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Steve Ballmer: Linux is Bigger Competitor than Apple

Steve Ballmer: Linux is Bigger Competitor than Apple

Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer had some interesting things to say yesterday about which companies Microsoft sees as its competitors in the client operating system space. You'd think Apple was their number one competitor - and you'd be wrong. Microsoft sees two other competitors as their primary adversaries. During a speech for investors, Steve [...]

Missile launcher: iPhone interface

Pedram sent us his USB missile launcher interface project. He happened to have some of the USB missile launchers lying around. having lost their initial draw, he wanted to do something to spice it up. He wrote an interface in python so he could control the launcher via his iPhone. We don’t see how this is any different than controlling them by [...]

Blackjack card-counting iPhone app is illegal in Las Vegas

Blackjack card-counting iPhone app is illegal in Las Vegas

Mark Milian of the LA Times reports on an iPhone application called A Blackjack Card Counter that has pit bosses in Vegas looking for people who keep their hands in their pockets. The $3.99 app has a feature, called stealth mode, that allows the user to easily operate the card counter with the phone concealed in a pocket. Simply press the right [...]

Apple says jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned

Apple says jailbreaking iPhones is illegal and should be banned

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Fred von Lohmann's been reading all the submissions to the Copyright Office on exemptions to the DMCA, and he's found this beauty: Apple is trying to ban jailbreaking iPhones: Jailbreaking an iPhone constitutes copyright infringement and a DMCA violation, says Apple in comments filed with the Copyright Office [...]

Trojan Virus effects thousands of pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ’09 Suite

Trojan Virus effects thousands of pirated copies of Apple’s iWork ’09 Suite

Malware masquerading as part of Apple’s iWork ‘09 suite has targeted unsuspecting Mac users foolish enough to illegally download and install the pirated version of the software commonly found on warez sites around the Web. Once downloaded and installed, the trojan named OSX.Trojan.iServices.A has unrestrained root access, which it [...]

Apple forces Wired to take down netbook OSx86 video

Apple forces Wired to take down netbook OSx86 video

Wired Gadget Lab has taken down a video made by in which he gives a brief overview and demonstration of how to install OSX on an MSI Wind netbook. This apparently didn’t sit well with Apple, who contacted Wired and complained; Wired agreed and removed the video. Frankly, we’re disappointed with Wired’s response. While they were technically [...]

DRM-Free iTunes Now Puts Your E-Mail Address In Every File

DRM-Free iTunes Now Puts Your E-Mail Address In Every File

Apple's iTunes Store is almost completely DRM-free, and will be entirely DRM-free from spring. This means files downloaded from iTunes work on heaps of devices that aren't from Apple. What better way to celebrate the final bullet to the living corpse of copy protection than by reading everything you need to know about iTunes Plus? There isn't one. [...]

iTunes: All songs DRM-free (but keeping DRM for audiobooks & video)

iTunes: All songs DRM-free (but keeping DRM for audiobooks & video)

Looks like Apple's going to drop the DRM on the music in the iTunes store -- but there's no indication that the DRM that's too "evil" to be borne for music will be likewise dropped from audiobooks and video. Right now, Apple will only sell audiobooks from Audible -- and Audible will only sell audiobooks with DRM (even if the author and publisher [...]

Unlocking the iPhone 3G… the Vietnamese way

Unlocking the iPhone 3G… the Vietnamese way

If you want an unlocked 3G iPhone, you have a couple options. If you haven't upgraded to 2.2, you can try your luck with one of those SIM piggyback wafers; otherwise, you can try importing from a country like Hong Kong, which sells unlocked iPhones officially. There's a third option, though: take a trip to Hanoi, for 1.2 million dong (snicker! [...]

Why Apple Won’t Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone

Why Apple Won’t Allow Adobe Flash on iPhone

Allowing Flash — which is a development platform of its own — would just be too dangerous for Apple, a company that enjoys exerting total dominance over its hardware and the software that runs on it. Flash has evolved from being a mere animation player into a multimedia platform capable of running applications of its own. That means Flash [...]

Why Netbooks Will Soon Cost $99

Why Netbooks Will Soon Cost $99

Subnotebooks like the Asus Eee PC, the Dell Mini 9 and the HP 2133 Mini-note will soon cost as little as $99. The catch? You'll need to commit to a two-year mobile broadband contract. The low cost will come courtesy of a subsidy identical to the one you already get with your cell phone. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that HP is [...]

Accept credit card payments from your iPhone

Accept credit card payments from your iPhone

The trouble with credit cards isn't being able to accept them... The trouble is when you do start trying to accept them, the fee's eat up all your profits. Setup fees, traction fees, value of the transaction fees, monthly account fees. What the hell, I found that I could make use of a fed credit union and cut out all most all those [...]

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

The crazy history of your browser User-Agent string

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing. Mosaic was developed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) beginning in late 1992. NCSA released the browser in 1993, and officially discontinued [...]

Patches for iPhone QRcode scanning

Patches for iPhone QRcode scanning

John Young has written some cool projects for Make, such as this helmet-mounted water gun. He just alerted me to another nifty thing he made: Commando Nerd patches, which can be scanned with an iPhone. Here's how he describes them: You have an iPhone. And that means you're just HOURS away from being able to put a QRcode reader on it (there's [...]

HOWTO: Install Apple iPhone Themes like Stereo’s Leopard Theme using SummerBoard

HOWTO: Install Apple iPhone Themes like Stereo’s Leopard Theme using SummerBoard

SummerBoard is an extension to the iPhone's SpringBoard user experience. SummerBoard adds a variety of useful and fun features to your iPhone, including scrolling icons, wallpaper and themes! iPhone/iPod Touch 1.1.1 alpha release available! If you've upgraded to firmware 1.1.1, for now you will need to [...]

Worldwide Developer Conference 2008 Keynote Live Coverage

Worldwide Developer Conference 2008 Keynote Live Coverage

For updates on the new Apple iPhone v2... IRC:// #wwdc on freenode Macrumorslive.com Live.gizmodo.com Live.iphonebuzz.com Engadget.com Crunchgear.com

3G iPhone to have GPS and Pics with geo-tagging

3G iPhone to have GPS and Pics with geo-tagging

If you've taken lots of camera photos with your iPhone and later wondered where they were taken, the new iPhone software could solve that problem. According to news reports, the iPhone Software 2.0 update will offer location-based photo-tagging which the user can turn on and off. Geo-tagging adds location data to a photo or other media, often [...]

Ohh, the irony… Microsoft says “Safari isn’t safe on Windows”

Ohh, the irony… Microsoft says “Safari isn’t safe on Windows”

This is bad news for all eleven Safari-on-Windows users... Apple's been making hay in its Mac vs. PC ads about Windows' security and malware problems. But now that Apple's playing in Microsoft's sandbox with a Windows version of the Safari Web browser, the worm has turned. The Windows version of Safari has a bug that's been dubbed the "carpet [...]

MacBook Air fitted with internal EV-DO and finally lives up to its name

MacBook Air fitted with internal EV-DO and finally lives up to its name

One of the most surprising things about the launch of an ultra-portable laptop dubbed "Air" by Apple wasn't its thinness but the lack of an embedded WWAN radio. No more, at least if you're not intimidated by smoldering solder and warranty violations. Jordan Bunnell has posted a step-by-step of his success at integrating a Verizon USB727 Aircard [...]

Macbook Air Hacked in 2 mintues

Macbook Air Hacked in 2 mintues

San Francisco - It may be the quickest $10,000 Charlie Miller ever earned. He took the first of three laptop computers -- and a $10,000 cash prize -- Thursday after breaking into a MacBook Air at the CanSecWest security conference's PWN 2 OWN hacking contest. Show organizers offered a Sony Vaio, Fujitsu U810, and the MacBook as prizes, [...]

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