viernes, 31 de diciembre de 2010

What Was the Biggest Internet Outage of 2010

If anything, 2010 was the year when our reliance on web technology went through the roof.

And as our usage went up, so did our expectations of uptime and reliability -- as evidenced by the near-panic that set in as these 10 services went (temporarily) down.


University To Banks Stick Your Censorship

It feels as if everyone has told bankers where to get off in the past couple of years.

Thats certainly the case with a letter written by Cambridge University, though this time its not a criticism of irresponsible lending and investment. Instead Britains banks have been told to go whistle after demanding that a students thesis be censored.


Interval refiles lawsuit against Apple Facebook Google

Interval Licensing took a second shot at its dismissed lawsuit with an updated filing.

The Paul Allen-owned company's new complaint still accuses Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix and others of infringing on e-commerce patents but now includes specific, claimed examples of how the companies allegedly copied Interval's technology. In Apple's case, Interval cited the iTunes Store's album purchasing view as a primary example.......


Hackers obtain PS3 private cryptography key due to epic programming fail video

The 27th annual Chaos Communication Conference already hacked encrypted GSM calls with a $15 cellphone, but there was a second surprise in store this morn -- the souls who unlocked the Nintendo Wii's homebrew potential (and defended it time and again) claim to have broken into the PlayStation 3 as well.

Last we left the black monolith, Sony had won a round, forcing the community to downgrade their firmware for any hope at hacking into the console


Clunky 1996 Space Jam site shows how far the Internet has come

Is it really possible that the 1996 animated adventure Space Jam represented state-of-the-art filmmaking? And that we were wowed by the movie's now-primitive site?


Who Wins and Loses Under the FCCs Net Neutrality Rules

With its rules on network neutrality, the FCC has protected the current state of the Internet, left the future of the web unregulated and punted on most of the challenging issues that lay before it -- from requiring wireless networks to be open to allowing managed services.


jueves, 30 de diciembre de 2010

ProPalestinian Flash Mob Banned from YouTube VIDEO

YouTube unceremoniously removed the video in question, saying it was subject to a copyright challenge by WMG (apparently, the Warner Music Group).

See this link for the brief message from YouTube. The group of activists who assembled the Brentwood flash mobs, the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee, is now questioning the video's removal. As organizer Colleen Kelly points out, there are close to 1,000 YouTube videos showing flash mob-type pe


Intel Why a 1000core chip is feasible

Intel engineer Timothy Mattson tells how the company's 48-core Single-chip Cloud Computer could theoretically scale to 1,000 cores.


12 Totally Awesome Photography Apps For Your iPhone

To save your time that would otherwise be spent on searching for these apps, we listed down few wonderful gems for photography fans.


Spied previously unseen Sony Ericsson iHalloni

Shots purporting to be a of a previously unknown Sony Ericsson phone, thought to be codenamed the �Hallon�, has had its spy photos taken by what is apparently another yet to be announced Sony Ericsson handset thought to be the �Anzu�.

The shots have been uploaded by a Picasa user who appears to have posted them as part of a series of test shots with the Anzu, an 8-megapixel phone with a model number of LT15i. The Anzu is reportedly the successor to the X10, and was originally expected to be labeled the X12 but may now go by the...


Top 25 Greatest Internet Memes of 2010

This was an amazing year for memes.

From Sad Keanu, to endless auto-tune remixes, to people making fun of the real-life events of human beings in peril (or going insane) or even just harmless image memes that made all of us smile, here are the 25 greatest internet memes of 2010.


Government plans to pry into your privacy if you send any money overseas

In regard to the funding of the 9/11 attacks, some of the money transfers should have triggered scrutiny under the Bank Secrecy Act reporting requirements.

Yet transfers of $10,000, $20,000 and $70,000 did not send up red flags.


miércoles, 29 de diciembre de 2010

2010 in Review The Year the Internet Went to War

It was a year without parallel.

Threat Level's bread-and-butter themes of censorship, hacking, security, privacy, copyright and cyberwar were all represented in tug-of-war struggles with unprecedented outcomes.


Putin to put Russian government on Linux by 2015 Computerworld

Russia's prime minister orders government agencies to move to open-source software by 2015.


LG to unveil passiveglasses 3D TVs at CES

LG today continued with a string of pre-CES introductions by showing a new TV range that could eliminate many of the headaches of 3D.

The LW6500 uses passive glasses instead of active and, combined with new 3D film on the LCD, is much easier to accept for 3D. They produce a brighter, more flicker-free image that reduces the crosstalk from the two parts of the stereoscopic image, improving the actual end result.......


Report PlayStation Phone Coming in Spring 2011

Sony's long-rumored PlayStation Phone could soon become a reality.

The company will launch a device blending the features of a PlayStation Portable and cell phone in the spring of 2011.


Foursquares Dennis Crowley Location Will Connect Us

Foursquare is tiny compared to emerging location giants Google or Facebook.

But when it comes to location-based services, Dennis Crowley is viewed as one of the few people who can look into the future and see the redefinition of Internet and web services based on location.


iPad 2 Rumor RoundUp This Time Its Thinner Quicker More PhotoFriendly

We know the iPad 2 is coming -- now there are enough rumors to give us a shape to the idea and hints about what it'll be like.


martes, 28 de diciembre de 2010

Pirate Apple App Store Innovates With Reverse BitTorrent TorrentFreak

Pirate Apple App Store Innovates With Reverse BitTorrent | TorrentFreak


Who Will Be the Next Mark Zuckerberg

Will one of these five entrepreneurs be the next baby faced internet billionaire?


1TB Platters Will Lead to Much Bigger Hard Drives in 2011

We're still waiting for solid state drive pricing to fall to pedestrian levels in terms of price-per-gigabyte, but in the meantime, those capacious mechanical hard drives just keep getting bigger.While the industry tries to sort out booting from large capacity hard drives on the desktop, it's the notebook segment that stands to really benefit from 1TB platters.

According to the IDC's figures, some 22 percent of notebooks already sport 500GB hard drives, while 500GB models are expected to account for 35-40 percent of total 2.5-inch shipments in 2011. As the year goes on, look for 640GB, 750GB, and 1TB hard drives to show up in high end laptops, DigiTimes says.


Putin Loves Linux Orders Government Transition to Open Source

Meanwhile, in Russia�

If Google translate is to be trusted, a Russian publication has claimed that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has signed an order to transition the technological power structures and the federal budget to free software� starting in the second quarter of 2012.


TSA Status Site Tells Whether Your Airport Actually Uses Their Body Scanners

The Transportation Security Administration has installed the new "backscatter" screening machines in many airports, but a good number of them aren't actually used yet.

One helpful site is compiling reports on which airports are still using X-ray/metal detector combinations.


Netbook pricing may be getting desperate to combat iPad

Netbook prices are dropping to the point where cost is increasingly the only factor in trying to stave off tablets like the iPad, industry observers said Monday night.

Using prices in the netbook field's Taiwanese home turf as an example, a 10-inch, single-core ASUS Eee PC had been cut to a relatively low $288 to create a wider price gap with tablets while most others were down to $339. Even attempts by ASUS to keep features up weren't working in Digitimes' checks, as the dual-core Eee PC 1015PEM was still down to $407.......


Microsoft Tablet Aimed at Fighting IPad Faces Long Odds Bloomberg

Microsoft Corp .

Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer , said to unveil new software for tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, will face skeptics who say his company wont soon narrow Apple Inc .s iPad lead.


lunes, 27 de diciembre de 2010

iPhone app to help disabled kids speak through photos

An iPad and iPhone app was reported near launch today that could help children with cognitive disabilities speak through their handhelds.

VirtualVictor should help those with the rare Pitt Hopkins Syndrome and similar developmental limits communicate by using audiovisual notes. Parents can snap photos and record sound clips that, together, let children communicate by association rather than having to speak or write.......


Dr Sciences Troll Column PIC

Never ask Dr.

Science about the legalities of music piracy. He offered to swing by my pad to help me out and instead rolled up with six feds. Fucking guy.


Android in space Google Nexus S sent 60000ft above Earth and it still works

It's official - there are little green men in space.

Disappointingly the aliens are not from another planet but were launched from Earth by Google to test the outer limits of their new Nexus S phone.


Apple patent reveals plans for holographic display

Television and cinema screens that produce holographic images without the need for special glasses are being developed by computer giant Apple.


Body Armor with Batteries Scientific American

Patent No. 7,805,767 - Youd never catch Iron Man lugging around seven kinds of batteries.

But thats exactly what U.S. Army squad leaders are required to do on 72-hour missions. The batteries, which can weigh a total of 16 pounds, are used to power radios, GPS systems and night-vision goggles.


Majority of LateTwentysomethings Use Cell Phones Only

Cnet is reporting that the latest survey of 17,619 households by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has resulted in some surprising results regarding phone usage. For the first time, the majority of adults in their late 20s are more likely to use only a mobile phone at home. In all, 51% of those age 25-29 did not have a landline at home. Landlines just aren't hip anymore, apparently.

The numbers are also on the rice for those in other age groups. 40% of people in the 18-24 age bracket have left landlines behind. As you might expect, the rate of cell phone only homes drops significantly as age goes up. After age 65, only 5% of people said they lived in mobile only homes. The overall rate of households that used only cell phones was 26%, and another 16% said they talk all or most of their calls on their mobile phone.


domingo, 26 de diciembre de 2010

Driving the Mercedes FuelCell Car Video

Not many big auto makers are producing fuel cell cars, but that isn't stopping Mercedes-Benz, which has produced 200 of its F-Cell vehicles.

For this week's Green Overdrive show we take the F-Cell to the streets of Los Angeles.


Samsung Galaxy S Sales Soar to Nearly 10 Million Units

Samsung made a bold move when it decided to launch its Galaxy S smartphone on every major carrier.

The goal, Samsung said, was to ship 10 million units by the end of the year, and the company's nearly done it, InformationWeek reports.To date, Samsung says it's sold 9.3 million Galaxy S devices, an impressive number in its own right. But get this. The company's also sold more than 2 million Galaxy S phones in its home country of Korea, the first phone ever to record those numbers over there and eclipsing the iPhone 4, which has sold 1.8 million units.


How Disney Designed The Militarys Electromagnetic Launch System

This week we learned about an amazing new Navy (and NASA) electromagnetic launch system that moves a jet 240mph across a 300 foot runway.

What we didn't know is this ulta-advanced technology was developed by Disney. As in Mickey Mouse.


An iPhone Lovers Take On Windows Phone

Back in October, after the official launch of Windows Phone 7, I wrote up some initial thoughts after having played with a few prototype devices in the months leading up to the launch.

Many seemed surprised by my mostly positive reactions. It seemed to me at the time that Microsoft may have actually brought a gun to a gun fight with Windows Phone as opposed to a sword, or a knife, or a mop.
At the same time, I noted, Now they just have to run a


So You Want to Be a Computer Programmer

For whatever reasons, you believe that computer programming is the obvious career path for you.

Before you pursue that dream job though, let's imagine how things would be after a few years.


Pioneer Ships MultiFunction 3D Bluray Player

It might be easier to list out the features not included with Pioneer's new Blu-ray 3D players, but where would be the fun in that? First shown off the 2010 CEDIA Expo, Pioneer's BDP-430, BDP-41FD, and BDP-43FD are now shipping.

Here's some of what they include:Pioneer says its PureCinema technology will upconvert standard definition video sources to 1080p. Also included is 36-bit Deep Color support.


MegaUpload Dares RIAA To Sue Them

Yesterday, we reported on the RIAAs efforts to get Mastercard to cut off payments to MegaUpload.

Today, we have received an exclusive response from MegaUpload


sábado, 25 de diciembre de 2010

Someone Is Trading Stocks Based on Your Tweets

In the movie Minority Report, the government tried to predict future crimes by using a trio of pre-cogs who had visions of what was going to happen while lying in some kind of chemical bath.

Stock traders dont have that kind of setup yet, but they are doing everything they can to predict the future and that involves crunching every bit of data they can get their hands on, up to and including that tweet you just posted. The New York Times recentl


xkcd Incident

Where those sudo's reported incidents go ...


Airplane graveyard [PHOTOS]

Airplane graveyard [PHOTOS]


No BS Podcast 162 The MostlyAllRant Edition Part One

It's that time of the year again.

And by that we mean it's time for us to say, "So long, suckers!"We've got two very special All-Rant podcasts coming up, of which this is but the first. Gordon, Andy, and Nathan got together right before heading home for the holidays to record a brand-new half-podcast, in which much is discussed, including our great predictions for 2011, Windows on ARM, the Kobiyashi Maru, and a live, never-before-heard Rant of the Week. And then there's about an hour of the best of Gordon's Rants of the Week. Next week: more of this sort of thing!...


How have only 304 people watched this

How have only 304 people watched this?


GOODs Most Popular Infographics of 2010

A look back at the infographics that drew the most attention, on topics from happiness to Burning Man


viernes, 24 de diciembre de 2010

How Wikileaks killed Spains antiP2P law

Spain last night killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content.

The move was a blow to the ruling Socialist government, but it may be of even bigger concern to the US, which pushed, threatened, and cajoled Spain to clamp down on downloading. And Wikileaks can take a share of the credit for the defeat.

Known as the "Sinde law" (ley Sinde) after Spain's current cul


Digital Storm Launches NextGen XM15 Laptop with Optimus Technology

Digital Storm on Monday announced a "new breed of affordable laptops" the company pegs as ideal for a variety of multimedia apps and high performance gaming, all while intelligently sipping power.The new xm15 line utilizes Nvidia's Optimus Hybrid technology, which as you know by now is an effective way to extend battery life without any user intervention.

Nvidia's Optimus technology auto-switches between the integrated and discrete graphics chipsets based on what the task calls for, giving users a performance boost when needed.


Wireless Carriers Move to Fortify Phones From Attackers

AT&T has hired 13 Ph.Ds in the last six months to open a new lab in New York City focused on mobile security.

The researchers are working on technology that detects and blocks worms, viruses and other malicious software from reaching mobile devices. Verizon Wireless signed a marketing and distribution partnership with Lookout Inc., a mobile-security provider based in San Francisco.


Steve Jobs Named Person Of The Year

The Financial Times chose the moment in January when Jobs unveiled the iPad as the point when his and Apple's "rebound was complete".


Fujitsu ships Lifebook T580 convertible tablet

Fujitsu is now offering the Lifebook T580 convertible tablet PC for sale on its website.

The PC sports a 10-inch, 1366x768 LED-backlit screen with dual digitizer that can read a stylus and finger touch. A pre-configured version of the device sports a low voltage Core i3, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive preloaded with Windows 7 Professional and a six-cell battery.......


22 Amazing Illustrated Web Designs

Today we are showcasing some of the most amazing Illustrated Web designs which will make you say wow.

Designers are born to innovate and they leave no stone unturned to show their creativity. We are showcasing 22 beautifully Illustrated Web designs.


ChromeOS Is Googles Next Attempt To Redefine Computing Techicom

Now that the tech world has had some time to look at ChromeOS, Google's new stab at an operating system, there is a lot of skepticism about the worth and


jueves, 23 de diciembre de 2010

Do We Need FCCs Net Neutrality Order

Depending on your perspective, the FCC is set to vote on an Order that could change the face of the Internet�or keep it just as it is.


Craigslist cuts off adult services worldwide

Following the removal of its adult services section in the U.S. several months ago, the classified ads site has gone global with the shuttering of the controversial section.


Why You Should Buy Refurbished Computers

If you're afraid of buying used technology, when it comes to a factory refurb, there isn't much to fear.

Here's what you need to know.


Google wins legal battle over Android trademark

Google and a number of other companies have finally won an ongoing legal battle over the Android trademark.

The judge sided with the companies using Google's mobile OS and dismissed the infringement suit, which was originally filed by Illinois entrepreneur Erich Specht.


Meizu M9 hits China early still takes cues from Apple

Meizu on Saturday began shipping the M9 to China a few days ahead of its original Christmas deadline.

The purported iPhone clone is already in the hands of first buyers and has already received some early tests comparing it to other Android devices. It runs an 800MHz processor, not 1GHz, and as a result scores above the Nexus One with Android 2.1 but trails the Google phone with 2.2 as well as the Samsung Galaxy S and Motorola Droid X.......


Sony seeing Reader sellouts worldwide

Sony in a pair of updates today said that its new Reader line was selling well enough that it was facing sellouts worldwide. The two higher end models, the Touch Edition and Daily Edition, are likely to run dry before Christmas. The company wouldn't give numbers but said to CNET it was selling in the "millions" much like Amazon's sales....



The Worst Gifts Ever

Handerpants (underpants for your hands), dangerous laser pointers, dancing pet speakers and razor blade soap are among the worst gifts you could give � or get.

Even a lump of coal would be an upgrade.


miércoles, 22 de diciembre de 2010

5 Ways to Save Google TV

Google TV is postponing its coming out party at CES, according to the New York Times, with manufacturers from Sharp to Toshiba holding of on device unveilings.

Google reportedly wants to spend more time on improving the product - and we go some unsolicited advice.


CBC News Money US net neutrality rules approved

A divided U.S.

Federal Communications Commission approves new rules meant to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with internet traffic flowing to their customers.


AOL Acquires Aboutme 4 Days After Official Launch

Splash-page startup has been acquired by AOL for an undisclosed sum.

The company went from stealth project to acquired startup in just a years provides users with tools to create colorful profile pages that connect to and pull in content from their social media sites much like competitor The startup began letting users reserve their names and pages in September and only officially opened its doors on December 1


Motorola Wants Ban Hammer Dropped on Xbox 360

The International Trade Commission in Washington is investigating a complaint by Motorola against Microsoft and will decide whether or not to ban imports of the Xbox 360 game console, Bloomberg reports.It all started when Microsoft filed a lawsuit in early November accusing Motorola of shenanigans with its patents used in the Xbox 360.

According to Microsoft, Motorola breached contractual obligations made to standards organizations for "reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions" for patents dealing with wireless and video-encoding technologies. Microsoft described the patent royalties as "wholly disproportionate to the royalty rate that its patents should command under any reasonable calculus."...


Can Oracle Beat HP

Last week, Oracle stepped out and started trash talking HP big time.

Essentially, it said that HPs servers simply couldnt compete and while IBMs could, Oracles hardware would easily beat both. This would have been much more powerful if Larry Ellison hadnt been quoted just the day before saying We Cant Be Successful if We Dont Lie to Customers.�


Did Star Treks Tricoder Predict the Future of Wireless Video

With five billion subscriber connections worldwide, mobile has emerged as the largest technology platform in human history.

Kara Swisher asks HP and Qualcomm CEOs what's next. Is the 'Tricoder' coming soon?


martes, 21 de diciembre de 2010

Android 23 Gingerbread Source Code Released

This morning, Google released the source code for the newest Android platform update, Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

The source code is available from the Android Open Source Repository now. Engadget reports that Google is asking interested parties to wait several hours to download the new code to balance out server loads.�Android 2.3 is the software version shipping on the new Nexus S that launched yesterday. Now that the software code is open, ROM modders will be hard at work incorporating it into their ROMs. The ROMs that have so far been made are ports from the Gingerbread SDK, and tend to be very slow. Additionally, now that the code is open, many hardware manufacturers will start working on their phone updates in earnest.


Google Book Data Shows The Resurgence Of The Geek

Geekery was popular in the early 19th century, but its heyday began in the 1980s.

That's just one conclusion to be drawn from a fascinating new tool from Google.


Hennessey Venom GT Breathes Fire On The Dyno video

You've followed it for years, seen the official teasers, the reveal, and even watched Jay Leno give it the once-over.

Now you can see the Hennessey Venom GT breathe fire on the dyno in this brief video. Why, exactly, does it shoot three feet of blue flame out of its exhaust, you ask? Good question...


Ernst Young Faces Fraud Charges WSJcom

New York prosecutors are poised to file civil fraud charges against Ernst & Young for its alleged role in the collapse of Lehman Brothers, saying the accounting firm stood by while the investment bank misled investors about its financial health.


Google PowerMeter tracks home electricity via WiFi

Google signs on the makers of PowerCost Monitor to track electricity data either through a dedicated monitor or Google's PowerMeter Web application on PC or smartphone.


20 of All Peak Traffic Due to 35M Netflix Data Hogs

We already knew that Netflix streams about 20 percent of peak data traffic.

But you might be surprised just how few Netflix subscribers it takes to push that much data: One analyst estimates just 3.5 million users might be responsible for one-fifth of primetime data traffic.


lunes, 20 de diciembre de 2010

Google sued for showing underwear on Street View

A Japanese woman sues Google for emotional distress after images of underwear on her washing line appear on the site.


Firemint Real Racing 2 out now for iPhone and iPod touch

Firemint has released Real Racing 2 for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The eagerly anticipated iOS title brings 16 player online racing, which is a first for the platform. The second-generation game features 30 highly detailed cars including the 2010 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500, the 2010 Nissan GT-R and the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C. Its career mode alone offers gamers over 10 hours of gameplay.......


Photographers Are NOT Terrorists

If you plan to be out-and-about in public with a camera, or give a camera as a gift, know a photographer's rights.

Even in this fear-filled world where everything might be considered suspicious activity, remember...being a photographer is not equal to being a terrorist and photography is not a crime.


How to pronounce ASUS Video

A-suh-ss? Ah-sue-ss? As-ses? Nope, all wrong.

We've been informed by ASUS that its head honcho has recently set a new rule in an attempt to rid our frustration, so what used to be "Ah-seuss" is now "A-seuss" (or "Eh-SUS" according to Taiwanese phonetics, as pictured).


Hate Blue Screen Of Death Here Try Another Color

Nobody likes to see a BSOD or Blue Screen of Death on Windows.

So how about a red one?


Rube Goldberg Goes Virtual In This Interactive Installation

A giant puzzle machine that mixes digital and real.


domingo, 19 de diciembre de 2010

Has social media made you a narcissist

Narcissism is no longer considered a clinical disorder.

In the age of Facebook, is that really surprising?


Smart phone rivalry plays out in patent suits

Competition among smart phone makers is heating up at retail, in advertising and, increasingly, in the courtroom as handset and software makers wield patent lawsuits to protect their turf and slow down their rivals.


ImageTranslating iPhone App May Just Blow Your Mind

Translating technology has come a long way since Babblefish.

A new iPhone App called Word Lens combines augmented reality, real-time translation and character-recognition software that will have you heading to that Mexican restaurant you always wanted to try but couldnt read the menu.


Rumor Best Buy in Hot Water for Selling Phones Too Cheaply

If you wander into your local Best Buy store hoping to walk out with Motorola Droid 2 Global, or Droid Pro, you could be in for disappointment. According to Engadget, Verizon is mightily displeased that Best Buy knocked to two-year contract price of the Droid 2 Global and Droid Pro down to $100 and $50 respectively. This reportedly violated an agreement the company had with Verizon.

All the units of these two phones are being pulled from shelves now, and Verizon won't even activate them even if you could get Best Buy to sell you one. If you ask Best Buy, this is being called a "recall". How civil. We can understand Verizon's desire to keep the price on new phones higher, but they rake in more money from the two-year agreement than they ever would from the upfront price. So what if Verizon stores miss a few sales? Something seems fishy here. Anyone care to guess at just what is going on?...
Rumor Best Buy in Hot Water for Selling Phones Too Cheaply


How Connected Devices and Consoles Compare [INFOGRAPHIC]

As 2010 draws to a close, were finally starting to see new and improved connected devices for bringing streaming content to the living room hit the market.Devices like Roku, Boxee Box and Apple TV all promise an affordable way to bring online content to your TV, while consoles like the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii are continually updated to support more programming options like Netflix, Hulu Plus and more.

As more and more devices gai


Notion Ink Adam gets working demo proves fast

Notion Ink has released a demo video of its Adam tablet in response to a request from Android Police who were keen to see the interface working live, rather than just in rendered demos.

The video shows Notion Ink CEO Rohan Shravan putting the Eden UI and its multitasking panel engine through its paces. Up until now, it has also been thought that the Adam tablet will be running Android 2.2 , although the clip hints at the possibility of the device shipping with Android 2.3 as it refers to the utilization of the Android 2.3 framewo......


sábado, 18 de diciembre de 2010

Is Twitter really worth 37bn

The news that Twitter is now worth, on paper at least, $3.7bn has left some observers shocked.


Automated Road Trains More Than Cars Less Than Robocars

Automated vehicles are coming.

That's for sure. But until a computer can really be trusted with the lives of everyone on the road, ...


Paramount Bringing Enhanced Movie Apps to Windows Phone 7

Paramount has announced that it will release 10 new apps for Windows Phone 7, each one will be a so-called "enhanced app" for a particular feature film. These apps will be built on Microsoft's Silverlight technology ad will include the full feature length film. The forst apps out of the gate will be School of Rock, Zoolander, Waiting for Superman, and GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. More movie apps will be launched in the near future.

There are still some unknowns. First and foremost it price. Paramount has not announced how much they will be charging for these apps. Second, we don't know if the content in this app will be usable on any other devices, or with a larger screen. The apps appear to only be for playback on the phone, but could perhaps be expanded to other platforms in the future. If the apps are too expensive and rigid, we can't see this being a sustainable method of content distribution.
Paramount Bringing Enhanced Movie Apps to Windows Phone 7


Sony Ericsson delays Yendo Walkman handset until February

Sony Ericsson has reportedly delayed the launch of its Yendo handset, which was originally slated to arrive in the UK and other markets by November.

The company now plans to release the device in February, citing unspecified issues with the handset's software. Sony Ericsson representative Ben Padley confirmed the delay in comments to the Dutch site NieuweMobiel.......


Will All That Money Make Twitter Too Serious

Updated: An interesting thing happened on Wednesday, after All Things Digital reported Twitter had closed a giant round of funding led by Kleiner Perkins Caulfield Byers, which values the micro-blogging network at close to $4 billion.

The story contained the full text of a blog post from Twitters CEO Dick Costolo but the version All Things Digital originally posted is significantly different from the one that is currently on the Twitter blog. Th


How Facebook Hauled in a Record 2 Billion This Year

The company's explosive potential begins to rear its head


BMW Burns their Logo into Viewers Eyes

With a flash, the BMW company has come up with a novel new advertising technique that literally burns their logo into the viewers eyes.

Locating a flash unit behind a movie projection screen, their logo is brightly flashed onto the screen near the end of this motorcycle ad. Viewers only experience a quick unidentifiable flash, but when the ad finishes and viewers are instructed to close there eyes, the logo appears in their vision� and slowl


viernes, 17 de diciembre de 2010

Lets Be Careful About Calling This a CyberWar

Terms like cyber-war have been used a lot in the wake of the recent denial-of-service attacks on MasterCard, Visa and other entities that cut off support for WikiLeaks.

But do these attacks really qualify? An analysis by network security firm Arbor Networks suggests that they dont, and that what we have seen from the group Anonymous and Operation Payback is more like vandalism or civil disobedience. And we should be careful about tossing around t


Barnes Noble no Android Market on Nook mum on 22

Barnes  Noble no Android Market on Nook mum on 22

Barnes & Noble tonight offered a quick correction on talk of the Nook Color's Android 2.2 update. The company didn't comment on the plans for 2.2 but said it would still run a curated app model for the e-reader, where Barnes & Noble filters what apps are allowed. No formal updates have been made public for January, though the book chain normally details Nook updates shortly before they go live.......


LG working on B handset with superbright IPS display

LG is reportedly developing a new handset, codenamed "B," that appears to focus on display brightness as a primary feature.

Leaked images of the device, posted on Phandroid, suggest the handset's display outshines the iPhone 4 and Galaxy S.......


Made in the USA Manufactured in China

Made in the USA (Manufactured in China)


Mac App Store to open on January 6

Speaking through a press release, Steve Jobs said, "The App Store revolutionized mobile apps.

We hope to do the same for PC apps with the Mac App Store by making finding and buying PC apps easy and fun. We can't wait to get started on January 6."


Is Yahoo Shutting Down Delicious

We've been hearing rumors about this for a week and now former Yahoo employee Andy Baio has just tweeted out the above Yahoo! product team meeting slide that shows that Yahoo! is closing or merging, Upcoming, Fire Eagle, MyBlogLog and others, listed under the ominous


NPR Is Your EBook Reading Up On You

The technology that lets you instantly download new books to your Kindle, iPad and other e-reader devices can also tell manufacturers whether you stopped reading on Page 45. "Ultimately, this sort of thing scares the hell out of me," author Stephen King says.

Privacy advocates are also worried.


jueves, 16 de diciembre de 2010

Samsung Toshiba Acer readying Tegra 2based tablets

NVIDIA's Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip components are reportedly surging in popularity, as companies ready their next tablets to be introduced in 2011. Acer, Asustek, Toshiba, and Samsung are each developing tablets based on the platform, industry sources have told DigiTimes.......

Samsung Toshiba Acer readying Tegra 2based tablets


MechSteve Ballmer vs NaviSteve Jobs in latest video spoof

Banyan Branch, the social media marketing firm which last month attempted to see which smartphone device would last the longest on an EZ Grill, is back with their latest viral video.


YouTube Rolls Out YouTube Trends

Google has today announced the new YouTube Trends.

YouTube rends will be a destination site that has all the new and upcoming videos on the video sharing site. The goal is to present viral videos in a single place, so you don't have to wait for them to hit your email inbox of Facebook wall. Being Google, the whole thing will be algorithmically generated.YouTube Trends will include a twice daily "4x4" with videos from the algorithm along with content from video curation sites. There will also be a blog with in-depth examination of the videos and their associated memes using YouTubes data. Users will also have a new dashboard with exploration in mind.


Tech Industrys 12 Biggest Rumors In 2010

We take a look back at the biggest rumors of the year... and what actually came from them.


New Jailbreak May Make Your iDevice MORE Secure

A German security consultant is set to unveil a jailbreaking exploit that actually makes iOS more resistant to malware attacks.


Exclusive Twitter Raises 200 Million at 37 Billion Valuation

Twitter has completed its latest round of funding--$200 million at a $3.7 billion valuation--with Kleiner Perkins as the lead investor, according to sources familiar with the situation.


miércoles, 15 de diciembre de 2010

The Year of Chatroulette How the World Used Google Search in 2010

How we search tells us a lot about who we are and the times we live in.

We look at the top search queries of the year.


Cuba launches its version of Wikipedia

Cuba has begun its own online encyclopedia, similar to Wikipedia, with the goal of presenting its version of the world and history.


The Worlds Facebook Relationships Visualized [PIC]

This is what the world looks like, according to the Facebook social graph.


World of Warcraft Cataclysm Shatters Record for FastestSelling PC Game Ever

Azeroth may be in shambles, but we're happy to report that the real-world natural order has been preserved.

Which is to say that a new World of Warcraft expansion came out, and people bought it. How many people? All the people. Within its first 24 hours on shelves, Cataclysm ravaged 3.3 million PCs, soundly trouncing former record-holder -- and previous link in the aforementioned Natural Order -- Wrath of The Lich King's 2.8 million. According to Blizzard, that makes Cataclysm the fastest-selling PC game of all time.� ...


The Carol of the Bells Played on iPads

For Christmas this year the folks at North Point Community Church in Georgia wanted to mix things up a bit.

Using borrowed iPhones and iPads, they formed an iBand� and performed the traditional bell choir song The Carol of the Bells� using only the Apple devices. Merry iChristmas!


Exploding Droid 2 Didn039t Was Dropped Says Moto

Exploding Droid 2 Didn039t Was Dropped Says Moto

You may remember the flurry of interest in the apparent exploding Motorola Droid 2 last week. A user claimed that while talking on his Droid 2, the device's glass screen blew outward, cutting his ear. After some investigation, Motorola has told PC Magazine that this phone does not appear to have exploded at all. Rather, it was dropped. They surmise that the user did not notice the glass around the earpiece had been make sharp by the aforementioned dropping.

It's hard to say why this story had such legs. It might just be that we're all secretly wondering if our phones are out to get us. No one is saying the consumer was intentionally trying to mislead anyone. Perhaps he just jumped to conclusions. Moto's investigation pointed out that the only components in the phone that could explode, would render the device unusable, but this phone still works. It is not unheard of that a battery could be damaged and go up in flames, but there is nothing volatile near the earpiece.�...


A Day Spent Without My Arm I Mean My Phone

If youve used a smartphone � like an iPhone or an Android, or one of the newer BlackBerry devices � for a long time, heres a challenge: go for a day or two without it, and see how it feels.


martes, 14 de diciembre de 2010

Author Slams eBook Piracy Son Outs Her As a Music Pirate

As part of an article investigating the growing phenomenon of eBook piracy, a Scandinavian news outlet interviewed a 19 year-old self-confessed pirate who bragged about his activities.

To counter his viewpoint a well known author contributed to the piece, stating that she abhors book piracy since it costs her huge amounts of money. However, her moral stance took a bit of a beating when her son let an embarrassing fact slip out.


Bench That Gaming Rig Futuremarks New 3DMark 11 Explored

Futuremark released the latest version of 3DMark. We've taken the new benchmark for a spin using CPUs from Intel and AMD as well as GPUs from AMD and NVIDIA.

The new version, dubbed 3DMark 11 (in reference to its level of DirectX support, not the upcoming year) includes a fresh set of tests, a game demo sequence, and measures CPU performance rather differently than its predecessor, 3DMark Vantage.


Inside Anonymous tales from within the group taking aim at Amazon and Mastercard

Though it sounds like a coordinated organisation, the reality is that it's more like a stampeding herd - and members are fearful of standing up and being counted.


HP unveils xSeries consumer desktop LED monitors

HP is revamping their consumer monitor lineup, offering five new LED backlit models collectively called the x-Series.

The new monitors increase energy efficiency by up to 43 percent, offer 250 nits of brightness and a 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio at sizes ranging from 20 to 27 inches yet only about one inch thick.......


Five Best Personal Media Streaming Tools

Streaming video or music from services like YouTube or Pandora is great for sampling a wide variety of stuff, but sometimes all you want is media from your own collection? Here's a look at five great solutions for streaming your personal media.


The Rise And Hopeful Fall Of Gawker Gizmodo

For a goodly amount of time, Gizmodo had been a tech news site in the traditional� sense of the word. It featured specs, photos, tear-downs and reviews of upcoming consumer electronics. It favored the big companies � Apple, Microsoft, Google, Motorola, etc. � but it still had a lot of bleeding edge information about the tech world. To read it today, one would not recognize it.


Jenga for iPhone iPod touch and iPad out now

Natural Motion has launched Jenga for the iPhone and the iPad. Of note is that the game features input from the designer of the original physical game, Leslie Scott. The game uses real-time 3D physics simulation to recreate the behavior of a real wooden Jenga tower. As in the real world, each block is affected by the surrounding blocks requiring the gamer to apply the same strategies that they would in the original game.......

Jenga for iPhone iPod touch and iPad out now


lunes, 13 de diciembre de 2010

Electronics Inch Closer to Clothing as the Top Christmas Gift

Remember the days when nearly all of your Christmas gifts were clothing or accessories.

Sure, there were a few household appliances sneaked in there, perhaps cologne or perfume, and an occasional piece of jewelry, but aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, and parents would fill the underbelly of the Christmas tree with sweaters youd never wear and underwear that sort of felt uncomfortable getting as a present.


Apple quietly drops iOS jailbreak detection API

Apple apparently has thrown in the towel, quietly dropping in iOS 4.2 an API that was intended to discover if the OS had been compromised and jailbroken.


This week on TechRadar

It's all been a bit Android crazy this week, with Google revealing the Nexus S and detailing Android 2.3.The new phone is made by Samsung and features a whole host of next generation technology, including a 4-inch Super AMOLED display , a 1GHz processor and a front facing video camera for video calling, although third party software is needed.


Mad Dash for more Smurfberries have parents fuming over Smurf Village purchases

Youngsters are playing free-to-download apps such as The Smurfs and then racking up bills of up to 100 buying items like Smurfberries.


New WWF Green PDF File Format Blocks Users From Printing

A new file format developed by the World Wildlife Fund is a simple but potentialy paper-saving twist on the PDF: It's literally impossible to print.


domingo, 12 de diciembre de 2010

HandsOn With Google Nexus S

We check out the first phone running Android 2.3


Apple iPad 2 Wishlist

With rumors starting to circulate this week regarding Apple's next iPad, we can't help but dream about what features it might include.

Could cameras, a new design, and more be in store?


Only Six Percent of Americans Use Twitter

It only feels like everyone's tweeting


Look Who I Ran Into Picz

Digg's new CEO Matt Williams has made waves since taking over the position nearly 3 months ago.

While out and about in Los Angeles yesterday, he ran into a Digg user... me!


Why Most Hardware Specs Are Total Bullshit

To measure is to know, said Lord Kelvin.

But as marketing departments get more and more creative with their published specifications, what we're left measuring�and by extension, knowing�about our gear is increasingly worthless.


FDA Says Wicked Lasers Manufacturing Process Stinks

You may remember Wicked Lasers as the company that will sell you a laser with an emitter that looks like a lightsaber hilt. Oh, and the laser is strong enough to destroy your eyeballs, but that's still safer than a real lightsaber. Safe is a relative term though, and the FDA is the agency responsible for determining what is safe. The agency has sent Wicked Lasers a letter saying that it "disapproves the quality control and testing program for all laser products." Bummer.

The company now has the customary 15 days to refute the claim, ask the FDA for a reasonable exemption, or explain how it has fixed things. Wicked Lasers will also have to provide the FDA with a list of all the products they sell in the US. These high-power lasers are technically legal, but the import situation has always been a little shady. This action could be the first step in government action to ban the devices. They were previously on "import alert" delaying shipments.�...
FDA Says Wicked Lasers Manufacturing Process Stinks