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Submission + - Apple drops HTML from iPhone and iPad (

Xanthvar writes: It looks like Apple is going to revolutionize the industry again.
The Jebus phone and the iWonder Pad are going to change all the rules again, and leave the compatition scrambling to catch up.

From the Article at the Register:
Apple will drop support for HTML in the upcoming version of its iPhone OS, slated for release this summer.

According to people familiar with the matter, the removal of HTML support from Cupertino's mobile Safari browser is outlined in the Developer Program License Agreement for the upcoming iPhone OS 4.0, to be used not only in the iPhone but also in the surprisingly popular iPod touch and the "magical and revolutionary" iPad, set for US release this Saturday.

Apple's License Agreement states that mobile Safari will only render pages coded in its own HTML variant, dubbed iHTML — and that all such pages must be first approved by Cupertino's App Store police before they will be allowed onto the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Operating Systems

Submission + - CentOS back from brink of death (

Xanthvar writes: As a shop that almost exclusively uses CentOS for our servers, this definitely had us worried. We are glad it has been resolved, and while curious as to what really happened, we can live without really knowing.

From the article:

CentOS is alive.

Two days after a core group of developers posted an open letter to primary admin Lance Davis, threatening to fork the open source OS if he didn't discuss his apparent disappearance from the project, Davis has answered their call — and he seems to have quelled their complaints.

"The CentOS Development team had a routine meeting today with Lance Davis in attendance," reads a new post to the project website. "During the meeting a majority of issues were resolved immediately and a working agreement was reached with deadlines for remaining unresolved issues. There should be no impact to any CentOS users going forward."

For more details, see El Reg!

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Help: How to replace batteries with AC power

Xanthvar writes: "I am looking for a way to replace batteries in several small devices, with a power pack that can be plugged into an AC power source (like a wall outlet).

I don't know if such an animal exists commercially, but I have been unable to find it while searching the internet.( Of course this may be do to poor search phrase construction, but I haven't found the right combo yet)

I have several small device (one of those hand held games that have classic video games that you connect to your TV, for example) that uses 2-4 AA batteries, and it devours them a tremendous rate.

I would like to find an adapter that would insert into the battery compartment, and allow me to connect it to a power adapter (like those universal dial a voltage adapters that you can get from radio shed). I also have a couple of them that use 2 AAA batteries.

I have heard that there used to be something like this available for 9 volt batteries, but I cannot find them.

Now, aside from the obvious solutions like:
1. You should have purchased a device that had an AC adapter jack built into it (oops, I guess I shouldn't have been so cheap, but I am)
2. You should use rechargeable batteries ( I am, but it is a huge pain to change them out all the time)

Does anyone know of a device that I can purchase that will do this, or of a relatively simple way to build such a device (preferably without the use of solder, as I don't have much experience with it, and don't have a good area to work on such a project as there are children around most of the time)?

I am not opposed to frankensteining something together, as I am sure that it will be a great learning opportunity, but I am not looking to reinvent the wheel if I don't have too.

Thank you"

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