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Google, Not Facebook to Buy Titan Aerospace

In an interesting shift in the past couple of days, it seems that Google has seen the real value of Titan Aerospace and is looking to snatch it away from Facebook who was trying to close the deal about a month ago. This is interesting as Google's own "Project Loon" seems to be successful, but internet baloons don't inspire a lot of confidence where the new solor-powered drones seem to hold a lot more promise.

If Google's plans come to fruition, we may soon see increased connectivity throughout the world. Since Titan Aerospace's drones are solar-powered, they are theoretically able to stay airborne indefinitely - and according to Forbes, the company is currently developing two new drone models which are capable of flying continuously for up to 5 years.

Source: Neowin vis WSJ

Heartbleed Hits Android 4.1.1

If you're an Android user and are currently using Android 4.1.1 on your older device, make sure that you go quickly and update your Google services. There is a flaw in this version of Android that makes it vulnerable and if you are currently using it, you'd better think twice about your data. Thankfully, it is already patched, but you may need to do a manual update in the Google Play store to seal the whole on your device.

Security researchers said that version of Android is still used in millions of smartphones and tablets, including popular models made by Samsung Electronics Co., HTC Corp. and other manufacturers. Google statistics show that 34 percent of Android devices use variations of the 4.1 software.

Source: Bloomberg

PS4 sells 7 Million units

Since the release of the PS4, Sony has been able to already sell 7 million units and admits they can't keep up with the demand yet. This is good news for Sony as some of their other divisions have been dragging them down and the success of the PS4 might help that temporarily. Phys.org has the full story.

The PS4 is up against Microsoft's Xbox One, and Nintendo's Wii U for dominance of the digital home entertainment market at a time that consoles are under intense pressure to prove their worth in a world of ubiquitous smartphones and tablets for games and videos.

By comparison, the Wii U, launched in late 2012, took more than a year to sell 5.86 million units.

Samsung @ CES 2013

One of the highlights of every CES is a stop by the Samsung booth and this year didn’t disappoint. Samsung has so many products on display which makes it feel like walking through a candy story wishing you could have one of each. The big product in the TV market this year at CES is 4k displays (4096x2160 resolution) and Samsung had a bunch of those on display. Right now content is pretty tough to find in resolutions that high, but the demo clips that they were showing attracted quite a crowd. 


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Samsung 4K TV
 

Also on display was one of Samsung's curved OLED TV's. The curve in the screen wasn't drastic but it was enough to give the picture a bit of a different look and thanks to the OLED technology the picture was great. 


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Samsung Curved OLED TV

Check out more of our pictures from Samsung in our CES 2013 gallery.

iPhone 5 Hands-on

If you have been waiting for the next generation of iPhone your wait is almost over. September 20th is the day both the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C start to ship. Engadget has some hands-on time with the iPhone 5S and shares their thoughts over here.

As you may have already heard, the 5s is rather similar in overall hardware to the iPhone 5, though there are a few changes in key places. As you can see in the above image, it's available in three colors: space grey (which has black highlights on top and bottom), white and -- as rumored so many times -- gold.

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