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Tech Round-Up 5/27
05/01/10 at 09:39 PM by Sarcasm
Poll

Do you feel safe letting Google anonymously track your location on your cell phone? [Poll]

Do you feel safe storing your credit card information on websites?

Apple

Apple has become America's top phone manufacturer and the third largest smart phone manufacturer in the world.

A woman in California is suing Apple over the liquid-damage sensor in her iPhone.

Police have caught the 21-year-old who lost/stole the iPhone 4G prototype and sold it to Gizmodo for $5,000. Gizmodo may sue the police that raided their office.

Steve Jobs laid the smackdown on Adobe Flash and why it will never be supported on Apple's portable devices. Adobe's CEO has responded. Despite the recent bad blood between Apple and Adobe, Adobe has released a GPU-accelerated version of Flash for OS X.

LG claims to manufacture the 5-megapixel camera for the iPhone 4G.

Check out reviews of the 2010 Macbook Pros. The Core i7 process inside can apparently hit 214 degrees.

iTunes has 25% of the U.S. digital music market. Is anyone else surprised their share isn't larger?

Apple is shutting down LaLa on May 31.

Internet

Firefox menu bars are now completely custimizable. Also, the browser will soon support add-ons through a manager.

Apparently the guy who wanted to buy The Pirate Bay last year is trying again.

With all the Facebook privacy issues, there's now a tool that can show you what's published about yourself.

Sorry everyone outside the US, no Hulu for you.

Kindle soon will have Twitter and Facebook exporting.

Google

Set up Skype with Google Voice as your caller ID.

Mobile Google image search gets a boatload more convenient.

An Oregon School System is switching to Google Apps.

Google Earth can now be viewed within Google Maps.

Google Maps now contains local business notations in street view.

Want Google on your TV? Stay tuned.

Electronics

Sony Dash is officially on sale. Justin Beiber approves.

James Cameron is making a 3D camera to send to Mars.

This movie theater is as big as a photo booth at the mall.

Volkswagon creates new electric Bik.e that also folds to the size of a tire. Lexus has made an electric bike of their own, but isn't planning on putting it into production.

Polaroid again makes instant film, but at a huge premium.

The Tom Tom will soon have its own app store to compete with smartphones.

See the world's largest curved plasma screen in Japan's Kansai airport.

These $130 earbuds deliver tons more sound than your Apple earbuds.

Mobile

Gizmodo explains how multitasking works on mobile phones.

HP has purchased Palm. This was the Engadget live blog during the acquisition.

HTML5 killed Flash, not Apple. It just works better and is more efficient on mobile devices.

The beta version of Skyfire 2.0 for Android has been released.

The Nokia E72 can now be purchased in white and comes with a new firmware update (for all E72s).

Motorola has posted a small Quarter 2 profit.

Verizon subscribers can now get their hands on WebOS 1.4.1.1 for Palm.

Android is expected to boost HTC's Quarter 2 sales by a whopping 36 percent.

By next month, Sony should be announcing Android Dragonpoint for TV.

The Sony Dash is now officially on sale.

The HTC Droid Incredible should be shipping very soon.

Microsoft's Kin could possibly be available on a large number of networks, outside of Verizon and Vodafone.

Three new Android phones have appeared in Asia.

Android 2.2 will support Flash.

Nokia says that the new (leaked) N8 has early software and isn't ready for review.

Computer


Be careful about downloading Adobe Acrobat files. Reports indicate that 28% of exploits in 2010 have targeted PDF's. Also, make sure that antivirus software you're using is legitimate. 15% of all malware comes in the form of fake antivirus software.

Windows 7 is the fastest-selling Windows operating system of all time.

The latest version of Chrome includes geolocation features.

AMD has announced 8-core and 12-core server processors. Reviews of AMD's new Phenom II X6 are also popping up around the web.

Nostalgic computer users had better stock up on their floppy disks--Sony has announced that it will no longer manufacture the aging media after 2011.

Miscellaneous


Check out Volksvagen's foldable Bik.e electric bicycle.

Japanese scientists have created "elastic water."

The Better Marriage Blanket absorbs farts and saves marriages.

Scientists have discovered a gene that allows a worm named Schmidtea mediterranea to regenerate its head and brain.

Check out this sweet 8-bit arcade guitar.

Find out more about the BattleBots that are competing at the RoboGames.

There is a new Video Games badge for Boy Scouts.

An emoticon stamp
? \(^o^)/

Tips/Tricks


Check out a quick guide to keeping your Facebook account information private.

Make sure you're getting the most out of your Windows 7 with these five tips. And all Windows users should make themselves aware of these handy keyboard shortcuts.

Firefox users can download the latest beta and check out the new addons manager.

Download Squad has an interesting tip on how to confuse potential malware.

Mac users looking for a new web browser should try out Opera 10.52 which just left beta status. People familiar with browser history know that Opera was the first browser to implement tabs.

Portable Hotkey Resolution Changer is an obviously-named program that will come in handy for web developers.

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Contributors: Sarcasm, klawansie7, CyberInferno


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Tech Round-Up, 4-25-10
04/20/10 at 02:51 AM by Sarcasm
Poll

A glitch on Blippy caused it to reveal users' credit card numbers on Google searches.

Do you feel safe storing your credit card information on websites?

Apple

Steve Jobs believes Apple has a moral obligation to iPhone users, so don't expect pornography apps any time soon.

Apple's second-quarter profits were up almost 90% from the same period last year.

Some universities are banning iPads.

Someone hacked an iPhone to run Google's Android operating system.

Gizmodo may be charged with a crime for purchasing the lost/stolen iPhone prototype. Reports indicate that the prototype was close to the final specifications. Check out pictures and a report on the hardware.

Despite Japan not normally taking to Western companies (look at Xbox sales compared to PS3 sales), the iPhone captured 72% of the cell phone market during the last 12 months.

Anyone who purchased a Shuffle from February 2009 to February 2010 is entitled to free replacement headphones.

Internet

YouTube has started offering on-demand movie and TV show rentals.

A Russian man hacked into 1.5 million Facebook accounts and is now selling them for relatively cheap.

This clock tweets when you receive Twitter updates.

Facebook and Microsoft have launched Docs.com, which allows users to share Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files with Facebook friends.

Popbox, a media streamer, is finally launching for preorders.

Facebook's changing privacy policies are seriously scary.

Google

Google Maps turn-by-turn navigation may be coming soon to iPhone and other platforms. It's already become available to UK Android users with version 1.6 and above.

Google Maps now offers search suggestions. Next in line are in-store views.

Sync notes with Google Docs using NotySync.

Ten nations send their complaints to Google about Buzz and Street View, among other things.

Electronics

Barnes and Noble Nook gets much-needed updates: web browsing, games, and more.

The Kindle will be available in Target stores beginning April 25.

Psyko Audio is finally shipping out 5.1 surround sound headphones to US customers, only 1.5 years late.

Turn your laptop charger into a powerstrip.

This tiny camera actually takes photos.

Nokia's CEO Anssi Vanjoki thinks cell phone cameras will soon replace SLRs.


Mobile


The Dell Lightning, a Windows Phone 7 portrait slider, has leaked and should be ready for a Q4 release. The Lightning is shaping up to have really nice specs and will most likely be Dell's top-end luxury Windows Mobile phone.

The Dell Thunder will run on Android 2.1 and will feature social networking apps and Hulu.

The Dell Aero will be Dell's new lower-end product and will be ready for a Q2 release.

The Dell Streak, formerly the Mini 5, will be updated to Android 2.1.

The Dell Smoke looks gorgeous and will not break the bank.

The Dell Flash will run Android Froyo. Dell has been really busy lately in the mobile phones market!

The Motorola Devour was updated with bug fixes, but not the Android 2.1 update that users have been hoping for.

SMSing has helped to increase efficiency in saving malaria patients.

Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein insists that Palm can survive on its on. Furthermore, HTC will not be buying Palm.

The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two will have a 600MHz processor and EV-DO Rev. A, as well as light and proximity sensors.

AT&T's first quarter numbers beat Verizon's.

Here is a BlackBerry OS 6.0 theme based on the leaked screenshots of OS 6.0.

Cypress TrueTouch is the future of touchscreens.

Computer


A school that distributes laptops activated one student's webcam while he was partially undressed because the family was allegedly not up-to-date on payments.

McAfee has issued an apology for accidentally wiping out people's computers.

Rumor has it that AMD and Apple may start developing computers together. AMD has also reported record earnings. Is AMD finally ready to step toe-to-toe with Intel?

Anyone can now "print" physical objects for a mere $17,000.

Anyone with Windows 7 and a touchscreen can now download the Microsoft Touch Pack for free (how many dirty comments can you think of?).

The retail version of Microsoft Office 2010 is available for download on Technet and MSDN. College students should see if their school offers MSDNAA (academic alliance) access.

Check out a video of the new Asus Eee keyboards.

Miscellaneous

Boeing's X-37B is now in orbit.

A caring father has developed Speaks4me, an electronic communication system that is helping his autistic son communicate.

Interested in test driving the Chevrolet Volt?

Check out these pictures of Carina Nebula hydrogen and dust titan in the Milky Way Galaxy.

This couple was married via Skype when their airplane was grounded due to the volcano.

iFixit, known for its Mac repair guides and manuals, will now fix anything.

Augmented reality lets you be Iron Man.

Want a circular bookshelf that you can walk in? I knew you would.

Japan plans to develop though-controlled devices and robots by 2020.

Tips/Tricks


Windows users can take advantage of a free 25GB online drive from Microsoft.

Mac OS X users can copy one of Windows 7's better features, the Aero Snap, with Shift It.

If anyone is looking for legal torrents, check out ClearBits.

Untiny expands shortened URLs to help people avoid being rickrolled.

Tired of squinting at Firefox's address bar? Make it larger.

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Contributors: Sarcasm, klawansie7, CyberInferno


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Tech Round-Up, 4/18/10
04/16/10 at 06:05 PM by Sarcasm
Apple

Mac OS X users may be potentially at danger due to the new HellRTS.D malware.

The iPad 3G, sold with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB, will be available by May 7th.

Is this the new iPhone 4G?

The new Macbook Pros were released, featuring new i5 and i7 Intel dual-core processors.

During the recent Apple live event, over 100 new features were unveiled for the new iPhone OS 4.0.

Internet

In a Colorado federal court case over e-mail privacy, prosecutors ruled in favor of Yahoo.

PayPal security issues have been patched.

Some Amazon Kindle books will now include a sales tax.

Google has made their search engine smarter, recognizing what you're trying to type even if you spell things wrong.

Looking to upload something quickly? Try AnyHub.

Is Google Cloud Printing the future of printing?

Google Chrome has hidden the http:// in URLs for developers.

Last.fm has scrobbled its 40 billionth song.

Electronics


Check out this finger/stylus multitouch combo... How about making your own this weekend?

Sensor armor for pitchers could quite possibly revolutionize the way athletes' performance is measured.

Watch Flo TV on more devices, coming soon!

This camera shoots 3-D photos... Will this change the future of the photography industry?

Standford researchers have learned to harvest electricity from algae.

Buy a 3-D TV from Sony, get some free games!

Mobile

A new Microsoft Kin ad featuring a young man taking a picture of his chest has been pulled.

Engadget has put out a complete (and incredibly detailed!) guide to Windows Phone 7.

60K Android devices are activated a day. Google is making quite a bit of profit from Android phones.

Sony Ericsson released the Spiro and Zylo music featurephones.

Help HTC name their next phone on Facebook.

The HTC Droid Incredible will be available from Verizon on April 29 for$200.

The Palm Pre and the Palm Pixi have been dropped by Radioshack.

Computer

Microsoft Office 2010 is now ready for release.

Learn how to access your entire computer from your iPad.

Toshiba's new Blu-ray playing laptops, the Satellite A660s, will include core i3, i5 or i7 chips.

The new Samsung NB30 netbook will now come equipped with a touchscreen.

Miscellaneous


Songbird has added official Windows 7 support, video playback, and support for SD cards in its new 1.7 Beta release.

The new Robovie R3 humanoid robot, created to aid the elderly or disabled, is becoming more human-like and will be sold for over $41,000.

The redsn0w 0.9.5 beta release (jailbreak) for iPhone OS 4 has been released to developers, but not consumers.

iPad's SprocketRocket application (combined with a wearable sleeve) signals a bicyclist's intentions while on the road: sit upright (stop sign), lean left (left arrow), etc.

PlayStation Network updates will now be on Tuesdays.

An unidentified object in galaxy M82 has started to send out mysterious radio waves.

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Contributors: Sarcasm, klawansie7

I apologize for this coming out late and with less news than previous round ups. This was, unfortunately, done at the last minute due to mis-communication and bad planning. Again, I apologize and hope that future roundups will be of better quality.

Feel free to voice your comments and suggestions in the replies.
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2010 So Far
02/17/10 at 04:26 AM by Sarcasm
These are the albums that I've been enjoying from 2010 so far in no particular order.

Wakey!Wakey! - Almost Everything I Wish I'd Said The Last Time I Saw You...
Angels & Airwaves - LOVE
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Motion City Soundtrack - My Dinosaur Life
Aziz Ansari - Intimate Moments For A Sensual Evening
Dessa - A Badly Broken Code
The Wonder Years - The Upsides
Tags: Wakey!Wakey!, Angels & Airwaves, Vampire Weekend, Motion City Soundtrack, Dessa
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The Permanent Rain
02/17/10 at 04:19 AM by Sarcasm
SP: Iím guessing one of the reasons why people seem to grasp on to ďThe Permanent RainĒ is because the lyrical content is so deep/inspirational. Could you guys explain the backstory behind how that song came about?

AJP: Yeah, itís actually about my Grandmother who passed away awhile ago when I was pretty young. When she died she left in her will musical instruments for me to play. Like a bass guitar and stuff like thatÖI picked up the bass guitar because of her. And sheís always been into music and pushing me into music. Then when she died it was sort of like ďI have a friend up in the atmosphereĒ and Iím going to keep doing music, itís what Iíve always dreamed of doing. Then also, tied in along with that, I have a friend who died in a car accident and itís sort of a balance of both of them. Like, I wish them the best, and itís just hard to get through those times, you know?


I had never known what the song was about until now...
Tags: The Dangerous Summer
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Show: Andrew Bird
01/29/10 at 08:06 PM by Sarcasm
One of the only acts to come here to Shanghai.

Andrew Bird was amazing though. He's fantastic live. Waited for 2 hours to get in, but it was totally worth it.

Great guy, great show.
Tags: Andrew Bird, show
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Much Belated Top Albums 2009
01/26/10 at 03:28 AM by Sarcasm
I was having a really hard deciding what albums to put on my list. It was a great year for music. Hoping next year will be great as well. Without further ado...

Top Albums:


20. John Frusciante - The Empyrean
19. The Temper Trap - Conditions
18. Thrice - Beggars
17. Brand New - Daisy
16. Clipse - Til The Casket Drops
15. Matt & Kim - Grand
14. Quietdrive - Close Your Eyes
13. State Radio - Let It Go
12. Kid Cudi - Man On the Moon - The End of Day
11. Passion Pit - Manners
10. Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest
9. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
8. John Mayer - Battle Studies
7. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
6. Third Eye Blind - Ursa Major
5. Wale - Attention Deficit
4. Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
3. Portugal. The Man - The Satanic Satanist
2. fun. - Aim and Ignite
1. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
Tags: top albums, 2009
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Music Thoughts of the Week
01/16/10 at 11:26 PM by Sarcasm
Well, let's see. This week I started off by listening to Vampire Weekend a lot, until I rediscovered The Dangerous Summer's Reach For The Sun.

And I got hooked.

I'm actually listening to the album as I write this post. And I changed my avatar to the artwork for "Where I Want to Be."

The album is almost perfect and is definitely in my top 5 albums of 2009, which is still undecided at this time .

On a different note, I can't seem to understand the hype and love behind Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion. No hate towards them or their fans, but I just don't seem to get it. Anyone want to explain it to me?
Tags: music, week, The Dangerous Summer, Animal Collective
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Starting to blog..
01/06/10 at 06:29 AM by Sarcasm
Actually, I don't know why I never started earlier. This will contain my thoughts, everything from music to sports to random things circling around inside my head.

This'll be the first of many!
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