It's not uncommon for local law enforcement to use social networking tools to keep the public informed, especially in times of emergencies. But when Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz logged into Twitter after dozens of dangerous animals broke free from an Ohio reserve, he apparently forgot about the 140-character limit and left citizens wondering what to do if they spot a lion, tiger, bear, or even a wolf. Oh my!
Have you heard the one about Sony getting hacked? Of course you have, only this time the cyber attack didn't target Sony's recently restored PlayStation Network (PSN). Instead, the hacker group known as "LulzSec" took aim at Sony Pictures and reportedly made off with personal information of more than 1 million users, as well as music codes and coupons. But hey, Sony was "asking for it," the hacker group said.
Those yellow and orange 'Get Out of Jail Free' cards from Monopoly don't actually exist in real life, but for more than 450 inmates at a California prison with "a high risk of violence," they didn't need one. A computer error allowed them to walk free on "non-revocable parole," meaning they're not required to check in with parole officers and will only be put back behind bars if they're caught committing a crime.
Apple fans love to sing the praises of their mobile devices, but if by chance you haven’t been awoken by the choir this morning, it’s probably because they are all still fast asleep. Apparently Apple has acknowledged a second software bug which is preventing the built in alarm application from functioning properly on January 1st and 2nd, however it is expected to work itself out by January 3rd.
"We're aware of an issue related to non-repeating alarms set for January 1 or 2," Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said in a statement quoted by Macworld. "Customers can set recurring alarms for those dates and all alarms will work properly beginning January 3."
Even if the problem clears itself up as promised, it will be a small consolation to anyone who was relying on an iPhone to wake them up in time for a flight or other time sensitive engagement. Its also another blemish on the iPhone 4, which despite being a commercial success, hasn’t shared the same level of favorable press coverage enjoyed by its predecessors.
Let me just put on the record that this never would have happened under Microsoft’s watch, no sir. At Microsoft they learned long ago the best year end bugs are the ones that render your device completely inoperable. Happy New Years Everyone!
Remember how last time we said it had been forever it'd only been 10 days? Well, now it's been longer. Though we're very busy and frantic people, we scraped together a few spare minutes we found between the couch cushions, and came up with this very special episode of the Maximum PC No BS Podcast.
This week Gordon, Nathan, Alex and Andy discuss Kinect and Facebook Mail. Then Editor-in-Chief George Jones phones in with a Windows Phone 7 rundown. Plus a super-serious discussion of stormtrooper armor, the winner of our limerick contest, and a new contest with new cool gear and a new arbitrary task for entry!
Do you have a tech question? A comment? A tale of technological triumph? Just need to get something off your chest? A secret to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our 24-hour No BS Podcast hotline at 877.404.1337 x1337--operators are not standing by.
Listen, we're not looking to spark a debate over marijuana, so let's not get sidetracked in the comments section. But no matter where you stand on the issue, we can all probably agree that texting your local sheriff looking to score a bag of weed is a dumb idea.
"Hey Dawg, do you have a $20 I can buy right now?," a teen from Helena, MT sent out in a text message.
In his haste to get high, the teen texted the above message to the wrong number, and out of all the wrong numbers he could have sent that message too, it ended up going to Sheriff Leo Dutton, who initially thought it was a joke.
"I'm thinking, 'Hey this is odd,'" Dutton said. "I was looking around to see if there was someone outside my window playing a prank."
There wasn't, so Dutton enlisted the help of the Missouri River Drug Task Force and set up a sting to catch the teen. It worked, with Dutton getting the parents involved. No citation was issued.
The moral of the story? Double check those digits before texting.
Apple's new iPod touch isn't capable of making phone calls, though if you hit up the "More Features" section of the device's product page, you might be led to believe otherwise. Why? Because Apple sucks at Photoshop.
That seems to be the most reasonable explanation as to why promotional images of the fourth-gen iPod touch show a phone function in the lower left corner, just like the iPhone. Furthermore, Apple replaced the iPod icon with a Music icon in the new iPod touch, though the promo shots show otherwise.
What most likely happened is someone at Apple got lazy and Photochopped a pic of an iPhone screen onto an iPod touch body, thus qualifying Apple for another ticket on the Fail Boat, right behind Microsoft's Photoshop team.
Well that was fast. A refresh of the product page shows someone at Apple knows how to wield a Photoshop brush, after all.
Big name PC repair shops don't need any more bad publicity, but they're getting it anyway courtesy of a pretty embarrassing SNAFU by CompUSA. Here's what happened.
According to CBS News in Chicago, a woman named Kymberli Mulford entrusted the CompUSA in Hoffman Estates with removing a nasty virus on her system that she believed was causing it to shut down. Around the same time, Karen Davis took her PC in to th same store for repairs. CompUSA purportedly took care of both issues, but they also installed Mulford's files on Davis's PC. Oops!
"It was everything, pictures of her kids, notes, and emails," Davis said. "Even what meds her kids were taking, just very personal stuff."
Davis did the right thing by getting in touch with Mulford to tell her what happened, but now Mulford fears her data could have been loaded onto other machines too.
"All of that information is a gold mine for thieves," said Roger Safian, a computer security expert. "They back up all the data first, then they re-install it after they remove the virus, and that could be how they ended up making this mistake. They re-installed one person's data to the other person's machine."
According to CompUSA, the tech and his supervisor were fired because of the incident.
Have a PC repair horror story of your own? Hit the jump and tell us all about it!
The Dallas Cowboys just can't seem to get a grip on this whole technology thing. In a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans last month, Dallas' 180 foot long HD screen blocked a punt by the Titans, a play which isn't reviewable under current NFL rules. Moving the screen could cost millions of dollars, so the solution for the time being is to do nothing.
Fast forward and the Cowboys once again take center stage in this week's giant screen fail, only this time there were no punts involved. Instead, a scrolling banner let everyone in attendance know the eggheads behind the scenes had encountered an error and didn't shut down properly. Or maybe it's a really good Photochop. Either way, it's fun to laugh at the Cowboys. That is, unless you're a Lions fan, in which case there's nothing at all funny about the NFL.