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Handhelds

Apple Removes Wi-Fi Finders From App Store 461

Posted by timothy
from the you've-been-very-very-naughty dept.
jasonbrown writes "Apple on Thursday began removing another category of apps from its iPhone App Store. This time, it's not porn, it's Wi-Fi. Apple removed several Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location. According to a story on Cult of Mac, apps removed by Apple include WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder."

Comment: Re:Well there's your problem! (Score 1) 186

by goodtim (#28571411) Attached to: iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS
I don't have an iPhone, so I'm not sure if you can do this, but my Blackberry can send SMS's with embedded pictures/videos/sounds. Commonally called MMS. According to wikipedia, its an exension of the SMS standard. I would assume this is where the vulnerabilities lie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimedia_Messaging_Service
Communications

Microsoft Blocks Messenger In Five Embargoed Countries 194

Posted by Soulskill
from the but-can-they-still-tweet dept.
Spooky McSpookster writes "Microsoft has turned off its Windows Live Messenger service for five countries: Cuba, Syria, Iran, Sudan, and North Korea. Users in these countries trying to log in get the following error: '810003c1: We were unable to sign you in to the .NET Messenger Service.' Why now, since this flies in the face of the Obama administration's softening stance on Cuba? This isn't the first time the US trade embargo has had questionable outcomes. US-based Syrian political activist George Ajjan created a web site promoting democracy in Syria, only to find GoDaddy blocked anyone inside Syria from seeing it. The article argues, 'Messenger is a medium for communication, and the citizens of these countries should not be punished from such a basic tool because the US has problems with their governments' policies.' What does this say for the wisdom of non-US citizens relying on US companies for their business or communication?"

Comment: Re:Wow 10 years! (Score 5, Interesting) 234

by goodtim (#24834857) Attached to: Vegas Star Trek Experience Closing Down
I went to the exhibit last February with a good friend of mine (and fellow Trekkie). While I did find it to be a bit overpriced (I believe the tickets were $50.00 each), it was well worth it. The rides were entertaining, and the memorabilia very cool. However the best part by far was "Quarks Bar". I had myself more then few Warp Core Breaches (complete with dry ice!). I would avoid the Romulan Ale however, it tastes like Bud Light, with blue food coloring.
Software

Does ODF Have a Future? 402

Posted by Zonk
from the answer-hazy-ask-again-later dept.
qedramania writes "Linuxworld seems to think ODF is a dead duck. Is the Windows monopoly too big and too entrenched? Other than diehard Linux fans, does anyone really care if they have to keep paying Microsoft to do basic word processing? It seems as though the momentum is towards a complete Microsoft monoculture in software for business and government. You can bet that big business and governments will want more than just reliability from Microsoft in return for their acquiescence. Does ODF have a future?"
Politics

Massachusetts Joins the Real ID Fight 330

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the may-8-last-day-to-say-no dept.
In the battle against big government and the infamous Real ID, Massachusetts has hopped on board. In the words of State Senator Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, "Historically, Americans have resisted the idea, which totalitarian governments have tended to do, of having a national ID. That's the broad philosophical issue. I don't think it's a good move and I would be reluctant to see why we are going to that step." And State Attorney General Martha Coakley thinks "it's a bad idea." Should be interesting to see how it gets voted.
Censorship

+ - Mob rule over a number

Submitted by
gcnaddict
gcnaddict writes "After Jay tried to explain the reasoning behind removing the HDDVD Processing Key post (neglecting to mention their sponsorship by HDDVD), Diggers took the matter into their own hands, spamming and forcing the promotion of stories dealing with the HDDVD Processing Key. Currently, story submission is disabled in addition to the upcoming story queue being capped."
The Internet

+ - The downfall of digg summarized by numbers.

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "There has been quite a bit of talk going on lately regarding the HDDVD code- Followed by C&D letters from HDDVD lawyers. For the most part, these are being ignored- However, Digg Has chosen to remove all story's containing the code, as well as banning any user who submits such a item. The community fought back, and now the entire homepage is being overrun by HDDVD story's and the site is failing. Is this the expected result from no moderation? Was this Doomed to happen? As of yet- Digg has no official response- However the damage already done is unspoken, with many users returning to age old sites such as slashdot and newcomers like reddit."
Censorship

+ - HD-DVD key censorship revolt at digg.com

Submitted by
earthforce_1
earthforce_1 writes "It looks like the founders at digg.com have received and complied with a takedown notice regarding the HD-DVD master keys, and blocking accounts of some users attempting to repost the keys. Subscribers have revolted en-masse and have reposted the keys in at least a dozen story threads and thousands of comments in countless ways. They also modded up all stories about the censored keys until at one point, every single front page story was about the HD-DVD keys! Until the original story was taken down, it was modded up over 15,000 times, an all time record.

This has been a totally unprecedented subscriber revolt against the website moderators, and at least one story thread suggests one of the founders had taken promotional money from the HD-DVD consortium."
Security

+ - Hard drive snafu has NBA star suing, fuming

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "All basketball player Bruce Bowen wanted was his hard drive fixed. What he got apparently is an invasion of privacy and a big mess. The Smoking Gun Website says the San Antonio Spurs forward hired a Texas company to fix but instead the repair company removed the machine's hard drive and sold the item — which contained confidential personal and financial information — to another customer. Bowen is now seeking over $2 million in damages from Computer Nerdz, the San Antonio company used to repair his Gateway computer. http://www.networkworld.com/community3/?q=node/147 53"
Linux Business

Dell to Sell Machines with Ubuntu Pre-Loaded 562

Posted by Zonk
from the a-decision-is-made dept.
kotj.mf writes "Cnet is reporting that Dell will shortly announce a partnership with Canonical to offer Ubuntu pre-loaded on certain consumer-oriented desktops and notebooks. The announcement comes after a groundswell of support for pre-installed Linux on Dell's IdeaStorm site. 'The company is starting its business by trying to appeal to users of desktop computers. From there, Canonical Chief Executive Mark Shuttleworth has said, the company plans to head to the server market, where the real Linux bread and butter can be found. [Dell spokesman Kent] Cook wouldn't comment on whether Dell plans to offer Ubuntu on its servers as well.'."

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