Fun at Black Hat:
“Adam Laurie got a similar response from RFID people when he showed you could in fact crack one of those all-singing, all-dancing new e-passports and, more than that, that you can indeed clone those supposedly “unique” RFID chips with a device small enough that you could pick up the information you need just standing next to someone in an elevator.”
Oh dear. So much for homeland security.
In part three of his review of the iPhone, Paul Thurrott notes a limitation on the iPhone’s online syncing:
"Notice any limitations here? First and most obviously, Yahoo! is the only Web-based email/contacts store supported: If you use Hotmail, Gmail, AOL, or any other Web-based email service, you cannot sync between contacts stored there and the iPhone. This is a glaring functional lapse that the early Mac-using iPhone reviewers neatly skipped over as they stumbled all over themselves trying to complement think of new superlatives. Heck, Apple doesn’t even offer a way to export contacts from these locations in order to get them into the iPhone."
However, there’s a way around this: Use Plaxo, the online service which was set up to allow easy update of contact information and which is gradually becoming a "lingua franca" for contact and calendar information on the web.
Plaxo currently allows you to synchronise the following services and applications for contacts and/or calendar:
- iCal/Address Book (Mac)
- Outlook Express
- Thunderbird (Mac, Windows, and Linux)
- Windows Mail
Google Mail/Gmail was supported, but recently broke – and the guys at Plaxo are working on getting it up and running again soon.
Plus, you get the other benefits of Plaxo: if any of your contacts are also Plaxo users, when the update their contact information it’s automatically updated in your address book too.
Report: Eminem sues Apple for copyright infringement | Tech News on ZDNet:
Rap singer Eminem has accused Apple of copyright infringement in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit, according to a story in The Detroit News.
Eminem’s music publishers have not given Apple permission to offer the artist’s music for download, according to the report in Tuesday’s paper, although Eminem’s music is available through the Apple’s iTunes Store.
Apple pays a portion of the revenue it collects from Eminem downloads to Universal Music Group, which distributes the music, but not to Eminem’s publishers, the News reported. Eight Mile Style and Martin Affiliated, the companies representing Eminem, demand that Apple stop offering downloads.
The newspaper suggested that the problem is caused by the confusion over who owns the rights to downloads. Apparently, Eminem is asserting that record companies do not hold these rights exclusively.
How many do you recognise? And, for that matter, which one are you?
No, really. Going to a hacker convention and attempting to solicit people to commit crimes isn’t big, cool, or clever. It is, however, hilarious when you’re rumbled.