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Is Gary McKinnon a Crank or a Criminal?

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The controversy surrounding Gary McKinnon is something to watch. The U.S. wants him due to the embarrassment caused by having supposedly secure military installations breached more than any real damage done.


While his lawyers want to keep him at home and have pretty much thrown every argument in the book out to keep him in the UK.


The question is; did McKinnon hack into the US DOD to look for little green men? Or did he know what he was doing. He knew enough to leave little notes saying that the security sucked. He also was aware enough to plan out the hack attempt by using a blank password scan.


But there are others that feel he is not in a fit mental state. One of these is London Mayor Boris Johnson. In a very emotional editorial he asks President Obama to once and for all drop the extradition efforts and leave McKinnon alone.


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Apple launches 2.2.1 firmware for the iPhone

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Apple has just dumped another firmware on the iPhone. This one is a small update to 2.2 and only includes a few stability fixes to Mobile Safari and one for mail images not saved to your camera roll.


As always if you have an Unlocked or Jailbroken phone approach this update with caution, you will need to reapply any hacks you have setup.


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No copy and paste here, move along everyone! What you can expect in the new, just-released 2.2.1 software update for the iPhone is "improved general stability of Safari" -- always encouraging -- and a fix for saved Mail images not showing up just right in the camera roll. It's like Christmas in January!


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Obama gets to keep a BlackBerry

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Well it looks like President Obama is going to get to keep a Smart Phone.
I am quite embarrassed by the state of this as to me it does not show the new President in a good light at all.


According to a White House Spokesman, Obama will get to keep his toy, but it will have limited use and "Top Secret" encryption protection.


Anyone want to wager how long it will take before that is broken?


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Apple won't be making an iPhone Nano

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Apple's New CEO (for now) Tim Cook has been busy denying rumors of an Apple Nano.


According to a blurb over at Fudzilla, Cook says that Apple will not enter the low-end phone market as they cannot be the best there. To me that sounds like they cannot really compete on a technology level and have to have gimmicks and gadgets to work.


Apple is also keeping an eye on the Netbook arena. They have not made plans for $500 book due to the tradeoffs that would have to occur. Additionally the iPhone can do much of that a netbook can, as long as you do not need to copy/paste, run flash, shockwave, real java applets, any kind of productivity work and a host of other things.


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Apple won't be making an iPhone Nano

Apple is sticking to its guns that it has no desire to play in the low-end phone market space. Acting CEO Tim Cook made it clear that the company is not really interested in competing for market space where the Apple can't be the market leader and build the best phone.


Apple will continue to approach the iPhone as a software platform which sets the company apart from its competitors, who are primarily in the business of selling phones and which is a business model that is different from Apple.


As for the latest rumors about an imminent release of an Apple $500 Mac netbook, Apple continues to watch this space, but currently the company believes that there are too many trade-offs with the small screen size and cramped keyboard.


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Obama still won't give up the BlackBerry

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President-Elect and CrackBerry addict Barack Obama is at it again.


Despite being informed that keeping his BlackBerry will be a violation of the Presidential Records Act of 1978 (since there is no real way to make those phone conversations and emails available) and the dozens of security issues surrounding him keeping it he still is going to try.


His stated reason for this is that he wants to keep in touch with the world outside the Presidential Staff. However I personally do not buy it. I think that he just can't get along without it. If he really wants to keep in touch then get out amongst the people and talk to them. How many regular people are going to have this e-mail address or phone number.


I am not sure about the abilities of a President that can't function without a smart phone. Perhaps when it is hacked, or used in an attempt on his life that will put other's lives at risk he will get the picture and put the thing down.


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Obama still won't give up the BlackBerry

"I think we're going to be able to hang on to one of these. My working assumption, and this is not new, is that anything I write on an email could end up being on CNN," he said.


"So I make sure to think before I press 'send'," he said of his Blackberry, which was an ever-present fixture on his belt or in his hand on the campaign trail.


Obama did not divulge just how he will overcome legal constraints, given the requirement of the post-Watergate Presidential Records Act of 1978 to keep a record of every White House communication.


Nor did he say how he would persuade his Secret Service protectors that the Blackberry does not pose a security risk, for instance if it is hacked over the air.


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Optus get $110,000 fine for spamming mobile phones

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Here is the kind of spam news I like to hear. It seems the Australian company Optus was fined $110,000 for sending out 20,000 unwanted e-electronic messages.


This is the second largest penalty of the Australian spam laws according to the Sydney Morning Herald.


The messages were sent out to mobile phones using a 966 number. Optus claimed this number was meant to represent the word "zoo" on the keypad.


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Optus get $110,000 fine for spamming mobile phones

The fine is the second biggest penalty imposed for a breach of Australia's anti-spam laws.


The messages promoted the OptusZoo entertainment service to customer mobile phones and used the sender identification 966.


Optus assumed recipients would make the connection between 966 on a mobile phone keypad, and the word "ZOO" which can also be spelt out using the three numbers, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said.


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Obama does not want to give up his Blackberry

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President Elect Obama is still clinging to his blackberry despite the potential security risks.


For some odd reason he feels the need to maintain a publicly controlled communication device that can be tracked by not one but three spate methods. In addition to being able to pinpoint its location by the unique GPS transceiver in the device you can also use cell tower pings and radio frequency triangulation to nail him down. In fact using Cell Tower Data Pings is a proven method for tracking criminals and finding their patterns. Not good for a President.


This is in addition to the insecure RIM network that opens all of his emails to the hackers out there.


I did some looking and think his fuss about his Blackberry might just be a nice little Presidential Plug for RIM. Especially considering the $63,000+ US Dollars they threw and the Democratic Party this election year.


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Obama does not want to give up his Blackberry

On Thursday, Obama stated he was still "in a scuffle" regarding the Blackberry. He feels a need to continuously be connected to the outside world and "everyday life," much like the rest of us.


White House officials are nervous that a president's e-mails could be subpoenaed by Congress, and be potentially subject to public records laws. This doesn't stop Obama, however, from holding out hope for the device. He stated in an interview on NBC's Today show that "they're going to have to pry it out of my hands"


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WebEx comes to the iPhone 3G

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Well it has finally happened; WebEx is coming to the iToy. Although I am not surprised I do wonder how effective it will be.


The new client for iPhone will leverage WiFi and 3G connections. I would hate to see it over an Edge connection though. The application will be free from the App Store and will support audio, texting in a messenger like method and the ability to view content shared from other attendee's desktops. As of the current release video is not supported.


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WebEx comes to the iPhone 3G

Taking advantage of the 3G and WiFi abilities in the latest generation of iPhone, the Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for iPhone will be available as a free download. In addition to the ability to participate in WebEx meetings, users will have the ability to exchange instant messages as well as view content that is on other meeting attendee computers, provided that they are sharing their desktop or presenting. Currently, video is not supported.


The ability to use your iPhone as a conduit to attend WebEx meetings on the go is a great offering for the iPhone to offer. We have to wonder, however, if being able to attend meetings on the go is really a good thing.


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Best Buy (US) now offering Refurbished iPhones

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Best Buy is now flogging refurbished 3G iPhones to US consumers. These iPhones (which were returned to the store less than 30 days from their original purchase) can be had for a $50 (US) reduction in price. That means that with a 2 year indenture you can pick up gently used iPhone 3G 8GB model for $149.99 and a 16GB for $249.99.


The announcement from Best Buy follows WalMart's announcement that they would begin selling the iPhone 3G for $197 (8GB) and 297 (16GB).


Best Buy has also made the statement that these prices will be extended to owners of the original iPhone who are eligible for an upgrade.


CNet has more here.


Best Buy (US) now offering Refurbished iPhones

The move comes a little more than a week after megaretailer Wal-Mart Stores began selling iPhones at $197 for the 8GB model and $297 for the 16GB model.


Refurbished iPhones are also available from AT&T, the sole wireless carrier for the devices. Apple itself has also sold refurbished iPhones in the past, but a check of its Web site shows no such offers at the moment.


Best Buy representatives were not immediately available for comment.


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Wal-Mart now shifting iPhone 8GB for $197

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If some of you are wondering what to spend your XMAS money on this year, Wal-Mart have an awesome deal going for 8GB iPhones at the moment. You can pick one up for just $197 and there are 16GB models on offer for exactly $100 more.


Wal-Mart now shifting iPhone 8GB for $197


It isn't quite the mega $99 deal that 4GB models were rumoured to come in at around this time, of which has now been dismissed entirely. But it's a great opportunity to pick up a higher capacity model at an attractive price point nonetheless.


Thanks to Yahoo for the heads up.


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