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Lulz: Fire-Sharing Isn’t Considered A Religion

So I happened to stop off at TorrentFreak this morning in my normal trolling of the internets and read a story that made me laugh. I honestly had no idea this was actually a thing - people in Sweden are trying to get File-Sharing to be considered a religion!? WTF Sweden? Seriously? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like to accidentally stumble across a brand new X-Men R5 as much as the next guy, but I would never consider that a form of worship.

Since 2010 a group of self-confessed pirates have attempted to get their newly-founded religion accepted by the authorities. The Church of Kopimism, which currently has close to 1,000 members, hope that official recognition of their values would make them immune from prosecution. However, the Swedish authorities have denied the request for the second time in succession.

The only comparison to Religion is how internet pirates are oppressed, hunted and judged like those that are apart of many Religious groups. What History has taught us over the centuries is that the Human Race isn’t always as accepting as we’d like em to be. The same goes for the interweb pirates around the world. But that is where I think it ends. I just don’t see how anyone could compare the worship of something with stealing - I mean, isn’t the base of all religions about being kind to others? Would stealing the intellectual rights from another person be considered kind?

Continue on in for some more rambling.

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Apple To Pass On LTE Chip In Next iPhone Update?

Speculation that Apple was going to add the LTE chip in the iPhone 5 update has been said over and over again. There were rumors way back in the day saying that the iPhone 4 was supposed to get the new technology. With the iPhone 5 (4S) update just around the corner, Wayne Lam of iSuppli makes his case against Apple adapting the 4G Long-term evolution:

“It remains to be seen whether the next Apple iPhone set for introduction in September will support 4G LTE,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst for IHS. “However, if it does, two things are clear. First, the iPhone’s minuscule printed circuit board (PCB) will have to grow in size in order to support the first-generation LTE baseband processor as well as all the supporting chipset. Second, the next iPhone’s BOM value certainly will increase substantially compared to the iPhone 4 if LTE is implemented in the same manner as in the HTC Thunderbolt.”

As the specs show, adding LTE to the HTC Thunderbolt added an additional $39.75 which upped its bill of materials to $262 - which is the highest BOM cost of any cellphone currently IHS has had the privileged to tear down. If Apple were to add the technology to it’s upcoming update, Wayne says that it’ll add an additional $40 to the core costs - $211 up from $171. This of course is from the February tear down of the CDMA iPhone 4 currently on the Verizon network.

Adding the LTE chip will greatly increase the size of the iPhone, and with all the current rumors saying we’ll see a thinner iPhone it wouldn’t make sense to thicken it up. Reports of a small enough chip needed to keep the iPhone at a similar size aren’t to be released until mid-2012. Does anyone out there think a thicker iPhone would be warranted to add such a new technology as LTE? I would say a bigger screen, longer battery life and a better camera are a higher priority than the 4G speeds.
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Swype for iOS Has A New Name And Features - iSwipe

We’ve been following the development of this nifty tweak for a while now. I have been using the crap out of it lately and it just keeps getting better with each and every update. The latest update brings auto-spacing - when you type a second word it auto spaces between the words. This was a problem I had with all of the past versions, don’t get me wrong, the blue line and better app support are amazing, but fixing this little issue I feel is a much needed update. If we can just get something that will fix Apple’s pesky auto-correct, which as I mentioned in my last iSwipe post is an annoyance and hard to get past when you try to type words Apple feels doesn’t exist. Also, the name was changed to iSwipe - something I mentioned would probably happen in my last post. iSwipe source code is available for download as well!!!

Here is a list of current updates:

Changlog for iSwipe (aka swype):

-blue line color
-fixed normal typing
-key popups should show when typing but not when swiping
-improved performance
-changed the way bypassing the sandbox worked
-auto spacing re-enabled (just swipe two words and a space will be added automatically)

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Rumor: Zune Won’t Die - Microsoft Busts Out Defibrillator Once Again?

We’ve seen the Zune do what it does best - suck. For a long, long time we’ve had to see the brand thrown at us whether it be at retailers, Microsoft’s website, or something I see every day - the XBox Dashboard. I’ve been longing for the day I won’t see that first on my ‘Video Marketplace’ section on the Dashboard, or maybe a day I can re-arrange the listings to have Netflix come first. Instead of that happening, rumors from up here in the Northwest are saying Zune will be getting a much needed revamp.

Since it’s XBox debut back in 2009, not much has been done with the service, but the sweet nothings that are being whispered are saying we’ll have the service updated to rival the likes of Netflix and Hulu Plus. If you aren’t familiar with the latter two, they are a subscription based internet streaming service used on your XBox, Wii, PS3, computer and even your cellphone. Zune has given us pay per view type services - which really limits how many people will use it. And if the specs are true, not many people did use it. Kind of like the Zune Media Player we had years ago, it seemed just like another failure that was under the Zune Umbrella. Well, 2011 and things might just get a little bit better for Microsoft and the Zune brand. With the rumored streaming subscriptions, I feel more people will use the service. I’m not sure how popular their TV Pass service is, but I would assume with the likes of Hulu Plus and Netflix they can’t be too impressive.

We’ve contacted Microsoft inquiring about what type of subscriptions they’ll offer, and if the rumors are even true. As soon as we learn more we’ll let you know. But you can bet this will might give Netflix a run for its money!
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Duh-Nuh Nuh-Nuh Nuh-Nuh - Super Mario Bros. Speed Run With Lowest Score Possible?

Weekends are usually slow on the news. Not much happens. So I decided to fill up some space and your interwebbing with a neat little video. I’m sure everyone remembers 26 or so years ago playing through Super Mario Bros. and trying to get the highest score possible. Breaking every brick known to man, trying to land on the top of the flag outside of the castle and we can’t forget trying to get down every tube to find endless coins… I know it, I’ve tried it all. I always load up my NES and try to beat my last recorded score. I’m addicted to the idea of Mario - I always have been. I probably own every Mario branded game released for every system minus the Nintendo DS.

When I loaded up GameSetWatch last night I was able to see a video that amazed me. An 8 and a half minute video of some guy playing Super Mario Bros. His goal - lowest possible score. After watching the video - twice - I think he’s right. 600 points might be the lowest possible score. Years ago I’ve seen 700 documented as the lowest, but this is obviously lower. No camera tricks were used - minus the time Mario is spent waiting for the time to run out before sticking his tongue to the flag pole.

Hop on in and give the video a watch, and if you can get lower let us know - I know for sure I am going to try!
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The iEye - A 720p Digital Camera Prosthetic Eye - In Your Face

This is one of the most amazing things I’ve heard all morning - if not the year! Tanya Marie Vlach decided her standard ‘ol run of the mill prosthetic eye isn’t enough to keep her satisfied, but honestly, why would it be!? With all that extra room behind the artificial ball of eye goodness, it only makes sense to install a working wi-fi enabled camera to not only take stills, but 720p video and transmit the feed via wi-fi. Doesn’t this sound frickin amazing?

This little bugger will not only be installed in her eye socket, it’ll feature a waterproof design while having zoom and focus capabilities. The camera will also be able to capture still images with the blink of an eye - literally! Some extra features she’d like are: a dilating pupil that changes based on light, infrared, UV capture, and our two favorites - facial recognition and geotagging. Because what camera wouldn’t be complete without those two features?!

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JailbreakMe 3.0 As Popular As Gadgetsteria - Blows Past 2 Million Downloads

If you remember about a day after the release of JailbreakMe 3.0 on the web, we had posted about the jailbreak utility being downloaded over 1,000,000 times. Here we are around 4 days later and we have already doubled that number.

@chpwn has posted a tweet this past evening stating there has already been over 2,000,000 clicks on the jailbreak button - This is huge! It’s amazing to see the popularity of jailbreaking your iDevice. When freeing it from the shackles of Apple you unleash the true potential of the iPhone. You create so much more fun with your iPods and iPads. The hard working devs that want you to have amazing tweaks and themes that Apple doesn’t want. The benefits for sure out weigh the risks(not that there are any). Congrats to @comex for such another amazing utility and hopefully every iDevice is jailbroken by the end of July!

Beer + Creepy Laugh + Slingshot + iPhones = Steve Ballmer’s Dreams

We’ve all seen em, the blender videos, the baseball bats, the rocks, the water - the list goes on and on. Videos of people destroying Apple products have long been a waste of YouTube space. No matter how much money spoiled brats have, they always think it is funny to throw away 200-800 dollars by destroying things. Don’t get me wrong, when I was young I used to see how much pressure it took to rip a G.I. Joe’s legs apart, and don’t even get me started on my Transformer abuse… But when it comes to iPhones and iPads, we can’t stop the wasteful destruction of such beautiful devices. These ‘magical‘ products clutter our pockets, backpacks and desks, but do we really need to clutter the sidewalks out side of Best Buys with their innards? NO!

I’ve started many videos since the inception of the iDevice - but never been able to finish one. It always hurts me inside to see something I can barely afford being destroyed. I would wait in line for hours on top of hours just to get a taste of the small letter I. These kids have nothing better to do than to waste their parents money… Okay, I’ll stop… This video though, I was able to get to the end. I am not sure why, maybe it was the fact they were older devices. It could of been the weird laugh he kept doing. Maybe the slowed down high speed camera showing the iPhone 2g slamming into the ballistic gelatin - I don’t know. You decide what you think. Was it a waste of time to develop a sling shot specifically made for shooting iPhones? Would it make more sense to shoot Zunes - I mean come on… Zunes????

Jump on in for a bit more and the fantastic video… Maybe even a Vampire Stake!!!

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Swype For iOS Updated - Tiny Blue Lines Are Pretty

We last told you about the port of Android’s Swype to iOS a couple days ago, but we really think this update is post worthy. If you installed the previous beta, you would have noticed that there was no blue trace line while swyping - like there is in the Android counter part. But with this latest update from Andrew Liu(@wyndwarrior), we now have some improved accuracy as well as the highly sought after blue trace line.

I loaded up Cydia this morning and was surprised to see that I had 2 updates - one of them Swype. After installing and seeing what it contained, I was very happy to see a blue line following my fingers as I swyped. Another amazing addition with this beta version - it works with more than just Apple apps. I loaded up my official Twitter client and was glad to see the familiar blue line following my swypes. The one thing I am not a fan of is that it automatically auto corrects. Typing what you see in the picture was 100% impossible :)

To install Swype: add the repo via Cydia. Go ahead and give it a try and let us know how you like it! We might also have a new name for the app, as Andrew Liu doesn’t want it to get confused with the offical Swype tool, iSwype anyone?

Drop on in for a video of the latest update.

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