Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for October 07, 2013:
- LG confirmed it will mass produce flexible OLED display panels for smartphones up to 6-inches in size. The panels are 0.44mm thin and weigh 7.2g. While the screens are flexible, built on a plastic substrate instead of glass, they are expected to be built in rigid cases meaning the screen may be bent but will be fixed in one position. So no roll-up phones yet. Read more at engadget.com.
- Samsung is reportedly set to announce a curved display smartphone known as the Galaxy Round as soon as this week, reports Korean news site Asiae. The phone would use a plastic display rather than one made of glass. The Asiae report follows a comment made by a Samsung executive in September confirming such a phone, and Samsung has already filed for a trademark for the Galaxy Round name itself. Read more at cnet.com.
- The Nexus 5 might be the worst kept secret in tech right now. Android Police just found the near-final draft of a 281-page service manual for the Nexus 5 made by LG. The manual sheds more light on the Nexus 5 specs: 16GB or 32GB for storage, an 8MP camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 4.95-inch 1080p display. Android Police took down images of the manual at LG's request, which makes this whole thing sound even more legit. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- The NSA has been working to break the security and anonymity of Internet privacy tool Tor, according to documents Edward Snowden provided to the Washington Post and The Guardian. Tor, which stands for The Onion Router, encrypts traffic repeatedly in layers. The NSA did not break the encryption but succeeded to diverting users into insecure channels by blocking the network, or by 'staining' anonymous traffic as it entered the network allowing them to identify it when it exited. Roger Dingledine one of Tor's principle designers, believes these methods could only be exploited against a relatively small number of users. Read more at washingtonpost.com.
- Twitter is rolling out its "Nielsen TV Twitter Rating" system in the US today after announcing a partnership with TV ratings-tracker Nielsen last year. It will show both the number of tweets mentioning specific shows, and the number of accounts those tweets reach.Nielsen and Twitter aren't saying how many TV networks or advertisers are currently signed up to use the new rating system, but The New York Times notes, Twitter's IPO mentioned television 42 times. Read more at theverge.com.
- There are some new images of the HTC One Max floating around Sina Weibo. The latest pics show a fingerprint scanner that would be placed directly below the rear camera. The pictures are in line with a forum post on Android Central that claims that Verizon staff in the U.S. are being trained on the HTC One Max with a fingerprint sensor. Read more at theverge.com.
- Is the Surface really sold out and if so what does that mean. Wednesday Microsoft claimed pre-order stock of the 64 GB Surface 2 and 256 GB and 512 GB Surface Pro 2 models were close to selling out. Sunday the 128GB Surface Pro 2 listed out of stock but by Sunday night it was back in stock again. Microsoft indicated sell-outs of its original Surface RT as well, but then ended up writing down $900 million in excess Surface tablet inventory in July. Surface Pro 2 and Surface 2 will ship by October 21. Read more at cnet.com.
- Athletes and spectators attending the Winter Olympics in Sochi this coming February should get ready for some hefty surveillance, according to documents shared with the Guardian. For example, Russia's FSB security service plans to take advantage of newly installed telephone and Internet spying capabilities to give free rein to intercept any telephony or data traffic and even track the use of sensitive words or phrases mentioned in emails, webchats and on social media. Read more at theguardian.com.
- The FBI seized the Silk Road online marketplace and 26,000 Bitcoins belonging to Silk Road customers last week. The almost 600,000 Bitcoins held by the site's alleged operator Ross Ulbricht have proved more difficult to take. The FBI has access to the Bitcoin Wallet from Ulbricht but they do not have the private key to open the wallet. Still, that's about 5% of all BitCoins now out of circulation. The FBI has indicated it plans to sell the seized Bitcoins. Read more at theguardian.com.
- Microsoft's facing some backlash over recycling Outlook.com email addresses. Outlook's service agreement says that a user would have to sign periodically every 270 days or that account may be deleted. The user policy says nothing about deleted account names being reused. Microsoft told PC World that after a total of 360 days after deletion, the email account name is made available again. This is causing some privacy concerns similar to when Yahoo announced it was freeing up email addresses for its email service. Read more at thenextweb.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for October 07, 2013.