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Tumblr gets two-step verification, makes your GIFs more secure

If you’ve scrolled through Tumblr lately and thought to yourself, “Hey, this could use some added security,” the blogging platform has your back. Today the outfit announced that it’s adding two-step authentication as a means of keeping your account safe. Authentication codes are sent either via a text message or an app like Google’s Authenticator, and work akin to basically every other service that uses them: simply input the code with the rest of your login credentials and you should be good to go. Tumblr says that the verification process won’t interfere with using the mobile apps, but you’ll need to create a one-time password via your account settings page in order to sign in on your device. From the sounds of it, this shouldn’t take any longer than finding your next favorite Emma Stone GIF might.

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Via: TechCrunch

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Mozilla puts mobile first with new CEO

Nearly a year after Gary Kovacs announced he’s stepping down as Mozilla’s CEO, and the company’s board of directors has finally appointed a new leader: former CTO Brendan Eich. Eich has been involved with Firefox from the very beginning, having invented Javascript back in 1995 when he was an early developer for Netscape Navigator. As Mozilla’s new CEO, Eich’s not only responsible for Firefox as a web browser, but also as a mobile operating system. To that end, Eich has brought on Li Gong, who’s been instrumental in building up Firefox OS, as Mozilla’s new COO. Indeed, in an interview with CNET, Eich has said that Firefox OS is his highest priority. His goal right now is to get Firefox-powered handsets in as many hands as possible, especially the $25 ones. As the company isn’t even ready to sell its handsets in the US just yet however, Eich certainly has his work cut out for him.

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Source: CNET,, Mozilla


Expand NY happens in November, but you can buy tickets for it RIGHT NOW

If you didn’t make it to Expand SF or Expand NY 2013, we won’t hold it against you, but the truth is, you missed out. Don’t make the same mistake again. The third edition of Expand is happening in New York City this fall, and you can buy your tickets to attend immediately. Twenty bucks gets you a two-day pass to all the festivities, and students get in the door for half that — of course, we have individual day passes available, too, and you can get the full rundown of your ticketing options right here.

What do your dollars buy you? Only access to some of the coolest people and technologies on the planet. We’re talking giant robots, virtual reality demos and even workshops to teach you how to hack together your very own gadgets! Plus, you’ll get to hang out with fellow tech-heads and your favorite Engadget editors, too. So, check out the Expands of the past, then go grab your tickets to the future. You’ll be glad you did.

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Google Now Officially Comes to Chrome for Desktop [Mac Blog]

Back in January, Google began testing integration of its Google Now personal assistant service with its Chrome browser for the desktop. The feature, which allows users to receive notifications for such topics as weather, traffic, and events and can tap into device location, first appeared in the experimental Chrome Canary builds and gradually worked its way through Chrome’s testing phases, and Google today has announced that it is beginning to officially go live for all users.

Starting today and rolling out over the next few weeks, Google Now notifications will be available to Chrome users on their desktop or laptop computers. To enable this feature, simply sign in to Chrome with the same Google Account you’re using for Google Now on Android or iOS.

Additional information on setting up Google Now for Chrome is available in Google’s help pages.



Only One of Two Larger iPhone 6 Models Likely, According to Analyst

iphone_5s_touch_idApple may only launch one of two larger size iPhones this fall, according to UBS analyst Steve Milunovich. Barron’s relays the research note, which is based on Milunovich’s “checks” of the supply chain.

iPhone 6 rumors have repeatedly suggested that Apple is working on two new sizes for the iPhone. Predictions most commonly include 4.7″ and 5.5″ sizes, up from the current 4″ screen of the iPhone 5S. Milunovich’s report agrees that Apple is working on those same two models, but isn’t sure both will launch:

… an “iPhone 6” is most likely to come in August or September, rather than June, in two different models, one with a 4.7-inch screen, one with a 5.5-inch screen. He thinks the former, the smaller of the two, “seems certain,” but that the 5.5-inch model “may or may not launch at the same time and could be of the same resolution (lower pip), which would help app developers.

The analyst pegs the launch date for the next iPhone to be in August or September, but the release of the 5.5″ model is less certain.

One additional detail he provides is that the 5.5″ model may carry the same resolution as the 4.7″ model. Not much has been said of the display resolution of these rumored large form factor iPhones. We haven’t previously seen many reports from UBS analyst Steve Milunovich, so don’t have much of a sense for his track record. iPhone 6 leaks will continue to accelerate as Apple gets closer to production.



‘Apple TV Air’ Concept Imagines a Simple HDMI Dongle [iOS Blog]

With rumors of a revamped Apple TV circulating over the past few months, German magazine Curved has been exploring some concepts to help get discussion rolling, beginning earlier this month with a new box similar to the current one but with styling similar to Apple’s latest iOS devices and with a versatile iPod touch-like remote.

In its latest concept, Curved follows the trend of Google’s Chromecast, Roku’s Streaming Stick, and Amazon’s rumored device to picture the next Apple TV as a simple dongle that plugs into an HDMI port on the back of the user’s television set.

apple_tv_air_concept_1“Apple TV Air” concept (bottom) size comparison with current Apple TV and remote (top)
The concept envisions the “Apple TV Air” package containing two similarly sized devices: the dongle with a cap for the HDMI connector and a separate remote offering the same button configuration as on the current Apple TV remote. Both devices would be made of plastic to allow for a Bluetooth wireless connection to control the dongle hidden away behind the television set.

apple_tv_air_concept_2“Apple TV Air” dongle plugged into HDMI port
Apple has been rumored to be exploring a number of enhancements to the Apple TV, including enhanced game support that could see the launch of an App Store for the device. Apple has also been rumored to be looking at integrating AirPort base station functionality for the next Apple TV. Depending on how aggressive Apple wants to be with the new device’s capabilities, it may be a stretch for the company to fit all of the necessary components into a dongle, but Curved‘s concept serves as a good focal point for discussion about directions Apple could take.



Google Now notifications come to all Chrome users

Google on Monday confirmed that Google Now notifications will be available to anyone running Chrome on a desktop or laptop. Rolling out over the next few weeks, an update to Chrome will bring all of your favorite and helpful cards to your browser. All you have to do is log into Chrome with the same username that you’re working with on your smartphone and/or tablet. Look for these cards to hit your notification tray over the next couple of weeks.


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LG introduces Smart Lamp that communicates with your Android

Just like Phillips, LG is also planning to release its first ever smart light bulb as well, and it will be known as LG Smart Lamp; I am sure Edison will be proud of LG right now. LG didn’t tell us when they will start shipping it, but we know that it will retail for $32/35,000 Korean won, which is really affordable compared to Phillips Hue. About the bulb, it is is a low-voltage bulb that is said to be 80% power efficient than typical incandescent bulbs.

Now lets talk about the best thing of the LG Smart Lamp. The bulb is compatible with Android, which means you can control the functions of the lamp with the help of an app on your smartphone. The app works with devices Android 4.3 and above, and it will connect with your device via Bluetooth connection. LG claims that the lamp will work for 10 years based on a usage estimate of five hours per day.

And about some of the functions of the lamp; you can control the brightness of the light with your smartphone, there’s  a “security mode” that will let you schedule the smart lights to turn on and off at specific times, plus it will start flashing when you are getting a call on your smartphone.

Are you impressed by LG Smart Lamp? Let us know in the comment box below.

Source: LG

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Google releases Photowall app “experiment” for Chromecast

Google has just released their latest interactive photo gallery, Photowall.  Photowall lets your friends collaborate and display images in real time on the TV.

You can create a Photowall from your laptop, phone or tablet. Once you’re set up, you and your friends can start sending photos directly to the big screen. When you’re finished, a YouTube video of your Photowall is automatically generated, which is perfect for sharing with everyone who took part. Let us know what you think!

Source: Chrome Experiments

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Samsung SD and Micro SD Cards On the Cheap, 16GB for $10

Amazon has this really cool Gold Box Deal of the Day section where you get the chance to snag something for a great discounted price for just one day. Today’s Gold Box Deal is one after my own heart. Today only, you can save up to 65% on select Samsung SD and Micro SD cards. By select, we mean the higher end Plus and Pro versions that are UHS-1 class 10 rated cards.

Samsung Micro SD Cards DealThe PLUS version cards offer transfer speeds up to 48MB/s while the PRO versions can hit up to 70MB/s. The sale currently covers 16, 32 and 64Gb versions of the PLUS and the PRO cards in the micro SD size format. As well as 16 and 32GB PLUS cards in full size SD format and 16, 32 and 64GB capacities in the PRO version full size SD.

Hit the various links to Amazon below to go check them out and score some storage space. (Listed is a one card of each the PLUS, and PRO versions, when you click through you can choose your storage size.

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