Greg's bite: iPad Folder Bug, NetFlix, iPhone, Web Opt Out, Stuxnet News
TweetFollow Us on Twitter

Greg's bite: iPad Folder Bug, NetFlix, iPhone, Web Opt Out, Stuxnet News

By Greg Mills

iOS 4.2.1 folder bugApple is working on recreating the iOS 4.2.1 disappearing folder bug. The bug has been reported to me by six readers, so far.  

The steps that may or may not result in the folders disappearing are.  

° Load the new iPad iOS 4.2.1 on to your iPad.

° Sort apps into folders  

° Download app updates to some apps in folders over Wi-Fi before syncing iPad with iTunes.  

° All Folders disappear and apps are spread out randomly.  

I was contacted yesterday by Apple and can thus confirm they are now aware of the problem and hopefully will fix it with the iPad iOS release scheduled for mid-December. Apple does a great job of fixing issues like this that aren't dangerous but a nuisance. 

NetFlix has grown to the point it consumes 15% to 20% of the Internet bandwidth in many locations in the US. Those of us with unlimited data plans may find caps put on data to pay for the increased usage due to downloading HD movies, which are bandwidth hogs, to be sure ...

Spats are breaking out between various providers of the Internet service we take for granted. To understand the limitations of bandwidth there is an experiment one can try.  Breath through a straw while at rest and then get up and run around the house. Suddenly the straw isn't big enough to supply all the air that is needed. The Internet has been likened to tubes that run everywhere to interconnect computers with each other and servers that switch the connections. NetFlix is running around the house and suddenly there isn't enough tube capacity to go around. They can't charge NetFlix so they are going to charge us ...

Apple's iPhone usage numbers are now equal with RIM. As Apple increases RIM decreases in customer base numbers as have Nokia and other fringe players like Microsoft.  Apple's only serious competition is with Google's Android OS. It takes a while for patent issues to play out and while the glacier moves very slowly down the mountain, it grinds away everything in its path. Apple's touch screen user interface is that technological glacier, and Google is directly in the path of Apple patent lawsuits that are sure to come.  

Steve Jobs has declared that they have patented everything they can on the iPhone technology and will defend their patent rights vigorously. Normally, when a patent holder sues and wins an infringement case there are two options the parties can come to. The patent holder may elect to license the infringer for some agree to amount of money or refuse to license the infringer at all and force them to stop using the patented technology.  

The second option will be a disaster for Google should Apple get the upper hand. Android's touch screen user interface is clearly headed for court. This may be in the form of one cell phone manufacturer at a time or Google facing infringement scrutiny from a Federal court over many aspects of the Android OS that infringe on who knows how many Apple patents. Remember Apple was working on iPhone long before Google got to work on Android.

A web browser tracking opt out option may be in the works soon. The FCC has been discussing offering web users the same privacy as telephone users have, who may "opt out" of having telephone solicitors call them. I submitted all our phone numbers to the FCC "no call list" and the telephone solicitation problem mostly went away. You know you are being tracked, when you Google a business to hook up to the right web site for them and then for weeks, you see banner ads on almost every web site you visit for them.  

To me, having as many as five identical ads  served to me by Google on a single web page I visit,  for a company I already found by Googling them, is advertising fraud. It is sort of like the click fraud thing that came up a few years back where advertisers were being defrauded by companies that placed web ads in numerous web sites, like Google, and then generated a lot of phony clicks that were charged as a page view by a web browsing person. Advertisers are charged per view, and they have no way to protect themselves from fraud.

The upside of a universal web browsing tracking opt out mandate is privacy. The down side is revenue for web ads would crash and a lot of content paid for by such advertising would vanish. The economics of most web sites is tenuous already. It is hard to get Internet users to pay for content, and web sites have to raise money somehow. It is likely a mandated "opt out of web browser tracking" rule by the FCC will have unanticipated downside consequences for all of us.

The Stuxnet news is out that, finally, Iran is admitting what everyone already knew: the Microsoft Windows worm called Stuxnet has done serious damage to its "peaceful" development of nuclear energy. The leak of diplomatic messages in the news recently confirm that everyone in the Middle East is actually pushing the US and Israel to bomb the heck out of them.  

If Stuxnet fails to stop Iran they will have no alternatives left short of war -- and war is sure to be swift and harsh. The consequences for oil prices spiking for a while are obvious, and Iran will strike back. The risk is that someone will go nuclear, and that is not going to be pretty.  The Stuxnet worm may have bought the world some time but won't stop them.  

Now the French have fresh intelligence they are releasing that the North Koreans may have stirred things up locally to mask shipping nuclear bomb parts to Iran to help them out. Once Iran actually tests a nuclear bomb, the cat is out of the bag and bombing them with anything short of nuclear weapons will be fruitless and dangerous as a counter strike by Iran is likely and may be hard to stop despite our best missile counter measures. No one but Iran wants war, but they may get their wish.  Israel and the US may disagree on what to do, but Iran continues to ratchet up the risk of war.

That's Greg's bite for today.

(Greg Mills, is a Faux Artist in Kansas City. Formerly a new product R&D man for the paint sundry market, he holds 11 US patents. He's working on a solar energy startup, www.CottageIndustrySolar.com using a patent pending process of turning waste dual pane glass into thermal solar panels used to heat water. Greg writes for intellectual web sites and Mac related issues. See Greg's art web site at www.gregmills.info ; his email is gregmills@mac.com )

 

Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

1Password 6.8.5 - Powerful password mana...
1Password is a password manager that uniquely brings you both security and convenience. It is the only program that provides anti-phishing protection and goes beyond password management by adding Web... Read more
BetterTouchTool 2.319 - Customize multi-...
BetterTouchTool adds many new, fully customizable gestures to the Magic Mouse, Multi-Touch MacBook trackpad, and Magic Trackpad. These gestures are customizable: Magic Mouse: Pinch in / out (zoom... Read more
iFFmpeg 6.6.3 - Convert multimedia files...
iFFmpeg is a comprehensive media tool to convert movie, audio and media files between formats. The FFmpeg command line instructions can be very hard to master/understand, so iFFmpeg does all the hard... Read more
Evernote 6.13.2 - Create searchable note...
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from... Read more
HoudahSpot 4.3.4 - Advanced file-search...
HoudahSpot is a versatile desktop search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the... Read more
calibre 3.14.0 - Complete e-book library...
Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian... Read more
Evernote 6.13.2 - Create searchable note...
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at anytime, from... Read more
calibre 3.14.0 - Complete e-book library...
Calibre is a complete e-book library manager. Organize your collection, convert your books to multiple formats, and sync with all of your devices. Let Calibre be your multi-tasking digital librarian... Read more
HoudahSpot 4.3.4 - Advanced file-search...
HoudahSpot is a versatile desktop search tool. Use HoudahSpot to locate hard-to-find files and keep frequently used files within reach. HoudahSpot will immediately feel familiar. It works just the... Read more
Hopper Disassembler 4.3.10- - Binary dis...
Hopper Disassembler is a binary disassembler, decompiler, and debugger for 32- and 64-bit executables. It will let you disassemble any binary you want, and provide you all the information about its... Read more

Latest Forum Discussions

See All

Sweety Kitty is an epic adventure for sw...
Join Sweety the Kitty on his journey around the world in Sweety Kitty, an all new match-three adventure full of colorful lands and tasty treats, developed and self published by Integra Games Global OU. Available now on both the App Store and Google... | Read more »
The best deals on the App Store this wee...
A new week means new deals on the App Store, and it looks as though Christmas has arrived a bit early this Monday with a whole slew of new discount games, many of which have yet to be covered in this roundup series. Puzzle games, point and click... | Read more »
CUPHEAD (Games)
CUPHEAD 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $4.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Cuphead is a classic run and gun single player action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the... | Read more »
Run Sausage Run! guide - tips and tricks...
Run Sausage Run! is a mildly sadistic endless runner in which you guide a sausage or any other variety of cured meat through a deadly meat factory full of sawblades and other hazards. Getting a high score in this game is no small feat, and will... | Read more »
WWE Mayhem guide - beginner tips and tri...
WWE Mayhem brings all of the familiar faces from your favorite wrestling league to mobile in this exciting new fighting game. Build up a team of your favorite WWE superstars and fight your way to the championship title, or battle against your... | Read more »
The best new games we played this week -...
We've made it through another week, so let's treat ourselves to some of the best new games to launch in the past few days. It was another exciting week with some long-awaited indie games making their debut, and some big console titles making the... | Read more »
Match blocks to pull off dance moves in...
Ferdinand: Unstoppabull is a brand new match three puzzler based on the animated movie of (almost) the same name. As you can expect, you have to match blocks together to complete a bunch of puzzling levels and earn a high score. [Read more] | Read more »
Lineage 2: Revolution’s end of year upda...
Now available in 54 countries worldwide, Lineage 2: Revolution is continuing its global quest to be the most popular mobile MMORPG by launching a jam-packed end of year update. Complete with many subtle tweaks to help improve users’ online... | Read more »
The 5 best Star Wars games on iOS
The time has almost come.Star Wars: The Last Jedifinally hits theaters in the cinematic event that might be bigger than Christmas. To celebrate, we're taking a look at the best--and only the best--Star Warsmobile games to date. [Read more] | Read more »
Life Is Strange (Games)
Life Is Strange 1.1 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.1 (iTunes) Description: Life Is Strange is a five part episodic game that sets out to revolutionize story-based choice and consequence games by... | Read more »

Price Scanner via MacPrices.net

Holiday deals on 9″ Apple iPads: Resellers of...
B&H Photo has 9.7″ 2017 iPads on sale for $10-$50 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. Overnight shipping is free, and pay sales tax in NY & NJ only: – 9″ 32GB iPad WiFi: $299, $30 off – 9... Read more
12″ and 10″ Apple iPad Pros on sale for up to...
B&H Photo has 10″ and 12″ iPad Pros on sale for up to $80 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. Overnight shipping is free in many cases, and B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only. Note... Read more
Sunday flash sale: Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ea...
Amazon has Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones on sale for $199.99 including free shipping. Their price is $100 off MSRP, and it’s the lowest price available for Beats Solo3. Multiple colors are... Read more
B&H Holiday sale: MacBooks for up to $300...
B&H Photo has Apple MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and 12″ MacBooks on sale for up to $300 off MSRP as part of their Holiday sale. B&H charges sales tax in NY & NJ only, and overnight... Read more
The lowest prices on Apple 13″ MacBook Pros t...
Save $300-$300 on the purchase of a 2017 13″ MacBook Pro this weekend with Certified Refurbished models at Apple. In many cases, Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest available for each model... Read more
Lowest prices of the Holiday season: 15″ Appl...
Save $360-$420 on the purchase of a 2017 15″ MacBook Pro with Certified Refurbished models at Apple. In many cases, Apple’s refurbished prices are the lowest available for each model from any... Read more
Apple discounts Beats products by up to 30% t...
Apple has Beats by Dr. Dre (BeatsX, Powerbeats3 Wireless, and Beats Solo3 Wireless) on sale for up to 30% off their retail price from now until December 26th: – BeatsX: Was $149.95, now $99 –... Read more
Updated Price Trackers: Macs, iPads, iPhones,...
Scan our Apple Price Trackers for the latest information on sales, bundles, and availability on systems from Apple’s authorized internet/catalog resellers. We update the trackers continuously: – 15″... Read more
How to preorder a new iMac Pro and pay zero s...
B&H Photo and Adorama are accepting preorders on multiple configurations of the new Apple iMac Pro. Both resellers charge sales tax for residents of NY & NJ only, and shipping is free.... Read more
Apple Macs back in stock at Amazon with model...
Amazon has MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, MacBooks, and iMacs on sale for up to $200 off MSRP as part of their Holiday/Christmas sale. Shipping is free. Note that stock of some Macs may come and go (and... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description: Sales Specialist - Retail Customer Service and Sales Transform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
*Apple* Retail - Multiple Positions - Apple,...
Job Description:SalesSpecialist - Retail Customer Service and SalesTransform Apple Store visitors into loyal Apple customers. When customers enter the store, Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.