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More Snowden leaks – now we find NSA is scraping data from mobile games

The Guardian and New York Times revealed today that the National Security Agency and its UK counterpart, GCHQ, have been working to take advantage of “leaky” smartphone apps, such as the popular Angry Birds game (which according to the report, was used as a “case study” in smartphone surveillance). According to top-secret documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the apps transmit users’ private data across the Internet which the NSA took steps to “piggyback on” to collect for its own purposes.
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Nvidia announces the Tegra 4 – delivers breakthrough performance for mobile apps

Nvidia has formally introduced the Tegra 4 and specs pretty much match earlier leaks that we reported. Developed under the codname “Wayne”, the Tegra 4 will have 72 Nvidia GeoForce GPU cores giving it six times the graphics processing power of the Tegra 3. The main processor will be a new quad-core variant of ARM's Cortex-A15 CPU, a chip that Nvidia claims "delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps." 4G LTE will be provided by a new fifth-generation Nvidia Icera i500 chipset that is more energy efficient and 40% smaller than its predecessor. Other energy efficiency improvements include a new second-generation battery saver core and PRISM 2 Display technology that reduces backlight power. It should consume up to 45 percent less power than the Tegra 3 and provide up to 14 hours for HD video playback.
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Rechargeable AA battery with USB port for charging or powering mobile devices on the go

This is a cool idea – if it works. A rechargeable AA battery, called Continuance, with a USB port in the side that lets you plug in and recharge or power your smartphone or tablet device on the go. Charge a few of these Continuance batteries up in your battery charger, toss a few in your bag, and you have an emergency power supply ready for a quick boost of energy when your device decides to roll over and die. The device is a “concept” model designed by Haimo Bao, Hailong Piao, Yuancheng Liu and Xiameng Hu. I’m not sure whether the circuitry and port will fit inside the battery casing nor whether the voltage will be able to match the USB spec. Regardless, it’s a great idea that I would love to see come to fruition.
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Sharp begins production of 5 inch 1080p display that is 1.3 times denser than their own leading 720p display

Sharp has started “full scale” production of a new 5 inch 1080p HD (1920 x 1080) smartphone display that sports a whopping 443ppi – higher than anything else on the market (LG’s 440ppi LCD is the closest). Sharp started manufacturing the “LCD panel type 5” last month but Sharp said they are ramping up production through October (which means someone is looking to build a device using the display).
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Barnes and Noble introduce new affordable Android tablets – but you might want to wait for the Windows 8 devices

Barnes and Noble signaled their intent to stay in the race today when they released a set of new aggressively-priced HD Android tablets (surprise, no Windows 8 – yet). 7-inch and 9-inch versions were announced, each with variable RAM configurations. Both are built upon Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and neither is going to disappoint Barnes and Noble fans.
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Why does it take so long to get an Android upgrade?

Google releases a new version of Android and maybe, just maybe, several months later your phone will finally receive the upgrade. Sometimes it takes a year or longer and sometimes your phone never gets upgraded at all. The upgrade process involves several entities – Google of course, the hardware manufacturer of your phone, and your carrier. Here is how that process works.

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