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Handhelds

+ - The Apple Store's new iPod Touch-based checkout->

Submitted by StreetStealth
StreetStealth (980200) writes "Everyone has seen ruggedized WinCE devices used for various retail applications, but Apple (until now a user of the aforementioned tools) is rolling out a custom iPod Touch enclosure with built-in barcode scanner and credit card reader to be paired with a custom retail app for use by Apple Store staff. While this is a long way from ever being sold to other retailers, it's interesting to see Apple's take on point-of-sale devices."
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Government

+ - Illinois bans social network use by sex offenders->

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RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner writes "Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill that bans all registered sex offenders from using social networks.

"Obviously, the Internet has been more and more a mechanism for predators to reach out," said Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington), a sponsor of the measure and a governor candidate. "The idea was, if the predator is supposed to be a registered sex offender, they should keep their Internet distance as well as their physical distance.

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Games

+ - Wipeout HD loading ads scrapped after uproar->

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RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner writes "After yesterday's story about intrusive, loading-screen ads being retroactively added to the PSN racing title Wipeout HD, the popular uproar has indeed succeeded in getting Sony to pull them. You can put your pitchforks down; your voice has been heard!

Sony tells Eurogamer:

"The ad has been removed from WipEout HD and we are investigating the situation to ensure that any in-game advertising does not affect gameplay," said a spokesperson for the platform holder.

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Technology (Apple)

+ - Apple and the scalability of secrecy->

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RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner writes "Anil Dash has a thoughtful exploration of Apple's notorious devotion to secrecy, and argues that not only is there a limit to its feasibility, but that recent events show Apple has reached that limit already.

If the ethical argument is unpersuasive, then focus on the long-term viability of your marketing and branding efforts, and realize that a technology company that is determined to prevent information from being spread is an organization at war with itself. Civil wars are expensive, have no winners, and incur lots of casualties.

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Technology (Apple)

+ - The decline of the iPod->

Submitted by RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner (980200) writes "iLounge comments on how Apple's continued development of the iPhone platform is leaving the traditional, single-feature iPod, tech icon of the 2000s, to gradually fade into history.

Over time, Apple's touch-sensitive devices are going to continue to grow in importance. Today, the iPod touch is now as much a computer as any iPhone, and each iteration continues to improve in functionality. At the same time, the iPod nano seems to be getting more iPhone-like with every update, now sporting Cover Flow, an accelerometer, and, if reports are correct, a camera in its upcoming 2009 update. As soon as Apple can figure out how to get a usable build of iPhone OS running on a device of roughly the same size, you can bet that it, too, will be opened up to apps, enhanced games, and more.

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OS X

+ - Apple snubs App Store Q&A session at WWDC->

Submitted by RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner (980200) writes "Marco Arment (Tumblr, InstaPaper) writes about the cut-short App Store session at WWDC:

The session itself blew through its lightweight examples quickly, ending 45 minutes early. The majority of the audience was clearly there for the Q&A. As people lined up at the microphones around the room, the presenter abruptly showed a simple slide with only "WWDC" in plain lettering, thanked us for coming, and bolted off the stage. ... The audience was stunned.

This went far beyond reluctant tolerance. It's hard to interpret it as anything else except blatant hostility. We could probably have a more open discussion with Kim Jong-il about North Korea's nuclear policy.

It's all quite in character with the App Store approval process, though, really. (Via Daring Fireball)"
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Education

+ - TN buys $9.5M monitoring system despite layoffs->

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RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner writes "Facing a $43.7 million dollar budget shortfall, staff cuts, and increasing tuition, Tennessee's public university system has made a $9.5 million investment in an RIAA-recommended monitoring system. Says governor Phil Bredesen: "The illegal downloading of music has a profoundly negative effect on the music industry. As home to so many record companies, music publishers, writers and artists, I am proud that Tennessee is taking action to prevent it."

Perhaps laid-off state employees might do well to look for a new career in country music?"

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Privacy

+ - UK Planning Internet Black Boxes

Submitted by RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner (980200) writes "In what sounds like a dystopian sci-fi plot, the Home Office has made public plans to outfit the country's internet with upstream data recorders to log pretty much everything that passes through.

Under Government plans to monitor internet traffic, raw data would be collected and stored by the black boxes before being transferred to a giant central database.

The vision was outlined at a meeting between officials from the Home Office and Internet Service Providers earlier this week.

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HP

+ - How HP could turn a novelty into a revolution 1

Submitted by RobotsDinner
RobotsDinner (980200) writes "HP's TouchSmart desktop is cool, but a blogger suggests it could be the beginning of a revolution if HP were to finally make the move of ditching Windows and building a Linux distro around the TouchSmart UI.

Hello, HP.

The UI of your latest TouchSmart computer says something about you. You may not have recognized your own weaving-in of meaning, but it comes across quite clearly if one reads just right: You want out. You want to escape the world of Windows to which Microsoft has sequestered you for the better part of two decades.

Ah, but you can. No longer does Bill Gates stand guard outside your cell. Ballmer is busy in the lavatory. It's time to ditch Windows and build a Linux distro around the TouchSmart UI.

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Handhelds

+ - iPhone tethering app appears, disappears->

Submitted by StreetStealth
StreetStealth (980200) writes "Macrumors reports on the unannounced appearance and sudden disappearance in Apple's iTunes App Store of a supposedly Apple-sanctioned tethering app from Nullriver, creators of the pre-SDK Installer app. iPhone users have asked for this feature since the original iPhone last year, but Apple's response has thus far been one of apathy.

It's inclusion in the App Store is a curiosity, as Apple must have manually approved its inclusion. It's unclear if the Application would go against AT&T user agreements. AT&T typically charges Smart Phone users $30/month extra to use tethering applications.

Only minutes later does the amendment appear:

Update: The application appears to have gone missing from the App Store. If you try to purchase it now, iTunes says "The item you tried to buy is no longer available".

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Hardware Hacking

+ - Could the Wii end up competing against its remote?

Submitted by StreetStealth
StreetStealth (980200) writes "Now that the Wii's motion sensing and infrared triangulation have been hacked, intercepted, and utilized by PCs, the Wii's central feature is no longer exclusive to itself. What happens when a platform's revolutionary feature is an accessory that can be easily appropriated by anything with a Bluetooth transceiver? "No Substance / All Eloquence" explores the possibilities."

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