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Nokia N1 Android Tablet Officially Launched in China for a $260 Price Tag

By Claudiu Sima

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Far away from CES 2015, today in China, Nokia just announced the commercial launch of the N1 Android tablet. As you may know this tablet is the first Android slate from Nokia’s portofolio, and according to the company the customers from China will be able to get a N1 tablet for just $260.

Among Nokia’s N1 tablet we have a 7.9 inch panel with a 2.048 x 1.536 pixels resolution and a 4:3 screen ratio that is covered by a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer, a quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 processor clocked at 2.3 GHz (64-bit), 2 GB of RAM memory, and 32 GB space of internal storage. We get a 8-megapixel rear camera and also a 5-megapixel front-facing sensor.

 

This tablet also brings a 5.300 mAh battery and the Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system with the Nokia Z Launcher applied on-top. In terms of design, Nokia N1 resembles a lot to the iPad mini in both screen size and footprint. Would you buy it if available in your location?

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US banks trace credit fraud to Chick-fil-A locales in possible data breach

By Nathan Mattise

Several US financial institutions have discovered a pattern of credit card fraud in accounts used at different Chick-fil-A locations across the US, according to KrebsOnSecurity.

Veteran security reporter Brian Krebs writes that Chick-fil-A received similar reports and is now working with authorities in an ongoing investigation to determine whether there was a data breach. The site first heard of the potential compromise in November, but a major credit association issued an alert late this month that confirmed the situation. “Just before Christmas, one of the major credit card associations issued an alert to several financial institutions about a breach at an unnamed retailer that lasted between Dec. 2, 2013 and Sept. 30, 2014,” Krebs noted.

If the fraud is due to a data breach, Information Week reports that Chick-fil-A will absolve affected customers of fraudulent charges and offer them free credit monitoring services. “If the investigation reveals that a breach has occurred, customers will not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts,” the company said in a statement. “Any fraudulent charges will be the responsibility of either Chick-fil-A or the bank that issued the card. If our customers are impacted, we will arrange for free identity protection services, including credit monitoring.”

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Korea calls on China for help following hack attempt on nuclear power company

north_korea_flagBy John Timmer

Last week, Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, which runs South Korea’s 23 nuclear plants, suffered a security breach in which personnel records, public health monitoring data, and reactor designs were obtained from the company’s systems and posted online. The attacker, which linked to the materials on an anti-nuclear activist site, also threatened to release further information unless three of the company’s plants were shut down by tomorrow.

Now, Korean investigators have identified a Chinese IP address as the source of the attacks and are asking the Chinese government for assistance in the investigation.

According to a report in The Korea Times, the attacks were routed through three different VPN service providers in the US, Japan, and Korea. By obtaining these records, the initial IP address that launched the attack were traced to the city of Shenyang, which is on the China-North Korea border. An article from Australia’s ABC indicates that this city hosts one end of North Korea’s main Internet connection to the outside world, which was severed earlier this week.

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The state of smartphones in 2014: Ars Technica’s Ultimate Guide

iPhone-6-04-cdBy Andrew Cunningham

We’re always posting reviews that compare individual gadgets to other, similar gadgets, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little more comprehensive. For the last two years running, we’ve been rounding up all of the smartphones that are worth your time and weighing them against one another. With 2014 winding down, it’s time to do it again.

In past years, we’ve run down a list of flagships and declared “winners” in several categories—we’ll be taking a slightly different approach this time, since there are just so many phones to talk about and their specs are more homogenized than ever. So we’ll run through all of the phones we think you should be paying attention to, highlighting what each one does particularly well or particularly poorly. We’ll bring a few interesting low-end and midrange phones into the fold. And we’ll give a broad overview of the major operating systems and their ecosystems, and where things are going in 2015.

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Pioneer W10 is a 10.1 inch Tablet With Windows and 64 bit CPU

By Radu Iorga

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Priced at just $289, the Pioneer W10 is a Windows 8.1 tablet with a 64 bit Intel processor and pretty solid looks. This model is a 10.1 incher, with an aluminum unibody case, an approach you don’t see too often on big slates.

It measures 8.4 mm in thickness, so it’s slim considering its screen size, plus it weighs 580 grams. There’s a built in quad core Intel Z3735F processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz, as well as 2 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. We’ve got an IPS screen in the mix, with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 8000 mAh battery, that should provide up to 8 hours of fun.

The device runs Windows 8.1, integrates dual cameras and odds are that this is not the Pioneer company we know, the one with great acoustic systems, just like Hyundai and Polaroid tablet makers aren’t the same as the bigger names. I wouldn’t be surprised if this model had a HDMI out and a Full USB port as well…

 

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