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New Google+ redesign breaks apps

Google+ recently rolled out their redesign of their social networks homepage and so far they've been getting nothing but grief over it. Today the group of people mad at them are the aApp and extension developers who are mad that it broke their products and they don't think they got fair warning that a change was coming. I guess Google now knows what Facebook goes through every time they do a redesign and people just get mad at them. VentureBeat has the story.

One of the most valuable resources for a social network looking to attract new users is a robust market of apps that extend the platform’s functionality and increase engagement. So when the redesign for Google+ broke a number of apps and extensions built for the search giant’s social network, developers cried foul, asking why Google hadn’t given them fair warning.


Instagram has been making headlines thanks to a $1 Billion dollar buyout they received from Facebook. The reaction to this announcement has been mixed to say the least. has come up with a timeline of Instagram and shows how this company went from zero to a billion in 17 months.

Track Instagram's brief but explosive history, from launch in November 2010 to its $1 billion exit to Facebook in April 2012.

One of the biggest complaints about a Facebook takeover is will Facebook change Instagram's privacy? Chance are good this will change, but MSNBC takes a closer look at this nagging topic.

People are so steamed up about Facebook's $1 billion purchase of Instagram that they are vowing to purge their smartphones of the old-timey photo sharing app.

"Facebook," "Instagram," and "uninstall" were the three words littering Twitter -- the place where everyone posts their Instagram images -- soon after news of the deal broke on Monday. 

And last but not least, NYMag takes a look at the Instagram sale and asks the question, "What happens when your favorite App sells out?"

Facebook, a company with a potential market cap worth five or six moon landings, is spending one of its many billions of dollars to buy Instagram, a tiny company dedicated to helping Thai beauty queens share photos of their fingernails. Many people have critical opinions on this subject, ranging from “this will ruin Instagram” to “$1 billion is too much.” And for many Instagram users it’s discomfiting to see a giant company they distrust purchase a tiny company they adore — like if Coldplay acquired Dirty Projectors, or a Gang of Four reunion was sponsored by Foxconn.

1366 x 768 is now the most popular resolution

In some very exciting news this week it was announced that 1366 x 768 is now the most popular screen resolution on the internet, dethroning 1024 x 768 which had long been the leader. 1366 x 768 now account for 19.3% of all internet traffic while 1024 x 768 has dropped to 18.6% (1024 x 768 was up to 42% 3 years ago). This might not be the most exciting story, but its interesting to see how higher resolution screens are finally starting to take over, TechCrunch has more details.

Screens with a 1024×768 resolution are a bit like Windows XP: there have long been better options, but they still remained the most often used screens on the web. That is, until now. According to the latest data from StatCounter, 1366×768 screens just surpassed 1024×768 as the most popular screen resolution used by the visitors to StatCounter’s global network of sites. Three years ago, 1024×768 still accounted for almost 42% of all visitors to the roughly three million sites that use StatCounter. Today, that number has fallen to 18.6% and 1366×768 screens now account for 19.28%, up from just 0.68% in May 2009.

Apple's got a virus

Apple has finally admitted that they have a bit of a virus problem on their hands and is now working on removing it and will be releasing a removal tool shortly. The "Flashback" malware has spread to approx. 500,000 systems in the past week and secretly harvests your personal information and sends it across the internet. Its nice to see that Apple is now working on it and has finally acknowledged it, more info on this latest virus can be found over at TheNextWeb.

The Flashback malware had spread to some 500,000 infected systems as of last week, by taking advantage of a security flaw in Java which had been discovered in February. The security of Mac computers at large was obviously in question, so it’s good to see Apple take decisive action, although it would have been nice to see it a bit sooner, as this was a known vulnerability.

In an attempt to shut down this botnet, Apple has also tried to shut down the security firm that announced this exploits website by saying that they were a "command and control" server. I'm sure they weren't happy that this Russian-based security firm announced the exploit publicaly, its just funny that they tried to shut them down as well. Forbes has more on this.

“They told the registrar this [domain] is involved in a malicious scheme. Which would be true if we weren’t the ones controlling it and not doing any harm to users,” says Sharov. “This seems to mean that Apple is not considering our work as a help. It’s just annoying them.”

Peripheral Bits

News is pretty light today, so we'll start off with a few peripheral bits to get things rolling.

ROCCAT Kone Plus Max Customization Laser Gaming Mouse - TweakTown --=-- Corsair Vengeance M60 Mouse - HardwareSecrets --=-- Rosewill RK-9000RE Mechanical Keyboard - Vortez --=-- Corsair Vengeance M90 Gaming Mouse - TechwareLabs

Zotac Boxes - Small and Smaller

HardwareHeaven has a look at the Zotac ZBOX Blu-Ray AD05 Plus Mini PC and gives it a full review.  This little box packs in an AMD E-450 APU that includes Radeon 6320 series graphics - making this one capable little machine.  Take a look and find out more.

If that unit is a little big, and you want something without an optical drive that you could probably put in your pocket, check out the Zotac ZBOX Nano XS AD11 Plus.  This thing is a little larger than a hockey puck and it's a full-blown PC running pretty much the same hardware as the much larger AD05 above.  

Looking first at APU temperatures the ZBOX Nano comes surprisingly close to the AD05 with only a few degrees separating the two at load. No drive temperatures are present for the new system as the SSD does not support that reading but system temperatures are very good with power use also showing a drop over the AD05, no doubt down to slightly fewer components such as the lack of optical drive.

Boxes, Power & Cooling Oh My!

As we keep up the push to maintain a manageable inbox, we've got a collection of basic hardware that you'll need to build and keep your new hardware cool.  We've put our affiliates case, power supply and cooler reviews all here for you to enjoy on this fine spring morning.


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One Bad Apple...

It seems that the government of the USA is suing Apple.  I'm sure that this will make a few more lawyers even richer, but the issue on the table is that Apple has been price-fixing eBooks.  This was obvious from the launch and I'm glad someone is taking action.  I'm surprised that the government of a country is the one stepping up.  ABC News has more.

Also on the wrotten Apple side of things is their failure to patch security holes and the fact that they were caught trying to take down the security firm that let the world know that there was a hole is OSX.  The same flaw was found in Windows - but Microsoft patched it - six weeks ago.  Nicely done Apple.  It's always awesome when you willingly let your customers be part of a zombie network.  More at TheRegister.

Apple went out of its way to make life difficult for the Russian security firm that first alerted the world to the spread of the now infamous Flashback Trojan on Mac computers, it has emerged. However the fruitbite-branded firm has now pledged to resolve the problem, well after security firms - and Microsoft - had acted.

Listen Up!

If you like to enjoy your audio privately, perhaps the Clar1tyOne EB110 Earphones over at TechPowerUp is what you're looking for.  These are from a Canadian company and will set you back over $100.  You may want to find out how they perform before you drop that much money.

If you are looking to share your sound from your PC, perhaps the Olasonic TW-S7 USB Speakers at EverythingUSB are more up your alley.  They aren't that much cheaper though.  

I know.  Wires can be a pain.  That's why the Auna PS-7801 Wireless Speaker System at XSReviews is getting all the press.  These look pretty awesome but unfortunately, that's about where the awesome ends.  MissingRemote has a look at the Aperion Audio Zona Wireless Speakers and at $399, I hope these are decent.


Tuesday Storage Stack

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to empty the big old stack of storage reviews that have collected in our inbox.


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