The media generally portrays hacker as criminals going after law-abiding computer users, but one Dutch hacker has turned his sights on more fertile prey: other less-skilled, or even aspirational hackers. Like a digital stickup boy, he has remotely kidnapped illegally (according to Apple) jailbroken iPhones in the Netherlands, holding them hostage for five Euros.
This backyard observatory lets you see more stars than ever before
By Eric AdamsPosted 10.15.2009 at 9:27 pm 0 Comments
What a heavenly year for stargazers. We've had a spectacular solar eclipse in Asia, a clutch rescue of the Hubble Space Telescope, and the surprising crash of a comet into Jupiter—discovered, no less, by an amateur astronomer. Try the gear below to find the next marvel yourself.
I was not screwing around. When I took the first physics class of my life, at age 35, it was at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and my professor was Walter Lewin, one of that institution's most respected instructors. Lewin is a man so comfortable with his vectors that he diagrams them in front of a classroom audience while wearing Teva sandals.
OK, I wasn't really "at" MIT. And "took" the class may be a stretch. I was watching the video of one of Lewin's lectures from the comfort of my backyard in Brooklyn, and I too was wearing sandals (but not Tevas; I have standards).
If you've been in a cave the last three months you've been safe from the endless barrage of Blackberry Storm ads. If not, we feel your pain and are happy to tell you the wait is over (or at least that particular ad campaign is).
On November 21, the first touchscreen Blackberry will launch stateside.
When Slacker first started talking about a wireless MP3 player that would learn your preferences in music and build you custom radio stations, the idea was awesome. Then more than a year passed and still no player. Meanwhile, services like Pandora and Last.fm built huge fan bases offering similar services. Now the player is finally here, debuting at CES, and the idea is no less awesome. The device will come in three capacities: a $200 2-gigabyte model that will hold 15 stations; a $250, 25-station 4-gigabyte; and a $300 40-station 8-gigabyte. You can set up your stations from any browser—so the device isnt locked to one computer—then anytime youre near a Wi-Fi connection it will automatically load enough songs (with cover art) to keep your stations going for several hours. You can also load your own music files on it, although that will take space from the stations. And because the music isnt streaming, quality shouldnt be a issue. Well be taking the device for a test drive at the show and let you know if the reality is as great as the promise. Whether Slacker succeeds or not, Ill be shocked if Apple doesnt incorporate something like this into the next generation of iPhones and iPods.—Mike Haney
By Gregory MonePosted 12.14.2007 at 11:07 am 1 Comment
Was that golden iPhone that made the rounds on the web a little ways back a bit too gaudy? Care for something that still advertises your wealth, but in a more subtle, solid way? Well, now the same company is offering platinum iPhones for the wonderful low price of $2,230.
Now, if you're not managing a successful hedge fund, or you're unwilling to run with that Apple crowd, there are other options, too. Fortune just posted a few viable iPhone alternatives. They might not have the cache, or allow you to channel the spirit of Steve Jobs, but these cellphone slash music players will keep the notes playing in your head.—Gregory Mone
Nokia´s new and improved flagship mobile manages to beat the so-called â€Jesus phoneâ€ at its own game. Could this be the Second Coming? Find out in PopSci´s test drive
By John MahoneyPosted 10.02.2007 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Nokia's timing couldn't have been any better when the revised and enhanced U.S. version of its flagship N95 smartphone (the N95-3) went on sale last week-just days after the iPhone's 1.1.1 firmware update officially shut down third-party apps and rendered useless many iPhones that had been unlocked.
By Gregory MonePosted 08.02.2007 at 4:28 pm 7 Comments
As the iPhone-induced buzz surrounding Apple fades slightly, the company might have some more big news cooking, as it has another announcement planned for this Tuesday, according to AppleInsider. It surely won't be as big as its last grand intro, and Apple says it has nothing to do with iPods or iPhones, but that's no reason not to get excited.
One blogger suspects that Apple might be unveiling a tiny new tablet Mac that takes advantage of the iPhone's amazing touch-screen technology. This is just an educated guess; he doesn't actually have inside information. But his rationale makes sense. First, he points out that it wouldn't make a ton of sense for Apple to invest so much time, effort and money into that touch-screen technology and not use it on other products. He also cites rumors of an ultrathin keyboard, which could fit with the tablet computer.
Sounds amazing, but we'll have to wait until Tuesday, at the earliest, to find out if it's true.—Gregory Mone
What do you think Apple will release next? Post your guesses in the comments section.