The winner of the iMore app comment contest is…

Last month we held a contest on iMore to celebrate the launch of the new iMore 3.0 app for iPhone. The goal of the contest was to encourage our readers to not only read, but to leave valuable comments and engage in discussion with fellow readers throughout the blog. The prize on the line was a $500 gift certificate to the Apple Store. It took some time to go through all of the entries but a winner has been chosen and it’s time to announce who it is!


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Hanjie Wanda Square, a high-end mall designed by Dutch architects UNStudio, opened in the Chinese ci

Hanjie Wanda Square, a high-end mall designed by Dutch architects UNStudio, opened in the Chinese city of Wuhan this week. There are 42,300 stainless steel orbs strung along the facade, each embedded with an LED that, together, turn the building’s skin into a multi-colored screen at night. [Domus; image by Edmon Leong]

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Ugh, Who Invited Math To the Rubik’s Cube Party?

Ugh, Who Invited Math To the Rubik's Cube Party?

The simplicity of the Rubik’s Cube puzzle is what makes it so devilishly difficult to solve at times. It’s just a bunch of colored squares, but getting them to group together can be a life’s pursuit for many people. So who in their right mind thought that taking the Rubik’s Cube formula and adding mathematical patterns of numbers into the mix was a good idea? Clearly someone with a deep love of mathematics, or a sincere hatred for humanity.

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Winners of the Samsung Pen.UP contest


Some great digital art from some great people, and great prizes will soon be on their way

Last week we told you about a Pen.UP, Samsung's new social network for people who like to create and share digital art, and got with Samsung to hold a contest where people could show off their best stuff. Last night, things closed down and we had to sort through and pick three winners, who are about to get some great prizes from Samsung. 

Everyone has been contacted and we can share what we thought were the three best entries. Hit the break and see them.

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It’s Probably Good GM’s Gas-Guzzling “Leisure-Mobile” Never Got Made

It's Probably Good GM's Gas-Guzzling "Leisure-Mobile" Never Got Made

Illustrated by Richard Arbib in 1972, this enormous "leisure-mobile" of the future was called the GM Bonanza. It looks like it wouldn’t have done very well during the 1970′s oil crisis. Or at any time when fuel is more than $.03 per gallon, really.

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Arbor Networks introduces cloud-based anti-DDoS service

Arbor Networks today introduced its first cloud-based distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation service to protect enterprises against large-scale attacks intended to swallow up available bandwidth or knock application servers offline.

The Arbor DDoS mitigation service could be applied to filter out unwanted attack traffic at up to about 280Gbps or even higher, according to Gary Sockrider, solutions architect for the Americas at Arbor. Arbor’s enterprise service works in conjunction with the Arbor on-premises anti-DDoS gear the enterprise would have, he said. Arbor’s approach entails “once we see the attack, we re-direct traffic to the scrubbing center,” says Sockrider. Arbor is also seeking to get a different type of customer, the large ISPs, to make use of this cloud-based anti-DDoS service on a re-seller basis.

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Arbor’s cloud-based approach for the enterprise, coupled with its on premises hardware, comes as the anti-DDoS market grows more competitive. Belmont, Calif.-based start-up, for example, which is a purely cloud-based anti-DDoS service, made its debut in August. Sockrider says Arbor intends to have a cloud-based pricing model that doesn’t levy charges based on traffic spikes that arise in DDoS attacks. He says some cloud-based DDoS competitors do that.

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In August, Arbor issued a report stating that based on DDoS attacks it monitors today via its gear, half of them now reach speeds of over 1Gbps, up 13 percent from the year before. The portion of DDoS attacks over 10Gbps increased 41 percent in the same period, according to Arbor. There was also a doubling of total number of attacks over 20Gbps. The Arbor monitoring system is based on anonymous traffic data from more than 270 service providers. DDoS are often carried out through criminal manipulation of botnets of compromised servers or other computers that can aim attack traffic at the victim’s network.

A year ago, the power of DDoS attacks was clearly seen as the websites of about a dozen U.S.-based banks, including Wells Fargo and Bank of America, were hit so hard their online services weren’t available to the wider public for certain periods.

The massive DDoS attack that struck the spam-fighting organization, Spamhaus, earlier this year is viewed as among the most intense ever in terms of sheer bandwidth, peaking at about 75Gbps. Companies that depend on Internet availability for their customers, such as SG Interactive which provides online games, now regularly point out it’s critical to stop overwhelming DDoS attacks that threaten their entire business.

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Pregnant Gwen Stefani Relaxes with Acupuncture

Seeking a natural remedy as she cooks her third bun in the oven, Gwen Stefani stopped by an acupuncture clinic in Los Angeles on Wednesday (November 13).

The No Doubt frontwoman was dressed in all black with a blazer, trousers, and strappy heels as she posed for a pic with a fan before heading home.

Far from falling into the often-frumpy trap of maternity wear, earlier this week the 44-year-old musician showed she could still rock trends.

On Monday, Gwen made her way to a meeting in a diagonally zipped-up sleeveless jacket, black leather pants, and pointy black heels.

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Hey, Did You Know Bob Dylan Is A Steampunk Metalworker?

Hey, Did You Know Bob Dylan Is A Steampunk Metalworker?

Me, neither! But Mood Swings, a new exhibition at London’s Halcyon Gallery, will be showing off a series of large-scale metalworks—seven gates made from vintage iron scraps, hand-welded by the man himself.

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MYBELL keeps cyclists safe by blasting their MP3s of choice (hands-on)

Biking in heavily trafficked areas can be dangerous — and few know this better than NYC cyclists. Peter Pottier is one of many in the Big Apple to survive a near miss while on two wheels, and that experience led him to develop a digital noise-maker to help keep bikers safe. The handlebar-mountable …

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Book News: Lynn Coady Takes Canada’s Top Literary Honor

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Lynn Coady won Canada’s most prestigious literary award, the Scotiabank Giller Prize, for her short-story collection Hellgoing. (You know, in case Canadian short story writers haven’t had a good enough year.) The jury — writers Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem and Esi Edugyan — said the eight short stories in Hellgoing are “magically united by Coady’s vivid and iconoclastic language, which brims with keen and sympathetic wit.” In her acceptance speech, Coady said, “It makes me proud not just to be a Canadian writer, but to be a Canadian, to live in a country where we treat our writers like movie stars.” She said that when she first began writing, the Canadian short story writer and Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro was her inspiration: “Now when I look back, I think it was insane for a young woman to decide to do that, a risk. But I think it was because of Alice Munro that I felt like, ‘This is something a woman can do in Canada, or a writer can do.’ ” You can read Coady’s short story “Clear Skies” here.
  • Nearly 100 U.K. publishers folded last year because of “deep retail discounts and new digital business models” in the book business, The Guardian reports. It adds, “Niche academic and educational publishers are particularly vulnerable, because their model is being undermined by digital piracy and online secondhand book sales on sites such as Amazon Marketplace.”
  • The Washington Times has ended Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s weekly column, following accusations that he plagiarized parts of a column, speeches and his recent book. The Times writes that the decision was mutual and quotes editor John Solomon as saying, “We expect our columnists to submit original work and to properly attribute material, and we appreciate that the senator and his staff have taken responsibility for an oversight in one column.”
  • New York Times book critic Dwight Garner considers The Frackers, by Gregory Zuckerman: “How good does nonfiction writing have to be? It’s a complicated question; there are so many variables. One answer, though, is: better than this.”
  • For The Paris Review, John Freeman writes about interviewing authors who are natural interrogators: “[David Foster] Wallace … seemed to think in the interrogative mode. He was tall and slightly sweaty, looking like he had just come from a run. But he seemed determined not to intimidate. He was like a big cat pulling out his claws, one question at a time. See, look, I’m not going to be difficult.”
  • Margaret Atwood declines requests for book blurbs in rhyme:

“In my youth,” said Ms. Atwood, “I blurbed with the best;
I practically worked with a stencil!
I strewed quotes about with the greatest largesse,
And the phrases flowed swift from my pencil.

Intelligent, lucid, accomplished, supreme,
Magnificent, touching but rough,
And lucent and lyrical, plangent, a dream,
Vital, muscular, elegant, tough!

But now I am aging; my brain is all shrunk,
And my adjective store is depleted;
My hair’s getting stringy, I walk as though drunk;
As a quotester I’m nigh-on defeated.”

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