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Technology Round-Up (01/03/11)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (01/03/11)
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09:49 PM on 01/03/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

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A new survey indicates that people looking to buy a computer in 2011 are twice as likely to purchase a portable one than a desktop. Is your primary computer a desktop or a laptop, and what will your next computer most likely be? [Poll]

Apple

Financial Times has listed Steve Jobs as its person of the year.

People relying on iPhone alarms to wake them up for work on New Year's Day 2011 were most likely late since iOS 4.02, 4.1, and 4.2 all suffered from a bug that disabled the alarm clock. Though the bug was supposed to be fixed on January 3, users are still reporting problems.

A 68-year-old man was arrested for punching a 15-year-old in the arm after the teen refused to turn off his iPhone during takeoff/landing.

The Skype iPhone app now places video calls.

The latest untethered iPhone 4/iPod Tough 2G jailbreak fixes some bugs but still breaks bluetooth compatibility.

Friend Locator is a new app that allows friends and families to locate each other.

The iPad 2 may receive some ergonomic tweaks, better speakers, feature a dual-core processor and a USB port, and arrive in three different models.

The U.S. House of Representatives may start allowing the congressman to use iPads.

The iPad has been awarded the best-reviewed product of 2010.

iPad users can now access flash sites with the SkyFire browser.

Internet

New legislation in California makes it illegal to impersonate someone else online.

Learn what net neutrality is and why it is important.

Facebook has edged out Google to become the most-visited site in the U.S. The site has recently been valued at $50 billion by an investment bank. In other Facebook news, a woman stabbed her boyfriend after he refused to show her his Facebook page.

China has banned Skype and non-government-owned VoIP services.

After Skype had an outage, the company is offering 30 minutes of free calling to afflicted customers.

Canadians surf the web more than any other nation.

NetFlix may expand outside the U.S. this year.

Despite the expansion of 3G and 4G technology, WiFi is expected to grow in 2011 as well.

About two million Honda customers have become victims of a data security breach.

Some Hotmail users are reporting that their entire e-mail databases have been erased. Others are simply reporting that certain e-mails have disappeared. Microsoft claims to have restored these missing e-mails.

Sears and K-Mart have launched online video stores.

Wikimedia, the company behind Wikipedia, managed to raise the necessary $16 million to keep the website ad-free.

YouTube has officially been classified as a television station in Italy.

Google

Google is planning to release its own digital bookstore.

Google has asked manufacturers to hold off on Google TV releases until Google can improve the software.

iGoogle may get an updated interface.

Electronics

Korean students are being taught by robots.

Tesla claims that its $57,000 Model S will be profitable.

Verizon will offer a Home Monitoring and Control system at CES.

Kids that are driving Ford vehicles with MyKey may find that their parents can control what radio stations they listen to and how fast they can drive.

A woman died while using a neck massager.

Check out some of the cameras that will most likely be featured at CES.

Nintendo claims that 3D games can damage the eyes of children six and younger.

The Playstation 3's private keys have been cracked.

The same company who created the Xbox 360 Kinect has created a Kinect for the PC.

Best Buy will start buying back old devices.

Barnes & Noble claims that the Nook is its best-selling product of all time.

Kindle owners can now lend e-books to friends for 14 days.

Mobile

Android 3.0 may arrive in March, 2011.

Google has admitted that Android's default messaging app has a bug that can cause it to sometimes send texts to the wrong recipient. Have any of our Android users here been afflicted by this bug?

Android users should be careful what apps they install from unofficial sources. A new virus has infected pirated Chinese Android games.

AT&T's Android users can now charge apps to their AT&T bill.

The HTC Thunderbolt 4G may be equipped with a dual-core processor and 1080p video recording.

The HTC Evo Shift 4G may be released on January 9.

AT&T has spent $1.925 billion on a 4G network.

MetroPCS has announced its LTE subscription plans.

T-Mobile will announce the Motorola Cliq 2 at CES. Hopefully Motorola has learned from the mistakes of the first one.

The Nexus S has been overclocked to 1.2GHz, but the Bluetooth stops functioning at that speed.

Are you stuck on a level in Angry Birds? Rovio will help you skip the level...with a $1 app.

An NES emulator was released for the Windows Phone 7 marketplace but was quickly taken down by Microsoft. Speaking of the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, in two months, it has already reached 5,000 apps, the same number of apps as the Blackberry App World. The W7 Marketplace apps can now be pirated, too.

Computer

Microsoft saved Christmas for one family by completely replacing a defective netbook.

Microsoft will make gaming a priority in Windows 8.

Windows 7 has reached a 20% market share.

Dell will launch the Adamo 13 to compete with Apple's Macbook Air.

BenQ may release a 10.1-inch Android tablet in the first half of 2011.

Vizio apparently has a tablet in the works.

It appears that HTC's tablet will be called the Scribe.

Verizon dropped the price of the Galaxy Tab to $499. Any customers who purchased the device in the 14 days prior to the price drop can bring in their receipt for a credit of the price difference.

The Google CR-48 netbook has been hacked to dual-boot Windows 7 and OS X Snow Leopard.

The AMD Radeon 6950 can become a Radeon 6970 with a BIOS hack.

Internet Explorer has a new, dangerous bug.

Microsoft has announced that the Internet Explorer 9 beta has been downloaded 20 million times.

Firefox may copy another feature of Chrome with tabs in the title bar.

The latest version of Firefox, 4.0 beta 8, iimproves sync setup and webGL.

Tips/Tricks

If you got a new device for Christmas, learn how to set it up. Here are guides for the following devices:

New PC along with "20 essential programs"
New Mac
New digital camera
Android phone
iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch

iPhone 3G users who rely on a carrier unlock but accidentally upgraded their baseband can learn how to downgrade the baseband to unlock the phone.

A new Cydia tweak for jailbroken iOS 4 devices allows any app to run in the background.

Keep bookmarks synchronized between Android devices and Chrome with Chromemarks.

If Santa delivered a new computer, learn practical uses for your old machine.

Learn how to make your own 3D images.

Save your money on 3D glasses by making your own using a CD case.

Check out the best five mobile financial tools.

Check out Cartoonize to see how you might look as a cartoon character.

Lifehacker has a list of 10 Google Labs features that you should enable.

Monitor your entire house's power usage with this do-it-yourself device.

Learn why idling your car hurts your mileage and your vehicle.

Mac users can sync iCal and RememberTheMilk with TaskSync.

iTunes converts videos faster with the preferences window open.

Expand YouTube videos in Google Chrome with Window Expander.

Miscellaneous

People value gifts less than the item's actual worth. Find out how much.

Crime really doesn't pay. A man from Ohio has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for selling counterfeit video games.

HP has received a $2.5 billion contract with NASA.

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10:10 PM on 01/03/11
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0_0 Facebook is the most viewed website in the U.S....& it beat out google? I am left utterly speechless.
10:14 PM on 01/03/11
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but...but...it's monday!!!


and really, fuck China. I'm so glad I'm out of that hellhole.
10:35 PM on 01/03/11
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best round-up. always so interesting.
10:45 PM on 01/03/11
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This is the first I've seen of the Model S... whoa...
11:36 PM on 01/03/11
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Italy classifying YouTube as a TV broadcaster is the stupidest fucking thing I've heard in weeks. Do these people not understand how a mere content platform works? Or hell, how the internet works?

God, I hope Google just pulls out of the country and leaves the politicians to answer for it.
01:26 AM on 01/04/11
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If some old geezer took a swing at me on an airplane, he'd have his teeth crushed to powder.
03:01 AM on 01/04/11
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Who BUYS counterfeit games ?
05:40 AM on 01/04/11
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I'm JB'd on 4.1.2, won't even consider upgrading to 4.2.1 if the new JB isn't untethered and bluetooth's fixed.

Kindle book loaning is a phenomenal idea. Now they just need to get that shit implemented in actual libraries.
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If some old geezer took a swing at me on an airplane, he'd have his teeth crushed to powder.
08:22 AM on 01/04/11
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good for that old man
fucking bastardly kids these days. i wanna punch the next 6 year that tells me off.
12:17 PM on 01/04/11
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"Google has admitted that Android's default messaging app has a bug that can cause it to sometimes send texts to the wrong recipient. Have any of our Android users here been afflicted by this bug?"

YES AND IT SUCKS
02:21 PM on 01/04/11
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Italy classifying YouTube as a TV broadcaster is the stupidest fucking thing I've heard in weeks. Do these people not understand how a mere content platform works? Or hell, how the internet works?

God, I hope Google just pulls out of the country and leaves the politicians to answer for it.
Unless the people of Italy murdered your entire family and sent you the Youtube video link, why are you overreacting?
03:16 PM on 01/04/11
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interesting article about facebook's value vs apple...

http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/03/apple-300-billion/
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