Google+ Invite Workarounds Crop Up

There are ways to get on Google+, the ubiquitous search engine’s foray into social networking, if you haven’t snagged an invite via the circles share exploit, which is working intermittently right now.

The first way is simple, as long as you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch nearby.

In Safari on Apple devices, just point your mobile browser

If using a Mac, set Safari’s user agent as mobile version. Tap on Sign In,and then you will be presented with a Sign Up form to join Google+, which prompts for your name and gender.

In my tests, I was able to join Google+ with a regular Gmail account. Note that once you sign in, you may be redirected to the mobile version of Google Buzz. If this is the case, just login with the credentials you just created on your mobile to the desktop version of Google+ on your PC, and you should be ready to roll.

Once you are on Google+, check out our Getting Started with Google+ guide, and if you are looking to ditch Facebook, also check out 9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+.

Google is constantly plugging holes that people exploit to join Google+, as the service is currently at capacity. So if the first method didn’t work for you, there are two other hacks that you can try.

Try using Google’s Chrome browser and downloading this Chrome app, as first pointed out inHackTabs. Once installed, click on the Google+ icon in a new tab and you will be taken to the login page, where you can sign up for the service.

The third method is a workaround found by Andy Rowe, a link to your own profile (, which should take you to a signup page if you are not on Google+ already.

Sound off on whether these methods to circumvent the Google+ invite process worked for you.

(Source: PCWorld)

Computer-Hacking Group Targets Apple In Latest Attack

A group of computer hackers on Sunday posted a document it claimed contains usernames and passwords for an Apple Inc. server, the latest in a string of brazen attacks that have compromised government and corporate websites around the world.

"AntiSec," a hacking campaign that includes hackers from both the online vigilante group Anonymous and hackers from the now-defunct Lulz Security, posted a document containing a link to a supposed Apple server along with a list of 26 administrative usernames and passwords. AntiSec is Internet shorthand for "anti-security."

The hackers said in a statement posted to Twitter that they had accessed Apple’s systems due to a security flaw used in software used by the Cupertino, Calif.-based gadget maker and other companies. “But don’t worry,” the hackers said, “we are busy elsewhere.”

A spokesman for Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The posted information comes as part of a two-month campaign of digital heists targeting corporations including Sony Corp. and AT&T Inc., as well as government agencies such as the U.S. Senate, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

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Apple Now Selling Unlocked iPhone 4

16GB version retails for $649, 32GB for $749

The Apple stranglehold continues to loosen. You can now buy an unlocked iPhone 4 directly from the Apple online store
The price tag, however, is ridiculous ringing in at $649 for the 16GB version and $749 for the 32GB one. Both white and black versions are available.
As with other unlocked GSM phones, the device will work with any Apple-supported GSM network around the world (international shipping is currently not offered). In the U.S., that means choosing between either AT&T or T-Mobile (though data is only supported on T-Mobile’s slower, non-3G EDGE network).
Technically, the iPhone 4 — once the golden child of AT&T — can now be purchased through Apple to be used with three of the four largest U.S. carriers (including the CDMA-equipped Verizon iteration).
(Source: Daily News)

Apple iOS 5 Copycats WebOS, Android & BlackBerry

Apple has brought to the table the new iOS 5 and all the features not as impressive as you think. The word “Copycats” comes to mind when you look at what they have implemented, they seem to have copied WebOs, Android and BlackBerry.

Think about the new features in the new iOS 5, such as OTA (Over the Air) updates, New Notifications, iMessage, Syncing iTunes Via WiFi, Twitter Integration and Flag Emails.

Apple has not really brought anything new to the table within the new iOS 5 update, all they have done is added what other companies have added to their devices. Check out the six not so innovative features below.

Over the Air (OTA) WebOS and Android are, already using updates and Notifications, which is two features that has been copied. Then the third is the syncing iTunes with WiFi, this has not been built into Android but nether the less with third-party app DoubleTwist you can sync smartphones with iTunes over WiFi.

The new iMessage is basically BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the fourth, how about Twitter Integration being the fifth; WebOS has this feature aka Palm’s “Synergy”. The sixth is Flag Emails for Follow-up that WebOS and Android already uses on devices, both can flag emails for follow-up at a later time.

Read the full story breakdown via Fox Business, they explain a little more. Do you think Apple has just copied other companies? Ok it is still fantastic that Apple has these new features and those using iOS devices will be smiling a little, but not anything innovative really is it.

(Source: Phonesreview)

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AT&T bringing WiFi to 20 NYC parks

For better or worse, AT&T’s hampered 3G blanket in New York City may indeed save you from sending out a few tweets that would be better off unsent, but thanks to this new initiative, it looks like you’ll have far more opportunities to make illogical decisions with your Twitter application of choice. This week, Mayor Bloomberg and AT&T head honcho Randall Stephenson rolled out a five year plan to provide gratis WiFi at 26 locations in in 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs, meaning that you’ll no longer have to slog through Times Square just to get a few free bytes. As of this very moment in time, free AT&T WiFi is available to users at Battery Bosque in Battery Park, the north-end playground in Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx, and around the recreation center at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, with 23 additional park locations to follow throughout the summer.

Back at D9, Ralph de la Vega made it clear that the company was spending countless hours on 3G handoff methods as a way to offload some of the strain on its cellular networks, and sure enough, those with “select” AT&T smartphones will be able to seamlessly switch over without even touching a thing. Thankfully, it’s also free for folks on other carriers (or no carrier at all), with a NSFW filter being applied only to parks located in the 9th district. Or, so we’re told.

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What is NFC, and why do we care?

The introduction of Google Wallet felt a little too good to be true, didn’t it? It’s magical, like the tech equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of a hat. In reality, the tech behind mobile payments has been around since 2003 on a much smaller scale using near-field communications, more commonly known as NFC. The idea behind Wallet (amongst other services, like ISIS) is contactless pay — using your phone as a credit card — and is just one of the many ways NFC can be useful in our everyday lives. In fact, we’re only scraping the surface of what’s theoretically possible.

Google is definitely not the first company to dabble in NFC, but it appears to be poised and ready to push the tech’s adoption forward at a rapid pace with the advent of Wallet and Offers. Until now the coals have been hot; but if a fire’s going to start, someone monolithic has to throw a few newspapers in as kindling — and Google volunteered. But what good is NFC if it’s just an acronym that causes our eyes to glaze over? Is El Goog the only instigator? After the break we’ll focus on what NFC is capable of, and why we want it on our phones as soon as yesterday. 

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Apple Starts to Wind Down the “iPod” Brand

Apple’s new iOS 5 software for iPhones, shipping this fall, has many additions, but appears to have one notable subtraction: The music app is no longer called “iPod” — it’s just called “Music.” There’s a separate app for “Video,” as on the iPad and iPod touch.
Apple is probably mostly trying to unify the experience across all of its iOS devices, so playing music and videos is the same on all of them. Simpler, less confusing. It makes sense.
But it’s hard to overlook that Apple is also probably starting the inevitable wind-down of the iPod brand.Since launching almost 10 years ago, the iPod was Apple’s most important product for years, driving huge growth at the company and making the iPhone and iPad possible.
But thanks to smarter mobile phones like Apple’s own iPhone, listening to music is now mainly a function of your phone, not a separate device like the iPod.
And that’s why iPod sales fell 14% year-over-year last quarter, while iPhone sales more than doubled year-over-year. The iPod business is declining, and while it will obviously stick around for many years, it’s probably going to go away eventually.
(A first step could be retiring the iPod classic — the scroll-wheel device that has been on the iPhone’s “iPod” app logo since the beginning — this fall, near its 10th anniversary. That’s another good reason to tweak the way the iPhone app works and looks.)

Again, we don’t expect the iconic iPod brand to go away any time soon. The iPod touch continues to grow, although Apple could conceivably rename that if it wanted. But other iPods still serve a purpose, and will likely stick around for many years.
But the wheels are in motion. Apple’s most important product, the iPhone, won’t have the word “iPod” on it anymore. And that’s kind of a big deal. 

Microsoft Selling Some Windows Phones for 1 Cent

If you’ve ever wanted to take the plunge into Windows Phone 7 (and you should!) Microsoft is selling the HTC Trophy, HTC Arrive and HTC HD7 for only $0.01 (with new 2-year contract). That’s right, one penny.
It’s a little bit interesting that Microsoft is pulling this deal (Amazon does these sorta penny deals occasionally) and how they’re leaving out AT&T from the mix. The Trophy is Verizon, Arrive is Sprint and HD7 is T-Mobile. With Mango coming along, this is pretty much a steal. 
*Don’t know how long this will last but take advantage if you don’t have a phone, Window 7 is pretty good with alot of potential behind it*
(Source: Gizmodo)

The HP TouchPad Will Be Available July 1st for $500

HP has finally announced when the HP TouchPad, the awesome webOS tablet, will be available: July 1st. It’s going to be Wi-Fi only version and will run for $500 for 16GB and $600 for 32GB. Pre-orders start June 19th.

HP Announces HP TouchPad Availability for United States, Europe and Canada

PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the Wi-Fi version of HP TouchPad will be available in the United States on July 1.

"The platform’s unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with webOS."

HP’s first webOS tablet will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada in mid-July, with availability scheduled to follow later this year in Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.

HP TouchPad will be available from U.S. retailers, commercial resellers and direct from HP with the option of either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage(1) for $499.99 and $599.99, respectively.(2) Preorders in North America and Europe will begin June 19.

"What makes HP TouchPad a compelling alternative to competing products is webOS," said Jon Rubinstein, senior vice president and general manager, Palm Global Business Unit, HP. "The platform’s unmatched features and flexibility will continue to differentiate HP products from the rest of the market for both personal and professional use. This is only the beginning of what HP’s scale can do with webOS."

With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, access to the web, premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology, the ability to find information on the device or in the cloud using the Just Type feature, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, and HP’s exclusive Touch to Share capability for sharing web addresses between HP TouchPad and compatible webOS phones.(3)

Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case (sold separately).

HP also announced it will be partnering with AT&T to introduce a connected version of HP TouchPad later this summer. More information will be available closer to availability.

U.S. retailers and commercial resellers for HP TouchPad will include Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Walmart, Sam’s Club, OfficeMax,, Fry’s, Microcenter, other leading local and regional retailers, and HP’s online stores. Specific pricing and availability for HP TouchPad in Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom will be announced regionally. Details for Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, Singapore and Spain will be announced at a later date.

More information about HP TouchPad, including product features and specs, is available at

(Source: Gizmodo)