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

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

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

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.


The Herschel Telescope Close To Blast Off 136

pha7boy writes "The Herschel space observatory, the European Space Agency's answer to the Hubble Telescope, is about to be sent into orbit. With a mirror 1.5 times the size of the Hubble mirror, the Herschel will look at the universe in the infrared and sub-millimeter range. This 'will permit Herschel to see past the dust that scatters Hubble's visible wavelengths, and to gaze at really cold places and objects in the Universe — from the birthing clouds of new stars to the icy comets that live far out in the Solar System.'"

Battlestar Galactica's Last Days 799

bowman9991 writes "If your country was invaded and occupied by a foreign power, would you blow yourself up to fight back? If someone pointed a gun at your head and threatened to pull the trigger if you refused to sign a document you knew would lead to a hundred deaths (and you signed!), would that make you ultimately responsible? Does superior technology give you the moral right to impose your will on a technologically inferior culture? You wouldn't expect a mainstream television show to tackle such philosophically loaded questions, certainly not a show based on cheesy science fiction from the '70s, but if you've watched Battlestar Galactica since it was re-imagined in 2003, there has been no escape. The final fourth season is nearly over, and when the final episode airs, television will never be the same again. SFFMedia illustrates how Battlestar Galactica exposes the moral dilemmas, outrages, and questionable believes of the present as effectively (but more entertainingly) than any documentary or news program. It's not hard to see parallels in the CIA and US military's use of interrogation techniques in Bush's War on Terror, the effects of labeling one race as 'the enemy,' the crackdown on free speech, or the use of suicide bombers in Iraq."

What The Banned iPhone Ad Should Really Look Like 463

Barence writes "To demonstrate just how misleading the latest (and now banned) iPhone television ad really is, PC Pro has recreated it using an iPhone 3G and a Wi-Fi connection — with laughable results. Apple was forced to pull the advert today after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) decided it exaggerated the speed of mobile browsing. 'In the 30-second clip the iPhone is shown loading a webpage, finding its current location in Google Maps, opening a PDF from an email and finally taking a phone call. The ASA concluded that the iPhone cannot do what was shown in the mere 29 seconds afforded in the advert, ruling that it was misleading.' Try it for yourself and you'll undoubtedly agree."
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Apple TV "Barely Watchable" 424

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.'"

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