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+ - Apple to Prevent iPhone From Filming at Events->

Submitted by Celestialwolf
Celestialwolf writes: Apple plans to build a system that will sense when people are trying to video live events — and turn off their cameras. If an iPhone were held up and used to film during a concert infra-red sensors would detect it. These sensors would then contact the iPhone and automatically disable its camera function. People would still be able to send text messages and make calls.

The new technology is seen as an attempt to protect the interests of event organisers and broadcasters who have exclusive rights to concerts.

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Comment: Hmmm... (Score 1) 767

by Celestialwolf (#36351202) Attached to: Palin Fans Deface Paul Revere Wikipedia Page
Yeah, I highly doubt it. Being conservative, I've noticed that a majority of conservatives seem to be a bit older (40s and up); a lot of them probably don't even know how to edit a Wikipedia page, let alone deface it. Nothing wrong with that; it's just demographics. On the other hand, I've noticed that the left-wing seems to be quite a bit younger and naturally a bit more tech savvy. Plus, I've seen several Wikipedia entries slanted from a neutral bias to more of a left-leaning one; I don't recall ever seeing the opposite.

I'm going to call BS on this one.

Comment: Re:Install a firewall (Score 1) 173

by Celestialwolf (#36195174) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?
Do you happen to have any firewall app recommendations for a non-rooted phone? I've seen a firewall app I liked, but I required the phone to be rooted. I have a Samsung Galaxy S, and so far it's done just about everything I need (including the WAP feature) without rooting, and I'd rather not if I can avoid it...

Comment: Here's a Solution (Score 1) 259

by Celestialwolf (#36072302) Attached to: Battle Brews Over FBI's Warrantless GPS Tracking
This makes me pretty mad as well; any and all GPS tracking should require a warrant. Period. Sad thing is, with just about any cell phone, you can be tracked just by your position in relation to cell phone towers--not to mention all the devices that are GPS-enabled--without your knowledge.

Not sure how legal they are, but there are GPS-jamming devices that can be had for relatively cheap: http://goo.gl/4TUL6 . The problem with those is neither you nor the cars around you will be able to use GPS navigation either...

Comment: Re:So what. (Score 1) 325

by Celestialwolf (#35886520) Attached to: Used Game Penalty Escalates With <em>SOCOM 4</em>
Actually, people who resell games, books, cars, etc. Do negatively affect those respective industries, but it's not like that's something that can be avoided. Companies that are still around, however, have learned to adapt. For example, college textbook publishers are constantly releasing newer versions of the same textbooks (with revisions/layout changes here and there to justify it). This forces students to buy new books regardless of how many of the old version are still saturating the market. For the automotive industry, they come out with new models every year that generally have improvements over prior-year models.

With videogames, it used to be that they simply raised the new purchase price. I remember (not too long ago) when the major title games went from $49.99 new to $59.99 new. That's because they only see revenue from the first sale, and the previous price wasn't enough to justify the cost of making the game in the first place. This is a good idea because not only do they still see all the revenue from the initial sale, but they also get another piece of that in subsequent re-sells.

The only problem I can see with this is if people start just buying the $15 license and use them on pirated installs...

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