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Comment Just use Droid Wall (Score 1) 299

I don't see why everybody has a problem with security on Android. Like others have said, a dialog shows everything an app needs permission to do. Beyond that, install Droid Wall. It lets you approve or deny access to the Internet for each app (it's an iptables front end). You can also set it to block by default as I have, so that new apps never get the chance to connect until you allow them to. It requires root, but it's worth it. Don't forget to install a superuser whitelist program too so that you must approve any apps that want root.


Iran Suspends Google's Email Service 436

appl_iran writes "Iran's telecommunications agency announced that it would be suspending Google's email services permanently, saying it would roll out its own national email service." From the short WSJ article that is kernel of this Reuters story: "An Iranian official said the measure was meant to boost local development of Internet technology and to build trust between people and the government." Funny way to go about that. Updated 20100211 9:54GMT by timothy: Original link swapped for a more appropriate, updated one.

Submission + - Palm announces new phone, OS at CES (

wyldeone writes: "Today at a press conference Palm unveiled its long-awaited new operating system, dubbed Palm webOS. Unlike the traditional Palm OS, applications are developed using XHTML, CSS and Javascript and calendar, contact and other data is pulled from the cloud. Also announced was the Palm Pre, the first device to run it. The Pre is set to launch exclusively on Sprint in the first half of 2009."
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Starcraft 2 To Be a Trilogy 253

The Starcraft 2 gameplay panel was an eventful one at Blizzcon today. The developers faced an obstacle when designing the game; the plans they had were just too massive to implement in a single game on anything approaching a reasonable timeline. Their solution was to divide the game up into three separate, stand-alone titles: Terran: Wings of Libery, Zerg: Heart of the Swarm, and Protoss: Legacy of the Void. Read on for further details.

Comment An Actual Response (Score 1) 513

Since everyone else just seems to tell you to get a console, I'd thought I'd actually list a few good PC games that are actually fun to play multiplayer on the same screen. Yes, they do exist. It's a great platform for the task, and if people started actually taking it seriously as such, we could probably see more games like this.

Worms Armageddon (already been mentioned a few times)

Heboris (great customizable two player Tetris game)

Super Mario War (very fun party game where the goal is to stomp on the other player's heads)

Stepmania (DDR style game that can take all sorts of songs)

Atomic Bomberman (8 player Bomberman on the PC)

You Don't Know Jack (fun and wacky non-trivia game, huge series of them)

Also, try looking at the list of simultaneous player games at Home of the Underdogs. There are a LOT of games. (

Journal Journal: Sonic Confirmed for Brawl...

In a surprisingly early move (or late, depending upon how you look at it) Nintendo has officially confirmed that Sega's mascot: Sonic the Hedgehog, will be a playable contender in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Brawl, according to the official Smash Bros. website. They openly acknowledge that Sonic is the "most desired" challenger in the Smash universe, and ccompanying the update is a short video containing gameplay footage and so

New Mono 1.2 Now Supports WinForms 304

smbarbour writes "The Mono project (the open-source .NET compatibility library acquired by Novell when Ximian was purchased) has released version 1.2. They are now including support for WinForms. Ars Technica has a detailed rundown on the new release. The Mono project supports Visual Basic.NET as well, so developers that use VB.NET now have the possibility of directly porting applications to Linux." From the article: "Relatively high memory consumption and performance bottlenecks are commonly perceived as being amongst Mono's most significant weaknesses. Some critics frequently refer to various performance issues to support arguments against broader adoption of Mono technology in open source projects, most notably within the GNOME community. The performance improvements in Mono 1.2 could potentially address such criticisms, but it is likely that a lot more work will be required before the problems are completely resolved."

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