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Apple: Hack the iPhone at Your Own Risk

On Monday, Apple warned iPhone owners to hack at their own risk, making it undoubtedly clear that unlocking programs used to connect the iPhone to nonsanctioned wireless carriers could cause irreparable damage. That "damage" could make the device inoperable when the Apple software updates are released. Apple said iPhone customers that decide to make unauthorized modifications to the device's...

Halo 3's Debut Garners Glowing Praise

Master Chief, the Covenant, and the rest of Halo 3 landed in stores last night -- and the jury of fans are delivering a hugely positive verdict. Before 10,000 stores opened at midnight to sell the final game in the Halo trilogy, Microsoft reported that 1.5 million copies had already been sold in preorders. Outside some stores, fans lined up, some in costumed homage to Master Chief and other...

Unlocking Permanently Damages iPhone, Apple Says

Apple put out a consumer warning Monday: Buy an "unlocked" iPhone at your own peril. In the USA, most cell phones are sold "locked," meaning a phone is tied to the carrier that supplied it. Apple's combination iPod, cell phone and Internet device works exclusively with AT&T. Some early buyers have complained about AT&T's data network; others, about spotty cell coverage. On the other hand, Apple...

Fans Get Their Hands on New Halo 3

Can "Halo" hero Master Chief blast his way past "Spider-Man 3" too? We'll soon find out as the third installment in the "Halo" video game franchise debuts Tuesday for the Xbox 360 console. Microsoft Corp. won't divulge exact sales predictions for "Halo 3" (and won't specify just how many tens of millions they poured into developing it) but seems confident of outdoing the "Spider-Man 3" movie,...

Facebook Subpoenaed in Sex-Predator Case

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has subpoenaed Facebook after the company did not respond to "many" complaints by investigators who were solicited for sex while posing as teenagers on the social-networking site. Investigators set up profiles as 12- to 14-year-olds, and the decoys were quickly contacted by other users seeking sex, Cuomo said. On several occasions, the Palo...

Homeland Security Cyber Attacks Probed

A top homeland security lawmaker has called for an investigation into possible cyber attacks on computer systems at the Homeland Security Department. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said he believes Unisys Corp -- the company that holds the $1.7 billion contract to build parts of the Homeland Security Department's computer network -- is at fault for these network break-ins. Thompson chairs the...

Spaceflight Can Change Bacteria Into More Infectious Pathogens

Space flight has been shown to have a profound impact on human physiology as the body adapts to zero gravity environments. Now, a new study has shown that the tiniest passengers flown in space -- microbes -- can be equally affected by spaceflight, making them into more infectious pathogens. Compared to bacteria that remained on earth, the space-traveling Salmonella had changed expression of 167...

Africa flood crisis deepens (AFP)

AFP - Fresh rainfalls and slow relief have deepened the humanitarian crisis caused by record floods in Africa which have affected more than 1.5 million people and killed at least 300, aid agencies warned...

Office 2008 for Mac Set for Jan. Release

(AP) -- Microsoft Corp. said it will release three versions of its Office 2008 for Mac suite in January, with the most expensive of the bunch aimed at creative professionals overwhelmed by the task of organizing their digital media files.