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Tech Round-Up 8/7/10 Mobile
iPhone 4 users report less dropped calls than on the iPhone 3G.
Android is now the most popular consumer smartphone in the US. On the other hand, Symbian says that they are still the largest smartphone platform.
Zoomappy searches through the iPhone app store, Android Market, and Windows Marketplace, all on one site.
A WiFi enabled iPhone 3GS will be available on China Unicom this Monday.
The Droid 2 will be released August 12th.
Motorola's Milestone XT720 has made its US debut on regional provider Cincinnati Bell.
Will HTC's new dual-mode CDMA / GSM Android slider be available on Verizon in 2011?
Is this ASUS' new Windows Phone 7?
Is this the new HTC Desire HD?
PSX4droid allows you to play emulated PlayStation games on your Android phone.
As posted last week, BlackBerry messaging services were shut down in Saudi Arabia. However, the services were restored a couple hours later. BlackBerry executives are also reportedly making a deal with the Saudis to restore its mobile email service.
If you shine two lasers at each other on certain surfaces, the beams will cancel and create darkness.
Graphene, a newly discovered supermaterial, can kill bacteria.
Plug free electric cars may have a bigger carbon footprint than those of some diesel cars.
Satellites in low-Earth orbit could blow helium bubbles at the end of their lives, allowing them to be dragged back down to Earth.
Yoko Ono says the Beatles will not be available on iTunes anytime soon.
Need help with your idioms? Try IdiomDictionary.
Check out the future of DJing.
India is recruiting computer hackers for a major cyber offensive.
Six thousand former NFL players are filing a suit against EA for using their likenesses in Madden NFL videogames.
Purdue University scientists have developed a metamaterial invisibility cloak.
Tech Round-Up, 5-29-10 Mobile
The Samsung Galaxy will be available in Asia in June.
Microsoft Bing may replace Google as the default search engine on the iPhone.
A large UK child pornography ring was discovered after a man left his phone, a Sony Ericsson W350i, on the bus.
Android 2.2 Froyo has been reviewed.
Facebook can now be integrated into Android apps.
Tired of people draining your Android phone's battery? Try this fake battery app.
Motorola will release two Android smartphones on Verizon in July.
Android 2.2 has already been hacked onto the HTC Dream and Magic.
In response to the lack of Android phones on AT&T, Samsung will release the Samsung i897.
The Nokia N8 will be released in the UK on August 25.
Nokia has only sold 100,000 N900s.
Check out this preview of the SlingPlayer Mobile Android app.
Check out the first 4G Android phone.
The Nokia N8 will be available on Vodafone UK, its first official carrier.
The Samsung Behold, which promised a 2.0 Android upgrade, is not updating. Legal steps may be taken by snubbed owners.
The Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus are now available on O2 UK.
Windows Phone 7 has appeared on a Samsung prototype phone.
The Droid Incredible suffers from AMOLED shortage.
The T-Mobile Garminfone will be released June 9th.
There are 7 different types of designers. Which are you?
Cog is a new open source media player for Mac only. It aims to replace iTunes.
Lifehacker explains how to unlock your garage door from the outside, just in case you locked yourself out.
Threadless released a glow-in-the-dark Tron hoodie, which is generating lots of buzz for the new Tron Legacy movie.
The Rubix Cube has celebrated its 30th anniversary.
A Texas woman has appealed a $27,750 file-sharing judgment to the Supreme Court.
You can now tidy up with Game Boy soap.
Spam botnets are on the rise in Africa.
Symantec has discovered a server with with 44 million stolen online game accounts.
An artist has created a "Back to the Future" hoverboard that floats using electromagnets.
Japanese watch company Seahope have created a Transformers clock.
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Technology Round-up 5/16 Poll
The latest marketing statistics indicate that Android phones are outselling iPhones. Of course, it has the advantage of multiple network support and a bunch of phones. So let's turn the question to the readers. Which mobile operating system do you prefer, Android or iPhone? [ Poll]
Rumor has it that Verizon has a marketing executive working on an upcoming iPhone campaign.
It looks like Apple's 13" Macbook will get another hardware upgrade in the near future.
After Apple's onslaught of patent-infringement lawsuits against HTC, HTC has countersued Apple for infringing on five of their patents.
Adobe insists that despite Steve Jobs' recent comments about Flash, Adobe has "never abandoned Apple."
Apple will release an update for iPad users having issues with WiFi.
Apple has started accepting international iPad pre-orders.
Hulu has released some pretty bad news for the Apple camp: it does not plan to support an HTML5 version for the iPad.
By the end of 2010, people will be able to purchase an iPad at Walmart.
If last week's list of reasons to quit Facebook didn't convince you, here are a few more reasons. If you're not convinced and/or just don't care, eWeek.com has put together the top 10 things to remember about Facebook privacy and security. A really handy new feature allows you to see when your account has been logged onto from a new device.
Four NYU students are looking to completely reinvent Facebook, calling their project Diaspora.
If you're looking for a way to share files with family and friends, why not use BitTorrent? Here's a step-by-step guide to using the torrent client for such reasons.
To anyone still using Windows XP, Internet Explorer 9 won't work for you. This is Microsoft's way of getting people to upgrade to Windows 7.
Learn how to embed videos into your webpage with HTML 5. Or, if you're still wondering what the heck HTML 5 is, read about it here.
Get a first glimpse at what Firefox 4 will look like.
Check out Dealmap, a mashup of online coupon sites shown right on a Google Map of your town.
Photo search engine NachoFoto groups photos by age and relevance, much more user friendly than Google Images.
Youtube has added a new feature that allows videos to be 'unlisted', or not indexed, which means they won't come up in search results.
In case you didn't know, Youtube has been supporting 3D content for almost a year..
Netflix now offers over half of its online movie rentals in HD.
Even though Hulu hasn't made the switch to HTML 5 just yet, it has added a few of new features, including thumbnail previews on the progress and bar and normalization of ad volume.
Skype group calling is now available as free download to PC users.
Many factors go into where you should chat online; use this flowcart to help you decide.
A new update for Google Maps on Android now include biking directions, shortcuts, and location sharing.
Google is promoting Docs as an upgrade from Microsoft Office 2003 or 2007 as opposed to Office 2010, even though Google originally said their Docs weren't in competition with Office.
Gmail now allows photos and attachments to be dragged and dropped into emails. It currently only works in Chrome, but will be available to other browsers soon.
Google will now show you short answers at the top of a search when you request a simple fact, including the source of the fact.
Verizon is pairing with Google to create an iPad competitor.
If you've got an .edu Gmail account, learn how to get access to Google Voice.
Google's attempt to sell the Nexus One solely online was an unsuccessful try at revolutionizing the cell phone market. Neither Verizon nor Sprint even offer the phone anymore.
Street View cars accidentally grabbed a bunch of personal data from open WiFi networks.
Watch Roger Linn debut his multitouch instrument.
Border's eReader, Kobo, is now available for preorder and will ship June 17.
Sonos wireless S5 speakers will soon be getting a software update that will allow them to be remotely controlled by an iPod Touch or iPhone.
GigaPan Epic Pro robotic camera mount shows off what it can do with the world's largest panoramic photo of Dubai.
The Sony EVIL NEX 3 has been released, with a funky-looking body but great features like a touchscreen and HD sensor.
The Amazon Kindle will now update books on the e-reader, but you have to ask for them.
Samsung e-readers E60 and E61 will be available in July in the UK.
PeekFreak makes homemade cameras that take some pretty interesting photos.
Apparently Panasonic's 50-inch TX-P50VT20 plasma is the best 3D TV to date.
Skullcandy just released a line of NBA branded headphones.
Phillips rolls out a new, energy efficient LED light bulb, but at the steep price of $60 a bulb.
At the Shanghai World Expo, ZTE has revealed the V7 MID with the Maemo OS and 3G support.
Engadget has reviewed the LG Ally.
The Nexus One has booted up Windows 3.11, an old version of Windows OS from 1993.
Engadget also has the HTC Wildfire and has posted a video and specs for the new phone.
The Sprint BlackBerry Bold 9650 has gone on sale a little bit earlier than expected.
Nvidia's Tegra 2 will support Android phones first and foremost.
The HTC Mondrian with 1.3GHz Snapdragon has been detailed in the leaked Windows Phone 7 OS ROM.
Samsung Moment users are finally getting the Android 2.1 update.
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, has been showing off the Dell Streak. He has stated that the Streak will be coming next month to Telefonica O2 and will be available later this summer with AT&T.
After failure selling the Nexus One online, Google has shut down the web store.
This chart helps you tell what version of Android you're running.
Is the Motorola Motoroi getting Android 2.1 for a UK release?
The Motorola Ruth/Flipout has leaked again. Will it be out in June?
Microsoft is ending support for Windows 2000 and XP on June 13.
Microsoft's Security Essentials antivirus/antispyware software is impervious to the latest Matousec exploit.
uTorrent now has its own app store. Talk about irony...
Firefox 3.7 will be released officially as Firefox 4.0 when it leaves beta status. Mozilla says the browser will be " fast, powerful, and empowering."
Corsair has set a new record for memory speed 2287.6 MHz.
Skype might incorporate advertising to keep the service free.
Snagit, one of the best screen video capture tools, has reached version 10.
Rumor has it that Acer might be releasing a computer with Chrome OS in two weeks. Check out a mock-up of what the operating system might look like.
If you're a little too addicted to Facebook, keep yourself away from it (at least on your computer) with this user script.
Fix blurry photos with Unshake.
Keep your software updated with Software Informer.
Find out what kind of private information is stored on your computer with Identity Finder.
Let Firefox read to you with this addon.
Download YouTube videos conveniently with YouTube Video Downloader.
Back up your Blackberry with Carbonite.
This Canon DSLR shutter has been turned into a Atari Joystick. Check the video here.
The fourth Darth Vader Project exhibition will occur this June, with over 100 helmets redesigned by underground artists.
Learn how to poop in space. Just in case, you know, you ever need to go while you're in space.
The new Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator headphones should be available sometime in June.
The Nintendo Wii has been approved by the American Heart Association.
Check out Kiwi Choice's new portable solar powered charger.
These are the first pictures of the F-35 Lighting II jet fighters flying in formation.
The Pentagon can tell that you're sick before even before you can. Relying on 30 genetic markers, the new gadget can detect illnesses before the symptoms show up.
Fujitsu has installed curved plasma screens at the Kansai airport.
Gadgets make people happy.
RnB singer The Dream leaked his new song "Champagne" to help the FBI track music piracy computer hackers. Three hackers were caught.
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Tech Round-Up 5/9/10 Poll
One of the original computer pioneers has passed away. Before he died, he became skeptical of the devices, reporting in that he had not "touched a computer, watched TV or used a credit card in 15 years." Will we ultimately become slaves to our technology? [ Poll]
Apple's vendetta against Flash might be caused by its developing a competing format. So much for relying on HTML5.
Women report that iPhones hurt their sex lives. Any women out there care to comment?
New details about the iPhone 4 confirm an HD screen. Also, check out the latest features of iPhone OS 4.0 beta 3.
It appears that Verizon will not be getting the iPhone this year.
The iPhone 3G can now run Android OS.
Apple may incorporate heartrate censors as a means of security for iPhone users.
Visa plans to have everyone swiping their iPhones instead of their credit cards this summer.
The iPad is going international in nine countries. Though reports indicate that everyone is buying iPads instead of netbooks, well-known blogger Paul Thurrott reports that the numbers are hardly conclusive.
Nokia is suing Apple over five patents.
Mac OS X 10.6.4 will address graphical issues and improv Windows file sharing.
New Macbook Pros have a utility for switching between onboard graphics and discrete NVIDIA graphics to conserve battery life or experience better performance.
Microsoft tests out Internet Explorer 9 and actually adheres to some web standards this time around.
Wikipedia now offers custom books to be made from any articles on its site.
Playboy is debuting a safe-for-work site, for people who "read it for the articles".
HTML 5's audio tag could open the doors to online audio editing.
Craig's List adult ads are under scrutiny...again.
Recent statistics show that Chrome is the the fastest growing web browser, with Internet Explorer dropping below 60% market share.
Skype is adding a 5-way calling feature.
Google just purchased OS overlay BumpTop. Does this mean 3D Chrome desktop is coming soon?
Two wind farms in North Carolina were recently purchased by Google.
Google will soon sell e-books by the end of July.
Google Chrome is FAST. This ad shows just how fast.
New search interface on Google looks more like Bing, but isn't totally functioning on mobile devices just yet. If you hate it, you can download Google Classic for Chrome or Firefox.
Later in the year, all Google Apps users will have full access to all services.
Borders' e-reader Kobo is now available for pre-order.
If you want to build a time machine, it's apparently pretty simple.
TomTom XL and XXL are now available in the US, with 7 million POIs each. The new TomTom Voice Pack lets Darth Vader give you directions.
Mail in your Warner Bros DVDs + $4.95 to convert them to Blu-Rays.
Apparently the TiVo Effect doesn't exist.
Watch a Motorola Droid solve a Rubik's Cube in 24 seconds.
This 3D printer makes ice sculptures.
The new TI-Nspire has a sweet new touchpad sure to make nerds everywhere rejoice.
nPower's PEG Personal Energy Generator uses your energy to recharge batteries and electronics.
Look for the Archos Vision 3 this summer, it's got all the capabilities of and iPod Nano but also takes pictures AND costs less than $100.
This Motorola Droid robot can solve a Rubix Cube in under 20 seconds.
Will this be the ugliest Blackberry ever?
The private beta of SlingPlayer for Android is already out and undergoing testing.
The Meizu M9 may be out this August with Android 2.1.
The Sprint HTC Evo should be able to be preordered this month.
UK's Milestone is getting the Android 2.1 update.
T-Mobile customers are having a tough time upgrading to the HTC HD 2, with the phone only being offered to new customers.
The Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will be upgraded to Android 2.1 in Quarter 2.
Sooyu has unboxed and reviewed the Lenovo LePhone before its release in China.
AT&T Palm Pre Plus and 3G MicroCell will be available May 16.
Intel predicts that we will have 10GHz processors by next year.
It looks like the HP Hurricane tablet (now powered by WebOS) will be released in the third quarter of 2010. Meanwhile, the ExoPC Slate runs Windows 7 and can reportedly play back 1080p videos, a feat which the iPad cannot claim.
While people like to argue that Windows 7 uses too much power, the latest version of Ubuntu actually consumes more power. Microsoft's latest operating system also migh be faster than the popular Linux distro.
A new hard drive technology allows drives to store data at one terabyte per inch.
The latest version of Google Chrome has quite a few speed enhancements.
Google has purchased BumpTop Desktop, 3D desktop software which has been featured in previous round-ups.
Try turning that old shirt you never wear anymore into an apron.
A $20,000 surfboard? Sounds like a wipeout in your bank account.
Sociologists invaded World of Warcraft and analyzed the behavior of players.
Check out the sweet gadgets from Iron Man 2.
Underwater kites can fix our climate problems.
The Pentagon is researching implants that can repair damaged brains.
A bracelet battery?
Watch the most dangerous army weapon in action.
According to Stephen Hawking, building a time machine isn't hard: "All you need is a wormhole, the Large Hadron Collider or a rocket that goes really, really fast." Why not build your own?
Jailbreak any Apple mobile device.
Use a T-Mobile connection on an iPad and connect an iPad to an external hard drive.
Make the Windows 7 taskbar work for you.
All Windows 7 users can now enable Dreamscene backgrounds.
Log into Windows with facial recognition for free.
ErrMsg will identify Windows error codes.
Send files conveniently and easily with WeTransfer.
Check grammar and spelling on Google Chrome with After the Deadline.
Avoid digital procrastination and stay focused on your work with these 10 tips.
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