News Fuse for October 9, 2013

Apple

Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for October 09, 2013:

  1. Dear rest of the world, you're getting your iPhones soon. 35 countries will get the iPhone 5S and 5C on October 25th including Liechtenstein, Malta, Reunion Island and French West Indies! And then November 5, sixteen more countries get the two phones including Colombia, Guam and Moldova. Check Apple.com to see if your nation is on the list. Read more at thenextweb.com.

  2. As promised, Samsung has launched a handset with a curved display screen.It's called the Galaxy Round, has a 5.7in display, and is designed to help consumers use some of the features on the phone like checking date, time and missed calls when home screen is off, with more ease. and However, the Round will initially be launched only in South Korea, and there's no information on global launch plans. Read more at bbc.co.uk.

  3. According to AllThingsD's sources, Apple will hold an iPad event on October 22nd. Both the iPad and iPad mini are expected to be refreshed -- the iPad with a design more like the mini and the mini might get a Retina display. AllThingsD says the event will also show off the new Mac Pro and the next version of OS X, Mavericks. Read more at allthingsd.com.

  4. Smartphones of the world beware. Firefox OS is expanding. More countries will get the phone, although Mozilla's not saying which ones. Mozilla also said it's coming to new phones, but won't name those either. They will all get the new FFOS 1.1 which Mozilla WILL admit comes with better app load times, smooth scrolling, new language support, MMS, push notifications and more. When is all this coming? Soon. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  5. Sources tell Reuters that Russian authorities have arrested a man, known in hacking circles as "Paunch," who's believed to be responsible for distributing the software kit known as "Blackhole" that is widely used by cyber criminals to infect PCs. Blackhole is a piece of malicious software that hackers install on web servers that then automatically infect personal computers when users visit a tainted site. A former Russian police detective in contact with Russia's federal government passed along the information about the arrest. Read more at reuters.com.

  6. Last year AMD purchased a startup called SeaMicro that built servers, which confused some people. Well, it looks like that was a good investment because SeaMicro servers will be powering Verizon's cloud computing services. SeaMicro servers will also be behind Japanese telecom NTT Docomo and data centers around the world. Those servers still use ordinary server chips, but SeaMicro's "server fabric" technology let the chips communicate more effectively. The next servers out of AMD and SeaMicro will be built around ARM chips. Read more at wired.com.

  7. Now follow me on this one. MEMS stands for microelectromechanical systems. DigitalOptics has made a MEMS multi-focus camera which can do high speed focusing similar to a Lytro in a mobile device. Everybody has expected the first MEMS camera to arrive on Google's Nexus 5. They were all wrong. DigitalOptics announced that Chinese smartphone maker OPPO will be the exclusive launch partner for the MEMS camera. OK we're done. Read more at engadget.com.

  8. Microsoft has announced it's paying well-known hacking expert James Forshaw, who heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security, a $100,000+ bounty for identifying a new "exploitation technique" in Windows. the information will allow Microsoft to develop defenses against an entire class of attacks. Microsoft has also released an update to Internet Explorer, which fixes a bug that made IE users vulnerable to remote attacks. Read more at reuters.com.

  9. Comcast and Twitter have announced a partnership to add "See It" buttons to Twitter posts about Comcast's NBC Universal shows. When clicked the button will let Comcast Cable subscribers change channels to watch the show, or schedule it to be recorded to their Comcast DVR. The Voice will be one of the first shows to be part of the system. Comcast hopes to offer the service for non-Comcast networks and Cable Systems in the future. Read more at techcrunch.com.

  10. Disney Research in Pittsburgh says that it has figured out a way for you to be able to feel textures through a touchscreen. The technology uses modulated voltage that simulates friction to your fingers. That friction is translated in your brain as the actual texture. Disney will present all of its findings in a symposium in Scotland this week. Read more at washingtonpost.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for October 09, 2013.