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Report That OS X Snow Leopard May Include Antivirus 335

Posted by kdawson
from the pinch-salt-toss-over-shoulder dept.
File this firmly in the "rumor" category for now. the JoshMeister writes (in the third person) "Mac antivirus company Intego broke the story this morning that Apple is apparently including antivirus functionality in its upcoming operating system, Snow Leopard. But which antivirus engine is Apple using? Security researcher Joshua Long discusses the likely candidates."
Cellphones

iPhone 3GS Is Number One In Japan 250

Posted by kdawson
from the buddha-phone dept.
mudimba writes "The iPhone 3GS 32GB is currently the best selling phone in Japan (the 16GB version came in at number nine). This is in stark contrast to reports from earlier this year that the Japanese hate the iPhone. Nobody is sure what specific features caused the change of heart, though it is speculated that video capture and voice control might be part of the answer. When the 3G iPhone first came out it saw a spike in sales, but unlike the 3GS it was unable to outsell locally-made handsets."

Apple's WWDC Unveils iPhone 3.0, OpenCL, Laptop Updates, and More 770

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the one-more-thing dept.
Lots of big news from WWDC today including updates to almost all of Apple's laptops. They added a 13-inch version to the MacBook Pro line, updated the MacBook Air, and added a few new ports to some of the machines including an SD slot and firewire 800 port. Software updates saw Safari 4 launched, OS X updates including threading changes, Exchange support to mail, calendar, and address book, and OpenCL a new open graphics standard. The iPhone got quite a bit of love in 3.0, much of it just confirming older news. Cut, copy, and paste, shake to undo, developer APIs, Cocoa Touch support for text, landscape mode updates, spotlight, and MMS all made the bullet list. You will now also be able to rent and purchase movies directly from your iPhone. Other new features in 3.0 include the much debated tethering ability, allowing you to use your iPhone as a cellular modem (unfortunately there was no mention of AT&T actually supporting this feature, a wonder there wasn't a riot), integrated TomTom GPS navigation, and game features galore. New functionality also allows you to locate your iPhone via MobileMe, play a sound to help you locate it (regardless if it is set to silent), and even wipe your data remotely. The New iPhone hardware updates, "3GS", adds a 3 megapixel auto-focus camera, voice interfaces, twice the processing power, and hardware encryption. The 3GS comes in 16GB ($199) and 32GB ($299), pushing the 3G (which they are keeping on the market) to $99. Lots of other small updates amidst the bustle, looks like another successful WWDC.

Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 328

by palmer64s (#21734652) Attached to: A Little .Mac Security Flaw
Good point, I tried the same with Yahoo Briefcase. I logged in with the public terminal setting (per session cookies), and even after I logged completely out of all Yahoo services, cleared the cache, quit and restarted the browser, I could still retrieve a file from Yahoo in the history buffer.

I guess the moral is to always clear History on a public terminal.
Programming

+ - Recommend A Comfortable Chair?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Seeing how many of us sit on our butts all day, I was wondering which chairs people find to be the most confortable? I've read about the Aeron and a few Ikea brands but I was hoping there are some cheaper alternatives. I've seen a few chairs at Office Depot that look similiar, have mesh or that are rated for 5 or 8 hours."
The Matrix

+ - Delivering Touch and Feel Over the Internet->

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TouchyFeely
TouchyFeely writes "Currently underway at the Northern Ireland's Queens University's Institute of Electronics, Communications, and Information Technology is a program to deliver the sensation of touch over the Internet. Using what's known as haptic technology, the idea is to use force, vibration and motion to simulate the sense of touch. Though he's given no clue as to what kinds of devices the end user would need to enjoy the new touchy-feely Internet, Professor Alan Marshall and his colleagues envision this new technology adding a new layer of interactivity and immersion to the Internet. Besides real (R)(TM) sex in virtual worlds, this new touch technology opens the door to concepts like being able to feel a pair of jeans before you buy them, or sending a virtual hug to Grandma on her birthday."
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Security

+ - Senators Cell Phone Numbers Leaked in Data Breach

Submitted by
BillyBurrito
BillyBurrito writes "It seems that the Democratic Party of Arkansas leaked a bunch of really useful data when a hard drive was sold on eBay. The State that brought Former Governor Bill Clinton to the White House and is trying to get former Governor Mike Huckabee to Washington, now has a data breach connected to the current Governor, Mike Beebe. The Breach is the result of a hard drive containing the information being sold on eBay, reportedly as a new drive, but apparently, recently image as part of a laptop repair. The drive was imaged from one in the laptop used by the current Party director after it was dropped. There was, it seems, no encryption on the drive. On it were cell phone numbers for the Democratic members of Arkansas' congressional delegation and well-heeled party contributors, documents for Mike Beebe's successful campaign for governor last year, other stuff. "
NASA

NASA Employees Fight Invasive Background Check 354

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the watching-the-watchmen dept.
Electron Barrage writes "Longtime JPL scientists, many of whom do not work on classified materials, including rover drivers and Apollo veterans, sued NASA, Caltech, and the Department of Commerce today to fight highly invasive background checks, which include financial information, any and all retail business transactions, and even sexual orientation."
Media

+ - Climate change science; taking a closer look.->

Submitted by
fyngyrz
fyngyrz writes "Climate change, global warming. Done deal, right? Not so fast:

A study has been submitted for publication in the journal Energy and Environment which actually looks at the level of support in the scientific community. From the results: "Of 528 total papers on climate change, only 38 (7%) gave an explicit endorsement of the consensus. If one considers "implicit" endorsement (accepting the consensus without explicit statement), the figure rises to 45%. However, while only 32 papers (6%) reject the consensus outright, the largest category (48%) are neutral papers, refusing to either accept or reject the hypothesis." It is very interesting to see how neutral (and properly so!) the scientific community actually remains when it comes to anthropocentric global warming.

Are we seeing the pendulum swing back to a rational position?"

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Sci-Fi

+ - Scientist suggests super-sticky Spidey suit

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "A professor from the Polytechnic of Turin has developed a method for building a suit that could allow humans to cling to vertical surfaces like the comic book hero Spider-man.

The suit would use a similar principle used by geckos and spiders, which possess millions of tiny hairs on their limbs allowing them to stick to surfaces. Adhesion strength drops exponentially as the surface area and weight increases, so creating the same effect in a human-sized subject has been considered impossible.

"By using something like nanotubes we should be able to create sufficient attractive force to easily support a human, and by laying them out a hierarchical structure, the user should be able easily detach each limb in a simple peeling motion," said Professor Pugno. He predicted that we could see such suits by 2017, but added that they will need to be adhesive enough, easily detachable and self-cleaning if they are to be feasible."

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