Published On: Thu, Jul 25th, 2013

Boot up: Chromecast it, LG’s numbers, Facebook dislikes, and more

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Plus Prenda whacked again, iOS 7′s divisions, Google’s dual-screen game, Kiwi spooks, and more

A burst of 10 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team

LG sells a record-breaking 12.1m smartphones in Q2 2013, revenue up 10.1% YoY to $13.6bn >> The Next Web

LG announced today its second-quarter earnings of KRW15.23trn ($13.6bn) in revenue, up 10.1% year-over-year due to sales increases in most of its business units — and in particular its mobile phone business.

The company’s mobile unit shipped 12.1m smartphones during the April-June period, the highest-ever quarterly figure throughout its history, and recorded revenue of KRW3.12try ($2.78 bn), up 34.5% from the same period a year earlier.

And operating income too. LG seems to be the counterexample to the idea that you can’t come back from a loss.


Facebook to allow you to better hide and customize what posts and ads show up in your News Feed >> ABC News

It’s not exactly a dislike button, but Facebook soon plans to roll out ways to better understand why you don’t like something in your News Feed.

Currently, when you hide something in your News Feed, Facebook begins feeding you less content from that person or page, but the company is working on ways to better understand why you don’t want to see a photo, status update, article or advertisement.

‘Dislike’.


Chromecast >> Google

Google’s new $35 HDMI device for beaming content from an Android device to your TV. Creates its own Wi-Fi hotspot. Play along with it.


Smartphone laggard Nokia picks up pace under CEO Elop >> Reuters

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop recalls a meeting in August 2011 in which the company’s leadership struggled to decide on the name of its new smartphone, the first using Windows Phone software.

“We almost fell into the trap that had often befallen Nokia, which was… let them work on it a bit longer because we couldn’t quite reach agreement,” Elop said. Instead, he demanded a decision that day.

“Why wait til tomorrow or next week? We could make the decision today. And we did.” Lumia was the result.

Fascinating insight into how much has changed under Elop.


SF court orders Prenda to pay $22,531 in attorney’s fees >> Ars Technica

[Prenda Law shell company] “AF [Holding]‘s business model was to sue people for downloading pornography in order to coerce settlements,” continued [Judge Edward] Chen. And despite [Prenda Law lawyer] Duffy’s protestations to the contrary, Chen remains very concerned that Prenda did indeed plant links to its own porn on The Pirate Bay to induce downloading:


The dirty little secret of iOS 7: some devices won’t get the killer new features >> CITEworld

Ryan Faas:

AirDrop is one of the most dramatic features of iOS 7, with lots of business potential.

But before you start sharing files using AirDrop, you may need to spend some money on a newer iPhone.

The same is true if you’re looking forward to using live filters directly in the revamped Camera app. Both of these features require you to have an iPhone 5 (or iPhone 5S or whatever moniker Apple is planning for the next generations of iPhones).


ROLL IT: A Chrome Experiment >> Google

If you have a desktop and a smartphone to hand, here’s where the rest of your day went. Works on “modern browsers”: does this include Internet Explorer on Windows Phone?


Heard: an app that records what you heard 5 minutes ago >> Boing Boing

When you activate the app, it begins recording everything around you on a 12-second buffer (extend it to five minutes for $1.99). Any time you want, click the “Push to save” button to save the current clip. Do nothing, and the self-destructing buffer lets the audio slip into the ether.

Why would anyone not in the NSA want an app like this? With Heard, you can capture anything from your baby’s first words to a key point in a lecture without hovering your thumb over the record button all day.

Like.


New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying >> The Register

New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), which illegally spied on resident Kim Dotcom, is on the cusp of gaining sweeping new powers that include wiretapping NZ citizens.

The GCSB’s domestic spying first came to light last year when it mistakenly tapped Dotcom’s communications, not realising that his residency status at the time meant its actions were illegal. Rather than punish the organisation for its domestic snooping blunders, the New Zealand government has spent some time steering new laws through parliament to increase the GCSB’s powers.


Google adds Grooveshark to its piracy search filter >> TorrentFreak

Grooveshark, which operates from the US, has more than a million visitors per day and has negotiated licensing deals with several independent music labels. The major labels, however, have not licensed their content to the company, which has resulted in several lawsuits.

Looking at the search traffic for “Grooveshark” it appears that the term was put on the blacklist at the end of April, coinciding with the appeal Universal Music Group won against the streaming service.

Probably not a coincidence. Some background about Grooveshark here.


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