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Hacked memo leaked: Apple, Nokia, RIM supply backdoors for gov't intercept? Previously a group of Indian hackers called The Lords of Dharmaraja had posted documents that were pillaged during the hack of an Indian military network.

Hacked memo leaked: Apple, Nokia, RIM supply backdoors for gov't intercept?

That Pastebin post was removed, but can be viewed via Google cache. More of the story continues to be unveiled such as when Slashdot reported: The memo suggests that, "in exchange for the Indian market presence" mobile device manufacturers, including RIM, Nokia, and Apple (collectively defined in the document as "RINOA") have agreed to provide backdoor access on their devices.

The Indian government then "utilized backdoors provided by RINOA" to intercept internal emails of the U.S. -China Economic and Security Review Commission, a U.S. government body with a mandate to monitor, investigate and report to Congress on 'the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship' between the U.S. and China.

Here's the really interesting parts numbered 3 and 4: Tech Show Loses Clout as the Place for Product News. But once again, the show is unlikely to be where any blockbuster products of 2012 are introduced.

Tech Show Loses Clout as the Place for Product News

Many of the hottest new gadgets in recent years — including Apple’s and , ’s Kinect and Amazon’s Kindle Fire — were first announced at other events, even though C.E.S. remains the world’s biggest consumer technology convention. This reflects the changing nature of the technology industry — particularly the fact that the most important developments in the electronics business are no longer coming from the makers of television sets and stereos that have been most closely identified with the show since it started in 1967. And as the industry and its trade show have grown, the need for buzz and branding has become more acute.

The most innovative players — like Apple and Amazon — need to stand out from the crowd and so have chosen to introduce their products at smaller, more narrowly defined conferences and company-only events. In an interview, Mr. Mr. Mr. As he manages C.E.S., Mr. PayPal’s First In-Store, Brick And Mortar Mobile Payments Integration Is At Home Depot. As we’ve reported in the past, PayPal announced an in-store payments technology both via mobile and point of sale systems that is currently being tested on a ‘friends and family’ basis in a national retailer.

PayPal’s First In-Store, Brick And Mortar Mobile Payments Integration Is At Home Depot

That retailer is Home Depot, we’ve learned from PayPal. PayPal said of the Home Depot announcement: We frequently run trials with our retail partners. In this case, PayPal and The Home Depot are engaged in a limited pilot program for new POS technologies. The pilot is currently being run in five stores and involves a small number of PayPal employees. Gil Luria of Investment house Wedbush Securities also put out a research note today that confirmed that the first retailer is the Home Depot.

Basically, via the pilot customers (PayPal employees) are able to pay for items via their PayPal account at Home Depot’s point of sale systems. We heard recently that PayPal is partnering with at least 20 other known top-tier retailers, which will be unveiled later this year. Apple to open new store-within-a-store outlets inside Target this year. Breaking By Daniel Eran Dilger Apple will be opening new store-within-a-store locations in select Target locations later this year, enabling the company to expand its retail reach into smaller metro areas.

Apple to open new store-within-a-store outlets inside Target this year

According to a source familiar with Apple's plans, the company plans to begin operating Apple-branded areas within 25 larger Target stores in locations which can't support a standalone Apple Store. The initial opening would be a small start, given that Target, the second-largest discount retail chain in the US, operates 1752 stores in the US. Apple has opened 359 of its own retail stores globally, 245 of which are in the US. Apple currently also operates a "store within a store" at over 600 Best Buy locations with "Apple Shops," some of which feature staffing by Apple Solution Consultants. Targeting iPods and iOS devices In October 2002, Apple began selling its iPod at all Target stores.

Target has adorned its electronics sections with official Apple signage | Source: ifoAppleStore. Why quad-core iOS devices could launch within the next year. Deep within the latest iOS 5.1 betas are code references that appear to suggest that Apple is readying its mobile operating system for quad-core processors.

Why quad-core iOS devices could launch within the next year

According to "knowledgable and reliable" sources speaking to 9to5Mac, the reference are evident in processor management software that previously only referenced one- and two-core processors. The code references are found within a file labelled "/cores/core.3. " Since programmers, by habit, generally start counting at 0 instead of 1, "/cores/core.0" references single-core processors like the A4, and "/cores/core.1" references the dual-core A5 processor used in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S. Theoretically, "/cores/core.2" would refer to a three-core processor, but iOS doesn't contain any such reference.

According to 9to5Mac, the fact that these references exist in iOS 5.1 betas are an indication that Apple is already testing its mobile OS on quad-core chips. iOS 5.1 beta reveals Apple’s plan to soon ship iPads, iPhones with quad-core chips. Speed increases are an expected part of Apple’s iOS device hardware upgrades, but what Apple has up their sleeves for speed enhancements is typically up for debate.

iOS 5.1 beta reveals Apple’s plan to soon ship iPads, iPhones with quad-core chips

The first-generation iPad clocked around 1GHz with the single core A4 processor, and —a year later—Apple bumped the iPad’s chip to dual-core-speed with the A5 processor. While not quite confirming that a quad-core processor will power Apple’s third-generation iPad, we have obtained evidence that suggests Apple is currently working on quad-core iOS devices.

Hidden deep inside the latest iOS 5.1 beta is updated processing-core management software that not only supports the dual-core processing enabled by the A5 iPhone and iPad chip, but also quad-core processing. The references to quad-core iPhone and iPad chips come by way of a hidden panel that describes cores that are supported by iOS device hardware. The implications of an iOS device with a quad-core processor are vast. Samsung rakes in record profits as HTC sales dive. High performance access to file storage Surging smartphone sales have brought in record quarterly profits for Samsung, the world's biggest technology company by sales.

Samsung rakes in record profits as HTC sales dive

The South Korean firm made 5.2 trillion won ($4.5bn) in quarterly operating profits in the last quarter of 2011, according to its preliminary results posted today. It's a 73 per cent rise on the same time last year and up 22 per cent from Q3. Samsung shifted an estimated 35 million smartphone units in the last three months of 2011, an increase of about a fifth on the 28 million sold in Q3. Top-end Android smartphone the Samsung Galaxy S II has sold well and 7-inch tablet the Galaxy Note has been successful in the tablet market. The $1.4bn sale of Samsung's hard disk drive business to Seagate, finalised last month, has also inflated the quarterly earnings. Gloom in Taiwan The picture was darker for another Asian phone-maker, HTC, the fourth biggest maker of smartphones.

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