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Technology Round-Up (12/06/10)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (12/06/10)
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10:07 PM on 12/06/10
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-Up Poll

A new study shows that women prefer the iPhone while men prefer Android phones. Let's see if our own AP.net community reflects this trend. Are you male or female and which device do you prefer? [Poll]

Apple

Apple easily topped the competition in PC World's annual Reliability and Service Study.

iPhone 3GS users can trade in their phones for an iPhone 4 for only $25 at Radio Shack. New customers can grab an iPhone 4 at Radio Shack for $50 off.

The long-delayed white iPhone will be released in Spring 2011.

One analyst predicts that the iPad will account for half of Apple's increased profits in 2011. Speaking of the iPad, the latest study indicates that 85% of people prefer the iPad to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Also, Apple has released a promotional video highlighting the iPad-specific features of iOS 4.2.

A new insurance claim suggests that Apple's Magsafe charger caused a fire at a Connecticut home.

Apple has revealed that demos, trials, and demo software will not be permitted on the upcoming Mac App Store. The latest beta of OS X 10.6.6 suggests that support for the new store will be included in the final build. Other rumors indicate that the App Store will launch on December 13.

Apple TV users are reporting HDMI issues and slow connection speeds to rental content.

Some Apple 27" Cinema Display owners are dissatisfied with the sound quality.

Future Apple keyboards might include multi-color backlighting support.

Internet

LimeWire is shutting down on December 31.

Paypal will no longer accept donations to WikiLeaks. Despite efforts to kill the site, 355 new mirrors have popped up.

Lufthansa has become the first airline to offer in-flight WiFi on inter-continental flights.

Verizon has started testing a home wireless broadband service.

Clear has launched a new WiMAX router that features integrated WiFi.

Chrome 8 has been released.

Google

Google has purchased its New York headquarters for a cool $1.8 Billion.

Groupon turned down Google's $6 Billion buyout offer.

Google eBooks is live.

Google has purchased Widevine DRM Software.

Google is expected to announce the Chrome Store on December 7.

In a rare case of Google-Microsoft intercompatibility, Chrome to Windows Phone 7 is now available.

Electronics

By 2014, all cars sold in the U.S. will feature back-up cameras.

A new Chinese train has set the speed record for unmodified trains at 302mph.

A TV network in France is launching a 3D pornography channel.

The Xbox Kinect has become the fastest-selling gadget in history.

Check out the 3DTV battle between LG, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Samsung & Sony.

Sony has announced a new Bravia TV with a built-in Playstation 2.

The Playstation 3 with 3.50 firmware has been jailbroken without downgrading the firmware.

Despite Amazon's lowering the Kindle price, the e-reader is "rapidly" losing market share to the iPad.

Microsoft will release its competition to Apple TV and Google TV through an Xbox 360 subscription service.

Mobile

The Department of Transportation would like cars to have a switch that would deactivate cell phones in the vehicle at a given time.

Consumer Reports has rated AT&T as the worst carrier.

One of MSNBC'S authors found that Verizon 4G was faster than his Comcast wired cable connection. Please note that this test only covers one area.

For the first time, the Blackberry browser has surpassed the iPhone in terms of mobile web browser usage.

Leaked videos of the rumored Playstation Phone have popped up on the internet.

Developers are worried about the future of the Windows Phone 7 platform.

Check out a screenshot guide showing off Android 2.3's (Gingerbread's) best new features. The OS is being delivered over-the-air to Nexus One owners now.

The IDC expects Android phone usage in Europe to surpass usage of iOS and Symbian devices.

The latest Android Market update adds a "related" tab to find similar apps.

Check out the Nexus S's camera quality in pictures and videos. The Nexus S will cost $199 with a two-year T-Mobile contract or $529 without a contract.

The Epic 4G Froyo update has been released.

Opera Mobile will soon support Flash and HTML5 videos.

Angry Birds generates $1 Million per month in advertising revenue.

Google Reader now has an Android app.

Viber is a new, free VoIP app for iPhone. The app will eventually support free SMS as well, and an Android version is on the way.

Computer

The U.S. Airforce has created a supercomputer using 1,760 Playstation 3 consoles.

Chrome OS will be officially released on December 7. Rumor has it that a netbook featuring Chrome OS will be released the same day.

An alpha version of Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) is available.

Motorola has 7-inch and 10-inch Verizon 4G-compatible tablets on the way next year.

Despite the above study indicating people's preference of the iPad over the Galaxy Tab, Samsung has confirmed that over a million Galaxy Tab units have been sold.

Check out a review of the Dell Inspiron Duo.

Microsoft has released a tool to detect Javascript malware.

Some users reported that Windows 7 crashed after applying the latest AVG update.

Tips/Tricks

People looking to give a tech gift that really shows they care should check out Lifehacker's "Top 10 [Do It Yourself] Tech Gifts."

Amazon Prime members can share their free shipping privileges with up to four other people.

Share your text messages with the world on Bnter.

Quickly make bit.ly bundles with the Tab Bundles extension for Chrome.

Check out Lifehacker's list of the top 5 text editors.

People who are committed to Google Docs can add a "Google Docs" entry to their right-click context menu.

Miscellaneous

NASA has revealed arsenec-bred organisms, broadening the interpretation of "life" as we know it.

The FBI has issued warnings to local law enforcement about a new Barbie doll that can record 30 minutes of video.

People with a University degree fear death less.

There may be a genetic argument for people prone to having one night stands.

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10:15 PM on 12/06/10
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thanks. great stories and links.
10:21 PM on 12/06/10
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10:51 PM on 12/06/10
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I really, really want The Nexus S as my backup phone to my iphone 4. It's the only other android phone I've ever liked besides the G1. It is a beautiful machine.
10:54 PM on 12/06/10
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As always.... THANKS SO MUCH!
11:08 PM on 12/06/10
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the magsafe causing a fire almost happened to me once. it started burning and sizzling. good thing i could hear it and smell it or my apt may have burned down.
11:31 PM on 12/06/10
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I want to play with the Air Force's super computer...
12:02 AM on 12/07/10
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kinect is really doing that well?
12:20 AM on 12/07/10
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If women prefer the iPhone, I'm glad I have one.
08:40 AM on 12/07/10
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You can add to this: The arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
10:08 AM on 12/07/10
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the miscellaneous stuff for this are good reads. besides the barbie one. thats fucked up.
10:24 AM on 12/07/10
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Just found my new favorite round up
01:56 PM on 12/07/10
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Any idea when Android 2.3 comes to the Desire?
06:54 AM on 12/11/10
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

iPhone 3GS users can trade in their phones for an iPhone 4 for only $25 at Radio Shack. New customers can grab an iPhone 4 at Radio Shack for $50 off.
I just got the iphone4 for $25 thanks to this thread. Thank you!
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