Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship For Service -

I hope this gets renewed...

Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that fully fund the typical costs that students pay for books, tuition, and room and board while attending an approved institution of higher learning. Additionally, participants receive stipends of up to $8,000 for undergraduate and $12,000 for graduate students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation NSF.


Sunday, August 29, 2010


iPhone Rumor of the Week–WiFi Sync to be Announced at September 1 Apple Event

WiFi sync has been near the top of my iPhone wish list for quite a while.  It is actually available now if you are jailbroken, via the Wi-Fi Sync jailbreak app – which has always worked well for me whenever I'm jailbroken. ...


PartyDock does four-player iPhone/iPad gaming with just one device

Huddling around the iPhone, squinting at a tiny LCD is no way to spend your game nights. Even with an iPad the idea of multiplayer, single-device, cheek-to-cheek gaming doesn't sound much more appealing... unless it's one of those parties, perhaps. Anyhow, Griffin is apparently looking to make four-way iDevice gaming a little more palatable with the PartyDock, just spotted crossing the great FCC. It has a dock connector for your iPhone, iPod, or iPad and four simple wireless controllers for interacting with four-player games, pumped to your TV over composite and component. It basically creates a simple gaming console out of your portable device, an interesting idea, but what will make or break it will naturally be the software. Griffin has a few four-player games it will release for the thing, but short of a flood of titles hitting the App Store we have a hard time believing this will be a hit -- whenever it ships, and for whatever it sells ...

Dual SIM iPhone 4 case

gives your multiple personality disorder a new lease on life

Sure, there are any number of phones with dual SIM card slots, most of them built for Asian markets, but the iPhone 4 is about the furthest thing from dual SIM: in fact, it doesn't even have one Big Person SIM to call its own. Luckily, USBFever has a hacktastic solution to this problem (a followup to their iPhone 3G version), with a new $30 case that can host dual full size SIM cards on the back of an iPhone 4 (entombed in some classy clear plastic, naturally), while running an adapter to the iPhone 4's micro SIM slot. You can then switch between the two SIMs from the iPhone's own settings menu, though unfortunately you can't rock both SIMs simultaneously. Looking for a more DIY approach? Bust out your X-Acto and check out our SIM resizing ...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Rolling shutter effect

can make stunning iPhone photos

The image above was shot by Jason Mullins with his iPhone 4 on a flight from London to Guernsey. The weird black lines you can see are actually distorted, disconnected copies of the propeller blades, but this isn't a Photoshop hack; this was how the image came out of the ...

Remember the Milk for iPhone now free --

 with a catch

Remember the Milk (RTM) is a popular Web-based to-do list manager with an equally popular iOS app (here's our review). This week, the app's developers have announced that it's now free for the iPhone... with a few caveats. ...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Oh gross...

 Bed bugs have infested the Social Security Administration's regional offices in Queens, N.Y. According to a post onFedBizOpps.gov, the agency is looking for a company to provide it with extermination services, including the use of a Bed Bug Heat Treatment Oven.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

This is really cool.

New iPad case will offer hard shell, built-in keyboard

A recent FCC filing has revealed an upcoming iPad case with a built-in Bluetooth keyboard. With an iPad installed, it'll look and behave more like a traditional laptop, for better or worse. ...

Mayorama - Pretty nice IMHO -

Mayorama could be the ultimate Foursquare companion, but it's not quite there yet

Filed under: Web services, Social Software, iPhone

If you're a mayorship-obsessed, Foursquare-loving, check-in fiend with an iPhone, Mayorama could be the best 99 cents you spend this week. It promises to show you the status of your mayorships -- how many check-ins you have at each venue, and how many to go until you become mayor -- and give you a list of targets (nearby vulnerable venues you can check into). Even if you're just wondering how many more morning Starbucks visits will make you mayor, 99 cents isn't a lot to pay for the ...

Mayorama could be the ultimate Foursquare companion,

 but it's not quite there yet

Filed under: Web services, Social Software, iPhone

If you're a mayorship-obsessed, Foursquare-loving, check-in fiend with an iPhone, Mayorama could be the best 99 cents you spend this week. It promises to show you the status of your mayorships -- how many check-ins you have at each venue, and how many to go until you become mayor -- and give you a list of targets (nearby vulnerable venues you can check into). Even if you're just wondering how many more morning Starbucks visits will make you mayor, 99 cents isn't a lot to pay for the ...

Slickdeals -

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Found Footage:

 DIY iPhone 4 guitar cam

How we love the ingenuity of Apple fans. This enterprising musician took some scissors and a roll of oh-so-useful duct tape to an iPhone 4 box to create the awesome guitar cam you see above. ...

OMFG - Geekgasm. Must. Have. -

TiVo Slide Remote review

The TiVo Slide Remote is officially available for sale today, for $89, and will hit Best Buy stores this weekend but TiVo was nice enough to send us one a bit early so we could play. The Slide is considerably shorter than the TiVo Peanut we've come to love, but at the same thickness it slides out to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard. It's actually a full Bluetooth remote, so even if the keyboard doesn't interest you, the remote's ability to work without a line of sight to the TiVo might draw you in. And of course we just had to plug the included dongle into a PC to see what happens -- no the TiVo Premiere doesn't have Bluetooth built-in -- but for those results and more you'll have to click ...

Monday, August 23, 2010

Picplz ::

Picplz's Social Photo App Comes To The iPhone

We've written about the launch of Picplz, a photo-sharing application being developed by imeem execs Dalton Caldwell and Bryan Berg. The startup initially rolled out an Android app earlier this year and today is debuting its free iPhone app in the App Store. ...

Phone Disk for iPhone:

Mount your iOS device as a drive on your computer

I actually already have a very similar tool for this on my Mac called iPhone Explorer, but Phone Disk may just offer a more elegant solution. All you have to do is install the Mac or Windows client, load it up, register it with the free official serial key (available until December 1st), and plug your iPhone in. It should then show up like any other mounted drive on your computer, and I see it popping up quite nicely in Finder (the Mac counterpart to Explorer). Since I'm jailbroken, I can also see and manipulate the contents of everything in the root ...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

TUAW Review:

ColcaSac sleeve for iPad

I've never understood people who keep their iPads bound up in cases. I get that they want to protect their iPads, but I never understood why they choose cases which just add to the bulk of the beautifully thin device. I've always been a sleeve guy myself -- something to keep the iPad scratch-free while transporting, yet which easily allows you to slide it out and hold it in your hands the way Jobs intended. That being said, I've searched for months for a good iPad sleeve. Most of the sleeves out there are very sterile and bland in appearance. Their designs are fit for mass production, but not much ...


Use Milk Paint to Give Furniture a Worn and Vintage Look 

If you're looking for a distressed and weather-beaten look, a little elbow grease and some milk paint and give any piece of furniture a vintage look.

Design*Sponge, a DIY and design blog, has shared a tutorial on using some basic tools and some old-fashioned milk paint to artificially age furniture. You'll need some furniture to experiment with, an orbital sander (for a small piece, you could probably get away with a sanding sponge but the orbital sander would certainly speed things up), rags, a paint brush, milk paint, furniture wax, and some water-based poly sealer. The core of the technique is to artificially distress the paint using the sander and then apply the milk paint, poly sealer, and wax in progressive steps to bring out the wear on the wood and seal in the ...

Skype Etiquette -


Skype is one of the most important work and social tools I use. It's nearly perfect. Except that you people are using it to drive me crazy.

It's made my list of "can't live without" products for the last five years, and more recently the screen sharing feature has made Skype even more important as a productivity tool. ...

Black Ops:

Secret Military Technology in the Age of Terrorism | Popular Science

Under Cover The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, an unmanned reconnaissance drone, is the most recent aircraft to emerge from the military's "black" budget. Nick Kaloterakis

Every year, tens of billions of Pentagon dollars go missing. The money vanishes not because of fraud, waste or abuse, but because U.S. military planners have appropriated it to secretly develop advanced weapons and fund clandestine operations. Next year, this so-called black budget will be even larger than it was in the Cold War days of1987, when the leading black-budget watchdog, the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), began gathering reliable estimates. The current total is staggering: $58 billion—enough to pay for two complete Manhattan Projects.

Where does the money go? Tracking the black budget has always been a challenge. Constantly shifting project names that seem to be randomly generated by computers—Tractor Cage, Tractor Card, Tractor Dirt, Tractor Hike and Tractor Hip are all real examples—make linking dollar amounts to technologies impossible for outsiders. But there are clues.

According to Todd Harrison, an analyst at the CSBA, the allocations for classified operations in the 2011 federal budget include $19.4 billion for research and development across all four branches of the military (funding for the CIA, including its drone strikes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is contained within the Defense Department black budget), another $16.9 billion for procurement, and $14.6 billion for "operations and maintenance." This latter category, Harrison notes, has been expanding quickly. This may suggest that many classified technologies are now moving from the laboratory to the battlefield.

In fact, the rise in classified defense spending accompanies a fundamental change in American military strategy. After the attacks of September 11, the Pentagon began a shift away from its late Cold War–era "two-war strategy," premised on maintaining the ability to conduct two major military operations simultaneously, and began to focus instead on irregular warfare against individuals and groups. That strategic shift most likely coincides with an investment shift, away from technology that enables large-scale, possibly nuclear, war against superpower states and toward technology that helps military planners hunt and kill individuals. Each branch of the military uses different language to describe this process. Pentagon officials have spoken openly about their desire to use advanced technology to "reduce sensor-to-shooter time" in situations involving "time-sensitive targets." The head of U.S. Special Operations Command talks about "high-tech manhunting," while Air Force officials describe plans to compress the "kill chain."


Monoprice quits apple -

Some sites still selling third-party Apple accessories

Ok, ok, it's not exactly news that there is Apple gear being sold on the Internet. But given that popular electronic accessory retailer Monoprice recently decided to stop selling Apple accessories, you might be looking for a new place to buy your cords and hookups. That's right -- TUAW contacted Monoprice the other day after a few readers reported that they couldn't buy iPhone and iPod-related gear, and Monoprice confirmed that it has "decided to suspend offering these products as part of our business plan. We will let you know if and when we resume selling these products. Truly sorry for any inconvenience it may cause ...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

That's just dumb...

iPhone app enables augmented driving, at your own risk

Let me preface this post by saying that I'm an old fuddy duddy.

imaGinyze (US$2.99) is an iPhone app that provides an augmented reality Heads Up Display (HUD) for drivers on the road. When mounted to a windshield, it monitors incoming video information and produces overlays for roads, traffic, signs and more. An electronic voice announces lane changes, your proximity to other vehicles and other such distracting ...


The Giants Are "Generic," We Are Fun. I Wonder Who He's Referring To…

Foursquare may have a tenuous partnership with Facebook Places— but don't let the Kumbaya presentation fool you, these frenemies are gunning for the ultimate mayorship and Dennis Crowley is feeling very confident. ...

Goldberg :: The Arrow of Time

The arrow of Time. On June 17th, every yerar, the family goes through a private ritual: we photograph ourselves to stop for a fleeting moment, the arrow of time passing by.
New! The Arrow of Time in ABC News. You can see video Here:

mental_floss -

 Blog & He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died


Friday, August 20, 2010

About time...

BlackBerry App World gets a much-needed overhaul

Filed under: BlackBerry

Unlike iPhone and iPod touch users I know, BlackBerry owners tend to be plenty happy with the built-in array of apps RIM ships on their smartphones. That's probably a good thing, because BlackBerry App World had some fairly big shortcomings when compared to the App ...

Steve Jobs says

Software update coming to fix iOS 4 speed on iPhone 3G

Although Steve Jobs said it was rude to post 'intimate' emails with customers, this one could use some spreading.  For those who are stuck with an iPhone 3G running iOS, there is some good news:  ...

OpenCola -

OpenCola is a brand of cola unique in that the instructions for making it are freely available and modifiable. Anybody can make the drink, and anyone can modify and improve on the recipe as long as they, too, license their recipe under theGNU General Public License. Since recipes are, by themselves, not copyrightable, the legal basis for this is untested.[1]

Although originally intended as a promotional tool to explain free and open source software, the drink took on a life of its own and 150,000 cans were sold. The Toronto-based company Opencolafounded by Grad Conn, Cory Doctorow, and John Henson became better known for the drink than the software it was supposed to promote. Laird Brown, the company's senior strategist, attributes its success to a widespread mistrust of bigcorporations and the "proprietary nature of almost everything."

Very Interesting -

Foursquare Experiences Record Signups After Launch of Facebook Places

Foursquare is experiencing record interest in the wake of the launch of Facebook Places; on Thursday, the location service broke its record for new user signups.

Facebook Places brings checkins and location broadcasting to Facebook's massive 500 million user base. It's the bread-and-butter of Foursquare, which has led to a lot of speculation over the future of Foursquare and the company's next moves. Can it survive in the face of competition from a behemoth like ...

Thursday, August 19, 2010

So the Guy in Charge of the App Store Is

 Also a Crap Apps Developer

Phillip Shoemaker, the director of Apple's App Store, has a number of applications available for sale on the iPhone, including a urination simulator called "iWiz," and a flatulence-themed program dubbed "Animal Farts." ...

Amateur Astronomers -

iPhone 4 cuddles up against telescope, snaps impressive moon closeups

What's a boy to do when he desperately needs a portfolio full of galactic imagery of his own doing? In most cases, we'd suggest he grab up a telescope (or one of these), the biggest DSLR he can find and a planetary expert who knows a thing or two about exposure. But thanks to a mod that's becoming more and more common these days, it seems that you can replace the latter recommendations with an iPhone 4. Yep -- Apple's latest smartphone, when paired up with a miniature tripod mount and a telescope, can apparently take lovely shots of our dear moon, and if you're struggling to actually spot it, we hear that Planisphere app is pretty handy. Hit the source links if you're scouting some inspiration. ...

Oh So Dorky - Love it!

Official Star Wars shop selling R2-D2 case for iPhone

As a big Star Wars fan, I followed all of the news out of the Star Wars Celebration event last weekend, but this might be my favorite. The official online Star Wars shop has begun selling its very own iPhone case, which as you can see above, will dress up your favorite smartphone as a not-quite-as-round version of R2-D2. I love it! We still don't have an official all-white iPhone, but this case will not only give your iPhone a white outline, it'll add a few droid ports and vents as ...

MITRE - Registration - Secure and Resilient Cyber Architectures Conference


Koshland Science Museum -

 The mission of the Marian Koshland Science Museum is to engage the general public in current scientific issues that impact their lives. The museum's state-of-the-art exhibits, public events, and educational programs provide information that stimulates discussion and provides insight into how science supports decision-making.

As "advisers to the nation on science, engineering and medicine," studies conducted by the National Academies influence public policy decisions regarding controversial science-related matters.

Information on visiting the museum, including location and admission details, can be found in Visitor Information.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Feds Won't Bring Charges Against School District Officials In Webcam Spying

Full Story

There have been a couple of new developments in the saga of the suburban Philadelphia school district, the Lower Merion School District, that was sued by a student, after that student was disciplined (supposedly for eating candy) using photos taken by secretly installed and used webcam spying software. The school initially claimed that it only used the software 42 times, but an investigation found 58,000 photos were taken -- including hundreds of another student, who has now also ...

Vevo |

Vevo Launches iPhone And iPod Touch App

Music video site Vevo has launched a free app for iPhone and iPod touch users.

The Vevo App offers access to 20,000 videos from more than 7,000 artists. Users have the ability to create and save custom playlists for on demand playback, view what videos are being watched in their area using location services/GPS and share videos with friends via Twitter, Facebook and email. ...

Vimeo -

now on iPad, iPhone

Popular video site Vimeo (think a more artsy YouTube) has changed its code to be completely HTML5 compatible, which means you can now browse the site completely on the iPhone or the iPad. I just pulled the site up on my iPhone, and I have to say, I think it's a smoother browsing experience than the browser itself -- you just get a list of videos, and clicking on whichever one you want (like, for example, the great Dennis Liu music video above) opens it right up in Quicktime. Good deal. Vimeo's been flirting with HTML5 for the better part of this year, but this switchover means everything (including embeds when seen from an iPhone or iPad) is in HTML5 from the start -- bye bye ...

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Photojojo has

 real camera lenses available for your iPhone

I love the camera on the iPhone 4, but I've always disliked digital zoom and do whatever I can to avoid using it. Photojojo has responded to my inner camera snob with two glass lenses that can be attached to the phone via a magnetic ring. ...

Monday, August 16, 2010

North Korea Joins Twitter


North Korean media outlet Uriminzokkiri — one of the few local outlets to write in English for a foreign audience — has opened a Twitter account: @uriminzok.

Although it is hard to determine who exactly updates the site, it is believed to be directly run by the North Korean government. Thus, the Uriminzok Twitter account could be the first official presence of North Korea on ...


 Helps Students Compare, Buy Textbooks On Half.com

As students head back to school, eBay is getting into mobile textbook sales with the launch of a a new iPhone app from Half.com, which eBay bought in 2000 for $350 million.

The Half.com iPhone app is also the first eBay buying application to integrate barcode scanning technology, which was implemented through the acquisition of RedLaser in June. The app allows users to scan the barcodes on items to find the best deals on textbooks, DVDs, books, video games and more, with discounts of up to 50 percent or more off the normal retail price. However, eBay says the majority of items sold on Half.com are textbooks. 

Snow Transformation Pack

Makes Your Windows Desktop Look Like Mac OS X [Downloads]

Windows: If you like the look and feel of Mac OS X but prefer to stick with Windows (whether it be for gaming, or because you just don't like Apple), freeware Snow Transformation Pack will make Windows looks like OS X.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


 fCam for Facebook

fCam – Facebook Fast and Easy photo uploader (Free) by i-App Creation Co., Ltd. fCam by i-App Creation is a quick and easy way to get your photos on Facebook. Everyone loves to use their iPhone for photo posting especially to Faacebook and fCam makes it as easy as point, shoot, upload. fCam is designed to allow for multiple images uploads at once so you never have to do single photo uploads ...

App review:

The Incident

Like its contemporary, Canabalt, The Incident is a game that knows exactly what it is -- and is not -- and plays to those strengths to a T. The basic premise of this iPhone title is simple enough, and in that simplicity (as with many great games) lies its power. You are Frank Solway, a lone man involved in a day that has gone completely out of whack -- namely, objects have begun falling from the sky, and you need to get out of the way. That's it. That's the whole game. You dash and jump while all manner of items come hurtling towards you from above; Mini Coopers, Ikea bookshelves, bikes, fences, arcade cabinets... really just about anything you can think of. Your goal is to avoid what's coming next (teased by a flashing white strip along the top of the screen), grab the variety of power-ups that happen by, and keep getting as high as you can to reach checkpoints. It's amazingly fun, and the charm of the game is doubled by developer Big Bucket's use of retro, 8-bit graphics along with a pitch-perfect chiptune soundtrack. The effect is terrific, blending the best of what we love from our NES years with the kind of gaming that's perfectly suited to a mobile device. We can't overstate how polished The Incident seems -- the developers have made all the right decisions, and the result is a game you pick up quickly, but can't put back down. If you've got $1.99 to spare, why are you still reading ...


Takes On Microsoft Project With Web-Based Project Management Application

Y Combinator-backed Gantto is launching its easy to use web-based project management application to the public today. Designed to take on Microsoft's project management software, Gantto focuses on helping users visualize and present project schedules. ...

World rejoices -

Photoshop Express for iPad is fixed

Well, that didn't take too long. After a rather horrible debut Friday Adobe has fixed Photoshop Express so it can now open in the landscape mode.

How exactly was this app tested by Adobe and Apple? You'd think since most photo editing is done in the landscape orientation it would have been operated that way. I'd expect that kind of bug to be discovered immediately. Since Adobe is a premier graphics company you'd also think they would choose a logo for the product that doesn't resemble a roll of toilet paper. ...

Foursquare Gets Valuable -

Gap Offers 25% Discount for Foursquare Checkins 

Gap is cutting 25% from the prices for all the clothes in its retail stores for customers who check in on Foursquare in connection with an event the chain is calling "The BlackMagic Event." The Foursquare deal is only valid today, so you'd better grab your smartphone and head to the store soon if you want some cheaper-than-usual family ...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

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The good thing about Twitter's new Tweet Button is that it offers users an easy way to tweet interesting stories. The bad thing is that if anything goes wrong, it affects everyone using it — which thus far includes major sites like the Huffington Post and Gawker Media blogs, among countless ...


 Krups Beertender

Krups Beertender


  • + $5 shipping
1 Krups B90/B95 Beertender with Display
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I Want One!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Matrix -

Matrix Is the No-Nonsense Flight Pricing Engine that Powers the Others

ITA Software's Matrix is the software that powers Orbitz, Kayak, CheapTickets, and lots of airlines and travel agents' tools. But you can skip all their ads and come-ons and search Matrix itself for the no-nonsense scoop on flying cheap. ...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Follow Others Fast on Twitter |

Follow via SMS without a twitter account 

Follow Others Fast on Twitter is a post from Chris Pirillo

Back in the day, Twitter was focused on SMS exchanges. Today, the company realizes that most of us still rely heavily on this type of communication and they're making it even easier for you to keep up with what's going on in the world. The new Fast Follow feature allows people from the US to receive Twitter updates via text message – even if they aren't signed up for the ...

iPad and iPhone trade-in programs

 now available from PowerMax

Apple authorized reseller PowerMax has been in business for nearly 20 years, supplying Apple users with all sorts of goodies from new and used Macs to accessories. This week they've announced their iDevice trade-in program that will accept your older iPhone, iPad or iPod ...

Security Conference 2010 -- Bruce Schneier will keynote.


Apple Pulls Camera+ From The App Store

I bought this app yesterday. Ran the script.  It is great. Works like a real camera now. 

The fun's over, folks*. About a week and a half ago, iPhone developers TapTapTap pushed an updated version of their Camera+ photography app to the App Store, and all seemed well. Just yesterday, however, they revealed (via a message on Twitter that was pulled about 30 minutes after it went out) that this latest build had a hidden feature: by visiting a specially formatted URL in Mobile Safari, one could make the volume buttons on the side of the iPhone instead act as a camera shutter button — something which Apple had already said was a ...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mashable |

Twitter Launching Official Tweet Buttons This Week [EXCLUSIVE]

Twitter is launching an official Tweet Button for sharing articles on websites and counting how many times a URL has been shared, according to documents Mashable has obtained. The Tweet Button could launch as soon as this Thursday. ...

Ousted HP CEO

Mark Hurd Had The Lowest Employee Approval Rating (34%) Of Any Major Tech CEO

Softcore-porn-actress-turned-marketing-consultant Jodie Fisher wasn't the only person who failed to be enamored by HP CEO Mark Hurd, who was forced to resign as a result of an investigation into his relationship with Ms. Fisher. According to Glassdoor, a site where employees can anonymously rate companies and CEOs, Hurd had the lowest employee approval rating of any major tech CEO. Only 34 percent of self-described HP employees on the site approved of his performance, and 66 percent ...

Nine New Apps

 Join Google Apps Marketplace

Today, Google Apps users have as many as nine new reasons to be glad they're hooked into the service.  That's because nine new apps have been introduced to the Google Apps Marketplace, making for a substantial number of ways people can save time and streamline their work ...


 taking on the Mac again

Microsoft is slamming Apple with a new web page filled with comparisons. The company believes Windows PCs are better for having fun, simplicity, working hard, sharing, compatibility and choice. In the process of highlighting differences, the Microsoft team delivers some howlers; check out the Compatibility tab, for instance, and see if you can find the slightest mention of the company's own soon-to-be-revised Office suite for ...

Twitter And Facebook

Playing Bigger Role In Disasters

More Internet users are turning to social media to get help for themselves or others during emergencies, according to a new survey from the American Red Cross.

The survey found if people needed help and could not reach 9-1-1, one in five would try to contact responders via email, websites or social media. If Internet users knew of someone else who needed help, 44 percent would ask other people in their social network to contact authorities, 35 percent would post a request for help directly on a response agency's Facebook page and 28 percent would send a Twitter message to ...

RightToClick -

RightToClick Enables Right Clicking on Sites that Disable It

Firefox: Some sites (like IMDB) prevent you from performing certain actions, like right clicking, on their pages. Firefox extension RightToClick disables these scripts, giving you the ability to right click, select text, or perform other actions forbidden by a given web ...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

InfoSec Lessons from The Blind Side - The Falcon's View |

I recently finished reading the book The Blind Side about the life of NFL star left tackle Michael Oher. It was a very good read, with interesting stories - many of which did not make it into the movie version. What I found perhaps most interesting is the parallels between makes a truly great NFL left tackle, and what makes for a highly effective security program. Three physical characteristics were described in the book as being essential to success: long arms, a solid base, and quick feet. Likewise, an effective security program will also embody these characteristics.



 Makes Inane Foursquare Check-ins Cool

Little warms a geek's heart like new and innovative data visualizations. With our every activity being tracked and reported as data - including our comings and goings, our preferences and purchases, we too are becoming part of that data graph. While each individual check-in to your favorite location based service may not pique your interest, a visualization of all your activity over months, displayed in chronological order, can take you out of humdrum land and make you look like a person of ...

Twitter Is Hiring

, And In A Really Awesome Way

As we wrote earlier this morning, Twitter seems to be aggressively hiring. Perhaps it's this awesome Rushmore-inspired "Meet The Class Of Twitter HQ" recruitment video compelling people to join the flock? ...

Monday, August 9, 2010

How Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Vista affect web pages running locally on your computer


MarketScope for Vulnerability Assessment


Check-In For Swag At The

 New Foursquare Store

For any of you who haven't earned a Foursquare mayorship yet, you can now buy a physical Mayor button at the newly launched Foursquare store today. The company is announcing a online storefront where you can buy t-shirts with Foursquare logos, buttons with badges and stickers. ...

Madden 2011 Prepares To Tackle The iPad

 (Video Preview)

Last year, EA Sports brought its hit football franchise Madden to the iPhone and iPod Touch — the game went on to become one of the top-selling iOS games of 2009, and has since racked up a total of nearly 13,000 reviews. Later this week, the gaming powerhouse will be bringing the virtual gridiron to a device that's even better suited for its touchscreen gameplay: the ...

Microsoft Losing Big To Apple

 On Campus

destinyland writes "Apple is closing in on Microsoft's share of operating systems among the computers of incoming freshmen at the University of Virginia, confirming earlier reports of an ongoing trend. A yearly survey shows that among 3,156 freshman who own computers, Microsoft's share is just 56% (down 6%), with Apple's share rising to 43% (up 6%), continuing a six-year pattern. In 2004, it was Microsoft 89% vs. 8% for Apple. 'It seems likely that the Mac-using students will outnumber their Windows cousins this school year,' notes one technology blog, citing a new study showing that 70 percent of college freshman are choosing the Mac. Other interesting data from the Virginia study: In 1997, 26% of incoming freshmen said they didn't own a computer, a number which has now dropped to 0. Laptops now comprise 99% of the computer population. And Linux use has dropped from a high of 2.5% in 2004 to a rounding error this ...

Saudi Says RIM Deal Reached; BlackBerry OK,

 If We Can Read the Messages

crimeandpunishment writes "There's a deal on the table to avert a ban on Blackberry's messenger service in Saudi Arabia. A Saudi regulatory official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press the deal involves placing a server in Saudi Arabia ... and letting the government monitor users' messages, easing Saudi concerns over security and criminal usage. The deal could have wide-ranging implications, given how many other countries have expressed similar concerns, or in the case of the United Arab Emirates, have threatened to block Blackberry email and messaging services." Perhaps the governments of UAE and India would be satisfied, too, if only they had access to the messages ...

Swedish Government:

 WikiLeaks sources may not be protected after all

Filed under: Internet, News

Wikileaks has been a hot news topic for several months now, largely due to Bradley Manning and his 260,000 page contribution. There are plenty of people in corporate and government positions who want the site shut down (and prosecuted), but most all, they want their leaked data and they want the sources for those ...

Apple adding email-based FaceTime calling soon,

 found in latest iPhone beta

You know how we reported on FaceTime probably linking up with emails instead of just phone numbers? It looks like it's coming true, and possibly as soon as this month or next with Apple's next iPod-focused event. There is a new option to initiative FaceTime calls from email addresses in the latest iPhone 4.1 beta 3. There's a shot of the button above basically showing how simple this would be, in theory. No idea how Apple will plan to address multiple devices with the same email address, but we're sure they'll figure ...

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Create an LED Blinker

 to Notify You of New Messages on Your PC [DIY]

While your computer has on-screen ways of notifying you of new emails, IMs, and other messages, they aren't much use when your display is asleep. DIY web site Instructables show us how to create a small LED blinker for notifications. ...

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Watch Netflix Instant Streaming

 on Your Jailbroken iPhone [NetFlix]

If you're fed up with waiting for the official Netflix app to make it to your iPhone, here's a way you can hack the Netflix iPad app to work on your jailbroken iPhone.

The process is fairly simple but takes a bit of work. In a nutshell, you're going to be downloading the iPad version of the Netflix application and manually copying it to your iPhone. Check out the video and step-by-step written instructions ...

Friday, August 6, 2010


 Turns Your Kid's iPhone Into a Real-Time Locator [Downloads]

iPhone: If you rest easier knowing you can peek in the where abouts of your adventurous teenagers, Whereoscope is an iOS app that turns your family's iPhones into real-time location tools. ...


Helps Find Hot Spots With Foursquare

Say you're sitting at a bar in Brooklyn but you're thinking about what's happening tonight in Greenwich Village. You look at Foursquare to see if any friends are checked-in anywhere interesting, but come up empty handed and the trending topics only show the hot spots around you. Looks like you're out of ...

Dropbox offers a free 250MB

 for completing a quick tutorial

Filed under: Productivity, Web services

If you're a Dropbox user -- and we think you probably should be -- you can get an extra 250MB added to your account by completing a tutorial that really doesn't take very long. Just click the Get Started tab on the Dropbox website and follow the instruction. There are 6 steps, and you can do any five of them: just watch a video, send some Dropbox invites to friends, click through a list of Dropbox features ... installing Dropbox and putting files into your account count as two steps, and you've probably already done them! ...

Apple Opens

 "Try Before You Buy" Section in the App Store

Apple added a new section for free apps to the App Store today titled "Try Before You Buy," reminiscent of the excuse made by those who pirate apps.

App developers figured out a lot time ago that offering free or "lite" versions of apps could drive more users to the paid versions. By highlighting these versions with notoriously stingy app-buyers, Apple hopes to drive up app sales and discourage users from pirating apps they aren't sure are worth ...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Voluntary Product Accessibility Template(R) (VPAT(R))

 The Voluntary Product Accessibility Template®, or VPAT®, is a tool used to document a product's conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The purpose of the VPAT is to assist Federal contracting officials and other buyers in making preliminary assessments regarding the availability of commercial "Electronic and Information Technology" products and services with features that support accessibility.

It is assumed and recommended that offerers will provide additional contact information to facilitate more detailed inquiries. 


Surprisingly affordable wooden

 iPhone skins

Now that Apple's giving away cases for your iPhone, you're going to really have to go off the beaten path to find something that gives your phone a more original look than the standard neon bumper. Enter these classy wooden skins sold by KARVT, which not only separate your iPhone from the crowd but also look pretty darn good (if you ask ...

HowTo: Add a Persistent Static Route in Redhat Enterprise Linux

 If you know there is always going to be a permanent route for a destination then a static route can be a viable option.To add a persistent static route in Redhat Enterprise Linux
create a file called route-<int>X in the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ directory

where <int> is the interface number and X is the interface number. As you would expect, these are specified in seperate file
for each of the available interface.

More: http://www.itsyourip.com/Linux/howto-add-a-persistent-static-route-in-redhat-enterprise-linux/

US accused of making insect spy robots

A mechanical fly being developed at Harvard College, US accused of making insect spy robots
A mechanical fly being developed at Harvard College

The US government has been accused of secretly developing robotic insect spies amid reports of bizarre flying objects hovering in the air above anti-war protests.

No government agency has admitted to developing insect-size spy drones but various official and private organisations have admitted that they are trying.


iNow Is A Simple But Effective

 To-Do App For The iPad

Productivity apps are two-a-penny, but productivity is one of the major boons of the iPad's large touchscreen interface. Tapping and moving things around is a very natural, human way to approach things. And yet productivity apps often remain stuck in the click and point world of the mouse, and refuse to make the best of a visual and spacial approach. Indeed, on a laptop I often find myself resorting to a fast, simple text-based To-Do list just because I can cut and paste items on the list up or down depending on priority.But I've recently tried out a productivity app on the iPad which might actually convert me over.iNow [iTunes link] is an iPad app which does one simple thing. It lets you create a To Do list you can move around and re-order very, very simply and easily. And the developers, Stone Soup Software, have taken a clever approach, which is tried and trusted: that of air traffic controllers. Say ...

New Mini iPads coming

reports iLounge (also screened 'shuffle')

Here's iLounges new sourced info with some additions from us:

* They think that new 1.7 inch screen is coming to the iPod Shuffle (probably eliminating the 'shuffle' brand - good?) ...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

iPhone 101: How to Tether Your iPhone 4. I just set this up. It really works...

With the release of iOS 4, AT&T finally allowed internet tethering on the iPhone. Because there is no jailbreak for the iPhone 4 yet, we cannot use apps like MyWi to tether your iPhone or even turn it into a wireless hotspot.

So far, if you want to tether your iPhone 4, you're gonna have to play fair and deal with AT&T. Tethering on your iPhone 4 will come at a hefty price of $20/month plus $25/month for the 2 GB DataPro plan by AT&T. That's a complete rip off but that's the only solution to date.

If you're not turned off yet, here is what you have to do to set up internet

tethering on your iPhone 4:

Step 1: Go to Settings > General > Network > Set up internet tethering.

Step 2: A message will show up telling you that you have to call or visit AT&T's website to enable tethering. Either call them or go to your account online to activate the option.

Step 3: Reboot your iPhone.

Step 4: Plug your iPhone in your computer.

Step 5: Go to Settings > General > Network > Internet Tethering > On. Now either choose to tether via USB or Bluetooth.

Step 6: Choose "iPhone" from the list of available networks on your computer.

Step 7: Enjoy the interweb!

As I said above, AT&T prices for this option are outrageous. If you're on a jailbroken iPhone 3G or 3GS you can always tether your iPhone for free using MyWi.

BTW, Sent this while tethered.  Not terrible.

Google Killing 'Wave' Over Lack of Interest - At least mercy killing is still legal on the internet..

SAN FRANCISCO—Google Inc. said Wednesday it is pulling the plug on its "Google Wave" collaborative messaging service due to a lack of user interest.

Unveiled last year amid much fanfare, Wave was supposed to revolutionize the way people communicated online by letting them exchange ...


ManageFlitter Gets Your Twitter Account Under Control [Twitter] -


If you're looking to remove the dead weight from your Twitter account, ManageFlitter is a simple and free new tool that rounds up the most talkative, quiet, or altogether inactive users you follow. ...

iTunes Streaming starts to emerge

 on iOS devices with latest iDisk update

Filed under: Audio, Utilities, Web services, Apple, iPhone

iTunes Streaming isn't here yet, despite the rumors, but Apple just took the first steps with the latest update to iDisk for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. In case you're not familiar with iDisk, it's the app that manages storage on your MobileMe account, and it just got the ability to play audio in the background. That means exactly what you think it means: if you store music on your iDisk, you can now play it on any iOS ...

Report: iPhone 4 owners report fewer dropped calls

 than iPhone 3GS

With all of the Antennagate hoopla since the release of the iPhone 4, you'd think that owners of the new phone are never able to complete a call normally. According to a recently published survey from ChangeWave Research, iPhone 4 owners are reporting fewer dropped calls than iPhone 3GS owners. ...

Official Rules for Cornhole - hmmmmm.


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

RIM and AT&T Unveil “The Best BlackBerry Device Ever” -

 BlackBerry and AT&T have introduced the BlackBerry Torch, a smartphone that AT&T's President and CEO of Mobility and Consumer Markets Ralph de la Vega calls "the best BlackBerry device ever."

RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis describes the device as the first "touch qwerty slider" for BlackBerry, meaning it features both a slide out keyboard and a touch screen. It's also the first smartphone from RIM that uses a webkit browser (which the company got with its acquisition of Torch Mobile).

The device also features a 5 megapixel camera with flash, and is the first BlackBerry to ship with version 6 of the company's operating system. Torch goes on sale August 12th and will cost $199 with a two-year contract.

We're at an event live in New York City where AT&T and RIM are unveiling the device. We'll be updating this post live with the details.

Papa John's 2010 U.S. Development Incentive Program - NO FRANCHISE FEE

 We are excited to announce Papa John's 2010 U.S. Development Incentive Program! For a limited time, sign up to develop a Papa John's restaurant and you can take advantage of these great terms:




Monday, August 2, 2010

Why Computers Don't Matter Anymore

Full Story

Why Computers Don't Matter Anymore

This content from: Duct Tape Marketing

An event occurred recently that was widely covered in financial and tech circles, but the significance of which may have been lost on most. ...

The Vapur Water Bottle Comes Flat,

Foldable and BPA-Free!

Sometimes carrying a bulky reusable water bottle can become a bit of a hardship, so wouldn't it be nice if you could fold that eco-friendly container flat up once you've consumed its contents? Meet the Vapur, a colorful, flexible, and reusable water bottle designed for easy and convenient on-the-go use anywhere. Unlike traditional bottles, the Vapur is flexible, which means it can stand upright when full and it can be rolled, folded, or flattened when empty, easily fitting into pockets, purses and packs. This durable little bottle is also freezable, dishwasher safe and BPA-free, meaning it can be safely reused again and ...

Foursquare and Gogo Form Their Own

 "Mile High Club"

Starting today, airplane passengers who check in to Foursquare via Gogo's Inflight Internet service will be greeted with a nice surprise — the "Mile High Badge."

The "Mile High Badge" is nothing more than a digital token you can use to celebrate your location-based conquest. But the Foursquare-Gogo team-up suggests that in the future, mobile phone checkins may have an important place in the sky ...

My3G Brings

 FaceTime to 3G

Just hours after a jailbreak for nearly every portable Apple device hit the Web yesterday - including the latest iPhone 4 and iOS 4 - and an app has been released that brings FaceTime to the 3G network. ...

What Is This Devops Thing, Anyway?


Site aggregates offers from

 'deal a day' providers

Bargain-minded consumers have no shortage of "deal a day" sites to choose from—the challenge now is staying abreast of them all. That means it's time for a little aggregation, which is just what Dealradar offers. ...

PlayOn's HTML5-powered web app brings

Hulu, Netflix to the iPhone and iPad

Filed under: Video, iPhone

So you've created a slick iPhone app only to be handed a rejection from the boys in Cupertino? Back to the drawing board, then... and time to take a good, hard look at alternative ways to get your project in the hands of iDevice ...


AmpliTube Rocks the iPad

Last month, I got a chance to review IK Multimedia's recently released iRig and AmpliTube combo for the iPhone. Not only did it sound great, the AmpliTube software looked awesome, providing access to numerous authentic effects boxes and amp combos that emulate their real-world counterparts. Now IK Multimedia is back with a version of AmpliTube for the iPad that is even more ...