A women in Norway named Linn owns a Kindle and had "purchased" 30 or so books from Amazon for it. According to her, she used it simply for read because she travels a lot. One day she went to use it and found it had been wiped clean and she no longer had access to her account. Was she hacked? Nope, Amazon had shut her account off and wiped her Kindle remotely. When she asked why, she got the run around. Why did they do it? They won't say.
There's a new set top box in town! Boxee TV, which is to be released in the near future and is supposed to give you more flexibility in watching not only your own content on your HDTV, but now the ability to plug in an antenna to watch over the air broadcasts, and DVR as well. But there is a catch. Isn't there always?
News out of the FCC this week is that they gave the cable companies, permission to encrypt their basic cable channels. This means in the near future you won't be able to just hook up your TV to the cable in your house or apartment and see a picture. You'll need something that decrypts the signal. But will you have to pay for that?!
Feel free to insert the stupid siren here, because when I read the title, I couldn't believe it myself. Yes, the highest court in the land is going to rule if the products you bought, that were made in another country, can be resold by you with out permission from the manufacturer. The icing on the cake, if they say no, you may have to pay royalties! Yeah, blast that stupid siren loud!
Apple, then Google and now Microsoft. Another smartphone is rumored to be available soon, and Microsoft will try and grab a bigger slice of the mobile pie, compared to how much it has now with it's Windows 8 phones. Honestly, I have yet to even see a Windows 8 phone in the silicon flesh as it were.
Yes, I know beer isn't something related directly to tech, unless you want to talk about how it's brewed. But in my defense, geeks like me love a good beer when we're winding down from a long day at the data center, or that all night hacking session tweaking a database search to make it find all the relevant data.
Facebook has managed to get in the news three times in a row this week. They may have accidentally made some user's private messages public, they are also asking users to snitch on their friends, if their friends are using an alias on Facebook, and teamed with a consumer data collection company to link your Facebook profile with your spending habits in the stores.
Zero hour, 1pm. That's when iOS 6, Apple's newest mobile operating system hit the net yesterday and the downloads started. When it went live, I could almost hear the network switch at work groan from the onslaught of requests for bandwidth. But I kept calm and carried on and was able to download iOS 6 in less than two hours!
For the past few years, Internet Explorer has not been getting much love, and for good reason. It just plain sucks. Microsoft has played fast and loose with many web standards and at least in my experience, has been slower than a snail encased in ice. And to make it feel even more loved, there's a security vulnerability for it that is zero day!
If you're not an iPhone or Apple fan, stop reading this right here and right now. Turn around, go to another website like 9Gag or Reddit, and look at pictures of kittens and Not Safe for Work things. This article is all about Apple's new iPhone and the Nerd-gasam that happened all over the world yesterday.
Yesterday the website and email servers as well as domain resolution for GoDaddy went down in a Distributed Denial of Service Attack that lasted a good part of the day. They say no customer data was compromised. But who did it? Someone claiming to be part of the Hacktivist group Anonymous says they were the ones who brought down GoDaddy, but someone else in Anonymous is saying it wasn't them. It's Disorganized Chaos!
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