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    by Published on 05-10-2011 07:44 PM

    Today at the same hearing where Senator Al Franken and others blasted Apple and Google about the storing of location data and the subsequent violations of user privacy, a Department of Justice representative had this to say:

    "When this information is not stored, it may be impossible for law enforcement to collect essential evidence,"

    - Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein

    Really DOJ? This of course isn't a shock. The DOJ in ...
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    by Published on 05-10-2011 12:17 PM

    Data caps are the bane of every power internet user's existence. Every mobile telecom provider, sans Sprint, has instituted caps marking the death of the "Unlimited" data plan. Even T-Mobile's "Unlimited" plan throttles down your connection after you exceed 5GB in downloads for the month.

    Onavo, an application for iPhone and iPad users, stiff drink users need to numb the data cap pain. Onavo claims it can double ...
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    by Published on 05-09-2011 10:13 PM

    I'm not sure this in the App Store or Cydia yet, but Harvard researchers are developing smartphone applications to assist in the detecting of landmines.

    In 2008 nearly 5,000 people died because of landmines despite 500,000 landmines being properly removed. To help curb these statistics Harvard researchers are developing the pattern enhancement tool for assisting land mine ...
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    by Published on 05-09-2011 09:38 PM

    YouTube announced today they're joining the streaming rental fracas, a field dominated by iTunes and Netflix. Hopefully this wont include mandatory Rick Rolls during opening credits.

    YouTube, starting this month, will provide streaming movie rentals. The initial number of movies for rent is near 3,000, including classics like Caddyshack, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver and Scarface. YouTube's ...
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    by Published on 05-09-2011 09:47 AM

    The iPhone 4's namesake can spell a lot of confusion for the novice gadgeteer. The inclusion of the 4 may cause the less knowledgeable to assume it has 4G network capabilities, like a number of it's 4G Android competitors. Korean Telecom (KT) eliminated any confusion, and subsequent disappointment, for their customers today with the release of it's new WiMax capable sleeve the "Egg."
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    by Published on 05-08-2011 07:42 PM

    Not quite sure how this one slipped through the cracks, but Splashtop's amazing Remote Desktop for iPhone and iPod touch app is free for three more hours at the App Store!

    Splashtop's remote desktop app, which I've been using for a while now, allows users to access and manipulate their desktop computer(s) from their iPhone or iPod Touch. You can use your desktop's web browser, including flash, to watch ...
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    by Published on 05-08-2011 07:19 PM

    Adam Lashinsky 's latest feature story in this month's Fortune magazine titled "Inside Apple" paints a picture of the Jobsonian Empire (flow chart above) the majority of us haven't been privy of till now.

    Lashinsky's uses a number of anecdotes as narrative force behind the piece. One of the more interesting stories involves an account of Jobs' reaction to the botched MobileMe rollout in 2008. MobileMe was supposed to offer continuous access ...
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    by Published on 05-07-2011 01:05 PM

    Does the prospect of making a little extra cash with your iPhone sound enticing? And I'm not talking about getting one of Square's credit card readers and convincing blackout drunk college students that you're closing out their bar tab.

    New startup Gigwalk has a solution. The premise of their app is simple. Get assigned entry level "gigs" or jobs based on your current location that take ...
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    by Published on 05-06-2011 06:14 PM

    Weekly recap of Magazine Publisher World: Time Inc. announces magazine subscribers will be able to view iPad versions of their magazines for free. Then Hearst stole Apple's heart and announced they made a deal with the devil to provide subscription for their magazines starting in July.

    Now, The New York Post is reporting Conde Nast will get the last laugh and be the first Publisher to pop Apple's subscription ...
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    by Published on 05-06-2011 02:58 PM

    The Center for Research on Multinational Corporations and Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM) published a report to "ascertain the workplace improvement in place, if any" at Foxconn production facilities today.

    Hint. Not much.

    When news of an inordinate amount of suicides occuring amongst Foxconn employees broke last year, Foxconn, after much pressure and scrutiny, made a number of promises to improve working conditions and employee ...
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    by Published on 05-05-2011 01:15 PM

    It's no secret the iOS multi-tasking and notification functions need to be updated by Apple. However, thanks to Cydia, jailbreak users don't have to sit on their laurels and wait for the snail-paced Apple to update these functions on their iPhones.

    Physwitch ($2 in the BigBoss repository), tackles the issue of multitasking by allowing users to switch between running apps ...
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    by Published on 05-05-2011 11:54 AM

    A class action lawsuit filed in California puts Apple, Adobe, and Intel at the center of a pay-limiting scheme to keep employees wages down.

    The suit comes in the wake of a 2009 investigation by the United States Department of Justice that charged the companies with "agreeing to not cold call each other's employees in order to extend job offers" according to PC World.

    The new suit, ...