Turkey’s decision to block access to popular websites has prompted many citizens to evade the ban using Google’s domain name service. Now Google reports that most Turkish internet service providers are masquerading as Google DNS, presumably to spy on users. The move comes a week after reports emerged that Turkey had begun blocking access to Google DNS. “We have received several credible reports and confirmed with our own research that Google’s Domain Name System (DNS) service has been intercepted,” Google said in a blog post.
A DNS routes the domain name you type into your browser to the IP address of that site. In the early days of Turkey’s crackdown on social media, Turkish citizens were able to restore their access to Twitter and…
A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there’s always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there’s also the risk of unmonitored side-effects, drug addiction, and overdose. So pharmaceutical companies have been trying for some time now to come up with wearable drug-delivery systems that can dispense a continuous flow of therapeutics, without having to rely on the patient to physically take the drug.
There’s a problem with that approach, however, because these systems don’t monitor a patient’s vitals. This means they can’t be responsive. So when a patient needs to take a stronger dose or when they actually feel pretty good, they still receive the…
Architects in Amsterdam have begun construction on what they’re calling the first full-sized 3D-printed house. Using what’s essentially a large-scale version of a desktop 3D printer, Dus Architects is building what will eventually be a 13-room Dutch canal house made of interlocking plastic parts. The project was announced earlier this year — part proof of concept, part art project. After about three weeks of work, The Guardian reports, one three-meter-high corner segment has been produced. The interior and facade are printed as part of the same brick, and spaces are left for wiring and pipes; for now, the walls are later filled with concrete for insulation and reinforcement. The entire process of printing and assembling the house is…
Google may be taking another crack at tracking home energy use. According to The Information, the tech giant is currently testing web-connected thermostats that let users view home energy activity, and make adjustments. If that sounds familiar, it’s because Google attempted something similar a few years ago called PowerMeter, a web dashboard that tracked an entire home’s energy use. The program was killed off in mid-2011, with Google citing difficulties scaling it up. However the original mission statement for the effort, and what Google reiterated when killing off PowerMeter, was that people could trim energy use by 15 percent if they could see what was happening.
A first unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat ROM for the Galaxy Note 2 has hit the web, via OmniROM and it’s available for download.
Support for various handset versions is available including the GT-N7100, the GT-N7105, the AT&T Galaxy Note 2 and the T-Mobile Galaxy Note 2 models.
The Galaxy Note 2 is yet to receive its Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update – although word on the street is that the update is available in Samsung’s own service centers – and it looks like an unofficial ROM is already ready to take the phone to the latest Android OS version.
Instructions on how to get the Android 4.4 KitKat for the Galaxy Note 2 can be found on the xda-developers Forum (see Source link below), although we’ll remind you that we don’t encourage you to install unofficial ROMs on your handsets and tablets and that you’re going to be the only person responsible for whatever happens with your devices during these procedures.
We’ll also note that we’re not surprised to see unofficial Android 4.4 KitKat ROMs for various devices hit the web, especially considering that various custom ROM developers including AOSP, CyanogenMod, OmniROM and Paranoid Android are currently working on their respective KitKat updates.
Meanwhile, the Nexus 5 remains the only handset to run KitKat officially.
BlackBerry is working on building up its cash stockpiles to smooth this transition of strategy. Bloomberg is reporting that the company is said to be asking for a larger refund from the Canadian government and asking the government to speed up the process. Last month they stated that they expected a $500 million rebate in the first half of fiscal 2015 and now they are supposedly aiming for a $1 billion refund by the end of the year.
via Berry Review
iGrann, a 3rd party native Instagram app for Blackberry 10 is now available as BETA.
Click on here to read the feature list.
The Gmail Google+ account says that they will be rolling out a new update for the Gmail app today that brings a better conversation view, better multi-select, and an overall cleaner design for Android users.
Read more about it here.
The foundering smartphone pioneer said on Monday that it had agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by Fairfax Financial Holdings, which hopes to take it private in a deal worth about $4.7 billion.
Read more here.
Diablo III: Storm of Light will be out in 2014. Additional details, including where to pre-order the novel, are available on the Battle.net website.
via Gamespot Asia
Google released an “expanded” search feature today that not only helps you find emails within Gmail but also pulls relevant results into Google searches.
Read more here.
Source: Venture Beat
Amazon said tonight that it is hiring for 50,000 seasonal worker positions for the holiday shopping season.
The Seattle-based e-commerce company says it will hire the workers at its fulfillment centers (the warehouses that carry out orders from its web site).
Read more here.
Source: Venture Beart
Microsoft plans to produce three to five million Surface tablets in the fourth quarter.
Rivaling production numbers for Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets and Google’s Nexus 7, Microsoft’s numbers are encouraging evidence that the company is taking the Surface launch very seriously. After all. the last thing Microsoft wants is to leave consumer demand unfulfilled.
Read more here.
Source: Venture Beat
Microsoft’s website for the Surface has finally gone live, revealing the price.
The Surface tablet will start at $499 for a 32 GB model without a cover, and goes up to $699 for the 64 GB model.
The Guild Wars series is expanding outside of the Windows platform for the first time with today’s release of an official Guild Wars 2 beta client for OS X Lion and Mountain Lion.
Those who purchased the Windows version of the game now have free access to the beta Mac client through their account management page. The Mac client connects to the same servers as the PC version, and has all the same features as its PC cousin, with all future updates hitting both versions simultaneously, ArenaNet said. The client is still a beta product, however, and ArenaNet asks players to “understand that your overall experience will be better when we release the final version,” which will be available at retail and for download after sufficient beta testing.
Source: Ars Technica