iPhone 5 Will Have 4-Inch Display, Arrive This Summer

Take it with a big, fat grain of salt, but an unconfirmed report says Apple might release the iPhone 5 as early as this summer. iPhone models have typically been released in June, though the iPhone 4S broke tradition with an October 2011 release.

9to5Mac reports that a source at device manufacturer Foxconn says Apple’s next iPhone is currently ready for production, and a few sample handsets — each slightly different from one another — are floating around the factory.

The Foxconn source says that all of these potential iPhone 5s have a few things in common: a display 4 inches or larger; a longer and wider symmetrical shape (contradicting last summer’s rumors of an asymmetrical teardrop design); and a non-iPhone 4/4S form.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber calls bunk on this.

Longer and wider? Sounds like bullshit. I can see Apple putting a bigger display on a device of the same size. I can’t see them making a bigger device.

9to5Mac has a hit-and-miss track record when it comes to rumors. Shortly before the 4S debuted, the blog correctly reported that the phone would feature a voice-powered virtual assistant, but got a few details, like Siri’s name, wrong. Reports that the next iPhone could have a flat metal back (also from 9to5Mac) have persisted off and on since before the 4S debuted.

Personally, I’m inclined to go with Gruber on this one. Of all the phones I’ve tested, the iPhone’s current form factor and screen size is just the most natural fit for my hand (although there are others, like the Nokia Lumia series, that come close). Although I wouldn’t completely rule out Apple making a larger handset, I think it’s more likely that the new display will extend edge-to-edge on a device the same size of the current iPhone 4 and 4S.

But I guess we’ll find out for sure come June. Or October. Or whenever the next iPhone debuts. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that Apple likes to keep us on our toes.

Fuente: WIRED

A Short, Strange History of Anonymous

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Anonymous has come a long way in a few short years, graduating from filling the web with Pedobears and Rickrolls to fighting oppressive regimes and trying to get revenge on the companies that cut off WikiLeaks.

Wired’s video team chronicles the lulz and attacks from the leaderless online collective in the above video — made with some fun animation.

The World’s First Computer Password? It Was Useless Too

If you’re like most people, you’re annoyed by passwords. You’ve got dozens to remember — some of them tortuously complex — and on any given day, as you read e-mails, send tweets, and order groceries online, you’re bound to forget one, or at least mistype it. You may even be one of those unfortunate people who’ve had a password stolen, thanks to the dodgy security on the machines that store them.

But who’s to blame? Who invented the computer password?

Like the invention of the wheel or the story of the doorknob, the password’s creation is shrouded in the mists of history. Romans used them. Shakespeare kicks off Hamlet with one — “Long live the King” — when Bernardo must prove he’s a loyal soldier of the King of Denmark. But where did the first computer password show up?

It probably arrived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the mid-1960s, when researchers at the university built a massive time-sharing computer called CTSS. The punchline is that even then, passwords didn’t protect users as well as they could have. Technology changes. But, then again, it doesn’t.

Nearly all of the computer historians contacted by Wired in the past few weeks said that the first password must have come from MIT’s Compatible Time-Sharing System. In geek circles, it’s famous. CTSS pioneered many of the building blocks of computing as we know it today: things like e-mail, virtual machines, instant messaging, and file sharing.

Fernando Corbató — the man who shepherded the CTSS project back in the mid-1960s — is a little reluctant to take credit. “Surely there must be some antecedents for this mechanism,” he told us, before questioning whether the CTSS was beaten to the punch by IBM’s $30 million Sabre ticketing system, a contraption built in 1960, back when $30 million could buy you a handful of jetliners. But when we contacted IBM, it wasn’t sure.

 

According to Corbató, even though the MIT computer hackers were breaking new ground with much of what they did, passwords were pretty much a no-brainer. “The key problem was that we were setting up multiple terminals which were to be used by multiple persons but with each person having his own private set of files,” he told Wired. “Putting a password on for each individual user as a lock seemed like a very straightforward solution.”

Back in the ’60s, there were other options, according to Fred Schneider, a computer science professor at Cornell University. The CTSS guys could have gone for knowledge-based authentication, where instead of a password, the computer asks you for something that other people probably don’t know — your mother’s maiden name, for example.

But in the early days of computing, passwords were surely smaller and easier to store than the alternative, Schneider says. A knowledge-based system “would have required storing a fair bit of information about a person, and nobody wanted to devote many machine resources to this authentication stuff.”

Fuente: WIRED

Bill Gates cree que no paga suficientes impuestos

El cofundador de Microsoft, Bill Gates, ha asegurado en una entrevista que los impuestos en EE.UU. “deberían subir para los ricos y no para el resto” porque eso “es lo justo”. Además, considera que él “no cree que está pagando lo suficiente”.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Barak Obama, ha iniciado este jueves su campaña electoral. Entre las medidas presentadas, Obama ha propuesto ante ambas Cámaras del Congreso la subida de impuestos para los más ricos para hacer frente a la actual situación económica del país.

Sobre la intervención de Obama en el Congreso estadounidense ha sido preguntado el cofundador de Microsoft, Bill Gates, y sobre su opinión respecto a esta propuesta del presidente del país. Lejos de exponer argumentos en contra, Gates ha asegurado que debido al déficit presupuestario por el que atraviesa EE.UU. los ingresos tendrán que subir.

 Fuente: ABC.ES