lazyforker writes: Password recovery app developer Elcomsoft issued a press release summarizing the effectiveness (or otherwise) of various password manager apps for iOS and BlackBerry devices. Android was not discussed.
lazyforker writes: According to a story in The Guardian a Brazilian man found a flaw allowing a partial bypass of the PIN code lock screen. Using the "Emergency Call" feature in combination with the power button allows one access to the 'phone, Contacts, call history, voicemail. Colleagues and I confirmed it works! Try it for yourself: in the lock screen slide the unlock bar, tap the "Emergency Call" button, enter ### as the emergency number, tap the call button and immediately hit the power button on top of the 'phone.
lazyforker writes: According to Gizmodo one can pay a small fee to get your G1 unlocked immediately instead of waiting for the T-Mobile 90 day unlock policy. The article also mentions a contest to win a free unlock code.
lazyforker writes: This short article describes IBM's research into novel forms of data storage technologies. In particular the lab is working on a type called "racetrack memory". This racetrack is a lot smaller than your local dog track. Promises of huge amounts of data in tiny form factors are made.
This research is being led by the man who brought us GMR — consequently I think there's a chance this could work.
lazyforker writes: Jobs opened Apple's WWDC today. His keynote mostly focussed on Leopard. Looks slick. Wired blogged the speech and of course Apple's website has an updated description. Games from EA can be expected; and it looks like ID is building a while new game technology that will be demonstrated on multiple platforms later this year (Mac, PC, PS3 and Xbox).
Wired says that 10 of Leopard's new features (of 300!) were demonstrated by Jobs. Here's a brief summary:
New Desktop — Core animation, Stacks, more prominent active window
New Finder — Coverflow! Seearch anywhere on the network! "Back to my Mac" sync utility
"Quick Look" — instant preview of any document/file without opening app.
64 bit throughout
Core animation everywhere
"Spaces" — seems like multiple desktops
Updated Dashboard (not 3D) with ability for user to create widgets from any web content
lazyforker writes: IBM has created a new type of on chip memory dubbed eDRAM (embedded Dynamic Random Access Memory) that "improves on-processor memory performance in about one-third the space with one-fifth the standby power of conventional SRAM (static random access memory)". IBM anticipates the technology will be in production in early 2008. The article is light on tech data — but apparently this memory is designed to be used with multi-core processors.
lazyforker writes: "According to Seed Magazine the Wii controller may make games more emotionally-involving (and thus presumably more captivating).
While Nintendo argues that the wireless controller makes game play more intuitive — you no longer have to remember arcane sequences of buttons — it actually does something much more powerful: By involving your body in the on-screen action, the Wii makes video games more emotional.
The article goes on to explain why this might be so. The theory is (roughly) that the mind and body interact with each other to produce emotions — hence combining motion with mental activity generates a "body loop" — essentially a feedback loop. Is this Nintendo's competitive advantage?"