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Technology Round-Up (06/20/11)

Posted by: Linda Ferreira (06/20/11)
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03:21 PM on 06/20/11
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together:

Technology Round-UpPoll

The Senate Committee has ruled that illegal streaming of copyrighted material a felony. Is this a fair ruling? [Poll]

Apple

New Mac Minis and Macbook Pros may arrive this summer.

The next version of the Macbook Air might ship in black.

Apple may delay the release of the next Macbook Air until OS X 10.7 Lion is ready

Indie labels are choosing to opt out of the iTunes Match service.

The Chronic Dev Team has announced that it is still working on the iPad 2 jailbreak.

Internet

Rumor has it that Apple is helping Facebook with a special HTML 5 project.

President Barack Obama will now write his own tweets and update his own Facebook. His first official tweet was a wish of Happy Father's Day.

ICANN has approved a measure that allows companies to purchase websites that use their own domain suffix (as opposed to .com, .net, etc.). For instance, if Apple was a participant, people could reach Apple's website by simply typing "www.Apple" in the address bar. The sites will cost $185,000 and only be offered to top companies.

The U.S. Antitrust Division has approved Microsoft's $8.5 billion Skype buyout.

Amazon has started testing home grocery delivery.

Firefox 5.0 will be released on June 21. In other Firefox news, the browser will integrate a built-in PDF viewer into the browser. Yes, that's yet another Chrome feature that Mozilla has copied. I suppose imitation is the best form of flattery.

A Republican from Texas may be set to introduce an Online Poker Legalization Bill next week.

Sony movies are no longer available on Netflix's streaming service. In other Netflix news, the company is being sued by the National Association of the Deaf for not offering enough subtitled movies.

Sega was hacked, and the hackers were able to obtain "e-mails addresses, dates of birth, and encrypted passwords." Cnet has compiled a list of all the major companies that have been hacked recently.

The New York Post now blocks access to its website to people using the mobile Safari browser on the iPad.

Wikipedia is donating its old servers to nonprofit organizations.

Google

Google has acquired SageTV home theater PC software.

Google has registered a trademark for Photovine which may be part of its expanding cloud services.

Google is going to create digital copies of 250,000 old British novels.

The next version of Google Chrome will pre-load links.

Google may be taking the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button off the homepage.

Google celebrates gay pride month by putting a rainbow in the search bar after some gay search terms.

Electronics

A superlaser and railgun are among the weapons no longer in active development due to Senate budget cuts.

A 17-year-old has built a handheld nuclear bomb detector.

One of the primary PS3 hackers is bankrupt and will most likely end up in jail.

Wii U will only include one controller, though so far, games will only be designed to take advantage of one controller anyway.

The Playstation 3 may be getting a hardware upgrade to support BD-J 3D Blu-Ray discs.

Redbox's game rentals are now available at 21,000 locations across the U.S.

Commodore USA is now selling replica C64s with 1TB hard drives and an Nvidia Ion graphics card for $895.

The 2012 plug-in Toyota Prius will have a selectable EV mode.

The Kobo eReader Touch Edition is now available in the U.S. and Canada for $129.99 and $139.99 CAD respectively.

Time Warner Cable has DVR upgrades and an iPad app on the way.

Mobile

Verizon's tiered data plans may start on July 7.

LightSquared and Sprint have signed a 15-year LTE agreement.

Microsoft is teaming up with ChromeWP7 to offer unlocking services for all Windows Phone 7 devices for a fee.

Android malware targets users running custom builds of Android.

Mobile data usage has increased 89% since last year.

RIM's share price has hit a five-year low. In more bad news for the company, they're being sued by Dolby Laboratories.

Check out a review of the LG Revolution.

Check out the Sharp Aquos SH-12C 3D smartphone.

Motorola has launched the Droid 3...in China.

Pictures of the T-Mobile MyTouch 4G Slide have leaked.

The Nokia E6 is now available on Amazon.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will get Gingerbread in August.

Apps

WiFi Booster helps iPhone users discover farther away WiFi networks.

Hulu's iOS app is now in line with the App Store demands.

Follow Wimbledon with the official iOS app.

Facebook now has an iPad-specific app.

Computer/Tablet

A new build of Windows 8 has leaked. It includes a new virtual keyboard and references to SMS support, geo-location, and pre-feature licensing.

Japan has outlawed the creation of computer viruses.

The Windows Autorun updates integrated into XP SP3 and Vista have caused a 68% decline in reported malware incidents.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is experiencing shipping delays. Considering the device has been described as a "half-baked experience," would-be-buyers might be appreciative of the delay. The device has also already been rooted.

It took 12,500 single-core CPUs and 11.5 hours to render a single frame of Cars 2.

The HP TouchPad goes on sale July 1, but it's available for pre-sale now.

HP has shipped a WiFi mouse for $50.

Razer is selling a very handsome $80 Orochi Black Chrome Edition mouse.

Asus has released its G74 gaming laptop which features a Core i7-2630QM, 1080p screen, up to 16GB of DDR3 RAM, and a Geforce GTX 560M with 3GB of RAM.

Tips/Tricks

Use Facebook discretely at work with Excellbook.

Stuck with Internet Explorer at work? Add some of Chrome's features to it.

Control multiple computers with a single keyboard and mouse with Synergy.

Turn off your DVR when you're not using it to save on electricity bills.

Avoid leaving your USB drive behind in public locations with USB Alert.

Minimize any application to your Windows system tray with HideIt.

Get a taste of Windows 8 on Windows 7 with Win8Menu.

Add previews to the Firefox "List All Tabs" feature.

Make sure you don't miss notifications with Vibration Notifier for Android.

Get notified of the best time to buy gadgets with Shopobot.

LifeHacker has compiled a list of the five best torrent applications. For Windows users, the answer is always uTorrent.

Miscellaneous

Scientists have discovered that the source of bright explosions in the sky (couldn't help myself) in March was a star the size of our sun being sucked into a black hole.

A soldier regrew leg muscles after an experimental procedure.

Electronic health records are now available in all U.S. Military hospitals.

Scientists in Japan have devised a method of creating meat from feces.

A mother is donating her uterus to her infertile daughter.

Uni-ball has created a pencil that stays sharp until it runs out of lead.

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Contributor: CyberInferno (Chad)
03:27 PM on 06/20/11
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Just a minor correction... Apple is possibly releasing new Mac Pro's, rather than Macbook Pros.
03:48 PM on 06/20/11
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I like a lot of this news. I hope Apple does ahead and announces the fifth iPhone by the end of July though. I like Sony and Google news. Sucks for Netflix though.
03:59 PM on 06/20/11
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I want that pencil
04:00 PM on 06/20/11
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How about a Tumblr app?
04:03 PM on 06/20/11
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Can't deaf people learn to read lips or some shit? Netflix shouldn't have to cater to them just because there is a LACK of movies with subtitles.
04:05 PM on 06/20/11
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Agreed.
04:09 PM on 06/20/11
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I have a tumbler app for my phone
04:11 PM on 06/20/11
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I have a tumbler app for my phone
For the iPad...
04:16 PM on 06/20/11
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Oh sorry
04:52 PM on 06/20/11
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A soldier regrew leg muscles after an experimental procedure.
Holy wow. This is awesome.

This is great news. All hospitals should do this, if only it didn't cost so much.
05:08 PM on 06/20/11
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boo data plans going up on verizon.
07:59 PM on 06/20/11
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Transmission on Mac FTW
10:42 PM on 06/20/11
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Scientists in Japan have devised a method of creating meat from feces.
Oh, great.
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