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Why are people queuing for the iPhone 5?
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 21, 2012

Thousands of people queued up to be in the first group of recipients of the new iPhone 5. My only question is, Why? In case you hadn’t heard, Apple recently unveiled the iPhone 5 to a very mixed response. The journalists assembled at the event seemed happy, no doubt wowed by the reality distortion field [...]
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Google still facing punishment in Europe
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 21, 2012

Google has offered some concessions to settle claims that it unfairly restricts search competition in Europe — but the man in charge of competition policy there says Google hasn’t gone far enough yet and could face penalties. Joaquin Almunia, the European Competition commissioner, spoke about Google as part of an address at Fordham University in [...]
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Did Apple steal Swiss Railways clock?
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 20, 2012

Apple could be in a spot of legal bother, with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) claiming the Cupertino-based company has infringed on one of its trademarks. All of a sudden the shoe is on the other foot. I have been writing about technology, both here on Blorge and beyond, for over five years now. In that [...]
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Has Facebook cracked mobile ads?
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 20, 2012

Facebook may have solved the problem of how to get ad revenue from mobile users without ruining their experience and driving them away. But the answer — getting other suckers to take the rap for displaying the ads — might not appeal to those who already find Facebook’s data handling a bit creepy. When it [...]
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German government: stop using Internet Explorer
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 19, 2012

It’s one thing when internet security firms tell people to give Internet Explorer a wide berth while a bug remains unpatched. It’s another when a national government gives the same advice. That’s exactly what’s happened in Germany where the Federal Office for Information Services has said it “recommends all users of Internet Explorer to use [...]
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Apple’s iPad Mini leaks… probably
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 18, 2012

Apple has sprung a leak, or several, in fact. The latest has seen images of the new iPad Mini spring up online before Apple has even confirmed such a product exists. Apple finally deemed the world worthy of seeing the iPhone 5 last week, and despite the fact it’s nothing but an iPhone 4 with [...]
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Stuxnet and Flame could have three sister viruses
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 18, 2012

Two major security firms say the people behind the Flame virus may have already developed three similar viruses that haven’t yet been discovered in action. The claims will raise more questions about the involvement of the US government in cyber-warfare. Flame shared code with the Stuxnet virus, which appeared to have been developed specifically to [...]
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Winklevoss twins forget Facebook, invest in SumZero
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 17, 2012

The Winklevoss twins Tyler and Cameron, collectively known as Winklevii, are trying their hand at social networking once more, and Mark Zuckerberg is nowhere in sight. Have this pair of multi-millionaires finally moved on from Facebook? Those who think they don’t know who the Winklevoss twins are should cast their minds back to The Social [...]
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Scientists create a neural implant that improves the brain function of monkeys
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 16, 2012

Scientists at Wake Forest University, the University of Kentucky at Lexington and the University of Southern California at Los Angeles, developed a neural implant that helped rhesus monkeys matching skills.  While it is a long road between animal experimentation and humans, this could point the way to a method of helping people with various forms [...]
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Chinese PCs ship with viruses preinstalled
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 14, 2012

Most virus creators rely on exploiting human behavior such as tricking people into clicking bogus links. Now it appears scammers in China find it simpler to just put the virus on the computer before the customer even gets it. Microsoft researchers recently bought a batch of new desktops and laptops from various Chinese cities as [...]
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Apple sues Polish grocer, claims worldwide fruit rights
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 13, 2012

We in Britain have a particularly versatile slang phrase “taking the piss.” It can mean gently ribbing a friend, light mockery, or pushing your luck beyond the limits of reason. Apple’s latest legal action is a perfect example of the last definition. The company is suing a Polish grocery website for basing its marketing around [...]
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The iPhone 5 arrives… Apple doesn’t fix what isn’t broken
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 12, 2012

It’s here, finally, with Apple taking the wraps off the long-awaited iPhone 5 at a huge press event in San Fransisco. Just don’t expect anything exciting, because the iPhone 5 is anything but exciting. Well, to those of us who aren’t fanboys, at least. The Facts The iPhone 5 looks exactly as the leaks suggested [...]
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Zuckerberg: Facebook phone makes no sense
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 12, 2012

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has flatly denied the company is working on making its own smartphone. He says that from a business perspective, the idea it makes no sense. Barely a month goes by without some new rumor about a Facebook phone, often from some usually credible sources. But speaking at a conference organized by [...]
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FBI innocent on Apple hacking; tech firm takes rap
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 11, 2012

An American tech company has admitted it was the victim of a hacking that led to the publication of a million Apple device details. The revelation appears to prove the FBI’s denial that it was the source of the stolen data. The details first appeared last week when the LulzSec hacking group said it had [...]
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Spotify coming to Web browsers?
Posted from TECH.BLORGE on September 10, 2012

It looks as though Spotify is finally about to roll out a browser-based version of the service, but don’t expect price cuts to accompany this move to the Web. Spotify is a fantastic service, offering millions of songs that can be instantly played for free, or very affordably thanks to several subscription layers. I myself [...]
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