There’s never any shortage of iPhone and iPad-related stories of theft. Whether individuals are being targeted for their high-end Apple goods, or criminals are smashing through the iconic glass panes of an Apple retail store, the luxury status and resale value of these devices not surprisingly makes them more desirable to thieves.
However, this is the first time we’ve heard of a victim suing Apple and being reimbursed for their stolen MacBook and iPod. Keep Reading
Imagine watching a video online and being able to click individual objects to get more information or relevant content. Watching a new Sprint commercial showing off several Android devices? Click the one you’re interested in and a pop-up window provides you with pricing, specs, and links to purchase it. It’s not quite a reality yet, but that’s just one potential use for video object recognition and indexing technology created by startup Veenome.
Technology evangelist and blogger Robert Scoble recently got to sit down with CEO of Veenome Kevin Lenane to talk about how the unique video object recognition and indexing technology works. Keep Reading
With the federal government shutting down file-sharing website MegaUpload, and Anonymous taking down the Department of Justice website in response, some have passed over claims that Federal Reserve Bank source code used for managing the US government’s finances has been stolen this week.
According to a report from VentureBeat who points us to an official FBI statement, a computer programmer named Bo Zhang, 32, has admitted to copying the code to a hard drive from within the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Wednesday. Keep Reading
Apple made their biggest push into education in recent years this morning during a press event at the Guggenheim museum in New York City. The focus of the event was two main initiatives including: Reinventing textbooks with the iBooks 2.0 app, and reinventing the way we create textbooks with the “iBooks Author” e-book creation tool.
It’s clear that Apple is betting that the success of its App Store model translates over to education. After downloading the updated iBooks app, users will now have access to a textbooks category selling content rich, interactive textbooks from major publishers such as Pearson, McGraw Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All those publishers are making a selection of their most popular high school textbooks available initially, some of which sell for up to $75 normally, through the iBookstore for just $14.99 or less. Keep Reading
If you’re anticipating Mass Effect 3 like just about everybody else, you may or may not be excited to learn the latest trailer focuses mainly on the RPG’s Kinect integration.
Normally when we think of the Kinect’s motion gestures in any genre of hardcore shooter the vision of PlayStation’s Kevin Butler using his hand as a gun is the first thing that comes to mind.
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You may not be surprised to see “booth babes” in this BBC report from the show floor at CES 2012. However, the report doesn’t just show off the women, but instead the BBC’s Matt Danzico went to CES to find out how females working in the tech industry feel about booth babes.
The report starts out interviewing various female technology writers including Molly McHugh of Digital Trends who says “it’s sending this message of what my sex is here to do… I’d rather be learning about the products”. McHugh says the booth babes’ presence at the shows is “uncomfortable” but in her opinion not degrading. Keep Reading
Have you ever wondered what will happen to your Facebook account when you die? Unless your friends or family specifically request Facebook remove your profile, it will most likely stay up and become a memorial of sorts for your loved ones to share memories. However, a new app offers to give you control of your Facebook updates and posts…after you die.
If I Die is a new Facebook app that lets you set status updates and posts that will be published to your Facebook account after your death. The promo video for the app suggests a “bid farewell, a favorite joke, a long kept secret, an old score you wanted to settle, or even some valuable advice”. Keep Reading
If you were crushed the day you found out classic FPS Doom was pulled from Xbox Live Arcade a few months back, you’ll be happy to know the title is now once again available for download.
In case you never stuck around to get an answer as to why it was pulled, according to Joystiq “expiring rights” following Zenimax acquiring Id Software originally lead to its removal from XBLA. Zenimax promised then that Bethesda would be re-releasing the title and it looks like today that it exactly what has happened. Keep Reading
This isn’t the first time that PC case and accessory maker Thermaltake and BMW subsidiary Designworks USA have teamed up on a new product designed specifically for gamers. The new Level 10 M gaming mouse announced by the two companies today is an unconventional design created with the pro gamer in mind. You might be familiar with the popular Level 10 PC case the companies unveiled back in 2009.
As you can see in the images, the Level 10 M mouse has a hollowed out body that Keep Reading
According to a report from Canadian broadcaster CTV, around ten unlucky shoppers at Best Buy and Future Shop locations in Vancouver have purchased fake iPads made out of clay. The devices were apparently purchased by scam artists who replaced the iPads with bags of modelling clay before resealing and returning them to the stores for unsuspecting customers to buy later.
Mark Sandhu thought he had bought a $620 iPad 2 for his wife, Sundeep, for Christmas. Instead they both got Keep Reading
Following the NES controller concept for iPhone that we showed you last week, a new mod discovered by blogger Paul Rickards allows you to use an actual NES controller with your iPad over USB.
In a post over at biosrhythm, Rickards explains that the discovery was the result of an accident while using the C64 homebrew keyboard he modded to work with his iPad using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit. Rickards explains the process (via TouchArcade): Keep Reading
Non-profit organization Moment of Silence Inc. is offering an 8-second long silent audio track on iTunes in order to raise money for various pancreatic cancer organizations. The company hopes iTunes users will “pay homage to Steve Jobs while fighting pancreatic cancer” by purchasing the 99 cent track entitled simply, “Moment of Silence”.
Proceeds from sales of the silent audio file will go directly to one of three charities including: The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, and The Lustgarten Foundation. The song’s artwork is an image of Steve Jobs as seen in the video below and the 8 second length is to symbolize the eight years Jobs fought cancer. Keep Reading
Google has made quite a few gaming related announcements as of late, just recently announcing the latest round of Chrome Web Store games that use its Native Client platform to bring console quality games (like Bastion) to the browser.
In order to promote the recently launched Google+ Games using its ever popular location services, the company is launching a new interactive game that uses a 3D cube version of Google Maps as the game world. Keep Reading
It looks like all the support for anti-SOPA movements might actually be working with the bill now “shelved” and Congress deciding to further “address outstanding concerns” before continuing with a vote on the legislation.
Washington Monthly reported the decision followed the Obama administration’s response to the bill published Saturday.
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Since Namco Bandai first announced plans to release a SoulCalibur port for iOS back in October, we had to make due with Mortal Kombat to get our classic arcade fighter fix on iPhone and iPad. Fortunately, the company has announced today (via Andriasang) that we will finally be able to get our hands on the title starting Thursday, January 19.
According to the report, the classic arcade and Dreamcast title will include all 19 fighters associated with the franchise and several game modes including time attack, arcade battle, museum mode, and survival and extra survival. Three of the modes including time attack, survival and extra survival will apparently be supported by iOS’s Game Center leaderboards. Keep Reading
Many companies have been trying to get QR codes to catch on for a while, and despite them not being something your mom probably uses, they can be pretty handy in a lot of scenarios. We’ve seen them embedded in signage and billboards, printed in newspapers, and used all over the place online and in apps.
Now, YouTube points us to a man who tattooed the world’s first ‘random tattoo’ QR Code to his forearm. The concept in the video below might be more of a gimmick than a new and innovative implementation, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. Keep Reading
With a recent incident involving protesting workers at Xbox component supplier Foxconn’s factory in Shanghai, there is no better time for Apple to tighten its policies on protecting its workers abroad.
Foxconn has come under scrutiny related to working conditions as one of Apple’s biggest partners, suppliers, and assemblers as well.
In order to improve their auditing process of overseas suppliers, Apple today announced that they would be allowing the Fair Labor Association to access their supplier’s factories in order to inspect and keep an eye on working conditions. The FLA will publish independent reports of its findings on its own website. Apple is the first technology company the FLA has accepted for membership. Keep Reading
Apple temporarily stopped selling the iPhone 4S in Beijing and Shanghai right before the device officially went on sale in China last night. Long lines outside of Apple Stores in Beijing started forming days in advance of today’s launch, and ultimately SWAT teams were brought in to help control disgruntled crowds who attacked security and threw eggs.
Many have reported the angry mobs were full of “devout fans”, but The New York Times explains that most were migrant workers hired to sit in line and purchase the device for gray market scalpers. Keep Reading
The Wall Street Journal reports Sony has decided to launch an iOS app in early 2012:
Sony’s decision to offer the service, touted as the Japanese company’s answer to Apple’s iTunes, on iOS devices speaks to Apple’s presence in the all-important smartphone and tablet markets as well as Sony’s willingness to do whatever it takes to expand the reach of its content services.
A new iPad game being funded on Kickstarter would normally not catch our attention, but one being developed by former Halo 4 producer and ex-God of War, Bioshock, and Red Dead Redemption devs is probably worth a closer look. The Last Sleeper aims to blend “audio-books, 2D animation, comics, and adventure games”.
The project is the brainchild of ex-Halo 4 designer, producer, and project manager Kendall Davis who hopes to create a game relying heavily on cinematic story sequences, motion comic panels, and 2D animation. Keep Reading