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Hold The Phone, I Want My Dick Tracy Watch

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A few days ago, I read Nilay Patel’s review of the Pebble smartwatch for The Verge. Like many others, I bought a Pebble on Kickstarter, and I can’t wait to try it out myself. But one part of Patel’s review stuck out at me in particular: Any incoming notification will quietly...
Hold The Phone, I Want My Dick Tracy Watch

Apple Files for MacBook Pro Trademark with Huge Twists

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On February 21, 2011 a new MacBook Pro trademark was filed by Apple and the new oddity in their International Class 009 verbiage was that of "power converters." At the time we pointed to a new fiber optic patent that would have made sense and low and behold, Apple introduced...
Apple Files for MacBook Pro Trademark with Huge Twists

Hack Job On A UK Government Site? Someone Inserts Ad For 'Secret Intelligence' Seeking 'Elimination Specialist'

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In the widest possible interpretation, this job ad could be UK government bureaucratic-speak for an operations efficiency expert (zzzzzz) but a closer look at the text — for the UK’s “Secret Intelligence Service” seeking a “Target Elimination Specialist” — and it looks like someone has managed to post a...
Hack Job On A UK Government Site? Someone Inserts Ad For 'Secret Intelligence' Seeking 'Elimination Specialist'

As Expected, The Boring iPhone 5 Achieves New Apple Sales Record

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The iPhone 5 was supposed to be a flop. Consumers were supposed to be disgusted with the lack of innovation. No one was supposed to buy it. That is, of course, if you listened to the buzz during last week’s launch. The opposite turned out to be the truth. Apple...
As Expected, The Boring iPhone 5 Achieves New Apple Sales Record

Samsung spills Galaxy Note's ICS guts, releases kernel source code to devs

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Back when it was unveiled at IFA 2011, Sammy's famed phablet was more of an attractive oddity than sure hit. Skip to now, and that 5.3-incher's not only taken the European continent by storm, it's also made inroads onto these American shores via AT&T. In keeping with the open...
Samsung spills Galaxy Note's ICS guts, releases kernel source code to devs

How mobile networks are policing the web — badly

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While the British government considers forcing internet providers to censor the web, it turns out that many European mobile operators are happily acting as censors themselves already — and mistakenly blocking lots of legitimate sites along the way. According to a report this week from Open Rights Group and the...
How mobile networks are policing the web — badly
Samsung introduces 'world's first' curved OLED TV

Apps using Dropbox are being rejected because Apple is playing hardball

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If you’ve ever developed an iOS app, you know that the submission process can be a scary one. Apple provides developers with a HIG (Human Interface Guidelines) that must be followed, but sometimes something obscure trips you up during the process. One such oddity has started causing an issue for...
Apps using Dropbox are being rejected because Apple is playing hardball

7 reasons why Windows RT works

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Windows RT is a bit of an operating system oddity, but that doesn't mean it's without value. Here are our seven favorite things about Windows RT. [Read more]...
7 reasons why Windows RT works
NIN art director Rob Sheridan on 'Broken' controversy: 'this was never meant to be so easy to watch'

The Eye Test: Determining What Problems Ambient Location Apps Solve

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After calling shenanigans on ambient social location apps last week, the reaction I have seen has been mixed. For the most part people agree with me: these apps will be consumer duds. The technology and philosophy behind many of these apps is sound as the concept of implicit social graphs...
The Eye Test: Determining What Problems Ambient Location Apps Solve

The Many Motivations Of Movie Piracy (Notably Absent: 'I Want Everything For Free')

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In the recently released Copy Culture In The US & Germany survey report from the American Assembly (for which we provided the design & layout work), one small but especially interesting component is the list of reasons given for downloading TV shows and movies. The American responses were pretty evenly...
The Many Motivations Of Movie Piracy (Notably Absent: 'I Want Everything For Free')

Wolfram Alpha Launches Its First Desktop App

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Wolfram Alpha, the “computational knowledge engine,” just launched a desktop app for Windows 7 PCs through Intel’s AppUp store. After launching numerous iOS and Android apps (including for the B&N Nook and Amazon’s Kindle Fire), this is the first time Wolfram Alpha is introducing a dedicated desktop app for its...
Wolfram Alpha Launches Its First Desktop App

Ceramic White Samsung Galaxy Note careens into Canadian hearts starting today

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What once was an oddity is now an unstoppable force. With five million units shipped to date, the Galaxy Note's enjoying its well-earned place at the center of Samsung's universe and the company's looking to spread the cheer. Hitting retail shelves across Canada today, the phablet responsible for the...
Ceramic White Samsung Galaxy Note careens into Canadian hearts starting today
REVIEW: Dollar Shave Club's 'One Wipe Charlie' Butt Wipes

Yelp Fights Back Against Carpet Cleaning Service That Sued Anonymous Critics For Defamation

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We've seen plenty of lawsuits involving people upset about Yelp reviews, but here's a fairly extreme case. Apparently, a DC-area carpet cleaning service named Hadeed Carpet Cleaning, which is somewhat infamous in the area for its "pervasive advertising" and direct mail coupons promising a $99 cleaning special, does not have...
Yelp Fights Back Against Carpet Cleaning Service That Sued Anonymous Critics For Defamation

Nokia dings the iPhone 5 using an old Zune selling point: color

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Out yesterday, but not widely picked up, is an advertisement – likely web only – from Nokia that dings Apple for producing phones of but two colors. The short clip, it clocks in at less than a minute, contains a narrative in which dreary iPhone buyers become shocked that anyone...
Nokia dings the iPhone 5 using an old Zune selling point: color

Google Fiber Is Official; Free Broadband Up To 5 Mbps, Or Pay For Symmetrical 1 Gbps

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Google officially announced the details of its fiber service in Kansas City today. If you don't remember, after doing a nationwide search, Google chose Kansas City (both the Kansas and the Missouri ones) as a sort of testbed. For years, we've pointed out that the real problem in broadband is...
Google Fiber Is Official; Free Broadband Up To 5 Mbps, Or Pay For Symmetrical 1 Gbps

PCs aren't dead, they're microwaves

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Last week's news wasn't generous to PCs. In fact, half the Internet was ready to eulogize our beloved black boxes after market research showed that computer shipments fell by double-digit percentages in the first quarter. Stick a fork in 'em, the common wisdom declared. PCs are done. But nothing...
PCs aren't dead, they're microwaves

Apple Can Finish What Microsoft's Sinofsky Started

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Apple Can Finish What Microsoft's Sinofsky Started: Jean-Louis Gassée on the interesting timing of Steven Sinofsky's exit from Microsoft: But if we imagine a different reality, one in which Sinofsky stands before a big Mission Accomplished banner, where critics rave about the beauty, harmony, and impeccable polish of a Windows...
Apple Can Finish What Microsoft's Sinofsky Started

The Many Motivations Of Movie Piracy (Notably Absent: 'I Want Everything For Free')

www.techdirt.com
In the recently released Copy Culture In The US & Germany survey report from the American Assembly (for which we provided the design & layout work), one small but especially interesting component is the list of reasons given for downloading TV shows and movies. The American responses were pretty evenly...
The Many Motivations Of Movie Piracy (Notably Absent: 'I Want Everything For Free')
HP's first Chromebook revealed in leaked spec sheet

Here's something funny: Type 'sell' into Google Finance and you'll get Apple's stock price

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It turns out that when you search for the word “sell” on Google Finance, the site redirects you to the financial page for Apple Inc. This is quite a head-scratcher; the result is no different than if you search for Apple or aapl. Given the vicious rivalry between Apple and...
Here's something funny: Type 'sell' into Google Finance and you'll get Apple's stock price

Why Are UK Police Allowing Entertainment Industry Employees To Arrest And Interrogate People With Their Help?

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We've discussed in the past the oddity of how a UK anti-piracy group, FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), which is a private organization set up and controlled by large entertainment industry players, being deeply involved in criminal investigations and cases against individuals. In the case against Surfthechannel, FACT was directly...
Why Are UK Police Allowing Entertainment Industry Employees To Arrest And Interrogate People With Their Help?

NY Times Published The Pentagon Papers, But Can't Be Bothered To Send Reporter To Bradley Manning Trial

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The NY Times, of course, was the newspaper central to the case of the Pentagon Papers. That involved a huge dump of information concerning a Pentagon study highlighting how the Johnson Administration had lied to the public and Congress concerning Vietnam. The papers were leaked to the NYT by Daniel...
NY Times Published The Pentagon Papers, But Can't Be Bothered To Send Reporter To Bradley Manning Trial
CNET Reports On Losing CES 'Best In Show' Powers, But Hides Byline

Politicians Grandstand About Leaks, But The Rest Of Us See The Prosecution Of Whistleblowers

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Early last week, we wrote about the oddity of how the White House didn't seem to much mind "leaks" that made the President look good in terms of being "tough" on our enemies, such as in the NY Times story confirming that the US was behind the Stuxnet malware, and...
Politicians Grandstand About Leaks, But The Rest Of Us See The Prosecution Of Whistleblowers
We hit Portland strip clubs with John McAfee

The blond 'Mexican beggar child' story holds a mirror to US perceptions of race

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The racism that saw a picture of a light-skinned girl and her 'brown' mother cause such controversy is not confined to MexicoWhat do you picture when you hear the words "Mexican beggar child"? Is the child blond? Green-eyed? Does she have light skin?A Mexican family was recently at the centre...
The blond 'Mexican beggar child' story holds a mirror to US perceptions of race

Lloyd Shepherd: My parley with ebook pirates

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When the author of The English Monster found a request to pirate his novel circulating on discussion board Mobilism, he decided to respond himself – and was surprised by the resultsMy novel The English Monster was published on 1 March. A week later, a Google alert dropped into my inbox...
Lloyd Shepherd: My parley with ebook pirates
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