rullywowr writes: CNN reports that a recent government study finds TSA misconduct has risen sharply in three years. Most have heard of the problems such as stealing however they recently report that some employees are sleeping on the job, taking bribes, and letting friends/family through the checkpoints without screening.
rullywowr writes: CNN suggests that iOS7 will use biometrics in the form of fingerprint scans. TFA shows an excerpt of some XML code from a beta version of iOS7 which suggests this technology is coming soon. Unlocking the phone and providing security passwords may be as easy as a simple press of the thumb. No word if this is definite for the new "iPhone5S".
rullywowr writes: Over ten years after the tragedy of 9/11, the FAA is reconsidering allowing the use of iPads, portable DVD players, and other electronic devices. Cell phones are not part of the reconsideration at this time. This topic has come up on Slashdot before, what do you think about the FAA allowing more devices?
rullywowr writes: Time reports that Mountain Dew's latest promotional stunt to name the new granny apple flavored drink was shut down due to hackers and people suggesting obscene names. Some of the top-voted names by users were the likes of “Hitler did nothing wrong,” “Diabeetus,” and “Gushing Granny" to name a few. In addition, the article mentions the site was hacked with an unwanted banner which said, “Mtn Dew salutes the Israeli Mossad for demolishing 3 towers on 9/11!” as well as some "unwanted RickRolling." The real question is if the security measures not implemented completely or perhaps the masterminds behind the promotion were just unprepared for the brutality of uncensored internet?
rullywowr writes: "A customer with a defective Blu-Ray disc returns to the Best Buy store where he purchased it. After scanning his driver's license into the system, he is now banned from returning/exchanging goods for 90 days. This is becoming one of the latest practices which big-box stores including Target, Best Buy, and Toys R Us are using to limit fraud and abuse of the return system. You know, the people who buy a big screen TV before the big game and then return it on Monday. Opponents feel that this return-limiting concept has this gone too far, including the harvesting of your personal data. What do you think?"
rullywowr writes: "In a rare move, Nokia patents a tattoo which can vibrate when you get a call or message. The tattoo, which would be made of ferrous ink, would be applied to the user. The tattoo would also link up to a particular phone such as Bluetooth does today. Provisions are made for different sensory impluses, for different calls such as a signature "ringtone." For those afraid of the needle, they have patented a sticker version of the tattoo."
rullywowr writes: "A story run by local new NBC10 of Philadelphia last Friday illuminated the fact that this particular rider of the pubilc bus system is packing a cell phone jammer and is not afraid to use it. Going by the name of "Eric," whenever he sees someone being "rude" on the bus and talking loudly on their cell phone, he screws the antenna on a flips the power switch. Regardless of the steep civil penalites levied by the FCC (up to $16,000 USD), many (such as "Eric) are still interested by these devices which can be bought on the internet for $40 to over $1000. Opponents of these devices say that not only do they interfere with mobile phones, they often can interfere with "behind the scenes" communication, Wi-Fi, etc. Despite being illegal, TFA points out that they are readily available on the internet (what else is new?). Do you have an instance where you experienced the positive (or negative) effects of a cell phone jammer?"
rullywowr writes: After many users expressed anger, AT&T moves the slowdown throttling bottleneck from 3GB of data to 5GB of data for users of 4G LTE smart phones. AT&T still maintains the position that less than 5% of its users exceed the 3GB threshold each month.