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Technology Round-Up (02/22/11)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (02/22/11)
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10:01 AM on 02/22/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

The CEO of INQ has gotten himself into a bit of hot water after stating that Android phones are "too complicated" for pretty girls who have "no emotional attachment to an Android phone" because "it's a geek device, it’s all wrong." We'll leave the gender issue aside for now and ask the simple question: Are Android phones too complicated for the average person? [Poll]

Apple

The latest iPad 3 rumors indicate that the device will be sized between a iPod and a current-generation iPad and feature a retina display.

The iPhone 5 will feature an RFID with "a unique twist." The device may also feature a 4-inch screen and faster A5 processor. More dramatic rumors indicate that Apple is considering three designs for the iPhone 5, one of which may feature a slide-out keyboard. However, since other rumors indicate that Apple is removing the home button from iOS devices, the likelihood of the devices getting a full set of hardware keys seems unlikely.

Apple has officially listed the differences between the GSM and CDMA iPhone 4.

Apple is looking to dense lithium cells to increase device battery life.

The New York Times refutes claims that Apple is developing a smaller iPhone.

The cloud-based MobileMe may rely on the users' hard drive space to stream music rather than Apple storing it on their servers.

Check out a comparison of Apple's, Google's, and Amazon's subscription plans. Companies are not pleased about Apple's taking 30% of the profit.

New Macbook Pros will be released for Steve Jobs' birthday. These computers may feature a new high-speed connector.

Android's growing market share in the European Union may help Apple avoid antitrust issues.

AT&T may be following Verizon's lead by including a WiFi hotspot feature in iOS 4.3.

Apple might offer a cloud "safe deposit box" for storage of secure files on the go.

Internet

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted to block net neutrality.

A U.S. court has ruled that people must be sued individually regarding pornography downloads.

Check out the U.S. National Broadband Map to see what areas of the country are best (and worst) covered by broadband services.

Facebook has added relationship options including "in a civil union."

Redbox might be planning a streaming movie service to compete with Netflix.

Amazon Prime subscribers can now stream videos to their mobile devices for free.

Sony Music Unlimited is now available in the U.S. with Android and iPhone apps on the way.

Firefox 4.0 beta 12 and consequently the final release have been delayed.

Google

Google has detailed its One Pass streaming video service.

VoIP Inc. has sued Google for stealing trade secrets.

Check out the details Google released about Ice Cream (including a hologram visual style), the Android follow-up to Honeycomb.

Google plans to release Native Code, an ActiveX-like way for Chrome to run code within the browser.

Google has updated its Social Search to include results from your friends.

Google Docs and Gmail now support .XLS, .XLSX, and 10 other new file formats.

Chrome 10 Beta is out as Google marches on its own browser version timeline.

Electronics

The U.S. Navy's free-electron laser set a record by running for eight consecutive hours at 500 kilovolts.

An Anaheim school district is volunteering to give parents of children with truancy issues GPS trackers for their children. In order to ensure that the students don't set down the trackers and walk away, they will be required to enter a code five times per day and answer three calls per week.

A Kinect for Windows SDK (software development kit) will be released this spring. Meanwhile, Kinect has been hacked to work with Android.

Volvo has announced a 124-mpg plug-in diesel hybrid.

BMW has announced "i", a new electronically-focused branch of their cars.

Toyota has officially announced that the plural of "Prius" is "Prii."

Belgian plug-in hybrid manufacturer Imperia has a car that can hit 60 mph in 4 seconds.

Land Rover will release a Range_e hybrid vehicle.

Audi plans to sell vehicles with data plans.

Stanford engineers have created Walkie-Talkies that can send and receive voice simultaneously, eliminating the need for people to say "over."

Engineers have created a robot hand that can type 20 words per minute.

Sony has officially condemned Playstation 3 hacking.

FiOS subscribers can now watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN Buzzer Beater online.

Doom has been ported to the Ti-Nspire calculator. Your round-up author is nostalgic of the days when he played Mafia Wars on his Ti-83.

Mobile

Although Nokia dropping its own Symbian platform for Windows Phone 7 may have appeared to be a move of desperation on Nokia's part, new reports indicate that Microsoft is paying Nokia billions of dollars for the arrangement. Nokia claims that the company will customize Windows Phone 7 but that the customizations will not delay updates.

The FCC is upset with Verizon after hearing that over 10,000 emergency calls were dropped during bad weather.

Although AT&T's HTC Inspire 4G supports high-speed uploads, the feature is disabled.

The Palm Pre Plus might get the webOS 2.0 update despite last week's official reports that older devices would not be supported.

Epic 4G phones will get the Android 2.2 update today.

The Motorola Atrix 4G has already been rooted and is now available.

The latest Gingerbread release, 2.3.3, allows devices to transfer information by simply tapping them together.

A company called Ixonos has shown off a Windows-like interface for Android.

PlayOn has released an Android 2.2 app that allows streaming of Netflix, Hulu, and more on Android phones.

The latest MapQuest app update provides free turn-by-turn directions for Android users who are annoyed by Google Maps directions that leave them nowhere near their destination.

Computer

Intel will open up a $5 billion 14-nanometer plant in Arizona that will provide 5,000 new jobs.

Dell's 2011 tablet and smartphone lineup has leaked and includes a Windows 8 tablet. Accordingly, a new timeline indicates that Windows 8 beta for tablets will be released in September.

The Motorola Xoom will be released without Flash support. Flash support will be added later in the spring. The device will be available with a 3G chip this Thursday at Best Buy for $800 ($600 with 2-year Verizon contract). Motorola claims that that the Xoom's 4G support (which will be a free upgrade later) justifies the higher price. The 3G and WiFi-only Xooms are identical other than the radios.

Watson, an Intel supercomputer, beat two top Jeopardy players. See what one of the contestants has to say about the competition.

Sony has a 5.5-inch dual-screen Android device and 9.4-inch VAIO slider to be released this year.

Samsung has created RAM that can handle 12.8 GB/s data transfer.

Seagate's Momentus XT hybrid-SSD drives are having issues with crashing and freezing.

OCZ has set a single-drive speed record at 550 MB/s with its Vertex 3 Pro SSD drive.

Windows 7 SP1 will be released today.

Tips/Tricks

Check out LifeHacker's list of the five best rewards credit cards.

Verizon iPhone users can enable carrier-specific features.

Backup your iOS device without needing to jailbreak it.

Make sure your Android phone is according to your schedule with Silent Time.

Learn how to open multiple instances of the same program in OS X.

Check out 10 tips and tricks for Microsoft Word 2010.

Get more control over when Firefox tabs scroll sideways with Custom Tab Width.

Miscellaneous

The U.S. Air Force is worried that a new LTE network from LightSquared will interfere with GPS satellites.

Blockbuster is for sale and apparently already has a customer.

As if people didn't already have trust issues with IT technicians, new reports indicate how some of them cheat on the certification exams.

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10:26 AM on 02/22/11
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Okay, this iTunes subscription thing is confusing me. Anyone know what exactly it is?
10:27 AM on 02/22/11
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good roundup. hoping to hear some big iphone 5 news. i think i might get one. haha
12:22 PM on 02/22/11
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Google, How about we get 2.3 out to more phones before moving on already...
02:49 PM on 02/22/11
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I work for a blockbuster! haha
11:44 PM on 02/22/11
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Holysnakes Blockbuster is Chapter 11 already I had no idea...
07:19 AM on 02/23/11
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Holysnakes Blockbuster is Chapter 11 already I had no idea...
its been a sinking ship for quite awhile now. crazy how fast netflix and redbox have taken over. Also with all the new tablets Borders is going out of business now. sign of the times my friend.
03:47 PM on 02/24/11
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its been a sinking ship for quite awhile now. crazy how fast netflix and redbox have taken over. Also with all the new tablets Borders is going out of business now. sign of the times my friend.
Y'know some of these technology races are interesting to me. For example right now they are advertising like crazy these HD cellphones. It's in the palm of your hand, obviously, a small screen, and you watch HD movies on it, I guess. But then, right next to it on the same page there is an ad for a 50+" widescreen HD LCD 3D television. That is very interesting...

I have never used Netflix but the idea sounds pretty convenient, I suppose. Blockbuster stopped their "no late fees" thing, which was pretty sweet while it lasted.
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Y'know some of these technology races are interesting to me. For example right now they are advertising like crazy these HD cellphones. It's in the palm of your hand, obviously, a small screen, and you watch HD movies on it, I guess. But then, right next to it on the same page there is an ad for a 50+" widescreen HD LCD 3D television. That is very interesting...

I have never used Netflix but the idea sounds pretty convenient, I suppose. Blockbuster stopped their "no late fees" thing, which was pretty sweet while it lasted.
yeah i have a netflix account and its convenient..$10 a month and unlimited streaming movies. my parents pay for it as they use it however i use the account at my apartment lol no issues with simultaneous streaming. also using streaming more than the physical dvds that can be sent out.

as far as HD cell phone...i tend to think that is more of a marketing ploy. you can't tell the difference when between 720 and 1080 unless its a huge big screen tv...so how can something really be HD and noticeable (like a phone) when its so small you won't notice the difference.
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