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Fri
11
Jan
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Hacker Finds Major Loophole in Windows 8, RT

A hacker has figured out how to run Windows 8 software on the Windows RT operating system, installed on Microsoft's Surface and other tablet computers. According to the hacker, any differences between Windows RT and Windows 8 are entirely artificial ... and for marketing purposes only. Windows RT is described as similar to Windows 8 but is supposedly designed exclusively for portable devices built around ARM processors. These chips can greatly extend battery life, but are said to lack the computing power needed for a robust operating system like Windows 8. Users of Windows RT notice one major ... (view more)

Fri
12
Aug
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Defeated Walmart Exits Digital Music Market

It might be the biggest retail company in the world, but Walmart has flat-out failed in its crusade to defeat digital music giants iTunes and Amazon.com. The company recently announced it will exit the market on August 29, 2011. Walmart opened its ... online doors to digital downloaders in beta form about eight years ago, not long after Apple first introduced its iTunes Music Store (a name since reduced to just iTunes). After some substantial testing, the final version of Walmart's digital store was unveiled in March 2004. Walmart's Low, Low Prices Not Enough Its main draw, unsurprisingly given ... (view more)

Tue
16
Nov
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Backup Tips: How to Prepare for a Win7 Install

Infopackets Reader 'Helen' writes: " Dear Dennis, Regarding the discounted Acronis True Image 2011 which is currently offered through your website (and which will expire on Wednesday, November 17th, 2010 at 11:59PM EST) -- I am currently using a HP ... (Hewlett Packard) 'Pocket' external hard drive, and it holds 320 GB of information. In order to use Acronis True Image 2011 to backup my computer, do I need to erase everything on the hard drive and reformat? I use my PC only occasionally. Thanks for any help you can provide. " My response: The short answer is that you don't have to format your ... (view more)

Wed
07
Jul
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iTunes Hacked, Accounts Charged for Unauthorized Apps

Apple's iTunes Store has reportedly been hacked, with a developer named Thuat Nguyen using the opportunity to propel his own applications into 40 of the top 50 spots on the iTunes iBook section. The hack included unauthorized charges to hundreds, ... perhaps thousands of iTunes accounts. The story broke over tech blog TheNextWeb during the long weekend. Nguyen reportedly took advantage of a posted hack to the iTunes system and charged unsuspecting users for his own applications. The majority of these charges came for a set of books called Conan, Thuy Hu, and Vien Ngoc Rong, which all sell for $4. ... (view more)

Thu
19
Feb
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Apple Store Policy Rejects Southpark App

Several incidents this week have reawakened questions over Apple's policy of screening submissions to its iPhone App store -- including the recent rejection of a highly-anticipated South Park app. There have been repeated claims of inconsistency ... ever since the launch of the store, the only official way to distribute applications for use on the iPhone and iPod touch. An official South Park app, which would have featured streaming clips from the show, was first submitted for review in October. It was finally rejected this week because the content is "potentially offensive". Even if you agree ... (view more)

Thu
02
Oct
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Norway Pushes iTunes for DRM-free Music

Norway's leading consumer advocate wants to bring down Apple's "walled garden" between the iPod music player and the iTunes online retail store. Bjorn Erik Thon, Norway's consumer ombudsman, says he is going to ask the country's Market Council -- a ... court that has legal authority to make companies change their business practices -- to force Apple to allow competition within the iTunes-iPod ecosphere. (Source: guardian.co.uk ) Currently, Apple's iPod is the only portable device that can sync with iTunes and the iTunes store. Since its launch in 2003, The iTunes Store, Apple's online retail arm ... (view more)

Tue
23
Sep
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Apple's App Store Policy Continues To Enrage

Apple has raised more controversy among iPhone users after refusing to 'stock' a podcast utility in the iTunes Apps store. Apple says the feature simply duplicates iTunes itself, but critics say the firm is embarrassed that an outside programmer has ... produced a better service. Alex Sokirynsky developed 'Podcaster' as a feature to help people download and listen to podcasts on their iPhones. He submitted it for distribution through the iTunes store in mid-August but Apple has now rejected the product. According to Sokirynsky, Apple told him "Since Podcaster assists in the distribution of ... (view more)

Wed
18
Jun
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Apple App Store Predicted to Make $1.2 Billion in 2009

The arrival of the iPhone application store in July could signal big profits for the company in 2009. Analyst Gene Munster predicts that once the store is available to customers, 91% of the currently 85 million multi-touch handheld users (61.6 ... million iPhone users and 23.4 iPod touch users) "would at one time or another tap into the App Store during the course of a year." $1.2 billion is the total if each of the 85 million customers spent $15 during 2009 at the apps store The news from analyst Gene Munster is based upon his projected best case scenario for the company. (Source: ... (view more)

Fri
11
Jan
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'Mail Store Home', and 'Top 10 Usb Thumb Drive Tricks'

Mail Store Home Mail Store Home allows you to back up all your e-mail messages from multiple applications into one safe archive. You can import your mail from Outlook, Windows Mail, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Exchange, as well as POP/IMAP ... accounts and local files. You read your mail from within the interface, search fast through all your messages by keyword and advanced criteria, and even burn a Backup CD. Messages are stored MIME-compatible, and can be recovered at any time without information loss. http://www.mailstore.com/en/mailstore-home.aspx Top 10 Usb Thumb Drive Tricks Make use of ... (view more)

Fri
14
Dec
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Ask.com Offers Secret Searching

The Ask.Com search engine now offers users the ability to search without any records being collected. Anyone using the site can, with just two clicks, make sure details such as their IP address (which identifies the particular computer they are ... using) and the phrase they are searching for are not stored by the site. (Source: irconnect.com ) The service is titled AskEraser. Some critics have noted that the name is slightly misleading; rather than erasing data, it simply makes sure the information is never written in the first place. It only applies to future searches and it isn't possible to ... (view more)

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