Category Archives: News & Opinion

How to remove the iPhone’s new “tamper-resistant” screw


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If you’ve taken your iPhone 4 in for service at the Apple store, you may have gotten it back with 2 new pieces of hardware that were changed unbeknownst to you. Though the iPhone 4 originally shipped with standard Phillips #00 screws, they’ll replace them with an obscure type called a pentolobular screw if you [...]
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Hulu on Boxee


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The news has been active in recent weeks in the streaming set-top box market, with the release of both the Google TV enabled Logitech Revue and the Boxee Box. Unfortunately, the fanfare that should be accompanying these products has been overshadowed by news that the major networks have managed to block nearly all of their [...]
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All about iOS 4.1


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Hot on the heels of Apple’s Fall announcements is the release of iOS 4.1. For most users, there’s mainly incremental changes that fold in the new Ping and TV show rental features of iTunes 10. The biggest change (only for owners of the iPhone 4 and the newest iPod Touch) is the addition of the [...]
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Boxee adds a Movie Library


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When I was planning out the Boxee tutorial video that I put out earlier this month, one of things that really bugged me was the inconsistent menus – how come there’s a “Library” option in the TV and Apps section, but nothing like it in the Movies section? If I wanted to do any browsing, [...]
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How to Turn Off Facebook Places


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As it has been much rumored to do, Facebook has just introduced a new feature called Facebook Places. Based on my reading of their blog post, it works pretty much just like their competitors at Gowalla and Foursquare – when you go somewhere you can “check in” so people in your network will know where [...]
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The piece of Africa in your pocket


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Since 1998, the Democratic Republic of Congo has been embroiled in Civil War and the number of people who have died numbers more than 5 million. In the Eastern part of the country, sexual violence has spiraled out of control, and has earned the region the dubious honor of being the rape capital of the [...]
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Boxee not playing well with CBS


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I’ve got a couple updates on the How to use Boxee tutorial I posted last week. First off, the people at Boxee mentioned it on their Facebook fan page. A big welcome to all the new readers/viewers who’ve found their way from that post. One thing that was pointed out to me in the comments [...]
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How to not make phone calls with a mobile phone (huh?)


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In this month’s Wired, Clive Thompson has a very interesting take on the changing nature of cell phone use. Rather than making voice calls, most people are using a variety of asynchronous forms of communication to get in touch with one another. Social networking tools, texting, and instant messaging allow us to remain in “constant, [...]
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Installing non-Android Market Apps on an HTC Aria


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If you only followed major media outlets, you’d be forgiven for thinking that only worthwhile smartphone available to AT&T Wireless subscribers in the US is the iPhone. With the release of the HTC Aria running Google’s Android OS, AT&T does offer up a worthwhile alternative. The phone’s biggest drawback, however, is it’s inability to install [...]
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A guide to iOS 4 (not mine)


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Remember that iOS 4 guide that I was planning on finishing last week? As you can see, it hasn’t materialized, thanks in equal parts to some Final Cut issues and the realization that there are already about a million other videos on the same topic. This 10 minute guide by TiPB is one of the [...]
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