A daily digest of IT blogs from Richi Jennings—he curates the best bits of the best blogs, finest forums, and weirdest websites, so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning.
Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is expected to release its 'Duke' 3D smartphone in the summer. The rumors are rife, reaching us from many sources. All agree there are four tracking cameras that permit a "true" parallax effect, without glasses or the cruddy lenticular nonsense of a Nintendo 3DS.
However, there's some debate whether the "3D" is done by eye-tracking or head-tracking.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers drop several F-words, including FireOS and Fragmentation.
For more than three years, rumors of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) smartphones have pricked up bloggy ears. Never tiring of never-ending tales of unreleased phones, bloggers have trampled through dense Amazonian foliage to return with The Legend of the 3D Smartphone.
HP (NYSE:HPQ) has, err, "resolved" several allegations that it bribed officials in Mexico and Eastern Europe. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission don't take kindly to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, you see.
Oh. Wait. Did I say "HP"? Of course I actually meant "HP subsidiaries." So that's all right then.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch Bill and Dave roll in their respective graves.
OpenSSL's TLS and DTLS implementations are badly broken -- testing our faith in open source. Last month it was GnuTLS that fell victim to an old crypto flaw, now it's OpenSSL's turn to give the lie to the "all bugs are shallow in the bazar" bizarre mantra.
The snappily-named CVE-2014-0160 bug, aka Heartbleed, is a truly epic vulnerability, which has been silently widespread on the net for two years. Naturally, there's much speculation that the NSA and GCHQ have been exploiting the bug for some time.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers duck and cover from falling skies (and small poultry).
The S. Korean smartphone engine churns again, to bring us the Galaxy S5. Here's all you need to know in ITBW-roundup stylee. TL;DR: It's waterproof (ish), bigger (ish), faster, grippier, with an ecosystem-busting fingerprint sensor.
But is it any good? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pour cold water over it and find out.
Like a homing pigeon flying towards profitability, social media company Twitter (NASDAQ:TWTR) has decided to roll out new types of ads in the coming few weeks. That is, according to anonymous posters feeding close to the paragraph streaming specialists. The move will likely feather a larger nest for Twitter, but at what cost?
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers keep it short and tweet.
Brendan Eich, beleaguered Firefox luminary, has stepped down from his position as CEO of Mozilla. The heat over his 2008 contribution to an anti-gay-marriage fund got too much (or so it seems).
But now, some gay-marriage supporters are coming out of the woodwork to decry the 'hounding' and 'firing' of the poor innocent chap for claiming his 'free-speech rights.' (Wow, not everyone holds the same opinion -- who knew?)
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers are careful what they wish for.
Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) wants its own little slice of your living room. Released now, the new $99 Amazon Fire TV set-top box is faster than its competitors. Plus you can talk to it, via the remote (in case you feel the need for a cheap Scotty gag).
There's loads of content, some games, and there'll be developer hooks, too. (Shame about the unfortunate domain name, though.)