In case you’ve been wondering what hacker George Hotz, aka Geohot, has been up to, social networking site Facebook has confirmed that the until recently beleaguered hacker is now on its payroll. The official confirmation came after reports of him being hired by Facebook emerged over the weekend. But the question remains: what is he up to? Find out after the jump.
There’s a good number of drawing and design programs available through the Chrome Web Store. Most of them will let you knock out awkward looking stick-figure sketches or primitive landscape images using features similar to those we’ve enjoyed/loathed in MS Paint over the years. Some offer more complex features, such as layering and various virtual paint brushes… which most of us end up using to knock out awkward stick-figure sketches or primitive landscape images. If you want to draw something useful--the blueprints for your next house, for example--there’s only one Web App that’ll do: AutoCAD WS. It’s a Web App with so many awesome features and such rich functionality that we had to make it our Chrome Web App of the week.
The thing about train wrecks is once an out-of-control locomotive steamrolls off of the tracks, there's no telling where it will land. Such is the morbid curiosity that comes from seeing where Charlie Sheen will take his antics next. He's tried talk shows, live streaming, and even the stand-up variety show circuit. What's left to, um, conquer? The mobile app world, duh!
It wouldn't be a week in the technobubble without a new intellectual patent suit. This one is looking like quite the doozy, though. Apple has filed a patent and trademark infringement suit against Samsung. At issue are Samsung's line of Galaxy phones and tablets. Apple claims the physical design and user interface borrow too heavily from Apple products.
Talk about technology coming full circle. Earlier this week, Commodore USA announced it was reviving the Commodore 64 with a replica model updated with modern components, and now Atari has gone and dumped a collection of 100 classic Atari games into the iTunes Store. It includes 18 classic Atari arcade games, including the ever-popular Pong, as well as 92 Atari 2600 games.
With everyone’s lives on display via services like Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare, it’s gotten to the point where it’s getting hard to find anything new to talk about. Fortunately, TED, our Cool Site of the Week, plays host to enough intriguing content that after one visit, you’ll never be at a loss for a topic to jaw about again.
Apple's App Store is filled with more than 350,000 applications. According to AndroLib, the Android Market has about 280,000 apps. Apple in January announced that App Store Downloads topped 10 billion. Again, according to AndroLib, the Android Market sits at 3.7 billion and climbing. If looking just at these numbers, then clearly the advantage belongs to Apple. But if you're a software developer, there's one very compelling reason you should consider Android over iOS.
Many users today are having issues logging into their Twitter accounts from mobile apps UberTwitter, Echofon, and Twitdroyd. According to Twitter itself, there's a really good reason for that. They've suspended the apps from the service for violation of Twitter's policies. The remedy? Twitter says you should use the official apps.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Secure Information Technology in Germany have shown that an iPhone or iPad can be hacked to reveal passwords stored in Apple's keychain password manager. This can be accomplished even if the device is locked with a passcode. The attack requires no special circumstances, just an iPhone, jailbreaking software, and the code developed by the researchers.
As the Verizon iPhone gets ever closer to release, some survey results paint a frightening picture for the purveyors of othersmartphones on Big Red. In an online survey of 700 users of BlackBerry and Android users on Verizon, a total of 54% are considering to switch to the Verizon iPhone 4. By comparison, only 26% of AT&T customers in a similar survey planned to switch carriers for the handset. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.