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Apple changes stance on water damage policy for iOS devices

It appears that Apple has changed its stance on whether a iOS device is actually water damaged. If you remember when the 13 year old girl sued Apple because her moisture sensors had gone off so Apple voided her warranty.

Well now Apple says that if the moisture sensors are red but the customer disputes and says no liquid has come in contact with the device the warranty may still apply.

I guess Apple has listened to evidence that the moisture sensors can go off in high humidity climates or near a water source without actually being in physical contact with the water source. We will have to see if this new change will affect the location of the moisture sensor in newer iOS devices this year.

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Intel finds Sandy Bridge chipset design flaw

Intel has found a design flaw in one of it’s recently released chips. The chip is the Intel 6 Series, cod-named Cougar Point with a Sandy Bridge Chipset. The chip could sometimes cause SATA ports within the Chipset to degrade over time and impact the performance and functionality of SATA linked devices. SATA devices affected could be hard drives, DVD drives, etc.

Intel has already corrected the design flaw and has stopped shipments of the faulty ones. Intel expects to begin shipments of the updated version of the Chipset to customers in late February. They also expect a full recall to be completed by April.

Intel says that the systems that have the chips now have only been shipping since January 9th so they expect the impact to be quite small for consumers. The processors that could affect a consumer are the Second Generation core i5 and Core i7 quad core systems.

Intel projects that their total losses for this design flaw to be approximately $700 million after recalls and repairs.

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The Dreamcast collection is coming to Xbox 360

Sega has announced that the original Dreamcast titles will be coming to PC and Xbox 360 on February 22nd. Some of the greatest games like Crazy Taxi, and Sonic Adventures will be available on the Xbox.

These games will also be graphically enhanced from their original versions and include online leader boards on Xbox Live. Gary Knight, VP of Marketing at Sega of America and Sega Europe, said that

“The Dreamcast console is still remembered as a pioneering console for online gaming. We are delighted to be able to offer to our large community of dedicated fans a collection such as Dreamcast Collection for them to enjoy old favourites on this generation of consoles.”

I do agree with Gary, I thoroughly enjoyed my days of playing Crazy Taxi on the Dreamcast and cannot wait for these games on the 360.

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Sony to allow PS3 game saves in the cloud

Sony has just announced that in the next firmware update users will have the ability to save game data to the cloud. The feature will be called Online Saving and will be available in Firmware update 3.6.0. Online Saving will be available to PlayStation Plus subscribers only.

So rather than saving all of your game data to your hard drive or memory card you can opt to save it to Sony’s cloud. This way if you accidentally delete files off your hard drive or switch PlayStation’s you will still have them in the cloud.

Developers can opt out of Online Saving to be included in their games if they have concern with it being copied to the cloud.

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Security hole affects all versions of Windows

Microsoft has released a security bulletin today that uncovers a vulnerability present in all versions of Windows from XP to current version. The vulnerability could allow a malicious script to hijack your browser session and steal personal data.

The weakness lies in the MHTML (MIME Encapsulation of Aggregate HTML) protocol handler which is used by applications to render results like Microsofts Internet Explorer. An attacker could exploit this weakness by luring a user to click a link that would execute the script and remain active for the rest of the browser session.

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