Review: Marshall Major 50 FX – 50 Years of Amplifiers

Marshall | On-Ear Headphone | $ 170.00

Marshall has been in the audio business for the last 50 years. To celebrate half a century of amplifying all of our music, they released a revision to the original Marshall Major on-ear headphones. This one tagged with the 50 FX to differentiate it from the crowd. The headphone looks nice, but can definitely do a tad bit better. (more…)

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iOS 4.2.1 Available Today, iPad Users Sing in Harmony

Here’s a little something that’ll make the Monday so much better: iOS 4.2.1 has been released to the public!

Seriously though: how many tablets do you know that get even more magical as time goes on?

Regardless your answer, go fire up iTunes, and get your update on!

Update: Not working for you? Update iTunes, and wait; it’s rolling out as we speak.

Update 2: The ‘Find My iPhone’ app will also be free after you update, i.e. no ridiculous MobileMe subscription needed. You can log in using that interesting log in screen we reported on earlier this month.

Just for kicks, I’ve included the press release after the break!


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Major Retailers Release iPad-Optimized Shopping Apps

At the risk of waxing nostalgic, I fondly remember the anticipation of the arrival of the Sears catalog in the mail.  The behemoth contained thousands of potential dreams-come-true in its glossy pages.  We kids would fight over the opportunity to circle our hearts’ desires among the myriad of sports equipment, bedroom ensembles, and of course, toys.  Within a few days, the pages would bear the scars of our ravenous cravings: dogeared, torn and replete with numerous gouges where our pens and pencils had ripped through the flimsy paper.

The cost of printing and shipping has driven the catalog to near extinction.

Browsing for merchandise on the iPad has revitalized the experience.  Read on for some favorite iPad apps.


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Google To Expand Movie Rental Service

At the moment, the movie selection over at YouTube is severely lacking, and composed almost entirely of B-movies. According to the Financial Times, Google is looking to expand its collection by partnering with major Hollywood studios, bringing quality streaming movies to YouTube at the same time they are released on DVD, for around $5 each. The movies would be streamed online just like regular videos on YouTube, presumably with some sort of DRM to make sure users don’t download them illegally.

The timing couldn’t be better with the updated iTV just around the corner; Google is looking to secure their place as a media provider for set-top-boxes (including their own Google TV platform) before Hulu, Netflix, and Apple take all the glory.

[Ars Technica]

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Major iPhone SMS Security Flaw

Originally Posted by Forbes

If you receive a text message on your iPhone any time after Thursday afternoon containing only a single square character, Charlie Miller would suggest you turn the device off. Quickly.

That small cipher will likely be your only warning that someone has taken advantage of a bug that Miller and his fellow cybersecurity researcher Collin Mulliner plan to publicize Thursday at the Black Hat cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. Using a flaw they’ve found in the iPhone’s handling of text messages, the researchers say they’ll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone’s functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device’s camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking.

“This is serious. The only thing you can do to prevent it is turn off your phone,” Miller told Forbes. “Someone could pretty quickly take over every iPhone in the world with this.”

This could of course be HUGE problem. Miller and Mulliner both contacted Apple around a month ago about the problem, Yet they received no reply. Starting Thursday, July 30th (Tomorrow) these SMS Messages will most likely be making their way to iPhones across the world. If you get a text message with only a single square character, Your best bet is to turn your phone off while you can.

Hopefully Apple has already started patching this flaw and adding it in the 3.1 Firmware after being notified. Until then, Stay safe iPhone users!

Source: Forbes

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