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DisplayPort-To-HDMI Cables May Be Recalled Over Licensing 417

Hugh Pickens writes "PC Magazine reports that the licensing company overseeing the HDMI specification has confirmed that existing Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters which are designed by several cable makers and sold by several PC OEMs, are apparently illegal and could be recalled. According to Charlene Wan, director of marketing for HDMI LLC, any cable that does not include HDMI connectors on both ends violates the specification. 'The HDMI specification defines an HDMI cable as having ONLY HDMI connectors on the ends,' says Wan. 'Anything else is not a licensed use of the specification and therefore, not allowed.' That apparently includes Apple's mini-DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters, which are sold by Belkin on Apple's Web site. However a representative for Belkin denies that the cable it sells on Apple's Web site is illegal. 'Essentially, the product you mention in your post is not out of compliance because it is just an adaptor and not a cable,' the representative wrote in an email. 'We do not sell a cable with a male Mini-DP and male HDMI port, which is what falls out of compliance with the spec. HDMI does recognize a product that has a Mini-DP connector and HDMI receptacle with an internal active circuitry as it falls into the definition of a source device.' There may also be a glimmer of hope, in that HDMI Org understands that there is a need for this type of cable: 'We do recognise that there may be a market need for a cable solution rather than a dongle solution. However, at this time, there is no way to produce these cable products in a licensed manner.'"

Comment Re:Improved tablets (Score 1) 643

Tablets existed LONG before Apple. They even ran Windows. Post-iPAD tablets are released all the time. You want rugged? Its there. You want built-in bar code scanners? There. Digitizers instead of touch? Yup, you can get them. Digitizers AND touch? EEE has one coming.

Win7 runs like a champ on them, especially if they are pen and not touch based. Touch works, but nevermind that touch-based PCs have been around for ages (HP sells a lot of them), not many app vendors actually try their apps on them. Complain to your app vendors if you don't like how their apps behave on them.

Problem: people didn't know how they wanted apps to behave on tablet form factors until Apple showed them.

And it's not that there's anything magical about Apple, it's that that they did the work of figuring out the best approaches for the form factor and working out all the details--work that anyone else could have done but that no one else actually did. Microsoft tried--admirably!--but stopped short, putting crutches on an interface designed for keyboards and traditional pointing devices.

Look, there's presumably some reason people want iPads but didn't want Windows XP Tablet Edition. It's not users' faults for failing to unlock the potential of the tablet form factor. It wasn't our job! Apple pulled some M. Night Shyamalan shit with the iPad; nobody thought of it themselves, but after it was revealed, it was obvious. Now everybody takes it for granted how obvious it is and comes up with really cynical reasons why nobody saw it before.

Security

Submission + - Apple Mail in Leopard vulnerable again (heise-security.co.uk)

juct writes: "In March 2006 Apple defused a security problem in Apple Mail that made it possible to inject disguised malignant code. In Leopard, the patch was apparently forgotten. This means that you can inadvertently start an executable by double-clicking a mail attachment that looks like a JPEG image file. This works with special attachmnets of the MIME type AppleDouble, that carry information which application should be used to open a file. In Tiger you got a warning about a program being opened, Leopard silently executes a shell script with Terminal.app. heise Security provides a demo, where you can check for yourself."

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