Archive for June, 2010

To hell with the cleanup – Let’s buy search terms!

As BP sweats to clean up the oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, it is simultaneously waging a public relations (PR) war, trying to fend a wave of negative attention, by buying search phrases like “oil spill” on Google and Yahoo.

When the phrase “oil spill” is typed on Google or Yahoo, the immediate result guides one to BP’s “Gulf of Mexico response”, its official page dedicated to giving information about its attempt to curtail the spill.”

It’s not that I don’t think they’re “trying” to cleanup the oil spill.  In fact, I watched them pop that cap on last Thursday live and was rather impressed with what can be done that far down in the depths of our precious oceans by ROV.

Still, seeing this article today gave me a chuckle.  From what I’ve heard they’re doing a solid job denying everyone’s loss claims over 5k and making complete asshats of themselves in the mainstream press, but hey, at least they’re spending tens of thousands on search terms.

Somehow, Google always wins.

Less than 2 hours until Apple WWDC 2010

Beginning  at 10am pacific (1pm eastern), Steve Jobs is expected to take the stage @ WWDC 2010 for the keynote.

He’s expected to announce the new iPhone 4G, given it’s leak via gizmodo and various Vietnamese sources, but what else?  AT&T has recently bumped up eligibility for nearly all of their current iPhone customers (or at least those currently still holding the original iPhone or a 3G) as referenced here:

and here:

My guess is that the AT&T move signals Apple will announce an end date to the exclusivity of their relationship with AT&T for the iPhone.  AT&T will have to start treating their Apple-loving customers a little nicer if it wants to keep them.

Coincidentally, the touchscreen on my wife’s 8GB original iPhone died yesterday, and while the phone still boots and works, it’s impossible to interact with.  She’s already eying my 3GS, and I’m eying the possibility of a 4G :P

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Am I the only one that thought this sinkhole pic was photoshopped?

When I first saw this pic of a sinkhole in Guatemala, I could sware it was photoshopped.  I actually visited 3 different news sites to see if they were all running the same shot, and sure enough they were.

Well, I guess I can give up waiting for news it’s faked since there’s respectable boots on the ground and it turns out it’s completely real, but not a sinkhole at all.

The hole measures 66′ wide, and is an astonishing 100′ deep.

Sam Bonis, a Guatemalan geologist, says it’s actually a piping feature, and is due to the fact that the city doesn’t sit on bedrock at all.  In fact, it’s sitting on volcanic “pumice fill” that’s up to 600′ deep in places.    Due to how this pumice fill reacts to water flow, and the lack of bedrock for such great depths, Sam says this is likely to happen again, and again.

The entire city is in danger of becoming swiss cheese.

How to get rejected from the app store (iPhone OS)

After shedding light on an impending rootkit demo for Android yesterday, seems only fair to share this link today bout Apple’s rejection policies:

The article goes on to list 12 well-known sure fire ways to get your app rejected, and admittedly more than half seem to be more rooted in corporate evil than any sort of sense.  I’m still happily clutching my iPhone, but it does leave me wondering how long Apple can hold onto their iPhone/iPad/iPod userbase with innovation and design quality when they’re so busy alienating them with limited choices after the purchase.

Ooops, your Android phone got rooted!

“Hoping to understand what a new generation of mobile malware could resemble, security researchers will demonstrate a malicious “rootkit” program they’ve written for Google’s Android phone next month at the Defcon hacking conference in Las Vegas.”

This is just another reason I have mixed feelings over how Apple handles apps with the app store.

Yeah, it means I can’t run whatever I want, and have to play by their rules without jailbreaking, but it sure makes rootkits a bit harder to pull off.

iPhone users finally get tethering

AT&T has finally announced a tethering plan for the iPhone as well as new plans for data packages in general (replacing the old ones for NEW customers).  More info here:

What I want to know is this:

Will I be able to tether my iPad to my iPhone?  This seems like a no-brainer and a perfect example of Apple technology working together, but will undoubtedly be blocked by the money-hungry suits at AT&T hoping users pony up for TWO data plans.  I hope I’m wrong.


AT&T claims you won’t be able to tether the iPad through an iPhone, but that the issue is not contractual.  Instead, it’s a limitation of how Apple has blocked the bluetooth PAN profile on the iPad.

Much like how MyWi continues to be the main reason people are willing to jailbreak their iPhone, I can see this being a damn good reason to jailbreak an iPad since given the choice between the two, I’d rather jailbreak a device that isn’t tied to a contract and that I don’t count on to make calls, etc.

It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out.


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