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Technology Round-Up (03/28/11)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (03/28/11)
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09:09 AM on 03/28/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

Apps that help drivers avoid DUI checkpoints are the big controversy this week. The Senate has sent a letter to Apple, and RIM has already agreed to take these apps down. Google, on the other hand, has announced that the Checkpoint Evasion app will not be pulled from the Android Market.

What do you think? Should DUI checkpoint apps be allowed? [Poll]

Apple

A court has ruled that Apple's products do not violate Nokia's copyrights.

Check out an iPhone 5 rumor roundup.

An iPhone 4 survived falling 1,000 feet from an airplane traveling at 150 mph. And no, this isn't a math question even though it sounds like one.

Some iPad 2 users are reporting that the tablet freezes during Facetime conversations.

Apple sent a cease and desist order to MiKandi which marketed itself as an "adult" app store.

Apple removed an app called Gay Cure from the App Store.

iOS 4.3.1 is now available, and it has already been jailbroken (tethered only).

Cydia 1.1 was just released.

Apple has big plans to improve Maps for iOS.

A new Tiger Woods swing app allows you to compare your golf swing to Tiger's.

GV Mobile+ for iOS now has push notifications.

Internet

In scary web news, the SSL certificates of nine major websites (including Google, Yahoo, and Skype) have been stolen. The thief can now create phishing websites that browsers think are legitimate.

Limewire is being sued for $75 trillion. Yes, that's trillion with a "T."

New reports indicate that only nine percent of internet surfers pirate software/music from P2P sites. Do you think this figure is too low?

Utah lawmakers have repealed an anti-piracy law.

India has banned the .xxx domain.

Microsoft recently won a bidding war to purchase over 600,000 IP addresses.

Netflix and Miramax are working on a joint streaming venture. Speaking of Netflix, it appears that Showtime will be pulling its shows from the site.

See the new features of Firefox 4.0. See how the browser stacks up speed-wise to Chrome and Internet Explorer.

Yahoo! now has "Search Direct" which mimics Google Instant Search functionality.

Bing now features tweets in its news feed.

The Zynga Poker Hacker who stole $12 million in virtual chips has been sentenced to 2 years in prison.

Facebook is having issues blocking underage (under 13) users.

Mark Zuckerberg is officially listed as in a relationship on Facebook for the first time since 2003

Google

Google is apparently testing its Google Music service internally.

BrandFinance has announced that Google is the most valuable brand in the world.

A company Google purchased, Slide, has released a group texting app called Disco for the App Store (not yet available for the Android Market ironically enough).

Chrome 11 beta features speech-to-text capabilities.

Google now has searchable mortgage, credit card, and other finance options.

Google Docs Spreadsheets now has filtering capabilities.

Google Chrome has a new logo.

Electronics

A man who hacked a billboard to play pornography has been sentenced to jail time.

The water in Tokyo is no longer safe to drink due to high radioactivity.

Scientists and engineers in Qatar will create artificial clouds to keep temperatures down during the 2022 World Cup.

The Barnes and Noble Nook Color will get Flash and apps in April.

Even though games are no longer a part of the Technology Round-up, this author cannot pass up reporting on that the stars of the Donkey Kong documentary, King of Kong, battled with 14 other top Donkey Kong players recently.

Nintendo is de-emphasizing the "3D" in the 3DS since many people have issues seeing 3D screens.

Some Girl Scouts in Ohio are now accepting credit cards as payment for cookie sales with GoPayment for smart phones.

Kingston has announced Class 10 microSD cards.

Mobile

Despite the exciting T-Mobile buyout news reported last week, the FCC has not yet begun hearings to see if it will permit the merger.

Blackberry OS 6.1 will be released in the Spring.

Sprint is replacing mail-in rebates with instant savings.

Sprint is working on enhanced Google Voice integration that would eliminate the two-phone-number issue.

Check out the dual-screen Kyocera Echo for Sprint. Also take a look at the Nexus S 4G for Sprint.

Charge Anywhere allows Nexus S owners to charge credit cards from their phones without needing the physical card.

The Atrix 4G will get high-speed uploads (HSUPA) in April. Speaking of the Atrix, Motorola has acknowledged the voice quality issues and is investigating them.

Sony has announced that the Xperia X10 will get Android 2.3 despite the claim that the phone would receive no newer versions of Android than 2.1.

AVG has released its mobile suite for Android, AVG Mobilation.

The Amazon Market is now available for Android.

Computer

One man purchased a "new" computer that came with 10 GB of someone else's documents including taxes and divorce papers.

RIM has announced that the Blackberry Playbook will also run Android apps.

The Radeon GTX 590 cannot outperform the Radeon HD 6990.

Check out a guide to USB 3.0.

Tips/Tricks

Check out Gizmodo's list of the top 10 antivirus programs. It sounds like Norton has made a comeback. For your round-up author's two cents, he has been using Microsoft Security Essentials since it was beta software and has yet to encounter malware that it didn't block.

Impatient iPod Touch 4G owners can do a tethered jailbreak of iOS 4.3.1. Impatient iPad users can also apply a tethered jailbreak of iOS 4.3.1.

If anyone accidentally upgraded to iOS 4.3.1 and wants to get back to a previous version, check out this guide.

See this week's best iPhone apps, iPad apps., and Android apps.

Watch yourself age on a daily basis with Everyday for iOS.

Learn how to sync Firefox 4 to Android. Also, fix some of Firefox 4's unpleasant UI features and customize your Firefox keyboard shortcuts with Focus Keyboard.

Force certain Chrome bookmarks to open in a new tab with this trick. The trick kind of work in Firefox--it opens a new tab, but the current tab page switches to display a javascript message (you can click "back" to get to the previous page you were on).

Quickly access Chrome extensions using the bookmark bar.

Send up to 20 faxes for free with hellofax.

Are you a perfectionist who also has issues with procrastination? Learn how to deal with these issues.

Miscellaneous

OMG, LOL, and FYI are among internet acronyms that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Is the English language doomed?

Some top French chess players have been accused of cheating using a combination of streaming video and SMS.

Steve Jobs has been re-elected to Disney's board of directors.

For people who sweat a lot in bed, check out these dry-fit sheets.

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09:42 AM on 03/28/11
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That King of Kong thing sounds awesome. Good look.
09:51 AM on 03/28/11
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That $75 trillion law suit has already been thrown out: http://www.prefixmag.com/news/judge-...ainst-l/50622/

And not that it's really news worthy, but that thing about Zuckerberg had him changing it from single, not to single.

No mention of how Droid X users are supposed to get an update this week?
http://www.devicemag.com/2011/03/25/...e-this-sunday/
09:58 AM on 03/28/11
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technology will never last.
10:18 AM on 03/28/11
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That $75 trillion law suit has already been thrown out: http://www.prefixmag.com/news/judge-...ainst-l/50622/

And not that it's really news worthy, but that thing about Zuckerberg had him changing it from single, not to single.

No mention of how Droid X users are supposed to get an update this week?
http://www.devicemag.com/2011/03/25/...e-this-sunday/
Good catches. Having Linda fix the Zuckerberg comment.
11:32 AM on 03/28/11
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A lot of these links don't seem to work. Good job, though!
11:32 AM on 03/28/11
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I love the Amazon App Market.
11:38 AM on 03/28/11
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Sprint is replacing mail-in rebates with instant savings.
I read this and thought it said 'sprite', and it made total sense to me. It was a weird experience.
11:40 AM on 03/28/11
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That King of Kong thing sounds awesome. Good look.
Such an awesome movie.
11:53 AM on 03/28/11
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A lot of these links don't seem to work. Good job, though!
Thanks! Maybe one of the sites was down earlier. I just tried all the links and the only one that was invalid was a link to Cydia 1.1 (the site moved/removed it. Here's an updated one).
12:00 PM on 03/28/11
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Thanks! Maybe one of the sites was down earlier. I just tried all the links and the only one that was invalid was a link to Cydia 1.1 (the site moved/removed it. Here's an updated one).
Maybe Chrome's just being weird, a lot of the gizmodo links weren't working for me (they'd show a generic gizmodo page) and when I googled the title they showed up fine.
12:12 PM on 03/28/11
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Maybe Chrome's just being weird, a lot of the gizmodo links weren't working for me (they'd show a generic gizmodo page) and when I googled the title they showed up fine.
It's got something to do with the way that new Gawker sites handle some of the linking/rendering.
01:15 PM on 03/28/11
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I operate a computer repair service out of my house and will say that Microsoft Security Essentials is great. It is simple and has not missed blocking a single shred of malware. I now put this on all my customer's computers.

I will say though that MSE won't install or update properly if a computer already has a virus, expired antivirus, improperly installed or uninstalled updates, in any variation of safe mode, or missing or malfunctioning internet-related services (usually due to a virus). Some of these issues have been fixed with 2.0 but it still doesn't install on half the infected computers I try.

For this reason, I clean computers in safe mode with networking using antimalwarbytes. This program installs and updates in hell or high water from a USB stick. It doesn't provide real-time protection but is the best cleaner around. I use ie restorator, ccleaner, and revo uninstaller to fix/cleanup windows and ie and then use MSE for future protection. I love freeware!
01:58 PM on 03/28/11
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Maybe Chrome's just being weird, a lot of the gizmodo links weren't working for me (they'd show a generic gizmodo page) and when I googled the title they showed up fine.
It's got something to do with the way that new Gawker sites handle some of the linking/rendering.
I think you nailed it zach. They're doing the same thing to me, but they eventually load after briefly showing the home page in the title.
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