What is on Emory's BlackBerry 7100t?

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 23:53
Category: Mobile Phone

BlackBerry 7100tIf you’re as into the BlackBerry 7100t as your hopelessly addicted editor, you’ll want to read Emory’s list of what’s on his 7100t:

First, the UI. T-Mobile’s theme for the 7100 was quite possibly designed by war criminals. Certainly not UI experts. The icons are bad, the details are fuzzy and sometimes seem mis-matched, and the color scheme sucks. I changed over to the old-school Icon theme that just puts everything on one screen. That way I could hide unused icons like that stupid “Download Fun!” one, and the “Compose” shortcut. If I want to compose an email, I do it from Messages or from the Address Book.

Read the entire article at MobileWhack.
If you’d like to read more on the BB 7100t check out my previous articles on this awesome device (Part I, II and III).


Apple Can't Strongarm Bloggers

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 22:41
Category: Archive

EFF Defends Rights of Reporters Who Published Asteroid News Stories on Blogs
Santa Clara, CA – Only weeks before Macworld, the nation’s biggest annual trade show devoted to Apple products, Apple sent legal threats to the publishers of the Mac-centric weblogs AppleInsider and PowerPage for posting information about a product code-named “Asteroid.” Apple-watchers believe this product will be announced at Macworld. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is representing the publishers to protect their right to keep confidential the identities of the people who supplied them with the information.
On December 13, Apple filed suit against “Does 1-20” in a Santa Clara court. The company obtained a court order that allows it to issue subpoenas to AppleInsider and PowerPage for the names of the “Does” who allegedly leaked the information in question. EFF is defending the publishers against these subpoenas, arguing that the anonymity of bloggers’ sources is protected by the same laws that protect sources providing information to journalists.
“Bloggers break the news, just like journalists do. They must be able to promise confidentiality in order to maintain the free flow of information,” said EFF Staff Attorney Kurt Opsahl. “Without legal protection, informants will refuse to talk to reporters, diminishing the power of the open press that is the cornerstone of a free society.”
“I am very disappointed by Apple’s behavior and its new policy of issuing legal threats to its best customers,” added Jason O’Grady, publisher of PowerPage. “Is corporate paranoia really more important than the First Amendment?”


T-Mobile: Get (Hacked) More

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 22:49
Category: Mobile Phone

SecurityFocus’ Kevin Poulsen broke a story about a 21-year-old hacker that had access to T-Mobile’s customers names, addresses, social security numbers, voicemail passwords, and get this, their Sidekick photos. What’s worse is that he also nabbed some pretty sensitive email from the US Secret Service. Why the hell are those guys sending confidential email from their Sidekicks anyway?

A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor U.S. Secret Service e-mail, obtain customers’ passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned.
Twenty-one year-old Nicolas Jacobsen was quietly charged with the intrusions last October, after a Secret Service informant helped investigators link him to sensitive agency documents that were circulating in underground IRC chat rooms. The informant also produced evidence that Jacobsen was behind an offer to provide T-Mobile customers’ personal information to identity thieves through an Internet bulletin board, according to court records.

The PowerPage are huge GSM and T-Mo advocates and we’re wondering what the company is going to do to compensate the victims of this attack and prevent it from happening again? Verizon, can you hear me now?
Read more:
T-Mobile: Hacker had limited access (CNet)
Hacker breaches T-Mobile systems, reads US Secret Service email (The Register)
Hacker Penetrates T-Mobile Systems (Slashdot)


WSJ: Test-Driving the $99 iPod

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 13:42
Category: Hardware, iPod

iPod ShuffleThe Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg test drives the new iPod Shuffle in his Personal Technology column:

I can understand the allure of shuffle play, and of carrying around just a subset of your music. I most frequently use my larger iPods on Shuffle mode. And, like most people, I play favorite songs more often than others, even though my whole music collection is loaded on my bigger iPod.
But, the lack of a screen on the Shuffle would bug me, personally. I really enjoy seeing the song information while I play music. It’s one of the big advantages digital music players have over playing CDs. Of course, joggers and others who listen to music while they work out won’t miss the screen, because they are rarely in a position to watch it, and the fact that the Shuffle is small and lacks a delicate hard disk will make exercising with it appealing.
There are a few design downsides to the iPod Shuffle. The lack of a screen means you can’t use playlists of collected songs on it, because you have no way to select such a list. For many people, play lists are a key part of the iPod experience.
The Shuffle also lacks many of the extra features of the bigger iPods, such as various equalization settings for music playback, and the ability to display calendar and contact information.
And I found the three-way mode button on the back difficult to move. I was forced to press it so tightly that I often tripped the playback controls on the other side.

Read the rest of the column at The Mossberg Solution.
What’s your take on the iPod shuffle? Gotta have one or stripped-down tongue depressor?


shuffle Different

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Date: Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, 10:04
Category: iPod, music

What exactly is the iPod shuffle about. It is about extending into the realm of the flash based players while making absolutely sure that it does not cannibalize real iPod sales. Where the iPod mini bested the full scale iPod in every way but storage capacity, the iPod shuffle is either a teaser or supplement to the iPod experience. It is as much an iPod accessory as it is an iPod.