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Comment: Re:Perhaps the more ridiculous thing (Score 2, Informative) 254

by joNDoty (#28888511) Attached to: SMS Hack Could Make iPhones Vulnerable

You can turn off SMS: contact AT&T and tell them to disable SMS for your phone number. This is exactly what I've done and I highly recommend it. I save $5/month in texting charges, and I can still send and receive texts for free. Here's how:

1. Sign up for Google Voice.
2. Tell people your new Google Voice "texting" number (and use it for voice if you want).
3. Buy Prowl at the App Store for $2.99
4. Push your Google Voice SMS messages to your iPhone via Prowl. You can do it with Fluid and a script on a Mac.
5. ???
6. PROFIT!!! (free texting)

Comment: Cancel Texting (Score 3, Insightful) 186

by joNDoty (#28572551) Attached to: iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS

I recently canceled texting completely on my iPhone 3GS. Texting fees are outrageous and I'm not putting up with them anymore. If you want to text me, send it to my email address. Your phone probably supports texting to an email address and you don't even realize it. You can also reply to free texts I send you and I get notified instantly.

Sure, I can't receive texts sent to my phone number, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make if I'm going to help my country kick this ridiculous habit of overpaying for tiny emails.

Comment: Re:Apple cannot block and it's not illegal (Score 1) 338

by joNDoty (#28214413) Attached to: Palm Pre "iTunes Hack" Detailed By DVD Jon

This is impossible for Apple to block.

According to the article, "The root USB node (IOUSBDevice) still identifies the device as a Palm Pre...This means that Apple can very easily update iTunes to block the Pre."

They can try to see if any little details are missing, but in the end any probing they do can easily be met by Palm.

So what you're saying is that if Apple blocks it, Palm can counter? That much is true. It'd be the same cat-and-mouse game that we see in jailbreaking phones today or in circumventing DRM.

Media (Apple)

Apple TV "Barely Watchable" 424

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the so-was-baywatch dept.
lpangelrob writes "Peter Svensson of the Associated Press reviews the Apple TV, and comes away less than impressed.While the Apple TV gets solid marks for "a very iPod-like interface, commendably clear and easy to use", the Apple TV experience falls apart on an HD television. The reviewer notes that "videos from Apple's online iTunes store look horrible on an HDTV set. The movies and TV shows have the same nominal resolution as DVDs, but look much blurrier, approaching the look of standard-definition broadcast TV.'"
Sci-Fi

Revolution, Flashmobs and Brain Implants in 2035 327

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the some-a-lot-sooner-than-others dept.
siddesu writes "Marxist revolution, WMDs, flashmobs and other sci-fi items are coming soon in a country near you, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. 'Information chips implanted in the brain. Electromagnetic pulse weapons. The middle classes becoming revolutionary, taking on the role of Marx's proletariat. The population of countries in the Middle East increasing by 132%, while Europe's drops as fertility falls. "Flashmobs" — groups rapidly mobilised by criminal gangs or terrorists groups. This is the world in 30 years' time envisaged by a Ministry of Defence team responsible for painting a picture of the "future strategic context" likely to face Britain's armed forces.'"

Personal trainer uses Wii for workouts->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: Gaming, Household

As anyone who's managed to get their hands on a Wii will no doubt have already discovered, it's relatively easy to work up a sweat and lose some pounds using Nintendo's little white box. Now, the real life activity that's required to succeed at virtual Wii Sports has been picked up on by a personal trainer from Glasgow, Scotland: Zander Urquhart found that kids and adults alike don't mind doing exercise when it's accompanied by on-screen actions by the player's Mii, and is using the Wii specifically as an exercise machine. Zander is apparently the first fitness expert to have seen the potential for the Wii in the field of personal training, but we have a strong feeling he won't be the last. Even if the idea doesn't catch on, we suspect he'll have a healthy stream of geeky customers coming into the gym as long as the Wii stock shortage continues to exist (which, judging by the sporadic shortages of the 10 month old DS Lite, could be some time yet). Be honest with us: have you lost any weight thanks to your Wii?

[Via The Raw Feed. Image credit]

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