Archive for December, 2011

Secret Apple Archives at Stanford reveal brand name source, video gems

Secret Apple Archives at Stanford reveal brand name source, video gems

Though the actual origin of the name Apple Computer and how it was brought up might not set the world on fire with inspiration, the time between Steve Jobs' passing this year and now has been one furious maelstrom of interest in the historical leavings of the mastermind himself - so more than likely, you still want to know. The source of the information comes from a recently revealed (in short by the Associated Press) Stanford warehouse containing a vast archive of Apple-related media. Inside this historical treasure trove are documents, books, software bits, videos, and of course the original blueprint for the very first Apple computer, donated in 1997 after Jobs returned to Apple after his extended "hiatus", if you know what I mean.

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2012 Chevrolet Sonic recalled due to missing brake pads

2012 Chevrolet Sonic recalled due to missing brake pads

We're pretty certain that someone at General Motors is in a whole heap of trouble this week as its been discovered that a batch of their Chevrolet Sonic cars with missing brake pads have left the factory and were sold in kind to unsuspecting customers. While these missing pads aren't currently being rated as something so fatal that GM is recommending a total instant freak-out on the part of car owners, if you are one of those owners, you probably should bring your car in to be checked. Nothing like cruising into grandma's house for New Years and finding yourself on the other side because you brakes just… you know… aren't there.

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Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

Windows emergency update live today: are you patched?

There comes a time in every operating system's life when it needs to have an emergency patch slapped over a security hold in its guts, and for Windows, that time is today - and it's an emergency. What you're going to see here is a bulletin by the name of MS11-100 that acts as a sort of public service announcement as Microsoft wants you to update your system several weeks before the regularly scheduled "Patch Tuesday" in mid-January. What this patch does is to cut off access to a security hole that'd allow hackers to launch a DoS attack against people with Microsoft's ASP .NET application framework in place.

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NVIDIA high-fives Sega for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 mobile release

NVIDIA high-fives Sega for Sonic the Hedgehog 4 mobile release

Sega is coming on strong on the Sonic tip here at the end of 2011, first with Sonic CD for the mobile platform, now with Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode 2 for Android devices sporting either an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core or Tegra 3 quad-core processor onboard! What you'll be playing here is a new vision of Sonic in the classic setup: complete with the rebirth of an old enemy and the return of no less than everyone's favorite sidekick: Tails! And just wait until you hit the go button on the video to hear that classic "SEGA" sound effect - flawless victory!

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China outlines plans for space exploration

China outlines plans for space exploration

The Chinese may be a bit upset that they were never invited to the ISS party, but they aren't sitting around angry about it. The country is set to start an ambitious space exploration program that will see them eventually aiming for manned mission to the moon. The Chinese are already working on assembling their own space station in orbit to use for research and experimentation.

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Oddest questions asked in job interviews this year by tech firms

Oddest questions asked in job interviews this year by tech firms

I have worked at real jobs in the past surrounded by people that were possibly the biggest idiots on earth. I knew we have all wondered at one point who exactly interviewed this person next to us in the office and decided they were worth hiring. If you don't know that person in the office, odds are you are that person everyone wonders about. I've never been asked a really weird question in a job interview, but I would be willing to be that many geeks have.

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Nintendo to offer a true app store for Wii U

Nintendo to offer a true app store for Wii U

We have already seen the Wii U with its superior graphics and fancy touchscreen controller and it looks really cool. If you are counting the days until that console launches you will get a kick out of this. Unsurprisingly Nintendo will be offering an app store for the game console. According to the reports that app store won't be like the DSi or the Wii stores, but will be the full-blown type.

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Stolen Stratfor member details put online by AntiSec

Stolen Stratfor member details put online by AntiSec

Earlier this week we talked about the security breach that happened with anonymous hacked the servers at a security firm based in Austin, Texas called Stratfor. The breach resulted in a huge number of passwords and credit card details being stolen. Anonymous has claimed that a huge amount of money had been donated to charity using the stolen credit cards already.

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Microsoft to launch LTE Windows Phones in 2012 on AT&T

Microsoft to launch LTE Windows Phones in 2012 on AT&T

There have been a lot of hints and suggestions of what the Windows Phone LTE offerings will look like next year. Paul Thurrott over at Winsupersite says that with all the rumors and suggestions he is just going to out the real plans and then goes on to lay out the LTE scheme. He says that Microsoft and its smartphone partners do intend lots of LTE devices next year.

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