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+ - Google and LG may partner on Nexus TV->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "LG had a number of gorgeous HDTVs on display at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and apparently we aren’t the only ones who noticed how strong LG’s next-generation televisions are. Mere rumors of an HDTV in the works from Apple has set the industry aflutter, eying apps, voice and motion controls, and the Android OS in an effort to recapture consumers’ interest ahead of whatever Apple may be planning to announce as soon as this summer. Now, a new report from Bloomberg suggests Google may be in negotiations to enter the TV space as well..."
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+ - Wikileaks: Bradley Manning to Face Court Martial O->

Submitted by AlistairCharlton
AlistairCharlton (2525880) writes "Bradley Manning, the American soldier who is accused of giving hundreds of thousands of secret documents to Wikileaks, may face a full court martial and life imprisonment.

If convicted of aiding the enemy — the most serious of the 36 charges brought against him — Manning, 24, could face a lifetime behind bars; he could technically have faced the death penalty, but a judge has already confirmed that this will not happen."

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Comment: Re:Boxee Owner (Score 1) 77

by MaXMC (#35350890) Attached to: Boxee Scores $16.5M Investment

I would love to read your reply but all I see is a wall of text. Learn to use paragraphs please.

Fixed it for you:

As a Boxee Box owner from almost day 1 of its release, I would say they finally made it out of the alpha stage and into the beta.

  While I love it, it is still riddled with bugs and poor design choices. Plus, as a non US resident (like the other 90% of the planet), Hulu (which btw, doesn't exist on Boxee), Netflix and Vudu mean nothing to me.
  I originally bought the Boxee Box because I believed it would be more open (ie. the firmware being open to hacking), as opposed to the other options where they are based off closed sourced code exclusively.

Sadly this isn't the case. While I'm able to download the source for Boxee and fix the bugs, I'm unable to apply these fixes to my Boxee Box to make sure they are working 100%. This disappoints me.
I can understand their need to make the content providers like Netflix and Vudu feel safe, but what about the other 90% of the market that has no access to these features?
Why not go the Chrome route where you have one official build that supports the American content, and then still allow the Chromium builds that exclude the propriety stuff for a more community driven endeavor?

I actually see the with rage when I hear the Boxee team praising their support for American video service X.
So what?
Many other devices on the market already have that ... it isn't anything new.
They are only diverting resources and alienating non US based residents to support the minority.
And don't even get me started on them supporting new devices when they can't even get their flagship product working properly...

+ - Robotic road trains->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A European project is looking at how automated road trains can be deployed using existing production car technology combined with specially-developed transponders and control systems. It's being tested in Sweden and there are plans to trial the tech further in 2011."
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+ - HTC Android Vulnerability found->

Submitted by M10
M10 (1923480) writes "Just before Christmas we ran into a vulnerability on a number of HTC Android phones. We informed HTC and the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, and waited to get it fixed. Now it's time to go public and allow you to check whether your phone is vulnerable.
I came across an interesting behavior while doing some research regarding what kind of information one can access on an HTC Desire Z Android phone. A simple application with no permission to reboot the phone managed to do just that by simply reading a specific file on the phone. This turned out to be a kernel bug that could, with the help of another more serious vulnerability, be triggered also remotely when user visits a malicious website. The problem seems to only affect HTC phones, the mainline Android kernel is apparently unaffected.
More here: https://www.nixuopen.org/blog/2011/2/remote-reboot-for-htc-android-phones/"

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Comment: Re:Oh wow. (Score 1) 642

by MaXMC (#34613170) Attached to: UK Gov't Wants To Block Internet Porn By Default

Yes of course they are... every time I want to go to youtube I accidentally type redtube.com instead, or tube8.com or xtube.com. The keys are so close....

And when I want to go to disney.com I type bangbus.com instead.

Kids should learn to type, or their parents should block the content if they don't monitor their childs Internet usage already.

Just go with the flow control, roll with the crunches, and, when you get a prompt, type like hell.

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