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Comment Re:Good and bad about 5X (Score 2) 208

4 hours of life in 10 minutes, and in general, is just way, way faster to charge. Wireless is nice, but it's always super sloooooooow.

It's 7 PM right now, and the battery on my Nexus 5 is at 86%. The last time I gave any conscious thought to charging my phone was weeks ago. That's just not possible without wireless charging. Who cares that your phone charges slower when your battery never drops below 50%? USB-only means that I would go back to forgetting to plug in my phone when it needs it, and having to scramble to find a (new, not yet common) charger. That's a step backwards, and it's a deal breaker for me.

Comment Re:juvenile vandalism (Score 1) 36

While normally correct, this attack is more noteworthy when combined with the news of Superfish. This was a DNS hijack, which means the attackers would have been able to point * at the server of their choosing. While I don't believe Superfish was actually running its requests through a subdomain of, this particular type of simple "vandalism" could have just as easily been used to take advantage of Superfish's automatic MITM and intercepted all manner of sensitive data.

Submission + - Google Announces "End-To-End" Encryption Extension for Chrome

Nexus Unplugged writes: On their security blog today, Google announced a new Chrome extension called "End-To-End" intended to make browser-based encryption of messages easier for users. The extension, which was rumored to be "underway" a couple months ago, is currently in an "alpha" version and is not yet available pre-packaged or in the Chrome Web Store. It utilizes a Javascript implementation of OpenPGP, meaning that your private keys are never sent to Google. However, if you'd like to use the extension on multiple machines, its keyring is saved in localStorage, which can be encrypted with a passphrase before being synced. The extension still qualifies for Google's Vulnerability Reward Program, and joins a host of PGP-related extensions already available for Chrome.

Submission + - Google Launches 64-bit Version Of Chrome For Windows

An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced the debut of a 64-bit version of Chrome for Windows, starting with the introduction of 64-bit Dev and Canary channels for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. You can download both now from their respective pages: Dev and Canary. It's worth noting that in both cases the 64-bit version is offered by default if you are running a 64-bit flavor of Windows, though the 32-bit version is still available. This would suggest Google eventually plans to serve up the 64-bit version of Chrome as the default version for 64-bit Windows users.

Submission + - Bittorrent will release AppSync alpha at the end of April (

roidelapluie writes: Bittorent has sent a mail to the people who registered to their private alpha program for SyncApp — a decentralized bittorent-based solution for file-syncing across many computers. The mail announced that they "have made some great progress with SyncApp" and they "will be opening the Alpha version of SyncApp for anyone o download by the end of April".

Submission + - CloudFlare DNS goes down, takes nearly a million websites with it

Nexus Unplugged writes: Content Delivery Network and DNS provider CloudFlare was unavailable for about an hour early this morning, affecting the likes of Wikileaks, 4chan, Cydia, some Philippine government sites, and their own site. A TechCrunch article discussing the outage points out that "CloudFlare generates so many pageviews that it would be the tenth [largest] website in the world." The problem was quickly confirmed on Twitter, and service was restored shortly thereafter.

Submission + - IPv6 deployment picking up speed (

An anonymous reader writes: The Internet's addressing authority (IANA) ran out of IPv4 Internet addresses in early 2011. The IPv6 protocol (now 15 years old) was designed exactly for this scenario, as it provides many more addresses than our foreseeable addressing needs. However, IPv6 deployment has so far been dismal, accounting for 1% of total traffic (the high-end of estimates). A recent paper by researchers at the Cooperative Association for Internet Data analysis (CAIDA) indicates that IPv6 deployment may be picking up at last. The paper, published at the Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) shows that the IPv6 network shows signs of maturing, with its properties starting to resemble the deployed IPv4 network. Deployment appears to be non-uniform, however; while the "core" of the network appears to be ready, networks at the "edges" are lacking. There are geographical differences too — Europe and the Asia Pacific region are ahead of North America.

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