Mike Thoene

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Do you drop a lot of calls?

by on Oct.21, 2011, under Mobile

It’s easy to say that your carrier drops a lot of calls, but what about you dropping your phone while carrying it? Watch the above video to see if the iPhone 4s or Samsung Galaxy S2 fares better at different heights.

Oh, and.. this isn’t the most scientific video..but it seems to be decent for every-day dropped calls ūüėČ

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Android, why do you have so many flaws? Its over 350!!

by on Nov.03, 2010, under Technology

According to a new study, everyone who has an Android based phone is at risk. Everyone. So guard your loins!

Google’s popular Android mobile platform kernel contains more than 350 software flaws, one-fourth of which are high-risk for security breaches and system crashes, a newly released analysis of the open platform has found.

The Coverity Scan 2010 Open Source Integrity Report reveals the findings of testing by Coverity of more than 61 million lines of open-source code from 291 open-source projects, including Android, Linux, Apache, Samba, and PHP. Coverity specifically studied the open Android kernel 2.6.32 of an HTC Droid Incredible smartphone, but the report says other Droids likely have the same defects.

Google says around 65,000 Android devices ship each day, and industry experts project the smartphone platform will become the second largest worldwide by 2012.

The test found 88 high-risk defects in Android (25 percent of all defects) that mainly encompassed memory corruption, memory illegal access, and resource leak-type flaws that could crash the system or result of loss of data. The defects were thought to be in the shipping version of the HTC Droid Incredible, the report says.

But there’s some good news here, too: “The Coverity Scan results for the Android kernel we tested show a better than average defect density, meaning this specific kernel is shipping with fewer defects than the industry average for software of this size,” said Andy Chou, chief scientist and co-founder of Coverity, in a statement. “However, a significant number of these defects are the high-risk types that our customers typically fix before shipping their products to market. We believe that highlighting these risks proactively provides developers and OEMs with an opportunity to fix these defects before they become a problem.”

Meanwhile, close to 50 percent of the flaws Coverity Scan found in all open-source software tested were “high risk,” and the most common defects include memory corruptions, NULL pointer references, and resource leaks, according to the report, which is available¬†here.

[via darkREADING]

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20 different wallpapers that are all the same. Plus a psd!

by on Oct.20, 2010, under Art, Technology

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Above, you’ll see it’s like chocolate. The original, and mostly likely the best. You can go ahead and click the image above to go to the original listing on deviantART. Thanks a bunch Kevin Anderson! Below, there is a picture(link) with a themepack that has 20 different versions of It’s like Chocolate, all with different smiley faces with different fonts! Okay okay so the point of this might seem a little.. well, pointless. I made these differences to work marvelously with Windows 7’s feature, “Change picture every:”. So for me, it scrolls through to a different one of the smilies every minute. It’s a subtle change that is never really frowned upon.

Click here (or the pic) to download the .themepack (Windows 7),
click here for the .rar,
and click here for the .psd to make your own
and lastly click here for everything in one package.
Just open the .themepack and Windows 7 will do (most of) the rest!

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FBI to investigate the school who uses laptop webcams to spy on students

by on Feb.19, 2010, under Security

Yesterday I reported how a school in the Lower Merion High School district in Pennsylvania was using web cams on laptops to spy on some of their students. Well, an FBI official spoke to The Associated Press confirmed that they will be opening up this case and giving it a full criminal investigation.

Students who were given the laptops in the school district were given computers that had their web cams remotely activated whenever the schools administrators thought it was time to do so, and apparently this type of event has been going on for the past 14 months but wasn’t really brought to light until a student, Blake Robbins, was punished in school for “improper behavior in his home.” Normally this would be something that might be pushed aside as just an overly strict school, but because the Vice Principal provided a photo of the matter as evidence, he pretty much dug his own grave.

According to Boing Boing, a class action law suit has been filed against the school on behalf of all students issued the laptops.

The school is fighting back with this response to the reports stating that “the security feature was installed to help locate a laptop in the event it was report lost, missing or stolen so that the laptop could be returned to the student.” They claim that they have never once used it to spy on students, and frankly I don’t believe that because why would it have been activated unless it was reported missing? Just for fun? Apparently the web cams have been activated 42 times to find missing laptops in the past 14 months.

To wrap things up, Dr. Christopher McGinley, Superintendent at the Lower Merion School District also said the school was sorry for its actions. “We regret if this situation has caused any concern or inconvenience among our students and families,” he said.

I don’t think saying sorry will cover up this one, Doctor. You are definitely no Tiger Woods.

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Microsoft rep shows up Bing Maps, stunning augmentation

by on Feb.19, 2010, under Microsoft

Microsoft’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated some stunning augmented reality integration inside of Bing Maps at the (Technology Entertainment Design)¬†TED conference last week.

Blaise Aguera y Arcas worked on the Seadragon technology at Microsoft which is designed to¬†retrieve large amounts of data using a fast, seamless, zoom based interface. The technology has since been used to power Microsoft’s 3D photo application¬†Photosynth which was popularized during President Obama’s¬†inauguration event. Microsoft has also used Seadragon technology in applications like Pivot.

Blaise’s talk at TED 2010 last week was met with great applause and excitement from the audience. The Microsoft worker demonstrated stunning integration of¬†augmented reality maps. Blaise demonstrated real-time processing of video taken with a smart phone inside street-view type maps. The demo included a¬†live video overlaid on static images of a market inside of Bing Maps.¬†Photosynth and Worldwide telescope integration was also demonstrated as part of the Bing Maps showcase. Although the features are not widely available yet it provides a glimpse of what Microsoft is currently working on.

Thanks again, Neowin.

All in all, I’d say this is definitely going to give Google a run for it’s money. This is simply brilliant. The work put into this is so perfectly done and I can’t wait to have them open it up to the rest of the world. The way they showed the Pike’s Place Fish Market and the guys in their world famous orange suits, and LIVE to boot. It is fantastic that this is the type of technology we are getting into right now. We really are going to have cameras inside stores. Soon we will be able to map out our shopping trip, “Turn left at Aisle 3, right¬† down the main aisle..”

Magnificent.

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