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07:10 PM on 09/12/09
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A 12-year-old who was expelled after administrators read his text messages has sued the school.
Is it fair for administrators to read a student's text messages (please read article first)? [ Poll]
An interesting study has revealed that " Facebook makes you smarter, Twitter makes you dumber"
Internet usage peaks at 11:00pm. I'll go ahead and wager that the majority of surfers are male.
Twitter's latest change in terms indicates the site might become ad-supported.
Sending e-mails with nude pictures is not a smart decision for a cop who gets off to help female defendants get off (my apologies for the bad pun).
A new study indicates that people who pirate media also purchase it the most.
Google and Hasbro has started a giant online game of . Monopoly
Google's executive chef was too boring for . Top Chef
Rumor has it that YouTube may rent steaming movies.
Facebook is taking a page out of Twitter's book yet again with the ability to @mention people as well as a new version of the site, . Also, the popular social networking site has been Facebook Lite asked to turn over all of its source code to a judge.
Burglars are using social networks to find prime targets.
Is the future of collegiate education unlimited online courses for $99/mo?
This guy didn't realize that yelling at teammates while playing online games at the library is kind of a dead giveaway.
In case typing " bit.ly" took too much of a toll on the fingers, the company has purchased the domain "j.mp" and all URL's created on bit.ly will also work using j.mp. Your bit.ly login and password will also work.
Amazon is offering to return the including the people's annotations. Too late for a proper apology? Also,one guy hacked a George Orwell books to Kindles Kindle so that it now runs . Linux
Gizmodo has a round-up of the latest . Also, check out the Apple announcements video camera quality of the new . The iPod Nano iPod Classic appears to have been granted a stay of execution, and has even received an extra 40GB at no extra cost. And finally, the Wall Street Journal has angered some Apple fans by putting at ad featuring skeletons next to an pictures of the now quite thin . Steve Jobs
Thieves were captured on video doing the impressive feat of stealing 23 . MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods In a mere 31 Seconds
A teenager has used human hair to make a solar panel.
One politician has decided to wear an ankle GPS unit so people can keep track of him at all times.
I really wish this were just an elaborate hoax to catch perverts. Shoe Spy Camera
If you think professional table tennis players hit the ball hard, wait until you see this pneumatic gun shoot a ping pong ball through plywood.
Brain surgeons in training now have a new simulator to practice on rather than actual people.
Are any lady Absolutepunk readers bold enough to try a ? Vibrating Mascara Wand that vibrates at 7,000 vibrations per minute
Perhaps people would observe speed limit signs better if all of them displayed potential hospital costs and time in the hospital. Of course, one might argue that the sign itself then becomes distracting and could cause crashes...
Speed bumps may soon have another purpose other than annoying drivers: creating energy.
BMW plans to make auto repair easier using augmented reality glasses.
After a mere seven years of debate, the standard for 802.11n has been approved.
The library of a Massachussets prep school is replacing their physical library with an entirely digital one.
The has been installed on the international space station. Stephen Colbert treadmill
Have a look at a quite positive review of the waterproof . Panasonic Lumix
Microsoft has discontinued the classic in preparation for the Zune Zune HD. Check out a promotional video that shows off its 3D gaming features.
Bikers (pedal kind) can power their . iPhones/iPods by pedaling
Utah has recently passed a law that punishes texting while driving the same as drunk driving. And is texting a " literacy revolution"?
Sprint now has a plan for unlimited everything plan (calling only to mobile phones on any network) for $70/mo.
with their own version of AT&T is copying T-mobile Fave 5. Also, six more cities will be getting 7.2mbps 3G this year while T-mobile has announced it will launch 21mbps 3G in 2010.
Rhapsody, the unlimited music subscription service, is now available on the . iPhone
The on September 25. iPhone will get MMS
The ultrawidescreen LG BL40 will arrive stateside in October and overseas a month earlier.
Palm has a new phone titled and it has Pixi dropped the price of the . Pre by $50
Pandora Mobile is now available for . Also, a Android devices has been released. Facebook app
The HTC Touch HD2 (how much fun is that to say) may be dropping . Windows Mobile in favor of Android
The brings the HTC Tattoo Hero's fancy Touch UI to a lower-end phone.
The on October 11 for $180. HTC Hero will be sold exclusively at Sprint Sprint is getting all the cool phones these days...
Motorola's Cliq is an and will be Android phone that impressed Gizmodo free with contract at and may be T-mobile released in October.
off the purchase of a Oprah wants to save you $100 myTouch 3G.
Though the iPhone cannot run background apps, Loopt can keep track of and publish your location even while it's not running.
Let the sun charge your iPhone/iPod with the Apple-approved . Solar Surge
Sidekick users, prepare to be even more chained to your device thanks to . Facebook and Twitter apps
Palm Pre users can get now get their Tetris fix, however the demo only allows you to play for 30 seconds.
Check out leaked screenshots and features of the Palm Pre's Web OS 1.2.
Palm Pre users now have an unofficial . Google Voice app
Apple pulled the C64 emulator when they realized developers had simply hidden the feature they were supposed to remove.
Everyone with an iPhone can now sound like . T-Pain
Check out Gizmodo's list of essential fall 2009 . iPhone apps
The Android Market is getting a makeover.
A beta version of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager for OS X has leaked.
Radiohead doesn't care about compressed audio quality.
Check out the International Space Station's really cool computer setup.
Windows 7 might get a better version of . Netflix
The beta of . Microsoft Office 2010 has leaked
For any Mac users who just purchased Snow Leopard or are considering it, here is your complete guide to the new OS.
Lifehacker has written a guide on how to build a Hackintosh PC.
AMD is launching a graphics card that can power six 30" monitors at once.
Dell appears to be working on a 9.99 millimeter laptop.
MSI has introduced a new 12.1-inch netbook that still has a 6.5 hour battery life.
OLED laptops may be coming next year.
Microsoft has won a motion that allows them to continue selling for the time being. Word
The Chinese claim to have 40 minutes of real, clear UFO footage.
Scientists have managed to clone a plant that is 43,600 years old.
At least one study reports that night owls are able to be productive longer than early risers after being awake the same amount of time.
Screenshots: | Brink | Edge of Twilight | Final Fantasy XIII | Just Cause 2 | Gran Turismo 5 | Left 4 Dead 2 | Mass Effect 2 | Red Dead Redemption Tekken 6
Trailers/Clips: | Assassin's Creed 2 | Beatles: Rock Band (featuring Conan) | Borderlands | Demon's Souls | Dragon Age | F1 2009 | Final Fantasy XIII | Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony | Majesty 2 | Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 | NHL 10 (where did all the blood go?) | No More Heroes 2 | Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 | Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time | Section 8 | Spyborgs | S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat The Secret World
Previews/Reviews: | Army of Two: The 40th Day (and a Beatles: Rock Band second and third and fourth) | | DiRT 2 | Guitar Hero 5 | MAG | Need For Speed: Shift | NHL 2K10 | No More Heroes 2 | Shank | Star Trek Online | Tekken 6 | Tony Hawk Ride The Secret World
Police swarmed Bungie's (makers of Halo) offices after an employee walked in carrying a replica . Halo gun
An adults-only gaming console may be in production.
It looks like the in October. Wii may get its first price drop
Pirated copies of Batman: Arkham Asylum contain intentional glitches to catch thieves. Also, two DLC packs have been detailed.
Good news for Tetris fans: the game makes your brain more efficient.
A private beta of (the service which allows any computer, including netbooks, to play high-end games) is now available. Onlive
Sony plans to bring 3D support for ALL next year. Also, it appears that a PS3 games 250GB version of the is on the way. PS3 Slim
One of the two Madden 10 cover athletes has injured himself. Is the curse real? And Madden 10 is getting courtesy of a DLC pack. AFL players
Wolfenstein's sales paled in comparison to Madden 10, so buyers won't be getting that 100% refund.
Courtney Love (Cobain) is trying to limit the amount of virtual even though Curt Cobain in Guitar Hero 5 she was the one who signed the contract.
Activate guitar overdrive on Rock Band by stomping on a pedal. And hardcore plastic guitarists can get top performance with a $300 . Mad Catz Fender guitar
Rock Band has Anvil, Dinosaur Jr., The Guess Who, and Tenacious D for DLC this week.
Half of the songs from Guitar Hero Smash Hits can be imported into . Guitar Hero 5 Guitar Hero 5 for Wii is getting a $200 guitar and $230 drum kit courtesy of Logitech.
Sorry, Billy Mitchel, someone has achieved a perfect . Pac-Man score in less time than you
Valve flew some of the . Also, check out Left 4 Dead 2 boycotters to their studio details on upcoming DLC after "Crash Course" and see why "Crash Course" won't be free on , and unlock a Xbox 360 special weapon with a . Left 4 Dead 2 pre-order
The third World at War map pack will be released to PC gamers next week.
Control your computer (PC or Mac) using . Twitter
Fix your monitor's scratches using toothpaste.
Get rid of that lurker at the bar by giving the person a disposable phone number.
For people who really need their RSS/ Twitter fix, get a streaming ticker at the top of your screen using . FeedRoller
Back up your Facebook and Flickr albums.
Search the App Store without loading the bloated iTunes interface using . uQuery
Since Gmail has had some outage issues recently, see ways to get e-mail access when the main website is down.
Pretty up Google Calendar with . Helvetical
View IE-only pages within Firefox using , a special version of Coral IE Tab IE Tab with extra features.
allows History Tree Firefox users to easily backtrack through their history.
Mac converts who can't quite kick that Windows habit might want to check out (or not, judging by the article), which provides a uBar Windows-like Start Bar.
Ensure your Mac applications are up-to-date using . AppFresh
MacDrive allows Boot Camp users to access their from within OS X partitions Windows.
Learn how to throw a knife like people do in movies.
Extend the life of your razor using jeans.
Since the last banana-related tips/tricks article was popular, learn how to use a banana peel to remove splinters.
Make the best paper airplane ever.
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07:16 PM on 09/12/09
Tech Round-up Author,Chipotle Lover
My sincerest apologies to all the readers for the two week gap between round-ups!
07:23 PM on 09/12/09
One Who Gets Away/NJ Success Story
Something similar to the texting thing happened at my middle school...the principal caught a kid with his phone and then went through the texts, confiscated 20 phones from people the kid had been texting, and then some kids got in trouble for what they said in the texts
07:34 PM on 09/12/09
1. I would have been pissed if they got rid of the iPod classic. Sure, the other ones are cool and everything, but they aren't really made big enough. They need to keep a high GB iPod for mostly music... That's all I use mine for, and I haven't run into any problems.
2. I care about quality of digital music. What's radiohead trying to say? We shouldn't care if our music sounds like static because of the low quality? Come on! The bands that put out digital music can put it in whatever quality they want. Why would you release a lower quality sound? That only makes you sound bad.
07:39 PM on 09/12/09
Man... so many articles to go through! Definitely worth it, though; I almost always love the round-up.
Keep up the good work!
07:50 PM on 09/12/09
start appreciating yourself
Glad to see the MMS date for iPhone finally confirmed.
07:58 PM on 09/12/09
Is the monopoly registering working for anyone?
Edit: Nevermind, damn captcha.
08:12 PM on 09/12/09
I was waiting for this. Cheers.
08:16 PM on 09/12/09
i get my energy from my inner G
Whoa. One of my friends used to work at that Apple store that got robbed.
08:45 PM on 09/12/09
What are you supposed to put here?
I though it felt like a long time since the last round-up.
09:33 PM on 09/12/09
I don't think I would want a vibrating mascara brush near my eye...that sounds a bit dangerous...
09:38 PM on 09/12/09
I love the technology round-up. I really look forward to it every week.
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