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Technology Round-Up (02/14/11)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (02/14/11)
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10:40 AM on 02/14/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

In the spirit of Valentine's Day (which is on Monday for completely oblivious guys), do you have any technology-related surprises planned for your sweetheart? Or have you done anything clever using technology on previous Valentine's Days?

Apple

The iPhone 5 will debut with a smaller, cheaper sibling iPhone.

The Verizon iPhone 4 is expected to top one million sales in the first week. Apple appears to have redesigned the antenna and GPS a bit to fix issues. The Verizon iPhone 4 has been updated to iOS 4.2.6 to fix a Personal Hotspot data reporting issue.

Best Buy may start selling the elusive white iPhone 4 in the near future.

The latest Greenpois0n RC6 can perform untethered jailbreaks on Apple TV, iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads.

Researchers have demonstrated that passwords can be retrieved from the keychain of jailbroken iPhones. The entire process takes six minutes.

A Georgia state senator hopes to replace schoolbooks with iPads.

Apple plans to release 60% of its iPad 2 shipments with 3G functionality.

While rumors about the iPad 2 still swirl about, new rumors indicate that the iPad 3 may be released in the fall of this year.

Macbooks will be refreshed in June with Sandy Bridge CPU.

Opera is developing a version of Opera Mini for iPad. The latest statistics indicate that, although the browser has failed to garner a large browsing share in the computer market, it has over 100 million mobile users.

Internet

Expect to see a battle over the ".gay" web domain.

The U.S. is attempting to get veto power over domain names.

Amazon is pulling its distribution centers out of Texas because the Texas state government claims Amazon owes the state $269 million in taxes.

The comedian who reportedly asked for and received $1 million on YouTube was lying.

A man was arrested while recording a video of himself driving 140 mph for YouTube.

An NBC employee was fired for posting a video of The Today Show stars attempting to figure out what "Internet" was.

eHarmony was hacked, and customer information was stolen.

Hotmail has announced disposable e-mail accounts, killing the tiny bit of legitimacy "@hotmail.com" e-mail addresses still had.

The Internet Explorer 9 RC is now available for download.

Google

Google is launching a wedding planning site.

Google has officially released Chrome 9 stable. Of course, with Chrome 10 beta and 11 dev in the wild, Chrome 9 stable is hardly something to get excited about.

Electronics

The NYU professor who had a camera installed in the back of his head removed the camera.

A new digital video camera called Phantom Flex can super-slow-motion videos at an astounding 2,564 frames per second. The article includes a sample video.

Nissan has unveiled a new ESFLOW concept electronic vehicle.

Take a look at a concept car that will inspire the look of the all-electric Honda Fit.

A Turkish company called Etox is planning to release an all-electric vehicle for $20,000.

Samsung HDTVs are getting a new, updated Netflix Instant interface.

Check out a video of the LG Optimus 3D dual-lens camera.

The Nikon Coolpiz S9100 features an 18x optical zoom in a fairly-compact phone. Nikon also packs a 36x optical zoom in its P500.

Consumer Reports is less than impressed with Best Buy's BuyBack program.

Mobile

Nokia has big changes coming. First, the company appears to have finally decided to kill off its Symbian OS, switching to Windows Phone 7 instead. Interestingly, one analyst predicts that Apple will benefit from the Microsoft/Nokia partnership. Check out videos of the announcement. Some of the 1,500 employees who have worked on the OS walked out to protest. Also, the company has replaced the president of their USA division.

AT&T is giving all of its customers 1000 free rollover minutes as an incentive to its customers not to jump ship to Verizon. The company has also decided to combat Verizon and Sprint with a "mobile to any mobile" offer.

A company called SkinDisplay has come up with a concept where you can read text messages by having them temporarily imprinted on your skin.

Android has widened its lead on the iPhone in the U.S. We shall see how the Verizon iPhone 4 affects the situation.

Rumor has it that Android 2.4 will start popping up around April.

The Samsung Galaxy S II and a 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet have been confirmed for MWC. Information about the devices has been leaked by a Korean website.

The LG Optimus 3D features a dual-core 1-GHz processor and many built-in video codecs. Also, check out a review of the LG Optimus 2X.

Check out a preview of the socially-savvy Inq Cloud Touch.

Sprint has posted its best customer gains in five years.

Check out a video of Kyocera's Echo, a dual-screen Android phone that will be released to Sprint.

ViewSonic, best known for creating monitors, will release a dual-boot phone with Android and Windows Phone 7.

Check out a preview of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia Pro, and the Xperia Neo. The Xperia Play will feature 50 titles at launch.

AT&T is now taking pre-orders for the Atrix 4G for $199 with two-year contract. The phone will be available March 6. For more information about the device, check out Engadget's review.

HP has killed off the "Palm" brand name (so don't be confused by seeing the "HP Pre" rather than the "Palm Pre" below).

The original Palm Pre, Pre Plus, Pixi, and Pixi Plus will not be updated to WebOS 2.0.

Check out a video of the HP Pre 3 and see the differences between the Pre 2 (Veer) and the Pre 3. The HP Pre 2 will be released on February 17 for Verizon, and the HP Pre 3 will be released this summer.

Verizon plans to allow customers to place calls over LTE with the LG Revolution.

Check out a hands-on with the LTE-compatible MetroPCS Samsung Galaxy Indulge.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4G for T-Mobile has been spotted for $149 on contract at Wal-Mart.

Check out a Windows 7 concept phone from Nokia.

Windows Phone 7 may not get copy and paste functionality until March.

Computer

Intel has fixed the $700 million problem with its Sandy Bridge chipsets and will begin shipping fixed chipsets on February 14.

HP has announced that WebOS will be available on PCs this year. Do you think WebOS will make an impact, or will Android, Chrome OS, and Windows 7 overshadow it?

Check out a comparison of the HP Touchpad, iPad, Motorola Xoom, and the Blackberry Playbook.

Dell has shown off a conceptual tablet running Windows 7.

The official Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 specifications have been released, and they include dual-core Tegra 2, Honeycomb, and dual cameras.

Check out a video of the LG Optimus Pad.

The Blackberry Playbook will come in four varieties: WiFi + LTE, WiFi + HSPA+, WiFi, and WiFi + WiMax. A scan of Best Buy's catalog hints that the 16GB WiFi-only Playbook will cost $499.

Check out a video of the Dell Latitude XT3 convertible tablet.

Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 2008 Server SP1 will be released to the public on February 22.

Tips/Tricks

Verizon Android users who are switching to the iPhone should check out this handy guide.

Check out a guide to installing apps from the Android Market that your carrier blocks.

Use your computer to send texts through your Android phone with EasySMS.

Your Android phone can help put you to sleep with Relax and Sleep.

Search Google anonymously with Starting Page.

Add contact images to your Google Inbox with SocialGmail.

Boot your computer into a Linux LiveCD without needing a CD or USB disk.

Trick viruses by renaming your anti-virus and anti-spyware applications.

Keep track of your Windows software with Npackd, a terribly-named Linux-like package manager.

Learn how to quit your job without burning bridges. Then, when you apply for new jobs, make sure to only apply to one position at a time within the same company.

Learn how to set up file sharing in Ubuntu the easy way.

Miscellaneous

The Roman Catholic Church has officially approved a Confession app for iOS. Is this an example of religion embracing the modern world or does this app make the religion look like a mockery? Meanwhile, the Vatican has stated that it will not accept digital confessions.

The Wall Street Journal claims that Borders is about to file for bankrupcy.

Netflix has beaten Apple on a customer loyalty survey.

Obama has big wireless plans.

HP will invest $40 million into OnLive to help get the gaming service on smart phones.

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11:12 AM on 02/14/11
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I'm glad that Nokia is finally killing Symbian. It's a piece of shit.
01:42 PM on 02/14/11
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'The Roman Catholic Church has officially approved a Confession app for iOS. Is this an example of religion embracing the modern world or does this app make the religion look like a mockery? Meanwhile, the Vatican has stated that it will not accept digital confessions."

I think this is kinda obsolete with the existence of PostSecret on the internetz.
01:48 PM on 02/14/11
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Not sure why there was that dig at Hotmail. The throwaway address idea is great; I already have 2 separate gmail accounts I use as throwaways.
03:30 PM on 02/14/11
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It's about freaking time they started selling the white iPhone 4! I'm not buying one until they do
08:16 PM on 02/14/11
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Not sure why there was that dig at Hotmail. The throwaway address idea is great; I already have 2 separate gmail accounts I use as throwaways.
I'll justify my dig more than I could in a short news entry

When I had a Hotmail address, I often encountered websites that refused to let me register using the address because Hotmail addresses are already considered disposable. Half the reason I switched from Hotmail to Gmail was to get away from people scowling at me when I tried to tell them I had a Hotmail e-mail address. I have never once had a site reject my registration because my e-mail address is a Gmail one, even though Gmail still costs no money and theoretically deserves no more respect than Hotmail.

Consequently, it's a bad move in my opinion for Microsoft to embrace the idea that its Hotmail accounts are disposable by literally making an option for them to be throw-away accounts. Unless Microsoft is trying to cater to spammers and hackers, I think they're better off trying to build the reputation of Hotmail than further bury it.

EDIT: As an aside, there are already many services like GuerrillaMail.com and Mailinator.com that offer this service. I'm not sure why Microsoft believes it is in their best interest to compete with them in this area.
06:00 AM on 02/15/11
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I'll justify my dig more than I could in a short news entry

When I had a Hotmail address, I often encountered websites that refused to let me register using the address because Hotmail addresses are already considered disposable. Half the reason I switched from Hotmail to Gmail was to get away from people scowling at me when I tried to tell them I had a Hotmail e-mail address. I have never once had a site reject my registration because my e-mail address is a Gmail one, even though Gmail still costs no money and theoretically deserves no more respect than Hotmail.

Consequently, it's a bad move in my opinion for Microsoft to embrace the idea that its Hotmail accounts are disposable by literally making an option for them to be throw-away accounts. Unless Microsoft is trying to cater to spammers and hackers, I think they're better off trying to build the reputation of Hotmail than further bury it.

EDIT: As an aside, there are already many services like GuerrillaMail.com and Mailinator.com that offer this service. I'm not sure why Microsoft believes it is in their best interest to compete with them in this area.
Haha what kind of websites are you trying to register at?! Youporn doesn't like @hotmail addresses?

Only joking. I guess since I've been on Gmail since the early days I've never really had an issue, though I do see the point you're making.

As for the other services that make the throwaway addresses for you I'm not sure that it's necessarily a matter of competing as much as it's just adding features. Sure there are other calendar programs out there that may be better than Google Calendar, but I use it because I can integrate it with my gmail (not apples to apples, but you get what I'm saying).
06:01 AM on 02/15/11
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It's about freaking time they started selling the white iPhone 4! I'm not buying one until they do
Are you really going to buy a white iPhone 4 when/if they come out in March knowing that the iPhone 5 is going to come out in June?
11:39 AM on 02/15/11
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the WSJ has said each of the past years there'd be a smaller iphone. They are very rarely correct about anything iphone related.
I expect dual core, 64gb, increased ram (if not then better ram think ddr-ddr2) and for it to be compatible with HSPA. I do also think verizon will have the iphone 5. I do not think it'll have LTE just yet.
03:05 PM on 02/15/11
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Are you really going to buy a white iPhone 4 when/if they come out in March knowing that the iPhone 5 is going to come out in June?

Yeah because it's pretty much gonna be no different
03:12 PM on 02/15/11
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Yeah because it's pretty much gonna be no different
Except that you know it will be better.... Why buy something lesser for the same price as something better?
I can see if the white iphone came out tomorrow but near future....? Up to you I suppose.
06:07 PM on 02/15/11
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Except that you know it will be better.... Why buy something lesser for the same price as something better?
I can see if the white iphone came out tomorrow but near future....? Up to you I suppose.
Looks like that guy didn't eat his Wheaties this morning.
03:39 AM on 02/16/11
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I don't like Wheaties :(
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