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iOS 4.1 jailbroken already

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 22:22 CDT

iOS 4.1 has been out all of about a day and a half now, and the industrious underground jailbreaking community has already managed to find their way around Apple's restrictions. Pod2g of the Chronic Dev Team has found a bootrom based exploit that allows the jailbreaking of all iOS 4.1 devices, including the new iPod Touch, iPad, and iPhone 4.

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The beauty of this particular exploit is that it is a low-level bootrom, which means that a firmware update cannot patch the leak and a change has to be made with a revised hardware version. It's still in the works and not for the faint of heart at this point, but we'll keep an eye out and see if this jailbreak becomes something that the "average user" may be willing to try.

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Google Voice poised to make a comeback to the App Store

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 22:07 CDT

Google Voice on the iPhone has been MIA since July of 2009, when the official Google Voice application and two other supported apps were removed from the App Store. Apple has now released more specific guidelines on what would be rejected from the App Store which may have opened a window of re-entry of Google Voice into iPhoneLand.

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Sean Kovacs, the developer of one of the previously removed apps GV Mobile, has applied for his app's reinstatement into the App Store since it does not seem to violate any of Apple's guidelines. Apple responded that he was welcome to reapply, which was encouraging considering that attempts before had only been met with silence. Kovacs received world from Apple that "it will most likely get back in," but nothing's ever for sure until you see it in the App Store.

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October 11th pegged as possible Windows Phone 7 launch date

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 21:18 CDT
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Most information out there has pegged October as the official launch timeframe for Window Phone 7 devices, but we all know that specific dates are much easier to look forward to. Pocket-lint reported today that "senior figures within the industry" are circling October 11th on their calendars for Windows Phone 7's official launch. A launch event in New York is reportedly in the works on that date, with handsets beginning to roll out soon afterwards. Here's hoping it was worth the wait!

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iOS devices call back to Apple whenever a WiFi connection is started

By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 21:01 CDT

A few people have noticed that when you connect an iOS device to the internet, the first thing it does is make a connection back to Apple via the following address. You may have even noticed it flash by yourself and thought nothing of it.

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While some may cry out that Apple is checking up on you and your device, security experts have studied the issue and stated that there is no privacy issue involved. The only real issue out there is that some believe that this little URL and the connection it makes could possibly fall into the wrong hands, leaving iOS device owners vulnerable to possible hackers and other internet nasties. For now it's just a quick peek over your shoulder, but always keep your guard up out there on the information superhighway.

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LaCie launches small Rikki and Minimus USB 3.0 HDDs

By: Shane McGlaun | Storage | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 14:04 CDT

LaCie is a big name when it comes to external storage devices. The products that the company offers tend to put as much emphasis on how the drives look as how well they perform. There is nothing wrong with that, it's great to have a drive that looks good and performs good too. LaCie has unveiled a pair of new and good looking USB 3.0 drives today.

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The new drives are the Minimus and the Rikki. Both of the drives connect to USB 3.0 ports and offer data transfer speeds up to 5Gb/s. Both of the drives are also enclosed in an attractive brushed aluminum chassis. That chassis not only looks good but helps the drives dissipate heat and is recyclable.

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Nokia debuts Nokia Mobile TV Headset for watching TV on the go

By: Shane McGlaun | Mobile Devices | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 13:06 CDT

Today's smartphones are great for keeping entertained when you are commuting or have nothing else today away from the home or office. You can stream all sorts of TV, sports, and movie content from various online sources. The catch is that if you are in a data roaming area or have a pay as you go data plan, streaming video content can get expensive very fast.

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Nokia has announced a new solution that will allow users of Nokia smartphones that run Symbian^3 to watch TV programming on the go with no need for a data connection or WiFi network. That means that users can watch all the programming they want for free. The solution is called the Nokia Mobile TV Headset, DVB-H. As the name suggests the headset has an integrated DVB-H mobile TV tuner.

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Xbox 360 250GB Kinect bundle coming to Aussie gamers

By: Shane McGlaun | Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 12:08 CDT

The announcement of bundles from Microsoft with an Xbox 360 Slim and the Kinect system have been made in other countries like the US previously. Australian gamers know that the prices that people pay in other parts of the world can't merely be converted to get an idea of what a product will cost Down Under.

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The Aussie retail machine has to be fed and often that means paying a lot more than what other countries have to fork over for the same gear. Microsoft has gone official today with pricing for the Xbox 360 Kinect bundle in Australia. The bundle will include a 250GB Xbox 360 and the Kinect kit for $549. The console is a glossy black unit, not the tired old white and will have integrated 802.11n WiFi like the new slim consoles offer.

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ARM announces Cortex-A15 processor for smartphones and other devices

By: Shane McGlaun | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 11:08 CDT

The smartphone world is running on single core processors for now, but soon there will be new devices hitting the market that will use dual-core processors inside. Some of the first will be LG smartphones with Tegra 2 processors inside. Other companies are also bringing dual-core processors to market that will be placed inside smartphones and all manner of other devices.

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The latest new processor to be unveiled is the ARM Cortex-A15 processor. ARM claims that the aggregate performance of the little A15 is over five times that of what is offered inside today's high-end smartphones and over ten times the performance of ARM based infrastructure platforms. In smartphones and mobile computing devices, the A15 will run at 1GHz to 1.5GHz and have as many as two cores.

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Courts give Microsoft legal ownership of botnet domains

By: Shane McGlaun | Hacking & Security | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 10:06 CDT

We can all agree that the internet is fantastic and opens up an entire world of information and other fun stuff for us to consume. We can also agree that the internet can be a massive pile of crap that we have to deal with thanks to spam, viruses, and botnets. Microsoft is fighting botnets and has won a major legal battle against one of the big botnets this week.

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A US District Court judge for the Eastern Virginia district has granted Microsoft ownership of 276 domains that were once part of the massive Waledac cybergang botnet. The botnet was hit with the first major blow early this year when the same judge granted a temporary restraining order that took the 276 domains offline.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for September 9, 2010

By: Steve Dougherty | Roundups | Posted: Sep 9, 2010 @ 3:43 CDT

The latest happenings from around the web - September 9th, 2010

CPU

- Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5Ghz in Q1 2011, Dualcore in the first half of next year @ Netbooknews

- Exclusive AMD Fusion processor picture @ Kitguru

Video/Monitor

- PNY GTX 460 XLR8 1GB Video Card @ Pureoverclock

- Gigabyte GeForce GTX 470 Super Overclocked Edition Video Card @ Ninjalane

- ASUS Radeon HD 5850 1GB DirectCu TOP @ Hardware Canucks

Cases/Modding/PSU

- Cougar GX-700: 80 Plus Gold from a new brand @ SilentPCReview

- Fractal Design Array R2 Mini-ITX Computer Case @ OverclockersHQ

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