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Blogger raided by Police over iPhone

Times Online reports that the blogger that broke the iPhone 4G story has had his residence raided by police.

YIPES !

Click here for the Time Online article.

Whoops !

It appears that a software engineer at Apple forgot their test version of the new iPhone 4G at a bar in Redwood City, California.

This device was found by a blogger for Gizmodo, who explains how he found the iPhone in this blog entry. He also reviews the device in this blog entry.

Oh well. At least STATE SECRETS weren’t involved ! :-/

iPad Delayed For Canada

The iPad’s international release has been delayed to “late May”, which includes Canada.

I guess they’re going to fix the wireless and app issues. Let’s hope they’ll get flash in there as well.

Apple will be taking Canadian pre-orders from May 10th via their official site.

Free Kindle Software

Forgot to mention this last month : Amazon.com and Apple have released free software to read Kindle books on Windows PCs, the Blackberry, the Mac, the iPhone, the iPod Touch and the iPad.

Click Here to download the free PC Kindle reader

Click Here to download the free Mac Kindle reader

To download the iPhone, Ipod Touch and iPad app visit Kindle

The Blackberry reader is not yet available to non-Americans but will be made available shortly via this site.

ACTA Vs Canadian Law

From the 12th to the 16th of this month numerous international government representatives will meet in Wellington, New Zealand to discuss the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

This agreement seeks to enforce measures to control the illegal distribution of copyrighted material internationally ; Measures that include restrictions that could result in extensive searches at the border, prohibitions in regards to the use of devices that circumvent the digital locks on media and intrusive, mandatory policing by internet service providers.

In an email to The Ottawa Citizen, Minister of International Trade Peter Van Loan stated “Negotiations are continuing and there is not yet an agreement.” and that the current government would not sign on to the agreement unless it “reflects the best interest of Canadians.”

The proposed measures do not reflect the best interest of Canadians.

Since 1997 Canadians have been able to legally make private copies of audio recordings and the sale of region free DVD or Blu-Ray players have yet to be restricted in Canada.

Canadians have also not been subjected to undue searches at the border over this issue, have not been subjected to copy protection since due to the consumer and legal backlash against rootkit based copy protection, and the attempts to force internet providers to police copyright on their systems failed in federal court.

The proposed measures were also introduced in a manner contradictory to our laws on transparency and may conflict with the conclusions derived from our recent public consultations on copyright reform. Even the EU Commission had been forced to put those issues to a vote this month, to open the Agreement’s process up to the public.

Amendments to our copyright act will be proposed shortly by the Canadian Government in response to the aforementioned public consultations.

iPad Wireless Issues

It appears that the iPad has wireless issues.

Several Americans have reported intermittent wireless connection failures, that people believe is caused by the device’s WI-FI antenna, which is located behind the apple logo.

This issue causes some users to need to enter their passwords, repetitively. And some have had difficulties connecting to certain routers, which has resulted in this support document by Apple.

This along with the lack of support for Flash has made me think twice about purchasing this device, which will be released in Canada later this month.

I don’t read e-books so I haven’t purchased a Kindle or the new Kobo ereader (which is available for pre-order at chapters.indigo.ca). But I have been eying the Archos 9 PC Tablet and JooJoo, which can view Flash.

The competition will be fierce because HP, Acerand Asus will also be releasing tablets soon.

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