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Technology Round-Up (11/28/09)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (11/28/09)
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07:04 PM on 11/28/09
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together.

Technology Round-Up Discussion topic

For men who suffer from erectile dysfunction, shockwaves may be be used to permanently fix the problem. Would you shock your penis if you couldn't get it up? [Poll]

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Internet-related

A record label executive was arrested for failing to tweet.

Some police are making fake Facebook accounts to catch underage drinkers.

Two people who made a YouTube rap talking about killing specific police officers have been arrested.

An IBM staffer who was on sick leave for depression lost her benefits after she posted festive photos on Facebook. The woman will fight the decision and has a good chance of winning since the vacation was ordered by her doctor.

Facebook and South Park have been blamed
for a 12-year-old "Ginger kid" being beaten up twice in the same day by two separate groups of classmates.

Twitter may have already reached its peak.

One of the biggest spammers in the US has been sentenced to four years in prison.

The US Government has delayed finalizing the new internet gambling ban for six months to allow banks to comply with the regulations.

Mininova has removed every illegal torrent from its database. Check out seven alternative torrent sites that haven't yet succumbed to outside pressure.

Microsoft is really attempting to pay content providers to block their content from Google. Gizmodo has an interesting article about how search engines paying for exclusives is bad for web surfers.

Google has apologized for the image results of Michelle Obama as a monkey.

Have a look at Google's new search results page and try it out for yourself by entering a line of Javascript code into the address bar. If you're not a fan, here are instructions to disable it.

Bing's Cashback system may actually cost people money if they're not careful.

Apple and Live Nation are teaming up to offer exclusive recordings of live audio and video on iTunes.

Check out a Zombie Outbreak Simulator based on Google Maps.

Reports are in that Wikipedia editors are not as prevalent as they once were. Wikipedia disputes these claims.

Offline Gmail access now supports attachments.

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Electronics-related

20 police officers were required to break up a fight outside a Connecticut Toys 'R Us on Black Friday. Also, some Black Friday shoppers left stores to find their cars had been towed. Your round-up author and his girlfriend waited three hours (check out the line) and managed to snag two free copies of LEGO Rock Band for PS3 after a $20 purchase from Old Navy. Did anyone else pick up good Black Friday deals?

A Roomba has saved a child from a deadly viper.

The Real Touch is a masturbatory aid for males that synchronizes its pulsing with porn on a computer.

Contact lenses may someday become electronic displays.

Google and TiVo are now working together to track which commercials users watch and which ones they skip.

An electric Rolls Roice Phantom will be available next year for around a half-million dollars.

Japan will launch 1-gbps (1024 mbps) internet connections in some homes next month. If future round-ups have a Japanese news slant, you'll know why.

Anyone with $6,500 can now own a 43" curved LED monitor.

TiVo subscriptions are down significantly.

Magazines may be available for e-readers very soon.

A new update to the Kindle promises an 85% increase in battery life and PDF support. Owners of the first generation Kindle are out of luck.

The Zune HD will get some new colors starting December 1.

People can ensure they are not being watched with a $60 Spy Wi-Fi Signal and Camera Lens Detector.

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Mobile-related

Obvious study of the week: walking and using your cell phone puts you at greater risk of getting hit by a car.

Sprint has acquired Virgin Mobile USA. Does anyone actually use Virgin Mobile?

Android now has a porn store called MiKandi.

Android is catching up to the iPhone's web-surfing market share. Droid has already gobbled up 24% of the Android share.

Apparently, the Droid commercials have been so successful that males 18 and older now give a higher brand score to Motorola than Apple.

Check out Gizmodo's list of the month's best Android apps. Some really cool stuff on there.

Verizon has asked Sprint to denounce its claim of being the "most dependable" network.

Nissan's Scratch Shield Paint will be used on cell phones.

Swype will offer an alternative to QWERTY touchscreen tapping. The technology is from the same guy who designed T9 input.

Google Maps 2.0 with free voice navigation is now officially available for all Android phones running version 1.6 and higher (sorry, Hero users, you'll have to wait for Android 2.0). It's actually a quite impressive navigation app. And with that, Google says, "Suck it," to Apple.

Android users can get push e-mail notification on a variety of services using SEVEN.

See developers rant at Apple after their apps were rejected at AppRejections.com. Also, check out Gizmodo's list of this week's best iPhone apps.

The latest iPhone jailbreak worm targets users' bank account passwords. For anyone who has a jailbroken iPhone, please secure your device.

iPhones that have been jailbroken can multitask quite elegantly. Leave it to the hacking community to provide the services Apple won't.

AT&T is selling refurbished 16GB iPhone 3Gs (not iPhone 3GSs) for $49.

Check out a review of the HTC HD2 and see why even amazing hardware and a pretty interface can't get around the fact that Windows Mobile 6.5 sucks.

Details about the Dell Mini 3i Ophone have leaked.

Check out a very attractive Linux-based mobile OS called Else Intuition.

As if Sony Ericsson weren't already having enough problems, it has suspended sales of the Satio because bugs cause the device to shut down when certain applications are run.

The Palm Pre can now record video thanks to a unofficial software. Also, the device seems to be having issues restoring backups.

Google now lets users put in-store coupons on their phones so they need not be printed.

Check out a ridiculously-hacked Sony VAIO UX.

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Computer-related

Check out the canceled Family Guy Windows 7 clips.

Psystar's reaction to their recent legal blow from Apple is to declare that they will sell between 1.45 million and 12 million Mac clones by 2011.

Not only is Apple fighting against clone computers, the company is also suing to prevent knock-off power adapters.

Check out Engadget's holiday guide to netbooks.

Some of the new Core i7 iMacs have been dead on arrival or arrived with a cracked screen.

The Intel Core i9 promises to be a pretty amazing processor when it's released.

Asus has released the first Windows 7 multitouch-compatible netbook, the Eee PC T91MT.

Even though netbooks may be the new hotness, people still prefer the old busted notebooks.

See how the speed of Chrome OS running on a netbook fares against other Linux distributions.

Check out a comparison of the Apple and Microsoft multi-touch mice.

Razer has a new mouse with movable thumb buttons.

A new virus can infect the BIOS so that antivirus suites are rendered useless.

A programmer has added the graphics acceleration that Microsoft promises for IE 9 into Firefox 3.7.

Have a look at the new features of Office 2010.

HandBrake, a very popular cross-platform video encoder, has released a new version with improvements as well as 64-bit support.

MediaMonkey 3.2 syncs with just about any portable player on the market and has advanced tagging features.

Opera 10.10 is an alternative browser with universal media sharing built-in.

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Miscellaneous

The Large Hadron Collider has smashed two particle beams together for the first time.

Brain scans have been used as evidence in a murder trial.

Last week's news about AI the level of a cat may have been exaggerated quite a bit according to the leader of the Blue Brain project.

The economy has led 48% of people to admit that if they were fired from their current company, they would take inside company information with them.

President Obama has announced a new program to emphasize science in schools.

Who do people surveyed in the US and China believe is more technologically innovative? Look closely at the graphs. Pretty interesting results.

Parents, let your children be exposed to germs. The germs will help them build lifelong immunities.

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Game-related

Screenshots: Crackdown 2 | Dawn of War 2 DLC | DC Universe Online | Lost Planet 2 | Splatterhouse | Star Wars: The Old Republic | Super Street Fighter IV


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See the game releases for next week, and check out holiday buyer's guides for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, iPhone, and the PC.

80% of female gamers chose the Wii as their console of choice.

A new study indicates that review scores do not have a strong impact on sales.

The Playstation Network will get premium subscription services next year.

The US Air Force has ordered 2,200 Playstation 3s.

Human rights groups are very upset about the state of video game violence.

There is now a two-player competitive texting arcade game.

The next Legend of Zelda game may feature flying fighting.

The Rock Band Network, which will allow people to turn any music into Rock Band content, will be launched in early 2010 rather than this year.

The Rock Band franchise releases its 1,000th track release (including in-disc content) with this week's DLC, which includes Nirvana and Night Ranger.

Guitar Hero may get a monthly, subscription-based DLC plan.

Guitar Hero 6 may support Project Natal in addition to traditional instruments. Check out the first leaked details about the game.

It appears that Diablo 3 will not be released next year.

Splinter Cell Conviction will have co-op as well as a new gameplay mode.

A gamer has hacked Left 4 Dead 2 to allow for 16-player co-op.

The first round of Modern Warfare 2 DLC will arrive sometime in the spring of 2010.

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has new, free DLC that was just released.

Fight Night 4 is getting a pretty substantial DLC update.

Tekken 6 may get more, free DLC.

Microsoft has announced that Project Natal will be able to replace a TV remote.

Microsoft reports that 2 million people logged onto Facebook from their Xbox 360s.

Steam has a "5-Day 1-Day Holiday Sale" going on. Speaking of Steam, Alienware computers now come with it pre-installed along with a free copy of Portal.

Check out a pretty amazing Crysis mod that shows off a working DeLorean time machine.

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Tips/Tricks

Research shows that exercise can help prepare your body for stressful events. Oh and it has the nice side effect of helping you avoid getting fat.

TouchFreeze is a headache-reducing program for laptop/netbook users which disables the touchpad while the user is typing.

Windows XP users who have been sitting on the fence about upgrading to Windows 7 can make the transition easier using the freeware Windows 7 Migration Tool.

Windows users, keep drivers up to date using the free Device Doctor.

Google Voice users can keep up with their activity from a system tray application called GVNotifier.NET.

Gizmodo has written a guide about how to back up any smartphone.

For people who don't like the new Twitter retweet system, fix it with a Greasemonkey script.

Keep backups of your online accounts using Backupify. Twitter backup is free, other services are fairly reasonably priced.

For anyone looking to buy a Mac, check out this chart of the cheapest places to buy each model.

Mac users can take their TiVo recordings to go with their iPhone/iPod using iTiVo.

Quick Tweak gives iPhoto and iChat users more fun video/picture effects.

Track when your favorite bands are coming in town using Upcoming.

Add location-bar features to Firefox with Locationbar².

Google Reader users can now enable Favicons (the little icons that are normally to the left of the address bar).

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Written by: CyberInferno

Articles found via RSS feeds of respective linked websites. Google Reader used to browse the feeds. Round-up written using Google Docs.

Thanks for checking out the technology roundup!

Please direct any comments or suggestions to cyberinferno@gmail.com (or post them in the replies).
07:09 PM on 11/28/09
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woohoo!
07:24 PM on 11/28/09
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Reading the round-up now, but FYI, the Facebook/South Park/Ginger story links to the wrong URL.

[Here's a substitute link if you'd like it.]
07:26 PM on 11/28/09
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So in theory, if 80% of the population was armed...there'd be no problem with taking out zombies.
07:27 PM on 11/28/09
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Reading the round-up now, but FYI, the Facebook/South Park/Ginger story links to the wrong URL.

[Here's a substitute link if you'd like it.]
i was just about to say that,

thanks a bunch for doing this
07:35 PM on 11/28/09
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Thanks again. Now I've got some news to read.
07:41 PM on 11/28/09
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i was just about to say that,

thanks a bunch for doing this
No problem.

I just found another wrong link, actually. The story about the Roomba saving a kid from a viper.

Here's a proper link.
07:58 PM on 11/28/09
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Reading the round-up now, but FYI, the Facebook/South Park/Ginger story links to the wrong URL.

[Here's a substitute link if you'd like it.]

No problem.

I just found another wrong link, actually. The story about the Roomba saving a kid from a viper.

Here's a proper link.

Thanks so much. Fixed.
08:21 PM on 11/28/09
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Not a problem at all. Thanks for facilitating this round-up. It's a favorite read of mine.

One more correction: The Rock Band franchise releases its 1,000th track release (including in-disc content) with this week's DLC, which includes Nirvana and Night Ranger.

Here's a proper link for that one.
08:25 PM on 11/28/09
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Not a problem at all. Thanks for facilitating this round-up. It's a favorite read of mine.

One more correction: The Rock Band franchise releases its 1,000th track release (including in-disc content) with this week's DLC, which includes Nirvana and Night Ranger.

Here's a proper link for that one.
Thanks. Fixed. Chad's roundup is extremely popular. I am so glad he volunteered to put it together for the site.
08:28 PM on 11/28/09
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I really enjoy these roundups

my black friday deal: Western Digital 500GB Portable HD, $60.
10:01 PM on 11/28/09
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Thanks for fixing the links, everybody. The computer I was working on was clearly having some clipboard issues. That's what I get for using a computer other than my own.
11:18 PM on 11/28/09
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I really enjoy these roundups

my black friday deal: Western Digital 500GB Portable HD, $60.
You could get 1TBs for $70-80 :/
03:04 AM on 11/29/09
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Nice roundup. 1gb/s internet in Japan sounds cool, wish I had that.
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