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Technology Round-up 2013-12-25
12/25/13 at 01:31 PM by CyberInferno
Poll

Did you all receive any fun tech-related gifts this Christmas? Discuss in comments. And check out the "tech" gifts you might have received as a kid in 1911.

Apple

iOS 7 has officially been jailbroken! Get the latest version of Evasi0n7 for Windows and Mac. Cydia has also received an interface update to celebrate the news.

iPads may be used throughout schools in Turkey. The deal would be worth a cool $4 billion for Apple.

The new Mac Pro (which looks like a trash bin) is receiving rather positive reviews, and it is in fact sold out until February (via HardOCP). All looks well until you see that the extra $4,100 you'll spend on it over an iMac only earns 8% performance improvement. (via HardOCP)

Internet

Bill Gates was the Secret Santa for one Redditor (this link is to the Redditor's story). Your round-up author's favorite part of the story: "I went back to all the other gifts completely shocked. Then I paused for a minute and thought, what if this is someone screwing with me. Well of course Mr. Bill Gates already thought of this and took a picture of himself with my stuffed animal and a sign and then sent me the stuffed animal and sign." (via HardOCP)

Eight people in Dubai have been imprisoned for creating a spoof video about youth culture in the country.

Mark Zuckerberg is selling shares to pay off his staggering $2.3 billion tax bill. Of course, we should all dream of a day when we have to pay those kind of taxes, as it means we're filthy, stinking rich.

A TV anchor gave away $20 with or Bitcoin live on the air. Unfortunately, he didn't think to hide the QR code, so it was stolen. All's well that ends well though, and the thief has identified himself. He will return the $20, and he says he took it to make a point about security when giving away Bitcoin. (via HardOCP)

Speaking of Bitcoin, people will soon be able to purchase merchandise from O.co (Overstock.com) using the currency.

Hulu now has 5 million subscribers that generate $1 billion per year in revenue.

Get a $5 credit for installing the Amazon Appstore app, and get $5 credit for buying any holiday sale game on Amazon (even the games that are significantly less than $5). Please note that game credits can only be redeemed in January for "Editor's Choice 2013" games, and you'll have to keep track of them--Amazon won't let you know what credits you have unless you try to buy something.

Solayo is a new service that lets you compile a music mix from YouTube, Soundcloud, and other services.

Google

Google is seeking an injunction against a "Rockstar" group of patent attorneys from Apple and Microsoft.

Kevin Smith is one of the many vocal opponents of YouTube's new copyright policy. For people who are unaware of the changes, check out a popular gaming content creator's thoughtful take on the situation. A group has been formed to fight this specific policy (via HardOCP). Google's response to the complains has been…well…uncaring. If you feel strongly about this policy, here is a list of publishers and their specific approval of this system.

Electronics

Dutch neuroscientists recently devised a method by which people's specific memories can be completely erased. And to save you the head scratching, the movie you're thinking of right now is "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (which happens to be your round-up author's favorite movie).

Someone has created a machine that will automatically sort your M&Ms and Skittles by color. I think we've found our next Nobel Prize winner…

A 3D printer saved one family's Christmas.

Check out a flying ambulance that will help soldiers in battle.

Dish and DirecTV customers will see their service costs increase by $2 to $5 next year (via HardOCP).

Sony might be working on their own competitor to the Galaxy Gear.

One guy with a broken speedometer found a workaround by using vector math and his tachometer. Feel free to try this at home, but don't expect it to pass any inspection tests or get out of a speeding ticket.

Men, would you be more likely to buy from a vending machine if a virtual woman was beckoning you toward it?

The U.S. Government estimates that more efficient set-top boxes for TV/Internet service will save $1 billion a year by 2017.

Mobile

A Japanese telecom may purchase T-Mobile. Other news shows that Sprint has nearly finalized a T-Mobile purchase. Meanwhile, Time Warner cable is also getting in the mix.

Details about the Samsung Galaxy S5 have leaked.

Samsung Galaxy S4 owners might want to be careful about keeping sensitive data on their devices.

The latest round of Sony Xperia phones/tablets are getting Android 4.3.

A new Nokia Lumia device may feature dual-sim cards, helping free business users and international travelers of their second phones.

Bad news continued for Blackberry in 2013, as evidenced by two phones that were killed before seeing the light of day.

HP apparently plans to get back in the phone business with 6-inch and 7-inch phablets.

Apps

MTV's repertoire of reality TV shows is now available on Android devices for cable subscribers.

Mac users can emulate tons of classic consoles with one app -- OpenEmu.

Stream videos from Android to set-top boxes with AllCast.

If you're sad about the end of Winamp and you like Spotify, check out Spotiamp (only for premium users).

The Facebook app for Windows Phone 8 now lets users pin chats and events to the home screen. For any Windows Phone users, push notifications were also recently fixed for this app, so you might want to give it a shot if you had given up and are using something else.

Magic Jelly Bean can find the serial numbers for installed programs on your PC.

Computer/Tablet/Game Consoles

See the new Steam controller (which features touchpads instead of joysticks) in action as someone plays Metro: Last Light.

The next line of Nvidia Geforce processors will start rolling out in February.

Playstation 4s are outselling Xbox Ones at a 2-to-1 clip on eBay. This may be a sign of things to come, or it may be a sign that Sony's manufacturing couldn't produce enough machines while Microsoft's manufacturing could.

The owner of the Indianapolis Colts purchased Xbox One systems for all of his players. I guess if they play a lot of Madden, they can put it on the Colts' expense report?

Check out a review of the NVIDIA Shield gaming console. (via HardOCP)

An article from the Motley Fool indicates that the Wii U is "costing [Nintendo] billions."

Check out the performance of the current Steam OS compared to a full Linux OS, Ubuntu 13.10. (via HardOCP)

Tips/Tricks

Edit received emails directly in Gmail with Signal for Google Chrome.

If you got a Windows 8 (or 8.1) PC and feel slightly bewildered coming from Windows 7, Gizmodo has a "survival guide" for you.

If you're an Android user who got a new iPhone for Christmas, learn how to make the jump. Also, learn how to quickly turn off the iOS 7 flashlight without using Control Center.

People still rocking the old iOS can jailbreak 6.1.2 with this guide.

Learn how to avoid looking like a n00b with your new camera.

Lifehacker has a guide on when you should use an equalizer to listen to your music. And while we're at it, "everything you know about earbuds is wrong." Look, articles specifically relevant for a music site!

If OS X Mavericks is running slowly, use Systemstats to track down the problem.

Check out this clever mod to get keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One and PS4.

Miscellaneous

A true innovator in science, Alan Turing, has been pardoned for being gay after a mere 61 years.

NASA is sending a twin (not both twins) to space for one year to determine how he changes compared to his brother. No, this is not a joke.

Scientists have developed a "robotic muscle" that is 1,000 times stronger than an equivalently-sized human muscle.

Iceland has stopped construction of a highway to preserve elf habitats. Admittedly, this has nothing to do with technology--it was just too interesting to pass up.

AT&T will start publishing reports when the U.S. Government requests data.

Microsoft has announced a new Chief Information Officer (CIO). (via HardOCP)
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Technology Round-up 2013/07/01
07/01/13 at 12:00 AM by CyberInferno
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Sony is really pushing the limits of the phablet (phone/tablet hybrid--your round-up author claims no responsibility for this name) with an upcoming Android phone that features a 6.4-inch screen.

With these large-screen devices becoming more prominent, one must ask the question: What is your ideal phone screen size? [Poll]

Apple

Possible leaked iPad 5 schematics indicate the device will be close to the thickness of the iPad Mini. Also, check out rumored photos of the iPhone 5S.

All American Airlines flights and JetBlue flights will feature iPads in the cockpits. Let's hope they don't crash (the iPads, not the planes…well, the planes too) and that pilots remember to pack chargers.

In 2014, Apple will switch away from Samsung processors for their mobile devices. Guess all those lawsuits finally did have an impact on this relationship.

A new OS X game called Motion Tennis uses your iPhone as a motion-sensing controller. Not recommended unless your iPhone is in an Otterbox or you have devised a wrist strap.

Gizmodo has released a preview of iOS 7 on the iPad. Also, check out some of the new iOS 7 chat and messaging features.

Apple's iPhone market share is now at 39% vs. the next-closest competitor, Samsung, at has 23%.

Check out the new notifications system for Safari 7.0 and OS X Maverick.

Internet

AT&T has been granted a patent to monitor BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer traffic sites. No word on what the patent is for, but let's hope they plan to simply sit on it so no one else can develop the technology.

R.I.P. Altavista. This classic search engine is one of the 12 products/sites that Yahoo is shutting down.

Talk about irony--one of the WikiLeaks volunteers was doubling as a CIA informant.

A Boston University student's appeal of his $675,000 verdict from the RIAA (for sharing 30 songs) was upheld. Ouch.

If you, like your round-up author, annoyed your friends by hashtagging your Facebook posts because you just knew Facebook would support hashtags someday, that day has finally come. Make sure to do your "I was right" dance.

Seattle residents will be able to get 1 gbps internet in 2014 for $80/mo.

Bing Maps snagged a satellite image of a Russian stealth fighter jet.

Nintendo will not be able to acquire the WiiU.com domain.

Kickstarter is coming to Canada, eh.

Google

Google is developing an Android game console and Android wristwatch. Which are you more excited about ("neither" is an acceptable answer as well)?

Google is suing the IRS for $83.5 million. This is a weird case of big brother suing big brother.

The latest dev build of Google Chrome now features QuickOffice integration for native editing of Word and Excel documents.

Electronics

See the new Drayson Racing car set an electric-vehicle land-speed record of 204.2 mph.

Intel appears poised to enter the set top TV box market with its Black Box Project.

Toshiba will launch 4k resolution TVs in August, but potential buyers will need to plunk down at least $5k.

Sony has released PS3 firmware 4.46 to fix consoles that were bricked by firmware 4.45.

Mobile

Blackberry's new phones aren't helping right the sinking ship--the company's stock price dropped 27% after they released lower-than-expected earnings. Only 2.7 million Blackberry 10 devices shipped last quarter. In other bad news (for consumers this time), Blackberry 10 will not be coming to the Playbook despite earlier indications.

Check out the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, which lets you dunk your phone in water.

Anyone who feels like hacking their Galaxy S4 can give Android 4.3 a try.

T-Mobile is paying $308 million to acquire LTE spectrum from U.S. Cellular (who knew U.S. Cellular had LTE?).

The HTC 8XT will feature Windows Phone 8, a 4.8-inch screen, and BoomSound.

Check out a hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition and the HTC One Google Play Edition.

Apps

Skype for iOS now features unlimited video messaging.

The DirecTV GenieGo app for Android, iOS, and Windows now supports TV streaming anywhere.

Twitter's Vine app for Android now supports using the front camera.

Boomerang for Gmail now has an Android app.

Digg Reader for iOS and the web are now available.

Sony Music Unlimited for iOS now features high-quality and offline streaming.

Foursquare has launched its first official Windows 8 tablet app.

Twitter's app with built-in Bing Translator support is available for Windows Phone 8.

Nokia has released an augmented reality job-finding app.

Windows 8.1 Maps will support 3D imagery.

Computer/Tablet

Check out a hands-on preview of Windows 8.1; then download the Windows 8.1 preview for free, directly from Microsoft (though put it on a computer you don't mind erasing in a few months).

Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 8.1 support HTML5 Netflix video. Speaking of IE 11, Microsoft has confirmed that the browser will be released for Windows 7.

Not sure how anyone conceived this test, but mayonnaise was tested for 12 days as a thermal compound between the CPU and the heatsink/fan assembly. It works surprisingly well…for 24 hours.

Firefox 22 now supports built-in 3D gaming.

Tips/Tricks

Speed up your iPhone/iPad data on Sprint and AT&T.

Fix your rats nest of cables using paper towel rolls.

Get better control of your Android phone's auto-brightness setting with Velis Auto Brightness.

According to this article, you shouldn't labor on tough decisions for more than two minutes.

Improve the range of your car's key remote.

Miscellaneous

Microsoft may have a major organizational restructuring on the horizon.

Nokia dropped a whopping $2.2 billion for controlling stake of Nokia Siemens Networks.
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Technology Round-up 2013/06/03
06/03/13 at 12:07 AM by CyberInferno
Poll

The US Transportation Agency is encouraging states to adopt self-driving car legislation.

Would you prefer if your car drove for you? [Poll]

Apple

The new iPod Touch has been announced (video here). The device will include a front camera but no back camera (really?! The iPad gets a back camera but not the iPod Touch? C'mon, Apple…). Apple claims that more than 100 million iPod touches have been sold since the device's debut in 2007.

Apple has reached a $53 million settlement for a class-action suit regarding iPhones and iPods that were denied warranty claims.

Nuance, the makers of the popular Dragon Naturally Speaking series, have revealed that their engine is at the core of Siri's voice processing (though Apple handles the intelligence portion).

A new study indicates that iPhone users are on their phones about 55% more than Android users. Interpret that as you will.

A new Apple patent called "gaze detection" is likely the Apple counter to Samsung's eye scroll. Side note: does anyone have an eye-scroll-compatible device, and do you ever actually use the feature?

A couple big announcements for developers regarding Apple: "Apple will open up its APIs" and "Apple has no issue porting its apps to Android."

OS X 10.8.4 will be released soon.

Internet

Rdio has released an updated version of their web player.

People worried about their LinkedIn accounts being hacked can add text message two-factor authentication. Speaking of LinkedIn, the service now allows files and photos to be added to statuses.

Facebook will now offer "Verified" profiles and pages for famous people.

Soon, you will be able to use single sign-on with your Amazon account on other websites (much like you can with Google and other accounts).

If anyone is still using Yahoo! Mail, the classic interface will be shut down on June 3.

The Mozilla Camino web browser for OS X will no longer be developed.

Google

Some good news for people paranoid about Google Glass: Google will not allow facial recognition apps for the device for privacy reasons.

Google Play Music All Access will be released for iOS in the near future.

The desktop and mobile versions of Gmail have a new tabbed inbox interface (click the Settings gear then click "Configure Inbox" in Gmail to enable).

Google has added nutrition information for more than 1,000 items to its search results.

Skee ball has been added to Android phones and Chrome Experiment builds.

Electronics

Scientists in Singapore claim to have developed a camera sensor that is 1000x more sensitive to light.

Germany will utilize thermal imaging drones to combat graffiti near train tracks.

A Raspberry Pi camera has already captured out-of-this world pictures (literally).

Nintendo has announced a 32GB version of the Wii U along with an express charger for the Wiimote.

Samsung will release 55-inch and 65-inch 4K resolution TV's for the "low" price of under $8,000. Meanwhile, Asus will release a 31.5-inch 4K resolution monitor shortly before Computex for an unknown price.

Dish Network's "Hopper" can now browse Facebook and Twitter on top of recording 6 simultaneous HD shows.

Mobile

16 cities spanning a handful of states now have access to AT&T's LTE network (which, on your round-up author's Lumia 920, has hit 62 mbps download speeds in \tests).

AT&T's prepaid offering, GoPhone, will get LTE, HSPA+, and possibly the iPhone.

Firefox OS may debut this week.

The rumored HTC T6 will feature a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and an UltraPixel camera, and the device will run on Android 4.3 (which will be called "Key Lime Pie").

A water-resistant version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, dubbed the "S4 Active", is coming to AT&T.

The Galaxy S4 Mini will feature a 4.3-inch screen and a 1.7GHz dual-core processor.

Anyone looking for a stock Android version of the HTC One can purchase a "Google Edition" of the phone for $599.

A white version of the Google Nexus 4 can be purchased at T-Mobile or Google Play stores.

The Android 4.2.2 update for the HTC One updates Sense to 5.0 along with some other UI refreshments.

An update for the Verizon Galaxy S III allows it to show multiple apps simultaneously.

Phone users who need a physical keyboard can check out the Blackberry Q10 which will arrive at Verizon for $200 with a two-year contract. The phone is only $100 on T-Mobile (not including the monthly fee you pay for the phone for two years that T-Mobile claims isn't a contract).

Windows Phone users now have an all-encompassing PC sync app for Windows 7 and 8.

Apps

A new Android keyboard advertises accuracy good enough that you can touchscreen type without looking at the screen. A beta version is now available.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic has been released for iOS. The game will set you back $10 and 2GB of storage space.

A Hulu Plus app is now available for Windows Phone 8 (your round-up author's mobile OS of choice).

Shazam has been released for Windows Phone 8.

DirecTV customers can now stream their DVR records on their phones with the DirecTV GenieGO Android app.

The Twitter app for iOS and Android now supports tweet preview and simple photo sharing.

The DoubleTwist music player for Android will get a revamped interface in the latest release.

Computer/Tablet

The Start Button is coming back to Windows 8 via a free update called Windows 8.1 Blue. While it will somewhat resemble the Start Menu of yore, it will still display an app list (or tiles) in a full-screen display.

Check out a glowing review of the Android-powered Sony Xperia Tablet Z.

The Acer R7 is a 15.6-inch touchscreen convertible laptop that has four different methods of use.

The Acer Iconia W3 is an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet for only $379.

Microsoft is running a promo for a free keyboard cover with all Windows Surface RT purchases.

HTC has cancelled plans for a 12-inch Window 8 RT tablet due to lack of demand. The company will still release a 7-inch version.

Check out reviews of nVidia's latest flagship graphics cards, the Geforce GTX 770 and 780.

Linux Mint, one of the most user-friendly Ubuntu derivatives, has reached version 15.

Tips/Tricks

Use your phone from your web browser with SnapPea.

Keep track of where you park with Valet for Android which works even if you forget to launch it.

Learn the difference between bits and bytes so you can talk geek with your friends.

Shut YouTube up quickly with YouTube Pause.

Learn How to Fix iCloud's Biggest Annoyances.

Use this pretty cool hack to upload anything you want to Flickr's free 1 TB online storage.

Automatically check into your Southwest flights with Southwest A-List.

Quickly find receipts in Gmail with a hidden label search. Pretty cool, really.

Use keyboard shortcuts to navigate around Gmail's tabbed interface.

Convert your old computer into a storage server with FreeNAS 8.

Miscellaneous

A Chinese e-commerce site promises same-day deliveries, typically within 3-5 hours of the order taking place.

EA Games will no longer require an online subscription pass.
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Technology Round-up 2013/03/17
03/17/13 at 02:55 PM by CyberInferno
Apple

Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit over poor screen quality for Macbook Pros with retina displays.

Boot Camp has been updated to support Windows 8.

Internet

As much as we all hate internet trolls, apparently, they have more of an effect on how we interpret news than we would care to admit.

European internet surfers can rest peacefully--porn will not be banned by the EU.

Next time you feel like complaining about slow internet, be happy you're not in Iran by checking out this diagram of internet censorship.

Twitter may be working on a music app.

A study of Facebook users indicates that researchers can determine, with reasonable accuracy, if you are gay, use drugs, or are a Republican from your profile. Oh, and your profile got a new look this week too.

A new pope means new domain names to squat on. Over 600 domain names have been acquired. We can only hope that they will not be used for elicit purposes.

A hacker has created a way to bypass the SimCity always-online requirements that have caused the game to become one of the worst-rated products of all time on Amazon.com.

See how Google's Cloud Computer compares to the cloud heavyweight, Amazon EC2.

Google

Here's an example of how Google Glass, a project which will bring Minority-Report-style information to regular glasses, can be used for less-productive tasks.

Google Reader is going by the wayside on July 1 (much to your round-up author's chagrin). As Google likes to do these days, it is getting rid of a universally-liked product to focus attention on less-popular products like Google+. Feedly has already picked up 500,000 new members as a result.

Though Google Chat is based on the Jabber network, the software is now blocking invitations from Jabber users.

Electronics

Be careful about using GPS in China if you visit. You may be accused of being a spy.

At SXSW, a piece of software that can detect oncoming Alzheimer's years before signs are visible won first place.

Biometric scanners have been fooled by fake fingers.

Walgreens is going to build a store that requires no external power.

A father hacked a Donkey Kong machine so that his daughter is the heroine who rescues Mario.

Though an AMD graphics processor in the PS4 is a huge win for AMD, they might have won by default since Nvidia reportedly gave up the fight.

Check out Boeing's plans to fix the battery problems of the currently-grounded 787 planes.

Mobile

The Samsung Galaxy S4 has been revealed. A 5-inch 1080p screen, a quad- or octo-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 2600 mAH battery highlight the intensive hardware set. See how it compares to the competition.

Check out a review of the HTC One X.

See how HTC Sense 5.0 is better and worse than previous versions.

The Chief of Google Android has stepped down.

Despite lackluster sales of the new Blackberry Z10, Blackberry (the company finally changed the name from "RIM" a few weeks back) claims to have sold one million handsets to an unnamed partner.

Apps

Google has started removing ad-blockers from the Google Play store.

Google Now may be coming to iOS.

The popular Mailbox app for iOS has been acquired by Dropbox.

Learn what apps are draining your battery with BetterBatteryStats for Android.

Computer/Tablet

Facebook has vending machines that distribute computer accessories for employees. Just swipe an employee badge and get the replacement parts you need.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that Facebook will incorporate its own version of hashtags soon.

Check out the Lenovo Thinkpad Terminator Edition (also known by the less fun model number T431s).

An old Sun Solaris server was finally shut down after an insane 10 years and 84+ days of uptime.

If you haven't done your taxes yet, you might want to avoid H&R Block software; a glitch has caused tax return delays for 600,000 users.

An educational Linux distribution, Ubermix, allows kids to learn on the computer without parents having to worry about them getting viruses/malware on the system.

Google Chromebooks get Netflix via HTML5 instead of Silverlight technology.

Tips/Tricks

Consolidate your cloud drives with Jolidrive.

Here are 8 alternatives to Google Reader.

Block people's ability to know you read their iMessages.

Automatically eject external drives on OS X when your computer goes to sleep.

Having problems remembering to water your plants? Automate plant watering instead!

Dual-boot your phone with Linux to give your Android phone a fresh look.

Miscellaneous

U.S. spy agencies will have access to digital records of your finances.

A hack of a casino's digital poker game allowed people to see opponents' cards and win $33 million in the process.

Extinct pigeons are coming back to life courtesy of a Jurassic Park-style effort.

Thankfully for Marty McFly, NASA has resumed production of plutonium.

A new study indicates that neanderthals became extinct because of their large eyes.
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Technology Round-up 2013/01/20
01/20/13 at 03:18 PM by CyberInferno
Poll

A new study reveals that one in three teenage girls has a face-to-face meeting with someone she met online.

Have you ever met up with someone in person whom you only knew digitally? [Poll]

Apple

While an iOS 6 untetherered jailbreak is still not available, the most brilliant minds in the iOS jailbreaking scene have shown their commitment to the cause.

Taking a cue from iPad Mini sales, the next full-sized iPad will be significantly thinner and lighter.

One analyst predicts that a thinner, lighter, retina-display iPad Mini 2 will arrive in Q3 2013.

A low-cost iPhone 5 may arrive this summer.

Internet

In an eerie turn of events, a man committed a crime spree, updated his Facebook status to say that he was about to be shot, and was then shot and killed by police.

Facebook has unveiled its graph search.

The successor to MegaUpload has risen from its ashes. Check out the ridiculous launch party. The service has hit one million users in a single day. Sign up now for 50 GB of free, encrypted storage, and wonder why you ever bothered sending your friends Dropbox referrals to get 250 MB of additional space.

The Overstock.com (or more trendy O.co) CEO was stopped after trying to board a plane with a loaded handgun.

New HIPAA rules will make it easier for patients to access their digital medical records.

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the death of the SOPA act.

The FCC would like gigabit internet in all 50 states by 2015.

Netflix has signed a deal that provides content from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Warner Bros. cartoons.

A cumulative 13 billion hours of music were played on Pandora last year.

MySpace isn't dead (for music) yet...Justin Timberlake has launched his new track on the site.

Kindle users can now pay to rent books from Amazon.

Because of people abusing the White House online petition system (President Obama does not have the ability to force Jerry Jones to sell the Cowboys), the threshold has been raised to 100,000 e-signatures required.

If you had a Hotmail account and lost emails when you switched to Outlook.com, Microsoft is working to restore your lost email.

Microsoft proves that they still don't like to play nice with the other kids: rather than adopting one of the accepted online video standards, Microsoft has developed its own audio/video spec.

Google

Is Google killing donkeys?

Google is building a new headquarters in London that will cost a cool $1 billion.

Google is investing $600 million into its South Carolina data center.

Google has dreams of a password-free future.

Accuracy of Google's handwriting interpretation has been improved.

Electronics

The TSA will remove the invasive full-body scanners from airports.

Bass (the sound not the fish) may be the fix for birds flying into planes.

A new steering wheel uses force feedback to help you stay on the road when you're blinded by the sun.

Intel is working to fix Stephen Hawking's slow speech processor. At times, he can only communicate one word per minute. Granted, that one word is probably still brilliant and well worth the wait.

Rumored hardware specs for the Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 have leaked. Rumor has it that the Playstation 4 will be 50% more powerful than the Xbox 720 and might finally do away with the Dualshock design.

Boeing 787 planes are grounded until further notice after it was revealed that the batteries might melt.

A Texas student who refused to wear an ID card with RFID technology was expelled from the school.

A new device can combine multiple WiFi networks, 3G/4G networks, and wired connections into a single, super-fast connection.

A refrigerator with touch-to-open technology makes unloading the groceries much easier.

Xbox Live chat will be replaced by Skype.

Mobile

A new Android virus has infected more than one million phones.

A former FCC chairman has stated that mobile carriers' data caps are not in place because of network congestion. They exist simply because the companies haven't figured out a better usage-based pricing model yet.

Check out Blackberry 10's siri-like functionality. Also, check out its really innovative keyboard. Looks like RIM is fighting hard to leave the dark ages of smart phones.

The Pantech Discover is a premium-quality phone at a budget price.

The upcoming LG Optimus Pro looks like it will feature a 5-inch 1080p display.

The LG Optimus G has sold one million units.

Samsung has announced that its Galaxy S phone has sold--wait for it--100 million units.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 can now get Jellybean.

Microsoft is looking at a phone that can automatically silence itself in movie theaters.

Sprint users from 28 different cities will get 4G LTE soon.

If you're one of the fortunate Verizon subscribers who has a legacy unlimited data plan, buy a 4G phone (unfortunately, you'll have to pay full price to avoid "upgrading" your plan) to make sure your data doesn’t get speed-capped.

Nokia has released the files needed or people to 3D print a case for the Lumia 820 for free (or however much it costs you to pay for a 3D printing service).

Apps

The New York Police Department has released an app to allow people to report crimes.

Facebook for Android can now send voice messages. Facebook for iOS can now place phone calls.

Add a Facebook-integrated walkie talkie to your Android phone with GroupVox.

Opera has announced that it will release a new webkit-based iOS/Android browser called Ice.

If you haven't updated Java yet, do it now even if you're on a Mac. Of course, Java still has a gaping security hole, but one is better than two.

A new virtual reality desktop app has been released for OS X.

Inky is a new, visually refreshing mail app for Windows.

Computer/Tablet

Turn a $35 Raspberry Pi micro-PC into an arcade emulator.

If you were planning to upgrade your computer to Windows 8, do it soon. The price for Windows 8 Standard and Pro will jump from $40 to $120 and $40 to $200 respectively after the end of this month.

Internet Explorer 10 is nearly ready for a Windows 7 release. Speaking of IE10, see how it benchmarks against Firefox 18 and Chrome 24. Microsoft has definitely picked up the slack.

Tips/Tricks

Learn the documents you need to keep in physical or digital form and how long you should keep them.

Keep a Windows troubleshooting kit handy for times when your computer goes awol.

Socrates can help you win arguments by asking questions.

Sign documents from within Gmail with HelloSign.

Learn how to microwave your food so that it's actually worth eating.

If you're the tinkering type, learn how to remotely start your car by text message.

Add the transparent UI Aero effect of Windows 7 to Windows 8 with WinAeroGlass.

This is one of those really obvious solutions that's still rather brilliant: keep your laptop charger from falling off your desk by wrapping a rubber band around it.

Miscellaneous

Australian scientists claim to have made a big breakthrough in discovering a cure for AIDS.

Nokia is laying off or transferring 1,100 employees.

Sony's New York City office will sell for a $1.1 billion.

Check out a real-life implementation of Mario Kart.
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Technology Round-up 2012/12/31
12/31/12 at 12:00 AM by CyberInferno
Poll

Did you receive any cool tech-related gifts this Christmas? Discuss in comments.

Apple

Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, received a 99% income decrease in 2012 .

Check out some neat 1980 Apple concept computers.

The iPhone 5 may be prone to bending (not a typo).

Following the release of iOS 6.0.2, check out the status of the jailbreak scene.

The Macbook Pro and Macbook Air will only be refreshed on the inside for a June 2013 release.

Google Finance briefly returned Apple's stock symbol for people who searched for"sell".

Internet

China is requiring citizens to register prior to being granted access to (their super-censored version of) the internet.

Instagram lost four milion subscribers after announcing plans to sell users' pictures. The company reverted to the old terms of service after only a day of complaints, but the damage was clearly done.

FourSquare will start displaying users' full names by default in 2013.

A site called Potential Prostitutes allows people to anonymously submit women, then it charges the women $100 to remove themselves from the list. Your round-up author imagines that this site won't last long.

The U.S. Government can still spy on your email.

Facebook lets people spam "happy new year" to friends, but the messages are public thanks to a permissioning snafu.

A list of the most pirated movies of 2012 has been released.

Wikimedia raised $25 million in nine days, so people who donated to Wikipedia can feel good about helping their cause, and cheapskates like your round-up author no longer have to feel guilty while closing the big request at the top of the site.

Yahoo! is no longer operating in South Korea.

Google

YouTube was unbanned from Pakistan after three months, then it was quickly banned once again.

Google has announced that free calling from Gmail will extend through 2013.

Electronics

Intel will release its own TV subscription service.

Marvell Technology Group (no relation to Stan Lee, who celebrated his 90th birthday this past week) has lost a patent dispute with Carnegie Mellon University for a whopping $1.17 billion in damages.

The FCC has announced new licensing rules for in-flight Internet service that will help it spread much more quickly.

Gamestop sold a Nintendo 3DS that had homemade pornography on it.

Sony has announced it will stop producing the Playstation 2 (after 13 years) in Japan.

See the recent plane crash in Moscow in action captured close-up by a driver of a BMW M3.

Westinghouse will show off a 110-inch 4K resolution TV at CES 2013.

Check out a review of the DirecTV Genie whole-home DVR which features five HD tuners and a one-terabyte hard drive.

Mobile

South Korea would like to censor teenagers' texts.

17 million iOS and Android devices were activated this Christmas season.

A United States International Trade Commission has recommended that Samsung devices infringing on Apple patents be banned.

Check out images of a Blackberry N-series phone.

A "Blackberry 10" device has been reported by the FCC.

The Notification Center for Windows Phone has now been released.

Apps

Get a new iPad or iPad Mini for Christmas? Check out the must-have iPad apps.

Or did you get a new Android tablet for Christmas? In that case, check out the must-have Android tablet apps.

Rotate your screen based on your body's orientation rather than just your phone's with GMD Smart Rotate.

An official app from the New York City Metropolitan Transportation Authority shows subway arrival times.

Instagram is available for Windows Surface devices.

Computer/Tablet

A new browser vulnerability affects Microsoft IE 6, 7, and 8, opening them up for remote code execution. Speaking of vulnerabilities, NVIDIA drivers are also vulnerable to an attack that would grant administrative PC access to hackers.

Microsoft decided that they don't really want to hear your complaints about Windows 8.

Linux won't be arriving on the Microsoft Surface anytime soon.

If you're planning to burn discs in 2013, buy the discs soon as prices will increase about 50% by the second half of 2013.

Tips/Tricks

Check out "40 [Tech] Tricks You Must Know for a Much Better 2013".

If you received a Samsung Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note for Christmas, register to receive a free flip cover and TecTile from Samsung.

This app will help you optimize your iPhone battery life.

If your iPhone proximity sensor is acting up, learn how to manually turn it on and off.

An iOS jailbreak adds in the topography feature to Google Maps.

Digitize your DVD library with the five best DVD-ripping tools.

Learn 10 ways to stick to your New Year's resolution.

Miscellaneous

Doctors in China are performing brain surgery to fix addiction.

Check out the biggest tech-related failures of 2012. Also, see the list of technologies that, for better or worse, didn't survive 2012.

A bottle that can contain and release sound has been developed.

Check out Ars Technica's top-20 games of 2012.

Microsoft has announced that they are opening 51 new retail stores in 2013.
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Technology Round-up 2012/12/17
12/16/12 at 11:14 PM by CyberInferno
Poll

Google Apps is back with a vengeance for iOS. It now features voice navigation among many other features. The phone has already topped the apps chart.

Considering that Apple is the one who originally removed Google Maps from the app store, is this Apple's way of admitting defeat? Is Apple Maps doomed? [Poll]

Apple

Police tasered a 44-year-old woman for refusing to leave an Apple store.

A police office was busted in a sting operation after trying to buy a "stolen" iPhone 5 for $15.

Wal-Mart is selling the iPhone 5 for $127 and the iPhone 4S for $47 (with a two-year contract of course).

Over 2 million iPhone 5s were sold in China in one weekend.

Apple's iPhone has been found guilty of violating a MobileMedia patent.

People waiting on an iOS 6.x untethered jailbreak will have to continue waiting.

Analysts predict that Apple may purchase TomTom.

Working conditions in Apple's Foxconn factories in China are still pretty bleak.

Rumor has it that Apple is working quickly to develop an iPad Mini with a retina display. Meanwhile, the current iPad Mini looks like its sales will eclipse the Retina iPad sooner rather than later.

Apple's stock continues to plummet (much to your round-up author's chagrin), down to nearly $500 from its high of $702.

A Japanese toy company has shown off a detailed Steve Jobs action figure that holds an iPad.

Apple has announced free 2-day or 3-day shipping for all products.

As promised in the last round-up, iTunes 11 has received its first update which restores the "duplicate finder" feature.

Internet

The man behind PornHub and YouPorn has been arrested for tax evasion.

Justin Bieber may get banned from The Philippines for mocking Manny Pacquiao for being knocked out by Juan Manuel Lopez.

Dropbox has acquired a streaming music company.

Facebook has been added to the Nasdaq 100 stock index, and EA, Netflix, and RIM have been dropped from it. Facebook has also been rated the best place to work.

Verizon-Redbox will offer streaming video service at $6/mo, $2/mo cheaper than Netflix.

Every IE version 6+ is vulnerable to having the mouse movements tracked.

The latest Firefox nightlies support "private browsing" without having to switch from normal browsing first.

President Obama and Justin Bieber were the most retweeted of 2012.

Twitter now allows people to download archives of their tweets.

A new ISP is offering 1GB of free monthly data.

Cisco may be selling off Linksys, it's home router/modem division

Google

Google is killing Calendar sync for Exchange ActiveSync among other sync services. iOS users can switch to the newly-offered CardDAV protocol to keep their calendars up to date.

Google is not planning to release Windows 8 Google Apps anytime soon.

Google will change the way it uses web snippets to comply with FTC demands.

Electronics

SkyTender gives airplane passengers immediate access to cool beverages.

A 60-inch ultra-HD television has been announced. It costs a mere $31k.

An online petition recommending that the U.S. Government develop a Death Star-like weapon the size of the moon has picked up enough votes to force the Obama administration to actually respond to it.

Although no one will argue that motorcycles are safe, this helmet that helps prevent concussions is at least a step in the right direction.

A speed camera in Baltimore issued a ticket to a car that was stopped at a red light for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone.

Valve's creator, Gabe Newell, has confirmed that a Steam box will be released to compete with next-gen gaming consoles.

Point-of-sales systems across America and the UK have been infected with "Dexter" malware (no relation to the show) that steals credit card information.

Mobile

Google claims to have found three girls under 16 working at a Samsung phone factory in China. Samsung has denied the allegations and stated that the girls are of age.

T-Mobile has launched 4G in 23 metropolitan cities.

Verizon may remove unlimited data for all subscribers--even legacy ones.

Blackberry 10 may keep the Blackberries in the White House.

Dell has said it will not consider returning to the phone market.

Sprint's EVO 4G LTE has received Android 4.1 Jellybean.

The Verizon variant of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has also been updated to Android 4.1.

The Motorola Atrix has been updated to Android 4.1 Jellybean.

The HTC 8X has received its first update for Windows 8.

Apps

Running out of gift ideas? Gift someone an app from the Apple App store.

Apple has named the top apps of 2012.

Microsoft may be releasing an office suite for the iPad.

Amazon Instant Video is now available for iOS.

Facebook has launched a new iOS app and a new Android app.

Dropbox for iOS has been updated with new photo features.

Listen to Grand Theft Audio radio stations on your smartphone with GTA Radio.

A&E has a new iPad app that offers free access to full TV episodes.

Computer/Tablet

The new Windows Chief has explained the reasoning behind Microsoft redesigned Windows 8. She does not, however, explain why they fired the person who pushed for the start menu replacement.

Anyone syncing files with Windows Live Mesh should go ahead and upgrade to Skydrive before Live Mesh is discontinued in February.

The Microsoft Surface is now available at Best Buy.

You can now pick up the Barnes & Noble Nook and Nook+ at your local Wal-Mart. Speaking of the Nook, Barnes & Noble have reached agreements with HBO and NBC for streaming content.

Microsoft Security Essentials has become the most popular antivirus software in the world.

Check out the top 5 drives of 2012.

Microsoft has released an updated version of Bing Desktop Search that now supports Windows XP.

Tips/Tricks

Keep yourself organized by creating your own master planner. In addition, check out these tips about a to-do list.

Learn how your brain works against you and what to do about it.

Check out the 10 best iOS tweaks that don't require a jailbreak.

Ask Siri for Google Maps navigation directions.

Get a month of free calls worldwide with Skype Premium.

Use Google App Engine to still get Google Apps for free.

Learn how to pinch-to-zoom on Android Gmail.

Miscellaneous

A movie about Angry Birds will be produced.

John McAfee says he faked his illness after fleeing Belize where he left all his money and his two girlfriends. He has also sold the rights to a movie about his life.

Best Buy may soon be bought out for $5-$6 million.

Although the Games Round-up has gone by the wayside, check out a list of the top 25 most-anticipated games of 2013. Also, check out the top 11 games of 2012 (not sure why they couldn't pick one more game to make it the "top 12 of 2012").

Check out technology's winners and losers of 2012.

NASA has tried to jinx the world by releasing a video explaining why the world didn't end…10 days before the scheduled end of the world.
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Technology Round-up 2012/12/10
12/10/12 at 09:41 PM by CyberInferno
Poll

Apple's Tim Cook has made headlines by claiming that he uses an iPad or iPhone 80% of the time instead of a full Mac desktop/laptop.

How much of your time is split between using a mobile device and a full computer for browsing/communicating?

Apple

Apple and Google have reportedly teamed up for a $500 million offer for Kodak's patents.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has changed its mind and invalidated 20 of Apple's multi-touch patents.

T-Mobile has announced that the iPhone 5 will make its official debut on the carrier in 2013. Apple anticipates that this could result in five million T-Mobile iPhones within the first year.

A prototype of what may be the iPhone 5S has leaked.

The Australian government has warned the public not to use iOS 6 Maps.

The controversial Foxconn plants may be coming to America to make Macs here. Let's hope the worker suicides don't follow...

Apple has hired a former Microsoft security hacker to protect its OS from a growing number of attacks. Speaking of Mac security, a new trojan that uses a Java exploit is in the wild.

Apple's CEO has called TVs an "area of immense interest."

If you're looking for an iPad mini before Christmas, order soon. Apple now claims that they can ship within a week.

Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator have been updated to support retina displays.

Apple has released updated versions of its iWork for iOS software (including Pages).

An iTunes 11 update will restore the ability to find duplicate songs.

Apple proves that it still has at least a moderate interest in the server market by releasing OS X Server 2.2 for Mountain Lion.

Internet

Here's a tip: if you manage to rob a bank and steal a car successfully, don't brag about it on YouTube and be surprised when you're arrested.

Instagram and Twitter are officially no longer friends. Not surprisingly, Twitter has started rolling out its own image filters.

Twitter has started copying Facebook in pushing out profile updates that people may or may not want.

Twitter accounts could be vulnerable to SMS hacks.

Amazon now offers a $3/mo. subscription for children's content.

Google

Google Chrome will add support for Google Now.

Gmail for iOS has a new design.

Three popular Gmail labs have become integrated features.

The latest YouTube update for iOS adds Airplay support.

Google no longer offers free Google Apps accounts.

Electronics

If you could afford it, would you go to the moon for $750 million?

Valve, the company behind Steam, suggests that a Steam gaming system might be on the way.

Every high schooler with a TI-83 or TI-84 should download this Portal clone immediately. Seriously awesome.

Handheld tape recorders will officially become a thing of the past next year.

Diehard Super Nintendo fans can purchase every game every produced for a mere $25k.

If you have a lot of Legos that need sorting, check out this Lego sorting machine.

Mathematicians have determined that 20 seconds is the time threshold for people getting annoyed at waiting on an elevator. Your round-up author estimates his own patience at about 10 seconds.

Mobile

Following the big announcement about the iPhone 5 coming to T-Mobile (see Apple section above), the mobile carrier has announced that they will stop subsidizing phones and instead lower the price of the plan. Yes, the is T-Mobile, not Metro PCS or Cricket.

The Federal Communications Commission chairman has written a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration encouraging them to permit use of cell phones during takeoff and landing. What do you think?

Dish Network is turning Blockbusters into mobile phone stores.

Check out the enhancements for the HTC One X+ for AT&T.

A budget phone from the Windows-8-powered Nokia Lumia line, the Lumia 620, will be released next year.

Get a 4G LTE, touchscreen, WiFi hotspot for $50 with two-year contract from AT&T.

If you have a Blackberry 10, you will not be able to set "Password" as your password.

Check out a list of the most important phones of 2012.

Apps

The state of California is suing Delta for not including an EULA on their iOS app.

Final Fantasy IV will be available December 20 on iOS and next year for Android.

SwiftKey has released a beta of its Swype-like keyboard (which includes the ability to swipe entire sentences without lifting a finger). Your round-up author is a big fan of the company's predictive keyboard, and he is very intrigued by this new offering.

Utter is a Siri-like assistant on Android

Get free, live flight tracking with FlightBoard.

Extend your iOS dock with Infiniapps (jailbreak app).

Wirelessly sync your Android device with MediaMonkey.

Find out if you can see colors with the Color Blindness Test (free) for iOS and Android.

Edit photos from your phone with Snapseed.

Computer/Tablet

Amazon has temporarily dropped the price of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD by $50.

The Amazon Kindle bookstore is now available in Canada.

Toshiba is planning to release a 10-inch, quad-core tablet for $350.

Gizmodo has compiled a list of the 12 most important tablets of 2012. In addition, check out the 10 most important cameras of 2012.

Check out this list of the 5 best monitors.

No password is safe from this password-cracking computing beast.

Next year may bring us 480 GB solid state drives. Not that most people will want to drop $500 on half a terabyte of space...

Tips/Tricks

The art of being lazy: control your computer with your smartphone.

Use Bluetooth internet tethering on your phone to save battery over WiFi tethering.

Chat on Facebook without keeping the tab open using the official Facebook Chat Firefox addon.

Fix common social network irritations.

Add the free "Windows XP Mode" to Windows 8 installs.

Avoid these common grammar faux pas in your digital correspondence.

Your camera is not an NES game; don't use your breath to clean it off.

Here is the answer to every question you ever had about batteries.

Since Google Apps is no longer free, integrate the well-reviewed, free Outlook.com with your email domain.

Miscellaneous

A variation of HIV has helped save the life of a girl with Leukemia.

"John McAfee has finally been arrested."

NASA has spoken: the world will not end on December 21st.

Google and many other companies are requesting that the U.S. government rescind some of the vague patents that have been granted over the years.
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Technology Round-up 2012/12/02
12/02/12 at 08:36 AM by CyberInferno
Poll

Syria experienced a war-induced communications blackout that extended from Thursday to Sunday.

What would you do with no access to TV, phones, and the internet for nearly three days? [Poll]

Apple

Apple is acknowledging World AIDS Day in stores and online.

Apple has fired the chief in charge of iOS Maps, and it is working frantically to improve the app.

Is Apple's Eddy Cue the next Steve Jobs?

Check out the i.am+ camera addon for iPhones.

In the Netherlands, the Apple/Samsung patent battle has gone in Apple's favor; certain Galaxy models have been banned from the area.

GM will be the first automobile manufacturer to feature Siri integration.

Check out a review of the new 21.5-inch iMac. The upgraded 27-inch iMac posts performance that is 54% improved. Both are now available online.

See what's new with iTunes 11.

A version of Photoshop CS6 compatible with Retina displays could arrive December 11.

Internet

More details about Redbox Instant have been revealed.

Barnes & Noble's digital sales have increased 38%.

Verisign's official ownership of the .COM domain has been renewed.

Bing Maps has received 121 TB of "new satellite and aerial imagery."

Amazon has started showing off its mapping API.

Outlook.com (the much-improved and feature-enhanced version of Hotmail) has 25 million uses and an Android app.

Google

Traveling through Mexico is now slightly safer with Google Maps Navigation.

Website publishing has been added to Google Drive.

Google has purchased a digital coupon company called Incentive Targeting.

The Google Drive mobile app now features on-the-go spreadsheet editing.

Gmail now features Google Drive integration and 10 GB (not MB) attachments.

Google search can now describe medications to you.

The Google Play store will start linking reviews to your Google+ account.

Electronics

After 24 years, Nintendo Power magazine has released its last issue. Your round-up author fondly remembers his subscription when he was 8 or 9. He even wrote a letter to Nintendo Power asking for advice for the Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, and he received a multi-page response with pictures explaining how to get the Yoshi doll. R.I.P. Nintendo Power.

The Nintendo Wii Mini may be released shortly.

Nintendo has apologized for the frustratingly difficult setup procedure for the Wii U, and it has provided an online video guide.

A new Sony patent reveals a two-part dual-shock controller with integrated Playstation Move.

Mitsubishi has unveiled the all-electric i-MiEV Evolution race car.

Chevy has released some impressive numbers for its upcoming 2014 Spark EV: "under $25,000, 0-60 in 8 seconds and a 20-minute fast charge."

Fiat has shown off its 500e all-electric car.

Check out a hybrid sports bicycle.

A new train in Japan will travel at 311 mph.

See a two-week review of the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Audiophiles will appreciate the iRiver AK100 portable music player, which supports numerous lossless audio codecs.

For a surprisingly reasonable $1,450, the RedRay 4K home theater projector will allow people to experience 4096x2160 ultra high-def videos.

Shortly after TI announced a color upgrade for the TI-84, Casio has announced a touchscreen version of its graphing calculator.

Mobile

Blackberry will finally be overtaken in the enterprise market next year. Is anyone else surprise that it's taken this long?

Blacberry has renamed the App World to "Blackberry World." Because that was the reason people weren't buying Blackberries anymore...

Photos of the Blackberry 10L have leaked.

The latest cell phone carrier rankings are out: Verizon is #1, AT&T is dead last.

The HTC 8X for Verizon is unlocked out-of-the-box and can run on AT&T and T-Mobile's GSM networks.

The HTC One VX will be released for AT&T on December 7th.

Interested in the Galaxy S3 Mini? Don't be.

Cyanogenmod 10.1 is now available for the Nexus 4.

The HTC "Windows Phone 8S will not be coming to the US."

The Nokia Lumia 822 beats out the Lumia 820 (way to go Nokia, for model numbers that somewhat make sense).

Windows Phone 7.8 should arrive in early 2013 for phones currently running Mango (7.5). Speaking of Windows Phone updates, Microsoft has an over-the-air update in the works to fix random rebooting issues.

The Droid RAZRs are getting Android Jellybean 4.1.

Apps

Check out an augmented reality Pong game to celebrate Pong's 40th anniversary. Atari itself has celebrated the event with a free iOS Pong World game.

The iconic Dreamcast game, Jet Set Radio, is available for iOS and Android for $5.

Rdio 2.0 has been released for iOS.

Barnes & Noble has updated its Nook app pack for iOS and Android. The iOS version can now read books aloud using iOS's built-in text-to-speech.

Bing Translator has been updated for Windows Phone 8.

The latest Firefox Android update features built-in support for H.264 videos.

The latest Skype update for iOS features Windows Live integration.

Computer/Tablet

The Microsoft Surface Pro, which will run a full desktop version of Windows 8, will cost $899 for the 64GB version.

The Acer Chromebook is now available for $199 at Newegg, TigerDirect, and Staples.com. Check out a review of the bargain-priced netbook.

Dell listed a Linux laptop as more expensive than the Windows variant. Shortly after the article's publication, Dell dropped the Linux-based model by $100.

Despite heavy promotion of Windows 8, the new OS is not spurring new PC sales yet. However, 40 million Windows 8 licenses were sold in a month thanks to well-priced $40 upgrades.

The next line of Intel processors may ship directly attached to the motherboards, making them non-upgradeable.

Reviews are in: The OCZ Vector SSD is an impressive hard drive.

Evernote has added text-to-speech to its Google Chrome extension.

Tips/Tricks

Engadget has released a holiday gift guide for e-readers, laptops, and camcorders.

Get a bundle of THQ games on Steam for only $1. The package has been so popular that it raised $2.4 million in a day.

Add Steam games to your Windows 8 start menu with Pin Steam.

Customize the Windows 8 Start Menu with new backgrounds and color schemes using Decor8.

Fix your online reputation.

Learn how to make your emails shorter so people will actually read them.

Learn how to power on your computer remotely.

Miscellaneous

A hockey writer in Montreal has been writing about an NHL 2K3 season in light of the real league's lockout.
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Technology Round-pg 11/26/2012
11/26/12 at 12:45 AM by CyberInferno
Poll

iPads made up of 88% of Black Friday tablet sales.

Did you purchase any fun electronics on Black Friday? [Discuss in comments]

Apple

The next iPad and iPhone may be released in mid-2013.

For $50, you can make your iPad double as a bullet-proof vest (assuming you carry it in your jacket).

Check out Apple's campus of the future.

Rumor has it that Apple may release an off-contract iPhone that only costs $200.

Apple's cloud services are a bit unstable.

Apple might not be out of hot water with regards to violating Samsung's patents.

OS X 10.9 ("Lynx" may be the next large cat this one will be named after) will feature Siri and Apple Maps.

Apple is switching battery providers for the iPad and Macbook Air. Given the patent quarrels between Apple and Samsung, it's almost more surprising that this didn't occur earlier.

Check out the 12-year history of iTunes.

Internet

MySpace will lose about $25 million in revenue this year.

Facebook denies claims that it is teaming up with Yahoo! Then again, Yahoo! likely isn't proud of teaming up with Yahoo! either.

Facebook's offices have posters that are not-so-subtly promoting Android phones.

MSN/Windows Live Messenger is being discontinued, MSN accounts can now be merged into Skype (article only mentions Windows 8, but compatibility extends to Windows XP).

Instagram set a new record with 10 million photos being shared this Thanksgiving. How many of those would you wager are worth looking at?

Mozilla has dropped support for 64-bit Firefox versions for the time being. Your round-up author highly recommends Waterfox (64-bit custom Firefox build) anyway.

Firefox 17.0 has graduated from beta status.

Google

Get your picture featured in Times Square thanks to Google.

Google Now has been awarded Popular Science's Innovation of the Year award.

Google may be working on a wireless audio streaming (like Apple Airplay) protocol.

The Australian Government claims that Google has been dodging its taxes.

Google Project Glass. Google's augmented reality project, has plans to launch in 2014.

Indoor maps are now available on Google Maps.

Check out benchmarks of the latest $249 Chromebooks.

If Cherokee is your native tongue or you lack access to a physical keyboard, the latest Gmail update will appeal to you.

Electronics

Saudi Arabia has implemented an electronic tracking system to track female citizens. This is too ridiculous to even joke about.

Rumor has it that the next Xbox will feature a quad-core processor, 8 GB of RAM, a Blu-Ray Drive, etc.

Want an 84-inch television with a resolution four times the standard 1080p? It's all yours for a mere $25,000.

Microsoft has been granted the patent for augmented reality glasses.

Microsoft may launch an Apple-TV-like version of the next Xbox.

A wearable device that could counteract jet lag is in development.

Volvo has started producing a diesel plug-in hybrid.

The 2013 Nissan Leaf will cost less and have better range.

The price of the Tesla Model S has gone up.

The Samsung Galaxy Camera features Android 4.1 and arrives December 7 (at least in Canada).

YouTube and Hulu Plus are now available on the Wii U.

Xbox Live now features Watch ESPN.

Mobile

U.S. Cellular will start offering unlimited 4G LTE for only $40/mo.

The $19/mo. WiFi-based cell phone carrier, Republic Wireless, has opened its doors to everyone.

Despite positive reviews of the camera on the Nokia Lumia 920, the head of Nokia's imaging department has stepped down.

Windows Phone 7.8 may be released within weeks.

Will.i.am plans to bring a 14-megapixel camera to all smart phones to make them "genius phones." Let us hope that this is the first and last time that Will.i.am is mentioned in this round-up.

Flight attendants on Emirates Airlines are receiving Windows 8 tablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Tax 10.1 is getting an update to Android 4.1 that includes a special premium suite.

The Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II, which features a physical querty keyboard, is now available at Verizon.

Samsung is trying to bring back the flip phone with the dual-screen, quad-core SCH-W2013.

Check out a full review of the 4G LTE Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

While Windows Phone 7 and 8 have been well-reviewed, this video feature on the Microsoft Kin reminds us that things haven't always been peachy for Microsoft on the phone front.

Apps

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City hits your pocket on December 6. [iOS, Android]

Put a Windows 8-like UI on Android with The Android 8 Home Screen. [Android]

Nokia's "Here" app brings offline voice navigation to iOS. [iOS] Nokia has also released an improved "Transit" app. [Windows Phone, Symbian]

The Verizon FiOS App now supports streaming 75 channels. [iOS]

The Facebook app on iOS has started trialing photo sync. [iOS]

Determine which apps are draining you battery with Battery Stats Plus. [Android]

jLauncher allows jailbroken iOS devices to quickly access apps and control media from a single screen. [iOS]

Computer/Tablet

A 9-year-old girl's Winnie The Pooh laptop was seized in an anti-piracy raid.

Check out a review of the convertible tablet Lenovo Thinkpad Twist featuring Windows 8.

Analysts are none too fond of Windows 8. Your round-up author personally became a fan after using it for a month during its beta phase. Meanwhile, there is some debate on how well Microsoft's new OS is selling.

Razer has a new mouse that's ambidextrous and features 11 programmable buttons.

Western Digital has launched a 4 TB hard drive.

Gizmodo has released a 2012 holiday guide to smart phones.

Tips/Tricks

Adjust your privacy settings across multiple services from one place with AdjustYourPrivacy.

4G LTE can be unofficially enabled on the Nexus 4 for certain carriers.

Replace your doorbell with a custom ringtone for $12.

RetroUI offers a more traditional interface for Windows 8.

Check out Engadget's guide to gaming gifts.

Learn how to buy a cell phone as a gift (without giving it away in advance).

Check out a holiday guide to accessories.

In light of Hostess's imminent demise, learn how to make your own twinkies.

Check out the best five deal sites.

Miscellaneous

John McAfee is offering a $25,000 reward for anyone who can find the real killers so that people will stop hunting him down.

The U.S. Government will start cracking down on people who sit on patents hoping to cash in later.

Best Buy posted a $13 million loss in revenue this past quarter.
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Technology Roundup 2012/11/18
11/18/12 at 12:48 AM by CyberInferno
Poll

Gizmodo has run a feature on 23 classic websites that are still alive. What websites take you back down memory lane? Discuss in comments.

Since it's been a while since a tech round-up, let's have a double-dose of poll questions! Cinemark is releasing an app that will reward people for leaving their phones alone during movies. So time to come clean...do you use your phone during movies? [Poll]

Apple

Google Maps is making a triumphant return to iOS 6 in light of less-than-stellar reviews of Apple's mapping app. Nokia has also released its "Here" mapping application for iOS.

Apple and Motorola may finally end their legal dispute. In other Apple lawsuit-related news, HTC is now required to pay Apple $8 per phone as a result of their settlement.

Apple has grown to become the third-largest phone manufacturer in the world.

iMessage has led to a measurable drop in U.S. SMS messaging.

Apple is looking for a way to reduce the noise associated with iPhone vibration.

Thieves robbed a cargo building at JFK airport, getting away with $1.5 million iPad Minis.

An LTE version of the iPad Mini is coming to all major U.S. carriers.

Check out a review of the 13-inch Macbook Pro.

Kodak's patents may be joining the Apple family.

A new TV product from Apple is likely on the way, but nothing is set in stone yet.

Sales of new Apple products are even stronger than expected.

Internet

The Taliban mistakenly sent an email that revealed the email addresses of everyone on its mailing list. Let this serve as a reminder to use BCC when it's appropriate.

Israel is live tweeting a war.

President Obama has signed a new bill that will help the government fight cyber-terrorism.

Hulu has added a video games channel.

Spotify is testing a web-based player that will put it on par with Rdio in that respect.

Now you can give Facebook gifts that are digitally and physically delivered to your friends.

Dropcam is the new trendy site where you can watch live camera footage of just about anything.

Google

See how Gmail was General Patraeus's downfall.

An Australian man successfully sued Google for defamation of character and was awarded over $200,000.

Google and Dish may be proposing a new joint wireless carrier to compete with AT&T, Verizon, etc.

The one terabit Google internet solution is actually able to attain 700 mbps speed.

Google TV now features voice search.

Electronics

I'm not sure which is more impressive: a urine-powered generator or the fact that it was made by three teenage girls in Africa.

The Lytro camera will add 3D to its repertoire.

New microchips can capture cancer cells.

Check out a review of the Slingbox 350.

For only $2,500, lazy parents can avoid having to push their toddler's stroller.

The TI-84 calculator is getting a color screen.

Mobile

Microsoft plans to sell its own mobile hardware.

Papa Johns faces a $250 million lawsuit for being over-aggressive with text advertisements.

AT&T has launched 4G LTE in 24 new markets. Speaking of LTE, it can apparently be taken down across an entire city for only $650.

The Droid DNA, which features a ridiculous 5.0-inch 1080p screen, has been reviewed at Gizmodo. See how its screen compares to the iPhone 5, Galaxy S3, Lumia 920, etc.

Check out a hands-on preview of the Kindle Fire HD.

Windows Phone 8 won't make it to Sprint until 2013.

Cyanogenmod 10 has been released for a variety of devices.

A homeless man was arrested for charging his phone in a park. The irony of a homeless man having an active cell phone has not been lost on your round-up author.

Apps

Blackberries can now place WiFi calls with a new BBM 7.0 app. [Blackberry]

An augmented reality app shows Google Maps and the world behind your phone. [iOS]

Expedia now let's people book flights and hotels directly from the app. [Android, iOS]

Check out 5 things to love about Nokia's new maps. [Android, iOS]

Make apartment hunting more appealing with Lovely. [iOS]

Computer/Tablet

Check out a keyboard that features a touch-sensitive numberpad which doubles as a gesture pad. Unfortunately it will cost $105 when it arrives in December.

The Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T markets itself as the perfect tablet/PC hybrid. Spoiler alert: it's not.

Windows 8 benchmarks are out. The new OS performs as fast or faster than Windows 7 SP1.

The Internet Explorer 10 preview is now available for Windows 7.

Ubuntu users can now run Netflix.

DirectX 11.1 may not be released for Windows 7.

Spybot Search and Destroy will receive a major update on Monday.

Tips/Tricks

Enable Spotify's beta web player. Your round-up author is using it now, and it seems pretty stable so far.

Improve the WiFi signal on your iPhone 5.

Learn how to get through the airport easily during this holiday season.

If you're needing to kill an afternoon, check out a guide to useless websites.

Learn how to get out of paying fees.

Think about signing up for dummy Facebook and Twitter accounts to get offers and avoid spamming your friends.

Record live tv on your PC with XBMC 12.0.

Place free worldwide calls on Skype for a month.

Record audio on your Mac with WavTap.

Take quick notes with ScratchPad.

Miscellaneous

John McAfee, yes, that McAfee, is on the run but sending updates after allegedly committing committing murder in Belize.

"GIF" has been named Oxford's word of the year. Yes, for 2012, not 1998.

The head of Microsoft's Windows division has been released from the company. Bill Gates may have had a hand in his firing. Julie Larson-Green has taken his place.

90% of this year's Black Friday deals are literally the same items at the same prices as last year. Slow year of electronics apparently?

Hostess, the snack company, has gone out of business. Yes, your round-up author realizes this has nothing to do with technology. But he imagines quite a few fellow geeks will be disappointed.
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Poll

Facebook has acquired Instagram for $1 billion (yes, billion with a “b”). The company has 13 employees (who are all super rich now) and earns no revenue at all. Do you think this was a smart decision? [Discussion only--no poll link]

Apple

The U.S. Government has filed an antitrust suit against Apple over their e-book pricing. Apple has responded to the allegations.

The iPad might be making its way into more cockpits.

Thinking about getting a new iPad with 4G LTE? See how AT&T’s and Verizon’s iPad LTE offerings stack up against each other.

AT&T has started releasing unlock codes for out-of-warranty iPhones.

Why develop something when you can buy it? Apple is considering a serious investment in Sharp for their TV technology.

Apple has released a tool to remove the Flashback virus that has infected over 600,000 Macs worldwide.

Intel may already be shipping chipsets with second-generation Thunderbolt ports for new Macs. As further evidence that new Macs are on the way, several stores appear to no longer be stocking current models. Overall, it was another good quarter Apple’s computer division: Apple claimed 10.6% of all computer sales.

Internet


Spotify has announced that they have a “special announcement” next week. Free/cheaper mobile access? Or will Adelle’s albums finally be streamable to free subscribers in the U.S.?

Facebook now allows people to download all their information for archival purposes.

New builds of Firefox feature the option to disable all plugins by default and re-enable them individually.

Wolfram Alpha now analyzes the content of books (no, it won’t help you write your papers).

Google


Google has announced a $10.65 billion quarter. To celebrate, the company is splitting its stock price. Perhaps it’s tired of losing to Apple’s price?

The Republican National Convention has named Google as its official social platform. Considering most of the people on Google+ tend to be younger (and consequently more liberal), this could have interesting effects on the election.

Google+ got a facelift. It’s pretty nice, too. Perhaps it can sway a few timeline-hating Facebook users to jump ship.

Google Play Music has added labs that include an HTML5 player.

Google claims to be content fighting for low-end tablet sales and letting the iPad dominate the upper echelon of tablets.

They say the best form of flattery is imitation. Well, Google is complimenting Windows 7 with new builds of Chrome OS.

A new beta of Chrome 19 has live tab syncing.

See what Google would have looked like had it been released in the dial-up terminal days (via Engadget).

Electronics


Dolby Labs and Phillips are working toward glasses-free 3D HDTVs.

Best Buy has released the details about which 50 store locations will close. This is actually not a sign of the company struggling; they are simply shifting their focus to smaller, mobile stores.

Audiophiles looking for the best portable music player need look no further than the Cowon Plenue Z2.

Check out Sony’s (really ugly) SmartWatch.

Time Warner and Verizon have started selling new bundled packages.

A new Kindle update provides additional translations.

Mobile


AT&T is reportedly spending $150 million to promote the launch of the Windows-Phone-7-based Nokia Lumia 900. While this may be more expensive than their campaign for the iPhone, that’s really just an indication that the iPhone doesn’t need as much advertising to sell. In further Lumia 900 news, the fix for data connectivity has been released. The device is now effectively free for AT&T’s new subscribers and upgraders.

Sprint plans to activate LTE on the 800MHz band by 2014. Is this an admission that WiMax is destined to fail?

Verizon will implement a $30 fee for customers to upgrade phones.

Republic Wireless, an innovative wireless carrier that expects users to place most calls/texts over WiFi and only charges $19/mo. for unlimited data/text/calls, will open up its reservation system next week to allow more people to join this summer. For people with WiFi access at home and school/work, this could be an ideal solution for saving some money.

Two more high-level executives have abandoned the RIM ship. Is the once iconic Blackberry doomed?

The LG Viper for Sprint has been announced.

The low-end HTC Golf will feature ICS and Sense 4.0.

If you have an HTC One S with chipping ceramic finish, HTC will replace it for free. And if you have an HTC One X with battery issues, an unofficial fix has been released.

Check out a review of the HTC One V and the HTC Titan II.

Sony has released details on when its Xperia phones will get ICS.

Apps


Test out Windows 8 on an iPad with a new Splashtop release.

Adobe Reader 10.2 for Android and iOS supports signing and filling out forms.

The Facebook app for PS Vita now supports photo uploading.

Netflix 2.0 for Windows Phone has been released.

ICQ has released a new mobile app for iOS/Android and an iPad version. Of course, ICQ hasn’t been popular since Quake II was released (when AOL bought it), but good luck to the company nonetheless!

Computer/Tablet


A 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 should be released this month with a 10-inch version coming out next month. Check out a review of the 7-inch version.

A roadmap for Microsoft Office 15, Internet Explorer 10, and Windows Phone 8 has leaked.

Kubuntu 12.10 has been released for PC or Mac users looking for a different OS.

Check out reviews of the super-slim Samsung Series 9 laptops.

Adobe plans for a massive release with Premiere Pro CS6.

Good news: an open-source Nvidia linux driver has finally been released. Bad news: the closed-source proprietary driver still kicks the crap out of it.

Tips/Tricks


Got a screw with a stripped head? Learn how to remove it.

Hate shaving? Hate the price of razors? The $1/month shaving club can at least fix one of those problems for you.

Neighbors playing their music too loud? Let them know with this sample complaint form.

Hide iOS notification labels for apps you don’t care about updating.

Check for updates of your jailbroken iOS apps with Curiosa.

Clean up your computer desktop by consolidating everything into three icons.

Remove whitespace from the new Google+ layout.

Access advanced Windows applications from your start menu with WinPlusX.

Learn how to “Build Your Own VPN to Pimp Out Your Gaming, Streaming, Remote Access, and Oh Yeah, Security

Miscellaneous


Sony is cutting 10,000 jobs. Ouch.

Apple, Amazon, and Google have all been accused of dodging UK taxes.

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