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Tunneling Under the Great Firewall? 403

An anonymous reader writes "I am traveling to China in the near future, and needless to say as a Slashdot reader I am going to require access to the Internet. The whole, unadulterated, unfiltered Internet. Also needless to say, I am very leery of the government there (my lack of a nickname on this submission being testament to that). I will only be there for a few weeks, and will not be using the computer for much of that time, so I don't want to shell out a lot of money to a VPN service. However I also don't want to be hindered by extremely slow speeds such as those provided by the Tor network. I have experience implementing Web servers and work fairly often with Linux; however, many of my friends who also face the same dilemma don't. What would be the most cost-effective (free is best) method for me to subvert the Great Firewall during my travels while maintaining sufficient anonymity and enjoying sufficient speed?"

Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception 534

Lisandro and several other readers let us know that Apple has just released a statement addressing the signal issues a lot of users are having with their iPhone 4. They claim to have discovered the cause for the drop in bars, which is "both simple and surprising" — a wrong formula used to calculate how many bars are displayed for a given signal strength. "Upon investigation, we were stunned to find that the formula we use to calculate how many bars of signal strength to display is totally wrong. ... we sometimes display 4 bars when we should be displaying as few as 2 bars. Users observing a drop of several bars when they grip their iPhone in a certain way are most likely in an area with very weak signal strength, but they don’t know it because we are erroneously displaying 4 or 5 bars. Their big drop in bars is because their high bars were never real in the first place. ... We will issue a free software update within a few weeks that incorporates the corrected formula. Since this mistake has been present since the original iPhone, this software update will also be available for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G." Wired notes that there is still a signal drop when the iPhone 4 is gripped in particular ways.

Submission + - Apple press release regarding iPhone 4 reception (

Lisandro writes: Apple has just releases a letter addressing the signal issues a lot of users seem to be having with their iPhone 4. They claim to have discovered the cause for the drop in bars, which is "both simple and surprising" — a wrong formula used to calculate how many bars are displayed for a given signal strength.

IBM Makes Firefox Its Corporate Browser 152

e9th writes "Ars Technica reports that IBM has adopted Firefox as its company-wide browser. Firefox will be installed on all new employee computers, and all 400,000 employees will be encouraged to use it. Speaking of encouraging Firefox use, IBM VP Bob Sutor blogs: 'We will continue to strongly encourage our vendors who have browser-based software to fully support Firefox.' I hope this means that if IBM can't navigate a vendor's site with Firefox, they'll just look elsewhere."

MS Design Lets You Put Batteries In Any Way You Want 453

jangel writes "While its strategy for mobile devices might be a mess, Microsoft has announced something we'll all benefit from. The company's patented design for battery contacts will allow users of portable devices — digital cameras, flashlights, remote controls, toys, you name it — to insert their batteries in any direction. Compatible with AA and AAA cells, among others, the 'InstaLoad' technology does not require special electronics or circuitry, the company claims."

Submission + - Steve Jobs 'It's only a phone' Emails Debunked (

Stoobalou writes: Editing error causes a rumpus

An email exchange between Apple CEO Steve Jobs and and angry iPhone 4 user has been making waves on the web for a few days now.

We first started following the thread of intrigue when the normally-reliable Boy Genius Report (BGR) published the transcript of an alleged email conversation between the messianic Apple leader Jobs and an aggrieved Apple fan.


Consumer Guide To Stem Cell Clinics 40

Penguinsh- writes "Patients seeking stem cell treatments now have a guide to the various clinics purporting to offer such treatments. Not exactly a Zagat or Michelin, but much more objective information from qualified experts than was available before in one place. Created by the International Society for Stem Cell Research, the guide was the brainchild of a task force convened by former ISSCR President Irving Weissman of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Research and Regenerative Medicine."

Submission + - EU plans to make Apple, Adobe and others open up (

FlorianMueller writes: After pursuing Microsoft and Intel, European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes is now preparing an initiative that could have an even greater impact on the IT industry: a European interoperability law that will affect not only companies found dominant in a market but all "significant" players. In a recent interview, Mrs. Kroes mentioned Apple. Nokia, RIM and Adobe would be other examples. All significant market players would have to provide access to interfaces and data formats, with pricing constraints considered "likely" by the commissioner. Her objective: "Any kind of IT product should be able to communicate with any type of service in the future." The process may take a few years, but key decisions on the substance of the bill may already be taken later this year.

Submission + - Apple, AT&T sued over iPhone 4 Attennas ( 1

bannable writes: Apple has been accused of violation of the Federal Communications Act, three counts of products liability related to negligence, defect in design and breach of implied warranty, intentional and negligent misrepresentation, fraud by concealment, unfair business practices and more.

"The iPhone 4 manifests design and manufacturing defects that were known to Defendants before it was released which were not disclosed to consumers, namely, a connection problem caused by the iPhone 4's antenna configuration that makes it difficult or impossible to maintain a connection to AT&T's network," the California complaint reads.


Submission + - The Security Weakness of App Stores (

redsoxh8r writes: All the recent news about Google's ability to remove and install apps remotely on Android phones may be missing a larger point here: All of the app stores that these companies run have massive security issues. "Even if the apps were stored on a single Google server, they are still compiled and signed on other systems. Anywhere along that production chain, a compromise could lead to apps being trojaned and surreptitiously pushed to many Android phones," Nate Lawson, a cryptographer, said of the Android model. "Android does provide some security in its code signing model. The developer’s signature on the .apk is basically a JAR signature. The hash of the APK cert is used to determine if a new app can access the same data as the previous app since it determines which UID an app gets. However, this only protects data created by existing apps from being accessed by other apps that are not signed with the same key. It also doesn’t say anything about the legitimacy of the code since the developer signs it themselves, often with a self-signed cert."

That last point is part of a larger problem with the Android Market and other such mobile app stores: malicious, flawed or faulty applications can slip through the cracks. In the case of the Android Market, there is no approval process, a la the iTunes App Store, requiring developers to submit their code for approval before it's posted for download. Developers can simply submit their apps and they'll appear in the Market within a few minutes.


Own Your Own Fighter Jet 222

gimmebeer writes "The Russian Sukhoi SU-27 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (more than 1,300 mph) and has a thrust to weight ratio greater than 1 to 1. That means it can accelerate while climbing straight up. It was designed to fight against the best the US had to offer, and now it can be yours for the price of a mediocre used business jet."

Feed WTO Again Sides With Antigua Over Online Gambling (

For some time we've been following the ongoing conflict between the US and the island nation of Antigua surrounding internet gambling. Even before the passage of the most recent anti-gambling law, Antigua had gone to the WTO to complain that the US government's actions against online gambling were de facto protectionist measures, and thus violated international trade law. The WTO ended up siding with Antigua, although, quite predictably, the US did nothing to resolve the issue -- in fact, things have only gotten worse. Now the WTO is speaking out again, slamming the US government for its failure to abide by the decision against it. Once again, it seems likely that the US will ignore the decision, although that would give Antigua the right to retaliate. One possibility that's been thrown out there is that Antigua may turn itself into a haven for free music and software and set up some site like Of course, the US put pressure on Russia to crack down on that site, as part of the country's admittance into the WTO, but since Antigua is already part of the organization, the US would have no such leverage.

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