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#9: Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15.6-Inch Laptop( Intel Dual Core Celeron Processor N2820, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD-SuperMulti drive, Windows 8.1)

Toshiba Satellite

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15.6-Inch Laptop( Intel Dual Core Celeron Processor N2820, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD-SuperMulti drive, Windows 8.1)
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3.5 out of 5 stars(45)
Date first available at Amazon.com: April 20, 2014

Buy new: $399.99 $300.00
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The EFF Calls Gov Report Supporting Surveillance “Legally Flawed And Factually Incomplete”

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) isn’t enthused with a report from the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) concerning government surveillance under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The current report generally upheld the program, offering a few motes of potential reform as suggestions. The report was, I think it fair to say, expected to have more teeth.

PCLOB previously made friends among activists by indicating in a prior report that certain bulk surveillance under Section 215 of the Patriot Act is unconstitutional.

The EFF, often the voice of dissent on this sort of issue, called the report “legally flawed and factually incomplete.” Its core argument against the report is that it fails to properly deal with the issue of upstream collection, that it doesn’t handle privacy protection for non-U.S. persons, and that the document hides “behind the ‘complexity’ of the technology” employed by the U.S. government in its surveillance efforts.

Regarding so-called “upstream” collection (when the NSA taps directly into the cables that make up the core network of the Internet), the EFF finds the PCLOB report missing the core point at hand — that the “government has access to or is acquiring nearly all communications that travel over the Internet.” Instead it focuses on how that information is queried. It therefore all but endorses the collection itself, on a chronic basis, of such a large firehose of information that it can’t help but include the communication of Americans.

The EFF also dismisses the PCLOB’s constitutional analysis, stating that the Fourth Amendment “requires a warrant for searching the content of communication” and that under “Section 702, the government searches through content without a warrant.”

We’ll have to wait and see what impact the new report has, particularly in the Senate. The group’s earlier report didn’t appear to have much influence outside of the activist community.

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Yahoo putting People Search, Yahoo Voices, Xobni and other products out to pasture to further its focus

It’s summer time in Silicon Valley. Time to throw out all the stuff no one uses anymore. That’s what Yahoo is doing. Today the company announced it was shutting down some less-used services.

In a Tumblr post, SVP of the Cloud Platform Group, Jay Rossiter announced the company’s progress on focusing on its core mission: “making the world’s daily habits more inspiring and entertaining.” Part of that mission involves sunsetting products to focus on its core. Here’s what’s on Yahoo’s chopping block today:

People Search: As a user, you want one place to find everything you need. You can use Yahoo Search to find people, blogs, places, maps – anything. That’s why today, July 2, we are closing down Yahoo People Search, a defunct directory site that’s no longer useful.

Xobni: As we announced in July 2013, although we are shutting down Xobni.com and the Smartr Product Suite today, July 2, we have incorporated many Xobni-like features into Yahoo Mail (like compose auto-suggest and people-centric mail search) and the technology behind the product continues to inform our current and future user experiences.

Yahoo Toolbar on Chrome: By July 22, the Yahoo Toolbar will be removed from the Chrome web store, to comply with recent Google Chrome policy updates. Instead, we now offer the Yahoo Extension for Chrome, which will give you quick access to Yahoo.com whenever you open a new tab.

Yahoo Shine: We recently unveiled several new digital magazines that dive deeper into the topics our users have come to love on Yahoo Shine and offer unique advertising opportunities for brands. While Yahoo Shine will be closing on July 31, through our digital magazines, like Yahoo Beauty and Yahoo Travel, we will continue to bring these topics to life with stunning visuals, a strong editorial voice and engaging native advertising.

Yahoo Voices and the Yahoo Contributor Network: On July 31, Voices.Yahoo.com will be shut down and at the end of August, Contributor.Yahoo.com closes.

The post also highlights the company’s progress shutting down other services like Bookmarks.Yahoo.com, Research Reports, and Newlook Service.

Yahoo has been struggling to regain its former glory as the go-to portal for all things on the Web. To achieve that the company is focusing on its Search, Communications, Digital Magazines and Video. To help it gain a foothold in video, yesterday it announced it was producing a sixth season of the recently cancelled TV show Community. It’s a play out of the Netflix book of original content and one that gives Yahoo more clout in the video world.

➤ Furthering Our Focus [Yahoo]

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (i5) is on sale in the US and Canada now, i3 and i7 models available August 1

We knew it was coming, but Microsoft has just confirmed that the Surface Pro 3 is now on sale in the US and Canada.

Microsoft unveiled its new PC/tablet crossbreed at an event in New York on May 20, and we reviewed it shortly after. The Pro 3 comes in 3 main flavors, featuring Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. The Intel Core i5 is now available online, through Microsoft retail stores, and third-party stores – though if you pre-ordered, you’ll be receiving it directly.

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For those interested in the Core i3 and i7 models, well, the goods news is that you’ll be receiving them a little earlier than planned. Microsoft has confirmed that they’re now going to be available on August 1 in the US and Canada in-store and online. Originally, it was thought they would be made available towards the end of August.

If you don’t live in the US or Canada, well, you can buy a Surface Pro 3 at the end of August.

Meanwhile, make sure you read our Surface Pro 3 review: Has Microsoft’s delicate compromise worked this time?

➤  Surface Pro 3 is now available in the US and Canada

Microsoft is retiring older versions of Skype for Windows and Mac, wants you to update today

Skype updates iOS app with focus on helping you delete messages and chats

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Apple Adds A New Entry-Level iMac For $1,099

Apple has a new iMac model today, an entry-level machine that brings the price of entry to the all-in-one desktop to $1,099, or $200 less than was the case just yesterday. The new version has a 1.4 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 500GB hard drive and Intel HD Graphics 5000 on board.

Configuration options allow you to scale the drive up to either a 1TB HDD or Fusion drive, or put in 256GB of SSD flash storage, but that’s about it. For $200 more, you start off with a quad-core Intel processor, a 1TB drive and Intel Iris Pro graphics, plus the option to upgrade the RAM to 16GB in the custom configuration options.

The low-end iMac likely won’t set anyone’s world on fire in terms of performance, but it should be plenty beefy enough to handle the needs of average light computer users who want something for the home, and it gives Apple another option for education sales just ahead of the back-to-school season.

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#6: Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15.6-Inch Laptop( Intel Dual Core Celeron Processor N2820, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD-SuperMulti drive, Windows 8.1)

Toshiba Satellite

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15.6-Inch Laptop( Intel Dual Core Celeron Processor N2820, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD-SuperMulti drive, Windows 8.1)
by Toshiba
2.6 out of 5 stars(14)
Date first available at Amazon.com: April 20, 2014

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Toshiba Satellite

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15.6-Inch Laptop( Intel Dual Core Celeron Processor N2820, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive, DVD-SuperMulti drive, Windows 8.1)
by Toshiba
3.0 out of 5 stars(7)
Date first available at Amazon.com: April 20, 2014

Buy new: $300.00
87 used & new from $283.99

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Online Fitness Startup Wello To Be Acquired By Weight Watchers, Sources Say

Wello, the startup that connects people with personal trainers to receive private fitness consultations through online video chat, is in talks to be acquired by Weight Watchers, sources tell TechCrunch.

We’ve contacted Wello for details on the deal, but at the moment, the company has declined to comment. This post will be updated with any additional information, such as financial terms, we receive.

Wello, which launched in mid-2012, has raised some $1 million in seed funding from a range of well-known investors including Rock Health, Kleiner Perkins, Mohr Davidow, Aberdare Ventures, Mayo Ventures, Morado Ventures, S-Cubed Capital, PhilQuo Ventures, and other angels.

Since its launch two years ago, Wello has extended its product lineup from one-on-one video chat to include group training sessions and gym-like monthly membership subscriptions.

Wello has said its core aim is to “democratize” access to personal fitness training, which has historically been a relatively high-end and rarefied service. This mission fits well with Weight Watchers, which has become a household name for making weight loss and nutrition consultation accessible to the masses. Weight Watchers has been moving in recent years to expand its reach into the wider health/fitness “lifestyle” market, so Wello could be a nice bolt-on product to add to its offerings.

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What Bitcoin Users Need To Know About Heartbleed

If you’re using a bitcoin wallet or an online wallet or exchange, Heartbleed could be a very real problem for you and your BTC. Luckily, things have finally settled down after a few days of panic and there are a few very easy ways to ensure you’re protected.

First, understand that the core bitcoin protocol, which transfers bitcoin through the system, is unaffected. “Whilst the Bitcoin Core client will be updated to 0.9.1 to address the OpenSSL vulnerability, the core developers stress that the Bitcoin protocol itself is not affected by the Heartbleed bug,” wrote Venzen Khaosan on CryptocoinsNews.

That didn’t stop many exchanges from taking down some of their services just to be safe. Yesterday Bitstamp shut down “accregistration, login & all virtual currency withdrawal functions,” as it investigated the effect of Heartbleed on its servers. Anti-DDOS service Incapsula also had to update its servers to remain secure. Bitstamp has since restarted all functionality. The OpenSSL exploit essentially allows a dedicated hacker to methodically collect email addresses, keys, and log-ins from affected servers.

Other services, including Bitcurex and Blockchain.info are reported that they’ve patched and updated their services.

What about folks with wallets on their own machines? A bit of updating is in order. A new version of the Bitcoin Core, 0.9.1, just dropped, and it features improved security for wallets. Users should have openssl 1.0.1g or later. You can see your openssl version in the Help->Debug window in Bitcoin-Qt. Other wallets like Multibit have not updated (although they may not need to) but care should be taken to encrypt and password-protect your coins.

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In short, update everything that touches your bitcoin and don’t trust exchanges that haven’t explicitly explained their position on the exploit. Want more bad news? You should assume that all your usernames and passwords used over the past two years are compromised. This means you should change everything, not just your bitcoin data. A clever hacker could socially engineer her way into your wallet simply by knowing a few things about your online habits.

“I’m hoping the impact will be limited. Major sites will have to rotate their SSL keys after upgrading [...] Most sites should have the private keys for their wallets in a different server process where the data cannot be extracted this way. However it will not surprise me if a few sites are not working this way for whatever reason and might suffer thefts,” wrote Mike Hearn of the Bitcoin Foundation. All is not lost, but all is not great, either.

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Oppo unveils its 5.5-inch Quad HD Find 7 smartphone, touted as able to take 50-megapixel photos

As announced previously, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo took the wraps off its Find 7 Android smartphone today in Beijing, a power-packed device boasting top-of-the-line specs.

The Find 7 boasts a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560x1440p) display. It is powered by a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, comes with 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and runs on a 3,000 mAh battery. It is equipped with a 13 megapixel camera which, by taking ten photos at the backend, can produce 50 megapixel photos with its ‘Super Zoom’ feature. It also allows for video recording in full 4k resolution, and 720p 120 frame-per-second slow motion videos.

At the same time, Oppo also released a lower-priced Find 7a to cater to a wider range of customers. The Find 7a comes with a full HD display (1920x1080p), a 2.3GHZ quad-core processor, a 2800 mAh battery, and less storage of 16GB.

Both devices will be available globally in mid-April, with the Find 7 retailing for $599 and the 7a for $499.

➤ Oppo Find 7 is the world’s first phone that can take 50MP photos (video) [Engadget]

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