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Teen Hearing Loss Increases, Researchers Blame Loud MP3 Players

What? We couldn't hear our parents when they told us rock-and-roll would make us deaf, and teens today still ignore the dangers of loud (but inherently awesome) noises. A recent nationwide study found that teenage hearing loss has increased drastically over the past 20 years -- with one in five teens now suffering slight hearing loss. The number of teens incapable of hearing levels from 16- to...

JailbreakMe Leads to iPhone Security Fears

Some news outlets have gotten a little hot and bothered over the latest jailbreak app for the iPhone 4. JailbreakMe.com, which was posted this weekend by the iPhone Dev Team, allows you to circumvent Apple's lock on the device and run unapproved apps and code -- just like every jailbreak before it. What makes JailbreakMe unique is that, rather than requiring you to connect to a PC and load a...

Jailbreak Matrix Makes Navigating iPhone Underworld Easy

If you love your iPhone but hate Apple's often draconian and seemingly arbitrary restrictions on what apps you can install, then you've likely at least thought about the prospect of jailbreaking. Yet, knowing whether or not your device is even jailbreakable, much less picking the proper tool and finding the right firmware to download, is about as difficult to comprehend as string theory. Someone...

Obama Says Presidential BlackBerry Is 'No Fun,' But His iPod's Stocked With Jay-Z

It's a well known fact that President Obama has a bit of a BlackBerry addiction -- so much so, the man fought long and hard to keep his beloved device once he entered the White House, making him the first sitting president to use one of the e-mail centric smartphones. But Obama revealed on 'The View' Thursday that, perhaps, it wasn't worth all the trouble. Though White House security and IT...

Kindle App for Your iPhone and iPad Gets Dictionary, Search

Earlier this week, we reported that Amazon was upping its game with even cheaper versions of the Kindle, but it has also updated the Kindle app on the iPad/iPhone/iPod touch, adding a couple of unremarkable yet needed features. The Kindle app now has a search function, which was inexplicably absent before. It's also able to look up words and phrases through Wikipedia and Google, but not within...

Japanese Burger Kings Think Patrons Want 'Musical Showers' With Their Whoppers

At a recently opened Burger King in Japan, customers can get a Whopper, french fries, a Coke and a shower, too -- not the wet and naked kind, but a "musical shower," designed to drench your newly sated ears in delicious sounds. According to Engadget, certain booths at Japanese BKs feature docks for your iPod and a clear, bowl-shaped speaker hanging above the table. As a result, your personalized...

Solar-Powered 'Uplink' Gives Joggers That Goofy Look They Love

You can tell somebody is into exercise for the right reason (namely, to stay healthy, and not to get "totally ripped"), when they're willing to look completely goofy while doing it. "After all," says the true health nut, "the more comfortable I am, the further I can run/bike/speed-walk!" Well, sir, meet your new best friend: the Uplink. Designed by Adam Hammerman, this solar-powered personal...

iTunes Accounts Hacked, App Store Swamped With Rogue Developers

While most of us were relaxing and getting our BBQ on this weekend, a story was breaking that saw rogue developers hacking iTunes accounts and buying their own apps to both steal your cash and improve their own App Store rankings. In particular, Asian developer Thuat Nguyen has hijacked accounts across the globe and pushed 40 apps into the top 50 of the books category and racked up over $1,000 in...

Kindle Editions for Apple Devices Gets Embedded Audio and Video

Not even a week after slashing its e-reader's price, Amazon has also revamped its Kindle application for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch with shiny new upgrades. According to Engadget, the Kindle app now features embedded audio and video on select titles. The first e-books making use of this feature are Rick Steves's "London," which features a walking tour of the town narrated by Steves, and...

Apple Says James Joyce is Too Obscene for the App Store

The Puritans who govern Apple's App Store have struck once again, and this time, have targeted a titan of 20th century literature. Robert Berry, the creator of a Web comic based on James Joyce's seminal novel 'Ulysses,' recently told the New York Times that Apple had forced him to remove "offensive" illustrations from his publication before allowing it for sale as an iPad app. Berry, who...

Adobe Launches All Out War on Apple Over Flash

We've been wondering where the skirmishes between Apple and Adobe would lead, and today we were shocked (pleasantly so) to see that Adobe had decided to launch an all-out PR assault on Apple. Adobe bought a full-page ad in the Washington Post and a banner ad on our sister site Engadget. Both read, "We [heart] Apple," and then continued: "What we don't love is anybody taking away your freedom to...

Steve Jobs Goes on the Attack Against Adobe's Flash Player

Today, Steve Jobs mounted one of his more blatant assaults on Adobe's Flash in a letter posted on the Apple Web site. The letter seeks to explain Apple's position against allowing Flash on the iPhone and iPad, painting the conflict as one of ideology and battery performance rather than a business dispute. Unfortunately, it's hard to take Jobs' argument in favor of open standards seriously since...

Rhapsody iPhone App Introduces Reliable (But Confusing) Offline Playback

The newly independent Rhapsody is moving at lightning speed to steal back some market share by slashing prices and marketing the iPhone's offline playback support of the service. The former Real subsidiary has beaten other would-be killer iPhone music apps to the punch, as it's the first on the block (in the U.S., anyway) allowing users to tag songs they want to play -- even when no Internet...

Nuclear Sub Crash Occurred While Navigator Was Jamming to iPod

According to The Sun, a recent official report stated that the navigator of a U.S. nuclear submarine was listening to an iPod when he crashed into a transport ship in the Persian Gulf. The collision, which occurred in March 2009, caused about $92 million in total damages and injured 15 sailors on board the sub. The U.S. Navy spent the last year investigating the crash and discovered some...

Apple Announces Powerful, In-App, Mobile Ad Platform

All of the fun stuff that Apple has announced with regards to this summer's iPhone OS 4.0 update (e.g., multi-tasking, location awareness, background streaming, etc.) seems to have all only led up to the really big news: iAd. This is the mobile advertising platform that has been churning about the rumor mill for some time. While it's not quite truly revolutionary, it does look to be quite an...