XKCD Takes Its Own Spin On The Instagram Terms Drama

instagramChad, man. You’re such a jerk. We arranged to get all this looked after stuff for free, and now he’s selling it all! Apparently  that’s what the famous online webcomic, XKCD thinks of the Instagram Terms of Service drama, where most people thought that the changes meant Instagram could sell and advertise your images, for free.

Apparently, they were all wrong to some degree and should stop whining like little children.


Former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Now A Professor At Harvard

sinofskyIt turns out if you were the head of the Windows division at Microsoft, and got fired because you didn’t work well with your co-workers, you have a great chance at becoming a professor at Harvard Business School. On his Twitter feed Wednesday, Sinofsky announced that he was “excited to return” to teach at Harvard Business School, this coming spring. CNET noted that Sinofsky had previously served as a “visiting scholar” at Harvard Business School in the late ’90s, so he has some past experience to fall back on. Good luck, Professor Sinofsky.


Google Adds Scan And Match Feature To Google Music In The US

googlemusiclead01Previously only available in the European Union, the scan and match feature of Google Music was an easy way to get your entire local music library and have it matched to the cloud catalog, avoiding as many differences as possible, even in the bitrate of the original file (which can vary anywhere from 320kbps to higher or lower). Scan and Match is now available in the United States for Google Music users, all the while being free and nearly unrecognizable because the matching is done in the background.

ViaGoogle Play (Google+)

HTC M7 May Be The One X’s Successor, Due Next Year With 13MP Camera

htc-m7-1355788093Coming straight out of the leaky tubes of upcoming technology, is the HTC M7. It’s basically a One X successor, containing a 4.7-inch 1080p “SoLux” screen with 468ppi, LTE with improved viewing angles, color accuracy and outdoor visibility. Other new feature include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera leveraging a f/2.0 lens and support for 1080p, slow-mo and HDR video recording — plus front-facing 2-megapixel shooter capable of capturing footage in 1080p. Internally, it’s believed the phone will be outfitted with a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory. Stereo speakers and a Beats amplifier should round out the feature set. It would be part of the new Sprint and Verizon catalogs, but an initial announcement may not come until Mobile World Congress in Spring of 2013.

ViaUnwired View

T-Mobile Galaxy Note II Will See Multi-Window Update On December 19th

samsung-galaxy-note-ii-t-mobileAs part of a short and sweet update, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II will gain access to Samsung’s Multi-Window trait, due to hit the 5.5-inch, S-Pen-toting phablet on December 19th, via an upcoming software update. Other than the Multi-Window multitasking feature, T-Mobile’s page doesn’t list any other major changes (sans for some fixes to issues with Exchange and Gmail), so it looks like that’s about it.

ViaT-Mobile Support

iOS Google Maps Hits 10 Million Downloads In 48 Hours, Meaning It’s Popular

Google MapsIn a very swift change from Apple Maps to Google Maps, consumers have downloaded the new app from the iTunes App Store 10 million times — in just 48 hours. That’s according to Google SVP of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber, who took to the search giant’s social portal to announce the milestone. Within just 2 days of its release to iTunes, iOS users crying out for a non-native mapping solution downloaded the app in excess of 10 million times, thus fulfilling their needs of Google’s fantastic turn-by-turn navigation and wealth of up-to-date (and accurate) map data.

ViaGoogle+ (Jeff Huber)iTunes

You Can Ask Siri For Directions, Google Maps Style

As per usual, iOS users (particularly the iPhone 5) are used to getting Apple Maps throw up a set of directions to them, which from time to time, if you don’t live under a rock, are very wrong. So, with the recent release of Google Maps for iOS, probably one of your first questions about the app is: can I use it with Siri? Well, yes you can.

As JailbreakNation shows in this video, adding the phrase “via transit” to the end of your Siri voice command forces the software to use Google Maps instead of iOS’s native cartographic catastrophe  So ,instead of saying “take me to the nearest [INSERT DESTINATION]”, just say say “take me to the nearest [INSERT DESTINATION] via transit”. Done.

Via: JailbreakNation

New Exploit Can Brick And Steal New Samsung Phone’s Data

Galaxy S III CDMA BackGot a Samsung phone? Well, the Koreans at the Big S will have to publish a software update for it, because “Alephzain”, a modder/hacker was able to use it to root his Samsung Galaxy S III. The bad part? It can delete or completely brick your Samsung smartphone, all because it has certain Exynos processors, a key element to using the exploit. It’s working in practice as well (besides malware apps); another user called “Chainfire” has already build an apk that can use the “ExynosAbuse” to root a number of devices including:

Samsung Galaxy S2 GT-I9100
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE GT-I9305
Samsung Galaxy Note GT-N7000
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100
Verizon Galaxy Note 2 SCH-I605 (locked bootloaders)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8010

Only the Nexus 10 is safe from this, due to its Exynos 5 processor, instead of the more common 4. Samsung has yet to say a word about it, but one thing can be for sure: don’t download skecthy apps.

ViaXDA DevelopersThe Next Web