Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- How one of the best science-fiction films of our time was almost destroyed.
- How to rob a bank in the 21st century.
Put that novel password "12345" aside for a moment. The founders of Knock -- an iOS app that launched Tuesday -- want to make getting into your computer as easy as rapping your knuckles through the pocket of your jeans.
And that's exactly what their service allows. Using Bluetooth low energy technology to let iPhones communicate with their Mac brethren when in proximity to one another, the Knock app turns two steady knocks on the front or back of your phone into a secure unlocking tool to let users bypass the Mac password screen.
The iOS app is $3.99 and works in conjunction with a free Mac counterpart. It only works on select computers: MacBook Airs and 2011 Mac Minis or newer; MacBook Pros and 2012 iMacs or newer; and Mac Pros from this year only.… Read more
Shoppers may need to be careful when hunting for a deal on a tablet online, as they are at risk of picking up a knockoff, a new report says.
San Francisco-based enterprise brand protection company MarkMonitor today released results from its latest Brandjacking Index, a report that looks at how brands being "abused" online. It found more than 23,000 listings "for clones, suspected counterfeits, or gray market" tablet computers in a single day earlier this year.
The firm says it spent a day in July tracking the brands of five tablet makers in 23 online … Read more
Two privately owned stores in Queens, N.Y., accused of peddling unauthorized Apple accessories have agreed to surrender any fake Apple products in their inventories, according to a proposed settlement registered today in federal court in Brooklyn.
The settlement, if approved, would resolve a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed in July against defendants including Apple Story Inc and FunZone Inc, two shops in the Chinatown section of Flushing, Queens. The shops--which sell cases, headsets, and other accessories for Apple products--still say they haven't violated any Apple trademarks.
According to the trademark infringement suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York, Apple frowned upon the news that there were "Apple stores" in New York that the company didn't know about back in Cupertino. And it was probably a less-than-Lex Luthor/evil genius move for the owners of said stores to name one of them "The Apple Story." That may have been a bit of a giveaway, unless we were supposed to think the shop was a museum dedicated to the history of Granny Smiths. … Read more
Photos of the knock-off Apple retail stores in China not good enough for you? NBC's "Today" show headed to Kunming, a city in the southwest of the country, that houses just such a store to capture it on film.
In the video, which was picked up by Cult of Mac, NBC reporter Adrienne Mong heads inside to scope out the trimmings on the Kunming store--the same one that made headlines last week after being profiled by a blogger with the handle BirdAbroad.
Inside, visitors poke at iPads, iPhones, and Apple notebook computers atop wooden tables while staffers stock a dizzying array of accessories on nearby walls. As Mong notes, the surroundings are "convincing," right down to the clear acrylic signage and gadget stands.
Store employees, donning blue T-shirts with the Apple logo and the company's signature name tag lanyard stand nearby, with one telling Mong she believes the media have "distorted the facts" about the operation. … Read more
Researcher in the Asian Journal of Andrology claims that the size ratio between your ring and index fingers has a direct correlation to the size of...another body part. There's a cheesy pickup line somewhere in there that we're too lazy to create.
In other news, Verizon is introducing tiered data plans and eliminating the unlimited model; Facebook is about to launch "something awesome;" and the slacker generation gets a new King on today's episode of The 404!The 404 Digest for Episode 854 Finger length has anatomical significance. Facebook to launch "something awesome." Verizon confirms tiered data plans and hot-spot charge for July 7. Why young men are refusing to grow up. Episode 854 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien took time out of his show Thursday to take a crack at Apple's latest video-editing software, which the company released on Tuesday.
"Apple just released a new version of their famous editing software Final Cut Pro, but apparently it's so different from the last version of Final Cut, video and film editors all over Hollywood are having a hard time adjusting to it," O'Brien said. "Well our editors here at 'Conan' are some of the best in the business. They actually like the new software, in fact … Read more
Plenty of knock-off iPhones have surfaced over the years, but here's a fresh look at a model that's being sold today in the Philippines under the name i9 iPhone. According to CNET reader Samuel Sandoval, who shot a short video of the phone (Facebook sign-in required), it costs around $75 and has dual-SIM slots, which means you can be on two different carriers at the same time. There's even a nice Apple logo on the back of the phone.
It's hard to tell exactly what OS the i9 runs. Though it looks like the iPhone OS … Read more