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Iphone

Submission + - Vzn Wireless iPhone = free visual voicemail. (slashdot.org)

An anonymous reader writes: My wife and I are on the same Verizon Wireless account. She just activated her shiny new iPhone- with FREE visual voicemail. I pay 2.99 per month extra for this service because I have a Droid. Customer Service call ends with "well that doesn't seem fair". Any other ./ers out there want to help me start a petition?
Math

Submission + - Rediscovering WWII's female 'computers' (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Women were recruited to do ballistics calculations and program computers during WWII. Half a century later, their work is only beginning to get recognition.

Submission + - Verizon's dataplan bait-and-switch (wired.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It’s a bit of a bait-and-switch. One of Verizon’s selling points for its version of the iPhone is that it would come with an unlimited data plan — a marked contrast to AT&T, which eliminated its unlimited data plans last year.

Verizon didn’t send out press releases to alert the public of this nationwide change regarding data throttling and so-called “optimization.” The only reason this news hit the wire was because a blogger noticed a PDF explaining the policy on Verizon’s website, which Verizon later confirmed was official. Obviously it’s bad news, so Verizon wanted to keep a lid on it.

IOS

Submission + - An iOS Hearing Aid, or Superman's Ears? (tidbits.com)

adamengst writes: In this article over at TidBITS, Jeff Porten relates how he discovered that a $2 app could turn his iPhone and earphones into a poor man's hearing aid. But switching to his iPod's mic-less earbuds turned the iPhone into a surprisingly effective eavesdropping device.

Submission + - Non "Threadsafe" authentication used by NZ bank ? (stuff.co.nz)

patrick478 writes: It would appear that the authentication mechanism in use by Kiwibank, New Zealand is not exactly threadsafe:

Mike McAvoy said he and the teller were horrified when he entered the wrong pin in a Tauranga branch last week but realised he could access his money, the Tauranga-based Sunlive website reported today. Kiwibank communications manager Bruce Thompson said a remote set of circumstances led to the incident. Simultaneously as Mr McAvoy was keying in the wrong pin, someone for whom it was the correct pin was accessing their account and this caused the glitch. "We did have a system failure, we have identified it, we have explained how it happened and we have fixed it," Mr Thompson said. "To get this type of thing is an extraordinary set of circumstances."

PlayStation (Games)

PlayStation 3 Hack Released Online 164

itwbennett writes "On Friday, George Hotz, best known for cracking Apple's iPhone, said he had managed to hack the PlayStation 3 after five weeks of work with 'very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software.' Days later, he has now released the exploit, saying in a blog post that he wanted to see what others could do with it. 'Hopefully, this will ignite the PS3 scene, and you will organize and figure out how to use this to do practical things, like the iPhone when jailbreaks were first released,' he wrote. 'I have a life to get back to and can't keep working on this all day and night.'" Reader MBCook points out an article written by Nate Lawson "explaining how the hack bypasses the hypervisor to gain unrestricted access to memory. It seems the trick is to use a pulse to glitch the hypervisor while it's unmapping memory, leaving a favorable page table entry."
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - SPAM: PlayStation 3 Hack Released Online

itwbennett writes: On Friday George Hotz, best known for cracking Apple's iPhone, said he had managed to hack the PlayStation 3 after five weeks of work with "very simple hardware cleverly applied, and some not so simple software." Days later, he released the exploit, saying in a blog post that he wanted to see what others could do with it. 'Hopefully, this will ignite the PS3 scene, and you will organize and figure out how to use this to do practical things, like the iPhone when jailbreaks were first released,' he wrote. 'I have a life to get back to and can't keep working on this all day and night.'
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Google

Submission + - Gmail finally leaves beta

reeeh2000 writes: "After five years, Gmail has finally left beta status according to the Official Gmail Blog. Amusingly, if you really miss the beta tag you can turn it back on using the option in Google Labs. Of course this begs the question; Will the beta tag eventually get accepted into the final project like other Google Lab features have?"
Google

Submission + - Google Apps out of beta 1

gmuslera writes: "Google Apps (and that includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Talk) are officially out of beta, yes, really, even if is just to say that they wont be as beta forever. For Gmail, that was more than 5 years, probably a world record."
Toys

Lego MMO Delayed 32

LEGO Universe, the MMOG currently under development by NetDevil, will not be coming out this year, as was previously expected. Mark Hansen, a LEGO Group exec, would not specify a new time frame, and attributed the delay to avoiding competition between some of their other upcoming products. Hansen did comment on the possibility of a console version of the game, claiming that they're just waiting for the right time. IGN did a related piece on the past and future of console MMOGs, exploring where early attempts failed and what needs to be done for them to succeed. Many game developers and publishers are still hesitant due to the massive financial investment required to get such a game up and running in a market that has yet to prove itself.
Television

Submission + - Senate Passes Bill to Delay Digital TV Transition

An anonymous reader writes: Only a couple days after Congress rejected a bill to delay the switch to digital TV, the US Senate on Thursday has passed a slightly revised bill to delay the transition. As with the previous bill, the newly modified bill will still need to be passed by the House of Representatives but according to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Rockefeller, it stands a much better chance of passing. What has changed in the bill? Actually a major key point, it would allow stations to voluntarily choose when to make the switch to digital after the mandated date of February 17th and between the June date.
Biotech

"Subhuman Project" Human Powered Submarine 103

overThruster writes "Inventor Ted Ciamillo and marine biologist Frank Fish (yes, that's his real name) are at work on a human-powered sub designed to cross the Atlantic. What's interesting is the highly efficient propulsion system which uses a 'tail' modeled after CAT scans of a dolphin's. From the article: 'Ciamillo and Fish say they knew they were onto something when the first prototype Lunocet, a piece of sculpted foam sandwiched between two pieces of carbon fiber, essentially swam by itself. When they released it at the bottom of a test pool, its buoyancy combined with its cambered shape generated a forward thrust that made it scoot across the tank.'"
Announcements

Submission + - SATA-II support in recent Lenovo laptops.

Anonymous Coward writes: "As it turns out, recent Lenovo T/R/X series laptops (T60/61, R60/61, X300/400/500) with Intel 965GM chipset, have SATA-II support turned off, despite chipset's support in specifications. As claimed by Lenovo — "to reduce power consumption". Top 1.5 Gb/s speed of SATA-I will be sufficient for the relatively slow (at the moment) MLC-based SSD drives, but will become a bottleneck with more expensive SATA-II SLC-based SSDs, which routinely push 200-300 MB/s nowdays, such as Intel X-25, for example. It's been about 3 weeks since Lenovo was notified of the problem through their community board and the message "We are looking into this" appeared, but the company doesn't seem to think that the issue is serious enough to rectify, let along give it attention it deserves. So, if you are a Lenovo laptop owner of the above mentioned series and think about upgrading your hard drive to SSD — make sure your model supports the specifications of the installed chipset, or bug Lenovo to fix the problem via BIOS update. Since Lenovo's board changes thread id's every night you can view the discussion thread here . If you decide to register and put in your 2 cents — don't mention Slashdot, since moderators consider this word offensive and like to censor messages."
Announcements

Submission + - $10 laptop to be displayed on February 3rd (indiatimes.com)

NubKnacker writes: Times of India is carrying a story on the $10 laptop project that has come as an answer to the $100 laptop of MIT's Nicholas Negroponte that he was trying to hardsell to India. The $10 laptop has come out of the drawing board stage due to work put in by students of Vellore Institute of Technology, scientists in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT-Madras and involvement of PSUs like Semiconductor Complex. OLPCNews reported this attempt in September 2006.

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