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Apple

Submission + - New iPad can run significantly hotter than the iPad 2 (consumerreports.org)

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."

Iphone

Submission + - Samsung wants to see iPhone source code (edibleapple.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: In the latest example of Samsung embarking on bizzare and outlandish legal requests, the company in Australia is demanding that Apple hand over its soucrce code to the iPhone 4S as part of its efforts to ban the device in the country. Never mind the fact that the iPhone 4S has been available in the country for weeks now.
Media

Submission + - US mainstream media is Apple's bee-atch (theregister.co.uk)

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."
Iphone

Submission + - Judge okays iPhone class action (skunkpost.com)

crimeandpunishment writes: It looks like lawyers for Apple and AT&T will be spending a lot of time together. A federal judge says a lawsuit against the two companies claiming monopoly abuse over the iPhone can proceed as a class action. The case centers on Apple "locking" iPhones so they can only be used on AT&T's network. The class includes anyone who bought an iPhone with a two-year AT&T agreement since June 2007.
Iphone

Submission + - Apple dictates naming of corporate networks. (apple.com)

Gattman01 writes: After updating our company's iPhones to iOS 4.0 the phones suddenly stopped communicating with servers on the local network. It turns out Apple has decided in iOS 4.0 to disallow resolving domain names ending in .local. Their resolution, change your company's internal domain name.
Privacy

Submission + - Apple Now Stores and Shares Your iPhone’s Lo (mashable.com)

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.”

Linux

Submission + - Ubuntu CUPS and Samba; a Quick and Clear Guide (www.atws.ca)

trippedn writes: A straight forward guide to understanding and setting up a CUPS print server using Ubuntu or a Debian based distribution. This guide explains the "how" as well as the meaning of why certain configuration choices are set.
Software

Submission + - Apple Safari 5 Still Not The Fastest

adeelarshad82 writes: As most of us know that Apple released the fifth version of the Safari web browser a few days ago. Apple claims that the new browser's updated Nitro JavaScript engine runs JavaScript "30 percent faster than Safari 4, 3 percent faster than Chrome 5.0, and over twice as fast as Firefox 3.6". However benchmark results using Sunspider and FutureMark PeaceKeeper show that while Safari 5 is much faster than the previous version, it is still not the fastest browser. According to the Sunspider test Safari posted a time of 580ms whereas Chrome 5 posted a time of 546ms. On the other hand, FutureMark's PeaceKeeper test showed that Safari 5 scored 2659 and Chrome 5 scored 3738.
Apple

Submission + - WWDC Claim Exposed: Apple Safari 5 Not Fastest (pcworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple claimed at WWDC that its new Safari 5 browser is "fastest." Faster than Chrome; faster than Firefox; and definitely faster than IE. The claim does not hold water as the PCWorld compiled story shows. Apple may have good marketing people, but blatant false claims are, well, false.
Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Mac spyware in the wild (intego.com) 5

pgmrdlm writes: The myth, for that is exactly what it is what it always was, that Mac's were not vulnerable to spy ware/virus's is finally put to rest. From the anti-virus company intego:

Description: Intego has discovered a spyware application that is installed by a number of freely distributed Mac applications and screen savers found on a variety of websites. This spyware, OSX/OpinionSpy, performs a number of malicious actions, from scanning files to recording user activity, as well as sending information about this activity to remote servers and opening a backdoor on infected Macs. OSX/OpinionSpy is installed by a number of applications and screen savers that are distributed on sites such as MacUpdate, VersionTracker and Softpedia. The spyware itself is not contained in these applications, but is downloaded during the installation process. This shows the need for an up-to-date anti-malware program with a real-time scanner that can detect this malware when it is downloaded by the original application’s installer.

You will note that this is distributed the same way that most Windows virus's are distributed, by the user clicking on a free download. This also puts to rest that Mac users are more intelligent when it comes to security then Windows users. The issue here is that they feel because they own a Mac that they can do what ever they want,

Businesses

Submission + - iPad is not "killing" netbook sales (winsupersite.com)

mantis2009 writes: Paul Thurrott, the prolific technology analyst and Windows expert, reacts strongly to an article highlighted on Slashdot. Thurrott takes numbers from IDC and the Wall Street Journal, indicating that netbook sales have not in any meaningful way been affected by sales of Apple's tablet computer, the iPad. Money quote: "...netbooks and sub-12-inch machines[] will sell 45.6 million units in 2011 and 60.3 million in 2013. If I remember the numbers from 2009, they were 10 percent of all PCs, or about 30 million units. Explain again how the iPad will beat that. Please. Even the craziest iPad sales predictions are a small percentage of that."
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robotsrule writes "This video shows a WowWee Rovio mobile spy robot being piloted remotely over a Skype video call using thought, facial gestures, and head movements, with the help of the Emotiv Systems EPOC 14-electrode EEG headset with built-in gyroscope. An accompanying article explains in detail how the system works and what steps were taken with the Emotiv systems SDK to interface with the EPOC headset along with code samples. The system is based on Robodance 5, a free robot control program for consumer robot owners that will be out in beta on May 20, 2010."
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: Is 4chan the Future of Human Consciousness?

destinyland writes: Author Jason Louv argues in all seriousness that 4Chan is "our best preview of where human consciousness is going," calling them a "freebased version of mankind's new drug of choice..." The image board's creative turmoil "show us the chaos at the edge of human perception, where the mind has consumed so much information through artificially enhanced sensory inputs that it begins to break down and cannibalize itself," and in that sense 4Chan users are "the Magellans of media desensitization." If the internet will change the human experience, then 4Chan represents "a new frontier...the most interesting angle we have on the evolution of human consciousness." Or, to put it another way, "It is the car crash that cannot be looked away from. Ever."
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