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Technology Round-Up (08/01/10)

Posted by - 07:45 PM on 08/01/10
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07:46 PM on 08/01/10
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Thanks to Chad, Frank and Melissa for putting together this round-up.

Technology Round-Up Poll

CNN has posed the question and we'll turn it to the AP.net readers: should Facebook add a "Dislike" option? [Poll]

Apple

The U.S. Government has ruled that jailbreaking devices is legal. Spirit will be able to jailbreak all iOS 4.0.1 and 4.0 devices soon.

The pornography industry is looking to use FaceTime to make money by exposing more than just faces.

Stanford University is giving its medical students iPads as a training tool.

The United Kingdom is also using the iPads--as training tools for soldiers headed to Afghanistan.

Check out a review of Magic Trackpad. Some of the features of the Magic Trackpad have found their way into Macbooks.

Apple is hinting that there are "revolutionary" features on the way in OS X 10.7.

As rumors suggested, Apple released a refreshed line of iMacs with Intel Core processors and new Radeon graphics cards. For anyone who just purchased the older model, Apple exchanged Chad's father's iMac that was purchased 16 days earlier (past the 14-day return policy) for a new model with no questions asked. Chad was very impressed with Apple's customer care.

Apple announced a new Mac Pro desktop with up to two 6-core Xeon processors inside.

Safari 5.0.1 adds extensions to the browser and fixes the autofill exploit reported in a previous round-up.

If anyone wants a 24-inch or 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, grab one now, as Apple will only release the 27-inch version when current supplies of those displays run out.

Have a look at the upcoming features of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.

An Australian newspaper reports having no antenna issues with the iPhone 4, suggesting that Apple might have slightly tweaked the design. In fact, one Australian provider awarded the phone with exceptional antenna performance.

iPhone owners should be careful what they install--14% of free iPhone apps can steal your contacts.

Internet

Facebook 'like' pages soon might allow the page to leave messages on the users' profile, making them two-way communication pages. This would make users more vulnerable to spam.

Facebook is experimenting with adding a "delete account" button. They've also released a beta of Facebook Questions, an easy way for users in integrate their social networking page to things they're looking for.

100 million Facebook profiles were leaked to a Torrent site on Wednesday; many major corporations downloaded the files.

A recently conducted study shows that literally no one would pay for Twitter.

Twitter has rolled out a new feature that will suggest people for you to follow.

YouTube has extended the maximum length of videos to 15 minutes.

Internet Explorer is releasing the next IE9 Beta in September.

Firefox's TabCandy is the first step to making browsers better. I can't recommend it enough! Another new feature of Firefox 4 Beta 2 is App Tabs, similar to Chrome's pinned tabs.

The New York City subway system will soon be WiFi and cellphone service friendly.

Chatroulette is going to start kicking ass and taking names
; that is, take screenshots and IP Addresses of users who abuse the site.

Google

Gmail seems to be getting a new look.

Google Earth now shows real-time rain and snow in North America and some parts of Europe.

The US Government now has its own version of Google Apps.

Google search will now define some words for you automatically.

Google is working to improve Chrome's downloads by giving users the option to open rather than save downloaded files.

Google Alarm is a browser add-on that notifies you every time Google is collecting data about you.

The CIA joins forces with Google to work on yet another internet privacy deal.

Google is cleared of the Street View car data grabbing incident.

Electronics

Do you think e-readers are just tablets-in-training?

Sony isn't going to get into a price war over e-readers, but wants their product to stand out based on its features and capabilities.

Ewe PT is a German Segway with no fluff.

Japan has built a robotic arm to assist handicapped people with everyday tasks.

The DXG-5D7V is technically the first 3D camcorder and is now available for preorder.

Mobile


Android 2.2 can be downloaded for the HTC EVO.

Android 2.2 for Samsung Galaxy S has been leaked.

Motorola, the leader of Android Smartphones, is still very far behind the iPhone with regard to sales.

The Android stencil kit helps developers make their apps look sharp.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia are banning BlackBerry messaging, e-mail, and web browsing services.

The Dropbox app for Blackberry has entered beta stages.

Security researchers at the Defcon hackers conference released a tool to Android phones.

Android 2.2 Froyo will be available on the Motorola Droid next week.

Samsung's 4-inch Windows Phone 7 device has received the moniker Cetus.

User guides for the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 have been leaked.

Millions of Android users were attacked by a malicious data theft app.

Computer

A woman claims that Dell remote customer support downloaded nude pictures from her computer, set up a website for the pictures, and used her credit card.

For the first time in four years, AMD outsold Nvidia last quarter on the discrete graphics front.

ATI has released Catalyst 10.7a drivers that bring anti-aliasing support to Starcraft II among other features.

A Swedish researcher and entrepreneur has created a computer that can be worn across the body like a sling.

RIM plans to offer its own "BlackPad" to compete with Apple's iPad. And no, we're not making up that name.

While Microsoft normally releases its patches on Tuesdays, it will release an emergency vulnerability fix on Monday that affects most modern versions of Windows.

Sony and McAfee have been sued for violating a software patent regarding the way they activate software licenses.

Gigabyte motherboards with automated on/off USB disconnection for charging devices are compatible with the iPhone 4.

Tips/Tricks

Since we know caffeine and technology go hand in hand, learn what caffeine actually does to the brain.

Save money by repairing your own iPhone screen.

Learn which jailbreaking tool is best for your specific iPhone and version with Jailbreak Matrix.

Power Strip allows Android users to set up a customized list of quickly-accessible apps without returning to the home screen.

Learn how to do some really cool automated tasks with an Android phone.

Perform automated tasks on Windows using AutoHotkey scripts.

Owners of HTC phones with the Sense UI can turn it off for the vanilla Android experience with a little bit of tweaking.

Learn 10 useful things to do with a USB drive.

Manipulate your account settings to change which advertisements you see.

An important tip for people with fancy, hi-resolution cameras: memory card speed is more important than size. (Feel free to have fun with that double entendre.)

Raptr is an all-in-one messaging client that connects Facebook, AIM, Xfire, and more!

uTorrent 3.0 Alpha can now be controlled by iPads.

Skip the lines at USPS stores by having Priority Boxes mailed to you for free.

Miscellaneous

Small lengths of exercise lead to long periods of boosted creativity.

Anti-P2P lawyers have been accused of copyright hypocrisy.

Make your own In-N-Out burgers in the comforts of your own home.

Learn how to backup your vinyl collection by casting copies of your records.

Watch what happens when you put a brick in a washing machine.

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08:34 PM on 08/01/10
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Jailbreaking thing is very interesting.
09:51 PM on 08/01/10
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I love this update... makes me even nerdier at work then I already am. Tech support... for the fail.
10:26 PM on 08/01/10
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just bought myself one of those new iMacs. radical
10:59 PM on 08/01/10
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That Zombie In-N-Out is crazy.
12:07 AM on 08/02/10
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solid, solid update this week
02:00 AM on 08/02/10
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How do I access the candy tabs.. I tried going through Add-ons but the search didn't find it.
04:37 AM on 08/02/10
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So, im loving my droid x. But im a super noob. can anyone tell me what the importance of updating to adroid 2.2 froyo is? This is my first android.
05:16 AM on 08/02/10
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So, im loving my droid x. But im a super noob. can anyone tell me what the importance of updating to adroid 2.2 froyo is? This is my first android.

This would explain it

http://developer.android.com/sdk/and...ighlights.html


That In N Out burger looked incredible. I want to do that so bad.
06:52 AM on 08/02/10
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A website that will instantly Jailbreak all 4.0, 4.01 devices
http://gizmodo.com/5601874/jailbreak...nd-321-devices
08:41 AM on 08/02/10
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A website that will instantly Jailbreak all 4.0, 4.01 devices
http://gizmodo.com/5601874/jailbreak...nd-321-devices
Interesting. This reminds me of the very early jailbreaks that were also done from a web site.
08:59 AM on 08/02/10
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Interesting. This reminds me of the very early jailbreaks that were also done from a web site.
Yeah it's a nice change -- especially for new users. Personally I don't want to upgrade my JB'd 3GS on 3.2.1 to a non JB'd 4.0.1 then re-JB. I'm just going to use the custom IPSW from the dev team
10:59 AM on 08/02/10
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Yeah it's a nice change -- especially for new users. Personally I don't want to upgrade my JB'd 3GS on 3.2.1 to a non JB'd 4.0.1 then re-JB. I'm just going to use the custom IPSW from the dev team
why? It'll be the exact same thing. Either way you will wipe your phone to install the update.
Plus there's no guarentee the dev team will release a pwnage tool since ultrasn0w works on all basebands (and they did help comex with this jailbreak).

I'd just update and do the jailbreak.

It feels great to be jailbroken again.

I can't wait for someone to jailbreak every device in an apple store since it's done from the phone. HA!
11:05 AM on 08/02/10
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why? It'll be the exact same thing. Either way you will wipe your phone to install the update.
Plus there's no guarentee the dev team will release a pwnage tool since ultrasn0w works on all basebands (and they did help comex with this jailbreak).

I'd just update and do the jailbreak.

It feels great to be jailbroken again.

I can't wait for someone to jailbreak every device in an apple store since it's done from the phone. HA!
They've already released Pwnage Tool for 3GS/3G/IpT2G on 4.0 and 4.0.1 a month or so ago, I just haven't got around to making it happen yet.
http://blog.iphone-dev.org/page/3

Edit: I don't think I'm going to upgrade to iPhone 4 anyways, not worth burning my upgrade on a phone that's only marginally faster than the 3GS.

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