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Orbitz Steers Mac Users to Pricier Hotels – Charged 30 Percent More

June 26, 2012 by ·  

Orbitz Steers Mac Users to Pricier Hotels - Charged 30 Percent More

Orbitz Steers Mac Users to Pricier Hotels – Charged 30 Percent More

We have never given much thought to what Internet-connected device we use to make travel reservations, but with this new report which shows that Mac users end up paying 30% more on the travel site Orbitz, we definitely will pay more attention.

This is pretty shocking, and not a very good endorsement for Orbitz or Apple.

Orbitz Worldwide has found that people who use Apple’s Mac computers spend as much as 30 percent more a night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see.

The Orbitz effort, which is in its early stages, demonstrates how tracking people’s online activities can use even seemingly innocuous information — in this case, the fact that customers are visiting Orbitz.com from a Mac — to start predicting their tastes and spending habits.

Orbitz executives confirmed that the company is experimenting with showing different hotel offers to Mac and PC visitors, but said the company is not showing the same room to different users at different prices. They also pointed out that users can opt to rank results by price.

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New iPhone 5 Connector May Make Already Purchased Accesories Obsolete

June 22, 2012 by ·  

New iPhone 5 Connector May Make Already Purchased Accesories Obsolete

New iPhone 5 Connector May Make Already Purchased Accesories Obsolete

Apple may be making a change to the design of connector for the iPhone 5 which is going to make iPhone users very angry!

It seems that Apple is switching from a 30-pin connector to a 19-pin connector on the new iPhone 5, which will make virtually all iPhone accessories purchased for previous iPhone versions instantly obsolete – and Apple hardware is not cheap!

Many Apple fans will roll with the change, and upgrade their phone and re-purchase all of their favorite accessories again, but we feel that there will be a good number of less hardcore iPhone users that will be turned off enough to switch to Android.

All those expensive iPhone accessories you own, all the stuff that plugs into the bottom of the device — speakers, docks, chargers and so on — may be about to become obsolete.

Tech blog TechCrunch reports that Apple plans to change the design and size of the connector for the iPhone 5. The old 30-pin connector, which has been the standard since the third generation iPod, is to be replaced by a 19-pin mini connector.

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New Apple iOS 6 Gives Government Back Door Access To Control Your iPhone

June 19, 2012 by ·  

New Apple iOS 6 Gives Government Back Door Access To Control Your iPhone

New Apple iOS 6 Gives Government Back Door Access To Control Your iPhone

Apple’s new iOS 6 update for iPhones and iPads will include the hooks that the government’s National Alerting Program (PLAN) would need to take over your iPhone. The government’s PLAN program (Personal Localized Alerting Network) would allow the government to control all cellular communications, and allow the government to broadcast messages directly to anyone’s cell phone or cellular device.

“Consumers will have the option to block all PLAN alerts except for those issued by the president”

Apple’s eagerly awaited iOS 6 update for iPhones and iPads will include controversial ‘government alerts’ that some fear are part of the federal government’s takeover of communications networks.

“In compliance with the National Alerting Program, the WEA will be coming to Apple devices that will run on the new mobile OS once it arrives this fall. The iOS 6-compatible devices include iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 4G, iPad 2 and the new iPad. This means that users with older iPhone will be able to receive WEA messages once they upgrade their handset to the new mobile software,” reports AMOG.

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