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Submission + - Apple doesn't like Philip K. Dick's novels

lesincompetent writes: We all heard our fair share of kafkian AppStore rejection stories but this might be a new low for Apple.
This developer had his app rejected just because it dared mention Philip K. Dick's famous sci-fi novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?".
The problem of course is that apparently barely mentioning the word "android" is enough to infringe on rule #2.3.10 of the App Store Review Guidelines which mandates don’t include names, icons, or imagery of other mobile platforms.

Submission + - Randall Munroe inverviewed by Time magazine; all answers are in comic form

requerdanos writes: Randall Munroe, The former NASA roboticist and author of the web comic xkcd, spoke with Time magazine after the release of his latest book, "Thing Explainer". Sort of. Time asked questions, and Randall's answers were in the form of seven comics that he drew in response. Obligatory xkcd. No, none have title/mouseover text.

Submission + - Code Humor (

ColdWetDog writes: A coder with the nic Zen Albatross has found a bit of humor in the sad state of affairs of Google's ongoing attempts to keep the NSA out of everyone's electronic panties. Reported in the Blaze, the bit of humor embedded in the comment goes back to a rather un funny slide of how the three letter agency compromised transit between Google servers.

That's one point for open code.


Submission + - Lernstift Digital Pen Vibrates to Indicate Bad Spelling, Grammar and Penmanship (

Zothecula writes: Use digital technology long enough and you start to become dependent upon it for such mundane tasks as spell checking. That means when you pick up a garden variety ballpoint pen you’re back in dictionary and “I before E except after C” territory. Like LiveScribe, the creators of the Lernstift digital pen hope to bring handwriting into the 21st century by having the pen vibrate to indicate when the writer makes spelling and grammatical errors or exhibits poor penmanship.

Submission + - Sony Tablet S Leaks Out Early at a Premium Price (

itwbennett writes: "The Sony Tablet will ship on September 16th, and you can pre-order them now from Sony (the 16GB model is $500 and the 32GB is $600). 'But the truly eager early adopter has a chance to get a Tablet S earlier than those who order from Sony, as long as they're willing to pay for the option,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'From where? Why, the Home Shopping Network, of all places. They claim to have the tablet in-stock and shipping now. The catch? A $100 premium on the price. The 16 GB model is $600 (lump sum or four payments of $150 each) via HSN.'"

Submission + - Apple's Puts the Screw to New iPhones (

JustinFreid writes: According to iFixit, Apple has started to ship iPhones with what it calls "pentalobular" screws, a potentially proprietary screw least I don't have one in my bit box.
In addition, iPhones that go in for repair have their copacetic Philips replaced with these infernal screws.
And I thought not having root access to my phone was bad enough.

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