable resemblance to Jobs.

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While Steve Jobs is a long way from Batman, Bale has been considered a prime contender to play the tech superhero since the project was first announced due to his physical resemblance to the Apple co-founder.

Bale has not been approached to play Jobs yet, as the actor is taking a step away from the business to spend time with his family now that he has wrapped the role of Moses in Ridley Scott’s “Exodus,” which is expected to have him back in the awards conversation after “American Hustle.”

David Fincher, who may direct the yet unnamed biopic, was the director behind The Social Network, another Silicon Valley-based film that won three Academy Awards and was nominated for five more, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Sorkin completed the script for the upcoming Jobs movie back in January, and the film is said to take place across three continuous 30-minute scenes at three different Jobs-led product launches.

The movie, which is still in the casting stages, has no set launch date at the current time.

    



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Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case; Tough is only the Beginning [Review]


Over the years I, like many of you I am sure, have acquired a plethora of memory cards. Everything from full size, to mini to micro. Having so many different devices dictates having a couple different card types and sizes. You need one for your digital camera, your phone and your tablet. Assuming your tablet and phone take a card. A more recent problem that I faced was where to keep the ones that weren’t currently in use.  Leaving them in a pile on my desk didn’t seem safe and I know I have already lost a couple smaller 8GB cards because of it. That lead me to look for a solution not just for storing the cards while I was home, but also a safe and reliable way to transport them for travel. Until I started looking I had no idea that anything even existed. Enter the Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case.

Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case Review

What’s in the Box

  • The Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case

Yes, that is all. Really, what else does it need to have? I would have had to laugh a little if there would have been instruction on how to open the case and place your cards inside.

The card case measures in at 5.55 x 3.27 x 0.85 -inches (140.97 x 83.05 x 21.59 mm) when closed and weighs 0.22 lbs ( 3.52 oz) when empty. Not that a few memory cards will make it weigh much more.

The exterior is a smooth black finish, made from polycarbonite resin. You will find the Pelican logo on the top along with a nice little “OPEN” and arrow on the back. To open the case you flip the latch on the side which clicks down pretty tight.

Inside you have space for all your card storage and travel needs. Both sides offer a 2 x 3 configuration cut into stiff black rubbery foam. On the left you have space for 6 Mini SD Cards and 6 full size SD cards. They conveniently stack on top of each other.

Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case ReviewOn the right side you have 6 micro SD card spots with space for 6 more full size SD cards. The grand total is 12 SD cards, 6 Mini SD cards and 6 Micro SD Cards.

Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case ReviewYou will also notice a rubber seal on the inside around the rim. Pelican designs their products to be tough, to be protective and to look great. This rubber seal is in place to help protect the cards from any outside dust or water. Yes, the case is water resistant, but a specific warning on the packaging says

“NOT TO BE USED WHILE SWIMMING OR SUBMERGING”

While it might be ‘water resistant, it isn’t designed for diving. It does float and I pushed it under in the sink a few times without issue.

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Performance

Unlike most reviews that i do that involve sound, battery life or picture quality, this is just a case. It does its job.

The latch on the front locks down tight, but isn’t impossible to re-open. All the card holder slots are form fitting and just slightly smaller than any of the actually cards. It applies just enough foam pressure to the sides of the cards to keep them from falling out and flopping around inside the case. I did flip it over a few times and hit on my hands to see if I could shake the cards loose.

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What I like about the Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case

I love how it looks and feels. It feels solid and secure and gives me a sense of security that the cards won’t get outside influential damage and also that I know where all the cards are at all times. I love that the case stacks the cards inside. They really used all the available space inside to give you as much space to carry as many cards as you might need.

What I don’t like about the Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case

This is a tough one. I think Pelican could do two things differently that would make this perfect, not that it isn’t already perfect. I would like to see them offer a full size and micro only version of the case. After all, it is just a glued in rubber foam insert. Would be simple to toss another model number on it and offer 12 Micro SD slots and 12 full size SD slots. The only reason being that I have had and still have no need or use of mini SD cards. The 6 mini SD slots will go unused.

I also don’t like the strap slot on the top side of the case. It didn’t come with anything to slip through it. I would think it would be for a keyring loop that you could then clip a carabiner through, maybe an attachable ring in the packaging would be nice.

Overall thoughts

You might think the few things I didn’t like are a little over critical. You would be right, they are. The Pelican 0915 Memory Card is a great case and a great product. This is going to be a great case for keeping all my cards safe in one location and not spread out in various drawers. It is going to be a a great travel and camping companion that will easily protect the cards and keep me from loosing them.

I know there are a number of solutions out there that offer various things like spring loaded side slots in a credit card sized case, but that won’t always be good enough for some people. Especially if you consider the cost of some of these higher end cards like the 128GB SanDisk at $120. Not to mention protecting the data that might already be stored on the cards you have.

If you are thinking the Pelican 0915 Memory Card Case is exactly what you have been needing, with summer on the way it should be needed soon, then you should pick one up. Seriously, for $17.49 it is hard not to have one if you have a few cards just sitting around.

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U.S. Cellular Galaxy S5 Pre-Orders Start March 21st: Special In-Store Previews Too


Hot on the heals of AT&T’s announcement for pre-orders is U.S. Cellular. Starting tomorrow, March 21st, they will start the wonderful pre-ordering for the Samsung Galaxy S5. They will be launching it at the same $199.99 price point. The device will be available in either the Charcole Black or Shimmery White color variety. As an added bonus, anyone that pre-orders the galaxy S5 will also receive a $50 Google Play Store Gift card.

Samsung Galaxy S5If you happen to live in Cedar Rapids Iowa or Madison/Milwalkie/Glendale Wisconsin, then you can head to one of the physical store listed below on March 24th to get up close and personal with the Galaxy S5 and the new Gear line of smartwatches too.

  • 2315 Edgewood Rd., Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 4444 1st Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 101 Junction Rd., Madison, Wis.
  • 740 N. Water St., Milwaukee, Wis.
  • 5670 N. Port Washington, Glendale, Wis.

U.S. Cellular will have the Galaxy S5 available for in-store purchase starting April 11th.

The pre-order page link is active, but the page isn’t live just yet. So be sure to bookmark it and go hit it in the morning and get your order in.

 

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