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Technology Round-Up (01/24/11)

Posted by - 01:28 AM on 01/24/11
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01:28 AM on 01/24/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

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Verizon's iPhone 4 is not compatible with the network's 4G network. Verizon decided the additional time to make it compatible with the new network was not worth delaying its release. Should Verizon have waited to release the iPhone 4 until it was compatible its 4G network? [Poll]

Apple

Apple has made a secret $3.9 billion investment that one analyst believes is for screens.

Apple was the largest mobile phone manufacturer in terms of revenue last quarter. The company reported profits that were $2 billion higher than Wall Street expectations.

Apple's future mobile devices might utilize solar power.

As evidence of how powerful AT&T's exclusivity contract for the iPhone was, 16% of AT&T iPhone users plan to switch to Verizon now that it has access to the iPhone 4. Speaking of Verizon's iPhone 4, the device has WiFi hotspot compatibility but due to CDMA limitations cannot support data access while someone is talking on the phone.

Steve Jobs has decided to take another medical leave of absence. New reports are in that Jobs reportedly traveled to Switzerland for cancer treatment in 2009. Tim Cook, who has been left in charge of Apple both times that Steve Jobs has had to leave for medical reasons, has been called the "most powerful gay man in Silicon Valley."

iPad users will have access to the entire Playboy catalog in March.

A 14-year-old boy created an iOS game that reached the top of the free game charts.

The iPad 2 may feature a higher-resolution 1536x800 display (or possibly a 2048x1536 display). The device might also feature a proximity censor that would automatically activate it when a cover is removed.

Apple may remove the home button from its future portable devices.

Apple has told newspapers that it will not permit free iPad newspapers for print subscribers.

iOS 4.3 may feature multi-touch gestures on the iPad and updated SMS notifications.

The next Mighty Mouse might feature a multi-touch display.

10 billion apps have been downloaded from the App Store.

Internet

X-pire! will help sexters avoid humiliation by giving digital pictures an expiration date.

People sent 107 trillion e-mails last year. This translates to roughly 3.4 million e-mails per second.

One person apparently was given $1 million by simply requesting it in a YouTube video.

Facebook shares users' addresses and phone numbers with apps.

California is considering posting mug shots on Facebook.

Skype has acquired Qik.

Amazon has purchased a European company called Lovefilm.

Microsoft has explained the missing Hotmail e-mails issue.

Nostalgic web-surfers will appreciate the Wayback Machine's new beta version. The site has years of cached websites for trips down memory lane.

HTML5 got a new, snazzy logo...until its version number was stripped.

Firefox 4 has a tentatively-scheduled February release date.

Google

Larry Page is replacing Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO. Schmidt will remain with the company as Executive Chairman.

Google is promoting WebM browser plugins in its attempt to encourage HTML5 over Flash while avoiding H.264 licensing fees.

GoogleTV has been jailbroken.

Check out the results of the Google Science Fair 2011.

Google's search engine market share is at 66.6 percent.

Electronics

Mitsubishi plans to launch eight electric vehicles in 2015.

Tesla will show off a Model X electric SUV this year.

Fisker hopes to start producing the all-electric Karma in March for release shortly after.

Car dealerships are holding Ford MyTouch classes for confused owners.

Keyless entry systems are fun but easily hackable.

Comcast has officially purchased NBC.

University of Washington students hacked a Kinect so it could aid with surgery.

The Nook Color has been overclocked.

A company called Zelrix has released an electronic anti-migraine patch.

Opera plans to release its browser for Sony TVs and Blu Ray players.

Mobile

Not surprisingly, AT&T's LTE network will most likely have tiered data pricing as well.

Sprint's users with 3G plans will now pay the same $10 per month premium that 4G users do.

Confused about 3G, LTE, WiMAX, 4G, and other buzz-words thrown around the round-up and technology sites? Engadget has a handy guide to clear things up.

1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 3D chips may start popping up in the spring.

The Blackberry Torch 2 may appear similar to the original but feature significantly upgraded internals.

Windows Phone 7 has been ported the the HTC HD2.

Motorla might stop locking down the bootloader on its Android phones to allow developers to make custom ROMs.

T-Mobile will get the Samsung Galaxy S 4G and Sidekick 4G. It looks like T-Mobile believes that its users have forgotten about the previous Sidekick data loss debacle.

Gingerbread (Android 2.4) may feature Google Music sync.

The Nexus One has been updated to Android 2.2.2 which fixes the SMS issue where the wrong recipients get texts. The Nexus S has also received its version of the fix, Android 2.3.2.

The Sony Reader app has been released for Android.

Sony Ericcson has sued Clearwire for trademark infringement on the company's logo. Upon closer look, the two logos are rather similar.

Nokia has given up on its Ovi Unlimited service that intended to compete with iTunes.

Computer

If you have a computer with a faulty Nvidia graphics chip (including the MacBook Pro), you may be eligible for repair/reimbursement costs.

The Motorola Zoom tablet will arrive on February 17 at Best Buy and cost $799.

The first WebOS-based tablet may be released in March.

The Galaxy Tab has been overclocked to 1.2 GHz.

Hard drive sales are slumping in the wake of iPad sales.

OCZ will stop manufacturing RAM in order to focus on solid-state drives.

Tips/Tricks

Share files across a Windows network.

Quickly and easily replace typed expressions with longer phrases using Auspex.

Learn how to unlock your Windows Phone 7 device and keep it unlocked.

Though VLC was removed from the official App Store, the developers have released it to the Cydia store.

Read books on your iPhone without walking into things with MegaReader.

Learn how to use a custom DNS server on your network.

Transfer articles found line to your Kindle with the Send to Kindle extension for Google Chrome.

Customize the Microsoft Office 2010 ribbon.

Miscellaneous

Researchers at Harvard University can control a worm with a laser. How long until we can control people?

A reality TV show based on Pac-Man is in the works.

The easier the font is to read, the more likely you are to forget what it said.

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02:11 AM on 01/24/11
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06:11 AM on 01/24/11
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shame on the stupid millionaire for giving this douche 1 million dollars. I know people who need it much more...or better yet...100 people who could each use 10k...what a fucking shame...put the 1 million toward families suffering through Cancer and going through an eviction cause they have no money for their bills/rent. this really pisses me off.
06:45 AM on 01/24/11
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You missed Gizmodo's biggest story: It's Ghost Bawl!
07:50 AM on 01/24/11
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F the Blackberry Playbook
08:47 AM on 01/24/11
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I miss those days. I used to copy and paste lyrics to put in my AOL profile.
09:25 AM on 01/24/11
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Cool to see all these uses for the Nook Color - I'm pretty happy with my non rooted version though. I hope B&N starts updating soon, I'd like some of these battery life, software, and cpu enhancements.
09:25 AM on 01/24/11
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Wow haha
09:48 AM on 01/24/11
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Pretty crazy to see everything coded within tables!
09:50 AM on 01/24/11
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I think it's a mistake switching to verizon iphone 4 right now when iphone 5 will be out in june/july and that would have a good possibility of being LTE ready and would surely be better.
Att will be using a form of LTE too so apple will have extra motivation to pop that out.
10:28 AM on 01/24/11
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Researchers at Harvard University can control a worm with a laser. How long until we can control people?


For years, using more elegant techniques involving transgenic light-sensitive ion channels, scientists have been able to influence or even control mouse and zebrafish behavior.

Photolytic uncaging, the technology used in this paper, has been around for almost 30 years and is currently employed by hundreds of neuroscience labs, mostly in mice. A quick pubmed search will confirm this.

I am always baffled by the random media sensationalization of neuroscience articles that are not even remotely innovative. I'm not blaming you, Chad, because I saw this on the front page of Yahoo also.

Refs:

Douglass AD, Kraves S, Deisseroth K, Schier AF, Engert F. Escape behavior elicited by single, channelrhodopsin-2-evoked spikes in zebrafish somatosensory neurons. Curr Biol. 2008 Aug 5;18(5):1133-7.

Aravanis A, Wang LP, Zhang F, Meltzer L, Mogri M, Schneider MB, Deisseroth K. An optical neural interface: in vivo control of rodent motor cortex with integrated fiberoptic and optogenetic technology. J. Neural Eng. 2007 Sept; 4:S143-S156.

Arenkiel BR, Peca J, Davison IG, Feliciano C, Deisseroth K, Augustine GJ, Ehlers MD, Feng G. In vivo light-induced activation of neural circuitry in transgenic mice expressing channelrhodopsin-2. Neuron. 2007 Apr 19;54(2):205-18. [ PDF ]
10:56 AM on 01/24/11
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Wow, haha.
11:24 AM on 01/24/11
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Any news on the 4.2.1 iPhone jailbreak?
12:13 PM on 01/24/11
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Any news on the 4.2.1 iPhone jailbreak?
I knew I forgot something! You'll have to wait until Feb 10 when the Verizon iPhone is released for an untethered jailbreak. Geohot doesn't want to reveal the exploit until after iOS 4.2.5 is already out in the wild so Apple can't do a quick patch-job on it.

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