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Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.
The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's information was compromised.
It doesn't stop there. According to the data we were given by the web security group that exploited vulnerabilities on the AT&T network, we believe 114,000 user accounts have been compromised, although it's possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in the U.S. has been exposed. We contacted Apple for comment but have yet to hear back. We also reached out to AT&T for comment. A call to Rahm Emanuel's office at the White House has not been returned.
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When will people realize that all the top technology corps are CIA/In-Q-Tel front companies, using technology created by DARPA and proliferating the military technology into civilian purposes for profit and control. You think these companies are private and in contrast to the government, when they were born and bred at the Pentagon. Break out of the left/right paradigm; these NWO cats are no joke and are operating at a higher level.Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners... more
Necessities in the Recession
Blog, Alicia Marie,
May 25, 2010
The recession has hit everybody where it hurts. However, in the mist of the hard times, some things are just a necessity to have. Adults consider such things as coffee and toilet paper essentials, but young people have a whole different list. Here is my list of three things a teenager cannot live without.
1) Cell Phone : You have to have a cell phone. There is no way around it. Pay phones don’t exist anymore. And with all the cheap, unlimited plans, there is no excuse to not have a cell phone. Plus, if you have the right plan, you can have the Internet on your phone, which saves you money on having to purchase a computer to use the Internet.
I personally cannot go without my cell phone because I’m constantly on the go. With us still being in a recession, I can’t just depend on one job. I must travel to do miscellaneous jobs all over the Bay Area. One day I may be in San Francisco. The next day I may be on my way from Sacramento to San Jose. I need to be in constant communication with potential odd jobs just to stay afloat.
2) Portable Music Device: It could be a MP3 player, but since it is a recession a CD player will also serve the purpose. You have to be able listen to music. It may help pass the time; it may be that encouragement that you need to get you through a bad day. Whatever it is, you need music in your life!
Like most teens, I cannot go one day without hearing a song. I always have a song in my head. It’s rare to see me without headphones plugged in my ear. Even if a song isn’t playing, I still will keep headphones in my ears. It serves as a protection for me. I’m a shy person, so I only really like speaking when I need to. Therefore, having a iPod is one of the most essential things to have during a recession.
3) Transportation: You have to be able to get around someway. It doesn’t matter if it’s a car or the bus, it really doesn’t even matter if you own it, but you have to be able to get around.
I’ve been riding the bus regularly since I was 13. It was like a coming of age to ride the bus around my area. It was our small piece of independence. Even though I’m 20 now, it’s still a recession. I ride the bus for the mere fact that bus drivers mistake me for a teenager and allow me to pay youth fares. As soon as they figure out I’m, according to them, an adult, I’m going to drive my car more regularly.
Of course among those things are food, water, and clothes. Nevertheless, you have to have those top three things if you are to make it as a teenager!
www.YouthOutlook.orgNecessities in the Recession Blog, Alicia Marie, May 25, 2010 The recession... more
An interview with the producer of the highly-addictive Ninjatown: Trees of Doom for the iPod/iPhone/iPadAn interview with the producer of the highly-addictive Ninjatown: Trees of Doom for... more
No cash accepted for some Apple products..
Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly sent 20-year-old reporter Liu Zhi Yi undercover in Foxconn's factory in Shenzhen, China. For 28 days, he experienced dreadful conditions that the factory's 400,000 employees endure, churning out iPods, iPads, and iPhones for Apple nonstop.
There's no doubt about it. The Foxconn suicides were caused by job stress. Within half a year, there have been nine suicides attempts with seven confirmed deaths at Foxconn's Shenzhen factory, prompting the company to hire counselors and even Buddhist monks to free the souls of the suicidal from purgatory.
Foxconn is one of Apple's main manufacturer contractors. Thousands of Mac minis, iPods, iPhones and iPads are assembled daily in the Shenzhen factory, which runs 24/7.
After a sixth suicide attempt in April, Southern Weekly—described by The New York Times as China's most influential liberal newspaper—sent an young reporter to sneak into the factory as a worker. At the same time, they sent a senior reporter to talk with Foxconn's executives. Their mission: To discover what's really going on in that factory, and find out the true reasons behind the suicides.
During his 28 days of investigation, Liu Zhi Yi was shocked to discover how the factory workers live in a sort of indentured servitude. They work all day long, stopping only to quickly eat or to sleep. They repeat the same routine again and again except on public holidays. Liu surmised that for many workers, the only escape from this cycle was to end their life.
Liu, a graduate student, was chosen because of his young age, since the factory only hires workers in their twenties. He was hired without issue. He signed only one special document: An overtime working agreement that says the company is not responsible for their long hours of working. According to Liu, this voluntary agreement overrules Chinese state regulation.
Foxconn workers only smile on the 10th of every month. That's the day when they get their salaries. That day, the ATM machines inside the factory are crowded with workers. Their monthly salaries start at 900 Chinese Yuan—about $130.
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http://gizmodo.com/5542527/undercover-report-from-foxconns-hell-factoryChinese newspaper Southern Weekly sent 20-year-old reporter Liu Zhi Yi undercover in... more
Vietnam has been a thorn in Apple’s side lately and there is no slowing them down. Today, they unveiled video and pictures of an iPod touch with a 2 mega pixel camera.Vietnam has been a thorn in Apple’s side lately and there is no slowing them... more
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The folks behind the iPhone Blower app have given us another gem: An app that lets your iPhone move nuts, scoot pens, and knock over dominoes. Yes, it's freaky. Yes, it's magic. Yes, the way it works is simple.
The Magic Mover app uses your iPhone's vibrate function to move things while a little on-screen bulldozer pretends to be doing all the work. Neat party trick.
The app will cost you a buck in the iTunes store, but you should be able to recover that with a quick "I bet my iPhone can knock over those dominoes on its own." [iTunes]
Heads up: When I tested the app on my iPhone 3GS running iPhone OS 4.0 Beta 3, the app did not work as advertised (my iPhone didn't move despite the cute sound effects). This is most likely due to the fact that I'm using a beta build of the iPhone OS, but still worth keeping in mind.click for videos: http://gizmodo.com/5539283/freaky-app-lets-your-iphone-move-nuts... more
Ever since his daughter was born with cerebral palsy, Martin Brooks has wished there were an easy way to communicate with her.
For years he and his wife have struggled to understand Mia's needs by getting her to look at objects or picture cards.
But after buying an iPhone last year, Mr Brooks had an epiphany. Remembering Apple's adverts that there are 'apps for everything', he decided to put the claim to the test.
And when he discovered there was nothing that suited his five-year-old daughter's specific need, he designed his own app - software for the phone that allows users to perform a specific task.
The result is iComm, which allows Mia, who cannot walk, talk or control her movements, to point out pictures of food, toys, activities and other day-to-day themes on the iPhone screen using her eyes.
Importantly, Mr Brooks and his wife Sarah Phelan, both 42, can upload their own photos so that the system can be easily customised to Mia's needs and their daughter can feature in the images to aid familiarity.
The couple can also use recordings of their voices to announce what has been selected on screen to complete the personal touch.
The software has been downloaded by more than 1,300 people since it was made available on Apple's app store in March and Mr Brooks, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, has received messages from parents around the world saying how grateful they are at the freedom of expression it gives their children.
'It has given her a voice for the first time and allowed us to understand her so much better,' he said.
'Mia is cognitively alert but unable to communicate and I was afraid that as she grew she was not going to be able to tell us what she wanted.
'I had a very strong concept in my head. I wanted to create an iPhone app to take Mia's eye-pointing to the next level.
'Mia finds it engaging that she can see pictures of herself doing an activity which gives her a greater sense of choice and loves seeing pictures of her friends and family.
'Also it's given us a form of reciprocal communication. Now I can ask her what she has been doing and she can reply. It's allowed Mia to become much more sociable.
'Another great thing about the iPhone is that it's portable, so we can use it when Mia is out and about.'
Mia developed her severe disability after she was deprived of oxygen at birth. Her mother acts as her full-time carer.
Although looking at picture cards and objects allowed her to articulate her needs, the process was slow, inaccurate and frustrating.
Enlarge Martin Brooks created iComm to help his daughter to communicate
Martin Brooks created the iComm app that can be bought from Apple iTunes
So when Mr Brooks, who runs a communication training company, bought an iPhone last August he was inspired by the 'apps for everything' slogan and the handset's easy-to-use colourful controls.
'I started looking at Apple's app store. But where was the app for Mia? I couldn't find one but I was sure I could design one that would allow her to communicate more with us,' he said.
He spent nine months developing a system with Bappz, a firm which creates apps, before iComm was ready for the market.
The system works by displaying four panels on the screen at a time, such as basic needs, activities, food and toys. Other options can be scrolled into view by swiping a finger across the screen.
If Mia, who goes to an infant school, is hungry she looks at the panel showing food and her father taps it to bring up more specific choices including her favourites - blueberries, cream cheese, crisps and yoghurt.
Although created for children with difficulties communicating caused by conditions such as Mia's or autism, the software appears to have found a use with babies as well.
'People pointed out to me that children of nine or ten months could also benefit,' Mr Brooks said.
'The application can be used by anyone who wants to communicate but cannot verbalise what they want.'
A basic version of iComm, which also works on the iPad, is free to download from the Apple store. The full version, which is usually £15.99, is currently available for £1.79.
The Apple store contains hundreds of thousands of apps including remote controls for household appliances, GPS devices, live webcams and games.Ever since his daughter was born with cerebral palsy, Martin Brooks has wished there... more
The heated battle between Apple and Adobe Systems over Flash may get a bit more interesting, as reports of a Flash alternative being developed by Apple begin to surface.
The technology, called Gianduia, was introduced by Apple last summer at its World of WebObjects Developer Conference, according to an AppleInsider report. Gianduia is described as being "a client-side, standards-based framework for rich Internet apps."
Apple has apparently been using Gianduia in several of its retail support applications, including services such as the One to One program, the iPhone reservation system, and the Concierge program for Genius Bar and Personal Shopping reservations.
Apple hasn't supported Flash in any of its mobile devices, from the latest iPad, going back to the original iPhone. In fact, in an open letter about the technology, CEO Steve Jobs called Flash "a closed system" and said "we strongly believe that all standards pertaining to the Web should be open."
When it announced Creative Suite 5, Adobe said Flash would allow its developers to export projects as apps for use on the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. However, a change to its iPhone Developer Licensing Agreement banned developers from using technologies other than Apple's to develop applications.
"We know from painful experience that letting a third-party layer of software come between the platform and the developer ultimately results in substandard apps, and hinders the enhancement and progress of the platform," said Jobs in his letter.The heated battle between Apple and Adobe Systems over Flash may get a bit more... more
Host Conor Knighton looks at television's love affair with Apple products from the iPad to the iPhone to the iMac. From the iTools on "The Insider" to the casts of your favorite comedies, everyone is drinking the Apple-flavored Kool-Aid.
infoMania is a half-hour satirical news show that airs on Current TV. The show puts a comedic spin on the 24-hour chaos and information overload brought about by the constant bombardment of the media. Hosted by Conor Knighton and co-starring Brett Erlich, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman, Bryan Safi and Sergio Cilli, the show airs on Thursdays at 10 pm Eastern and Pacific Times and can be found online at http://current.com/infomania/ or on Current TV. And make sure to check out our facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Host Conor Knighton looks at television's love affair with Apple products from... more
These two new features, uncovered within the newest iPhone OS 4 beta build, will surely excited iPhone owners who love using their phone like an iPod.These two new features, uncovered within the newest iPhone OS 4 beta build, will... more
Today Apple published a letter from the head honcho himself describing in detail why Apple will not be putting flash on its mobility platform any time soon... if ever.
Citing issues like openness, "the full web", security and performance, battery life, touch, and the drawbacks of relying on third-party development tools, Steve Jobs officially tore Adobe a new one. Closing his letter with "Perhaps Adobe should focus more on creating great HTML5 tools for the future, and less on criticizing Apple for leaving the past behind."
Jobs then stuck his tung out and blew a raspberry in Adobe's general direction.
Aaaaand Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen spoke with the Wall Street journal about it today.
Narayen called Jobs's essay about the flash issue "a smoke screen" and blamed the operating system Mac OS X for its high crash rate during use of Adobe's flagship product, Flash.
Al Gore, Chairman of Current TV, serves on Apple's Board.
Ben Hoffman is still crying about it.Today Apple published a letter from the head honcho himself describing in detail why... more
Youtube – now that’s a name very familiar to everybody. It’s one of the most popular video sharing websites in the world. Did you ever thought about some possible copyright violations or piracy happening on this site? How is Youtube different from Napster?
What are some copyright’s etiquette rules they should practice to keep them out of trouble?Youtube – now that’s a name very familiar to everybody. It’s one of... more
The Apple iPhone makes up almost half of the company’s profits and to think, it wasn’t even around 3 years ago.The Apple iPhone makes up almost half of the company’s profits and to think, it... more
Apple announced their quarter two sales numbers today, the highest the company has ever posted in a non-holiday quarter. They also mentioned a future product transition. Hmm.Apple announced their quarter two sales numbers today, the highest the company has... more
Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the greatest innovators alive. However, has Apple’s marketing strategy become more powerful than the products themselves?
If you’ve watched TV, surfed the web, or read a periodical anytime in the last few years, you’ve probably been bombarded by free PR for Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) products. Originally, the Cupertino, CA, tech company was simply a computer manufacturer. Now, they produce Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads. They’ve launched tons of software including Mac OS, QuickTime, iWorks, and Final Cut. Today they announced the new iPhone OS 4. With all these products and their continual iterations, Apple has succeeded in creating a perpetual release schedule which dominates the media.
Maybe the literary allusion to 1984 in Apple’s groundbreaking commercial was actually foreshadowing a perpetual release schedule much like Orwell’s perpetual war between Oceania and Eurasia. One thing’s for sure: if you’re an Apple fan, this must be utopia.
http://wallstcheatsheet.com/breaking-news/is-apples-marketing-more-genius-than-their-products/?p=9259/Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the greatest innovators alive. However, has... more
DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn't it be fun to hallucinate on your lunch break? Although we typically associate such phenomena with powerful drugs like LSD or mescaline, it's easy to fling open the doors of perception without them. Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn.... Dream Whatever You Want to Dream ..... All it takes is a basic understanding of how the mind works. http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/free-stuff/293-how-to-hack-your-brain-DO YOU EVER want to change the way you see the world? Wouldn't it be fun to... more
From the initial rumors, to the post-release parodies, the internet has been so full of iPad buzz. infoMania's own Ben Hoffman was on the scene as the new device was announced. He interviewed notable tech bloggers, and awesome breakdancers, who were waiting for any info they could on the new gadget.
Tech Report: iPad Mania
A new infoMania airs every Thursday night at 10pm on Current TV.From the initial rumors, to the post-release parodies, the internet has been so full... more
So everyone knows that I am totally hilarious, as well as a brilliant writer. Not everyone is aware that I'm also one of the coolest dudes who works for the internet. How does one measure coolness? Aside from impeccable style (I can assure you that I do wear Chuck Taylors and ironic sweaters) you are cool based on what music you listen to.
I've visited Brooklyn Vegan and I listen to Morning Becomes Eclectic. I've heard tons of cool dude jams. So this is my playlist of great songs from this year.
1. The Gossip - Heavy Cross
I saw naked posters of Beth Ditto on the streets of London, when I was doing a quick stint at the offices of Current UK. I was all like "wow they are much more tolerant in England to let her be a sex symbol." I realized that statement made me seem like a sexist body fascist, so when someone handed The Gossip's album to me, I gave an earnest listen. Then I was all like "I now understand why she's a sex symbol." It's a disco album played with punk rock instruments. Plus it's produced by Rick Rubin. I liked it so much that I tweeted about it.
2. Baaba Maal - Television
Baaba Maal is a Senegalese superstar, who has crafted this beautiful song. It packs a simple guitar riff with lots of percussive shakers, and the women singing things in French that I can almost understand. I believe "Télévision" translates to "TV" in anglais. I wonder if all Senegalese TV is as surreal as this.
3. IMS - Yo Digo Baila
I love this Instituto Mexicano del Sonido track. Techno basslines accented by tuba samples, kills it every time. A few months ago I wrote about rebajadas, a genre of slowed-down Cumbias in Northern Mexico. I emailed IMS to ask if he thought my correlation to Houton's Chopp'd and Screwed was accurate. He wrote back saying that I was totally wrong. He was really nice about it though.
4. Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind
So here's the part of my cool dude list, where I laud mainstream rap music, as if to tell my compatriots that hip hop is cool for hipsters to like. But you already knew that this is one of the best tracks of the year. Perhaps you don't have those same nostalgic feelings that I have for New York, but surely you can agree that this is the best anthem for the piano since Bennie and The Jets. If that doesn't get you, did you know there are allegations that Jay-Z is a freemason planning a New World Order?
5. Chairlift - Bruises
6. Matt & Kim - Daylight
Okay so I put both these songs on my 2009 list, but I feel like a real jerk because they both came out in 2008. As a consolation I did listen to them in 2009 also.
7. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Home
Maybe it's just because I live in Los Angeles, but this is the most buzzed about band in these parts. There are like nine hundred members in this band. This song sounds like a party at my parent's non-existent cabin in the foothills of Mount Shasta. Everyone showed up in a great mood with instruments, and whiskey. I tried to see these guys on Halloween, but we ended up waiting too long for Macaroni and Cheese sandwiches, and missed 95% of their set. There's always 2010.
8. Sleigh Bells - Ring Ring
Dude, you're clipping. That's what happens when you record louder than the recording device can record. Sleigh Bells doesn't give a shit. The lady-part of this duo was a teen popstar-turned-teacher. The dude was in a hardcore band. This song is so addictive. I guess its those rappy vocals over that Funkadelic sample. I think this band will get huge in 2010. I mean they were able to get industry bigwigs watch them perform late at night in Bushwick.
9. Fanfarlo - Harold T. Wilkins, Or How To Wait For A Very Long Time
Oh snap upon further research this jam came out in 2008 too. I'm beginning to look like a not very cool dude.
10. Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Clearly Brian Wilson cloned himself, and sent this clone to infiltrate the Brooklyn music scene. Grizzly Bear is the result. Thank you for this track, science.
11. SALEM x Gucci Mane - Round One
This dark ethereal remix of dope rap, is sublime. I listened to it so many times. If I were writing a dramatic promo for this track this would be the copy: “In 1999 people used to make jokes about electroclash/gangsta rap remixes. In 2009 people stopped joking.”
12. Phoenix - 1901
I know that Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is on everyone's "best of list." To make this "best of list" different I made sure to put their second most popular song, so as to increase my indie credibility. But this song is still really good.
13. The xx - Islands
This is one of those songs that was playing everywhere I went, and it took me months to realize that it was the xx. Now that I figured it out, I know why they will become superstars.
14. Woods - Rain On
This is cinematic music, even if you aren't making a movie. You can listen to this song on your iPod walking down a rainy street, and feel like your life is somehow more meaningful. I mean it's not any more meaningful, it'll just seem that way, and perception is 9/10ths of the law.
15. Fool’s Gold - Surprise Hotel
Which white band performing African pop do you like the best? My answer is LA based Fool's Gold, because they know how to party a lot better than those stuffy Columbia grads, Vampire Weekend.
16. Dan Deacon - Snookered
I used to say that Dan Deacon is what would happen to me if I let myself go. That's not entirely true. Though I would be more fat and bald, I still wouldn't be able to make beautiful music from broken children's instruments. This eight-minute behemoth builds in a way you wouldn't necessarily expect from the man behind Crystal Cat.
17. Kid British - Sunny Days
This song sounds like it was recorded by Electric Light Orchestra, if they knew how to rap. The lyrics are about a dude who is sad, but you wouldn't know that by the upbeat nature of this jam. Why not get the whole album, and impress all your stateside friends.
That's my list. I'd like to wish a happy new year to cool dudes and ladies everywhere.So everyone knows that I am totally hilarious, as well as a brilliant writer. Not... more