NSA Reportedly Exploited Heartbleed for 2 Years, but NSA Denies

5:47 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

When system administrators scrambled earlier this week to patch a serious security flaw in the SSL protocol, they assumed it was to protect against hackers and criminals from gathering user names, passwords, and other pieces of sensitive data on the Interent. News surfaced on Friday afternoon, however, that said the NSA knew about the flaw almost as soon as it was introduced into OpenSSL, and had been exploiting it ever since -- a point the NSA flat-out denies.

Apple’s iTunes: Ample Demonstration of Harvard’s Law

5:15 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

Particle Debris

Havard's Law states: "Under the most rigorously controlled conditions of  pressure, temperature, volume, humidity, and other variables, the organism will do as it damn well pleases."
Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to Apple customers, iTunes and music.

Reeder for Mac Back as Public Beta

1:30 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

The popular Mac RSS reader app Reeder is back as a public beta after disappearing from Apple's Mac App Store when Google Reader met its untimely demise. Reeder 2 gives a taste of what's in store for the news reader app, including a redesigned interface, and integration with other services such as Twitter and Facebook.

Monument Valley: Brilliant, Beautiful iOS Game

12:20 PM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

Monument valley review

Monument Valley, a unique iOS puzzle game, is getting lots of hype (and an App Store Editors’ Choice award!). But does it deserve the attention it’s getting? Well, yes. But for more of our thoughts on this illusion-based peach of a game, come on in and read our full review.

Deutsche Bank Initiates AAPL Coverage with $650 Target Price

11:25 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner initiated coverage of Apple's stock on Friday with a US$650 target price, saying the company likely has some surprises in store. Apple hasn't released any new products yet in 2014, but company CEO Tim Cook has said that there would be big announcements throughout the year.

Analyst: Don’t Look for Apple’s Custom Baseband Chips this Year

10:49 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

JP Morgan analyst Rod Hall isn't buying into reports that Apple is ready to dump Qualcomm and use its own custom designed baseband chips in the next iPhone. He thinks Apple is working on its own chips, but that they won't be ready until some time in 2015.

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Baseband chips aren't easy to design, but that doesn't mean Apple isn't working on just that. If so, expect improved battery life and performance from future iPhones and iPads while Qualcomm and other chip makers take a hit to their bottom line.

Google Glass Goes Public for a Day

9:03 AM, Apr. 11th, 2014 ·

Google is ready to expand sales of its Google Glass facetop tech to more than just developers, but only for a day. The Internet search giant plans to let anyone in the United States pony up the US$1,500 for Google Glass on April 15.

Concealable Entertainment Flask: Get Your 8 Bit Drink On!

7:30 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 · · Cool Stuff Found

Ink Whiskey has announced a line of NES-inspired flasks, handy for adding a little value to a beverage. They are available for pre-order now but will ship later in April. These are not actual cartridges, they're made of food-safe plastic and sport some nice blocky labels. This is a done deal, there's no Kickstarter situation where it only exists if enough people pre-order, so there's no pressure. Your options are Super Bar-Hop Bros, CastleVodka, Metal Beer, Legend of Drink, and Drunk Hunt, at US$20 each. Legend of Drink is also available in a gold edition for $65, if you prefer to carry around a slightly flashier pretend NES cartridge. And really, it won't look weird at all that you are carrying around an 8-bit Nintendo game in 2014.

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Apple Adds Features, Fixes Bugs in iMovie with 10.0.3 Update

6:15 PM, Apr. 10th, 2014 ·

iMovie 10

Apple released iMovie 10.0.3 Thursday, an update that includes several feature improvements, as well as a few bug fixes. The company improved event sorting, added fonts options for titles, made it easier to edit a transition, added cropping and rotating tools, and more.