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Submission + - Verizon's Samsung Galaxy S3 has a locked Bootloader! ( 3

AlienIntelligence writes: Well, I'm sure there are a number of you that have preordered your S3's like I did. And you may have seen the bad news today as well. A number of people that preordered their S3's started receiving them. And much like opening a package on Christmas I'm sure they ripped open their new toy and started trying to get root and load a custom ROM.

Only to find out, none of the other carrier's methods for flashing ROMs didn't work.


Submission + - Siri... can you hear me now? ( 2

AlienIntelligence writes: "

Siri... can you hear me now?

Strangely absent from the Slashdot posts is anything about Siri being out on Thursday and Friday, from PC World:

<em>“For the moment, at least, Apple’s new Siri feature is back online and cheerfully responding to instructions, but it’s hard to say how long that’s going to last. I had trouble getting Siri to respond to my requests from 10am to 2pm Pacific time on Friday and that’s in addition to the long block of downtime the service experienced on Thursday.”</em>
<em>iPhone 4S users across the country discovered that Siri was no longer able to connect to the network--even though they had 3G or Wi-Fi connections--starting around 11 a.m. PDT Wednesday. According toVenture Beat, contacting Apple customer service resulted in the typical, "Have you tried restarting your device?"

When restarting devices did not fix the problem, Apple suggested that it was "entirely possible" that there was a network outage. Note that Apple, as usual, was careful to avoid admitting there was a problem.</em>

It was entirely possible there was a network outage.

Look guys, I don’t want to stir anything, but honestly... the way Apple handles its’ customers with customer service, really makes you think that they don’t respect your intelligence. You know darn well that when people were calling in, first people to know were Tech Support. [If they didn’t, they really aren’t tech support, they are just another off-shore phone answering company,] so let’s say they knew about the outage. Is it REALLY necessary to make someone reboot a phone? Can’t just say, “We noticed some server issues, please try it again in 30 minutes, or an hour.] Is that too hard? Or is denying anything EVER goes wrong with Apple products... one of the primary defences of the Reality Distortion Field.

{Don’t worry, I don’t expect this one to make it to the front page either}



Submission + - HTC Buys Patents from Google, Sues Apple with Them (

AlienIntelligence writes: Apparently to stay viable in the IP wars, HTC secured some patents from Google (who purchased them originally from Palm Inc., Motorola Inc. and Openwave Systems Inc.) on the 1st of September.

The patents were used to fire a new salvo of shots across Apple's bow today, September 7th.

HTC filed infringement claims against Apple in federal court in Delaware, suing based on four of those patents that originally were issued to Motorola. Additional complaints were filed with the US ITC based on the other patents.

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