WSJ and NYT accuse Chinese hackers of infiltrating their newsgathering systems

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WSJ and NYT accuse Chinese hackers of infiltrating their newsgathering systems

And the saga continues. Just a year after Bloomberg News was reportedly targeted by Chinese hackers, both The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have independently published reports suggesting that they too are being probed. Both organizations seem to think that it’s all part of a larger scheme, with Chinese hackers sifting through newsgathering systems of outlets that are reporting on touchy subjects. As the Times puts it: “The attacks appear to be part of a broader computer espionage campaign against American news media companies that have reported on Chinese leaders and corporations.”

When asked about such a possibility, China’s Ministry of National Defense (unsurprisingly) denied the allegations, noting that “to accuse the Chinese military of launching cyberattacks without solid proof is unprofessional and baseless.” As it stands, the FBI is already looking into various attacks of this nature, but strangely, the hacking attempts aren’t being universally viewed as malicious. Paula Keve, chief spokeswoman for Dow Jones & Co., stated: “Evidence shows that infiltration efforts target the monitoring of the Journal’s coverage of China, and are not an attempt to gain commercial advantage or to misappropriate customer information.” As you’d expect, both outfits are stepping up security in a major way in hopes of fending off any future attempts.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times

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Google tweaks Google+ and Play Music apps for Android

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Google tweaks Google and Play Music for Android

Nobody can accuse Google of being lax with its recently-booming social network or Play Music Android player, as updates seem to be arriving at healthy intervals. Another one just dropped for each that fixes a Galaxy SIII freezing issue in Music, while adding instant mixes beyond 25 songs, the ability to shuffle by album, artist or playlist, new default album art and others for that app. Meanwhile, Google+ has added linking to new posts, a revised notification tray and more community moderation features. Those will make an automatic appearance on your device if your settings are in order — if not, check the source for more info.

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Via: Fone Arena, Phone Arena

Source: Google Play (1), (2)

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Totally blow out the big game! Super Bowl XLVII

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After a long season, it’s finally time for Super Bowl XLVII, and just as the players and coaches get ready for the big event in New Orleans, we’re set on making sure you have everything you need to experience the event at home. While handy apps like Google Maps can help out ticket-holders with indoor maps of the Superdome, we’ve got the directions to follow in your own living room. In the modern age, game-day viewing is a mess of remotes, controllers, laptops, phones and now tablets — make sure you’re not showing down for the big event and follow us after the break.

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Transporter now shipping to Kickstarters, on pre-sale from retailers

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Late last year Connected Data’s Transporter, a private peer-to-peer storage solution, was revealed to the world through a Kickstarter campaign. Shortly thereafter we got to see the thing in person, and today those who funded Transporter will be happy to know that the company has begun fulfilling those orders. Not only that, folks who didn’t go the Kickstarter route can pre-order a Transporter (or two) from Adorama and Datavision currently, an you’ll be able to get one from Amazon, B&H Photo, J&R or PC Mall in the very near future. Interested? Prices start at $199 should you wish to supply your own 2.5-inch HDD, but those who don’t want to go the BYOD route can get a 1TB drive thrown in for 100 bucks more, and a 2TB version can be had for $399.

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Sony confirms its My Xperia smartphone recovery service, starts limited trials

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Sony confirms its My Xperia smartphone recovery service, starts limited trials

Sony piqued its fair share of interest when it trademarked the My Xperia name for an online service — what could it do in the cloud that it hadn’t already done? Tracking lost devices, it seems. The now-official My Xperia service trial gives Sony phone owners the equivalent to a recovery tool like Find My iPhone or the early form of HTCSense.com, letting them pinpoint a missing Xperia and ping it, lock it down or wipe at least some of its data. Be ready for a very gradual launch, however. The very first wave of tests involves just Xperia acro S users in Nordic countries, and the trial will expand only to 2012 smartphones in the region that are still running Android 4.0. Those of us further abroad will have to wait for the eventual worldwide expansion if we want to easily find that Xperia S buried between the couch seats.

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Via: Sony, Android Central

Source: My Xperia

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Engadget Mobile Podcast 168 – 01.31.13

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Wonder why that incessant honking stopped, and why all those folk are suddenly deeply asleep? That’s because BlackBerry 10 finally arrived. So guess what, a large scoop of today’s Mobile Podcast is about exactly that. But, because we love you, you get more than one scoop. Listen in to find out what the other flavors are.

Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen

Guests: Joseph Volpe, Terrence O’Brien

Producer: James Trew

Music: TychoCoastal Brake (Ghostly International)

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Samsung buys five percent stake in stylus-maker Wacom, strikes manufacturing deal

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You don’t have to look much further than the millions of Galaxy Notes sold to realize that Samsung is serious about the stylus, but the company’s now made that commitment clearer than ever by buying a piece of Wacom. It’s not the biggest of investments for a company of Samsung’s size, but the $58.9 million its laid out will give it a five percent voting stake in the company, and a further in with what is what is one of the world’s leading stylus makers. According to Wacom, its share of the global pen tablet market stands at a whopping 85 percent, and its sales of its components for use in smartphones and tablets have nearly doubled from 2011 to 2012. As for where the new cash infusion will be put to use, Wacom says that by March of 2014 the entire net amount raised from the sale of shares will be invested in “product development and manufacturing and supply system enhancements for products to be supplied to Samsung Electronics,” adding that it aims to “expand its relationship” with Samsung even further.

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Via: Phone Arena

Source: Wacom (PDF)

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