Stories by Eric Mack

  • iPhone 4S breaks new Apple pre-order record - 1 million in 24 hours

    Apple says pre-orders of its iPhone 4S, unveiled last week, topped one million in a single day shattering all previous pre-order records for all Apple products. That's 400,000 more than the first-day figure for the launch of the iPhone 4 less than a year and a half ago. Total sales from actual launch day when the iPhone 4 hit stores reached 1.7 million.

  • Windows Phone Mango: How to upgrade now

    Microsoft has started rolling out its Windows Phone 7.5 update, with more than 500 new features including a new music hub and better multitasking. But most Windows Phone 7 users will have to wait a week or even a month for Mango -- unless they use this little workaround to take a bite of the update right now.

  • Skype iPhone, iPod Touch app has security hole

    Skype is working to fix a security hole in its iOS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that allows a hacker to steal a person's entire address book. The vulnerability, located in the app's chat message window, can be exploited with JavaScript code. It was pointed out by security researcher Phil Purviance of AppSec.

  • Will HP leave PC users out in the cold?

    The future of Hewlett-Packard's PC business may be a bit cloudy, but that's not stopping the industry leader from forging ahead with new consumer products. The world's largest computer-maker has announced an upgrade and price drop to the very popular Pavilion DM1 laptop.

  • Google aims to close Google Maps loophole

    Google says it's working to keep the virtual lights on for businesses that are being incorrectly labeled as "closed" on Google Maps. The issue was raised in a New York Times article that profiled a handful of businesses that had been temporarily labeled closed on Google Maps, apparently due to what Google product manager Ethan Russell calls "malicious or incorrect labeling."

  • Hurricane Irene: Best Sites to Track the Storm

    Hurricane Irene has its sights set on the East Coast, and that has easterners checking websites and mobile apps to stay up to date on its progress. The Weather Channel has already <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-weather-channel-coverage-of-hurricane-irene-aims-to-keep-consumers-safe-128412318.html">seen increased traffic</a> this week to <a href="http://www.weather.com/hurricane">weather.com</a> and its mobile information sources, with 8.1 million page views to its mobile outlets alone on Tuesday and 9.7 million on Wednesday. Trade publication <a href="http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/472923-TWC_Sees_Pre_Irene_Bump_in_Digital_Traffic.php">Broadcasting and Cable</a> reported late yesterday that weather.com was on track to reach between 90 and 100 million page views for Thursday alone.

  • iPad 3 debut pushed back to 2012: report

    The 2011 launch of the iPad 3 that was never announced has already been canceled, according to a <a href="http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20110815PD218.html">DigiTimes report</a>. The site says the debut of the third-generation tablet has been pushed back because of a shortage of high-resolution screens in the supply chain.

  • Report: Apple iPod, iPhone event scheduled for September 7

    A Japanese <a href="http://www.kodawarisan.com/k2011_02/archives/2011/08/aa_ipod_aaaaea9_1.html">website</a> reports that Apple has a media event planned for Wednesday, September 7th to announce the company's new line of iPods. It also claims the iPhone 5 will ship in September or early October.

  • Hacker arrests escalate

    As hacking groups like Anonymous and LulzSec have earned a higher profile in the past few months, they've also earned themselves (or perhaps their patsies) an increasing number of trips to jail.

  • Wrong LulzSec suspect may have been nabbed

    UK police may not have gotten their guy when they arrested a 19-year-old Scotsman believed to be LulzSec spokesman "Topiary." The website LulzSecExposed, which is run by LulzSec detractors and aims to expose the identities of the hackers, says it believes police may have been misled thanks to a disinformation campaign waged by LulzSec.

  • Facebook edges Google as most-typed URL domain

    Faceboook.com is the domain to have (count the 'o's) if phishing scams are your game. That's because it's the most popular mistyped entry into a browser URL bar, according to data collected and analyzed by Chris Finke from his browser add-on, URL Fixer. The site misleads errant visitors to believe they've won some sort of contest for Facebook users.