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Technology Round-Up (01/11/11)

Posted by - 02:08 AM on 01/11/11
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02:08 AM on 01/11/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

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A court in California has ruled that police can search through text messages without a warrant. Do you agree with this decision? [Poll]


The Wall Street Journal is among the many media outlets that believe the Verizon iPhone 4 will be announced later today. Steve Jobs may even make an appearance at the event. Engadget has posted a handy guide of everything you need to now about the Verizon iPhone 4. Rumor has it that Verizon will continue to offer unlimited data plans.

Apple is opposed to a new stockholder CEO successor initiative which would require the company to publicly announce a successor to Steve Jobs should something happen to him.

The Mac App store was downloaded a million times in a single day.

OS X has already been hacked to work on Intel's new Sandy Bridge chipsets.

The VLC app has been pulled from the App Store.


Americans will be getting unique online identifiers. Be careful what you surf for.

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a court order to Twitter to obtain the personal information Wikileaks contributors.

The Library of Congress will stream 200,000 vintage recordings online.

Despite some rumors, Facebook is not shutting down, and the site will most likely offer its IPO in 2012.


GoogleTV will soon feature SlingPlayer.

Google Docs now has a built-in video player.


Lady Gaga is the mind behind some new glasses that feature independent display panels in front of each eye. These should make for some interesting eye gymnastics as you move focus from one eye to the other. Lady Gaga also has a camera and a printer on the way.

JVC showed off a 50-inch 21:9 ratio 3D HDTV at CES that may be released later this year.

Audiovox showed off an in-dash Blu-Ray player at CES 2011.

Audi has shown off their upcoming MM Touch dashboard which is powered by Nvidia's Tegra chipset.

Ford has announced its all-electric Focus. The vehicle can travel up to 84 mph, and the battery will most likely last 100 miles on a single charge (which takes from three to four hours). Any round-up reader salivating?

Soon, you car will be able to control any phone inside it (that has been set up to do so, of course).

The next Ford Mustang will feature the SYNC AppLink.

The new Mini Cooper will feature Pandora capabilities.

Audiovox is buying Klipsch.

The Nook Color has been hacked to run Ubuntu.

The iriver Story HD will feature a higher resolution that the Kindle, 2GB of onboard storage, and an SD card slot.


One man's EVO 4G battery saved his life by deflecting a bullet.

3D displays are coming to mobile devices.

Check out clearer pictures of the prototype Playstation phone and a preview of the device.

Android now has more subscribers than iPhone in the U.S. We'll see how the Verizon iPhone stirs things up.

Microsoft is investigating why Windows Phone 7 devices are using up extra data while idle.

Acer has a 4.8-inch tablet/phone on the way that will leave your round-up author scratching his head about how to categorize it for news.

The Sony Ericsson's Xperia Arc may arrive in April.

The Dell Venue, Dell's upcoming Android 2.2 phone, will be sold unlocked.

Check out the gaming power of the Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile chipset.

4G was all the rage at CES.


Rumor has it that Intel executives have voiced their frustration about Windows 7's tablet functionality.

Check out the MSI Windpad tablets, the dual-screen Kno tablet, and Gizmodo's list of the best tablets of CES 2011.

Intel has announced its new processor line which will feature DirectX 11 support (yes, the processor and the GPU are starting to merge together). The CEO of Valve, the company behind Half-Life 2, Portal, and many other games, considers the new Sandy Bridge platform to be the PC-equivalent of a gaming console since it will simplify hardware requirements.

Intel and Nvidia have worked out a $1.5 billion settlement.

The next computer from the One Laptop Per Child fgroup will cost $165 and feature an 8.9-inch touchscreen and half the power usage.

The fastest printer in the world will print one page per second.

Good news for Linux gamers: the once subscription-based Cedega gaming platform, which allowed Linux users to easily play Windows games, has become GameTree Linux, and the software is now free.

Check out the Microsoft Touch Mouse and see how it compares to the Apple Mighty Mouse.

Western Digital has announced a 750GB notebook hard drive.


Are you a broke student? Check out a list of companies that will offer discounts for .edu e-mail addresses.

Profile Valet let's Android users automatically switch their Android ring profile according to location or programmed time settings.

Android users can wake up more peacefully with Gentle Alarm Clock.

Windows Phone 7 devices can remotely control iTunes for the lazy.

Learn how to send an article from the web to your Kindle for reading later.

VidCoder features HandBrake under the hood and can rip Blu-Ray discs and convert video files.


Interstellar travel is most likely 200 years away.

Our eyes have issues noticing that objects change if they are moving. Click the link in the article to see for yourself. Very interesting stuff.

An engineer in the UK has created a bag that keeps food fresh by adapting to its changing chemical properties.

Software engineers have the best jobs in the U.S. according to studies.

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02:53 AM on 01/11/11
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03:01 AM on 01/11/11
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Favorite part of the week!
04:09 AM on 01/11/11
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Wow, great stuff this week.

Batteries saving lives, Intel's Sandy Bridge, the broke student stuff, Interstellar Travel

Is it just me or does Sandy Bridge sound like a strange How I Met Your Mother reference? (Sandy Rivers)
04:37 AM on 01/11/11
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Interstellar travel is most likely 200 years away.

05:08 AM on 01/11/11
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Like the Sandy Bridge tech, looking forward to see what the reviewers think of it.
09:57 AM on 01/11/11
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Yes, the Verizon iPhone was officially announced today at the press event. No Steve Jobs. Pre-orders for current Verizon customers start Feb. 3rd and then all others can order on the 10th.
11:34 AM on 01/11/11
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I was hoping I'd be alive for this
05:03 PM on 01/11/11
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great as always.
09:32 PM on 01/11/11
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I got really sad for this too =/

Verizon is going to make a killing if they continue to have unlimited data plans. I hope they don't go the way of AT&T.

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