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Submission + - SPAM: Apple blasts by 3 billion app download mark

alphadogg writes: Apple Tuesday said that more than 3 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store by iPhone and iPod touch users. The 1 billionth app was downloaded in April and the 2 billionth in September.

"Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months—this is like nothing we've ever seen before," said Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, in a statement. "The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."

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Submission + - Bringing Free Television to Phones in America (economist.com)

ideonexus writes: South Korea, China, Brazil, parts of Europe, and Japan have been watching television on their phones for free since 2005, but American mobile carriers are struggling to offer clunky streaming video using Qualcomm’s proprietary MediaFLO system for an additional monthly fee and excessive bandwidth demands. Now, with America having gone digital in June, if Mobile carriers were to have ATSC M/H (advanced television systems committee—mobile/handheld) television-tuner chips built into their handsets it sounds like we could enjoy free TV on our cell phones too; however, these companies have already invested a great deal of money adapting their networks to Qualcomm's format and Qualcomm is considering becoming a Mobile-television distributor itself.

Submission + - Android & iPhone wars: Using HTML5, CSS, &

IndioMan writes: Learn how to developing browser-based apps for iPhone and Android. In Part 1, we introduce WebKit, the browser engine at the heart of iPhone and Android. Part 2 digs deeper by building a network management application that runs on both the iPhone and Android browsers. The app demos browser-local SQL storage and Ajax, key techs that enable a rich app experience from within the mobile browser. Additionally, the app leverages the popular jQuery JavaScript library.

Submission + - Micro-ROV Footage by Underwater InSight (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Here we have a series of underwater clips taken by a micro-ROV (remotely operated vehicle) in the south east of the United Kingdom.

Submission + - 360 Live iPhone App is now officially FREE! (ddgameworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For realzies this time. The app was created by Xavier Larrea and sold at the iTunes App store for $1.99. Microsoft quickly put the kibosh on that due to their policy that all Xbox Live iPhone apps must be free. So it appears that 360 Live is here to stay and free to own.
If you want to take it for a spin click the download link below.

The Internet

Submission + - Why didn't the internet save the last decade? (pbs.org) 2

tcd004 writes: Open communication, new markets, no boundaries. There was so much promise in the first ten years of the internet, why didin't that translate into more jobs, more freedom, and more overall happiness? Esther Dyson, Paul Saffo, and Jaron Lenier discuss the last ten years of technology and what we can expect in the next ten years.

Submission + - Encryption Cracked on NIST Certified Flash Drives (h-online.com)

An anonymous reader writes: USB Flash drives with hardware based AES 256-bit encryption manufactured by Kingston, SanDisk and Verbatim have reportedly been cracked by security firm SySS. These drives are advertised to meet security standards suitable for use with sensitive US Government data (unclassified, of course) as emphasized by the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certificate issued by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It looks likes the Windows based password entry program always sends the same character string to the drive after performing various crypto operations.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - SPAM: App Store tops three billion downloads | Software

Suki I writes: Apple announced on Tuesday that the company's App Store has passed the three billion download mark.

"That’s some impressive acceleration there, but two words will shed some light on the matter: holiday season. Having introduced no less than four relatives to the wonder of downloading apps during my vacation, there’s no question in my mind that Apple sold an imperial ton of iPhones in its most recent quarter. Of course, we’ll have to wait until Apple releases its quarterly results towards the end of the month to get the actual numbers on that."

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Submission + - Boris Strugatsky claims Avatar was his idea. (russia-ic.com)

anastasd writes: Russian science fiction author Boris Strugatsky claims James Cameron stole the idea of the movie Avatar from his novel "The Noon Universe" (Russian: "Mir Poludnja") written in the '60s. Strugatsky said that the planet Pandora, its flora and fauna as well as its inhabitants — the cat-alike na'vi are originally created by him and his brother Arkady
Unfortunately Mr. Strugatsky said he will not watch the movie so most probably he will not verify his claims.


Submission + - New Amiga With Programmable Co-Processor (a-eon.com)

GuerillaRadio writes: A new Amiga — the AmigaOne X1000 has been announced by A-Eon and contains the interesting addition of an onboard XMOS "Software Defined Silicon" chip onboard and the Xorro interface. Amiga fans have been waiting some time for new interesting Amiga hardware and this might be it. More details at OSNews

Submission + - SPAM: Google offers to help run 'white spaces' database

alphadogg writes: Google is soliciting the FCC for the company to be an administrator of a database that would allow devices to access broadband Internet on unlicensed TV signal spectrum, known as "white spaces." The position is a reversal for Google, which said in February 2009 that it did not plan to be an administrator. The database, which could have several providers, is needed to ensure devices do not cause interference with nearby signals used for TV broadcasts. In November 2008, the FCC approved the use of devices at powers of up to 100 milliwatts on the white space spectrum or up to 40 milliwatts on spectrum adjacent to operating TV stations. The first public white spaces broadband network went live in Virginia last year. [spam URL stripped]
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