Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for October 28, 2013:
- LG G Flex is all growns up and official now. The curved phone has a 720p, 6-inch display which LG calls IMAX-like proving once and for all that IMAX is now meaningless. A self-healing coating on the back smooths over scratches. Along with the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM and 13 MP camera, the nicest thing may be the 3500 mAh battery. The G Flex comes to South Korea in November with other markets to follow. Read more at arstechnica.com.
- A large structure built on a barge docked in San Francisco bay may become a floating Google data center. Cnet reports that Google, has possibly set up shop on Treasure Island, located between San Francisco and Oakland, and has been building a large structure made from shipping, or cargo, containers on a barge, and it might even be a floating data center, including the fact that Google itself has a patent for such a concept. Google has not responded to multiple requests for comment. Read more at cnet.com.
- Apple's good at a lot of things, but apparently it can't wrap its head around daylight saving time. AppleInsider reports that a number of iOS 7 users found that their devices are displaying the time incorrectly inside the iOS calendar app. The good news is the issue doesn't seem to affect alarms or calendar events from sounding at their correct times. Read more at theverge.com.
- Nielsen has been testing new ratings that take into account mobile viewing and now has announced a wider rollout along with an SDK for participating broadcasters coming in mid-November. The system monitors DVRs, Internet-connected TVs, tablets, smartphones and browsers and relies on Facebook, among others, to match demographic information. The tech also includes audio watermarks and metadata. Read more at engadget.com.
- Ah, the Nexus 5. leaked photos, a leaked video and product shots have already accidentally published to Google Play, so we know Google’s new smartphone is coming soon, but the wait could be over by November 1 — according to the latest leak from @evleaks- tweeted a photo of a Nexus 5 with a white back panel and a reference to November 1. It’s unclear if that might be the announcement date, or the retail launch of the device — which has also been rumored for a October 31 press conference. Read more at thenextweb.com.
- We don't cover enough writing instruments on this show and we're about to fix that. Livescribe introduced a new smartpen called the Livescribe 3. Unlike previous versions, the Livescribe 3 is a lot sleeker and now pairs with a new app from Livescribe instead of using Evernote integration. Notes you write are digitized and are searchable. Right now, the app is iOS only, with Android support coming soon. The Livescribe 3 costs about $150. Read more at theverge.com.
- A company called Vicarious claims to have created software capable of accurately filling in CAPTCHAs, those frustrating login puzzles that are supposed to separate humans from bots. Vicarious claims it has cracked CAPTCHAS at Google, eBay and Paypal all in an effort, not to become a monster spammer, but to show that the Vicarious Recursive Cortical Network is sophisticated enough to hang with other AI’s like IBM’s Watson. Read more at wired.co.uk.
- The Nvidia Shield is getting some big upgrades thanks to an over-the-air update. The Shield gets Android 4.3 and GameStream is now out of beta. The handheld also supports a new console mode where you can attach the Shield to your TV and a wireless controller to play Shield games on your big screen. Read more at theverge.com.
- US Attorney Paul Fishman announced Lauri Love, 28 of Stradishall, Suffolk, England has been charged with one count of accessing a U.S. department or agency computer without permission, and one count of conspiracy. Love was arrested Friday by UK’s National Crime Agency in connection with a separate investigation. Love is accused of accessing networks for the U.S. Department of Defense's Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and NASA among others. Read more at reuters.com.
- Samsung just signed a deal with the NBA. The terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but the Wall Street Journal reports it is a three-year, $100 million deal. NBA officials will use Samsung tablets to review plays and Samsung devices will gain access to recaps and analysis of NBA action. Read more at bloomberg.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for October 28, 2013.