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05:42 PM on 11/16/09
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New studies appear to indicate that cell phones are changing our brains. Is this a healthy source of evolution or a scary indicator of our dependence? [ Poll]
Forget matching people by personal compatibility--how about matching people by DNA?
A to keep a man from jail. Facebook status update was used as an alibi
Hundreds of . Oh, and the creator of the popular Facebook groups have been hacked Mafia Wars brags about how he has scammed users.
The MPAA, in their attempts to be as hated as the RIAA, shut down an entire town's public WiFi because one user downloaded a copyrighted movie.
A 61-year-old woman posed as a 14-year-old girl online to confirm suspicions of her husband.
The New Oxford American Dictionary has chosen "unfriend" as the 2009 word of the year.
A convicted murder has sued for mentioning him by name. Wikipedia
This week's Twitter news: A federal judge has banned , Twitter in the courtroom Britney Spears' account was hacked, a new retweet system should be available soon, and is like TwitCritics RottenTomatoes meets Twitter.
The financial website, Mint, now integrates financial news updates from . Twitter
Mark Cuban is trying to kill . Google
Google Maps will now help people find flu vaccine.
Google is offering free WiFi in 47 airports to keep the calm of travelers during the holiday season.
SPDY is the name of Google's web protocol that promises to speed up website loading.
Google may be ready to launch the next version of its search engine, codename . Caffeine (a very significant news source) websites may
News Corp no longer appear in . Google search results
All of Google's web applications may soon get one unified look similar to Google Wave.
Microsoft is spreading free WiFi across the for people who use its search engine, US Bing. The search engine has also teamed up with to provide more detailed results. Wolfram Alpha
YouTube will be getting a 1080p player soon. Of course, there's not much point yet when few computer users have monitors that support 1920x1080.
TV episode streams from all over the web into one site. Clicker
Underpaid teachers are selling their lesson plans online to other teachers.
For anyone who needs extra Gmail or Picasa space, Google has drastically dropped the price of space upgrades.
A company is working to backup shortURL ( so that, in case they ever go under, the links will not be lost. bit.ly, tinyurl.com, etc.) services
Check out the for human body upgrades. Bionic Body Shop
A quadriplegic has been legally granted the right to mount a breathing tube-operated gun to his wheelchair.
Audeo captures brain signals sent to damaged vocal chords and produces the sounds, providing the ability to speak to those who cannot.
A digital tattoo interface is perfect for people who want a tattoo but don't want anything permanent.
Avoid the discomfort of traditional crutches using the . Freedom Leg
Intel has launched a device that can read aloud any printed text.
Police used a robot negotiator to end a standoff in Avon, Colorado.
Time has published its list of the top 50 inventions of 2009.
Be careful to make sure the ATM you're using is legitimate. It's actually legal for anyone in the US to own and operate an ATM.
in which the speed was measured by Chicago courts are throwing out speeding tickets LIDAR.
There is something seriously wrong with people who put a spy camera into a fake electric toothbrush.
Check out a video of hacked . Roombas playing Pac-Man
For people who are not the slightest bit self-conscious, get a scale that will post your weight on . Twitter
You know you're a nerd when the tip of your finger gets cut off and you replace it with a USB drive.
This is a figure that makes your round-up author smile (as he waits for his Wolf Am I CD to arrive from England): physical CD's outsell digital albums 64% to 36%.
Comcast is allowing subscribers to stream TV shows wherever they have computer access starting in December. Your round-up author will stick with his FiOS for cheaper prices and better service.
Wal-Mart is taking extra precautions to avoid trampling deaths on the Black Friday. Meanwhile, here is a mini-roundup of Black Friday deals: , Best Buy , Dell , K-Mart , Meijer , Office Depot , Radio Shack , Sam's Club , Staples . Target Fat Wallet has already prepared their Black Friday and Cyber Monday pages.
Blockbuster will start allowing people to download movies from kiosks to SD cards. The movies will cost $1.99 and be viewable for 48 hours.
Netflix may start delaying new movie releases by a month or more to cut costs. Would any of you subscribers stick with the service if this policy were enacted?
DiamonDisc provides people with burnable DVD's that last for 1,000 years. Unfortunately, they're $34.95 apiece.
HP has acquired . Is anyone else shocked that this company is still around and worth that much money? 3Com for $2.7 billion
100,000 were sold opening weekend, and an estimated Droids 250,000 were been sold in the product's first week. The aggressive advertising campaign by Verizon has helped propel . Also, it appears that an Verizon's brand image over-the-air firmware update may already be scheduled for December 11. It's not all good news in the Droid camp though--some people are experiencing issues with the internal speaker randomly cutting out. Also, check out a review of , Droid's overshadowed little brother Droid Eris.
Apple's mobile phone profits have exceeded (though there is some Nokia's skepticism about fuzzy math), and the iPhone has captured 17% of the global smartphone market.
Nokia may be considering the purchase of . Palm
T-Mobile's iconic . Existing users will be able to keep the service, but new users will have to pick a new plan. myFave 5 has officially been put to rest
Cell phone service pricing sucks in the because we like things to be consistent. United States
has bought a
Google mobile advertising company for $750 million.
to add VoIP to Google has purchased Gizmo5 Google Voice (most likely). Gizmo5 has stopped accepting new registrations during the transition.
Google Latitude will now keep track of where users have been and alert friends when they are nearby.
Add . Google Maps navigation to rooted Android phones
AT&T explains why , and Verizon's 3G representation is misleading . Gizmodo explains why AT&T is full of it
Watch a guy ride a car while he drives it using his . iPhone
The once moderately-humorous iPhone jailbreak Rickroll has turned malicious and started stealing data.
Here are 10 augmented reality apps for iPhone users who don't like the real world.
Check out what may be the most ridiculous phone ever which can be has a 12.2-megapixel camera, a keyboard, and a projector, and can be split into separate pieces that communicate by Bluetooth.
More photos of the , which will Palm Pixi cost $30 at , have been released. Wal-Mart
Windows Mobile has lost nearly a third of its market share.
The Windows Market's anti-piracy measures were hacked in less than two hours.
can also run xpPhone Windows 7 (so why not give it a smarter name?). With a 5-megapixel camera, a 4.3" or 4.8" screen, and Windows 7 with a slide-out keyboard...is this the best phone ever? Viewsonic also has a . Windows XP-powered phone on the way
Check out a review of the 4.3" touchscreen HTC Touch HD2.
See the featuring its extra-fancy version of Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 in action Android. The phone will launch in February 2010 at least in the UK.
Samsung has announced a new mobile operating system called and though Bada rumors say it's dropping , the company publicly claims it is Symbian still supporting the . Nokia operating system
Blackberries may soon receive . And they will definitely include Open GL and Flash support a $100 gift card at (for one week only). Wal-Mart
Firefox for Mobile Beta has been released to (not bitter at all). Nokia portable devices that nobody owns
gives dual analog sticks for anyone who is hardcore about their iControlPad iPhone gaming.
New viruses download child porn to computers. Perverts officially have a scapegoat and innocent people are at risk.
Katy Perry had to turn over her computer to repair people, but has asked them not to hack the "Noodz" folder on her desktop. Is she trying to get nude pictures spread all over the internet?
of violating Psystar has been found guilty Apple copyright and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Apple might soon be the only vendor of OS X computers once again.
There is more speculation about a . Apple tablets
A Microsoft product group manager has admitted that ...which Windows 7 was inspired by OS X . The new operating system has Microsoft has promptly denied already accumulated the market share Vista took seven months to acquire.
8 out of 10 malware products were able to bypass . Please note that this does not reflect poorly on Windows 7 UAC protections Windows Defender or Microsoft Security Essentials.
While Windows 7 has lovely performance on netbooks, it sucks down battery life faster than Windows XP (expect this to be solved with driver updates).
Microsoft is working on a solution so that schools can have one computer that multiple students can use.
It appears that Chrome OS will launch within a week. Will Google be able to do its magic on the PC operating system scene or will this be just another Linux operating system?
Remember those Blue Hippo commercials advertising financed computers? The entire thing was a scam, and the company collected $15 million and shipped only one PC.
Dell has launched its competitor to Apple TV, called the . Dell Zino HD
Have a look at the beautiful new in Apple store New York. Also, check out the response of to the opening of Apple's retail VP Microsoft stores.
Apple is now shipping faster . Check out Core i5 and i7 iMacs benchmarks of the new . iMacs against their older brethren
After much debate, it is official that the OS X 10.6.2 update kills Hackintosh support. People on the Hackintosh scene have promised a crack for . Snow Leopard 10.6.2 in a few weeks and have provided a fix for people who prematurely upgraded
iTunes music links no longer annoyingly launch the . iTunes software
Check out a guy's modded Dell Mini 9 to include a touchscreen as well as device rotation support.
AMD and Intel have finally reached an agreement, a $1.25 billion settlement on . Check out AMD's behalf AMD's next line of processors, called . We're talking Bobcat and Bulldozer 128-bit and 8 cores. Also, someone has overclocked an . AMD Phenom II to 7.08GHz
Intel has low-powered Core i5 and i7 processors that will find their way into future netbooks.
Matrox, a company that was once known for its consumer graphics card prowess but has since moved almost exclusively to the enterprise market, has announced a graphics card that can power eight 2560 x 1600 monitors at once.
Firefox is the most vulnerable browser, followed by Safari. IE8 is actually pretty low on the list. Check out the Slashdot comments for interesting speculation about the reasoning behind the ranking.
Check out a nostalgic look at as the browser celebrates its fifth birthday. Firefox
Mozilla has launched , which resembles addons that do not require restarting the browser. Jetpack Gallery
Google Chrome will have an official beta release for in December. Mac
The Google president has made the bold statement that companies can rid themselves of . Microsoft Office in a year
Anyone interested in obtaining a beta version of the ad-supported (but free and legal) Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition should fill out this survey. Or you can pirate the ad-less version since beta 2 has leaked.
The free Panda Antivirus Cloud is now available to download.
Kindle owners can now read the books on their computers when their e-reader isn't handy.
Google has announced its own open-source programming language.
Fully-functional penises have been grown in rabbits.
Check out ways that technology can improve your sexual skills (no nudity but still probably NSFW).
Environmental chemicals might be feminizing boys.
Drinks that combine caffeine and alcohol may become illegal.
A Vermont city was almost encased in a 1-mile dome.
See a to commemorate 20 years since its fall. LEGO recreation of the fall of the Berlin Wall
Female readers, if a guy removes your bra and attempts to make a putting green from it, be very scared.
Check out a sponge that can absorb 180 times its own weight. Take that, Shamwow.
Screenshots: Command & Conquer 4 | Final Fantasy XIII | Just Cause 2 | Mass Effect 2 | Red Dead Redemption | Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles | Star Trek Online | Starcraft 2 | Super Street Fighter IV
Trailers/Clips: Alan Awake | Army of Two: The 40th Day | Avatar | Dante's Inferno | Left 4 Dead 2 | New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Modern Warfare 2 was the highest grossing entertainment product (outdoing all movie sales) of the entire year during its launch day (though at least one analyst predicts that ). $310 million in one day. See how it New Super Mario Bros. Wii will top it stacks up against all entertainment sales throughout modern history. The news is not all good though-- Russia has recalled the game due to its portrayal of Russians.
Microsoft has banned 1 million . However, there may be a way to Xbox Live users hack the console so that it is no longer banned. Speaking of Xbox Live, the service is getting a huge update on November 17, with 1080p video, . Facebook, and Twitter
EA has cancelled 12 games and layed off 1,500 employees.
A virtual reality video game may help smokers quit the habit.
Check out the line-up of free with the latest update, and see the Zune HD games available Zune HD's 3D gaming prowess in action. Pretty impressive, actually.
It appears that the . Nvidia Tegra 2 will power the successor to the Nintendo DS
Microsoft's Project Natal will cost less than $79 and include 14 games. Also, check out more details about the device.
OnLive, the service that plans to bring real games to every platform, has demonstrated their . iPhone app
Here are the videogames being released this week.
A sequel to the popular game has been accidentally announced. Bully
Check out a video of a girl doing . Rock Band 2 expert vocals using a flute
Rock Band has five songs from for DLC this week. And AFI and one from The Bangles Beatles: Rock Band has "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" coming this week.
Activision has promised to release fewer "Hero" games in 2010. Perhaps that's because ? DJ Hero tanked
Resident Evil 5 Alternative Edition will be released as DLC for the Xbox 360 and PS3.
It appears that the GTA IV: Lost and the Damned expansion will come to the PC.
See when Left 4 Dead 2 will be unlocked in your time zone. Oh, and for Left 4 Dead for Xbox 360 gamers who wonder why some of the great PC mods can't be ported, it's because the . Xbox 360 isn't powerful enough
A Diablo clone, called , made by some of the people who made the original game, will be released next year for PC and Torchlight Mac for $20.
is available for the Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies Attack iPhone.
As AP.net user, , eversoinviting correctly predicted, the Xbox 360 802.11n wireless adapter costs $100 and will be should be released by the time you read this. Madcatz has their own version of the adapter that is $20 cheaper and works on the . PS3 as well
GameStop will begin digitally distributing games...in their store?
is a free open-source application that will make your Rawr World of Warcraft character the best he/she can be.
Save more money with positive reinforcement text messages. Also, determine if your product is worth repairing with the chart. Repair or Replace
For obsessive planners or theme park enthusiasts, can help make sure you hit all your favorite rides in the most efficient way possible. Theme Park Maps
Check the availability of your favorite username across over 300 sites with . KnowEm
For anyone who needs to send encrypted messages quickly over the internet, check out . Norbt
Automatically tag Facebook photos by facial recognition from . Face.com
Sync Facebook events with or iCal . Google Calendar
For anyone who would like extra control over Firefox without having to read through the dizzying "about :config" page, check out , which explains the options in English. Configuration Mania
Check out five essential to celebrate the browser's fifth birthday. Firefox extensions
Get the functionality of a status bar without the bar itself using the addon. URL Tooltip
Make permanent, icon-only tabs in Firefox with . App Tabs
Grab scenes from your favorite DVD's using . DVD Knife
See a friendly, easy-to-read presentation of your computer hardware with . Speccy
Tired of reading online posts from people without any clue how to use an apostrophe? Send them to . Apostrophe.me
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06:01 PM on 11/16/09
great so now all the ap.net users can be happy with katys n00dz. haha
06:07 PM on 11/16/09
Damn good coffee. And hot!
that sex over the internet is creepy. especially the japanese dude explaining it.
06:20 PM on 11/16/09
" Is she
trying to get nude pictures spread all over the internet?"
God... I hope so.
06:38 PM on 11/16/09
Effin' excellent Tech Roundup.
On a side-note, I had toyed with the idea of making my penis into a USB drive but opted against it.
06:55 PM on 11/16/09
"Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has a plan to kill Google by paying the top 1,000 sites a cool million each to leave the Google index and move to Microsoft. But could such a plan ever work, and would it be worth the risk to abandon Google?"
What an idiotic move. 1 million dollars isn't nearly enough to remove your business from the most effective advertiser on internet.
06:56 PM on 11/16/09
If I have the money, totally nabbing one of those external hard drives from target.
07:02 PM on 11/16/09
Whenever the tech round up gets posted I just think "There goes an hour of my life". haha Great stuff.
07:08 PM on 11/16/09
And by Lego, you mean dominoes, right?
07:56 PM on 11/16/09
Tech-round up is the fucking greatest.
08:07 PM on 11/16/09
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08:42 PM on 11/16/09
Doesn't afraid of anything
08:52 PM on 11/16/09
Tech round-ups are always epic, and also kind of scary.
While all that bionic stuff is enticing, I wouldn't want to want to be the guinea pig who tries the beta version. Espescially the bionic boner shit, or that digital tattoo interface.
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