Google+ Link Invites Coming Soon

Balaji Srinivasan of the Google+ Engineering Team has posted on his Plus account that Google will be rolling out a new, easier way to invite your friends to the social network – links. According to Srinivasan, this method of giving the network to others will be rolling out over the next few weeks and will just be integrated into the same invite button that is there right now.

This invite method will be far easier for users who don’t actually know someone’s Gmail, but has them on Twitter or another sharing network.

[Balaji Srinivasan via TNW]

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Headphone Review: NUForce NE-700M

A beautiful bronze finish gives the headphones a gleaming shine. The NE700-Ms (700s, or 700M for short) are an older pair of headphones from NUForce. NUForce has been a long time contender in the audiophile market supplying dacs, amps, and speakers. They have also found a great place in the headphone market with their highly successful NE700s. These little beauties have an eye-catching design, great audio, strong build, good comfort, and a huge bang for your buck. (more…)

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Sprint Plans to Launch the iPhone, According to Rep

The Beatweek Magazine reports that they have been shown some screenshots of a conversation between a customer and one of Sprint’s support representatives, who’s name was disclosed as Jessica. In the conversation, the customer simply asked “Is there any possibility of an iPhone on Sprint in the near future?,” which recieved a reply of “Please know that we are planning to launch the phone” and then a reminder that there is no official release date for the product.

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MacDefender Malware Gone for Good?

A raid on a Russian firm may have put an end to the MacDefender malware that has been infecting OS X machines for the past few months. As you may remember, MacDefender was one of the first notable malware programs on Apple’s OS, so it made headlines on more than one occasion. Luckily for less-than-savvy users, it looks like MacDefender is no more. Apple stopped updating malware definitions in File Quarantine for MacDefender on June 18th, which means that (more…)

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Lion USB Sticks Now Available Through AppleCare

Apple is now stocking Lion USB install drives for fulfillment through AppleCare. The drive costs $69, but doesn’t seem to be available for purchase directly from the Apple Store quite yet. Users who are unable to use Lion’s built-in recovery tools are eligible to receive a USB drive for free. If you’d like to save the hassle and roll your own installation drive, check out Lion DiskMaker.

[9to5 Mac]

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Report: iOS is a Far Safer Platform Than Android

Security firm Lookout, which collects information from over ten million devices globally via integration with over 700,000 apps, reported Thursday an 85 percent increase in the number of devices infected with malware among its monitored users, citing that Android users are 2.5 times as likely to fall victim to malware than just six months ago.

At the beginning of the year, there was only as many as 80 apps infected with malware on Android, but that number soared to over 400 by June. iOS, on the other hand, is protected because  (more…)

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AT&T: “Upgrade to a Tethering Plan, or We’ll Do It For You”

Last March, AT&T sent out text messages and emails to inform its jailbroken iPhone customers that they must upgrade to a proper tethering plan in order to continue using their device as a mobile hotspot. Today, it appears that the carrier is acting on these plans by informing its customers once again that they must stop tethering or upgrade their unlimited data plan, for those who were grandfathered prior to tiered data plans, to a proper tethering plan prior to August 11. (more…)

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Microsoft Responds to Google’s Accusations

Microsoft has made a public statement regarding Google’s claim that competitors are engaged in a “a hostile, organized campaign against Android“. Earlier today, Google’s David Drummond alleged that Microsoft, Apple, and others intentionally outbid the Mountain View company for Nortel and Novell patents with the intent of (more…)

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Gmail for Mobile Updated with Pull to Refresh and More

Gmail for mobile devices has been updated with Tweetie 2′s now famous pull to refresh feature and retina display optimization. This adds to the Google+ web interface that has had the feature since its release. Google has also added a few additional features to their mobile mail web interface today, head past the break to read more about them.

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iCloud’s “Find My iPhone” Service Now Live for Developers

Apple has activated the Find My iPhone and Mac services for developers testing out iCloud. It’s nearly identical to MobileMe’s implementation, with a few user interface improvements. Find My Mac uses WiFi data to pin point the machine to a fairly accurate location, and will be made public with the release of iCloud alongside iOS 5 this Fall. The basic service will be free for up to 5GB worth of data, but users who wish to sync more will have to pony up extra cash.

[Apple]

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