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Foursquare implementing business owner flagging to crack down on "armchair mayors"

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 4:37 am

Apparently, Foursquare mayordom is serious business. In an attempt to foil users who are checking in near locations instead of at locations that are trying to rack up check-ins to become mayor and reap all the benefits attached to the title, Foursquare is allowing business owners to flag users that are not in the business while checking in.


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Going on the premise that business owners would recognize regular patrons and their visiting habits, this option is above and beyond the GPS location verification that was implemented a few months ago. Foursquare stated that "If a Mayor is flagged by a business owner, they'll be removed from office immediately and the next user in line will take over as Mayor. We're still in the very early stages of experimenting with this feature and will most likely be tweaking it based on feedback from business owners." Take that, armchair mayors.

Apple is increasing the preview of songs on iTunes to 90 seconds

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 3:39 am

All without telling the music labels? How nice of Apple!


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With this news, Apple are increasing the preview of a song from 30 seconds to 90 seconds - for the consumer, us... that is great, but for the actual music labels - without telling them, is a bit harsh. Apple have said to them, that the change is happening - whether they like it or not as it's for their own good.

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A flood of NVIDIA GeForce GTX580 leaks, news, and rainbows

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 3:15 am

This is a bit of an added news bit to something I posted a few days ago in regards to the so close we can smell it cooking on the BBQ - GeForce GTX580 card. Some of the info was missing, and other sites are filling this gap.


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We now have a "close to confirmed" TDP of 244W - slightly lower than the 480's rated 250W. Texture fillrate was flagged as one of the bottlenecks of the GTX480 - with the 580 effectively doubling the TMU to 128 - other than these fixes, it's a "fixed" release of the GTX480, something that the GTX480 was meant to be at launch, but cut down for various reasons.

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Google offering cash rewards for site vulnerability reports

By: Don Lynn | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 2:35 am

If you love trying to find holes in the security of sites, Google wants to pay you some money to help them find theirs. In an announcement yesterday, the Google Security Team announced that rewards of at least $500 will be given to researchers who report vulnerabilities in Google-controlled sites.


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These rewards will be given for vulnerabilities in not only Google direct sites, but others under their flag like YouTube and Blogger as well. They are looking for vulnerabilities Any Google web properties which display or manage highly sensitive authenticated user data or accounts may be in scope. Cash rewards from $500 to "$3,133.7" USD are possible. You see what they did there?


Due to sanctions, reports from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria are not eligible for the cash reward. Check out more details and all the fine print at the Source Link.

Aria iTunes App lets you stream concerts live to your iPhone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 1:58 am

It's the time of the year for the ARIA awards, this year is a little different with Apple and ARIA are putting on a bunch of concerts in the Botanic Gardens in Sydney - the bonus? They're streaming these shows live via a free app on the App Store.


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Thus far, John Butler and Washington have already played with Guy Sebastian playing tonight, Sia tomorrow night and Angus & Julia Stone playing on Friday night. Once the stream is finished, the concert is available for another week, free. The app also has links to artist profiles and links to buy their music via iTunes.

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Swedish hotel test drives ASSA ABLOY remote hotel check-in

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 1:32 am

Remembering hotel keys can be a pain in the behind, and I can't imagine how many walk away from hotels every day leaving the owners to have to buy more. The Clarion Hotel in Stockholm is trying to make key cards a lot less necessary with their trial of ASSA ABLOY's remote hotel check-in.



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For four months, the hotel is providing near-field communications (NFC) equipped Samsung handsets to selected customers to give the remote keycard program a whirl. All of the room, check-in, and check-out information can be remotely downloaded, stored, and wiped if necessary with the provided application from any NFC-enabled handset. If this takes off, there may soon be no reason to ever see the front desk at all.

Jobs rules out USB 3.0 for Mac anytime soon

By: Don Lynn | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 12:52 am

With USB 3.0 coming to more and more platforms, Mac owners may feel a little left out in the cold. When customer Tom Kruk e-mailed Apple CEO Steve Jobs on the issue a few days ago, he got a short and to the point reply.


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Jobs' reply stated "We don't see USB 3 taking off at this time. No support from Intel, for example." This seems a bit odd considering the price drops on the platform across the board and growing interest. Jobs didn't exactly rule USB 3.0 out completely, but don't expect to see it pop up as an option when configuring your new Mac anytime soon.

Apple's iPad has 95% of tablet marketshare in 3Q10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Nov 3, 2010 12:31 am

Strategy Analytics, a research firm - has said Apple has taken 95% of the 4.4 million unit worldwide tablet market, while another firm finds a very high satisfaction record amongst iPad owners.


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Obviously this isn't surprising - as there's not many tablets out there yet that compete with the iPad... but there's some juicier information.


"Global tablet shipments grew 26 percent sequentially to reach 4.4 million units in Q3 2010," said Peter King, Director at Strategy Analytics. "Apple was the clear market leader during the quarter, capturing an impressive 95 percent share with the iPad and beating Android into second place."

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G-Technology unveils world's thinnest 2.5-inch external HDD

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 7:08 pm

If you are a mobile type that needs to get their data backed up no matter where they are, you are probably going to be looking for a small, compact external HDD that gets all the power it needs from the USB port. There are a number of offerings on the market that will do that, but some of them are more portable than others. A company called G-Technology claims to have the thinnest one on the planet.


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The new USB external HDD is called the G-Drive and inside the metal housing hides one of the thin Hitachi GST Travelstar Z5K320 HDDs. The overall dimensions of the G-Drive are 128.6mm L x 82mm W x 9.9mm H. The aluminum enclosure is recyclable and the thing is designed to look a lot like an Apple notebook. The drive is pre-formatted for Mac users as well.

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Kingston outs new 96GB SSD for enterprise use

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Storage | Posted: Nov 2, 2010 6:00 pm

The SSD market is ripe with offerings that are aimed at the consumer and a bunch that are aimed specifically at the enterprise user. Kingston has SSDs for both of these users groups and it has announced a new SSD that is specifically for the enterprise user needing garbage collection that is OS independent.


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The new drive is the SSDNow V+100 and it has 96GB of storage space. The drive's big feature is the always-on garbage collection feature that doesn't depend on the OS to collect garbage bits and clean them out. The drive will work in Windows machines with TRIM and in other OS computers that lack TRIM capability.

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