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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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Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Sean Mitchell is an interactive designer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the editor of TypeRelease.


February may have been a short month, but with it came a slew of new typefaces that we just had to share. Let’s take a look.

Fontfabric: Glober

glober Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Glober is characterized by excellent legibility in both Web and print.

Latinotype: Showcase

showcase Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Showcase is a handmade font consisting of four styles and a set of ornaments & dingbats.

Rene Bieder: Campton

campton Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Campton is a simple sans–serif with a geometric skeleton.

Blackletra: Haltrix

haltrix Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

An aggressive and angular script.

Cultivated Mind: Pacific Northwest Letters

pacific northwest letters Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Pacific Northwest Letters is a fun, handwritten font carefully hand painted in two styles.

Ahmet Altun: Minimo

minimo Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Minimo is a minimalist, cute type family.

Type Dynamic: Celias

celias Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Celias is a sharp geometric sans-serif.

Stawix: Rleud

rleud Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Rleud is a family of 160 fonts, 10 weights with small caps and italics in four widths.

Positype: Lust Slim

lust slim Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Lust Slim is packed with alternates to play with — enough to turn you on and satisfy.

Liebe Fonts: Liebe Doris

liebe doris Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

The beauty of all-American sign painting and the meticulous craft of German engineering.

Insigne: Ainslie

ainslie Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Geometric design blended with the organic, flowing effect of aboriginal art.

Latinotype: Australis Pro Swash

australis pro swash Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

A touch of whimsy and mannerism.

Commercial Type: Caponi

caponi Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Expands the notion of what Bodoni’s work was, in three families, Display, Slab, and Text.

Dzianis Serabrakou: Bouquet

bouquet Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Bouquet is a cursive fat typeface influenced by brush writing.

S-Core: Core Magic

core magic Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Core Magic is a layered type family consisting of 3D, 2D, and shadow effect layers.

Emtype Foundry: Shentox

shentox Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Shentox is a highly legible contemporary font with a full range of weights.

Latinotype: Ride My Bike Serif

ride my bike serif Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Ride My Bike Serif is inspired by street style.

AndrijType: Bandera

bandera Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Extremely legible and well-shaped.

Rui Abreu: Signo

signo Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Signo is a dynamic sans-serif with reverse contrast, designed for editorial and branding.

Tyler Finck: Uncombined

uncombined Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

A father and son font collaboration.

Typejockeys: Sauber Script

sauber script Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Sauber Script - a preppy script face.

Dalton Maag: Soleto

soleto Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Soleto is a freshly modern font with a quietly confident character.

Dalton Maag: Prometo

prometo Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Prometo has an industrial feel, as if it has been built rather than drawn.

Street Type: Modern Brush

modern brush Our favorite typefaces from February 2014

Modern Brush is a hand painted brush font by Street Type.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 available to pre-order in UK from March 28, arriving April 11

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Samsung has revealed that its flagship Galaxy S5 Android smartphone will be available to pre-order from March 28 in the UK and still intends to put it on general sale from April 11 as it is in other countries.

Announced today, the device will be available to pre-order from “selected retailers”, Samsung’s e-store and the Stratford Westfield Experience Store in London. There’s still no indication of how much the device will cost, but as a range-topper, we’d expect it to be in line with other premium devices – with a SIM-free version likely to cost £500 – £600.

Key specs of the device include a 5.1-inch 1080p display, quad-core 2.5GHz processor, 16-megapixel camera and new fitness and health tracking features, including a finger print scanner and heart rate monitor. It’s water and dust-proof too.

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Titanfall Goes Up, Xbox Live Goes Down

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AGHHHH.

I’ve been staring at my copy of Titanfall all… day. I’ve been itchin’ to hop back in the saddle of my Giant-Robot-of-Doom since the Beta ended, and finally, launch day was here — but I had to, you know, work. Being an adult has its perks and all, but video game launch days tend to be a little less awesome then they used to be.

Finally, the ol’ whistle blows. I pop in my copy… install the game… hit the launch button… aaaand..

“There was a problem. We couldn’t sign you in. Try again in a few minutes.”

Turns out, I’m not the only one.

While some people seem to be able to log in, the official status page says that the “Core Services” for Xbox Live on the Xbox One are currently “Limited” — particularly, signing in is busted. If you’re already signed in, you might be alright. But if you’re just getting home from work and are ready to squash some fools? Here, you’ll need this.

At the time of publishing, Xbox Live has been up and down (but mostly down) for four hours.

Update: Hurray! 6 hours or so later, Microsoft says it’s fixed. If you’re still having trouble, their recommendation is a timeless one: power cycle your console. If you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go play this game until I can’t keep my eyes open.

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen: Fed Has No Authority To Regulate Bitcoin

If you were worried about the Federal Reserve trying to step in to regulate Bitcoin, breathe easy: Its leader doesn’t think that the Fed has the authority to do so.

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen was plain on the matter: “The Federal Reserve simply does not have authority to supervise or regulate [B]itcoin in any way.” She went on to call Bitcoin “a payment innovation that is taking place entirely outside the banking industry.”

Her remarks, made today before the Senate, will help set the tone for potential future regulation of Bitcoin. In Yellen’s view, Congress should work on the issue: “it certainly would be appropriate, I think, for Congress to ask questions about what the right legal structure would be for virtual currencies that involve nontraditional players.”

Bitcoin has recently taken hits following the demise of the Mt.Gox exchange. However, it’s worthwhile to keep in mind that the core abstract for Bitcoin is its lack of government control and regulation.

Recently, Senator Joe Manchin spoke negatively about Bitcoin. Warning that “Americans will be left holding the bag on a valueless currency,” the Senator “is calling for either strict regulation or an outright ban” on Bitcoin. Other countries have taken restrictive measures towards cryptocurrencies, so the option isn’t beyond the pale.

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#10: Matricom G-Tab Nero CX2 – Dual Core Android Tablet PC (7-inch, Wi-Fi, Rockchip Dual Core, 2014 Model) [Black]

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Matricom G-Tab Nero CX2 – Dual Core Android Tablet PC (7-inch, Wi-Fi, Rockchip Dual Core, 2014 Model) [Black]
by Matricom
3.4 out of 5 stars(18)
Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2014

Buy new: $129.00 $66.00

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Qualcomm Announces 64-Bit Snapdragon Chips With Integrated LTE

New mobile chips are a big deal and 64-bit chips are an even bigger deal. To wit, Qualcomm has just announced the future availability of 64-bit eight-core Snapdragon chips, called the 600 series, with integrated LTE network handling. In short, these are some pretty beefy mobile processors that may be useless until Google launches its own 64-bit version of Android.

You’ll recall that Apple went 64-bit with the A7 last October a Qualcomm marketing exec called it a gimmick. Now, it seems, the internal scuttlebutt is that the A7 hit the chipmaker “in the gut” and that no one there was ready.

Luckily, they’re ready now. Peformance-wise this chip is supposedly on par or faster than Apple’s. The 601 is pin compatible with the slower Snapdragon 401 which means manufacturers can swap it out with ease without much engineering. While some wags would call 8-core mobile chips dumb, it’s clear that Qualcomm is interested in playing the speeds and feeds game along with their customers.

The cores are ARMv8 compatible which means they are backwards-compatible with 32-bit applications. This is an important consideration since there is very little that runs at 64 bits in the non-iOS ecosystem.

The chip will be available in the third quarter and should start shipping next year. In addition to the 1.5Ghz speed, the 600 series will also feature Qualcomm’s Adreno 405 GPU which brings DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES3.0 to the handheld.

What does this mean for the average consumer? Not much… yet. 64-bit Android is still MIA although Intel and presumably Google are working on possible implementations. It’s obvious that this is a reactive move by Qualcomm to offer the “latest and greatest” in their mobile portfolio and I suspect we can see a uptake of the platform speed up if and when Google announces their 64-bit architecture. Until then, the words “eight cores” and “1.5GHz” can make for some great box copy for handset OEMs.

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Sony will launch its Core and SmartBand fitness tracker with new Lifelog app in March

Sony unveiled its Core fitness tracker and SmartBand accessory at CES last month, but today it has a global release date: March 2014.

The hardware hasn’t changed since the original reveal, although Sony did expand upon what it’s describing as the ‘SmartWear Experience’. This centers on the upcoming Lifelog app, which will give Android users the ability to review their activity, where they’ve traveled and progress towards specified goals.

Sony says the hardware will also embrace actions outside of the fitness space too, such as places the user has visited and music, books and video games they’ve been listening, reading or playing recently.

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The Japanese firm also showed some concept designs for third-party accessories from the likes of Elecom, Simplism and Colors. While these weren’t confirmed for a retail release, Sony did reveal a limited edition of the SmartBand that will coincide with the FIFA World Cup later this year.

When combined, the Core and SmartBand will also measure sleep patterns, vibrate when a paired smartphone exceeds a certain distance and alert you to incoming calls, texts, tweets and ‘likes’.

Visit our MWC 2014 page for more coverage

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#4: Matricom G-Tab Nero CX2 – Dual Core Android Tablet PC (7-inch, Wi-Fi, Rockchip Dual Core, 2014 Model) [Black]

Matricom GTab

Matricom G-Tab Nero CX2 – Dual Core Android Tablet PC (7-inch, Wi-Fi, Rockchip Dual Core, 2014 Model) [Black]
by Matricom
4.1 out of 5 stars(11)
Date first available at Amazon.com: January 6, 2014

Buy new: $129.00 $66.00

(Visit the Hot New Releases in Computers & Accessories list for authoritative information on this product’s current rank.)

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