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Submission + - Next iPhone's A5 CPU: Reason To Upgrade?->

CWmike writes: "Apple's next iPhone will pack the company's newest A5 processor, but the additional horsepower won't be a major upgrade motivator unless Apple pulls some high-powered apps from its own pocket, said Aaron Vronko, CEO of Rapid Repair. Like the A4, the A5 is based on an ARM Cortex design; the latter, however is a dual-core processor built on the Cortex A9 that runs at 1Ghz. But he suspects Apple may throttle down the A5. 'There's more power than they need,' he said. 'I wouldn't be surprised if they took it down to 800Mhz or 900Mhz, just to extend the battery.' On why there's a question over whether people will see a need to upgrade: 'There aren't really any applications that have exhausted the current hardware,' Vronko said. 'Apple is the guardian of processor cycles, and with their minimalist APIs, the software hasn't moved up to challenge the hardware.'"
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Submission + - RIM Recalls About 1,000 PlayBook Tablets->

CWmike writes: "Research in Motion said it has recalled an estimated 1,000 PlayBook tablets, indicating a small number had reached customers who were unable to properly load software at setup. That's not the first problem that has been noted. Engadget first reported that the group of faulty PlayBooks had been shipped to Staples, but that report could not be confirmed. RIM said most of the problem devices were still in warehouses or stores and hadn't reached customers. The company said it will replace the affected devices and told customers who had received one to contact RIM for assistance."
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Submission + - De-anonymizing Apple UDIDs with OpenFeint->

suraj.sun writes: Every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has an associated Unique Device Identifier (UDID). You can think of the UDID as a serial number burned into the device — one that can't be removed or changed1. This number is exposed to app developers through an API, without requiring the device owner's permission or knowledge.

Few Apple users realise just how widely their UDIDs are used. Research shows that 68% of apps silently send UDIDs to servers on the Internet. This is often accompanied by information on how, when and where the device is used. The most common destination for traffic containing a user's UDID is Apple itself, followed by the Flurry mobile analytics network and OpenFeint, a mobile social gaming company. Users have no way to stop their device from offering up their UDID, telling who their data is being sent to, or even telling that it's happening at all.

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Submission + - Google Raided In South Korea ->

RedEaredSlider writes: South Korean police raided Google's offices in Seoul as they investigate whether the company illegally gathered private data.

Head of the police cyber crime unit, Chang Byuk-Duk, told the Agence-France Presse that the police were sent to the company's offices to secure evidence related to the AdMob platform. Google is accused of gathering data on users' locations via smartphone applications. The local site Daum was also raided, based on similar allegations.

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Comment Re:Pithy, but incorrect (Score 1) 250 250

halvar, I'm not sure where you are getting your historical facts?

"The building was restored after being burned (1814) by British troops, and the smoke-stained gray stone walls were painted white" ('White House. 2008)
"The British burned it in 1814, but it was rebuilt and enlarged under Hoban's direction." (White House, 2006)

'White House' 2008, in The Columbia Encyclopedia, Columbia University Press, New York, NY, USA, viewed 15 April 2010,
White House. (2006). In Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Faithbleed writes "IW's Robert Bowling reports on his twitter account that Infinity Ward is giving 2,500 Modern Warfare 2 cheaters the boot. The news comes as the war between IW and MW2's fans rages over the decision to go with IWnet hosting instead of dedicated servers. Unhappy players were quick to come up with hacks that would allow their own servers and various other changes." Despite the dedicated-server complaints, Modern Warfare 2 has sold ridiculously well.

A programming language is low level when its programs require attention to the irrelevant.