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Police raid 9-year-old's home, take laptop adorned with Winnie the Pooh

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 10:15 pm

What kind of world do we live in where police raid a house and take a 9-year-old's laptop that is adorned with Winnie the Pooh stickers? Well, apparently Finnish police feel this is an acceptable thing to do. According to TorrentFreak, police showed up at the girl's house after her dad didn't pay a fine.




CIAPC, an anti-piracy company, managed to get Finnish ISPs to block The Pirate Bay. They started tracking BitTorrent users and, in particular, this one little girl. They sent a letter, which was received by the father and owner of the internet connection, demanding a cash settlement without any sort of trial.


The father, of course, refused to pay. This prompted police to raid the home of the 9-year-old suspect and confiscate her laptop, which was decorated with Winne the Pooh stickers, mind you. "It would have been easier for all concerned if you had paid the compensation," the police advised.


"I got the feeling that there had been people from the MAFIA demanding money at the door," the girl's father explained.


"At that point my jaw hit the floor and I wasn't sure if I was awake or dreaming. So the investigator suggested, between the lines, that I empty my wallet and keep my family in hunger for the next two weeks so that they could get rid of the case? What the this how it goes? I could evade justice murder by skipping Christmas this year?"

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Mozilla ends Firefox 64-bit for Windows builds

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Internet Browsers | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 8:41 pm

And just like that, Mozilla has ended nightly builds of Firefox 64-bit for Windows. The reasoning behind doing so is logical and was laid out by Engineering Manager Benjamin Smedberg. Only 5 days after his post on the discussion board, nightly builds were turned off.




  • Many plugins are not available in 64-bit versions.
  • The plugins that are available don't work correctly in Firefox because we haven't implemented things like windowproc hooking, which means that hangs are more common.
  • Crashes submitted by 64-bit users are currently not high priority because we are working on other things.
  • This is frustrating for users because they feel (and are!) second-class.
  • It is also frustrating for stability team triage because crash-stats does not easily distinguish between 32-bit and 64-bit builds in the topcrash lists and other reports. We basically ignore a set of nightly "topcrashes" because they are 64-bit only. (See bug 811051).


Browsing through the discussions, it was clear that a large portion were against disabling the 64-bit version, however, some did agree with him. He then posted "Thank you to everyone who participated in this thread. Given the existing information, I have decided to proceed with disabling windows 64-bit nightly and hourly builds. Please let us consider this discussion closed unless there is critical new information which needs to be presented."

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Google's getting better at design quicker than Apple is getting better at web

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 7:31 pm

Patrick Gibson posted up an interesting, and rather accurate, portrayal of Google and Apple. The biggest takeaway from the post is that Google is getting better at design, something they've been weak at, quicker than Apple is getting better at web services, something they have been weak at.




Take a look at Apple's web fails:

  • Apple can't update its online store without taking it offline first.
  • A popular Game Center game was able to bring down the entire network.
  • Apple requires you to re-friend everyone on Game Center, Find my Friends, and Shared Photostreams.
  • Notes requires an email account to sync.
  • The iTunes and App Stores are still powered by WebObjects, a mostly dead framework written almost 20 years ago.
  • iMessage for Mac lives in an alternate dimension in which time has no ordered sequence.
  • Ping.


With each revision of Android, it's UI and polish gets closer and closer to that of Apple and iOS. With the latest version, it's really starting to approach the quality of Apple's design. Apple's mantra that everything "Just Works" is more true for Google's web services, and increasingly, its hardware and Android.


Gibson suggests that Apple buy Twitter, and it's a legitimate argument. He says that Apple would benefit from the web technology and scalability that Twitter has pioneered. "Not only does Twitter use some of the most advanced web technology, they invented it.

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Sapphire unveils AMD APU-powered Edge VS Series Mini PC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 12:37 pm

Sapphire have just unveiled a new member of their mini-PC family, the Sapphire Edge VS series. Sapphire's new Edge VS series is powered by AMD's latest APUs, delivering great performance, graphics and more in a small form factor.




Sapphire's Edge VS series come in two different offerings, the Edge VS 4 and Edge VS 8. Starting with the Edge VS 4, which sports an AMD A4 APU, AMD Radeon HD7400G graphics, a 2.5-inch 320GB HDD and 4GB of RAM. The bigger brother, the Edge VS 8 sports AMD's A8 APU, AMD Radeon HD7600G graphics, a 2.5-inch 500GB HDD and the same 4GB of RAM.


Both units come with built-in Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 3.0, built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and both weigh in at 660g. Connectivity wise, they both include 1 x miniDisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB3.0, 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x audio out, 1 x mic-in, and 1 x SPDIF-out. They come pre-installed with FREE-DOS, and support Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. They consume, at maximum, just 65W.

Apple said to be finally catching up to iPhone 5 demand in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 11:28 am

With iPhone 5 stock in the US not so strong since launch, AppleInsider are reporting that Apple are close to catching up with demand for the iPhone 5. The data is from Piper Jaffray, with nightly checks of 100 retail Apple stores. Gene Muster from Piper Jaffray has said:




As we get closer to the holiday, we believe consumers will likely have the ability to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an iPhone 5 within the next two weeks.


His nightly checks of retail Apple Store's has found "dramatic improvements in availability" on Tuesday night, the AT&T model was available at 82% of stores, with Verizon iPhone 5s at 72% of Apple Stores. Sprint's iPhone 5 was found in 92% of Apple Stores. Earlier this week, Apple changed their online store to advertise two-week shipping times for the iPhone 5, hinting at production rates ramping up.

Let the good times roll - judge grants Samsung's request to look at HTC and Apple's settlement agreement

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 10:33 am

It looks like the festive spirit is making its way around the world today, with US Judge Paul S. Grewal granting Samsung's request to look at the HTC and Apple settlement agreement. Samsung wants to know if anything weird is going on, and they'll soon find out.




Samsung has claimed that their determination of whether or not the patents were licensed, will help decide if they need to stop production of devices named in prior lawsuits. If Samsung were to find that Apple were happy with another company using the patents they supposedly infringed upon, then the $1 billion judgment to Apple would be enough, and no further proceedings need to happen.


I'm feeling as though Samsung are going to find some dirt in the settlement agreement, and Apple will hopefully, back down. Realizing that it is hurting them in the long run with customers jumping the iShip - as well as investors. Let's just hope so, eh?

Peter Molyneux is back with a new God game, "GODUS", heads to Kickstarter

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 9:32 am

I'm sure that you've heard about Peter Molyneux on your travels through life, and the gaming world, and now he's back. Molyneux's new company, 22sans, has just launched a new Kickstarter project called GODUS. GODUS has been explained as:




It's an innovative reinvention of Populous, the original god game and delivers exciting global co-operation, competition, creation and destruction to a whole new generation.


How can you complain about that! We've seen a resurgence of space games in the form of the record-breaking Star Citizen from another old school, but God of gaming, Chris Roberts and now this. All we need is a few next-gen FPS games to hit Kickstarter and we're looking at a revolution for PC games.


GODUS has a Kickstarter goal of £450,000 goal, which I'm sure it'll reach without a problem, and some. At the time of writing, it had already reached just under 10% of its goal, with £33,470 and 1,320 backers and 29 days to go. The £5,000 pledge isn't too bad, as you'll get to attend E3 in LA in June 2013, as the "guest of honor of Peter Molyneux and the 22cans team". If I only had £5,000 spare...

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Online holiday spending estimated to reach $43.4 billion this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 8:35 am

According to comScore's latest estimates, consumers are to spend $43.4 billion on web-based shopping during November and December. This would mark an increase of 17% year-over-year for the same two-month period of 2011.




2011's online spending was around 15% higher than it was in 2010, showing that it has increased year-on-year for a while now. This year's forecast is actually much higher than the industry's overall retail expectation, which expects a 4.1% rise in consumer spending during the 2012 holiday season.


Considering the US going through a huge recession, natural disasters, and a very uncertain economic future, consumers shopping online has actually increased. ComScore chairman, Gian Fulgoni, has said that if the estimates are true, it would be a great finale to a great year for retail e-commerce. Fulgoni has an optimistic outlook on the season based on the strong lead-up to the 32 shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Apple's 'Spaceship' campus won't open until 2016, as the project faces delays

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 7:31 am

Apple's new 'Spaceship' campus was meant to open in 2015, but Apple have reportedly filed a new timetable with the City of Cupertino on November 14, adapting its development timetable. Apple have had delays that affect Cupertino's environmental impact report. This report monitors traffic, noise, air quality levels, and allows local residents to comment on its development.




This has caused Apple to push back the completion of the report from the expected late-2012 date, to June 2013. This could mean that Apple won't start work on the new HQ until 2014, pushing back the move-in date into 2016.


The new 'Spaceship' HQ boasts 2.8 million square feet of a research and development building, a 1000-seat corporate auditorium, a fitness center, central plant, parking and another 300,000 square-foot research facility. Apple hopes that the new campus will maximize efficiency and convenience to their employees, where it will provide a co-location of services and a consolidation of employees in a single distinctive office R&D building.

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Apple & HTC's new patent agreement will be voided if either company gets acquired

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Nov 22, 2012 5:33 am

Last week saw ink to paper between Apple and HTC, where the two companies signed a new patent agreement. This new patent agreement included a special clause, that would see the agreement invalidated if either company is acquired by another company.




I don't see Apple being acquired anytime soon, but I do see HTC being acquired in the near future with all of the problems they're experiencing right now. This means that Samsung could come in and scoop HTC up, thinking they'd end their legal battles with Apple, but it would definitely not be the case. The clause reads:


In the event of a Change of Control of a party. This Agreement shall automatically terminate unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Parties, effective immediately prior to such Change of Control.


The definition of a "Change of Control" is where the original company is left with less than 50% of the voting power, or if the original company is merged with a third-party. This licensing agreement could be transferred to the company acquiring HTC (again, I don't see Apple being acquired), only if Apple and HTC grant the company with special permission.

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