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Interview with Jet Set Games, the makers of “Highborn” and “Who’s Buying?” on Tuesday Oct. 12, 2010

The Apptastic iGame Review will be interviewing Jet Set Games on Tuesday Oct. 12, 2010! Jet Set Games are the makers of some very popular titles dominating the Apple App store right now!

Come join Amy Elk, Chris Pope, and Justin Laura as we welcome Jet Set on our show! These guys have also graciously agreed to give away some promo codes while on the show with us! Rade Stojsavljevic and Joseph Hewitt will be hanging with the Apptastic crew for the interview.

Rade Stojsavljevic
Co-founder & President

Joseph Hewitt
Creative Director

You fans of awesome mobile games out there might known them as the makes of one of the be turn based games on the market, “Highborn

Highborn is a casual, turn-based strategy game, perfect for gaming on the go, or for anyone looking for an intelligent, tactical experience without the frenetic play of a traditional real-time strategy game.

Another really fun game published by Jet Set is a game called “Whos Buying?

Who’s Buying™ features three multiplayer games of skill and chance that determine who coughs up the cash to pay for your swingin’ lifestyle.

With a style and soundtrack straight from the South Pacific, Who’s Buying may even inspire a round of Mai Tais or Piña Coladas.


Apple says it has patch for remote attack on iPhone, iPad

Apple is quietly wrestling with a security conundrum. How the company handles it could dictate the pace at which cybercriminals accelerate attacks on iPhones and iPads. Apple is hustling to issue a patch for a milestone security flaw that makes it possible to remotely hack —or jailbreak — iOS, the operating system for iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch.

The patch is completed, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris said in an interview. But Kerris said on Friday that she was not able to give a time frame for its public release. Jailbreaking refers to hacking iOS to download Web apps not approved by Apple. This used to be difficult. This spring, a website came along called JailbreakMe.com that made it trivial to jailbreak your own iPhone or iPad. Last week, a technique for remote jailbreaking appeared on the site. It’s now possible to access the operating system of an iPhone or iPad owned by someone else.

An attacker would get “fairly complete control of affected devices,” says Michael Price, an operations manager for McAfee Labs. No such attacks are known to have happened yet, he says. For the moment, the most visible concern for Apple has been pranksters going into Apple and Best Buy retail stores and jailbreaking display models, according to tech blog Engadget. Yet, the security and privacy issues are serious.

Security experts expect the pattern that has come to dominate the PC world to begin to permeate smartphones. Bad guys continually flush out new security flaws in PCs, then tap into them to launch malicious attacks. Good guys, meanwhile, scramble to patch and block.

Now, cybercriminals are rapidly adapting PC hacking techniques to all smartphone platforms, including Symbian, Google Android, Windows Mobile, RIM BlackBerry and Apple iOS.

“It’s a brand new game with new rules,” says Dror Shalev, chief technology officer of DroidSecurity, which supplies protection for Google Android phones. “We’re seeing rapid growth in threats as a side effect of the mobile Web app revolution.”

IPhones, in particular, have become a pop culture icon in the U.S., and now the iPad has grabbed the spotlight. “The more popular these devices become, the more likely they are to get the attention of attackers,” says Joshua Talbot, intelligence manager at Symantec Security Response.

Apple’s problem is singular. The company has made a big deal about hiding technical details of iOS, allowing only approved Web apps to tie in. This tight control initially made it easier to keep iOS secure. But now Apple may have to share iOS coding with anti-virus firms, says Sorin Mustaca, development manager for anti-virus firm Avira.

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Microsoft Launches PC v. Mac Website And Talks Some Serious Smack

By Alex Wilhelm Follow Alex Wilhelm on twitter on August 9th, 2010

It may be long overdue, but Microsoft is finally coming out swinging against the rise of OS X. Apple has long played the underdog against the giant, writing Microsoft off as stodgy, technologically backward, and problematic. Microsoft let them do it, focusing more on promoting their efforts than denigrating Apple’s products.

This stance confused some, why didn’t they bite back? It was on a long past episode of Diggnation that Alex Albrecht summed it up, saying in short that Microsoft didn’t even want to acknowledge Apple as a competitor. Doing that would give Cupertino market credibility. Now it seems that enough is enough, and Microsoft is finally fighting back.

Redmond has launched a website to discuss Mac versus PC that deals some serious blows to Apple, whether or not they are valid is up to you. Roughly broken into large sections, Microsoft says this

Having Fun: Macs Might Spoil Your Fun

Simplicity: Macs Can Take Time To Learn

Working Hard: Macs Dont Work As Well At Work Or At School

Sharing: Macs Don’t Like To Share

Compatibility: Macs Might Not Like Your PC Stuff

Choice: Macs Don’t Let You Choose

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Create a 3-D Hologram With Your iPad

N-3D DEMO from aircord on Vimeo.

Screw video conferencing. Toss out those 3-D glasses. We just got one step closer to making portable holographic videos a reality (something we’ve all been waiting for ever since the first Star Wars flick came out back in 1977). This new demo from Japan-based creative team Aircord labo uses nothing more than a glass prism (with “special film”), a projector, and an iPad to create a 3-D display that runs on OpenFrameworks and MaxMSP (you can download the program files here). Think that’s pretty badass? So do we. But wait, there’s more! With an installed application, the program can also respond to sound, making the 3-D holovid display interactive.

The simplicity and accessibility of this design is what makes it most exciting to us. We can’t wait to see what happens when the OpenFrameworks community takes hold of this thing and takes it for a joy ride. How long do you think it’ll be before holovids are on the iPhone? We give it 5 years.

[via CreativeApplications.net]

New laser shoots beams of night – New technology actually designed to reduce light

A laser that doesn’t produce light would ordinarily be a failure. After all, the first two letters of laser stand for light amplification, not light reduction.

But a new laser created by scientists at the National Institutes of Standards and Technology and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, shoots beams of night instead of beams of light. The “dark pulses,” as the NIST scientists ominously call them, create areas absent of light.

The research could improve fiber optic communications. Pulses of light fade or degrade over long distances to cause noise and errors. Dark pulses don’t have the same drawbacks, which should improve the transmission and detection of light through fiber optic cables.

Read more here…(msnbc.com)

Apple iPhone 4 Pre-Ordering Is a Total Disaster

The iPhone 4’s first pre-ordering day has been a total disaster. AT&T’s online system has collapsed, there are account security breaches, Apple’s online upgrades are down, andstores are now using pen and paper to process sales.

Major update: Exclusive: iPhone 4 order security breach exposes private information.

The photo of the line above was taken in NYC, but it has been happening all over the country. It is not even to pick up the phone itself, but to pre-order it. People are giving their credit card information to be put on a list to have a place in another line on June 24, when the iPhone 4 actually goes on sale.

Read more here(Gizmodo.com)

Report: FTC will investigate Apple

The Federal Trade Commission will open an investigation into whether Apple is illegally using its position in the mobile software market to harm competitors, according to several published reports.

On Friday afternoon, both Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal reported that the FTC had opened a formal probe.

At issue is Apple’s recent tweaking of its App Store rules. In May, Apple made changes that prohibit certain developer tools from being used to create applications for the iPhone and iPad, and on Monday effectively blocked Google’s AdMob and other non-independent mobile ad networks from accessing applications on the iPhone.

The probe will look at whether Apple is using its highly successful App Store to hurt competitors. When Apple changed the rules on which tools could be used to write apps sold in the App Store it raised eyebrows, as the shifts seemed to specifically target Adobe, with whom Apple recently had a public fallout.

The new rules blocked developers using other platforms that allow them to make one application that runs on multiple devices–for example, not just on Apple’s iPhone, but on competitors’ devices as well. Adobe’s Flash platform and Novell’s MonoTouch are both developer tools that fall into this category.

Then, earlier this week, Apple banned developers from using advertising in their iPhone applications that shares analytic data with “an advertising service provider owned by or affiliated with a developer or distributor of mobile devices, mobile operating systems or development environments other than Apple.”

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Shots Fired! Steve Jobs’ Not So-Sneaky Diss Moments

Steve Jobs may seem like a harmless guy, always smiling in his black mock turtleneck. But push him the wrong way and the hate in his blood can turn ether-eal. During last week’s 2010 Digital 8 Conference, Jobs fixed his aim at a number of rival companies, including China’s most-hated (but America’s favorite) search engine, Google. Only this time, he spoke about G’s latest foray into television. He was at his brazen best. Remember the Steve who used to save most of his vitriol for commercials and ads? Yeah, well that went the way of his pancreatic cancer. These days, Steve has no qualms shutting down anyone who even comes near his path to world domination. Just look at some of our favorite recent, not-so-sneaky disses thrown by Mr. iRunThisTechGame…

Read more here….(Complex.com)

Sugar on a Stick hits 3.0, teaches us about a new kind of fruit

Strawberries go great with shortcake. Blueberries? They make one heck of a pie. But, when we learned about the latest release of the Sugar Learning Platform, we had to go look up just what a Mirabelle is. Turns out it’s a small, orange plum that really has nothing to do with Sugar’s Fedora underpinnings, but certainly sounds healthier than Google’s versioning schemes. Mirabelle has just been given the Sugar on a Stick treatment, and as with previous releases this one can be loaded to DVD or thumb drive and booted to give a taste of XO without requiring any repartitioning. Sugar on a Stick is now an official Fedora spin, distributed on the Fedora site in both 32- and 64-bit flavors at the other end of that source link below.

What exactly is Sugar on a Stick?

Read more about this (Via Engadget)

Apple’s Worst Security Breach: 114,000 iPad Owners Exposed

http://gawker.com/5559346/apples-worst-security-breach-114000-ipad-owners-exposed

Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top politicians. They—and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled tablet—could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.

The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s information was compromised.

It doesn’t stop there. According to the data we were given by the web security group that exploited vulnerabilities on the AT&T network, we believe 114,000 user accounts have been compromised, although it’s possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in the U.S. has been exposed. We contacted Apple for comment but have yet to hear back. We also reached out to AT&T for comment. A call to Rahm Emanuel’s office at the White House has not been returned.

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