An eleven year-old boy urinated onto a computer cart containing 36 MacBooks. “Well, there goes $36,000 worth of good computers,” as Upper Allen Elementary School staff must have been thinking to themselves. All 36 MacBook computers were damaged in the incident.
Children’s minds are not yet fully developed to completely understand the massive scale of destroying $36,000 worth of computers, but it simply makes sense that urinating should be saved for the bathroom, even to an eleven year-old.
According to the police, the MacBook’s were damaged beyond repair. AppleCare does not cover water damage. The child was charged with criminal mischief and was turned over to the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Department by police.
“When you gotta go, you gotta go.”
To get more users to switch from MobileMe to iCloud, Apple is offering a free Mac OS X Snow Leopard disc free for all MobileMe users. After the users intsalls Snow Leopard, they then can buy Lion from the Mac Appstore for $29.99, and use iCloud instead of MobileMe.
If you are a MobileMe user and want to take advantage of this deal, head over the MobileMe page and sign in to secure
iCloud is Apple’s cloud service superseding MobileMe. If you use MobileMe daily, you might want to switch to iCloud because Apple is expected to stop supporting MobileMe in June. Also, iCloud is free.
Apart from iCloud, if you are running any Mac OS X operating system older than Snow Leopard, you are missing out. With OS X Mountain Lion on the horizon, anyone running an older operating system is pretty far behind in features and functionality, which in itself is worth the upgrade.
An email from @comex is raising speculation that the next untethered jailbreak may be held until the release of iOS 4.3. An Italian blogger who contacted the guy behind Spirit and JailbreakMe(@comex)to ask for a short and sweet answer (like Steve Jobs) to the question of whether the jailbreak will be available for 4.2.1 or 4.3, and got the answer that it “depends when 4.3 is out.”
The Dev-Team released the “backup plan” tethered jailbreak after it was clear that @comex was not going to be able to hit his Christmas target for the jailbreak he has been working on. Named “jailbreak monte” (after the now-you-see-it, now-you-don’t card trick), the current version of RedSn0w, as well as the untethered version that is still in beta, conserves exploits by relying on iOS 4.2 beta 3, which is only available to developers. This has led to a profuse of pirated betas, which @comex says “is making me nervous.” But with the only alternative being a userland jailbreak that Apple would fix in 4.3, @comex has apparently concluded that it makes more ssense to hold back until then, and wait for the next iOS release. The email sent to Andrea Cervone of iPhoneItalia supposedly had come from the email address @comex has publicized on his Twitter feed, though it is insanely easy to fake in a screenshot.
Right now I want a jailbreak, and there are a lot of people who want/need jailbreaks who don’t have the $99 to pay for an iOS Developer license, or are ineligible for one because of their age and country of origin. As long as “monte” is the only jailbreak method out there, it’s going to tempt those people to pirate iOS 4.2 beta 3, which as @chpwn notes “hurts the image of jailbreaking”. It will make it seem that it is “illegal and illegitimate.” Let’s hope that the standoff ends quickly.
Source: Redmond Pie; image via iPhoneItalia
There have been some server problems today due to upgrades. Some of the problems have been the page not loading completely or your browser saying it wasn’t able to connect to the server/host. They should be gone within a week. Sorry for any trouble!
As it turns out, Apple is flooded with thousands of complaints from users that their alarm clock (on the iPhone 4 and earlier models with updated firmwares) is not working, particularly with to non-recurring alarms. This weekend Apple has not only acknowledged the problem, but promised an automatic alarm fix for the bug beginning Monday, January 3, 2011.
“We’re aware of an issue related to non-repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2. Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3.
This latest alarm clock glitch is eerily reminiscent of a similar bug that took aim at the alarm clock feature after Daylight Saving Time this past fall. Shortly before that issue, in September folks in Australia and New Zealand also began widely reporting that their iPhone alarms would sound an hour early.”
From last fall until today, forums across have filled with complaints from people whose turned into turmoil as a result of being late for work, missing flights and other time-sensitive commitments. Thankfully, according to Apple, this bug has been officially been fixed and the iPhone alarm clock should function normally beginning Monday morning(today).
An App developer named m3me has just released the Remote Conductor ($9.99) app for the iPad. This app turns an iPad into a full-featured trackpad for the Mac. Remote Conductor has three different modes: The default setting is the trackpad mode, which is where the entire iPad becomes one giant trackpad. Multi-Touch gestures are supported as well. The three finger gestures are not the standard Apple ones, instead the app uses three finger gestures to drag windows or select text.
At the top right of the screen are icons for Remote Conductor’s three modes. They are Track, Launch and Switch. Track is the trackpad mode. Launch allows you to see all of your Mac’s applications and launch them, all from the iPad. This screen looks very much like a regular iPad screen, but instead of iPad applications you are presented with Mac apps. The bottom of the screen provides you with access to your Macintosh’s dock as well.
Remote Conductor’s switch mode is the most innovative feature. Switch lets you see all of your open applications and windows arranged as thumbnails, just like the F3 key on your Mac. These thumbnails are arranged in a grid for easy viewing. You just simply click on the application you want to use or click on any window and it will display on your Mac’s screen.
Like most iOS apps that use your Mac, this app requires you to download a free application called Conductor Server. Once installed on your Mac, an icon for the program will appear in your menu bar. The first time you run the app you will have to enter a randomly generated code that appears on the iPad’s screen. This code is used to create a secure connection from your iPad to your Mac. This setup is only necessary the first time you use Remote Conductor.
Hopefully, m3me will bring Remote Conductor to the iPhone in the future!!
–Update– m3meInc comments, “FYI, we will be adding a keyboard in the next version. We are working on Windows support and an iPhone version as well.” Sounds like a major update is on its way.
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–UPDATE– Maintenance Canceled
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HTC is getting ready to take aim at Apple’s iPad with a new tablet that, based on a new trademark filing, may be called the “Scribe”. According to Bloomberg, the trademark filings from HTC describes the device as “a handheld wireless device, namely, a tablet computer.” While rumors of an HTC tablet have lingered since the company’s CFO Cheng Hui-Ming stated in October that HTC is actively “studying the market,” the latest news of the trademark filing is being taken as conclusive evidence that HTC is ready to battle Apple in the increasingly competitive tablet market.
Despite rumors that HTC would roll out their tablet at the Consumer Electronics Show (starting January 6th) or during the Mobile World Congress in February, it appears that a mid 2011 launch is far more likely if not inescapable. Most industry analysts expect the HTC tablet to run Android 3.0 – also known as “Honeycomb”. In this regard, HTC would be joining Motorola in preparing a new Android tablet that has also generated considerable buzz. Motorola recently made headlines when one of it’s executives referred to the iPad as a “giant iPhone.”
When HTC Corp., the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, using Google’s Android OS, announces its tablet computer, very few will be surprised, as it now appears to be just a matter of time before the tablet is released and the world can take notice of just how many bells and whistles the “Scribe” will serve up at a unknown price.
Mac OS X will come under more frequent attack in 2011, according to a prominent security firm. In its 2011 Threat Predictions report, McAfee Labs says that newly popular platforms like Android, iOS and Mac OS X will be targeted by malicious code more than ever before.
Though ardent Mac OS X supporters (aka fanbois) often tout the platform’s history of fewer destructive viruses along with its UNIX roots as signs of its inherent superiority an the area of security, security researchers have found many vulnerabilities in the operating system. In May, the security firm Secunia put Apple at the top of its list of software developers with the most vulnerabilities, ahead of Oracle and Microsoft. And at this year’s Pwn2Own, Charlie Miller, an analyst at Baltimore-based Independent Security Evaluators, defeated the security on a MacBook Pro in seconds.
Mac OS X’s main protection has been its relative obscurity when compared to Windows. However, that may now be in jeopardy, ironically as a result of Apple’s success with computers: from about 2% usage in 2000, Mac OS X has shot up to over 6% and is poised for further growth. “Historically, the Mac OS platform has remained relatively unscathed by malicious attackers,” the McAfee report notes, but predicts that “Mac-targeted malware will continue to increase in sophistication in 2011.”
In addition, the report says, iOS will also be at greater risk in the year to come. “The popularity of iPads and iPhones in business environments, combined with the lack of user understanding of proper security for these devices,” will increase the danger. Furthermore, McAfee Labs foresees that “Apple botnets and Trojans” will be “a common occurrence. ”