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Technology Round-Up (04/25/11)

Posted by - 02:40 PM on 04/25/11
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02:40 PM on 04/25/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

Your round-up author added a new section to this round-up specifically for apps (which were uncomfortably squeezed into "mobile" previously). This led him to wonder, what changes would you like to see to the round-up structurally or otherwise? [No poll link--please discuss in comments]

Apple

Rumor has it that Apple has signed a deal with Warner and at least one other major label to start their upcoming cloud music service.

Apple is now the most profitable phone vendor in the world.

Your iPhone is watching you. Apple got in a bit of hot water this week after developers noticed that iOS tracks where people go and stores the information in files. Some people believe that the files are simply cache files that were accidentally left on the phone. In any case, U.S. Government officials are not pleased by the latest revelation.

A new leaked iPhone prototype design hints that the iPhone is on its way to T-Mobile. Also, Apple may release a refreshed iPhone 4 (something like the 3GS was to the 3G) with a similar exterior but and enhanced processor.

Apple's next phone may feature both GSM and CDMA antennas along with improved LCD screens.

White iPhone 4s are apparently shipping to retail stores. Prototypes of the device indicate that Apple may have planned to include an Expose-style interface for switching between running apps (something like Multiflow for jailbroken devices), but they ultimately left this feature off.

Apple's best sales quarter in history included $1.4 billion in iTunes sales.

See why Apple is suing Samsung. In response, Samsung has counter-sued Apple for patent infringement.

Apple will start producing the "Thunderbolt" Macbooks next month.

OS X 10.7 (Lion) will feature built-in Microsoft Office file viewing support and better PDF annotation options.

Due to severe supply backups, Apple may "only" ship 40 million iPad 2s this year. In fact, Apple may look toward a second screen manufacturer to keep up with demand. People in the U.S. ordering new iPad 2s can now expect them in one to two weeks.

Apple has released iBooks 1.2.2.

Internet

Yahoo has announced it will anonymously store people's search histories for 18 months.

Match.com has reacted to the lawsuit against them by starting to screen for sex offenders.

The U.S. Government has released the domain names it seized of the poker sites. While U.S. players still cannot play at the sites and transferring money out will take time, this act provides a little reassurance to players with money at risk.

The PSN Network went down for over 24 hours this past week.

Researchers at Northwest University have discovered ways to identify the location of a device by its IP address accurate to within 750 yards.

Vonage now provides unlimited VoIP calling to 42 countries.

A woman in Houston hosts the first super WiFi hotspot using unused UHF TV channels.

Google

A jury in east Texas has ruled that Google owes $5 million for Linux patent infringements.

Google is asking attendees of their I/O 11 conference to donate their old unlocked Android phones to charity.

A stripper/stalker broke into Google's headquarters.

If you have a Google Video account, make sure to back up your videos before the service is completely shut down.

Google now makes it easy for electric vehicle owners to find charging stations.

YouTube has already transitioned about a third of its video library to WebM.

The newest "unstable" versions of Google Chrome support multiple profiles.

Electronics

Owners of electric vehicles in Amsterdam will be pleased to know that the country has ordered 125 public charging stations. For people in the United States, check out Ford's list of the 25 most EV-vehicle-friendly cities.

A new machine designed to assist with the devastation in Japan searches for victims underwater and attempt~s to rescue them.

Nissan has announced its Leaf Nismo RC, an all-electric track race car.

Fisker is expected to start shipping its electric vehicle, the Karma, in early June or July.

Nintendo has officially announced that the next Wii will be released next year and will be unveiled at E3 in June.

Anonymous sources report that Microsoft and Sony will plan to release new consoles in 2014.

The Barnes & Noble Nook Color has been officially updated with Froyo, more apps, and Flash.

Texas Instruments has announced the smallest wireless charging module in existence.

Mobile

The U.S. Army may adopt Android for their smartphones.

Nokia and Microsoft have finished ironing out the details of their phone agreement.

Sprint will pay $1 billion to continue to use Clearwire's 4G network through 2012.

AT&T has unveiled cell towers that can fit in a suitcase which provide connectivity to Japan and other areas in crisis.

Skype for Android now support 3G calling in the U.S.

The 4.5-inch, super-AMOLED-equipped Samsung Infuse 4G will go on sale at Wal-Mart for only $178.88 with a two-year contract from AT&T.

The LTE-enabled Droid Charge will be available for Verizon customers on April 28 for a steep $300 on a contract plan.

Sprint will get the Nexus S 4G and the Xoom in early May.

Motorola is delaying the launch of the Droid Bionic to iron out some bugs.

The HTC Sensation 4G will apparently launch on June 8.

Check out a review of the G2x. T-Mobile has tweeted that the wait for Gingerbread might not be as long as originally expected. Your round-up author is loving his G2x despite some battery oddities that he expects to be fixed up in the near future (the phone uses about 50% of its battery life by "Cell Standby," compared to other Android devices which use in the low 20 percent range).

Google pulled a Gingerbread update for the Vodafone Samsung Galaxy to fix issues.

Apps

HBO Go will stream HBO's content to Android and iOS devices.

T-Mobile has launched Bobsled, an app that allows for free VoIP calling over Facebook.

A new robotic lawnmower can be controlled by an iOS app.

Amazon has updated its Kindle app to better support Honeycomb tablets.

Verizon is delivering Froyo to Fascinate owners over the air.

Nokia has launched its Ovi Maps 3D beta.

Computer

The NSA would like to construct a new supercomputer complex for a mere $896.5 million.

Seagate has purchased Samsung's hard drive division for $1.375 billion.

Windows 8 may feature built-in facial recognition for true password security.

In what is a rather comical irony, Microsoft has released a Windows XP end-of-support gadget that can only be installed on Windows Vista/7.

Razer is releasing a new motion-based controller for PC that is specifically designed to play Portal 2. Unfortunately, the device will be released in two months and will only be sold as a bundle with Portal 2; people who already own the game will not be able to buy the device alone (unless Razer changes this policy, which they truly should consider).

The Blackberry Playbook is now for sale in the U.S. and Canada for $500 with 16GB of internal storage.

Amazon may attempt to fight the iPad 2 with their own Samsung-built tablet.

Intel is porting Honeycomb to is tablets.

The HTC Flyer tablet will go on sale at Best Buy on April 24 for $499.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer tablet will arrive on April 26 for $399.

T-Mobile will take $100 off the price of a T-G-Slate with the right reference code.

Chrome notebooks will be available for purchase this summer.

AMD has released three new low-end video cards for people on a budget looking to upgrade.

Check out hands-on with the Alienware M14x and M18x.

Tips/Tricks

Learn how to deal with the iPhone location tracking.

The G2x can take screenshots quickly by pressing the home button and power button simultaneously.

Android users can track packages quickly with Parcels.

Secure your Google account with this guide.

Learn how to permanently delete files from Dropbox so that Dropbox cannot recover them. Also, add an extra layer of security to the site.

Students can track grades and classes quickly with myEdu.com.

If you drive a car not equipped with friendly service reminders, aCar for Android can help keep you on top of it.

Find RSS feeds quickly with CtrlQ.com.

Miscellaneous

A breakthrough vaccine for Alzheimer's is in the final stage of testing.

A new use of radio frequencies could "could detect alien planets [and] receive interstellar tunes."

Word of warning before suing Best Buy: the company might ban you for life if you win.

A man tried to rob a store using a PS3 controller.

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02:44 PM on 04/25/11
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According to Jobs, it's Google that's tracking Android users, denying that Apple is. I wonder what's going to end up coming of all this.

http://www.macrumors.com/2011/04/25/...-track-anyone/
02:57 PM on 04/25/11
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I hate it when stripper/stalkers break into my apartment and leave me notes and shit.
03:00 PM on 04/25/11
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iphone for tmobile. doneeee
04:16 PM on 04/25/11
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I don't understand the point of T-Mobile getting the iPhone.
04:50 PM on 04/25/11
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If that Alzheimer's vaccine is real, holy shit. That is incredible.
05:37 PM on 04/25/11
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THIS IS WHY SONY WENT DOWN.

Its far from over

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tm7UKo4IBc
05:58 PM on 04/25/11
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PSN network is pretty redundant...Also it's been down for well over 24 hours.
06:07 PM on 04/25/11
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thank you for the roundup, always a fan.
06:37 PM on 04/25/11
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07:40 PM on 04/25/11
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godamn it sony! how the fuck am i going to prestige now?!?!?1?
07:44 PM on 04/25/11
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and fuck best buy.
11:55 PM on 04/25/11
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If that Alzheimer's vaccine is real, holy shit. That is incredible.
Yeah thats pretty incredible if that can work out.
09:46 AM on 04/26/11
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"A new leaked iPhone prototype design hints that the iPhone is on its way to T-Mobile. Also, Apple may release a refreshed iPhone 4 (something like the 3GS was to the 3G) with a similar exterior but and enhanced processor."

The refreshed iPhone, known as the iPhone 4S with the enhanced A5 processor won't see a public release, it's only for developers to test out their applications. What applications, I don't think we know yet, but it may be for iPhone 5 testing, because that A5 processor is what will probably be in the iPhone 5.

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