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Linda Ferreira 11/14/11 09:50 AM

Technology Round-Up (11/14/11)
 
Head to the replies to read this week's Technology Round-Up.

Linda Ferreira 11/14/11 09:50 AM

Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

A new study indicates that one third of people have broken up by Facebook, text message, or e-mail.

Have you ever broken up by one of these mediums? [Poll]

Apple

While Apple claims to have fixed battery issues with iOS 5.0.1 (except for some users--Apple is still investigating), people are reporting issues with reception, WiFi, and the microphone. iOS 5.0.1 has already been jailbroken (tethered only for now). People looking for an untethered jailbreak should wait to upgrade.

A new report indicates than an iPhone 5 prototype existed before the iPhone 4S was designed, but it was put aside.

Factory-unlocked, contract-free iPhone 4S units
are available.

Sprint is pushing out SIM locks on its iPhones, but customers in good standing can obtain unlock codes directly from Sprint.

A new iPhone case adds dual-SIM capability, extends battery life, and unlocks your device for you.

The man who voiced Apple Siri in the U.K.
has revealed himself despite warnings by Apple.

Apple reports it has no plans to introduce Siri to older devices. Looks like you will all simply have to wait for the jailbroken version. The only true hardware hindrance may be the proximity sensor.

Samsung is seeking an injunction to stop Apple’s sale of products with 3G in Germany.

Steve Jobs may become the first person to be awarded Time Magazine’s Person of the Year posthumously.

If you still have a first-generation iPod Nano sold between September 2005 and December 2006 lying around, you could be eligible for a new replacement unit for free.

The iTunes Match service is close to launch.

Some users are unable to access iCloud.

A new vulnerability discovered in OS X indicates that the Mac Store might not be as safe as Apple would desire.

Internet

Bloggers in Mexico aretargets of the drug cartel.

In a strange new ruling, a judge has forced a divorcing couple to exchange Facebook passwords with each other.

Facebook has restored the ability to view the news feed by most recent first. Also, Facebook will have to make future privacy changes opt-in rather than opt-out.

A U.S. District Court is forcing Twitter to divulge information about the WikiLeaks account.

After ignorantly defending Joe Paterno on Twitter, Ashton Kutcher is handing over his Twitter posting duties to his media team.

The U.S. Senate has voted against a measure that would kill the net neutrality rules that were passed last December.

Steam, the popular online gaming service, has been hacked. Some users’ personal information and credit card information have been stolen. Learn how to cope with the hack if you have a Steam account.

Universities are buying up .xxx domain addresses. No, they won’t be hosting their own porn--they simply don’t want porn sites to have that opportunity.

Some items purchased on eBay using buy it now will be available for local pickup.

Comcast has started rolling out IPv6 to some home customers.

A beta of Firefox 9.0 has been released.

Google

Google Music is launching without the support of Sony and Warner.

LG might show off Google TV hardware at CES.

Logitech has discontinued Google TV set-top-boxes.

Google Chrome will get an improved in-page search feature called Apture.

Electronics

GM has responded to an incident in which a Chevy Volt caught fire. Meanwhile, the NHTSA is now investigating the issue as well.

Honda has shown off an attractive Small Sports EV concept.

Check out the MyFord Touch 2013.

Evolve Motorcycles has shown off a $50,000 Xenon lightcycle lithium electric street-bike.

NASA’s J-2X rocket has passed its second test.

New Epson video glasses feature the equivalent of viewing a 320-inch screen from 65 feet away, and they also allow you to see the world around you.

Sony, Samsung, and Panasonic are teaming up to standardize 3D glasses.

Tom Tom owners can now have Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street give them directions.

A new report suggests that CDs might bite the dust within 14 months. What do you think?

The ad-supported Kobo Touch is available for the same $100 price tag as the ad-supported Amazon Kindle Touch.

The 2012 London Olympics will be recorded in Super-Hi Vision (16x the resolution of 1080p).

A new Logitech Alert Video Security system can store up to 100GB of surveillance footage in the Dropbox cloud.

Anyone looking to pick up an Xbox 360 as a Christmas present or for personal use should wait for Black Friday deals.

Mobile

Steve Jobs’ premonitions have come true, and Adobe has officially announced that it will discontinue development of mobile Flash. The lead product manager for Adobe Flash squarely blames Apple for the product’s demise. Adobe has released the final mobile Flash version for Android and Blackberry Playbook. The company will continue to provide security updates as necessary.

Think about this if you eat and text at the same time: 16% of phones have fecal matter on them.

The details of Republic Wireless’s $19/mo. unlimited data, voice, and text plan have been released. Let’s just say that they have an interesting definition of unlimited.

Amazon has purchased a company called Yap to compete with Apple’s Siri.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)’s new facial unlock can apparently be fooled by a digital image.

The Droid Razrs are now available and have already been rooted.

Engadget has reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Some Samsung Galaxy S II screens poorly render the color red.

See a review of the HTC Vivid, a 4G LTE phone for AT&T.

Check out a review of the HTC Amaze 4G for T-Mobile.

Apps

AT&T has launched its own iOS VoIP calling app for cheaper international calls.

A new iOS app can use chirps to measure the distance of objects up to 25 meters away.

The Amazon Kindle has added Hulu Plus and ESPN Sportscenter to its apps list.

Check out Android’s apps of the week and iOS’s apps of the week.

The Hotspot Shield VPN App allows iOS users to mask their true location.

Google will drop support for the Gmail app in the Blackberry App World.

Computer/Tablet

Preorders of the Amazon Kindle Fire are going strong. See if the device is a true iPad 2 threat.

Check out a hands-on with the Asus Transformer Prime Tablet.

Engadget has reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Windows 8 will feature new improved battery life plans.

Tips/Tricks

Sign documents without printing them from your phone or computer with SignNow.

Add an Android-style autocorrect bar to iOS 5. Also, use the same app to turn on Panorama mode for photo shooting.

Learn how to fix the iOS 5.0.1 contact bug.

Calibrate your HDTV and increase the video quality.


Learn how to tweak the new Gmail with userscripts.

Restyle Google Reader
to a more Mac-like interface.

Windows users can get a taste of OS X Expose corners with Win7sé.

Store your desktop icon placement with Icon Configuration Utility.

Find out when you accidentally hit the CAPS LOCK key with CaPNotifier.

Mac users can try out a lightweight music player that is iTunes compatible called Simpler.

iPhone users with a jailbreak can get an Ice Cream Sandwich style lockscreen with AndroidLock XT.

Should you lease or buy your next car?

Miscellaneous

Some day, our homes might bepartially powered by human urine.

Canada has started replacing paper bills with security-controlled polymer (plastic) bills.

Scientists have developed a method of rapidly increasing muscle development in mice.

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Contributor: CyberInferno (Chad)


Holly HoX! 11/14/11 10:06 AM

I would actually be thankful if some girl broke up with me electronically - it would only reaffirm the fact that I shouldn't have been with her immature self in the first place. Win/win.

Spencer Control 11/14/11 10:13 AM

I'm not sure I get the point of an in-page search function. Can't one just use ctrl+f?

zachff 11/14/11 10:29 AM

I had been thinking about getting my mother a Kindle Fire for the holidays but after reading up on a few reviews I think I've decided against it.

If only the iPad wasn't so damn expensive.

stonecoldfox 11/14/11 10:33 AM

I've lately become a little too upset with calibration my tv. Don't get me wrong, it looks awesome, but I feel like it could always look more awesome. I'll definitely check out that calibration tool.
Also, I really want a piss powered house.

popdisaster00 11/14/11 10:39 AM

The best round-up!

TheRealJohnOC 11/14/11 10:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by popdisaster00 (Post 97915912)
The best round-up!

Definitely!

Nardes 11/14/11 10:52 AM

Thanks for this as always!!! Also iTunes Match went live this morning!!!!

Steve Alcala 11/14/11 11:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nardes (Post 97916432)
Thanks for this as always!!! Also iTunes Match went live this morning!!!!

How do you start this service? Or I guess, how do you pay the first year's fee?

popdisaster00 11/14/11 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRealJohnOC (Post 97916282)
Definitely!

I always feel like making a reply just to let staff know that even though these are usually pretty quiet round-ups, I look forward to it every week.

Nardes 11/14/11 12:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by buhbee94 (Post 97918172)
How do you start this service? Or I guess, how do you pay the first year's fee?

not sure... I'm just installing it now, I'll keep ya posted

Linda Ferreira 11/14/11 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by popdisaster00 (Post 97920082)
I always feel like making a reply just to let staff know that even though these are usually pretty quiet round-ups, I look forward to it every week.

Thanks. It is always nice to know which ones are appreciated.

CyberInferno 11/14/11 12:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by popdisaster00 (Post 97915912)
The best round-up!

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheRealJohnOC (Post 97916282)
Definitely!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Nardes (Post 97916432)
Thanks for this as always!!! Also iTunes Match went live this morning!!!!

Quote:

Originally Posted by popdisaster00 (Post 97920082)
I always feel like making a reply just to let staff know that even though these are usually pretty quiet round-ups, I look forward to it every week.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Linda Ferreira (Post 97920712)
Thanks. It is always nice to know which ones are appreciated.

This :-d Thanks everyone!

CyberInferno 11/14/11 12:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Linda Ferreira (Post 97920712)
Thanks. It is always nice to know which ones are appreciated.

Oh, and thanks for re-coloring the links for me!