Android comes to Digital cameras

August 22, 2012 by  
Filed under Digital Photography, News

Google’s idea behind the Android was to have it power any kind of consumer device- from a smartphone to a car entertainment center. Considering how almost all phones have a camera, it is a bit surprising to see an actual dedicated camera using Android release as late as now but Nikon have certainly made that initiative with their Coolpix S800c

This point-and-shoot camera has a 10X optical zoom along with GPS and WiFi capabilities and can do 16 megapixel shots or full-HD 1080p videos. Running over Android 2.3, it would certainly be interesting to see what other capabilities of Android will Nikon utilize- such as posting directly to Facebook/Twitter or apply filters through Instagram. Priced at US$350, the Coolpix S800c will be available in black and white starting next month.

Source: Engadget

The anticlimax to the BlackBerry debacle

October 12, 2010 by  
Filed under Articles, Blogs, Smartphones

Last week was a tense one for Blackberry owners- they weren’t sure if their beloved mobile device will be functioning a week later or not. But signs from Tuesday onwards started pointing towards the positive- that BlackBerry services will continue uninterrupted.

First of all, the prices for BlackBerry devices in the grey market started rising- don’t know where these guys get their information from, but they were obviously on to something. On Wednesday, I called Etisalat for their Blackberry replacement packages but they said that these packages will only be offered IF the ban goes into effect. Then word started spreading on BBM on Thursday and finally, it was made official early Friday that services will continue without any disruptions.

Details of the decisions reached between RIM and TRA are still a bit sketchy. The only thing we know is what was posted on TRA’s website: “The TRA has confirmed that BlackBerry services are now compliant with the U.A.E.’s telecommunications regulatory framework.” Obviously, this means that services prior to the announcement were NOT compliant with the framework. From that, one would deduct that RIM has allowed some kind of access to BlackBerry data to the U.A.E. government- possibly through an encryption key.

Whatever the details are, leaving decisions to the last minute was not necessarily the right way to go. Although I personally don’t personally know anyone who had already sold their Blackberry device, I’m sure that some people must have- at least since there was no official news until the 8th of October- or three days before the ban was supposed to go into effect.

Ideally, RIM and TRA should have kept October 1st as the internal deadline to reach an agreement- or not. This would’ve allowed current Blackberry owners at least ten days to evaluate their next move.

Win two SanDisk Ultra Backup USB 2.0 Flash Drives

February 4, 2010 by  
Filed under Competitions

SanDisk’s Ultra Backup USB not only lets you store files but also comes with a backup button for hassle-free backups. It’s a great way to store your favorite photos, videos, songs and more so that you’ll always have them with you.

This 8GB drive will let you store up to 3,800 songs, 5,700 photos, 18 hours of video or 7,200 Office files.

Thanks to SanDisk, we have two Ultra Backup drives to give away to lucky Tbreakers.

Win a Creative ZEN MX

February 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Competitions

Carrying the signature trademark of its award-winning predecessor the Creative ZEN, the ZEN MX delivers the same feature-packed ultra portability, but is now enhanced with incredible value and convenience of use.

In a dilemma over what songs or movies to upload to your player? Limited media capacity is no longer a problem, for the ZEN MX comes with a built-in SD card slot which enables you access more music, photos and videos in your memory card. Create a new playlist on the go when you import your media content from your SD/SDHC card to your ZEN MX.

Small and lightweight, bringing the ZEN MX around is a breeze as it weighs merely 66g and fits easily into your pocket. Featuring easy plug and play, the ZEN MX allows for easy content management once you connect it to your PC or laptop.

Enjoy true value for money for the ZEN MX also lets you enjoy vivid life-like photos on the 16.7 million color TFT screen. Navigate through the patented ZEN user menu or customize the menu screen to suit your preference as you take in a whole new ZEN experience today!

Thanks to Creative, we have a ZEN MX to give away to a lucky Tbreak reader.

Popular torrent website Mininova forced to go legit

November 30, 2009 by  
Filed under News

One of the largest torrent sites on the net, Mininova, has removed most of its links to copyrighted content. The torrent website complied with a Dutch court ruling from August.

In a statement on its blog, it said, “Today is an important day in the history of Mininova. From now on, we are limiting Mininova.org to our Content Distribution service. By doing so, we comply with the ruling of the Court of Utrecht of last August.

Unfortunately the court ruling leaves us no other option than to take our platform offline, except for the Content Distribution service. According to the verdict (Dutch link) we have to prevent uploads of torrents to Mininova that refer to certain titles or to similar-looking titles. We’ve been testing some filtering systems the last couple of months, but we found that it’s neither technically nor operationally possible to implement a 100% working filter system. Therefore, we decided that the only option is to limit Mininova to Content Distribution torrents from now on. We are still considering an appeal at this moment.”

iPhone worm targets jailbreakers

November 24, 2009 by  
Filed under News

Dutch ISP XS4ALL reports:

There is definitely a new iPhone worm on the loose that attacks Jailbreakers. It has the potential to access your private information and steal your SMS history, as well as phone home to the bad-guys for additional commands to run.

A jailbroken iPhone is an Apple iPhone which has been hacked with special software that lets the user install software which hasn’t been approved, nor is supported, by Apple. Unfortunately, the jailbreaking process is really meant for people with a technical understanding of the process, as well as the risks.

One of the things that most of the jailbreaking tools do is install something known as OpenSSH, which is a programme that lets you remotely access your iPhone using the SSH protocol.

Normal iPhones from authorised resellers do not have this software, and by default there is no way to remotely access the phone. Unfortunately, when you combine the jailbreaking process with a very insecure default password chosen by Apple, the result can be quite damaging to the security of your phone, as well as the privacy of your data.

For the past few days XS4ALL has seen what we believe is possibly a new version of the iPhone worms which have been in the news. A number of customers with jailbroken phones have been found running unknown software on their phones which is trying to compromise other iPhone users at other telecommunications providers. We’re working with as many customers as possible to determine the exact malware responsible, but so far none of the known iPhone worms seems to be responsible.

XS4ALL strongly advises caution against jailbreaking if you are not fully aware of the potential risks to your privacy and security. If you decide to do it anyway, make sure that you follow the instructions on the Internet about how to change the default password.

Win 10 copies of McAfee Total Protection

November 23, 2009 by  
Filed under Competitions, Spotlight

McAfee® Total Protection™ is hassle-free, all-you-need security ideal for people who are constantly online for communication, shopping, banking, trading or viewing entertainment. It features the award-winning McAfee SiteAdvisor® Plus web security tool that warns about and blocks risky web sites. McAfee Total Protection protects your family and entire network of PCs from viruses, spyware, hackers, identity thieves, and online scammers. It also offers parental controls.

McAfee’s security products use award-winning technology, are easy to install, and come with unlimited email and chat assistance. With continuous and automatic updates, McAfee ensures that you’re running the most current security to combat the ever-evolving threats on the Internet.

We have 10 copies of McAfee Total Protection to give away to lucky readers.

Win a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go!

November 22, 2009 by  
Filed under Competitions

Bring the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! to LAN parties, school or work. Simply connect the sound card to any computer and experience immersive 3D audio and EAX effects in your games immediately!

Strategize your battle plan
Let audio be a key element in your game strategy. Take in accurate and precise positional 3D audio over your headphones when deep in battle.

Clear voice chats
Prepare your team for the ultimate showdown. Let every order come through loud and clear. Choose from over 18 different effects and disguise your voice, morph into someone else with our latest VoiceFX feature and hide from the enemy!

No installation CD required
All the drivers you need for a complete Sound Blaster experience are in the Sound Blaster X-Fi Go!

Creative are giving away a Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Go! to one lucky T-break reader.

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