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Another company surfaced out to sue Apple and this time it is TracBeam from Colorado. Tracbeam had filed a lawsuit against Apple over using the former’s location based services in iOS and OS X. Evidences consider Tracbeam a patent troll, which thrives only on purchasing patents and sue companies over infringement issues. These services are present in Apple’s Safari, Siri, and the list goes on.

Tracbeam are provided with several patents that are associated to wireless location technology used in both consumer and business related technology.

TracBeam had filed four counts against Apple and will vehemently pounce on the huge tech company for their violations. One of the patents of  Tracbeam is comprise of location services in iOS, OS X, and even in Apple’s “Find My Phone” service which permits users to trace their lost gadgets.

In the face of the allegations against Apple, some experts charge Tracbeam as a patent troll or a Patent Assertion Entity, a moniker given to business firms which thrive on buying patents and file lawsuits on infringing companies. According to study that have been made in 2013, Apple was the most preferred target of the so-called patent trolls.


Beware Facebook users as there is a program which exhibits itself as a Facebook app which looks authentic and at the same time enticing to use. But the truth is this program is a pesky malware application that fools the users that they can change the color schemes of their profiles. Around 10,000 individuals are already victimized and hobbled by this nuisance already, and the figure is expected to increase in the coming days.

To shun away from this troublesome application the users should always be wary of the two tactics in which the program utilizes to rip through into the accounts of the users. When users come across with the site that entices the users to use the ‘color change software,’ they will be requested to watch a tutorial video on how to personalize their Facebook profiles. This video is in fact built to rob information from the users which allows the hackers to invade your account and network with your acquaintances. The hackers utilize this scheme to ensnare many users.

The program can also lead the users to download an irritating pornographic video player. In the case of Android tablet and smartphone users the program usually employs a deceptive malware tactic which informs you that your computer has been infected and makes a compelling suggestion that you need to download and app to get rid of the virus.

After installing the deceptive program the malware will take control of your Facebook apps, implanting them with viruses and nasty codes which will take you to Phising sites and allow the hackers to farm for your personal information.

But thank goodness there is an antidote to this very annoying and bothersome malware. You can whip up a counter attack by simply going to the Facebook’s app page and uninstalling the color change program. You also have the option of disabling all of your apps to keep this troublesome app from bothering you. Keep in mind that you need to change your password so that the invasive malware program will not haunt you again.

And last but definitely not the least; you can avoid the hassles and troubles that the “change the color” malware may bring by simply ignoring it. Remember that Facebook is not like Myspace where the users can customize their profiles with new skins or colors.

To avoid getting bamboozled by other malware as well, simply steer clear from them and never open links.


The fabulous luxury cars such as the ones produced by BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes Benz are no longer beyond the reach of many and reserved to the elite. With the emergence of second-hand luxury car market and luxury cars that are fetched at affordable prices such as Audi Q3 and BMW X1 many variants of luxury cars are surfacing out with irresistible prices.

Though the larger mass market absorbed a small setback as the passenger’s vehicle demand dropped 6% to 25 lakh units in 2013-2014, the sales of new luxury cars experienced a robust growth of 25% with 35,000 vehicles were sold. The sales of second-hand luxury cars are even more remarkable as it posted a whopping growth of 60% as 30,000 vehicles were sold in the fiscal year 2013-2014.

Mercedes-Benz India, MD & CEO, Eberhard Kern stated in FE that many customers are opting for the second-hand vehicles that paved the way of overall used market to outperform the sales growth of the new cars.

Mercedes-Benz, which is one of the first luxury car brands to penetrate in the first half of 2014 reported that used car sales posted a robust 42% growth.

Why the second-hand luxury cars are winning the battle over the mass segment cars is that the former provide a great deal of value because the prices are significantly reduced compared with the similar new luxury. To see the big difference, a BMW 3 which is used for two years, can be purchased for about `22 lakh, while a new car is valued at `34 lakh.

Since the luxury cars are built with superior and high-quality materials, they are cinched to endure for so many years and are expected to have traveled just for fewer kilometers. And a great bonus with buying the used luxury vehicles is that most brands such as Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi have their local used car branches, which provide trouble-free maintenance.


One of the units of Volkswagen of America Incorporated’s Volkswagen AG is hobbled by fuel system that resulted to recalling a whopping 189,490 units of 2009 model Tiguan small SUVs in the North America region.

Around 151,389 Tiguan SUVs were recalled in the United States while 38,101 vehicles are recalled in Canada.

The company recalled the vehicles since they generate air bubbles in the fuel injection system when the gasoline is exposed to very cold temperature (especially during winter season)


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirmed last August 7, 2014 that company’s is on the process of recalling the flawed vehicles.


The majority of experts anticipate that the much-awaited September 9th event of Apple will be anchored on unveiling one or probably more new iPhones and the Apple wearable gear will be announced on another event in October. Many speculate that the wearable device is wrist wearable stuff.

Many think that the device is probably a watch which may have the name iTime, but reports claim that the company will instead roll out a bracelet-looking fitness band which is perfect for people who are health-conscious and always on-the-go. The website stated that Apple is collaborating with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers along with other athletes to evaluate the newly-fangled device’s fitness various functions.

If this speculation will be true then this is a good news for health buffs who are at the same time well-offs since Apple is truly great at coming with new innovations and cutting edge technological devices. This stuff will surely have features that the consumers will yearn to have.

nasa flying saucer

Conspiracy theorists will love this one. NASA has been working on ways to get heavy payloads to Mars, and they’ve just tested a new kind of system. The NASA flying saucer has just had its maiden voyage, and they’ve released video of their shiny new toy.

The NASA flying saucer is actually a Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator or LDSD for short. It’s a saucer shaped vehicle being tested as a new way to get large payloads to the Red Planet, and it took its first voyage back in June from the Pacific Missile Range Facility owned by the Navy in Kauai, Hawaii.

The LDSD was taken to a height of around 190,000 feet with the help of a ginormous balloon. The flying saucer was able to obtain Mach 4.3 before scientists deployed something called a SIAD, or Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator to slow it down. The massive inflatable donut was able to slow the vehicle to Mach 2, which is where another piece of new tech kicked in – the Supersonic Disksail Parachute.

The SDP chute is the largest parachute of its kind, and while the air-braking donut held up well, the SDP did not. They say it, better than we ever could…

“The idea of taking 200 pounds of Kevlar and nylon and deploying it at 2,500 mph, 200 pounds that inflated would be the size of a small warehouse, is certainly a challenging endeavor. There’s a lot of physics with this problem that we’re now gaining new insights into that we’ve never had before,” said Ian Clark, principal investigator at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, as quoted by AP.

“We’re going to take all of that knowledge, and feed it toward our flights next year.”

The launch was the first of several planned by NASA, and they had a few video cameras onboard for the ride. The next flying saucer launch will take place sometime next summer, and the footage they took from the LDSD’s trip is well worth a look. You can watch the vehicle in action below, and find out more about the project over at NASA.

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