LG spoils its own surprise by listing metal-clad G3
There are mere hours to go until the LG G3 is officially unveiled, but it seems that LG Netherlands just couldn’t wait that long as it posted a full product page, complete with images, on its website. The listing has since been removed but not before the mistake was noticed and the information revealed to the world. The single most exciting detail to arise from this is that the G3 will apparently have a ‘lightweight metal housing’.
Foxconn to shell out $390 million on 4G player
Apple supplier Foxconn is to buy a stake in Taiwanese mobile telecoms operator Asia Pacific Telecom for T$11.6 billion ($390 million) in a deal that would expand its presence in Taiwan’s fledgling 4G telecoms market. Foxconn would pay T$20 a share for 582.9 million shares in Asia Pacific via a private placement, both companies said in stock exchange filings on Tuesday.
Telstra ‘issue’ hid ADSL availability from rival carriers
The Competitive Carriers Coalition (CCC) has claimed Telstra “discriminate against consumers trying to buy broadband from competitors by incorrectly claiming their telephone lines were unable to provide a service.” The coalition says Telstra applies less stringent tests when its own retail arm seeks access. “As a result, consumers were told they could not get broadband from a competitor, but told they could get it from Telstra,” a CCC spokesentity told The Reg.
UK anti-piracy police take down largest torrent search engine Torrentz.eu
The internet’s largest torrent search engine, Torrentz.eu, has been taken down in the latest attempt by UK police to curb illegal file sharing. The site’s domain was suspended by the registrar of its domain after a request from the UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit. Police have been sending warning letters to the sites for some time. It made a fresh round of requests last week, including to the registrar of Torrentz.eu, and the site was taken down from this morning.
Registry hack enables Windows XP security updates
Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP on 8 April after over 12 years, forcing the hand of a large number of users to switch to a later version of Windows or another OS all together. However, a sizable portion of XP users are still gambling with their safety but now a registry hack has been discovered which will allow the OS to continue receiving updates. Some organisations, who were unable to migrate their OS onto an updated version before support ended, are still receiving updates from Microsoft by paying the tech giant for the security patches and updates. Meanwhile a simple hack will now make it possible for ‘regular’ XP users to receive Windows XP security updates for the next five years.
Avast admits 400,000 accounts hit by forum hack
Roughly 400,000 Avast users’ account details have been compromised, following a cyber raid on the security firm’s forums. Avast Software CEO Vince Steckler revealed the breach in a blog post, confirming around 0.2 percent of the firm’s 200 million users’ details were compromised during the attack. The attack occurred over the weekend and forced Avast to shut down its forum. It is currently unclear how the breach occurred, though Steckler said Avast believes the hackers leveraged a vulnerability in third party software being used to host the forum.
John Lewis picks iBeacons, smart home Sonos rival, and 3D planning start-ups as final partners for JLabs incubator scheme
John Lewis has picked five start-ups for its technology incubator scheme JLab following a heavy round of pitching at Canary Wharf-based FinTech accelerator space Level 39 last week. The retailer, which first revealed its plans to ‘invest in the future’ by partnering with technology entrepreneur Stuart Marks to launch the scheme in March, shortlisted 12 companies from the 30 that pitched to its judging panel on 20 May.
Thomas Piketty accuses Financial Times of dishonest criticism
Thomas Piketty has accused the Financial Times of ridiculous and dishonest criticism of his economics book on inequality, which has become a publishing sensation. The French economist, whose 577-page tome Capital in the Twenty-First Century has become an unlikely must-read for business leaders and politicians alike, said it was ridiculous to suggest that his central thesis on rising inequality was incorrect.
Electronic ‘nose’ for smartphones keeps spoilt food at bay
According to the World Health Organization, 76 million cases of food-borne illnesses occur each year, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths annually. This can be prevented by proper handling of food and ensuring food products are fresh. However, it’s not always that easy to determine whether a food product is already spoilt. Case in point: in the UK alone, seven million tons of food are thrown away each year unnecessarily. However, even some poisonous compounds produced during meat spoilage are actually odourless. This means we humans cannot always rely on our noses to determine if something has already turned bad.