RedEaredSlider writes: Minnesota Senator Al Franken has called out Apple after reports emerged that the company's products were keeping detailed records of the location data of their users.
In a two-page letter sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Franken discusses what he calls the "worrisome" existence of data that presents the user's location in such detail. But the biggest risk, he says, is what can happen if that data, much of which is unencrypted, falls into the wrong hands.
mikejuk writes: Microsoft have just released an end-of-support countdown gadget that ticks off the days until XP is no longer supported — but it only runs under Vista or Windows 7! It focuses the mind on the fact that XP is being forcibly retired. It is a wake-up call to think hard about the unpleasant situation and consider the alternatives.So as you watch the count down to XP's death tick by think about the problems created by using software that actually belongs to someone else... Link to Original Source
necro81 writes: When the Flip video camera arrived on the scene a few years ago, it made a splash. Compared to its camcorder brethren, it was smaller, lighter, easier, and cheaper. It was a muchballyhooed touchstone of the Good Enough Revolution. Competitors rushed in; the Flip evolved. Now the Flip is seeing its last days. Cisco, which bought Flip for more than $500 million just two years ago, will close Flip down as part of a money-saving restructuring. The ubiquity video-capable smartphones and pocket cameras has largely eliminated the Flip's niche market.
from the unlocking-the-mysteries-of-your-salt-shaker dept.
kkleiner writes "The German Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration recently reported the development of a camera with a lens attached that is 1 x 1 x 1.5 millimeters in size, which is roughly as big as a grain of salt. At about a cubic millimeter in size, this camera is right at the size limit that the human eye can see unaided. The camera not only produces decent images but is also very cheap to manufacture — so cheap, in fact, that it is considered disposable."
it_reporter writes: "Larry Page, Google's new CEO, has tied 25% of everyone's bonus to the company success in "social", urging them to promote Google's social products and features as much as possible, which has led to some unforeseen events." Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: I'm surprised that the media hasn't seemed to have picked up on this.
Though the New York Times apparently spent $25 million on its paywall, they probably should have spent a few bucks on improving their Android app.
When it was free, the app was relatively stable and functional. Now that it costs just over $15 a month, it has become unusable. For me, it crashed several times a day, runs constantly, and uses an enormous amount of battery. The best part is when you try to send an error report, it crashes even more frequently. I love the Times, and would gladly pay for the app (though more like $10 a month) if they could get the app working. Countless users in the Android Market are experiencing the same issue.
It's not often that a company's paid product is of far inferior quality to the free app. Here's hoping if they can't fix it, they go back to the old version soon. There has to be thousands of potential paying customers who are finding other news sources right now because they can stand how bad the latest version of the NYT app is. It amazes me they could have overlooked this issue considering they apparently spent a very long time (and lots of money) prepping they paywall, Link to Original Source
from the provisionally-renting-a-license-to-borrow-transient-ephemera dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "In recent weeks companies like Amazon, Sony, Google, Verizon, 24symbols and others have started to roll out 'cloud-based' content streaming and on-demand services (or plans) for movies, music and even books. Video on demand is nothing new, nor is streaming. The difference now, though, is that companies like Amazon want you to stream your own content. This article sheds some light on how the cloud, along with subscription and on-demand services, will transform our perception of content access and ownership."
from the donut-location-devices dept.
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from the NY Times:
"The Police Department's growing web of license-plate-reading cameras has been transforming investigative work. Though the imaging technology was conceived primarily as a counterterrorism tool, the cameras' presence — all those sets of watchful eyes that never seem to blink — has aided in all sorts of traditional criminal investigations. ... 'We knew going into it that they would have other obvious benefits,' Mr. Browne said about the use of the readers in the initiative. 'Obviously, conventional crime is far more common than terrorism, so it is not surprising that they would have benefits, more frequently, in conventional crime fighting than in terrorism.'"
An anonymous reader writes: Pocket Controller Pro by SOTI is one of those apps which you cross your fingers and hope it comes out after owning your Blackberry for a little while. Being a Blackberry owner for nearly six years. there are times you wish you could use some of the extremely useful Blackberry applications on your PC and put your phone down for a bit. If only there were a way! That way is this app. A dream for Blackberry users, there's demand for just about every feature this app offers. Of the 10 advertised, the most useful would most likely be being able use BBM directly from the Desktop, and the "Capture" feature, which allows you to take snapshots or make videos of what is on the screen! This is perfect for creating product demos of apps or anything else involving your Blackberry. Link to Original Source
Are game companies forgetting the SDTV owners? Fonts are getting smaller and smaller, and Ryan Johnson of GoozerNation hasn't upgraded to HD yet. Why do the developers feel the need to shrink it so? Read in for his editorial." Link to Original Source
Roblimo writes: If you were hoping for a government shutdown, it looks like you are going to be disappointed. In a last-hour cliffhanger, Democrats and Republicans managed to agree with each other enough to keep the government funded for the rest of the current fiscal year. Since the budget bill that finally passed was a compromise, no one is happy with it. So it goes. That's how things work in a representative government. Link to Original Source
krkhan writes: "This is a little old but seeing as it didn't make it to/. at the time I think it deserves a headline now. Adrian Hands was suffering from ALS and had lost motor skills when he used his legs to type in Morse code and fix a 9 year old bug in Gnome. The patch was submitted three days before he passed away." Link to Original Source