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Technology Round-Up (01/20/13)

Posted by - 07:16 PM on 01/20/13
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07:17 PM on 01/20/13
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together.

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A new study reveals that one in three teenage girls has a face-to-face meeting with someone she met online.

Have you ever met up with someone in person whom you only knew digitally? [Poll]


While an iOS 6 untetherered jailbreak is still not available, the most brilliant minds in the iOS jailbreaking scene have shown their commitment to the cause.

Taking a cue from iPad Mini sales, the next full-sized iPad will be significantly thinner and lighter.

One analyst predicts that a thinner, lighter, retina-display iPad Mini 2 will arrive in Q3 2013.

A low-cost iPhone 5 may arrive this summer.


In an eerie turn of events, a man committed a crime spree, updated his Facebook status to say that he was about to be shot, and was then shot and killed by police.

Facebook has unveiled its graph search.

The successor to MegaUpload has risen from its ashes. Check out the ridiculous launch party. The service has hit one million users in a single day. Sign up now for 50 GB of free, encrypted storage, and wonder why you ever bothered sending your friends Dropbox referrals to get 250 MB of additional space.

The Overstock.com (or more trendy O.co) CEO was stopped after trying to board a plane with a loaded handgun.

New HIPAA rules will make it easier for patients to access their digital medical records.

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the death of the SOPA act.

The FCC would like gigabit internet in all 50 states by 2015.

Netflix has signed a deal that provides content from Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Warner Bros. cartoons.

A cumulative 13 billion hours of music were played on Pandora last year.

MySpace isn't dead (for music) yet...Justin Timberlake has launched his new track on the site.

Kindle users can now pay to rent books from Amazon.

Because of people abusing the White House online petition system (President Obama does not have the ability to force Jerry Jones to sell the Cowboys), the threshold has been raised to 100,000 e-signatures required.

If you had a Hotmail account and lost emails when you switched to Outlook.com, Microsoft is working to restore your lost email.

Microsoft proves that they still don't like to play nice with the other kids: rather than adopting one of the accepted online video standards, Microsoft has developed its own audio/video spec.


Is Google killing donkeys?

Google is building a new headquarters in London that will cost a cool $1 billion.

Google is investing $600 million into its South Carolina data center.

Google has dreams of a password-free future.

Accuracy of Google's handwriting interpretation has been improved.


The TSA will remove the invasive full-body scanners from airports.

Bass (the sound not the fish) may be the fix for birds flying into planes.

A new steering wheel uses force feedback to help you stay on the road when you're blinded by the sun.

Intel is working to fix Stephen Hawking's slow speech processor. At times, he can only communicate one word per minute. Granted, that one word is probably still brilliant and well worth the wait.

Rumored hardware specs for the Playstation 4 and Xbox 720 have leaked. Rumor has it that the Playstation 4 will be 50% more powerful than the Xbox 720 and might finally do away with the Dualshock design.

Boeing 787 planes are grounded until further notice after it was revealed that the batteries might melt.

A Texas student who refused to wear an ID card with RFID technology was expelled from the school.

A new device can combine multiple WiFi networks, 3G/4G networks, and wired connections into a single, super-fast connection.

A refrigerator with touch-to-open technology makes unloading the groceries much easier.

Xbox Live chat will be replaced by Skype.


A new Android virus has infected more than one million phones.

A former FCC chairman has stated that mobile carriers' data caps are not in place because of network congestion. They exist simply because the companies haven't figured out a better usage-based pricing model yet.

Check out Blackberry 10's siri-like functionality. Also, check out its really innovative keyboard. Looks like RIM is fighting hard to leave the dark ages of smart phones.

The Pantech Discover is a premium-quality phone at a budget price.

The upcoming LG Optimus Pro looks like it will feature a 5-inch 1080p display.

The LG Optimus G has sold one million units.

Samsung has announced that its Galaxy S phone has sold--wait for it--100 million units.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 can now get Jellybean.

Microsoft is looking at a phone that can automatically silence itself in movie theaters.

Sprint users from 28 different cities will get 4G LTE soon.

If you're one of the fortunate Verizon subscribers who has a legacy unlimited data plan, buy a 4G phone (unfortunately, you'll have to pay full price to avoid "upgrading" your plan) to make sure your data doesn’t get speed-capped.

Nokia has released the files needed or people to 3D print a case for the Lumia 820 for free (or however much it costs you to pay for a 3D printing service).


The New York Police Department has released an app to allow people to report crimes.

Facebook for Android can now send voice messages. Facebook for iOS can now place phone calls.

Add a Facebook-integrated walkie talkie to your Android phone with GroupVox.

Opera has announced that it will release a new webkit-based iOS/Android browser called Ice.

If you haven't updated Java yet, do it now even if you're on a Mac. Of course, Java still has a gaping security hole, but one is better than two.

A new virtual reality desktop app has been released for OS X.

Inky is a new, visually refreshing mail app for Windows.


Turn a $35 Raspberry Pi micro-PC into an arcade emulator.

If you were planning to upgrade your computer to Windows 8, do it soon. The price for Windows 8 Standard and Pro will jump from $40 to $120 and $40 to $200 respectively after the end of this month.

Internet Explorer 10 is nearly ready for a Windows 7 release. Speaking of IE10, see how it benchmarks against Firefox 18 and Chrome 24. Microsoft has definitely picked up the slack.


Learn the documents you need to keep in physical or digital form and how long you should keep them.

Keep a Windows troubleshooting kit handy for times when your computer goes awol.

Socrates can help you win arguments by asking questions.

Sign documents from within Gmail with HelloSign.

Learn how to microwave your food so that it's actually worth eating.

If you're the tinkering type, learn how to remotely start your car by text message.

Add the transparent UI Aero effect of Windows 7 to Windows 8 with WinAeroGlass.

This is one of those really obvious solutions that's still rather brilliant: keep your laptop charger from falling off your desk by wrapping a rubber band around it.


Australian scientists claim to have made a big breakthrough in discovering a cure for AIDS.

Nokia is laying off or transferring 1,100 employees.

Sony's New York City office will sell for a $1.1 billion.

Check out a real-life implementation of Mario Kart.



11:39 PM on 01/20/13
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im still a verizon legacy user and i never got a notification or anything but about a month or two ago my phone was going really slow and i said out loud to myself "these fuckers are throttling me", now i have confirmation. that shit sucks. now the question is buy an iPhone 5 full price or change providers.
08:32 AM on 01/21/13
You can't afford to live like this
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Cartoon Network and WB on Netflix! Please let this mean I will be able to watch samurai jack!

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