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Qualcomm and Samsung are back in the newest Galaxy device, the Galaxy S5. The Korean electronics giant on Monday unveiled its newest flagship phone with a slightly tweaked design and updated specs. The Galaxy S5 has a 5.1-inch display HD screen and a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with a bunch of bells and whistles that are supposed to improve the experience of taking and viewing images. The device also contains a fingerprint sensor and heart-rate monitor, as well as updated components.
When the Galaxy S5 launches in April, it will hit the market with two different processors -- its own Exynos chip and Qualcomm's Snapdragon. Some regions will get the Qualcomm version while others will receive the Samsung chip model, though specifics aren't clear right now. Using the two different application processors follows the same strategy Samsung employed for the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 3, and other devices.
According to a report by The Guardian, the GCHQ, Britain's surveillance agency akin to the NSA, captured webcam chat images from millions of Yahoo users. The program, codenamed Optic Nerve, intercepted the images from 2008 to 2010, storing the content in bulk -- meaning it was not a targeted effort, but that it spied on people not accused of any wrongdoing. In a six month period alone, the agency captured 1.8 million images. According to the report, the purpose was to collect mugshots of previously arrested individuals. But the webcam shots contained a large amount of salacious material, from people using the chat service for pornographic purposes. Yahoo reacted "furiously," when told of the webcam surveillance.
Google today launched the Google Maps Gallery, an extension of the Google Maps Public Data Program it announced last October. The new gallery is meant to showcase maps from the organizations Google is working with, including the likes of National Geographic, the U.S. Geological Survey and the City of Edmonton, and to make them more discoverable. The idea behind the Public Data Program is to unlock the maps and geospatial information many organizations already have.
If you've ever needed power on the go but don't want to lug a portable battery charger around, a new Kickstarter project could provide the answer. The bright minds behind Startup EnergyBionic have slapped a solar charger on a wristband to give you sun-powered juice for your phone. Called Carbon, the wearable charger will cost $95 if you back the project now. A charging port, LED indicator and button line the edges. For $95, you get a solar charger in one of eight color options- Slate (silver) and Coal (black) frames with black, blue, green or red accents.