Remember those amazingly detailed
fake Apple stores that were found last month? Well, China's Administration for Industry and Commerce promised they would look into the problem and you will never believe what they found.
So far, the administration has turned up another 22 unauthorized Apple stores. Yeah, you read that right: 22 more fake stores. As of now, we are unaware of whether the stores are selling official product unofficially or knock-off products. Knock-offs are a big business in China, but it is very unusual for an organization to go to the lengths these guys have to make the stores look so real.
Based on the photos we saw last month, obviously someone has direct access to the manufacturing of at least Apple's fixtures, because the first round of fake stores even had the official Apple product displays. From the reports, these stores are no different and, despite the coverage of the first round of stores and the fact that only 4 real Apple stores exist in the country, the employees of these stores still believe they work for one of the four.
Whether or not they work for Apple or are selling official Apple product illegally, they have been ordered to remove any Apple logos from their stores. To increase the speed of discovery, the agency has also setup a complaint hotline for residents to report what they believe to be counterfeit Apple locations. China sure is a fun place.
posted Thursday Aug 11, 2011 by
Noah Everett, the man responsible for
TwitPic, has gone from 3rd party Twitter integrations to straight up creating his own Twitter service that has already managed to hit 1 million "pings" in 2 days. It is very likely that Everett feels revenge is not for the birds after Twitter decided to clip its wings and revoked tons of API tokens and apps in an effort to create a more consistent Twitter experience. You may have also noticed the pictures attached to people's tweets which is something Twitter does in-house now and could very well be the reason for heello (he low).
When you create an account for the first time, you might think you accidentally signed into your Twitter account; alas this is not the case. One obvious difference is that your profile page layout is flipped, your "ping" feed is on the right and only information pertaining to you is displayed on the left. It is also worth noting that the ping feed happens in real time. There is no "Similar to..." or "Following" preview. All that information on heello is available though the clearly marked links underneath your profile pic. The terminology is different and more sensible in my opinion, tweets are "pings" and retweets are "echos" which evidences his developer or Navy background. Follow is called "Listen," making the people you are subscribed to people you are "listening" to and people who listen to you are "Listeners."
To see what I'm talking about first hand, check out the pictures after the break.
What do unicorns, ninjas and Vulcans have to do with security? Everything, at least if you're talking about Xbox LIVE security. There is a team at Microsoft, known as the Xbox LIVE Policy and Enforcement team, where all of the cheaters, hackers, phishers and thieves come to be dealt with. The team is entrusted with the responsibility of making sure "Xbox LIVE is safe, non-offensive and fun for all users."
They don't deal with everything, though. Obviously if someone is cheating or modifying a game the team will get involved, but there is a lot happening on LIVE that cannot be regulated. Xbox LIVE Enforcement Unicorn Ninja (there are your unicorns and ninjas), Boris Erickson, says,
If you're playing a game on Xbox LIVE, and somebody snipes you from across the map and you drop the F-bomb, we're not going to ban you – not for the occasional slip. We focus on the really bad stuff... We are not here to be the arbiters of all speech. But there are certainly some kinds of communication on Xbox LIVE that crosses a line – racism, homophobia, sexism, offensive comments about nationalities, and more.
To find out more about the ninjas, hit the break.