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Technology Round-Up (08-10-09)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (08/10/09)
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10:37 AM on 08/10/09
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together.

Technology Round-Up Discussion topic

Well-known blogger Michael Arrington has quit using his iPhone after Apple banned the Google Voice application. In fact, the FCC has launched an investigation. Apple has attempted to explain its approval procedure. Meanwhile, Google will fight back by creating a web application that Apple can't block.

Has Apple's App Store censorship gone too far? [Poll]

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Internet-related

"My dog ate my homework" just got trumped by "my cat downloaded kiddie porn." The cat has been cleared of all charges. The man has not.

A Chinese teenager was beaten to death at an internet addiction camp.

A high schooler has sued Amazon for deleting 1984 while he was reading it for a school assignment.

One third of Europeans have never been online.

The Head of the Roman Catholic Church of England warns against developing relationships over technological means. Also, the US Marine Corps has banned social networking sites.

Ever curious what percentage of Twitter users actually post regularly?

Donate your computer's idle processing power over Facebook.

Netflix may bring streaming to the iPhone and the Wii soon.

ABC's biggest shows are now streaming on Hulu.

The RIAA has been awarded $675,000 in their latest trial verdict.

Skype might be dead unless the developers can get around their current legal entanglement.

The web-comic xkcd will be released as a physical book to suport charity.

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Electronics-related

It's sad when a person spends $47,000 on a gold penis enlarger. It's even sadder when the whole world finds out about it. So much for putting that enhancement to use.

A UK National ID Card was duplicated by a hacker in 12 minutes. Any UK readers starting to worry?

Toyota has unveiled a human-like robot that can run 7 km/h.

A group of students at Virginia Tech are about to demonstrate their vehicle for the blind.

Parking meters can be hacked so that they never need another quarter.

Check out a triple-shot taser gun in action.

Soon police will be able to give you a dope-alyzer test when they pull you over.

Be the coolest kid on the block with a 3D Etch-A-Sketch.

3D printing can now be done using stainless steel.

Check out a video of the Zune HD in action. Also, CNET has a hands on with the device. It looks like the iPod Touch may finally have some legitimate competition.

Vibrating headphones seem a little dangerous to me...

Don't trust retail HDTV display comparisons.

Sharp's Aquos DX2 televisions will feature built-in back-up of HDTV shows on Blu-Ray discs.

Europe will have 3D TV service starting next year.

The Fuji Finepix Real 3D W1 camera has been glowingly reviewed.

For people who spend too long staring at computer screens, Wink Glasses will force you to blink regularly.

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Mobile-related

Apple has fixed the SMS exploit that allowed hackers to exploit people's phones. The update can be jailbroken and unlocked just as easily.

Apple has removed a Sex Offender Locator application.

AT&T is getting a bunch of HTC phones.

Check out the first Android-based phone available for Verizon customers.

Motorola's Android phone will also have an enhanced graphical interface.

Sprint's 4G network rollout plans have leaked.

Sprint may be getting the HTC Hero (and my business. Here is further confirmation) in October as well as a high-end Samsung AMOLED phone.

The LG GD900 is perfect for people who drop their phones in toilets...or fish tanks.

Check out more details of LG's ultra-widescreen BL40.

Youserbase has extensive video reviews of the Sony Ericsson Satio (formerly known as the Idou) and the Aino.

Android phones will get full Flash support through Opera Mobile.

Check out a review of T-Mobile's myTouch 3G.

See Windows Mobile 6.5 and Flash in action.

iPhone users, find out when a paid application you want becomes free with FreeAppAlert.

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Computer-related

Do not take your Macbook to Ice-T for repair.

iTunes 9 may support Blu-Ray and social networking.social networking.

Lifehacker calls Spotify "the best desktop music player we've ever used."

Anyone looking for a job working for the Department of Defense might want to become a hacker.

If your hand sweats while on your mouse, Mouseblisters can help you out.

Check out reviews of Windows 7 here and here as take a look at the upgrade compatibility chart. Also, Microsoft will be making it harder for pirates with Windows 7; after only two days, Microsoft blocked the first Windows 7 retail crack.

Windows 7 may raise the price of netbooks.

Firefox has hit 1 billion total downloads.

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Miscellaneous

Schizophrenics should become smokers.

French scientists have developed a wood-based bone substitute that it supposed to be superior to titanium.

Scientists in Japan have created a material that can bind skin without leaving scars.

Google's CEO was not paid as a member of Apple's board.

For cruel people out there, these bikinis disintegrate in water.

Utah saved $1.8 million by having employees work four-day weeks instead of the more traditional five-day week.

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Game-related

Screenshots: Final Fantasy XIV | Forza 3 | Invincible Tiger | Metroid Prime Trilogy | Rage | Serious Sam HD | Tekken 6 | TMNT Smash Up

Trailers/Clips: Academy of Champions | Army of Two: The 40th Day | Batman: Arkham Asylum | DJ Hero | Fairytale Fights | Guitar Hero: Van Halen | Guitar Hero 5 | Guitar Hero 5 (Johnny Cash appearance) | Halo 3: ODST | Mini Ninjas | Raven Squad | Skate (EA's top 10 replays) | Tekken 6 | TMNT: Turtles in Time | Wacky World of Sports | Wolfenstein

DLC: Left 4 Dead (free on PC, not free on 360) | Modern Warfare 2 | World at War

Analysts claim the Playstation 3 now only costs $240 to manufacture. Also, it appears that a slim version of the console is on the way. The 80GB model has already been discontinued in Japan.

Check out Playstation games being played on an iPhone using iJoyPad.

Nintendo is worried about the iPhone impacting its portable gaming dominance.

China is sensoring the World of Warcraft.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will be ported to the Wii.

Third Eye Blind will be re-recording six of their biggest hits for Rock Band.

Rock Band has three tracks from the Gorillaz as well as some Janice Joplin, The Who, and more for DLC this week.

You know you rock at gaming when you can solve two Rubik's cubes while playing Guitar Hero on expert.

Guitar Hero was not meant to be played with a real guitar (cool technology, sad reality).

Guitar Hero 5 will allow song importing from GH:WT and GH: Smash Hits. Also, check out the final song list from Guitar Hero: Van Halen.

50 Cent will contribute his vocal acting "skills" to Modern Warfare 2.

Half-Life 2: Episode 3 will feature a deaf character that correctly signs.

Check out the complete soundtrack to Brutal Legend.

It appears that the controversial game Six Days In Fallujah may not be released after all.

Starcraft II has been delayed until 2010.

Xbox 360 owners can now add MS points to their account using Paypal.

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Tips/Tricks

Learn how to tell people to shut up without saying a word.

Keep your brain in shape with this exercise.

For people who are currently on a messed up sleep schedule, fix it by fasting for 16 hours.

Save your water-damaged phone using rice.

Turn off the annoying automated voicemail prompts on various cell phone carriers. And if your friends are too lazy to turn their prompts off, here is how to bypass the prompt.

If mail sent from your Gmail account using a different address says, "Oh behalf of", Google has now included a way to turn off that text.

Kill annoying, repetitive pop-ups with ClickOff.

Shed your computer of evil cookies with Cookienator.

Fancy up your Windows with Rainmeter, and clean up that desktop with Deskcretary.

Make faces look better (sorry, only in pictures) using PicTreat.

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Written by: CyberInferno

Articles found via Digg, Download Squad, Engadget, hackinthebox, The Inquirer, Lifehacker, HardOCP, Gizmodo, or Slashdot if not directly linked.

Thanks for checking out the technology roundup!

Please direct any comments or suggestions to cyberinferno@gmail.com (or post them in the replies).
10:37 AM on 08/10/09
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Waiting.
:)
10:38 AM on 08/10/09
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hurry up
10:38 AM on 08/10/09
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Glad to see this thread is still going. Love it!
10:43 AM on 08/10/09
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Valve needs to hurry up and release HL2 Episode 3, and I'm buying DJ Hero!
10:49 AM on 08/10/09
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love this update.


good for that high schooler who sued amazon.
10:52 AM on 08/10/09
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Love it.
10:53 AM on 08/10/09
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Still my favorite round-up.
10:54 AM on 08/10/09
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that kid solving the rubix cubes is sick haha
11:12 AM on 08/10/09
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I wish CA would start working 4 day weeks.
11:18 AM on 08/10/09
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Quote:
"My dog ate my homework" just got trumped by "my cat downloaded kiddie porn." The cat has been cleared of all charges. The man has not.




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One third of Europeans have never been online.

The 1/3 is probably senior citizents and little children.
11:20 AM on 08/10/09
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Tech round up always makes my day better. Thanks for the Rainmaker tip, checking it out now.
11:24 AM on 08/10/09
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GH: Valen songs are pretty awesome, especially the other bands.. glad GH5 finally allows importing and DLC backwards compatibility.
11:27 AM on 08/10/09
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That kid who played GH while solving 2 rubik's cubes = so money but he obviously knows it
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