Screen Grabs: Vampire Diaries uses Galaxy Note to scratch out sinister signals

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The residents of Mystic Falls, Virginia are the most tech-savvy bunch of supernatural creatures we’ve ever seen. If Edward Cullen and Bella Swan bothered to email each other, then we’d have been spared the horrors of New Moon. Quite the opposite here, as The Vampire Diaries folks have their fingers close to the undead pulse of gadgets, with one character in last night’s episode refusing to type a text message so they could write out their response with an S-Pen. Fans of the show that keep score should know that it currently stands two to Microsoft, two to Google and the fate of humanity all to play for.


Twitter Takes Tweetdeck Offline After Bug Opens Access To Others Accounts

TweetDeck is a popular Twitter client that Twitter officially acquired last year. The service was temporarily taken offline yesterday due to a bug. A user came across a bug which granted TweetDeck access to the accounts of other Twitter and Facebook users.

HTC One S Headed To T-Mobile 22nd Of April

HTC announced a range of new android handsets at MWC last month, one of those is the new HTC One S and it looks like the device is headed to US mobile carrier on the 22nd of April.

The HTC One S comes with Android 4.0 and it features a 4.3 inch qHD touchscreen display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, it is powered by a dual core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor and it comes with the latest version of HTC’s custom user interface, HTC Sense 4.0


Google Drive To Come With 5GB Of Free Storage?

Earlier in the week we heard a rumor that Google’s cloud based storage offering, Google Drive is expected to launch next month and now it would appear that we have some more details about the service.

According to a leaked screenshot of Google Drive, which you can see below, the cloud based storage service will give users 5GB of storage for free.

Google Drive

T-Mobile Amaze 4G And Sensation 4G To Get Android 4.0 Update Soon

T-Mobile has announced that two if its devices the HTC Amaze 4G and the HTC Sensation 4G will soon be getting an update to the latest version of Google’s Android OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The updates were revealed in some updated support documents on T-Mobile’s website, and whilst we don’t’ have an exact date we can apparently expect the updates shortly.

HTC Amaze 4G

Facebook Timeline Being Rolled Out To Everyone Today

Facebook launched their new Timeline feature a while back, and said that everyone would have to switch over to the timeline by a certain date, that date is today.

Many people have already switched their Facebook pages over to the new Timeline, if you haven’t you page will be converted to a timeline page automatically.

Facebook Timeline

Google To Launch Tablet Store To Sell Android Tablets?

We have been hearing rumors that Google is working on their own Android tablet, which is rumored to feature the Nexus branding and is expected to launch some time later this year.

Now according to a recent report by the WSJ, Google is apparently looking to open an online tablet store to sell a range of Android tablets, in an attempt to make the devices more popular.

Galaxy Tab 10.1

Tim Cook pays a visit to a Foxconn factory, smiles for the camera

ImageWe can’t say we’re particularly surprised, but Apple CEO Tim Cook managed to take some time out of his whirlwind tour of China to pay a visit to a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou charged with making those shiny new iPhones. The above shot of the bespectacled executive in the bright yellow smock was issued by Apple itself to document the trip. The overseas visit and the ensuing factory tour all come in the wake of a new focus on the working conditions of Foxconn factories that arrived thanks in part to a report from This American Life later retracted by the show.

Samsung Adds Extra Blink Security To Android Face Unlock Feature

Samsung has this week increased the security of its Android Face Unlock feature. That keep unwanted guests from accessing your smartphone and data using a photograph.

In the past it has been possible for the Face lock feature to be duped into providing access using just a photograph. Google has always acknowledged though that the Face Unlock feature was more of a gimmick rather than a serious biometric security feature.

Android Face Unlock

Age Of Empires Online Arrives As Free-To-Play On Steam

f you are a fan of Age Of Empires the classic build and battle game, you might be pleased to know that the Age of Empires Online version of the game is now available via Steam.

The history-based real-time strategy computer game was originally launched online back in August 2011 and brings with it gam play from the series of seven computer games launched since 1997.

Age of Empires Online