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Google, FIDO Alliance team up for USB powered 2-step security verification

  • 22/10/2014 at 15:52 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleThose who are looking for a more intensive security verification process than the usual 2-step model can now add in a physical key to the mix. Google has been the latest to join up with FIDO Alliance, in order to provide a USB powered key that uses the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protection method.

Google already has a standard two-step verification that sends a code to your mobile phone through a text message. That allows you to confirm an unfamiliar device, and gain access to your account if it has been locked for suspicious activity. But that can theoretically be bypassed, such as through cloning a phone and intercepting their text messages. It is a far way to go, but not impossible.

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Apple event brings us the iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3 and new iMac

Apple iPad Air 2 iPad Mini 3Apple held their event this week and three new long awaited products have been announced: the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 3, and a new iMac that boasts a Retina 5K display.

While the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have managed to gain a whole lot of attention both before and after their release, there was plenty of speculation to go around about the California based Apple Event this week. Most of us managed to guess what was on the agenda for a release, but now we know for sure.

The iPad Air 2 is probably the biggest news, making it the most important tablet release from Apple for awhile. A close second is the iPad Mini 3, followed by the new Retina update of the iMac’s display.

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Google officially announced Nexus 6 phone, Nexus 9 tablet, with preorders starting in October

Google Motorola Nexus 6Google has announced the latest in their Android line with the Nexus 6 smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet. Both will be launched in November, with preorders beginning in late October (for the Nexus 6), and October 17 (for the Nexus 9).

The two devices are collaborations between three companies, Google, Motorola (Nexus 6), and HTC (Nexus 9). Both are an attempt to provide “more screen” as their major incentive, as media viewing capabilities become all the more important to consumers.

You can bet that a big drive for this sudden release is the iPhone 6 Plus, and the promise of a new iPad Air 2 that has only just been leaked. The need to take a slice out of the market, especially right now before the iPad’s actual sale, is important. But will the move pay off?

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HBO announces streaming service for 2015, without cable subscription

HBO LogoHBO has announced official plans for launching a web only streaming option for people who want access to their premium content, without paying for a cable subscription to get it.

We all know that people who want to watch shows from networks they aren’t subscribed with will find a way. But the sheer number of people who choose to do so is causing a certain shakeup in the cable community as a whole.

True, there are still plenty of people who subscribe to cable. But with services like Netflix rising to prominence (and now providing their own produced shows that are highly regarded and acclaimed), cable networks have no choice but to start taking notice.

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Scientists are working to create 2-minute Li-Ion charging batteries

  • 14/10/2014 at 17:32 by It's a Gadget Staff
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Girl PhoneScientists at the Singapore based Nanyang Technology University have made a next step breakthrough in battery technology. They have created batteries that can recharge to 70% in just two minutes, and which last an estimated twenty years before degrading.

As devices of all types become increasingly more sophisticated, an problem plagues the consumer technology industry: how can they be powered? One of the biggest complaints from smartphone users, for example, is the short battery life, and how often they have to be charged. A more recent call for batteries in electric vehicles, which offer a real alternative to gas guzzling models, has been heard across the world. Which is where this latest project was based.

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AMPY Kickstarter promises green energy alternative to mobile device charging

AMPY Green Mobile ChargerA new Kickstarter product called AMPY is bringing a method of charging your smartphone through green energy right into the hands of consumers. It is a small, wearable device that charges smartphones, wearables and more by harnessing the power of your movement.

In the three minute video introducing AMPY, the creators claim that those who live in cities, and so walk more, could get up to three hours of charge from those movements. It is even more if you workout, hike, run, ride a bike, dance, due martial arts, or anything else.

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Google X allegedly working on ‘puzzle piece’ mega screens

  • 03/10/2014 at 22:33 by It's a Gadget Staff
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GoogleGoogle’s ever intriguing secretive operations department, Google X, is allegedly working on giant screens that are made up of smaller ones, which can be connected together to form different sized displays.

People inside of the top secret project say that the idea is to provide small screens that can be built into different sizes and shapes. Once they have been combined into a single screen of the dimensions needed, the image will be seamless and perfectly synced, forming a mega display that can be used for various forms of media.

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