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Submission + - Tablets to get Energy Star ratings (

alphadogg writes: The iPad and other tablets will be rated based on the Energy Star specification in the future.
The specification will be part of the Energy Star version 6.1, according to documents posted on the U.S. Energy Star website. But a date for ratings on tablets has not yet been established yet by the IPA and Dept. of Energy.


Submission + - Steve Jobs film starring Ashton Kutcher to be Sundance 2013's grand finale (

alphadogg writes: The widely anticipated Steve Jobs biopic, dubbed "jOBS," will close out this coming January's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movie, whose tagline is "The True Story of the Man Who Changed the World," stars Ashton Kutcher as Jobs, along with other big Hollywood names such as James Woods, Dermot Mulroney and Matthew Modine. The movie "chronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs' life," according to the pitch, and paparazzi have spotted filming taking place in Silicon Valley and India over the past year.

Submission + - Crooks steal $1.5M in iPads from JFK (

alphadogg writes: A pair of brazen crooks punched another hole in the lax JFK security when they stole a trove of new Apple iPad minis — worth $1.5 million — from the same cargo building that was the site of the 1978 Lufthansa heist featured in “GoodFellas,” according to the New York Post. The crooks struck shortly before midnight on Monday and used one of the airport’s own forklifts to load two pallets of the tablet computers into a truck, according to law-enforcement sources. It's been a crazy year for iPad/iPhone thefts in New York City and elsewhere.

Submission + - The sorry, sorry year in tech industry apologies (

alphadogg writes: Tech vendors have been as bombastic as ever in 2012 promoting the magical and amazing things their latest smartphones, cloud computing wares and network gear can do. When things go wrong, they're naturally a little less visible, but plenty of companies have sucked it up and done the right thing this year (perhaps with a little legal prodding here and there) and publicly apologized for minor and major customers inconveniences. From Apple to Google to Microsoft to Amazon and more, here's a look back.

Submission + - Apple seeks standard to appease angry university net managers (

alphadogg writes: Under fire from its customers in the higher education market, Apple has proposed creating a new industry standard that would fix problems with its Bonjour zero configuration networking technology that is causing scalability and security problems on campus networks. Apple described how such a standard could be used at an IETF meeting held in Atlanta this week. Apple and other vendors including Xirrus, Check Point and IBM support the idea of creating an IETF working group to improve network services like Apple's Bonjour and Linux Avahi, which use an existing IETF protocol called Multiicast DNS. "We targeted Bonjour at home networks, but over the last 10 years Multicast DNS — what Apple calls Bonjour — has become very popular," said Stuart Cheshire, an Apple networking engineer who created Bonjour and wrote the MDNS specifications. "Every network printer uses Bonjour. TiVo, home video recorders and cameras use it. IPads and iPhones use it, and we are starting to get a lot of demand from customers that they won't be able to print from iPads to a printer in the next building."

Submission + - iPhone hacker 'Comex' let go from work with Apple (

alphadogg writes: The famed iPhone hacker "Comex," who engineered ways to hack Apple's mobile operating system, is no longer doing work for the company, according to Twitter postings. " point in delaying. As of last week, after about a year, I'm no longer associated with Apple," wrote Comex, who has more than 196,000 followers. He wrote the reason is that he failed to respond to an email from the company.
Comex is widely respected in the iPhone hacker realm for his work with the JailbreakMe applications, which exploited Apple's software to allow the installation of programs not vetted by the company in its App Store.


Submission + - 2012 Tech Industry Graveyard (

alphadogg writes: As 2012 winds down, it’s once again time to pay respects to technology companies, products, concepts and more that have died off this year, some mercifully. For companies such as Apple and Google, despite losing some of their loved ones, there remain plenty of others that are full of life.

Submission + - SNL skewers reviewers/tech journalists in iPhone 5 skit (

alphadogg writes: Saturday Night Live this weekend skewered tech journalists’ for their whining about iPhone 5 shortcomings, with a skit featuring a trio of Chinese factory workers answering their critics and besting them. The skit, featuring guest star Christina Applegate as host of the Tech Talk show, examines the Apple iPhone 5’s “plethora of glitches and design flaws” with a panel of tech journalists from Cnet, Gizmodo and Wired. The host then brings on three “peasant workers” from the Chinese factory where the iPhone 5 was built in an effort to put the journalists’ complaints into broader perspective. Hilarity ensues....
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Submission + - iOS 6 device users report baffling range of Wi-Fi problems ( 1

alphadogg writes: Some number of iPhone and iPad users upgrading to iOS 6 are reporting a range of Wi-Fi problems, as are some iPhone 5 users. The solutions, when there are any, seems as baffling as the problems. The continuing posts at Apple's tech support site and at online forums show users with existing iPhone and iPads frustrated by a flurry of different problems, including a "grayed out" Wi-Fi option, dropped connections, slow connection speeds, and having to connect manually to a Wi-Fi access point. Separately, there are posts by some owners of the new iPhone 5, released last Friday, also about Wi-Fi problems. Confusedly, these are problems that are unrelated to the Wi-Fi glitch last week when iOS 6 was first released.

Submission + - Is your iPad keeping you up at night? (

alphadogg writes: Researchers have discovered that relatively little exposure to tablets and other electronics with backlit displays can keep people up at night by messing with their circadian rhythms. The study from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute showed that a 2-hour exposure to electronic devices with such displays causes suppression of the melatonin hormone and could make it especially tough for teens to fall asleep. The study, funded by Sharp Laboratories of America, simulated usage of such devices among 13 people using special glasses/goggles and light meters

Submission + - New iPhone photos from early 2006 show Apple's design tinkering (

alphadogg writes: Court documents show that in early 2006, Apple was considering a range of iPhone designs, one that looks remarkably like the iPhone 4, and others that were inspired by Sony. Check out this slideshow of never-before-seen images of the path-breaking smartphone's early possibilities. A big part of the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case revolves around allegations that some of Samsung's cellphones and tablet computers are too closely styled after Apple's products. Samsung seems to be saying that Apple, too, looked to other companies for its phone design.

Submission + - IT groups petition Apple to "fix" Bonjour protocol (

alphadogg writes: It's time for Apple to make it's Bonjour and AirPlay technologies enterprise friendly. That's the contention of a group of college and university IT managers who are finalizing a petition that urges Apple to adapt both for enterprise networks. The proposed changes, they say, would make it easier for IT to provision, manage and secure Bonjour-enabled networking of Apple products. But the changes also would make more Apple's networking more useable for iPad and iPhone owners. On campus, or at the office, they want the same kind ease of access and use they have at home. They want to connect easily over enterprise networks with resources such as printers running Apple's AirPrint protocol, or use Apple's AirPlay wireless multimedia streaming, and to marry iOS devices with flat-panel displays or high-def speakers via Apple TV, or with projectors. And today, they often can't do that because of how enterprise networks are designed.

Submission + - Earliest known photos of an Apple iPad prototype (

alphadogg writes: It's well established that Apple's iPhone was in the works for a good two years before it became a household name at Macworld 2007, and interestingly enough, the idea to develop a phone in the first place was borne out of Apple's previous work on tablet prototypes in the early 2000s. Images of those prototypes have now come to light in Apple legal documents involving its Samsung court case.

Submission + - Facebook hires noted iOS jailbreaker Chpwn (

alphadogg writes: Nothing gets the hacker community buzzing more than one of its own going corporate, and the latest to stir things up is new Facebook intern Grant Paul, whose iOS jailbreaking exploits as "Chpwn" have given iPad, iPhone and iPod users more freedom.
Paul tweeted early today: "Just finished my first day as an intern at Facebook. Very excited." Paul, along with Paul Griffen (aka "phoenixdev"), were among the first to reveal hacked third-generation iPads (i.e., iPad 3). Some are making a connection between Paul's hiring and word that Facebook is building a phone to help it monetize its mobile apps.


Submission + - Jailbreak: Dirty word disappears from Apple iTunes store (

alphadogg writes: Apple historically has fought iPhone jailbreaking by warning customers that their device warranties will be voided if they muck around with the innards of their Apple products. Now Apple appears to be taking its disapproval of jailbreaking one step further by censoring at least some references to “jailbreak” in its U.S. iTunes store. The Shoutpedia website first picked up on the Apple action, citing a Tweet from iOS hacker “planetbeing.” Shoutpedia writes that it’s unclear whether the censoring of “jailbreak” is intentional, though the Cult of Mac blog says that Apple has actually been censoring the term for a months though has only recently begun uncensoring it.

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