Daily Dispatch: Apple offers personal setup for Macs; Samsung showcases flexible displays

Consumer Reports News: January 10, 2011 11:40 AM

In today's Digital Dispatch:

Apple launching personal setup for Macs at Apple Stores (9to5Mac)

...When you purchase a Mac at an Apple Retail store an employee will help you setup your e-mail accounts, walk you through the Mac App Store, setup an iTunes account for you, and show you the basic pointers of owning a Mac.

Samsung shows flexible and transparent displays at CES 2011 (video) (Engadget)

...Let's start with the flexible unit: Sammy seems to be particularly excited about this one, demonstrating on video that it's shatter-proof by bashing it repeatedly with a sledgehammer -- compare that to the inevitably disastrous consequences of dropping an iPhone onto concrete, and they've already won us over.

Researcher Develops Password Hacking Software for Wi-Fi Networks Using Amazon Web Services (ReadWriteCloud)

...According to Reuters: Roth said that he used his software and Amazon's cloud-based computers to break into a WPA-PSK protected network in his neighborhood. It took about 20 minutes of processing time. He has since updated his software to speed its performance and believes he could hack into the same network in about 6 minutes. "Once you are in, you can do everything you can do if you are connected to the network," he said.

Blekko Launches Spam Clock To Keep Pressure On Google (search engine land)

...But is spam in particular killing Google? That’s the impression you might get if you’ve been reading some of the posts that have been making the rounds of the technology circles recently.

Virginia Poised to Ban Teacher-Student Texting, Facebooking (ReadWriteWeb)

...Ostensibly designed to help prevent sexual misconduct in the Virginia Public Schools, the guidelines set forth a "model policy" that restricts all teachers and school board employees from any electronic communications outside accounts and platforms provided by the schools.

TV's Dr. Jim Sears Calls Baby-Swinging Yoga Moves 'Not Healthy at All' in Urlesque Interview (urlesque)

...Some of the moves this mother is doing seem to put a lot of torque on the shoulders, like when she swings the baby by his wrist, but other moves look fine. One worry is the centrifugal force on the child's head when he's swinging upside down. That's not healthy at all.

Ga. Valet's Cell Phone Stops Bullet (Associated Press)

A valet at an Atlanta nightclub cheated death when his cell phone, tucked in his breast pocket, stopped a bullet. (Jan. 7)

About Digital Dirk's Dispatches
Dirk Klingner, our technology-trend watcher, sifts through hundreds of blog posts and news articles daily to bring you the Digital Dispatch—a compilation of the most important and interesting tech news for consumers. If you have a tip on a story you want to share, leave a comment below.

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