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Technology Round-Up (01-17-09)

Posted by - 01:22 PM on 01/17/09
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01:22 PM on 01/17/09
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together again! If you would like to contribute, feel free to contact me.

Technology Round-UpMobile-related

An Ohio man who was carjacked got his car back by texting the thieves who had his phone in the back seat. They were not the smartest criminals.

As a technology and Chipotle lover, the iPhone Chipotle Mobile Ordering application pulls at some heart strings. Overwhelming demand has brought the application offline for the moment, but it will be back when the kinks have been worked out.

Annoy-A-Teen
, a 99 cent iPhone application that plays a high-pitched sound only people with young ears can hear, was cracked. The developer is considering suing the distributor since he claims, "I made, in a month, about the same amount of money as professionals I know in high-tech jobs"

Ever wanted to make certain parts of pictures on your iPhone wobble? Probably NSFW, but no nudity.

If you're going to exchange nude pictures via text message, wait until all parties are of legal age to do so.

Book censoring is still alive and well at Apple's App Store.

Any AT&T users get an "American Idol" promotional text this past week? It's a bad sign when cell phones are not safe from their service providers.

Obama's beloved Blackberry may be replaced by an NSA-approved phone that is uglier and fatter.

Multitouch has been demonstrated on the T-mobile G1. And is this the G2?

The Palm Pre vs the iPhone. Who comes out on top?

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Computer-related

There is a new computer worm spreading around the internet called Downadup that has infected approximately 6.5 million PCs in past four days. If your PC does not have anti-virus protection, please at least at least get one of the two best free options: AVG (author's personal preference) or Avast.

Visitors to the United States from certain countries (not the ones you'd think) are now required to register online.

Shock news of the week: 95% of music downloaded online is pirated. Anyone else think that 5% legal downloads might still be inflated?

Killing someone randomly in a bar: bad idea. Posting about it on Facebook: really bad idea.

Yahoo has a new CEO, Carol Bartz, and her salary is reasonable $1 million a year. But the package deal including her five million stock options means that at the current stock price, she has truly made $38 million. Assuming Yahoo can keep the stock afloat before she has the ability to exercise them.

Be careful what you search for. Especially if you hit a person and are trying to cover it up. Claiming you thought it was a deer won't help your case much either.

Students in Pottsville, PA hacked into the online grade database and changed the grades.

Sometimes product reviews on e-shopping sites aren't as trustworthy as they should be.

Microsoft has apologized for the Windows 7 download fiasco by removing the download limit and extending it until January 24. Just remember that it will expire and has some interesting licensing terms. Check out some of the new features.

Think sleepwalking can cause some trouble? How about sleep e-mailing?

The controversial Whopper Sacrifice itself has been sacrificed.

China now has almost as many internet users as the United States has people.

iTunes may sell DRM-free music, but the files contain personal information about the purchasers.

In the world of crazy ideas that just might work comes a keyboard with keys that move throughout the day to prevent carpal tunnel.

As a follow-up to the post about YouTube stripping the sound from videos, it turns out the users are given the choice of removing the video or muting it. So people actually think their muted video of album art is worth preserving.

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Electronics-related

If you're talking overseas via e-mail or telephone, it is now legal for the US government to monitor your conversation.

Biometric passports have been approved in the EU.

Though women purchase approximately 57% of electronics, one study has shown that they actually influence 90% of all electronics purchases. Thoughts?

Lots of Steve Jobs rumors this week: Analysts spectate that Apple may be sued by stockholders for withholding his health information. He may be considering a liver transplant, having his pancreas removed, and may never return to Apple.

Sony is expected to post their first loss in 14 years.

People in the UK are being being ripped off with regard to their broadband internet.

For the first time in history, the Presidential portrait was taken with a digital camera. And it's quite stunning.

No one was interested in purchasing Circuit City so all of its stores are being liquidated and closing.

Google is challenging Proposition 8.

Say hello to autotune on steroids. "It will automatically harmonize with whatever you throw at it."

The Los Angeles indie station 103.1 is going off the air but staying on the internet.

A Hong Kong architect has built what may be the coolest apartment ever.

Got $128,500 to spend on a car? The newly-announced Tesla Roadster Sport looks like a good choice.

Next time your friend wants you to listen to a song, think twice before jamming those headphones into your ears.

A university in Berlin is offering an IT course about how to flirt.

In news almost too funny and ridiculous to be true, watch a guy fix his HDTV (at least temporarily) with a baseball bat. Video not for people who have an aversion to profanity.

Millions of people have been robbed of $1.

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Game-related

The Playstation 2 has sold over 50 million units in North America.

A child who killed his mother because she wouldn't let him play Halo 3 has been found guilty. His attempts to blame the game for the killing were futile.

An academic economist hopes for a World of Warcraft collegiate-level course.

California may become the first state to put health warnings on games. Microsoft is doing its part to educate parents already.

Disney of all companies is putting out a Rock Band/Guitar Hero: World Tour-style game that uses a real guitar.

Rock Band is getting Steve Miller Band, Rob Zombie, and some others in this week's DLC. Guitar Hero: World Tour gets the Travis Barker pack.

China
will soon make MMORPG gamers register in an official database.

Nirvana bassist, Krist Novoselic admits that he cannot beat their songs on Rock Band.

The Guinness World Records is publishing a Gamer's Edition.

YouTube now offers a console-compatible version of the website.

A Watchmen-based videogame is on the way.

Neversoft will not be creating the next Tony Hawk game after developing them for nine years.

Chuck Bartowski
will be pleased to see that Zork is coming back as an MMORPG.

The Final Fantasy XIII website is live.

Check out some screenshots of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Tom Clancy's HAWX gameplay videos are online.

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Tips/Tricks

Coffee can reduce the risk of Alzheimers. However, if you're using it to stay up late and do important work, be careful since three cups may cause hallucinations.

Save money at Best Buy using their online site to get the best prices then arranging for in-store pickup.

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Contributed by: CyberInferno

Articles found via Arstechnica, Digg, Engadget, Fark, The Inquirer, Lifehacker, hackinthebox, HardOCP, Gizmodo, or Slashdot if not directly linked.

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01:25 PM on 01/17/09
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The Tony Hawk games suck now anyway. Skate and Skate 2 FTW!
01:27 PM on 01/17/09
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A kid killed his mother over Halo 3? What the fuck?
01:34 PM on 01/17/09
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millions of people have been robbed of $1?
did that many people send in for lyric booklets??
haa kidding
01:42 PM on 01/17/09
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lol@ the wobble app for the iphone hahahaahahaha
so sad/sketchy/funny all at the same time.
01:49 PM on 01/17/09
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google may not agree, but Prop. 8 was voted on by California citizens. If they overturn it, whats the point in voting? You may not agree about it, but SHUT THE FUCK UP ALREADY
01:52 PM on 01/17/09
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Stupid, stupid facebook.
01:54 PM on 01/17/09
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That new vocoder looks like the end of music. Ugh.
Obama's phone looks all fancy. I want a $3,350 phone.
01:59 PM on 01/17/09
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I want that voice box thing. That song was pretty sweet that they were using it on.
02:04 PM on 01/17/09
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That guitar hero style game with the actual guitar looks like it could be pretty awesome.. I'll definitely be checking that out.
02:05 PM on 01/17/09
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mmm chipotle
i never listen to the radio but when i heard about the 103.1 thing i streamed it. station rules, found about three bands after listening for about twenty mintues
02:15 PM on 01/17/09
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wow a lot of this stuff is really absurd..
02:22 PM on 01/17/09
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That Wobble App is hilarious. A little pervy, but hilarious.
02:27 PM on 01/17/09
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The G2 looks nice, if that's really it. It also looks even more like the iPhone now.

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