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Here's a little known fact: Twitter and Facebook are erupting in popularity. Both social networks have taken the underground and mainstream worlds by storm, and everyone from your next door neighbor to your favorite celebrity is likely within reach. This new world of information can be extremely beneficial; having real-time updates to breaking news, concert listings, sports scores, weather alerts, etc. enable all of our lives to be easier. But as with anything, good devices can typically be exploited and used for ill. Stories have begun to surface that highlight the risk in disclosing all sorts... Read more...
There is a fine line between protecting the products and future markets of a company, and stepping on the feet of global commerce.  That fine line is currently being treaded by Apple, who is threatening Asian retailers in Singapore who are reselling iPhones they legally purchased, imported and unlocked to work with local carriers.“According to retailers, Apple threatened in an e-mail to go after them for illegally 'unlocking' parallel imported iPhones. The phones are unlocked by hacking into their software so that local SIM cards can be used. Sim Lim Square retailers and even some online local... Read more...
By now just about everyone has heard of the RIAA and their law suits against people who have allegedly pirated music over the Internet.  The stories of the RIAA suing grandmothers, minors, and the deceased are common place, but it seems that the RIAA's latest step might have taken things too far: they're asking that a new law be passed that will require schools seeking federal funding for their programs and student body to police their own networks and keep them piracy-free.The request isn't unreasonable, and ought to be a goal of any IT staff at an organization where piracy is probable, but... Read more...
When NBC Universal said it would not renew its deal with iTunes, Apple upped the ante by saying it would not sell any NBC shows once the new season started, so as not to "confuse" customers.  Apple said this wouldn't happen, but iTunes is selling NBC's shows for the upcoming season. Listed at iTunes on Wednesday were episodes of Chuck and Journeyman, two shows that premiered earlier this week. The reason that Journeyman and Chuck are showing up is that both shows are produced by companies other than NBC, and Apple is under contract to offer them. Based... Read more...
Yesterday we told you about the software unlocking of the iPhone performed by two different companies. One of them, Uniquephones.com, was to go live with its solution today on its www.iphoneunlocking.com site.  However, after a threatening call from an AT&T lawyer, they have delayed the release. The man informed McLaughlin that if he posted the unlock code, he could be sued for copyright infringement and for dissemination of Apple's intellectual property (IP).McLaughlin is concerned that fighting a lawsuit with AT&T or Apple would sink his small company, which does a modestly successful... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Intel's next generation IGP slated for launch prior to Windows Vista will be equipped with enough performance features and functionality to pose a legitimate threat to ATI, VIA, and SiS. This new IGP will support DX9, Shader Model 3.0, OpenGL 1.5, Advanced De-Interlacing, MPEG-2 hardware acceleration, and HDMI output. Judging by the Intel IGP performance we witnessed during our review of the Alienware Area-51 m5500, this new IGP is just what the doctor ordered for Intel.For the Viiv consumer PC platform, Intel's G965 series will target the entry-level and mid-range segments,... Read more...
  By Jeff Bouton October 26, 2003           So, you've read the reviews and now you're considering upgrading to an Athlon 64.  From what we've seen, that's not a bad choice.  As Marco showed in his introduction to the Athlon 64, AMD's much anticipated processor has shown a lot of promise.  There have been some delays in bringing the new chip to market, but in the end it looks like AMD got it right.  But where do you begin? Soon after AMD released the Athlon 64 to the public, eager motherboard manufacturers unveiled their latest... Read more...