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Tech Round Up, 8/29/10
Tech Round Up, 8/29/10
08/28/10 at 11:37 AM by klawansie7
Google

Due to the lawsuit from Oracle over the use of Java in Android, Google has backed out of the upcoming JavaOne conference.

Google introduces Google Beat, a YouTube channel to showcase the most popular searches of the week.

Google has purchased Angstro, a company that finds accurate information about people you know, and not people with similar names. To see all previous acquisitions Google has made, check out this inforgraphic.

Gmail now allows calls to be placed to actual phones, not just computers, but only in the US and Canada. Even though Gmail calling appears to be a competitor to Skype, Google is actually using it as competition for Facebook. Both services integrate communication with preexisting contacts.

Orkut, Google's social networking site that's popular in India and Brazil, got a major update this week to allow users to create friend groups and post different content per group.

Google image searches now offer an option to see more sizes of the same image.

Internet

Zero-View shows the best videos from YouTube - the ones with zero views! Seriously entertaining stuff, guys.

YouTube now offers some free, full-length movies.

New technology, EmoRate, uses a wireless headset and facial recognition software to determine how videos make you feel. It's currently being used to index and actually search for videos just by facial expressions.

Facebook competitor Diaspora will launch on September 15th.

Facebook chat will no longer be supported on Internet Explorer 6. It will stop on September 15, the day that the first IE9 beta will be released.

First Facebook wants to trademark the suffix "book", naming Teachbook, a little-known networking site for teachers, as taking advantage of the "generic plus BOOK" formula to create a plethora of networking sites. Now Mark Zuckerberg wants to register "Face" also. This could be an issue, since Apple owns the trademark for Facetime.

Chatroulette has been down since last Monday. What do you think the cryptic message on the site means?

Hulu Plus only has 14% more content than Hulu.

The web's top 300,000 sites' favicons are sized proportional to their amount of traffic. AP made the list!

Electronics

LG's new wardrobe cleans and sterilizes your clothing vertically.

LG is putting into production two flexible e-paper displays, a 7.9 in color display and 19 in black and white display. No word yet on what they will be used for.

New battery prototypes run by breaking down sugars and fats, just like the human body.

This waterproof bluetooth headset is perfect for listening to music, making business calls, and chatting with friends all while underwater.

Mitsubishi has released three HD 3D TVs, a 40 in, 46 in, and 55 in. Meanwhile, Toshiba is working on some glasses-free 3D TVs.

Kodak is releasing a new 14 megapixel camera with a share button to quickly upload photos and videos to facebook, Flikr, and YouTube. Unfortunately, Twitter uploads will not be supported.

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