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Ok, now Google is just screwing with us...

A few days back, I came across some vendor-specific files on the public Git repositories for Google Chrome OS. Labeled for Acer, Dell, and HP, the files likely hinted at the fact that the big three OEMs were at the stage where they needed driver support for their Chrome OS hardware. Yesterday, however, those files disappeared from the repo, and they're still missing today. They've been...

Gull1hack 'jailbreak' for iPhone shows how little users care about security

Jailbreaking iPhones and iPod touches is nothing new. It's been going on for ages, and it'll probably never stop. What needs to stop, however, is the carelessness people display when they do things like installing apps or unlocking devices. Recently, a developer released Gull1hack, which was reported to unlock the iPhone 3.1.3 firmware. As it turns out, there's no actual jailbreaking going on....

Drive co-workers mental with the Farty extension for Google Chrome!

There are plenty of apps for my iPod Touch that I'd like to be able to run on my desktop. You know what's tops on the list? A fart app! No, not really. In fact, I can't imagine anyone bothering to create something like that -- but as we've seen with just about every other app store or extension repository, if an app is extensible, someone's going to code a fart add-on for it. Google Chrome...

7 desktop pranks for April Fools Day shenanigans

April Fools' day is upon us, so it's only right to share a few harmless programs you can use to make things more interesting around the office tomorrow. Remember to check your usage policy and bring a pair of latex gloves so you're not leaving fingerprints at the scene. Don't forget to swap the M and N keys on someone's keyboard. It's subtle, annoying, and timeless. Fun with Short URLs With...

Imitation is the sincerest form of fartery

My primary phone is a BlackBerry, but I also own an iPhone with no service contract. Several weeks ago I had the lucky gig of compiling a few fart apps for TUAW, and I was less than impressed with the overall situation. In other words: most fart apps stink. But let's face it, fart apps made a lot of noise for the iPhone, in no small part because Apple initially refused to "pull the finger,"...

Use your Mac to detect supernatural activity this Halloween!

You knew your Mac could detect wireless networks and Bluetooth devices, but did you know it can also detect spirits? If you want to scan for supernatural activity, download an app called EMF6742, from the Department of the Supernatural. This little program uses your Mac's wireless hardware to scan for anomalies in electromagnetic fields, indicating nearby spirits. A higher number means a stronger...

Muxtape mucked up: who hacked it?

Muxtape, the popular online mixtape service we wrote about earlier this year, appears to have been hacked today. Every song on every Muxtape has been replaced by, "Aim (with Stephen Jones) - Good Disease [Babybird does a Prince thing]." Users can't delete the track from their mixes, and (in our professional opinions) the song isn't even very good. An update was just posted to the Muxtape blog. No...

Change your voice with MorphVOX Junior

Naturally there's a paid version you can upgrade to, but the free one, MorphVOX Junior is pretty fun itself. It's a voice changer application for Windows from Screaming Bee. No, you can't change your voice to a screaming bee, whatever that would sound like. Your choices are Tiny man (like helium), Man, or Woman. While this app is free of spyware and such, it does run little banner ads at the top...