Rubberized texture of case, doesn’t show fingerprints, and has 4 rubber feet and slots on bottom for heat release.

(accurately pictured) HOT BLUE color is also NICE! Arrives in mail with no instructions and minimal packaging, but undamaged. Both top and bottom have tabs that snap onto the laptop. Press top and bottom covers on until you hear a click and see that all the tabs have latched onto the laptop.

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Facebook bug allows users to post on anyone’s wall, even Zuckerberg’s

An information system expert claims to have discovered a Facebook bug allowing users to post on a private Facebook wall. After being ignored by Facebook he posted directly on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall.

Khalil Shreateh, an IT expert from Palestine, claims to have found a vulnerability in Facebook’s privacy service but was ignored by the social-networking giant when he tried to alert them.

In Shreateh’s blog post, he states that he reported the bug to Facebook via. the company’s Whitehat service that urges security researcher’s to inform them right away.

Any bugs found can receive a minimum reward of $500 and increases depending on severity and creativity.

In order to prove the exploit, Shreateh posted on Sarah Goodin’s Facebook. Goodin was one of the first to create a page on Facebook.

He sent a screenshot of the wall post to Facebook Security only to receive a reply, “I am sorry this is not a bug.”

The ability to post to non friends Facebook users walls meant that Shreateh could then post on Mark Zuckberg’s Facebook wall in order to gain more attention to the problem and be taken seriously.

He was then immediately contacted by Facebook’s security manager, Ola Okelola.

Shreateh’s Facebook account was initially suspended but then re-enabled.

A Security engineer stated, “Unfortunately your report to our Whitehat system did not have enough technical information for us to take action on it.”

The e-mail then concluded that Shreateh would not be paid for discovering the vulnerability because the way he did it violated the T&C’s.

Ouya review

Ouya is cheap, runs Android and is totally open. Can it take on the Xbox and PlayStation or does it offer little more than mobile games on your TV?

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign which saw a whopping $8.5 million raised by the general public, the open-source Ouya games console is finally a reality.

This diminutive cube-like device runs Android 4.1, boasts a Bluetooth controller and costs less than £100 – little wonder then that many within the games industry are predicting that it could steal away precious market share from the likes of theSony PS4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Wii U.

However, while Ouya is the most famous of a new wave of Android-based gaming platforms, it’s not unique in the field – this year will also see the launch ofGameStick, Mad Catz has M.O.J.O. in development and the Nvidia Shield handheld console is also being prepared for launch in June – all of these rival systems are running Google’s OS as well.

Being first to market doesn’t always assure success, and while the concept behind the console is certainly exciting, it’s fair to say that Ouya comes with its fair share of niggles.

Ouya: Size and build

Created by renowned Swiss designer Yves Béhar, Ouya is a clean-looking cube fashioned from metal and plastic, and measures just 75mm x 75mm x 82mm. There’s a power button on the top, but aside from that there are no other physical keys anywhere on the console.

Around the back there’s a selection of ports, and a surprisingly silent fan resides in the base. Despite its small size, Ouya weighs a chunky 300g.

Ouya: Features

Ouya runs Google’s Android operating system, but comes with its own menu system and interface. Although the software running the system is the same as that found in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, Ouya isn’t compatible with the Google Play market – so you can’t log in and download all your previously purchased games.

Instead, you’ll have to use the official Ouya store, which doesn’t have anywhere near as many quality games right now. This also means you’ll end up paying twice for some titles when they eventually get ported over, which is a bit annoying.

Under the bonnet, Ouya is powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset. This ensures some pretty impressive 3D performance with HD visuals, but the tech feels slightly outdated these days – Android devices were running this chip last year, and Nvidia’s aforementioned Shield handheld console ships with Tegra 4, which will offer far superior graphics.

In terms of connectivity, Ouya functions very much like an Android tablet. It has built-in Bluetooth so you can pair keyboards, mice and other gamepads. It also boasts WiFi and wired internet, and a USB 2.0 port which allows you to plug in additional storage (the unit comes with 8GB of internal flash) and other wired USB peripherals. In terms of connectivity, Ouya really benefits from its Android ancestry.

Ouya: Controller

Although it has been described by the team behind the console as the “Stradivarius controller”, the Ouya’s joypad isn’t quite as refined as that. Like the system, it’s a fusion of sand-blasted aluminium and plastic. The layout is clearly inspired by the Xbox 360 controller, but the build quality is slightly underwhelming.

The face buttons often become stuck when pressed down hard, and the metal plates which cover the battery compartments (it needs two AAs to operate) don’t sit entirely flush when locked in place.

Ouya: Games

Of course, when all is said and done, Ouya’s long term success rests on its library of games – and sadly at this point, the outlook is less than impressive. At the time of writing there’s a distinct lack of quality games available.

Legendary RPG Final Fantasy III is arguably the most famous game on offer, with mobile ports of Canabalt and Wizorb following in tow. Sadly, there’s nothing else here which will blow you away – or keep you occupied for more than a few minutes.

While developers like Sega are promising support in the future, Ouya doesn’t currently offer any juicy exclusives to tempt hardcore players. The notable titles on the horizon – such as Sonic CD, Shadowgun andDead Trigger – are all available on iOS and Android, and have been for months.

The only real benefit of playing these old classics on Ouya is the introduction of physical controls, but many of the games were designed to work perfectly on a touch screen anyway.

At the end of the day, Ouya is unlikely to get any must-have titles in the same vein as The Last of UsHalo 4 or New Super Mario Bros. U – for that kind of quality, player will still need to invest in a system from one of the big three manufacturers.

Another issue is the way in which the games are sold. Everything on the Ouya store is free to play, but many titles require a payment to unlock all of their content, while others resort to shady in-app purchases.

The trouble is, there’s no way of knowing how much you’re going to have to shell out at the point of download – prices only become apparent when you’re deep into the game itself. Even then, prices are all over the place – Final Fantasy III costs £10.99, while other titles are less than a quid.

Ouya: Verdict

On paper, Ouya is undeniably exciting – the scope of Android combined with a proper gaming interface and a super-low price point. However, a lack of quality games – not to mention an absence of AAA exclusives – makes the platform slightly less appealing.

The open nature of the console means that indie developers should embrace it enthusiastically, but with iOS and Android offering a larger audience, even that is far from certain.

When you consider that you can pick up a PS3 or 360 for just a little more cash than Ouya costs, it’s hard to recommend the console at this point in time. Hopefully Ouya can pick up more support towards the end of the year.

Ouya release date: 25 June 2013

Check it out… Ouya price: £99 ($99)

New tech enables wireless devices to communicate without battery

Internet-of-things! Researchers, led by an Indian-origin scientist, have developed a new technology that lets wireless devices communicate with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power.

The new communication technique, called “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Two devices communicate with each other by reflecting the existing signals to exchange information. The researchers built small, battery-free devices with antennas that can detect, harness and reflect a TV signal, which then is pickedup by other similar devices.

The technology could enable a network of devices and sensors to communicate with no power source or human attention needed.

“We can re-purpose wireless signals that are already around us into both a source of power and a communication medium,” said lead researcher Shyam Gollakota, from the University of Washington.

“It’s hopefully going to have applications in a number of areas including wearable computing, smart homes and self-sustaining sensor networks,” said Gollakota.

“Our devices form a network out of thin air. You can reflect these signals slightly to create a Morse code of communication between battery-free devices,” said co-author Joshua Smith.

The technology can also be used for communication – text messages and emails, for example – in wearable devices, without requiring battery consumption.

The researchers tested the ambient backscatter technique with credit card-sized prototype devices placed within several feet of each other.

For each device the researchers built antennas into ordinary circuit boards that flash an LED light when receiving a communication signal from another device.

Groups of the devices were tested in a variety of settings, including inside an apartment building, on a street corner and on the top level of a parking garage.

They found that the devices were able to communicate with each other, even the ones farthest from a TV tower. The receiving devices picked up a signal from their transmitting counterparts at a rate of 1 kilobit per second when up to 2.5 feet apart outdoors and 1.5 feet apart indoors.

This is enough to send information such as a sensor reading, text messages and contact information.

It is also feasible to build this technology into devices that do rely on batteries, such as smartphones. It could be configured so that when the battery dies, the phone could still send text messages by leveraging power from an ambient TV signal.

ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone has officially launched on eBay UK and US

Earlier this week it was confirmed that ZTE would be selling the Firefox OS smartphone via. eBay. The product has officially launched on the UK and US store.

The ZTE Open Firefox OS smartphone is now available for purchase on ZTE’s eBay stores in the UK and US.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that the ZTE Open would go on sale exclusively in the UK and US for £60 ($90), and the product has now officially launched.

The smartphone, available in Firefox’s exclusive orange colouring is only available in an initial batch online.

Buyers will receive a ZTE Open Firefox OS Mobilephone, battery, Micro USB Cable, Charger and Earphones for their money, alongside free shipping.

Developers are invited to “build apps powered by open Web standards (like HTML5, JavaScript and CSS) and new Mozilla pioneered Web APIs that enable Web apps to access the underlying capabilities of the handset previously only available to native apps (e.g. camera, telephony, messaging, Bluetooth),” as stated on ZTE’s ebay store.

The ZTE Open was unveiled earlier this year available only in Spain, Columbia, and Venezuela.

Specifications for the smartphone look like this; a 3.5-inch TFT 320 x 480p screen, 256 MB RAM, 32GB additional Micro SD Card support, and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Mozilla’s Firefox OS also runs on the Geeksphone Keon and Peak devices which sold for £78 (Keon) and £130 (Peak).

Source & Image: ZTE eBay store (UK) & (US)

Belkin Classic Case for Kindle Fire HD 7″

Protect your Kindle Fire HD 7-inch with the Belkin Classic Cover. This stylish case features stretchable corners to provide a snug fit for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch. The polyester fabric and soft inner lining protect the screen and backing from scratches while on the go. The case’s sleek, lightweight design makes it ideal for slipping into a purse or bag, so you can take your Kindle Fire HD 7-inch anywhere you go.

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Secure, Stylish Protection

The Classic Cover provides protection with a soft interior lining, stylish exterior fabric, and elastic corners that keep your Kindle Fire HD 7-inch securely in place. The polyester exterior is durable, ensuring the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch’s touchscreen is safe from scratches.

Designed Specifically for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch

Belkin has designed the Classic Cover specifically for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch to provide support and lightweight, formfitting protection.

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*THWACK* Samsung Rolls Out an Android Flip Phone

As much as smartphones have done to advance the fine arts of communication and handheld web surfing, the main thing we’ve been missing since the flip phone era is the satisfying THWACK! of ending a phone call. You just can’t hang up authoritatively with a smartphone. “Did you see that guy jam his thumb against his iPhone? Oooooh, he must be mad!!”

I’m not sure how many slickly-named Hennessy flip phones Samsung will be able to sell, but for a company whose Galaxy line of products features a skillion different makes, models and screen sizes, the idea here is probably that — hey — maybe there are some people out there who want to go back to flip phones without giving up too many smartphone features.

This isn’t exactly a state of the art smartphone/flip phone hybrid, mind you. It’s running a somewhat older version of Android (last year’s 4.1 Jelly Bean), and the two 3.3-inch touchscreens (yes, there are two — one on the outside and one on the inside) each feature a resolution of just 320 by 480 pixels. But there’s a quad-core processor under the hood and a gigabyte of RAM, which ought to make the phone perform smoothly. And perhaps more importantly, there’s an old-timey numeric dialing pad.

If you’re feeling nostalgic enough to explore a potential purchase of this device, I’m afraid I have some bad news. For now, it’s apparently only available in China. Who knows, though? Maybe this will become a trend.

Samsung brings back the flip phone, unveils the Hennessy featuring two 3.3-inch displays [Pocket-lint]