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Technology Round-Up (04/11/11)

Posted by - 07:41 AM on 04/11/11
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07:42 AM on 04/11/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

Researchers at UC San Diego estimate that global internet data usage is approximately 9.57 zettabytes.

If you had to take a guess, how much internet data do you think you use in a year? [No poll link. Discuss in comments.]

Apple

Steve Wozniak has announced that he would be open to returning to Apple.

The next Apple mobile products may feature touchscreen buttons and visual indicators. Is Apple taking a page out of HTC's playbook?

Future Apple devices may have hybrid e-ink/LCD screens.

iPhone 5's may feature dual cameras for 3D snapshots.

Apple is investigating 3G connection issues on Verizon iPad 2s.

The Dev Team has released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.3.1.

Toyota has removed a Scion theme it developed for jailbroken iOS devices at Apple's request.

Check out some of the new OS X 10.7 Lion features including iChat 6.

iOS 4.3.2 may be released in the next couple weeks.

Microsoft will release Mac Office 2011 Service Pack 1 this week. The update will include Outlook support for Apple Sync.

Apple has released a new Boot Camp update that fixes some issues and causes others.

Internet

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security plans to use Twitter and Facebook for terrorism alerts.

An elderly woman accidentally cut off (pun intended) the internet to almost all of Armenia for 12 hours.

Amazon launched a Cloud Drive music streaming system before obtaining proper licenses from the music industry.

World Bank has found that gamers' virtual sales accounted for $3 billion in 2009, and that over 100,000 gamers sold virtual items as their primary source of income.

Netflix subscribers will be able to stream episodes from all five live-action Star Trek TV series.

Google

A new book about Google states that the founders of Google originally wanted Steve Jobs to be the company's CEO, but settled for him as their mentor instead.

Larry Page has officially taken over as Google's CEO. After one week of being at the helm, he has already begun implementing a plan to cut down on bureaucracy and spur innovation.

The U.S. Department of Justice has conditionally approved Google's acquisition of ITA.

Google is tweaking Chrome OS to be more tablet-friendly.

Electronics

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that will save companies over a billion dollars regarding lithium ion batteries.

Texas Instruments will purchase National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion.

Dish Network has purchased the remains of Blockbuster for $228 million.

A man in Florida shot up a SWAT robot with an AK-47 while naked.

The Boy Scouts now have a "robotics" merit badge.

Gamestop may develop a gaming tablet and start releasing games digitally.

The Sony PSP will get a Music Unlimited streaming service on April 14.

Check out a review of the Tesla Roadster 2.5 Sport which can travel 0-60 in 3.7 seconds.

A new in-wall radar system can detect bombs hidden in walls.

Mobile

A federal Grand Jury is looking into privacy concerns of iOS and Android apps.

Verizon's iPhone 4 users report fewer dropped calls than AT&T's.

Verizon may be slashing its subscription rates if new leaked reports are correct. In confirmed Verizon news, the company will no longer offer one-year contracts after April 17.

The Pandora app apparently shares customers' birth date, gender, and location information to advertising companies.

The earthquakes in Japan will delay the release of the Sony Ericcson Xperia Neo until the third quarter of this year.

Check out pictures of the Droid Incredible 2.

See a review of the Nexus Desire S.

Take a look at the white Nexus S for AT&T.

The T-Mobile G2x (dual-core G2) will be released on April 15 online and April 20 in stores.

The Samsung Galaxy S will get Gingerbread in the middle of April.

While PSX4Droid has been forceably pulled from the Android Market, the developer is releasing the app for free on his website.

A picture of the touchscreen Blackberry Curve has leaked.

Engadget has a hands-on with the Blackberry Torch 2.

Full details of the Blackberry Bold Touch have been released.

Computer

Acer has announced a dual-screen, keyboard-less tablet that runs Windows 7 and has an Intel Core i5 processor inside.

Windows XP is no longer the most-used operating system on the planet.

The Motorola Xoom has failed to meet expected demand, selling only 100,000 units.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will offer the same specifications as the Motorola Xoom including Android 3.0 Honeycomb but for only $450 for a 16GB WiFi-only version.

Verizon has released a new update for the Galaxy Tab that offers improved battery life and browser performance.

Intel has released 10-core hyperthreaded Xeon E7 processors (effectively 20 simultaneous processors).

Tips/Tricks

Unlock and jailbreak iOS 4.3.1 for iPhone 4 and 3GS.

Set up multitouch gestures on iOS 4.3.1.

Use Kinect to control Windows 7 PCs.

BlueStacks can run Android apps on your Windows PC.

Got a big file to download and don't feel like waiting? Schedule Firefox downloads for a later time.

Disable Firefox 4 tab animations.

Quickly identify website fonts with the WhatFont bookmarklet.

See how coffee and tea stack up against each other.

Miscellaneous

The Chinese have banned television programs that depict time travel.

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07:48 AM on 04/11/11
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Silver Wings
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I love the Tech Round-Up, thank you
07:57 AM on 04/11/11
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looking for a new verizon phone but I have no idea what to get. The Incredible 2 looks good, but if anyone has any suggestions.. im open for it :P
08:34 AM on 04/11/11
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i like the miscellaneous news.
08:40 AM on 04/11/11
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My guess is that my usage, minus downloading on bittorrent, is about 12gb/month. Maybe more, since I don't really have a good handle on how much Netflix streaming over PS3 really uses.

Including torrents and Netflix my guess is it's around 25gb/month.
08:41 AM on 04/11/11
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i like the miscellaneous news.
WHAT DO THEY KNOW THAT WE DON'T?

makes you wonder...
09:33 AM on 04/11/11
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yay for the Chinese!
09:42 AM on 04/11/11
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If I try to think about whether or not Lost would be able to be aired in China, I think my head would explode...
11:00 AM on 04/11/11
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i love reading these, thanks a lot for compiling/posting them.
08:06 PM on 04/11/11
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I tried the demo on my PS3, and I was dis-satisfied with the service. Music quality was subpar, and often took 10 seconds to load a song over my Verizon DSL connection.

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