You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours — all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
A US District judge in Manhattan deemed the NSA’s telephone data collection legal, as he saw no evidence was being used in any way other than attempting to foil terrorist plots. Click through for the ruling.
Researchers from Gibson Security discovered a pair of Snapchat security exploits that could reveal private user data. The team claims they originally approached the startup with concerns last August and were ignored. Follow the link for the rest of the story.
Taipei District Prosecutor’s Office concluded its investigation regarding HTC’s ex-lead designer Thomas Chien. Click on through for the saga’s final details.
Oppo N1 owners can now swap its ColorOS for Android, courtesy of CyanogenMod. Click through for more information.
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Holiday shoppers have already been reeling from a breach of Target’s database, and their situation isn’t improving now that Christmas is over. The store chain has confirmed that the perpetrators took encrypted PIN codes, theoretically scoring access to legions of accounts. There is some consolation for affected customers, though. Target notes that the encryption key rests with an outside payment processor; unless the hackers attacked both companies, they won’t have an easy time cracking into the financial data. The reassurances won’t help those who’ve had to replace bank cards in light of the breach, but they do suggest that Target avoided the worst possible outcome.
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We have seen the Sony Z1 Mini passing through the FCC, and the device is already available in Japan as Sony Xperia Z1 F, and in other regions it will be known as the Xperia Z1S or Xperia Z1 Mini probably. Now according to some new leaks, the device will be available in China starting next month.
It is said that Sony will officially revealed it at the Chinese New Year Festival on January 3rd, so we might see the Z1 Mini then. And about its pricing, it is reported to come with a hefty price tag of 4099 Yuan – or almost $675. It is really expensive, but probably it’s because of the selected region. We might see different prices for UK and USA, something around $400 would be fine, no?
The phone is almost just like the Xperia Z1, except it has 4.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720×1080, and a smaller battery. Are you planning to grab one? Let us know in the comment box below.
Didn’t get your Christmas presents in time? You’re far from alone. Seems that both FedEx and UPS greatly underestimated the number of packages that would be passing through their systems this holiday season. More consumers are doing their gift shopping from the comfort and safety of their computers, bombarding our already stretched parcel services — it’s not surprising that something had to give. According to a spokesperson, FedEx handled roughly 275 million packages between Thanksgiving and December 22nd, while the US Postal Service said it saw a 19 percent increase in volume over last year (UPS declined to say exactly how much its expectations were exceeded). While these companies insist that the vast majority of packages were delivered by their promised December 24th deadline, a small portion did not make it in time to be placed under the tree on Christmas morning. Both the delivery companies and retailers are working to repair the damage, but the writing may be on the wall for 2014. The deadline for Christmas orders will undoubtedly be earlier next year, but the more immediate problem will be making things right with consumers this year.
A number of companies, including Amazon and Kohl’s have been proactive in addressing the situation. The former is refunding associated shipping fees and even offering $20 gift cards to those who didn’t receive their packages by the 24th. Kohl’s is contacting customers whose deliveries were delayed and offering to fully cover the cost of items delivered late. Walmart also appears to have suffered at the hands of over-extended delivery companies and is offering customers gift cards (usually $25) as an apology. 1-800-Flowers also saw a small percentage of its orders delayed and is offering $20 refunds, while Groupon is handing out $25 towards a future purchase.
Next holiday may see scaled back promises from both retailers and shipping companies, as well as increased investment in infrastructure, but this year’s issues do not appear to be due to a lack of effort or preparation. UPS workers put in plenty of overtime and even made deliveries on Sunday, but it simply seems that its network was not capable of keeping up with the flood of last minute orders. Amazon also did its best to avoid complications by hiring 70,000 seasonal workers, only to be thwarted by overwhelmed delivery companies. If your packages didn’t arrive on time, you can contact the retailer’s customer service to see what sort of compensation they’re offering. Though, your best bet is to get your Christmas shopping done before December 23rd next year.