We're still celebrating the decision by U.S. regulators to add some much needed exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which, among other things, makes it perfectly legal for users to jailbreak their iPhones and other mobile phones, and boy is that pissing off Apple.
"Apple's goal has always been to ensure that our customers have a great experience with their iPhone and we know that jailbreaking can severely degrade the experience," an Apple spokeswoman said in a statement. "As we've said before, the vast majority of customers do not jailbreak their iPhone as this can violate the warranty and can cause the iPhone to become unstable and not work reliably."
We bolded the warranty tidbit ourselves, because really, that's the part that some will construe as a veiled threat from Apple, and others will take as affirmation that, yes, your warranty goes out the window the minute you alter Jobs' magical handset in ways his Cupertino company doesn't approve.
Nobody really knows exactly how many jailbroken iPhones are out in the wild, though some estimates peg the number at around 10 million. And that was before this landmark ruling. With the Library of Congress handing the keys over to users, you can bet an increasing number of iPhone owners will drive off into what's no longer the Forbidden Zone.
Sure, Apple can kill your warranty for doing so, but that's all the company can do, right? Maybe not. If you haven't already, check out our latest edition of Murphy's Law, in which David Murphy explains why he thinks this is just the beginning of a frightening war between Apple and those would dare jailbreak their iPhones.
Built for performance, these MLC-based drives boast up to 285MB/s read and up to 275MB/s write speeds, as well as an obscene 24K IOPS (write) at 4K file sizes. In other words, these little fireballs are fast, which is starting to become standard fare for SSDs built around the SandForce SF-1200 controller.
"The Inferno series of SSDs are the fastest and most exciting that Patriot has yet brought to the market," states Les Henry, Vice President of Engineering at Patriot. "Our Inferno series has been well received and reviewed. We are excited to expand the product family with the introduction of the new larger capacity Inferno drives as well as the new 60GB capacity option. With the addition of the 60GB capacity drive, enthusiasts can enjoy the blistering performance of the Inferno SSD at a more affordable price point making it ideal as a boot drive in a high performance system."
For those who plan to do that, all Inferno series SSDs ship with a 2.5-inch to 3.5-inch adapter plate. No word yet on price or availability.
Apple's latest product is so “magical and revolutionary” that the Cupertino company named it Magic Trackpad. The company, understandably, has a soft spot for multi-touch navigation. Several months after it introduced the Magic Mouse, the company has launched yet another multi-touch pointing device. The Magic Trackpad is essentially a standalone version of the MacBook Pro trackpad. However, it is significantly larger and boasts 80% more real estate than the trackpad on Apple notebooks.
StarCraft II’s only been out for a day, and while everyone else in the tech world is still buried in the long campaign or the cut-throat multiplayer, our thoughts are already turning to the game’s ramifications on the hardware world. Blizzard is famous for their commitment to making games that work on a wide range of systems, and we wanted to see to what extent that’s true with StarCraft II.
Toward that end, we’ve installed the game on 4 different systems. A top-of-the-line gaming machine, a more-realistic aging gaming PC, a non-gaming laptop, and a netbook. Hit the break to find out how the game ran on each system. The results are surprising!
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Dell has announced that the US version of their Streak Android phone will be available for purchase today by those that pre-ordered. The phone supports AT&T's 3G bands and will cost customers $299 with a two year contract, and $549 without. The exact ship date was not given. After posting this information, Dell removed the blog post, but we expect the facts to remain the same.
The Dell Streak is a 5-inch Android phone that Dell is fond of referring to as a tablet. At launch, the Streak will have Android 1.6, which sort of astounds us. Android 1.6 came out nearly a year ago. Dell claims that a 2.2 Froyo update will come later this year. The phone runs a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, and the 5-inch touchscreen is 480x800 resolution.
The question is, will people in the US respond to a phone this big? The price is a little high, the OS is out of date, and the skin Dell is using looks fairly unattractive. Have any of you pre-ordered it? Does this pricing information scare you off?
When it comes to place-shifting—streaming live TV content from your set-top box to a PC or mobile device somewhere else in the world—most people think of Sling Media and the Slingbox. Monsoon Multimedia offered a competing product as early as 2007—but you’ve probably never heard of the Hava Wireless HD (unless you read our review).
We haven’t heard much from Monsoon over the past few years, but today they announced a new a brand-new place-shifter with an equally odd name: The Vulkano. Monsoon is making some pretty big promises for this device; if they can deliver, the Vulcano could become a breakthrough product when it ships in August.
Behold the Wicked Laser Spyder III Arctic – in the flesh, but certainly not burning flesh anytime soon (because we’re careful little tech nerds, and know a dangerous device when we see it). If you’ve been following the gadget blogs for the last month, you already know that this laser’s infamous reputation precedes any opinions generated from third-party, hands-on testing.
Indeed, we’re one of the first impartial third-parties to actually receive the device.
This Friday, if all goes according to plan, we’ll be testing the Arctic at its full-strength setting in one of the laser labs of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. This laser is not a toy. It’s a potentially dangerous piece of technology, and we want proper training in how to safely use it. After that visit to LBL, we’ll post first impressions, plus more photos and even video. But for now, let’s share some basic details on what makes the Arctic so remarkable.
Charlotte, N.C. will be the second city added to AT&T's Wi-Fi hotzone pilot program, the wireless carrier announced this week. The program offers free Wi-Fi to customers in select areas in an attempt to bypass network congestion in heavily populated zones.
"Our first AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone in New York City has received praise from our customers, and w're excited to introduce this Wi-Fi solution in Charlotte," Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president of AT&T's Wi-Fi services, said in a statement.
AT&T has found itself under near constant fire for its spotty 3G coverage and inability to keep up with demand for data services on its network. As the exclusive carrier of the iPhone and, more recently, the iPad, AT&T said its mobile data traffic growth has spiked by 5,000 percent in the past three past years.
AT&T hopes to solve the problem by combining Wi-Fi and 3G networks.
In this landscape of multi-core chips, including hexa-core parts from both Intel and AMD, apparently there's still a market for pokey single-core parts. Just ask AMD, who plans on releasing a new Semporn chip -- the Sempron 150 -- in the fourth quarter of 2010.
Destined for the bargain bin, the Sempron 150 will come built around a 45nm manufacturing process and run at 2.9GHz. it will also boast 1MB of cache.
Like other Sargas-based Semprons, the 150 will support DDR3-1066 and slip into AM3 boards/sockets.
No word yet on how much this upcoming budget chip will cost.