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Tech News for 06-30-10

Last week the iPhone 4 made a well known entrance into the world, with 1.5 million devices being sold on the first day of its availability. But almost immediately after the release, consumers began to report problems with the device, relating to the loss of cellular reception when holding the bottom left corner of the phone in a certain way. As more users began to report this issue, the media began to pick up on the problem and reported it all week without a response from Apple. On Friday, Apple stated that signal degradation may occur if users held the device in the bottom-left corner. Their recommendation was to hold the device in another way or to purchase one of the many available cases for the device. In an email to a customer, Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, stated that “There is no reception issue.”. Apple has already stated that there would be a software update to the iPhone 4’s iOS 4 which may correct this issue.

A new vulnerability on Twitter has been discovered by a user of the popular micro-blogging website after the user created a new Twitter account to display the security hole. The issue is a cross site scripting vulnerability, allowing a hacker to inject malicious code into the Twitter Application Registration page. The vulnerability has been published knowledge for the past few days and Twitter has already taken action to make correction to current and new applications. Twitter’s quick response to the issue is believed to have prevented the issue from greatly impacting the micro-blogging platform.

The American College of Emergency Physicians has partnered with Legacy Interactive, a video game developer, to create a game which will educate users about the different types of disasters and how respond in case those disasters occur. The game, titled “Disaster Hero” is being developed by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Through the course of the game, the user will become the Disaster Hero and visit different families to help them prepare for different disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes and floods. The game will be web-based and accessible through a web browser. It is expected to launch next year.

~Bryan Scheiber is a Systems Administrator in Metro Detroit.
He can be reached at: bryan@bryzo.com