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IN THE NEWS: NSA SURVEILLANCE-SMARTPHONES
BERLIN (AP) _ Your smartphone is no match for the NSA.
German news weekly Der Spiegel reports that the U.S. National Security Agency can access users' data on all major smartphones.
The magazine cites internal documents from the NSA and its British counterpart. The agencies described setting up dedicated teams to crack protective measures on iPhones, BlackBerry and Android devices.
This data includes contacts, call lists, SMS traffic, notes and location data.
Der Spiegel says the documents don't indicate that the NSA is conducting mass surveillance of phone users but rather that these techniques are used to eavesdrop on specific individuals.
IN THE NEWS: MICROSOFT-XBOX MUSIC
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web _ even to those who don't use Windows 8.
The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles is intended to compete with other digital music offerings like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes. It's also an acknowledgment that the music service hasn't done much to drive sales of the Windows 8 operating system.
Analysts say the move represents another step toward Microsoft's goal of becoming a company that sells devices and services, rather than primarily software.
Xbox Music has 30 million tracks for streaming free with ads. The service also sells downloadable tracks and features a radio service.
ON THE WEB: GRATEFUL DEAD DRUMMER'S BRAIN
CYBERSPACE (AP) _ Former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is using his head. He's got a new piece of equipment on his latest tour _ a cap fitted with electrodes that capture his brain activity and directs the light show while he's jamming on stage.
You can find more information about Hart's head-trip on his website.
IN STORES SOON: GALAXY NOTE 3
UNDATED (AP) _ Samsung hopes to hit the right note -- with its latest Galaxy Note smartphone.
The Galaxy Note 3 gets a stylish makeover with a soft, leather-like back. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip.
Samsung will sell replaceable back covers in several different colours, but the phone itself will come in just three: black, white or pink. The Note 3 has a slightly bigger screen than its predecessor, measuring 5.7 inches diagonally.
Samsung says the new phone will be available in the U.S. beginning next month. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular all will carry the Galaxy Note 3.
(The Associated Press)
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