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Study: Social networks are making you distrustful and unhappy


Facebook’s 2012 experiment, while controversial, showed that what other people post on social media can alter moods. Apparently, though, that’s not the only thing Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and others of their ilk can do: according to a study by two European researchers, social media could also affect how satisfied people are with their lives. Fabio Sabatini from the Sapienza University in Rome and Francesco Sarracino from STATEC, the government statistics agency of Luxembourg, paired up to crunch data from a huge survey (seriously, there were 50,000 responders) conducted in Italy. That survey asked participants how satisfied they are with their current lives, how often they meet with friends, whether they trust people and what they typically do on the internet.

Based on the answers they got, the duo concluded that people tend to feel more satisfied with their lives and to be more trusting of people if they often meet with friends in person. Obviously, that’s not something you can do through the internet, so those who spend a ton of time on social networks are more inclined to be leery of other people. Sabatini and Sarracino also blame all the discrimination and hate speech online, in particular, for planting the seeds of distrust in social media users. In all, the study finds the overall effect of social networking on individuals to be “significantly negative” despite its power to keep people connected.

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Source: MIT Technology Review

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Sep

Who is the thinnest of them all? The Gionee Elife S5.1 breaks Gionee’s own record for thinnest smartphone



Gionee Elife S5.1When Gionee announced the 5.5mm thick Gionee Elife S5.5, we didn’t think it was possible for anybody to beat that record. Well, as it turns out, somebody can beat it, and that somebody is Gionee themselves. Today, they announced the Gionee Elife S5.1 which is, yes, you guessed it, just 5.15mm thick. For reference, a standard pencil is 7mm, so you have a decent idea of how ridiculous this feat is, and it’s not like Gionee particularly skimped on hardware either – the Elife S5.1 still manages to house a 2,100 mAh battery which is actually pretty impressive given its thickness.

Gionee Elife S5.1The Elife S5.1 looks a little more refined than its predecessor, however it is perhaps necessarily less of a workhorse on the inside. While the Elife S5.5 managed to cram a quadcore 1.7GHz processor inside, the Elife S5.1 has understandably had to settle for a quadcore Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB RAM. It also has a 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera, 16GB storage – no microSD though – and runs Android 4.3. Gionee has said the device will start being sold in China this month but other regional availability and pricing has yet to be detailed.


What do you think about a 5.15mm smartphone? Do you think anybody will get thinner than that? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.

Source: CNMO via Phone Arena


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Sep

ILoveU will let your significant other know your affections with just three vibrations



iloveuHave you ever found yourself in a situation where you want to let your significant other know your feelings for them during the day, but don’t want to send another cliche message? Well, ILoveU is here to give you a subtle but meaningful way of connecting with that special someone and letting them know you care without words. The app works very simply – once paired with your lover’s device, linked by anniversary, whenever the fancy takes you the app will send three short vibrations to the other’s device as a subtle reminder that “ILoveU”.

The idea for the app came about when So Many Kittens developer, Jared, wanted to find a way of letting his wife he cared without saying it aloud or making a big deal of it in public. I think it’s great, whether the two of you are in a crowded place and want to give your partner a reassuring gesture, or are at work and simply want to let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s simple, and those three vibrations can convey a message that only your partner will understand.


You can try ILoveU now for free on the Google Play Store; links are provided below. Let us know what you think of the app.


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Sep

This ‘Find My iPhone’ exploit could be to blame for celebrity photo hacks


​We don’t need to rake over the gory details here, but in the last 12 hours, the internet has lost its “you know what” over some leaked celebrity photos. Initial reports suggested that hackers targeted the iCloud accounts of the high-profile victims, and held eager would-be-viewers to ransom on notorious bulletin-board 4chan, demanding Bitcoin in exchange for a peek of the images (reportedly earning a princely $95 for their troubles). As yet though, no one has been able to confirm how the images actually leaked, but some keen programmers think they may have spotted at least one (now fixed) route into accounts.

The potential exploit relates to a project on the code hosting site Github called, imaginatively, ibrute. Just a day before the images leaked, the developers of ibrute announced a bug in the Find My iPhone service means it doesn’t employ bruteforce protection (i.e. an attack can continue using different passwords until the right one if found). The implication is that this could give access to AppleIDs, and from there any number of avenues to compromise accounts become significantly more viable. It’s certainly not the first intrusion issue with the service we’ve seen. If this was the tool used, the hackers would have needed email addresses of celebrities. But, it’s possible that only one address is needed, allowing to search inboxes for those of others in a domino effect.

The good (and either timely, or coincidental) news is, that the same developers have just confirmed this exploit has been patched. For now, however, the code lives on, just now marked as a “proof of concept.” We’ve reached out to Apple for comment, but until there’s any official word either way, this is one feasible possibility. There are of course a number of other possible routes into user accounts (not least the good old fashioned abuse of trust of a close colleague or friend, or romantic interest). What’s unusual here, is the apparent scale of the issue, with numerous celebrities suffering leaks all at the same time.

At the time of writing, Reddit was clamping down on people naming the alleged leakers, and picture hosting site Imgur is pulling any uploads of the images as best it can, 4chan also displayed rare twitchiness, and pulled the original thread. Likewise, with Twitter reportedly suspending accounts that share the images, you might want to think twice before you RT — it’s fair to say, the internet is officially in a spin.

Matt Brian contributed to this report.

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Source: Y-Combinator

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Sep

Apple Not Expected to Ship Reversible USB-Lightning Cable or New Adapter Alongside iPhone 6


Apple will likely not be shipping a new Lighting cable or redesigned USB power adapter alongside the iPhone 6, according to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (via AppleInsider). Kuo notes that he doesn’t expect either accessory to receive design changes when shipped alongside the iPhone 6, noting that”cost concerns” and”limited improvements to overall user experience” are preventing Apple from making such moves.

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The report follows recent leaks of a revamped Lightning cable with a reversible USB connector as well as a revamped power adapter. The new USB adapter is said to be capable of powering all iPhone, iPod and iPad mini models with support for up to 2A of current, twice that of the current adapter shipping with the iPhone.

Last month, third-party vendor Moca.co stated that Apple has yet to move forward with manufacturing orders with the new cable, likely indicating that it will not ship with iPhone 6. However, the company also stated that the redesigned power adapters are in mass production, and could in fact ship with Apple’s new handset.

Apple will unveil the iPhone 6 for the first time next Tuesday, September 9, as any new accessories will likely be announced alongside the device.




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Sep

Apple Finalizes Lineup for 2014 iTunes Festival in London, Starts Tonight [iOS Blog]


itunes_festival_london_2014 Apple has posted its final lineup for this year’s iTunes Festival in London, which starts tonight and now includes acts such as Placido Domingo, SBTRKT, Friend Within, Kate Simko & London Electronic Orchestra, Imelda May and The Mirror Trap. Deadmau5 will headline tonight’s list of opening acts as Placido Domingo will close the show on September 30.

Apple previously announced two separate expansions to its lineup throughout the past month, as artists such as Maroon 5, Pharrell Williams, Lenny Kravitz, Ed Sheeran, and others will account for 30 nights of concerts The Roundhouse throughout this month.

The iTunes Festival begins tonight at 9 PM in the UK and will be broadcast via Apple TV channel, official iOS app [Direct Link], and iTunes Desktop application.




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Sep

‘Summer Lesson’ is the questionable Project Morpheus VR title from the ‘Tekken’ team


Teasing its forthcoming appearance at the Tokyo Game Show later this month, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan revealed a new demo for its prototype VR hardware — with assistance from the creative forces behind the Tekken fighter series. You should probably put all ideas of a first-person punch-em-up aside though, this is very different. Summer Lesson puts the user inside a typical Japanese schoolgirl’s room, where it looks like you just seem to.. chill, interact and hang around, which sounds innocent enough, although there’s certainly a creepy element there just by the premise. The teaser didn’t explain much else, although the Tekken team’s Harada-san was happy to praise the interactivity element of the demo, and the preview video also added some comments about how it felt like someone was really there. We’re expecting to feel suitably embarrassed and awkward when we get to test it out at TGS 2014 in a few weeks — but we’re also hoping to get a better grasp of why the team decided to go with something that could easily be so misconstrued for a very conspicuous, very early Project Morpheus showcase. Take a look for yourself: we’ve posted the entire SCEJ PlayStation press event after the break, and even thoughtfully skipped to the Summer Lesson part, because we’re nice like that.

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Sep

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 poster gets a blurry spotting ahead of 3rd September event



Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 posterIFA 2014 is almost upon us and the usual suspects are looking like they are able to unleash upon the world a whole slew of new and fantastical devices for us to throw our money at. Among the devices, and potentially one of the most anticipated, is the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the latest device in Samsung‘s lineup that it hopes will be a bit more of a success than the Galaxy S5 was. With Samsung’s September 3rd UNPACKED event just around the corner, it’s not surprising to see the alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 4 IFA 2014 poster make an appearance, albeit a blurry one.

I’m not sure how the photo taken, but perhaps the photographer was undercover, hiding in a fish tank. Whatever the case, it does look like this might just be real deal, with the poster claiming the Note 4 has a Quad HD (QHD) display, something we have been suspecting for some time. It also looks like Samsung has done a good job of minimizing the bezels of the device which will help immensely with keeping the device small even with a 5.7-inch display.


Are you excited for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4′s announcement? Let us know your thoughts.

Source: Toranji via Phone Arena


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Sep

The Moto X+1 Gets a Leaked Close Look



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The Moto X+1 should be announced later this week, but TK Tech News got a sort of exclusive look at the new phone, and talked about it in a new video. I myself also made a video about what was shown in the exclusive, and a must say, the successor of the Moto X is looking fancy.


The two images of the Moto X+1 one TK got, were of the front, showing off some lovely wallpaper, and of the butt, showing us a Moto button and the camera sensor. It is stated that this phone will have a power button located on the back that is the Moto logo, which was originally thought to show up in the first phone. The camera will no doubt be heavy duty, and the phone itself will be lined with aluminum. Moto Aware seems to be present in the phone, and this is going by the Moto app that appears on the homescreen. Front-facing speakers are also shown off, which will please a lot of us and I think they should be standard in all devices in the future.

Check out the video below to hear what was found in this new leak. Give us your thought bout the new Moto X+1, and let us know if you plan on purchasing it.


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Sep

The Big Picture: A living sculpture made from ‘programmed’ wooden balls


Hypersonic's Breaking Wave sculpture in action

Let’s face it: with certain exceptions, most sculptures are pretty static and won’t hold your interest for more than a brief glance. You may pay more notice to Hypersonic’s Breaking Wave project, however. Effectively, it’s a “programmed” analog display — an elaborate, centralized motor system pulls 804 wooden balls up and down to create elaborate patterns that you’ll only see if you watch from the right perspective. The size of the drums attached to each ball decide just when and how far they move. Breaking Wave’s owner, Biogen-IDEC, is using the artwork as a commentary on medical science. It’s supposed to show how researchers sift through “billions” of seemingly meaningless data points to create a clearer picture of the human body. It’s a one-of-a-kind design, so you sadly can’t buy one if you’re entranced by the concept. However, you can either check it out in the videos below or swing by Biogen’s office in Cambridge, Massachusetts to see it in person.


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