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Submission + - New iPad can run significantly hotter than the iPad 2 (

E IS mC(Square) writes: Consumer Reports have tested and found the new ipad to have some temperature issues. From TFA: "The new iPad can run significantly hotter than the earlier iPad 2 model when running an action game, Consumer Reports testers have found... Using a thermal imaging camera, Consumer Reports engineers recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing Infinity Blade II. Our tests follow numerous complaints now cropping up about how hot the new iPad can get while doing processor-intensive tasks, such as gaming or downloads.

We also noticed that the new iPad wasn't charging while the game was running and it was plugged in. In fact, the battery continued to drain. It charged normally, however, when we weren't running a game."


Submission + - Gawker Staffers Can't Tell iPad 2 From Apple's New iPad (

E IS mC(Square) writes: Tech website Gizmodo went out and picked up a new iPad on Friday and opted to let Gawker's various writers and staffers get a quick peek at Apple's new red-hot device. Or at least, that's what Gizmodo's Sam Biddle was trying to lead them to believe. Because they device they were holding off wasn't a brand-new, retina-display iPad, but instead its predecessor: The good ol' iPad 2.
The response?
"It seems very pretty," one staffer said. "It's light. You know, it's not quite like my Kindle, but it'll do, I suppose."


Submission + - Apple goes rotten again ( 1

E IS mC(Square) writes: Apple has apparently sent a cease and desist to a small cafe in Germany, Apfelkind, whose logo looks absolutely nothing like Apple's. Logo comparison can be found at

Call me a hater, but I just wish somebody puts Apple in it's place. Enough of this bullshit.


Submission + - The mystery of vanishing iTunes credit (

E IS mC(Square) writes: Back on November 28, 2010, somebody started a thread on Apple’s support forums about someone spending more than $50 of his iTunes Store credit on iPhone apps. That discussion thread has since swelled to more than 45 pages, with nearly 700 posts. Someone—or some group of someones—seems to be able to spend iTunes gift card credit without permission, buying apps that users don’t want. And whoever’s doing the hacking seems pretty good at it: Hundreds of users have seen their iTunes credit stolen, and the hack shows no signs of slowing, ten months after it was first reported.

Apple has refunded certain accounts, but not in all cases.

Apple suggests that the hack stems from weak, easily guessable passwords, and/or phishing attacks where customers are fooled into entering their passwords into hackers' forms.


Submission + - Samsung, LG and Motorola ahead of Apple (

E IS mC(Square) writes: Apple iPhone coverage and rumors are ubiquitous on the Internet, but when it comes to actual sales, Samsung, LG, and Motorola are all more popular.
In a market of 234 million U.S. cell phone users, the pecking order for cell phone manufacturers is Samsung, LG, Motorola, Apple, and RIM, according to comScore's August mobiLens report.

Open Source

Only Idiots Don't Give Back To Free Software 326

Julie188 writes "Downstream projects who take without contributing back to the upstream project defeat the benefit of open source and sooner or later, all organizations developing on top of open source code will realize this, contends Jim Zemlin, executive director of the nonprofit Linux Foundation. So the time for cajoling those users — even commercial projects like Canonical — into participating is over. Contributing is 'not the right thing to do because of some moral issue or because we say you should do it. It's because you are an idiot if you don't,'" he says." Update: 08/30 21:40 GMT by S : Reworded summary to clarify that Zemlin wasn't referring to end users.

Submission + - HTC sues Apple, again ( 1

E IS mC(Square) writes: Smartphone maker HTC Corp sued Apple Inc, claiming infringement of three patents through Apple's sale of Macintosh computers, iPads, iPods, iPhones and other devices.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware seeks to halt Apple's importation and sale of infringing products in the United States.

Apple asked for it, and Apple is served. I will bring my popcorn.


Submission + - Apple rips off student's rejected iPhone app (

E IS mC(Square) writes: The Register reports "Last year, Greg Hughes's app for wirelessly syncing iPhones with iTunes libraries was unceremoniously rejected from the official App Store. The software developer took the denial in stride, submitting Wi-Fi Sync to the Cydia store for jailbroken iPhones, where the app is a top seller.

Fast forward to Monday, when Apple unveiled a set of new features for the upcoming iOS 5, including the same wireless-syncing functionality. Cupertino wasn't even subtle about the appropriation, using the precise name and a near-identical logo to market the technology."

This is from a company supposed to be leading innovation.


Submission + - Android surpasses Apple in free apps (

E IS mC(Square) writes: The Google Android Market eclipsed the Apple App Store for iPhone in terms of free applications and now has 134,342 free applications, while the Apple App Store iPhone has 121,845 free applications.

Also, Android will surpass Apple app store in number of total applications in next five months, if the current growth rates remain same for both the platforms.


Submission + - Judge orders Jobs to answer iTunes questions (

E IS mC(Square) writes: From the article:

In the class-action lawsuit, a group of consumers say Apple created a music-downloading monopoly with its iPod player and iTunes store. At issue is a piece of software called Fairplay that allowed only music bought on iTunes to be played on the iPod, according to the complaint.

"The court finds that Jobs has unique, non-repetitive, first hand knowledge about Apple's software updates in October 2004 that rendered the RealNetworks's digital music files once again inoperable with iPods," Judge Lloyd wrote in his ruling.


Submission + - Nexus S beats iPhone in "real world" Web tests, sa (

E IS mC(Square) writes: A Nexus S running Android 2.3 can load most websites 52 percent faster than an iPhone running iOS 4.3, according to a new study conducted by website analysis firm Blaze.

As per Ars Technica story on this report, "Blaze claims that its metrics are more relevant than those from SunSpider benchmarks because Blaze does "real world" testing on existing websites. The study measured load time on the sites of a thousand Fortune 1000 companies (that is, every company's site in the Fortune 1000) over WiFi, and says that the Nexus S running Android 2.3 loaded the sites faster 84 percent of the time. The median load time for the iPhone 4 on iOS 4.3 was 3.254 seconds, while the Nexus S's median load time was 2.144 seconds."


Submission + - US mainstream media is Apple's bee-atch (

An anonymous reader writes: The register reports that "A year-long survey has shown that Apple is the mainstream media's darling, and that coverage of the glories of the digital wonderland edged out stories about its seamy underbelly. Apple's "popular devices and orchestrated PR strategy" were successful in garnering the company overwhelmingly positive coverage. When the Pew Research Center tallied up positive and negative comments about Jobs & Co, the news was good for Cupertino: when stories discussed such matters as whether Apple is anti-competitive, makes over-hyped or over-proiced products, or whether it "creates products that people don't really need," the mainstream media were in Apple's corner."

Submission + - Secunia finds Apple the most vulnerable vendor (

E IS mC(Square) writes: Secunia declares Apple having most vulnerable products out of 10 vendors they analyzed. The Half Year Report on software vulnerability and security threat reports that Apple has beaten others noting that "Oracle (including Sun Microsystems and BEA Logic) ranked #1 in four out of five years (is now) overtaken by Apple in the first half of 2010, with Apple consistently ranking higher than Microsoft." The report includes 10 vendors, including IBM, Adobe, Google and Mozilla.

So, the old cliche has come true — that Apple products perceived security was superior to Microsoft only because of less popularity?


Submission + - Apple removes Consumer Report iPhone4 discussions ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has done it again. All threads about Consumer Report's iphone4 non-recommendation are removed or deleted.

If you were looking for a message thread on Apple's support forums pointing to Consumer Reports' article 'not recommending' the iPhone 4, it's not there any more. Apple's support forum moderators deleted the thread.

If it happened once, maybe you'd say it was a glitch. But what if it happened twice? Three times? Four times, five, six?

Apple may not be Microsoft. Then again, Microsoft has never been this ugly.


Submission + - Apple Now Stores and Shares Your iPhone’s Lo (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple’s new privacy policy contains a small new paragraph of big importance: it gives the company license to store “the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device” and share it with “partners and licensees.”

Here is relevant para from the policy:
“To provide location-based services on Apple products, Apple and our partners and licensees may collect, use, and share precise location data, including the real-time geographic location of your Apple computer or device. This location data is collected anonymously in a form that does not personally identify you and is used by Apple and our partners and licensees to provide and improve location-based products and services. For example, we may share geographic location with application providers when you opt in to their location services.

Some location-based services offered by Apple, such as the MobileMe “Find My iPhone” feature, require your personal information for the feature to work.”

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