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Technology Round-Up (03-01-09)

Posted by: Lueda Alia (03/01/09)
Head to the replies to read and discuss all news surrounding technology this week.
 
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04:11 PM on 03/01/09
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it's funny, when you look in the replies and nothing is there...
04:12 PM on 03/01/09
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Thanks to Chad for putting this together! If you would like to contribute, feel free to email me.

Technology Round-Up
Mobile-related

A 14-year-old girl who refused to stop texting in class then "hid" the phone in her butt crack was arrested for the behavior.

One comic dealt with fears of joke stealing by smashing an audience member's cell phone.

Some advice to manufacturers: don't call your phone the Quickfire if it is prone to overheat if the charger is plugged in wrong, and don't claim your phone is indestructible and expect people not to shoot it.

Apparently, children who text (even in that language that's unreadable to most adults) actually develop better reading skills.

Is your crotch draining your cell phone's battery life?

A Chicago Bears fan was hit with a $27,788.93 cell phone bill after he streamed a game on his phone from a docked cruise ship.

Some streetlights in Germany will only turn on once they detect the presence of a cell phone.

Mozilla and Skype officially support jailbreaking an iPhone as an exception to the DMCA. Probably because neither of their applications are likely to be approved with full capabilities through the official App Store.

Speaking of Mozilla, Firefox Mobile will be able to sync tabs with your desktop Firefox.

Personally, receiving STD results via text message is a little too much. Though I guess faster results are a good thing.

For any guys looking for proposal ideas, stay away from the iPhone Proposal App. Unless you want her to say, "No!" and possibly cry at your ruining the big moment.

TrapCall is a new service that offers to reveal anonymous phone numbers. Invasion of privacy or fair access? Contributed by popdisaster00

It appears that T-mobile will offer a $50 unlimited talk plan for "loyal customers" who have been onboard for at least 22 months. Tack on unlimited data too for a reasonable $35 more.

Most smart phones will get Flash 10 support by 2010. "Most" does not include the iPhone.

17 cell phone manufacturers agreed to a single charging standard: micro-usb (not mini-usb). Apple is not one of those companies so again, the iPhone is an exception. Contributed by my girlfriend, Amy

One very clever guy was able to put Windows 3.1 on a Nokia N95 (your Tech Round-up author is tempted, but he can't read Polish).

Check out a video of the touchscreen Nokia N97.

Android phones will join the Guitar Hero club soon.

LG may be releasing a 12-megapixel phone as well. Unfortunately, it will still be an LG phone. The company also displayed a beautiful phone with transparent keys.

Hands on with the Samsung OmniaHD reveals its 3D interface will be quite sexy.

Got a Palm OS based phone but want to pretend you have a Palm Pre? TealOS may be your $15 solution.

Using the iPhone card-counting application in Vegas is not recommended (unless you like broken kneecaps from angry mob bosses).

The Presidents of the United States of America has released their music through an App Store application rather than through iTunes (saving purchasers a lot of money). We're talking $2.99 for four albums.

Your iPhone may help you get out of a parking ticket.

The South Park application for the iPhone was shot down by Apple's App Store approval team.

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Computer-related

Lots of Facebook news: The Chief Privacy Officer has made the claim that "you own all your data" in response to growing fears after a privacy update that was consequently reversed. A town councelor was suspended after pictures of him posing as a Nazi at a party were found on his account. An office worker was fired for calling her job "boring". And 5,585 sex offenders have been booted since May.

A professor who testified on behalf of the The Pirate Bay and jokingly said to send his wife flowers as a 'thank you' was heard to the sum of more than €4,100 from various supporters. And a spokesman for TPB has made the claim that 80% of torrents on the site are legal.

A software pirater from Texas has been been sentenced to jailtime and harsh fines. Moral of the story: don't sell pirated software.

Universal Music's Australian branch leaked U2's latest album.

Visit Recovery.gov to see where that $789 billion in stimulus money is going. In other government-related news, President Obama's Antitrust Chief nominee sees Google as having a monopoly on internet advertising.

Ever wonder why hackers pick certain websites? The answer may be surprising.

Though Windows 7 has already proven netbook-capable, Balmer has confirmed a light version specifically for netbooks. 36 feature changes have been announced thanks to feedback on the beta. And at least one executive believes the OS will be shipping by September.

Irony notice: Microsoft.com is among the list of sites incompatible with IE8.

Italian criminals use Skype to get around wire-tapping.

Dell and Intel have sued Psion, the company that owns the patent for the term "netbook".

A nasty virus is traveling around the 'net that disables your CPU fan and consequently can cause your computer to overheat and potentially damage your processor.

As a sad encouragement to people who squat on domain names, Toys 'R Us has bought Toys.com for the cool price of $5.1 million.

People who purchased an AMD Phenom II X3 can unlock the hidden fourth core.

Not for terrorists' eyes: see the damage a nuclear explosion would do using a tweaked version of Google Maps.

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Electronics-related

Research reveals that the internet and video games are rewiring kids brains.

Blueprints and security details of President Obama's helicopter are floating around P2P networks.

I've heard of cost-cutting, but charging to use the restroom on an airplane? Submitted by my mom (jokes to a minimum, please)

Chicago's mayor dreams of surveillance on every street in Chicago.

A brilliant cop attached an ankle monitor to a fake leg.

Buyers beware: broken merchandise purchased from Circuit City's liquidation sale cannot be returned.

Frustration with the DTV transition led one 70-year-old man to shoot his TV. I wonder if it works better now.

A 21:9 widescreen TV from Phillips
is actually being manufactured (and is really expensive).

Microsoft accidentally overpaid some severence packages and asked to have the money back, but changed its mind to avoid further backlash.

HP employees in the UK get to choose between a 5% pay cut or layoffs. How many are willing to roll the dice?

The Author's Guild has justified their concerns about Kindle's text-to-speech capabilities. Amazon has decided to leave capability of the feature up to publishers. Meanwhile, the voice behind the feature has been revealed. And a larger-screen Kindle 3 may arrive later this year.

Comcast intends to have 65% of the US covered by 50mbps broadband by the end of 2009.

Safely escape earthquakes with a cool robot.

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Game-related

Sweden's Youth Concil has condemned World of Warcraft as "more addictive than crack cocaine" following a boy's death after 24 consecutive hours of gameplay.

Do you suffer from the new medical disorder, "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis"?

Microsoft defends their decision to ban a lesbian Xbox Live user who mentioned her sexual orientation in her profile.

A pornographic movie based on Left 4 Dead titled Left 4 Head? No, it's not a joke. [NSFW]

California's violent game law has been ruled unconstitutional. Gamers rejoice.

Watchmen: The End is Nigh has been dated and priced.

Check out a trailer for the game based on Dante's Inferno.

Rock Band has a Stevie Ray Vaughn album for DLC and a single from No Doubt this week.

Instead of being happy about videogame music sales, Wired reports that the "music industry hates Guitar Hero".

Apparently, Sony still cares about the PSP. Rock Band PSP is one of the mobile titles the way.

The Playstation 3 may have a truly great exclusive title in the form of Killzone 2.

Sony's PSN network has hit 20 million users, approximately twice as many as Xbox Live. Yet they earn less money from it without subscription fees. Playstation 3 users, would you pay for the online component?

F.E.A.R. 2 was reviewed quite well.

American McGee (who has one of the coolest names ever) is working on a sequel to his classic Alice in Wonderland game.

Street Fighter IV is on the way to PC this summer.

Nintendo is releasing yet another controller. Meanwhile, a guy has fused a DS with an old NES controller.

Check out some hilarious clips of Japanese players playing Super Mario 64 with some quirky rules.

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Tips/Tricks

iPhone users can stream full episodes of some CBS shows using their data connection or WiFi.

Watch one Hulu ad at the beginning of the movie/show instead of multiple ads throughout.

Need to study for a test but can't find any flash cards? Cramberry can help you out.

Manictime logs which programs you use and how long you use them for.

Cnet published a nice list of Microsoft Office shortcuts.

Maxto provides easy split-screen for Windows.

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Contributed by: CyberInferno

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

Thanks for checking out the technology roundup!


Please direct any comments or suggestions to cyberinferno@gmail.com (or post them in the replies).
04:14 PM on 03/01/09
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it's funny, when you look in the replies and nothing is there...
My internet connection is slow at the moment.
04:16 PM on 03/01/09
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it's funny, when you look in the replies and nothing is there...
dont be a dick to her. why the hell are you in such a rush anyway?
04:17 PM on 03/01/09
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that girl hiding her phone in her ass is hilarious,o those clever high school kids
04:20 PM on 03/01/09
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Best post-link headline: It's not always about money; sometimes hackers just hate you.

Nice job on the roundup, it successfully stopped me from trying to hide my phone in my butt crack.
04:23 PM on 03/01/09
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Chicago's mayor dreams of surveillance on every street in Chicago.

I saw one of these on a streetlight in downtown Chicago last night...had a blue flashing light on it with the camera underneath, kind of weird
04:26 PM on 03/01/09
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Thanks for putting this together, nice addition on the "Round-Up" posts I think.
04:34 PM on 03/01/09
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I heard about the Windows 3.1 earlier this week. It's actually pretty cool. My buddy is pretty sure his dad can upload AutoCAD on a N97.
04:34 PM on 03/01/09
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LOL @ the WoW snippet. That's bad.
04:36 PM on 03/01/09
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dont be a dick to her. why the hell are you in such a rush anyway?
i was just kidding man, pull the stick out of your ass...I've just never seen a thread saying look to the replies for details and there's nothing there, so i want to post something...
04:36 PM on 03/01/09
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My internet connection is slow at the moment.
it's all good. love this thread by the way
04:40 PM on 03/01/09
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Frustration with the DTV transition led one 70-year-old man to shoot his TV. I wonder if it works better now.

I lol'd.

Also, the option to watch a long commercial before stuff on hulu is awesome.
04:41 PM on 03/01/09
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was there one last week?
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