Box for Android scores new sharing and media playback options

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Box for Android scores new sharing and media playback options

Box subscribers that are enjoying the cloud service on an Android handset or slate can’t complain about lack of updates to the app, and the same goes for those on one of the other platforms. Today, however, it’s Box for Android that’s on the receiving end of some more practical and valuable features, with version 2.1.5 bringing additional options to the app’s shared link permissions and the ability to (finally) preview media files. It’s worth nothing, though, that while all users can sample audio recordings on the go, the video feature, on the other hand, will only be available to folks with a Box Enterprise account — and mum’s the word on whether or not we can expect that to change at some point in the future. Either way, we’ll leave you with the vid after the break for now, which lets all interested (and curious) parties see the new bundle in action before they potentially get going with the download.

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Via: Android Central

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BlackBerry 10 ‘R-Series’ QWERTY images leak out, imply a Curve successor in the making

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BlackBerry 10 'RSeries' QWERTY images leak out, imply a Curve successor in the making

If BlackBerry’s Z10 and QWERTY-keyboard equipped Q10 aren’t enough for you, how about a successor to the venerable Curve series? This image popped up on the BlackBerryOS forums and purports to be an “R-Series” device that will fill the lower-end hole in the lineup, with 8GB storage, less RAM, the QWERTY keyboard you see and side mounted SIM and SD card slots. Meanwhile, BlackBerry Empire has posted a diagram of the supposed device which shows off the externally accessed ports and suggests a $300 – $400 off-contract price. The screen’s blurred edges can be explained by the placement of serial numbers seen on earlier BlackBerry 10 developer units, however we may not know if there’s truth to this rumor until the supposed Q3 / Q4 release window arrives.

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Via: NerdBerry

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Harvard lets human minds control rats, private rodent armies remain distant (video)

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Harvard links human and rat minds, Pied Piper no longer required

Sure, we’ve seen rats control other rats, but that won’t give us a legion of mind-controlled creatures to unleash upon an innocent public, will it? Harvard Medical School may unwittingly assist with solving our (rather misguided) plight, as it just experimented with a system that lets a human mind trigger actions in a rat’s motor cortex. The test had sensor-equipped humans watch a screen that flashed in sync with their EEG brain patterns for visual stimulation; as soon their attention shifted to controlling the rat, they triggered an ultrasonic pulse that twitched the rodent’s tail. There’s a few problems with the implementation beyond the obvious lack of autonomy for the poor target creature, though. The rat’s anaesthetized state likely affected the results, and the system isn’t currently sophisticated enough to map specific thoughts to corresponding actions. The Harvard team is working to refine the technology, however, and there may be a day when we can satisfy our megalomania… or at least, put the Pied Piper on notice.

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Via: New Scientist

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Chrome 27 beta wrings out more speed, streamlines HTML5 input

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It’s like clockwork, really. Chrome 26 has barely hit the stable track, and Google is already posting a Chrome 27 beta for desktops and Android devices to show what’s next. Apparently, that future centers mostly on raw efficiency: Google has eked out an average 5 percent speed boost through a more aggressive resource scheduler. It also has a simpler interface for date and time forms on HTML5 pages. Most of the other upgrades coddle developers, such as the introduction of live audio input for the Web Audio API and an offline storage API for Chrome Web Store apps. There’s no mention of Blink, so those who were expecting rapid adoption of the web engine beyond Chromium will be disappointed — even so, it’s good enough that we could see internet Guinea pigs giving the release a try.

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Via: Chromium Blog

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Cablevision’s Optimum for iPad app adds streaming even when users are away from home

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Cablevision's Optimum for iPad app update adds streaming even when users are away from home

It’s been about two years since Cablevision introduced its Optimum for iPad app that brought its live TV channels streaming to the tablet, and now it’s finally ready to offer the feature even when users are away from their home WiFi network. That ability is coming in an update rolling out tonight, however currently it only applies to the News 12, News 12 Traffic & Weather & MSG Varsity channels. All of those are at least partially owned by Cablevision, which should help it avoid the sort of legal challenges suffered by its initial rollout. Other tweaks in version 3.1 include improved guide info for shows, the ability to delete multiple recordings and an indicator when scheduling an in-progress recording. Of course, most subscribers will want to stream other, more popular channels to their mobile devices and PCs no matter where they are — we’ll see if they start popping up soon, and how quickly the lawsuits fly afterwards.

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DEA says it can’t intercept iMessage chats

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DEA says it can't intercept iMessage chats, BlackBerry says hello

Apple mentioned back in 2011 that iMessage used encryption to safeguard conversations, but we’ve never had an exact understanding of how deep the security layer goes. It’s deep enough to stymie interception attempts at the DEA, according to an intelligence note gleaned by CNET. The agency warns its staff that it’s “impossible” to tap the messages through usual methods — great for privacy, but a worry for law enforcers. There isn’t much that officials can do, either, short of discovering a clever in-the-middle attack or enacting proposed changes to the law that would mandate backdoor access. And before you ask: BlackBerry Messenger isn’t necessarily as secure. While BES-based BBM chats are largely locked down, there’s a common encryption key for all BlackBerrys that makes it relatively easy to crack regular BBM discussions. We wouldn’t assume that any digital communication is completely private, but iMessage may have come closer to the target than most.

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Samsung’s estimated profits for Q1 top $7.7 billion on the eve of the Galaxy S 4

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As it’s known to do, Samsung Electronics has released early estimates for its quarterly earnings and Q1 of 2013 was another good one for the company. According to reports, its operating profit is expected be around 8.7 trillion won ($7.7 billion), pushed by sales of its current smartphone lineup even as its new standard bearer, the Galaxy S 4, waits in the wings. The projections slot in lower than its record setting $8.27 billion Q4 2012, but still up significantly from last year’s $5.16 billion operating profit for the same period. More detailed breakdowns by division will be available in the full report April 26th, but we’re getting the idea they’re doing just fine.

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Source: Reuters, Yonhap News, Bloomberg

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