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Technology Round-Up (03/20/11)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (03/21/11)
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12:23 AM on 03/21/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

A a new study indicates that as many as 70% of iPad 2 buyers own the original iPad.

Would you buy the iPad 2 if you had the original iPad? [Poll]

Apple

The iPad 2 has been released (see Engadget's review). Not surprisingly, the hotly-anticipated device sold out in many locations after people braved long lines. Readers looking to get their hands on a new iPad 2 may have to wait three to four weeks due to overwhelming demand (probably longer now due to the situation in Japan). The new dual-core SGX543 graphics chip in the iPad 2 substantially increases graphic performance. Other performance enhancements to the device include a faster processor, more RAM (512 MB), and a larger battery.

Even though five key iPad 2's components are manufactured in Japan, Apple has enough components in stock to continue production for two to three weeks.

Some iPad 2 users are reporting backlight bleeding on the edges of the screen.

Despite rumors about the iPad 3 floating about, Apple has announced that 2011 will be the "Year of the iPad 2."

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the use of iPads and other tablets in airplane cockpits, and now airlines are considering replacing paper maps with iPads. Is this a safe idea?

iOS 4.3.1 will be released for the iPad 2 to patch a Safari vulnerability. One of the minor (but important) changes to iOS 4.3 is that purchases from within apps (not just purchases from the App Store) now require a password.

Apple is expected to begin production of the white iPhone 4 this month, and devices are expected to ship in April. For Apple's sake, hopefully these devices will arrive before the iPhone 5 is released.

Apple is negotiating on behalf of its iTunes customers for repeat music downloads.

Check out reviews of the 2011 "Thunderbolt" MacBook Pros.

Apple TV has been updated to support streaming live MLB and NBA games. Unfortunately, the update has also caused some HTMI to DVI adapters to suffer from flickering issues.

Check out GarageBand for iPad and the updated iMovie for iOS.

Internet

The .xxx domain name has officially been approved by ICANN.

Microsoft and RIM (Blackberry) are teaming up to create a music service to compete with iTunes.

The FCC has announced that twenty programs to provide connectivity to the homes of children in low-income school districts.

Paramount is releasing a movie called The Tunnel on BitTorrent and DVD simultaneously.

Netflix has over 60% of the U.S. digital movie market while iTunes has a mere 4%

Twitter users post 140 million tweets per day. The company has announced that it no longer wants developers to create apps or desktop software that is similar to the Twitter website. The company now also allows people to purely tweet over HTTPS.

Backupify, your Technology Round-up Author's choice for Gmail, Facebook, etc. backup, has announced CloudSight Search, which will allow you to search through your entire archives.

Aircell is planning to have global satellite coverage for international flights by 2015.

Internet Explorer 9 was downloaded 2.35 million times within the first 24 hours of release.

Firefox 4 will be released on Tuesday. Mozilla will be releasing more frequent updates.

At a Pwn2Own competition, Internet Explorer 8 and Safari were hacked quickly while Chrome was left unscathed.

Google

Google launched a person finder tool to locate loved ones in the wake of the tsunamis.

Movie and video game release date estimates are now available through Google search.

Employees at Google are encouraged to promote upstart companies. If their suggestions are chosen, the employee will receive $10,000.

Google Instant Previews are now available for mobile devices.

Google has shipped its last CR-48 laptop "for now."

Electronics

RSA has been hacked, so SecurID tokens may not be as secure as they once were.

Sony has won its court case in Europe against LG, and the 300,000 Playstation 3 systems that were seized by customs will be released.

The Xbox Kinect has sold 10 million units and 10 million standalone games. Also, a Kinect has been hacked to help perform automation.

The 2012 Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 will feature Tegra-powered displays (because what every high-powered exotic car needs is more distractions).

The Veritas RSIII Roadster Hybrid can travel to 62 mph in 3.1 seconds.

Panasonic's solar-powered charging table will be on sale by the end of the year.

Hulu Plus for TiVo is currently in testing stages.

Upcoming Sony Cybershot cameras might feature built-in 3G connectivity.

Mobile

AT&T has purchased T-Mobile for $39 billion. Despite the acquisition suggesting that T-Mobile users will get the iPhone 4, T-Mobile has officially announced that its users will not get the iPhone. How AT&T will handle the differing 3G frequencies and pricing plans is yet to be seen.

AT&T is offering free calls and texts to Japan until the end of March.

AT&T is cracking down on people using unauthorized tethering.

The FCC has officially banned cell phone jammers.

Sixty-one percent of Android users are now running Android 2.2.

The Adobe Flash 10.2 is now available in the Android Market.

A new Android app allows people to hack into RFID-protected doors.

The good news is that Hulu is coming to Android. The bad news is that Hulu has not announced any estimated time frame.

Tegra 2 devices will get a Playstation Suite.

Specifications of the EVO 3D and EVO View 4G have leaked.

T-Mobile has shown off the new Sidekick which will include mobile hotspot and tethering support.

Check out leaked pictures of the Motorola Droid 3.

Engadget has reviewed the HTC Thunderbolt which is available for $250 at Verizon stores and $180 at Amazon. Verizon is currently offering an unlimited 4G plan for the device.

Check out pictures of the HTC Droid Incredible 2.

T-Mobile has announced its new webConnect plans.

Engadget has reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S 4G.

AT&T has announced that the Atrix 4G will eventually get high-speed upload functionality.

Best Buy is selling the Nexus S for $100 with a two-year T-Mobile contract until March 23.

Even though Symbian will be phased out and replaced by Windows Phone 7, Nokia is planning to release a new user interface this fall.

Microsoft is perfecting the copy-paste functionality of Windows Phone 7 before releasing the update later this month.

The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace has reached 10,000 apps.

The Palm Pre 2 has received the webOS 2.1 update, and developers have hacked the "Classic" palmOS emulator to work with the new update.

Computer

The Motorola Xoom appears to be headed to Sprint's 4G network as well as Verizon's.

The 32GB Motorola Xoom WiFi costs $599 (same price as the 32GB iPad 2) and is available for pre-order.

AMD's new quad-core Llano APU will be released in the third quarter of 2011.

See how AMD and Nvidia compare in triple graphics card configurations.

Samsung will be improving the part quality of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and may lower the price following the launch of the iPad 2. Samsung will apparently release the WiFi-only version for $399 on April 4.

HP has announced that WebOS will be on every HP PC that ships next year.

The Alienware 3D-enabled M17x will feature Klipsch internal speakers.

Joli OS 1.2 (previously called JoliCloud OS) is now available.

Tips/Tricks

For people interested in the iPad 2 with a mobile broadband plan, check out the differences between AT&T's and Verizon's offerings.

Jailbreak the iPad 2.

Enable multitouch gesture on the iPad.

Browse Flash sites on your iPad with iSwifter.

Learn how your phone can replace your wallet.

Use ToneCheck to see if your e-mail sounds overly aggressive or rude.

Use a Nook Color as a GPS navigation device with TetherGPS.

Miscellaneous

NASA is planning to launch a plasma rocket into space.

Researchers claim to have found the lost city of Atlantis.

Some scientists believe that the Large Hadron Collider holds the key to time travel.

The Swedish Postal Service will replace traditional postage stamps with handwritten codes received via text from a special number.

Adobe has released a development tool to convert Flash to HTML5 for iOS devices.

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12:37 AM on 03/21/11
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As a T-Mo customer im really curious if this will affect unlimited data charges down the line, i've only heard terrible things about at&t customer service and data plans.
12:38 AM on 03/21/11
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Engadget has reviewed the HTC Thunderbolt which is available for $250 at Verizon stores and $180 at Amazon. Verizon is currently offering an unlimited 4G plan for the device.

I just got this yesterday. Its still a strange switch from the iphone, but very worth it. My only real gripe is the battery life. The weight does not bother me at all. And really, the world needs an android Netflix app. Now. Can anyone recommend good android apps?
12:18 PM on 03/21/11
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so, they found Atlantis and time travel might be possible? wow, what a week
12:36 PM on 03/21/11
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0_0 70 percent of ipad owners bought the new one?

Crazy.
01:53 PM on 03/21/11
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I purchased an iPad 2 online and was also afraid the Japan situation would slow things down. However, When I called to ask about it, they said that they are produced in Shenzhen, China, and the Earthquake/Tsunami would have no effect on shipping time.
02:41 PM on 03/21/11
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One thing I don't think you have mentioned is that iOS 4.3 will not be supported on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G.
05:56 PM on 03/21/11
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maybe if Google didnt go with Tmobile for their service of the Nexus, people would have bought more of them......
06:30 PM on 03/21/11
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0_0 70 percent of ipad owners bought the new one?

Crazy.
70% of people who bought the iPad 2 already had the original iPad. Not sure how many owners of the original iPad actually purchased the new one. A small but significant difference
so, they found Atlantis and time travel might be possible? wow, what a week
Well...the round-up went on a temporary hiatus, so the news this week is almost a "best of" the past three or four weeks!
One thing I don't think you have mentioned is that iOS 4.3 will not be supported on iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2G.
Good catch.
I purchased an iPad 2 online and was also afraid the Japan situation would slow things down. However, When I called to ask about it, they said that they are produced in Shenzhen, China, and the Earthquake/Tsunami would have no effect on shipping time.
Interesting...glad to hear your iPad 2 shipment wasn't delayed!
maybe if Google didnt go with Tmobile for their service of the Nexus, people would have bought more of them......
I think Google's biggest flaw with the Nexus phones was not stocking them in stores. People didn't want to buy phones (especially at $200 with contract or $529 without a contract) online without having a chance to hold them in their hands and try them out. Plus, the problems with Nexus One 3G connectivity that plagued the phone out of the gate didn't help Google's case trying to sell a phone that people couldn't try before buying.
07:59 PM on 03/21/11
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70% of people who bought the iPad 2 already had the original iPad. Not sure how many owners of the original iPad actually purchased the new one. A small but significant difference

Well...the round-up went on a temporary hiatus, so the news this week is almost a "best of" the past three or four weeks!

Good catch.

Interesting...glad to hear your iPad 2 shipment wasn't delayed!

I think Google's biggest flaw with the Nexus phones was not stocking them in stores. People didn't want to buy phones (especially at $200 with contract or $529 without a contract) online without having a chance to hold them in their hands and try them out. Plus, the problems with Nexus One 3G connectivity that plagued the phone out of the gate didn't help Google's case trying to sell a phone that people couldn't try before buying.
That makes sense.
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