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Visual Rumour Roundup: The Apple Tablet

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Errors in The Sydney Morning Herald’s technology articles

BeautyMeters App Store description

BeautyMeter's App Store description

If you’ve ever seen ABC’s Media Watch, you’ll be well aware of the rapidly declining online journalism standards here in Australia. On more than a few occasions, I’ve noticed errors and omissions in The Sydney Morning Herald‘s technology news and I thought it was important to share them here. Obviously, the internet isn’t (nor should it be) error-free. It’s full of mistakes – I’ve made dozens here at The Green Room, and a fair few of them could have been avoided with a little more fact-checking and clarification. It’s the nature of blogs and it’ll remain that way for the foreseeable future. That said, it’s more important for online news sites to ensure that their pieces have been thoroughly checked before publication. They, above all other sources, are the most trusted for news on the internet. Essentially, I don’t want to bash the Australian media, but these mistakes are at the point of frustration for me.

Being a somewhat ‘Apple oriented’ blog, I’ve only looked at articles that cover Apple news and rumors, the latest of which regards the controversy over an application available on the App Store. BeautyMeter is a “Hot or Not” style app. It briefly showed child pornography that was uploaded by one of it’s users recently. There are several issues I have with the article.

iPhone app disabled after teen porn appears

Apple doesn’t “disable” third party applications. The app was removed.

Explicit photographs of girls purportedly as young as 15 were distributed to iPhone users in a controverisal new racy app that was approved by Apple.

The line has been phrased inaccurately – the photo was only ‘distributed’ to iPhone users who had downloaded and installed the BeautyMeter app. Furthermore, the app became available in mid-April. I’d hardly call that “new”. Finally, the app was approved by Apple, but the line’s once again phrased misleadingly – Apple approved the app before any explicit photos appeared on the application, and once an app is approved it is only subject to further scrutiny by Apple if the developer updates the app or Apple finds a clear terms of use violation, which in this case it did after the content was added.

The BeautyMeter app was available for download today despite the apparent child pornography, however, the app would not launch, with a message saying “the item you tried to buy is no longer available”.

If the article’s description is accurate, then he was unable to download the application. While the application’s description page and download link was probably still available after the article was published, the actual file was removed before then. The application didn’t launch because it wasn’t downloaded in the first place. As written, the item he tried to buy was no longer available, so it’s inaccurate to write that it was still available to download or that it wouldn’t launch.

Developer Funnymals or Apple should be able to trace the person who uploaded the offending images

Funnymals can trace the person uploading the images because sign-up is required to use the app and upload images, but Apple can’t. BeautyMeter wasn’t made by Apple – like all (except three) of more than fifty thousand apps on the App Store, Apple has very limited control over how the application operates once it’s been accepted onto the App Store, so it would be extremely difficult for Apple to trace whoever uploaded them.

The original article can be found here. – r.

This week in Gaming: Madworld

Madworld Platform: Nintendo Wii

Developers: Platform Games, Sega

Classification: MA 15+

Genre: Action, Fighting

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Now I don’t usually give a five star rating for any game, but for this one, it deserves it. Sega and Platform games have teamed up to create the recently released Madworld for Wii. Wii is not known for  being a hardcore gaming console, rather a family game, however this game completely changes the theory.

You play as Jack, a survivalist in a city that has been taken over by another race. You are forced to compete in a game show called ‘Death Watch’ where you have to fight enemies in order to survive. You go around the city killing enemies in the most brutal of brutal ways using weapons such as Chainsaws, Spiked Baseball bats and even ninja blades.  Each kill gains you a certain amount of points, the more brutal the kill, the higher amount of points rewarded. In order to win the game show, you must gain a high amount of points.

You fight around a map, with a boss at each level, each level is made up of the most twisted ideas such as ninjas riding on motorbikes and bus’ with metal spikes on the side.Through out each level you acquire new weapons such as massive poles, ninja swords and studded baseball bats. However you have your trusty , rusty chain saw the whole way through the game .

The colours in the game include black, white and a whole lot of red! This allows the graphics to be better on the Wii as it was not as much hard work to make only three colours in the game , and the designers could work on rendering the graphics to make it great for the Wii. Madworld is also multiplayer. You can play side by side with a friend and compete in the most gruesome challenges. This game also includes a 15 song hip-hop sound track to match the game, which gives the game an even better feel to it.

Who ever came up with this game is either a mental patient or a complete and utter genius. This game is a must have for your Wii, and is  a total classic. I hope all Wii users out there can  experience the glory of this game.

Madworld Screen Shot

-o.

HTML Safari buttons

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I love using Safari. In my humble opinion, it’s the best browser out there. It’s got a beautiful user interface and it runs faster than the rest. This morning I made a few HTML buttons that can be placed on your blog or site, so if you’re like me, go ahead and paste the code below into your Safari window. There’s two styles; one reads ‘we still think different’ while the other can be customized to the name of your blog or site, as shown on the right (above). Leave the name in the comments section and I’ll hopefully be able to get one back to you in a few days.

For the button shown on the left (above), simply copy and paste this code into your editor:

<a href=”http://tgrblog.com/2009/04/27/html-safari-buttons/”><img class=”alignnone”
title=”Safari Think Different”
src=”https://thegreenroomblog.files.wordpress.com/
2009/04/safarithinkdifferent.png”
alt=”” width=”225″ height=”120″ /></a>

And once again, leave a comment with site/blog name for a customized button. – r.

Have you downloaded YOUR free adware?

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Now there’s an offer I simply cannot resist.
Don’t waste your time looking for unofficial adware – get the 2009 edition for free at the #1 rated site with over 47 million 100% guaranteed downloads!

</sarcasm> – r.

Rant of the week: Mac Geek Blog

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While this series has seemingly become the one of the more increasingly occasional, I thought I’d take some time to rant about the MacGeekBlog. First of all, they’re jerks. What kind of site sells cracked copies of the iPhone 3.0 beta then promotes it by telling unsuspecting potential customers that it’s a saving? It would be like The Pirate Bay selling music cheaper than iTunes – but they don’t, because the music is pirated. That’s the trade-off when you download illegally. Yes, it’s free, but it’s also illegal. MacGeekBlog seems to think it’s a great idea to make people buy illegitimate copies of software.

Secondly, who puts pop-ups on their site? Even more annoyingly, who puts pop-ups on their site that avoid the Safari pop-up blocker? Who, I ask you, who? I got ten pop-ups on my desktop just by browsing fourteen MGB pages. I’d be better off with Zango installed on a damn PC. To add insult to injury, they’re for those IQ Tests that everyone – repeat – everyone hates.

Sites such as these are a waste of space and bring a bad name to the Mac community. Please, I’m begging you – clean yourselves up. – r.

Last time I checked, Twitter was launched in 2006

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I’m not having a go at WordPress here (because I love them with all my heart), but I was slightly amused by this particularly odd malfunction on our Twitter widget today. Apparently, my last update was 39 years ago. 1970? Pretty sure the internet wasn’t around then, either. – r.


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