Here’s The Anti-iPhone 5 Ad Samsung Will Run In Newspapers Tomorrow (AAPL)

Samsung just relesed an ad that it plans to run in national newspapers tomorrow comparing the iPhone 5 to the Galaxy S III.

The ad breaks down some key specs of the two phones, but it’s also a bit misleading. Samsung lists a lot of Galaxy S III-specific software features like sharing photos wirelessly between phones and tilt to zoom, but doesn’t mention any iPhone 5-specific features.

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Cruxskunk Keyboard Case Turns Your iPad Into a Laptop


Cruxcase has debuted a new keyboard case that turns your iPad into a laptop.

For $155, the Cruxskunk has a full-sized QWERTY keyboard with raised keys, Bluetooth connectivity to hook up to your iPad and a patent-pending hinge that allows for 360 degrees of rotation, according to the company’s Kickstarter page. It is compatible with the newest iPad and the iPad 2.

Put together, the keyboard case and iPad combination is 19 mm tall — slightly more than a Macbook Air at 17 mm. The Cruxskunk alone is 6 mm tall.

The three main parts of the case are made from “a single piece of aircraft grade aluminum in the exact same process that Apple machines its Macbooks and iPads,” the creators say. They claim that those who have seen the Cruxskunk have mistaken it for a Macbook Pro.

Cruxcase, which creates products that integrate with Apple devices, has made similar cases over the last two years. Last year, it launched Crux Loaded for the iPad 2.

As of Monday, the company has raised more than $135,000 with 30 days remaining in its Kickstarter campaign. It surpassed its original goal of $90,000 last week. Those who pledge will receive a leather sleeve for carrying the Cruxskunk and a USB cord for charging its battery.

Cruxskunk says it plans to produce its first samples in mid-October, and begin full production in late October. The parts will be manufactured and assembled in China. The company adds that it hopes to start shipping in December.

Would you buy the keyboard case? Tell us in the comments below.


Critical bug in newest Java gives attackers complete control of PCs

Researchers said they’ve uncovered a flaw in the Java 7 update released by Oracle on Thursday that allows attackers to take complete control of end-user computers.

The flaw in Java 7 Update 7, which Oracle released to stop in-the-wild attacks that silently install malware on end-user machines, is the latest black eye for the security of the widely used software framework. It comes after revelations that Oracle learned of the vulnerabilities under attack in April, four months before the exploits were detected. Oracle has yet to explain the delay in fixing the bugs.

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Apple, Google In Secret Talks To End The Patent Wars [REPORT]

Fresh off its huge $1.05 billion victory last week over Samsung in a blockbuster patent trial, Apple is now engaged in secret talks with Google to broker an end to the patent wars, according to Reuters.


Apple CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Larry Page reportedly talked by phone last week and are planning to talk again in the next few weeks about their patent disputes on mobile devices. Reuters reports hearing from one source that the two companies are considering settling disputes over some of Android’s more basic features.

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Sounds from Mars? Why Curiosity has no microphone

There was a video coming up yesterday, promising Curiosity’s audio recordings from the surface of Mars. I instinctively clicked the link which took me to some seconds of pretty unrealistic groaning and howling and then – ok, I’ve been nicely rickrolled.

But what about real sounds from the surface of Mars? Why haven’t we heard any of these yet? The answer is simple: there’s no recording. To my knowledge, not a single Mars sound recording exists today. After getting used to seeing high definition images from Mars I was quite surprised to learn that.

There have been at least two attempts to capture Mars sounds, but unfortunately both failed. NASA’s Mars Polar Lander carried a microphone but lost contact to Earth during it’s descent to Mars in 1999. 1

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