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Keep your passwords in your head April 27, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Intel Inside.
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Imagine if you had a tool that when plugged into a Mac, can extract passwords for logins, disk images, Wi-Fi passwords, iTunes, iChat, Remote Desktop, email, all your banking info, peer to peer information, and arranges it neatly into a database format. That’s the MacLockPick. It’s pretty neat if you’re the one doing the extracting, but very scary if you’re the one being extracted from.

However, it’s only available to federal and state law enforcement officials as well as licensed investigators, and starts at $499 (discounts apply if you’re a po po). So unless your uncle’s a professional snooper, you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these. Thank jeebus.

Product Page [Subrosasoft via MacWorld via Everything USB via Slashgear]


bullshit button April 26, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Funny.
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Although this bullshit button is quite similar to Staple’s Easy Button, and both are actually available for purchase, the bullshit button actually does something useful. See, whenever your buddies make some outlandish claim, just slam on this button and it’ll pop out one of five “clever” sayings. • “(Beep) That was bullshit”
• “(Siren) Bullshit detected, take precautions”
• “Bullshit level defcon 5”
• “Oh, come on now, that ain’t even bullshit, that’s horseshit”

Meatpacking Gets The Newest Apple Store April 26, 2007

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Apple will be opening its third New York store at 401 W. 14th Street, on the corner of 14th and 9th. That corner was the former home to both cheapo supermarket Western Beef (a favorite of firemen!) and recently relocated restaurant Markt (a favorite of cheap Belgians!). The space reportedly goes for “$5 million to $6 million a year.” (With Apple’s 2nd quarter profit growth of 88%, that’s chump change.) Speaking of chumps, the news bodes well for MePa revelers who now can go check their Facebook messages after a long night of Jaeger shots and constant yelling.


LEDs on the Empire State Building April 21, 2007

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The Empire State Building, whose lights change with the seasons (green and red for Christmas, green for St. Paddy’s Day, etc), is getting an upgrade. Both Color Kinetics and Philips Electronics are competing for a new contract to install LEDs on the skyscraper, allowing for new colors and patterns to be shone on the side of the building.


Iphone to trickle by end of June or early July. April 19, 2007

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Whispers on the street have it that Apple has run into some issues with the iPhone‘s OS, preventing a solid supply of the much-ballyhooed phone to hit stores in time for the launch. A source from the manufacturer has this to say on the situation: “It does not look feasible that Apple will be able to ship units out in May to make the shipping date in the US (June), so expect units to trickle by end of June or early July.” Apparently, Apple has sent 50 engineers to Taipei to work around the clock to get the bugs worked out so the iPhone can ship on time. That’s a lot of engineers. The source claims that such a shift in manpower is part of the reason Leopard was delayed. We’re not sure how likely it is that Apple would send that many people halfway around the world, but anything is possible. Take it with a grain of salt.

Automate Your BitTorrent TV Downloads on OS X April 10, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Interesting.
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Downloading your favorite TV show is much easier than it was a few years ago with the help of torrent indexing sites and great software. With the arrival of the open source TVShows application, the whole thing just got even easier.

For those who enjoy watching TV shows but don’t always remember to download them ready to watch, the ‘TVShows’ application may be just what they need – it automatically downloads your favorite TV shows whenever they become available, so they’re ready whenever you are.

Subscriptions to various shows are managed from within the application. Once set, the software runs silently in the background checking to see if .torrent files are available for your chosen shows yet, and if they are it downloads them by triggering an instance of your favorite BitTorrent client and the download begins.


Garbled Font in Ichat & Mail April 4, 2007

Posted by farshadf in G4 & G5 Macs, Intel Inside.
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Garbled Font Fix: Helvetica Fractions


This post includes a fix for one source of garbled fonts in Mac OS X. For other fixes check out our special Garbled Fonts Troubleshooting Guide.

The Problem: If you have the Helvetica Fractions font installed, text in some applications may appear as overlapping numbers and symbols. This font substitution problem can effect many Mac OS X applications including Address Book, iChat, Safari, Mail and Microsoft Entourage.


EMI to Offer DRM-Free Online Music April 2, 2007

Posted by farshadf in Interesting, iPod.
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The Cupertino-based company will make individual AAC format tracks available from EMI artists at twice the sound quality of existing downloads and without any digital right management (DRM technology). Pricing will be $1.29/€1.29/£0.99; however, iTunes will continue to offer consumers the ability to pay $0.99/€0.99/£0.79 for standard sound quality tracks with DRM still applied. Complete albums from EMI Music artists purchased on the iTunes Store will automatically be sold at the higher sound quality and DRM-free, with no change in the price. The new higher-quality, DRM-free songs will be available in May.