Samsung Unveils Galaxy S4; Journalist Indicted for Hack; Redbox Instant Public Beta
Samsung was the talk of the tech world on Thursday thanks to its new smartphone, the Galaxy S4. The Korean tech giant last night officially took the wraps off the Galaxy S4, a 5-inch smartphone coming to all the major U.S. carriers during the second quarter.
During the unveiling at Radio City Music Hall, Samsung’s mobile chief, JK Shin, touted the Galaxy S4 as “a life companion for a richer, simpler life.” The revamped smartphone, which follows last year’s Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II is “slimmer yet stronger, less to hold yet more to see, [and] it is simply amazing,” according to Shin.
For more, check out our Hands On With the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Meanwhile, the Internet was also aflutter yesterday after the deputy social media editor for Reuters was indicted for his alleged assistance in the 2010 hack of his former employers, which was carried out by members of Anonymous. Matthew Keys faces up to 25 years in prison and fines of $750,000 for handing over his login information to the content management system for KTXL FOX 40, which led to an Anonymous member defacing a story on the LA Times website.
Also yesterday, Verizon launched the public beta version of its Redbox Instant movie service, throwing its hat into the movie streaming ring to take on rival heavyweights Netflix and Amazon. The service, which no longer requires an access code to sign up, provides four one-night DVD rentals and unlimited video streaming for an $8 monthly subscription fee. A Blu-ray option will be available for $1 extra per month.
In other sobering news, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that drivers in the U.S. are more likely to engage in risky behaviors like texting and talking on the phone while driving than their counterparts in seven European countries. The study, released Thursday, found that 69 percent of U.S. drivers have talked on the phone while behind the wheel in the past month, compared to 21 percent in the United Kingdom.
Here’s some other news you might have missed:
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- Online Petitions Protest Google Reader Shutdown: Google has shut down many products over the last two years, but news that Google Reader will cease to exist come July 1 has the Internet up in arms.
- Digg Building Google Reader RSS Replacement: Digg wants to help fill the void after Google Reader goes away.
- Fashion 2.0 Awards Honor Social Media Stars of the Industry: The most sartorially extravagant social media event of the year — the Fashion 2.0 Awards — took place at the SVA Theatre in New York this week, organized by Style Coalition, a fashion influencer marketing platform.
- Netflix Offers $100,000 for Cloud Computing Improvements: Netflix is challenging global developers to improve the features, usability, quality, reliability, and security of cloud computing, and will hand over $100,000 to the teams that can do it best.
- Ad-Blocking Apps Pulled From Google Play: Developers with apps that can block ads on Google’s mobile OS have been informed that their apps are no longer available on Google Play.
- Pebble Smartwatch Near Impossible to Repair: The Pebble Smartwatch may have been a Kickstarter success story, but fixing it is apparently more of a tragedy.
- Rovio’s ‘The Croods’ Mobile Game Out Now for iOS, Android: It’s time for a trip back to the Stone Age, mobile gamers!
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag