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Apple Patent Could Lock Out Unauthorized Users

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Patent Could Lock Out Unauthorized Users

Apple has decided that remotely removing applications you have downloaded is a thing of the past. The more important issue is those pesky unauthorized iOS users. So, this week, Apple has decided to apply for a patent on a new method to tell the difference between authorized and unauthorized users of a specific iOS device. Once one is detected, the device would be able to shut off certain features or send notifications to services about the disallowed use.

The patent, titled "Systems and Methods for Identifying Unauthorized Users of an Electronic Device," describes many ways the device could sense who is using an iPhone or iPad. Included are voice print analysis, photo analysis, heartbeat analysis (what!?), hacking attempts or even "noting particular activities that can indicate suspicious behavior."

Want to know more about this scary, Big Brother-esque operation? Follow the break.

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Intel Buys McAfee, Decides That Security Matters

posted Sunday Aug 22, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

Intel Buys McAfee, Decides That Security Matters

Intel has purchased security and antivirus company McAfee for $7.68 billion. The processing giant will pay 60% over the closing price from Wednesday, $48 a share, making this the largest deal in Intel's history.

Intel's President and CEO Paul Otellini stressed that security is becoming an increasing importance in the company.

In the past, energy-efficient performance and connectivity have defined computing requirements. Looking forward, security will join those as a third pillar of what people demand from all computing experiences.

More on the deal after the break.

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Star Wars: Celebration V - The Man, The Myth, The Total Beast, Ray Park!

posted Sunday Aug 15, 2010 by Josh Henry

Ray Park is a name you may have heard if you are a fan of NBC's Heroes, or movies like Mortal Kombat, Sleepy Hollow, X-Men and of course Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Essentially he is a Caucasian version of Jackie Chan, but with a British accent. While I was in the line to see an interview of him once again hosted by the hilarious Jay Lag'aia, I kept hearing about what a great person Ray Park was and how he would go around to people not getting any attention in the autograph lines and sign their stuff, or how he was such a positive person and a ball of energy. So needless to say I was really excited to see this man in person and evaluate just how great of a guy he really was.

How great is he? Hit the break to find out.

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One Bad Apple... Gets Arrested in Kickback Scheme

posted Sunday Aug 15, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

One Bad Apple... Gets Arrested in Kickback Scheme

Do you know Paul Shin Devine? We didn't either until this week. Paul is 37, is a global supply manager for Apple, lives in Sunnyvale, CA and apparently loves to accept kickbacks from Asian suppliers. So much, in fact, that in return, he would provide confidential information that allows those suppliers to negotiate more advantageous contracts with Apple. In the real world, those extracurricular activities are against the law and the FBI will arrest you for it. And that's exactly what happened.

More on this bad apple after the break.

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News Corp. to Launch Digital Newspaper

posted Sunday Aug 15, 2010 by Nicholas DiMeo

News Corp. to Launch Digital Newspaper

Let's face it. The newspaper is slowly following the path of the eight-track player, Betamax and HD-DVD. Teens now have the attention span of a goldfish and the demand for instantaneous satisfaction with as little work as possible. Young adults in their twenties have their blog sites and video podcasts. People in their thirties have CNN and Fox. The only people reading a newspaper with their morning coffee - with the finance section neatly folded and laid on top by their loving spouse - are the older generation. The same older generation who is afraid of the Internet and those new redtooth headsets and Scandisk flash drives (misspelled on purpose). Right? Maybe not so much anymore.

With The New York Times claiming to have reached 400,000 downloads of its iPad edition of its newspaper, it's becoming more and more clear that the digital world and the Internet are things that the news companies are going to want to be a part of in the next few years. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. seems to agree. Plus, if newspapers go away, that's one more step to being green, yes?

More on what Murdoch and Co. are wanting to do after the break.

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Star Wars: Celebration V - Robot Chicken Fans Assemble!

posted Sunday Aug 15, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Being at a Star Wars convention and also being a huge fan of Robot Chicken, I was both happy to see that many, many people in the Star Wars universe have a screwed up enough sense of humor to be fans of good parodies but I was also sad because of the long line it created to the event. The good news is however that Josh and I managed to slip into the balcony seats, right in the center and I always had my suspicions that Seth Green was pocket sized and this was confirmed as soon as he came out on stage next to Co-Producer/Writer Matt Senreich.

They started off by showing some of the bits they filmed for their last Star Wars episode on the 3 big screens. This was followed by a little sneak peak into the next Star Wars episode they just started filming the previous Monday and I do mean "little" (not Seth Green, the clips) because they had about 30 seconds finished and the rest were storyboard drawings. It was still amazing to see and hilarious so if you weren't lucky enough to be there then you will just have to tune into the show this Sunday night at 9PM to find out.

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