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Ryan Karolak

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Mac Plus reused as a Time Machine server (TUAW.com)

Jan 21st 2011 4:49PM How about a Macbook Air in a Mac Plus? That would be cool.

Does the Apple TV need 1080p? (TUAW.com)

Aug 13th 2010 9:44PM Why not allow 1080p at least from the locally content while stream at 720?

I have a 1080 display, and if I attached a media extender to it I'd want to use the full resolution. Broadcast and cable might be in 1080i but there is 1080p content out there.

I can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p. I think either way, it's easy to say the inability to support 1080p is a step backwards and is less attractive considering that 1080p content will become more popular.

With just 720p the new Apple TV might still be a nice device, but I don't see anyone who is serious about setting up a home theatre system who wants the best video quality using this device for their digital media bridge.

Why Apple's "walled garden" is a good idea (TUAW.com)

Aug 3rd 2010 7:49PM (1) This was big news, I'm surprised you haven't heard of it.


Do a search on the web, if you'd like to find other sources. It's quite possible this was done through other means, I'm not sure whether if it was determined if it was just brute force or an app.


Hidden functionality has been sneaked into Apple apps. Both for good and bad.

Here's an example of a "good" instance:


Programs such as the above is demonstrative that it is fairly trivial to get things past Apple. The above could have been malicious. Proof of concepts of such have been made.

It's easy to say that the the Wallpaper App is telling on how ultimately secure Apple's model is, but we are seeing more and more instances of things getting past Apple, and even more so, vulnerabilities in the operating system its self, which is perhaps worse. That's what the jailbreaks use to root the phone after all. Going to a webpage to auto-jailbreak your iPhone is great if that's what you want to do, but if a bad guy knows the same thing they can easily install and you'll never know.


I'm not trying to beat down iOS. It's a great mobile OS. I admit I like Google's open model more, but that's besides my point. My point is that EVERY operating system is vulnerable. Easy over-the-web Jailbreaks are an example of this. The flashlight app is an example of code getting past Apple, even if for a short time. I'm sure if people wanted to they could break WebOS. I'd just prefer Apple's App-Store with the option to enable third-party apps, like what Google does. That's all. :)

Why Apple's "walled garden" is a good idea (TUAW.com)

Jul 29th 2010 4:34PM Good points, although a few things to consider:

Apple doesn't check the source code. Malicious code can (and has) gotten past Apple if they hide it well. Recently an app stole iTunes account info. (Remember?)

Google does monitor their market, as you mention, although not as heavily. You have to go into your settings on your phone to allow Apps not installed/approved through the market.

Attacks are done through trojans and exploits. Torjans might be a tad harder in iOS, but they can still happen. Exploits can happen on either platform. Apple's cost is the loss of either the freedom to install Apps outside of the App Store or your warranty. I, personally, think the default to limit Apps to the Store/Market but the option to install other Apps if you want (as it is in Android) is preferable. Perhaps if Apple kept their hard moderation, but there was an option to go in and allow third party apps that could only be turned on by the user would be ideal... but Apple would never allow that.

Android 2.2 Froyo source code available today (Engadget)

Jun 23rd 2010 3:36PM @Peter F

Can't wait! Just a matter of time until my G1 is running Froyo!

Valve says Apple, NVIDIA and ATI are working to improve Mac gaming performance (Engadget)

Jun 17th 2010 8:58PM I'd hope so. I thought this would be a nice opportunity to play games such as TF2 on the go on my 2006 Macbook Pro. Back when I was using bootcamp on it Team Fortress 2 would run fine at medium settings and native resolution. I tried running it under Mac OS X and it ran poorly at low settings and resolution! I think it's great that Steam is becoming more cross-platform but they have some work to do...

Samsung planning Android 1.6 update for Behold II -- but that's it (Engadget)

May 28th 2010 12:22PM @thugjedi91

That's too bad. I hope that changes.

Samsung planning Android 1.6 update for Behold II -- but that's it (Engadget)

May 28th 2010 3:39AM Prehistoric? Really? The Dream isn't *that* old. I'd keep mine over the Behold II any day.

Speeking of "prehistoric" smartphones, I'd like to see Android on more old Windows Mobile phones. I'd be cool if Android could some how make its way onto my T-Mo Dash.

Samsung isn't updating the phone for one simple reason. To sell more phones. Planned obsoleteness. I admit I don't know that much about the situation of community development for the Behold II, but it's probably just a matter of time until 2.x is completely up and running. No thanks for Samsung.

Android 2.2 wastes no time getting hacked onto HTC Dream and Magic (Engadget)

May 28th 2010 2:15AM This is great. 2.1 is fully working, it won't take long for 2.2 to be working completely.