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Technology Round-Up (02-01-09)

Posted by - 04:47 AM on 02/01/09
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A teenage girl held her parents hostage wielding two kitchen knives because her dad took away her cell phone.

Did Yahoo stop developing their own cell phone because the new CEO's daughter did not like a prototype?

RIM (company behind the Blackberry) CEO has stated that all cell phones will need patching out of the box due to deadline pressure.

British Airways passengers flying the London/New York flights will be allowed to use their cell phones in the air for texting and data purposes only.

The University of Alabama has conducted mind-blowing research that reveals children crossing the street while talking on their phones are more likely to be hit by a car.

Apple was awarded the patent to their multi-touch interface on the iPhone. Other cell phone developers will now tread carefully to avoid infringing on the 358-page patent.

Impress all of your friends with 50 different origami designs using a $1 bill. The iPhone app appropriately costs $1.

An iPhone developer has copied the I Am Rich application with one that allows overly-wealthy people who spend $999.99 on an iPhone application to meet each other.

Remember the Wobble application that makes any picture jiggle? Apparently Apple has removed the words "boobs" and "booty" from its description. After all, we wouldn't want anyone getting the wrong idea about this wholesome application.

Rumor has it that Motorola is dropping Windows Mobile from its future cell phones in favor of Android.

T-mobile will most likely get the 8-megapixel Samsung Memoir next month.

Sidekick addicts stand no chance: The Sidekick LX 2009 will own your soul.

An alpha version of Firefox for Windows Mobile may arrive next week.


Students do not have free speech to badmouth administrators on the internet. And some people do not deserve free speech.

A 41-year-old man has been sentenced to life in jail for killing his wife over her changing his Facebook status to "single."

A vidictive ex-Fannie Mae employee planted a virus that may have cost the company millions of dollars.

4.5 million Monster users had their personal information stolen by hackers.

Comcast and AT&T will now give up their customers to the RIAA.

Swiss police use Google Earth to bust marijuana farmers.

Michael Dell should have thought twice about trying a sales pitch after Vladimir Putin's speech at the World Economic Forum. To put it bluntly, he was pwned.

Every website was harmful this morning according to Google.

The oft-rumored Google GDrive was made official by leaked internal documents.

Make sure to avoid hitting deer when you're driving the Google Maps vehicle.

The EU may attempt to force Microsoft to bundle Firefox with Windows 7 in Europe.

The OS X trojan (not virus) reported last week was revamped and included in Photoshop CS4.

The year is 1983, and Steve Jobs is hosting a dating-game parody show in which Bill Gates stars. Hilarity ensues.

OiNK uploaders that were arrested last year will get community service instead of jail time.

Wikipedia may require "trusted" users to approve modifications to posts.


Wired poses the question: "Do Humanlike Machines Deserve Human Rights?"

While it may at first seem like a good idea, avoid the temptation to smuggle money in your Playstation.

Netflix has been accused of colluding with Wal-Mart.

If any Austin residents see road signs warming them about impending zombies, you have nothing to fear...yet.

Some people ride Jet Skis around the lake. Some people fly around on a water-powered jetpack.

In an attempt to bring all cloning horror movies to life, a UScouple has cloned their dead dog for the small sum of $150,000.

The USPS may shorten their weekly delivery calendar by removing Tuesday.

Overweight Comcast technician + utility pole owned by private company = chaos.

The Senate has signed a $49 billion energy stimulus plan. As expected, they approved the digital TV postponement until June 12. Sorry, Petzl. And they may require cell-phone manufacturers to make phones audibly click to indicate a photo has been taken (as has been the case in Europe for years).

Canon's employees in Japan are being encouraged to be fruitful and multiply.

3D pornography begs the question, "Why?"

Mozilla has donated $100,000 toward OGG development. Open source communities stick together.


Been training that brain using your Nintendo DS? Sadly, you're not getting smarter. You're just getting better at a game. And, as a gamer, you're more likely to "drink, ignore family, and have low self-esteem."

Noel Gallagher of Oasis has proved how passionate he is about being a musician; regarding rhythm-based games, he states, "Playing a guitar is not a f***ing videogame."

PC gamers playing Gears of War found out that their game's DRM expired. Why do developers let this happen? In any case, Microsoft assures PC gamers that it is committed to the platform.

A Batman: Arkham Assylum story trailer looks amazing.

A college course at UC Berkeley allows students to study Starcraft strategy for credit.

EA lost the lawsuit with the NFL Player's Union and will have to pay $28 million in damages.

Despite Midway's financial woes, more Mortal Kombat games are still on the way.

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fighter game is on the way. Check out the first screenshots.

Guitar Hero: World Tour outsold Rock Band 2 in 2008 2:1 (despite Rock Band 2 being a better game. Yeah, I said it). The February DLC for GH:WT has been announced as have the tracks for RB2. And RB2 owners who want the full GH:WT drumming experience can buy the drums February 15.

Hands on with Guitar Hero: Metallica.

DJ Hero is on the way in 2009.

A young boy attempted to buy Madden '09 but got a surprise instead (profane).

Wii Fit is attempting to become WiiMD.

Turok is as extinct as the dinosaurs he hunts.

Who wants a Final Fantasy XIII trailer?

Don King Boxing isn't a joke. Enjoy the ridiculous trailer.


Is your car a police favorite?

Get some Youtube enhancements via Greasemonkey scripts that dim the lights or automatically load the high quality version.

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05:35 AM on 02/01/09
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Great round up, once again.

Nice to hear they'll allow phones on planes :)

I got caught up in the harmful google thing, was very wierd
05:45 AM on 02/01/09
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A teenage girl held her parents hostage wielding two kitchen knives because her dad took away her cell phone.

Hahaha oh wow.

Comcast and AT&T will now give up their customers to the RIAA.


Some people ride Jet Skis around the lake. Some people fly around on a water-powered jetpack.

That is pretty cool, I have to admit.
05:51 AM on 02/01/09
I forgot how many posts I had.
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I love these.
06:01 AM on 02/01/09
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Final Fantasy XIII looks sweet
08:05 AM on 02/01/09
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This is my favorite roundup

Batman: Arkham Asylum looks awesome, I'm trying very hard not to get my hopes up for this one.
08:15 AM on 02/01/09
We shouldnt have abandoned dreaming
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Batman game looks decent.

Bout time wikipedia stopped letting imbeciles edit articles.
08:44 AM on 02/01/09
Dear Maria, Count Me Out!
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A teenage girl held her parents hostage wielding two kitchen knives because her dad took away her cell phone.

that girl needs a nice slap right across the face. i mean thats what my parents would have done to me if i stole money, then they would have taken my phone. fuck kids with phones, go ride a bike or something, seriously
09:17 AM on 02/01/09
kiss kitty on the lips
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I know firsthand about Comcast partering with the RIAA. They shut down my internet for a day in December alleging filesharing. It's pretty shitty that they are doing this though, I think that everyone hates the RIAA.
09:19 AM on 02/01/09
Tonight I'm Burning Star IV
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That girl threatening her parents over her cell phone is messed up.

Great round up.
09:26 AM on 02/01/09
In awe of the size of the moon
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It was a Fannie Mae employee who planted the virus, NOT Fannie May. Big difference
09:37 AM on 02/01/09
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Comcast and AT&T will now give up their customers to the RIAA.

09:47 AM on 02/01/09
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Oh my god, I need that sidekick...
09:48 AM on 02/01/09
Forget your compass and scars.
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Wow. Ha about the Nazi Zombies.

And that hostage girl with knives. That's scary stuff.

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