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Linda Ferreira 08/08/11 12:07 AM

Technology Round-Up (08/08/11)
 
Head to the replies to read this week's Technology Round-Up.

Linda Ferreira 08/08/11 12:07 AM

Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

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The World Wide Web turned 20 years old this past month. Tell us about your first experiences (good or bad) on the internet!

Apple

Apple sold more smart phones than any other company in the world last quarter.

Even though new rumors suggest that the iPhone 5 (or whatever it will be called) will be pushed back to October, RBC Capital Markets predicts that September is still the most likely release month. Other speculation indicates that the phone may be a more significant upgrade than many anticipate.

Apple is apparently cracking down on non-developers who are running development builds of iOS.

One Wall Street analyst predicts that Apple will launch three HDTV models by March 2012.

A new update to Apple TV allows owners to stream iTunes TV shows.

iTunes Replay may allow people to re-download and/or stream previously purchased music and movies.

Apple has officially killed MobileMe sync. See how iCloud will improve upon MobileMe's features. One of these new features is a "Find my Mac" tool.

The iPad will get subscriptions for all 21 of Time Inc's magazines.

Internet

Adobe is working on a new Flash replacement called Edge that will run on HTML5. It's never a promising sign for a format when the developer is trying to replace it. Developers can download a free preview of the SDK.

The World Intellectual Property Organization has ruled that the website ipods.com must be transferred to Apple.

The popular streaming sports site rojadirecta.com has been captured by the U.S. Government.

Comcast now offers Internet Essentials for $10/mo. for low-income families.

Stanford has put an Artificial Intelligence course online for free.

Google

Google's chief legal officer says that Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, and others are waging a patent war against Android.

A security exploit in Chrome OS was exposed at Black Hat.

Gmail has added a new preview pane view. Add the feature in your Gmail Labs.

Twitter and Google will probably not reconcile after their split over realtime search.

Chrome 13 non-dev features instant pages.

Google has shut down its dictionary service.

Electronics

Tesla's SUX, the Model X, will launch in 2014.

Boeing will launch the CST-100 which will take non-astronauts into space in 2015.

Sirius XM 2.0 will launch later this year.

Mobile

LightSquared has landed a multi-year LTE deal with PowerNet Global. On the opposite end of the spectrum (no pun intended), Clearwire is adding 120Mbps WiMAX support.

AT&T's fortunate users who are still grandfathered into unlimited data plans will notice speed caps after October 1 if they use too much data. However, if those customers are using their service for unauthorized tethering, they will lose that capability very soon.

T-Mobile lost 50,000 customers last quarter.

T-Mobile's version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will be called the Samsung Hercules.

Check out the Verizon phone line-up release dates.

MetroPCS has pledged its support to VoLTE.

RIM has launched the Blackberry Torch 9810, Torch 9860, and Bold 9900.

The Nokia N9 will be released on September 15.

A new Android trojan can record phone calls.

The official specs of the Droid Bionic have been released.

The Samsung Conquer 4G will be available to Sprint users on August 21.

Check out a review of the myTouch 4G Slide.

HTC has explained the official bootloader unlock process and warns that it will void people's warranties.

Apps

RIM has launched Blackberry World 3.0.

Nissan has a new app that allows Leaf owners to charge their electric vehicle from afar.

Rdio's app for iPad has been approved.

Skype was released for the iPad briefly then taken down. Hopefully it will be back up soon.

Skype's Android app now supports two-way video on more handsets.

Vonage users can now place international calls on their iPhones but pay through iTunes.

Stabilize your iPhone 4 videos with DollyCam.

Computer/Tablet

Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have been suspended in Australia because of an Apple lawsuit. Despite the setback, Samsung says it will still launch the tablet. Speaking of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Touchwiz update was sent over the air.

Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at the BlogHer event. The device is available for pre-order on Amazon UK.

Screenshots of the HTC Puccini have leaked.

Check out a review of the Lenovo K1 which features Android 3.1 and a two-cell battery.

HP has dropped the price of the Touchpad by $100 in one month.

Blackberry Playbook support for Android apps may not arrive until late fall.

Intel may plan to release an "Ultrabook" to compete with Apple's Macbook Air.

Toshiba's Qosmio F755 will feature a glasses-free 3D display for only $1,699.

Dell has shown off the Latitude XT3 convertible tablet PC.

A company has announced a 1.6 terabyte SSD with 1 GB/s read rates.

Tips/Tricks

Check out Engadget's back-to-school guide to various electronics.

LifeHacker has compiled a list of the five best desktop personal finance tools.

Plan B allows people to locate their phones without installing anything in advance.

Add Gmail's Preview Pane to Gmail.

Add virtual desktops to Windows with nSpaces.

Sick of Windows complaining that your USB drive is still in use so it can't be ejected? ProEject closes everything automatically for you.

Keep your computer's clock accurate.

Google Music Manager is now available for Linux.

Sunglasses could help people see better in the rain.

Miscellaneous

Intel has invested $30 million into its cloud development.

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Contributor: CyberInferno (Chad)

hismadness 08/08/11 03:44 AM

You don't want to know about my first experiences on the internet. Very sticky.

Nardes 08/08/11 05:19 AM

as always... thanks so much! always enjoy this!

popdisaster00 08/08/11 06:58 AM

My first year on the internet consisted of using Netscape Navigator and AIM

TangledUp 08/08/11 07:51 AM

Ehh, I'd be bummed if the iPhone 5 really is pushed back until October, but hopefully that means they're making more improvements on it. I can't get a new phone until November or December anyway, so I guess it really doesn't matter!

glassinthesea 08/08/11 07:51 AM

Adobe edge is NOT a "Flash replacement". It is an alternative for simple animation ie web banners. Flash is still a powerful tool and at this point in web development, and better choice for a lot of things.

CyberInferno 08/08/11 09:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by glassinthesea (Post 93056822)
Adobe edge is NOT a "Flash replacement". It is an alternative for simple animation ie web banners. Flash is still a powerful tool and at this point in web development, and better choice for a lot of things.

Edge may not be marketed that way, but statements like this sound like denial to me: "But as Web development continues to grow and change, Adobe officials indicated they intend to stay aggressive in supporting both Flash and HTML5 with new and enhanced tools for programmers."

With the aggressive anti-Flash stance Apple has taken on all iOS devices, developers are going to start seriously looking for alternatives to Flash. HTML5 is the future. I'm not saying that Flash won't play a part in it, but YouTube's transition to HTML5 is just one of the many signs that Flash is on the way out.

Why would people want to develop a site using Flash when people with an iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, etc. can't view it?

TheRealJohnOC 08/08/11 10:39 AM

With the new XM, you can pause and rewind a show. Sounds good but sucks for the Stern fans though. You can only rewind and pause the same show so many times.

fifpb99 08/08/11 11:18 AM

lollll teslas suv is called the "SUX"

CyberInferno 08/16/11 03:53 PM

New round-up posted today

CyberInferno 09/26/11 07:58 AM

A new round-up is available. Thanks for everyone's patience while I adjust to my new job!