Facebook Home Is Now Functional On The HTC One And Galaxy S4

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Facebook Home has been available on a small section of the massive Android phone ecosystem, but now , two major contenders for the best-selling Android device now have access to Home: the HTC One and Galaxy S4. Also, something that is strange (besides the lack of commotion on Facebook’s part), is that the launcher also works on the XPERIA ZL. And that concludes that.

Via: AndroidCentral

Total War: Rome 2 Will Be Released On September 3rd

romeii Finally, the release date for the next Total War game is upon us. Rome 2 will see a Sept. 3 worldwide release on Windows PC for $59.99, and as an added plus, pre-order customers will receive the strategy game’s first downloadable content for free, dubbed the Greek Culture pack, composed of Athens, Epirus and Sparta. Eight main playable factions will be available in Rome 2, with a ninth available as a day-one free DLC, as the Pontus.

To add to all the awesomeness, a limited production run of 22,000 individually numbered boxed copies will be available as a $154.99 set set. Packaged in a Steelbook case, it’s numbered with its identification number, along with fancy physical items.

Announcement video with Collector’s Edition bonuses, after the break.

Via: Sega

The International Space Station — Wait For It — Is Leaking Ammonia

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As reported earlier today by astronauts on the International Space Station, “small white flakes” were observed floating away from the station and into near space. It turns out that those white flakes are ammonia, and the levels that are being expelled are increasing. Not good, but the crew is in no danger, thankfully.

In order to understand how this happens, it takes some background knowledge: the ISS uses chilled liquid ammonia to cool the space station’s power channels on its large eight solar array panels, while each array has its own independent cooling loop. It’s being taken very seriously, as mentioned by NASA to SPACE:

If they lose the ability to cool that particular solar array, it won’t be able to generate power for the station. In fact, the leak has worsened to the point that Mission Control expects that particular loop to shut down within the next 24 hours.

In order to combat this error, NASA plans to reroute power on the station to isolate the issue.

ViaNASASPACE

Google Glass For Explorers Gets Updated, Google+ Integration Added

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If you’re one of the special Google Glass Explorers (then first of all, I dislike you, because I don’t have one myself), then you’re going to be happy to know that an update exists for your Glass. The major new feature is Google+ integration, but the following is also included:

  • Change to sync policy: require power + WiFi for background uploads
  • Crash reporting
  • Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
  • Incoming Hangout notifications
  • Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
  • Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
  • International number dialing + SMS
  • Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
  • New On-Head Detection calibration flow
  • Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
  • More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
  • New recipient-list mosaic

For those of you wondering, the update is called “XE5”, and should be available immediately. Who said you couldn’t teach a prototype product new tricks?

ViaPhandroid

The Cost of SSL Certificates: Making the Right Choice for your Budget

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Should there really be a price tag on the security of your online business? Surely, ensuring that your business is safe and secure should be a major priority because without this protection, potential customers will place their trust elsewhere.

This is where the acquisition of SSL certificates, such as the Symantec SSL Cert, comes in. Despite the economy being the way it is, online security shouldn’t be considered as luxury you can do without, particularly if you’re in the ecommerce world, expecting customers to input sensitive data into their web browser without a second thought.

Luckily, SSL certificates, including the Secure Site Pro with EV, are reasonably priced and well worth the investment. Many people with a tight budget may prefer to use self-signed certificates or free SSL certificates but, in reality, these just won’t cut the mustard if you intend to expand your business into the dizzy heights of the big guns.

In brief, a SSL certificate provides up to 256-bit encryption for sensitive data that may be transferred between your customer and you – credit card details, login passwords and personal information etc. When a SSL certificate is in place, the https:// protocol comes into force, confirming that the customer is viewing a secure connection. With this, any attempt of compromise will prove worthless as the information being transferred will be indecipherable. In simple terms, customers’ details will be safe, you will be trusted and will have a better chance of a transaction.

SSL certificates are usually valid for between 1 and 3 years, and once the expiry is imminent, you will need to apply for renewal. Often, if you have the budget to pay for a longer term up front, you will have the fortune of substantial discounts which can be very attractive.

Costs can vary from £259 a year for a standard SSL, £899 for Extended Validation and £1299 for Wildcard SSL, demonstrating just how broad a range of options there are to suit any budget. Take a look at the SSL features and decide which you should invest in, today.

 

B&O’s New H6 Headphones Are $400, But Oh So Pretty In-Person

DSC00433Bang & Olufsen invited New York City press to come in and see a couple of different stuff — most importantly, for now, the B&O H6 headphones. Made with cow leather from New Zealand, and sheep’s wool for cushioning, the ear cups even have memory foam to boost the comfort. Aesthetically, they’re probably the best headphones ever. Using them in-person on a Galaxy S 4 with Spotify’s “Extreme quality” is actually a pretty relaxing experience, but they’re not the best cans I’ve ever used.

Nokia’s Lumia 928 Photographed And Camera Get Tested

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Nokia is pulling off a “worst-kept secret” campaign with the upcoming Lumia 928 Windows Phone. Besides what appears to be an aluminum body, as stated yesterday, a new video has appeared, pitting the new Lumia’s camera against that of the Galaxy S III’s and the iPhone 5’s. Most likely it also has the same screen size, but not the same half-a-pound bulk of the previous device. Also, an 8.7 megapixel Pureview camera rounds off the specs currently known.

Video after the break.

Windows 8 Successor, Codenamed ‘Blue’ Will Be Part Of Public Preview In June

windowsbluesleakedThe next Windows iteration is actually not a complete numerical jump, but instead is just Windows 8.1, codenamed “Blue”. During June 26th to the 28th, Microsoft developers in attendance will hear more about the next Windows iteration, and as a result, so will the public. During this whole time-frame, a public preview will be released, bringing cosmetic updates and other features, such as a new side-by-side app view and Internet Explorer 11, by the end of the year.

ViaMicrosoft