Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, October 9, 2012

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Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 10/09/2012 2:49 pm


If you're getting a purple flare on some of your iPhone 5 photos, you're not alone. Apple says they're getting complaints from customers. And they claim it happens on many smartphone cameras if they are aimed toward a light source. According to the company, the purple flare has been an issue for all the models of the iPhone. The only fix Apple is offering... telling customers to try to avoid pointing the camera at bright lights. Disappointed users are sounding off in the Apple forums ... some saying the purpling is happening in situations where there isn't a bright light in the frame. The purple problem is one of a handful of complaints Apple has been dealing with since the iPhone 5 released September 21st.

It's a video game that's designed to both entertain and inform. And this time, the subject is computer hackers. The goal of "Hax Attacks" is to have players deliver packets of data to a database -- while trying to elude Hax -- the guy who wants to stop you from doing so safely. Hax tries to burden your data packets with viruses or otherwise trick you into making online that can affect your online security. The app is now available on Apple's app store -- and encourages players to such things as developing strong passwords, avoid phishing scams and being aware of viruses.

Your refrigerator may be larger, but your stockpile of paper greeting cards is likely smaller. Cards were once a staple of birthdays and holidays, but the days of signing a greeting card have been replaced with texts, e-cards and clicking "like" on a Facebook wall. The cultural shift has become a challenge for the nation's top card maker, Hallmark, which just last week announced it would close a Kansas plant that made up one-third of its greeting cards.
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