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+ - SPAM: An Extra iOS 5 Hidden Feature Revealed

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unlocking4s
unlocking4s writes "Another new finding lets you enable a hidden autocorrect keyboard (much like the one used in Android) is credited to iOS hacker Sonny Dickson.

The feature suggests words as you type, which makes it easier to write difficult words, or those words that you often misspell. Like “Triceratops”. I use it a lot when I text my paleontology professor.

All you have to do, to enable this new feature, is to follow the exact same steps outlined the other day for the Panorama feature. Basically you just have to use a file browsing app on your iPhone and edit a .plist file."

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Privacy

+ - To release or not to release? That is the question->

Submitted by OzJD
OzJD (1613377) writes "I reverse engineered Vodafone Australia's (VHA) Who2Call(tm) application quite some time ago, and have been using the service ever since.
It's a simple Android/iOS application that allows a user to check who is using Vodafone or Three's network in Australia — but first checks if you are not a VHA customer (to block you from the app)

Do I release the code (my own version written in PHP) as open source?
The only thing that has been stopping me is the fact it includes a (their) username and password for Basic HTTP Authorization.

- This dilemma has come up for me time and time again (and probably quite a few other /. users, too)"

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Idle

+ - Amazon Denies Skynet's Involvement In AWS Outage->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon has officially denied that the recent outage of its EC2 and Elastic Block Storage cloud platforms was the result of an attack from Cyberdyne Systems' Skynet sentient computer system, declaring humanity safe after all. "From the information I have and to answer your questions," a spokesperson explained, "Skynet did not have anything to do with the service event at this time.""
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Wikipedia

+ - Analysts to Wikipedia: Just Accept Ads Already 1

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Large images of Jimmy Wales have for weeks dominated each and every page on Wikipedia, making Wales arguably the single most visible individual on the planet. Now Molly McHugh writes that Wikipedia is once again pleading for user donations with banners across the top of its site with memos from purported authors and this week, Wales stepped up the shrillness of his rallying cry by adding the word "Urgent" to his appeal. Wales attempted the same request for donations last year, and failed to meet the company’s goal until Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar donated $2 million and Google stepped in with another $2 million gift to the foundation. This time around the foundation is approximately $7 million short of its 2010 fundraising goal, and Wikipedia analysts are saying the site would be better off with a marketing scheme as Alex Konanykhin of WikiExperts explains that the donations-only, no-commerce model restricts Wikipedia to relying exclusively on free volunteers, losing opportunities to involve qualified professionals who charge for their time in addition to the thirty staff members already on the Wikimedia payroll. "Advertising is not cool. You're not as cool if you have advertising. But you know what else is not cool? Begging," writes Jeff Otte. "We do not care if there is advertising on Wikipedia, so long as it is not ridiculously invasive. So please, replace your sensitive mug with a Steak 'n' Shake ad or something, and start making advertisers pay for people to have stuff for free and not feel bad about it. It's the Internets way.""

+ - Emergency Broadcast System Coming to Cell Phones-> 1

Submitted by gambit3
gambit3 (463693) writes "The Emergency Broadcast System that interrupts TV programming in times of crisis is jumping to a new format where it might be able to reach you better — on your cell phone. The communications company Alcatel-Lucent announced Tuesday that it's creating a Broadcast Message Center that will allow government agencies to send cell phone users specific information in the event of a local, state or national emergency. It will be similar to the TV alerts in that the text messages will be geographically targeted for areas where a tornado alert or major road closure, for example, is in effect."
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Comment: Google already told us they could install apps. (Score 1) 278

by OzJD (#32707720) Attached to: Google Has Android Remote App Install Power, Too
Am I the only person on Slashdot that thinks that features like this are there for a good reason? Remember how Google announced (at Google I/O 2010) that they were going to allow users to browse the market and install apps directly from a PC, without needing the device connected? Well, how do you all propose that this works without Google being able to install apps on your behalf? A confirmation message on the phone every time you attempt to remotely install an app would be a pain IMO, and render this feature useless. This article just promotes FUD, and isn't really news. Maybe if it was posted before Google announced the feature at I/O 2010, then we should get worried.

Comment: Vote Independant. (Score 1) 143

by OzJD (#32613964) Attached to: Australian Government May Shelve Internet Filter
It's a joke. For the first time in my life, I won't be voting for either of the 2 parties. My vote will go independant, greens, or possibly in the bin (It's compulsory to vote here) The filter is a joke (and my primary reason for getting rid of the KRudd), and so is our current prime minister. (the opposition isn't any better though).
Australia

+ - Australian Customs Officials Can Search Laptops-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a recent change that appears to fit alongside the attempts by the Australian Government to censor the Internet, individuals entering the country must now declare whether or not they are importing any pornographic material. In addition to the customary power to search belongings for drugs, customs officials are now empowered to search your laptop, iPhone or any other electronic device for pornographic material."
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Privacy

+ - Second Wave Of Electronic IDs In Europe->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the recent announcement that a national electronic ID (e-ID) project will be rolled out in early 2011, Poland injects optimism for further momentum in e-ID rollouts in Europe. According to Frost & Sullivan, this is a positive development not only due to scale, but also because it may encourage other European countries to follow suit. More importantly, increased application of smartcard technologies within Poland and Europe will accelerate demand in other areas, thereby generating incremental revenues for the smartcard industry. The pl.ID project in Poland anticipates a budget of €90.1 million of which approximately €76.2 million will be funded by the EU. With a planned duration of four years, the groundwork is expected to be laid in time for the first issuance of a national e-ID by 1 January 2011."
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Comment: Contact the author! (Score 1) 1

by OzJD (#30722094) Attached to: How to judge legal risk when making a game clone?
Have you considered contacting the original author(s) and asking them for their thoughts? If the game is as no longer available, It may be that they would even support your cause... Worst case scenario would be that they are against it, and let's face it... They'll probably know soon either way. It really depends on what the game is, and who made it
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+ - BBC Journalist Breaks 'Unbreakable' Phone At CES

Submitted by andylim
andylim (1618383) writes "A lesson for anyone claiming their product is unbreakable. Bob Plaschke, Sonim's CEO, told the BBC: "You can drop it from at least 10 storeys, you can go under water 20ft for a half hour... you can hammer a nail with it. It is basically unbreakable." Seconds later a BBC journalist smashed the screen against the side of a fish tank."
Games

+ - How to judge legal risk when making a game clone? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm an indie game developer making a clone of a rather obscure old game. Gameplay in my clone is very similar to the old game and my clone even has a very similar name because I want to attract fans of the original. The original game has no trademark or software patent associated with it and my clone isn't infringing on the original's copyright in any way (all the programming and artwork is original work), but nevertheless I'm still worried about the possibility of running afoul of a look and feel lawsuit or something similar. How do I make sure I'm legally in the clear without hiring an expensive lawyer that my indie developer budget can't afford?"

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