Archive for January, 2009
  • Internet Explorer 8 RC1 now official
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 6:38 pm
    Everyone's favorite Internet Explorer 8 left the "beta" stage as of noon today and is now official Internet Explorer 8 RC1.  According to the IE development team, the browser is feature complete.  The difference between beta 2 and RC1 really isn't that great at all.  One of the few areas that have been upgraded is the InPrivate Browsing feature which allows you browse "safely".  (As long as this option is checked, the browser will not store cookies, history, downloaded files, etc.).  St...
  • Voyeurism gets another knife in the back
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 5:21 pm
    Are you someone who enjoys taking pictures of unsuspecting people such as a middle school kid taking pictures of the teacher in class, only to alter them later and post them on myspace?  Sorry to say kiddies but your fun and games are soon coming to an end.  A bill that just been introduced in congress would make it a federal law that all camera phones must make a "click" or "shutter" sound when taking pictures.  The bill, the Camera Phone Predator Alert Act is but another form of the g...
  • WiFi blocking paint coming to an apartment near you
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 5:08 pm
    Inside any apartment building you can always find at least half a dozen Wifi networks, many of those open because the person who set it up doesn't know any better.  If the interference bothers you or your equipment, or you just feel like blocking those pesky signals, a team of researchers from the University of Tokoyo has finally figured out a way to block the higher frequencies of WiFi with paint.  For several years now, blocking cellphone frequencies and signals with paint was possible, ...
  • Sears: Don’t forget to recharge your Plasma TV
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 2:30 pm
    I guess Sears wants to start a competition with Best Buy on shoddy sales tactics. A Consumerist reader, "Anthony" recently bought a Plasma TV from Sears. He wisely turned down the extended warranty on the day of purchase and went home happy. A few days later a Sears salesmen called him asking why he chose Plasma over LCD and then proceeded to try and sell Anthony another warranty, a $300/3 year warranty. The reason? (more...)...
  • Multi-colored PSP’s coming soon
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 2:16 pm
    So that PSP you've had your eye on the last couple years hasn't won you over quite yet.  The last sticking point is that the PSP is too...well...too black.  Well, if you don't mind ordering electronics online that have no U.S. version and are feeling adventurous can soon take advantage of the Sony provided color induced explosion!  Sadly, these new colors don't currently have a U.S. release date, so, you're on your own if you buy one!   Source: Akihabarnews, Ubergizmo...
  • Lamb and Tuna fish go together like eBay and Skype.
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 2:09 pm
    You hear lamb and tuna fish and are instantly repulsed as the thought of the two tastes mixing in your mouth is enough to make you eat breakfast more than once.  Much the same reaction, although more of a "what were you thinking" coming from thought, reasoning and rationality inside your head.  eBay the once rapidly growing internet giant is not immune to the economic difficulties and is looking for any way possible to stop the bleeding of their profits.  Skype in and of itself is a great...
  • Sprint decides to trim some loose ends…8,000 ends.
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 1:48 pm
    So, you've been working at your job for 1,5, 20 years and they just let you go.  It's no secret the economy is in the toilet.  In your quest for a new job, I would advise against heading to your local Sprint store if that sort of thing excites you as Sprint themselves are laying off 8,000 employees by March 31st.  To further keep pennies in their piggies, Sprint is freezing salary increases, freezing 401(k) matching, and a freeze in tuition reimbursement.  Ouch.  Maybe there is a silve...
  • Get your sweety some pink tech this Valentines Day.
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 1:39 pm
    If your significant other is of the tech loving group, or, if they just like all things pink, Sony and Samsung have you covered. The previously released Sony Ericsson W350 is now available in a light pink tone that is sure to appeal to the ladies. It is a lower end handset so as not to confuse or overburden non-smartphone users. If you want to give something a little more sophisticated/feature packed, Sprint has a pink version of the Instinct now floating around as well. So which phone are...
  • New iMacs being delayed because of Quad-core issues…going to stay Dual-core?
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 11:06 am
    One of the biggest upgrades that has been rumored for Apple's iMac lineup is the move to quad-core processors.  The jump will bring pretty big performance increases in programs designed for multiple cores such as graphics software among others.  However, new information is starting to show that iMacs may stay dual-core.  Why you ask? (more...)...
  • LG VX9600 landing on February 22nd!
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 10:57 am
    The LG VX9600 previously mentioned with its detachable goodies and all is set to arrive on February 22nd at your local Best Buy Mobile and Verizon Wireless stores.  This modular phone is definitely a rarity in the market and its future is unknown.  What do you think?  Will this ship sail away a winner?  Or sink like a rock with all the attachments you have to carry in your pocket?   Source: Boy Genius...
  • RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie: Shoddy products are the “new thing”
    by Mike
    Posted January 26th, 2009 at 8:30 am
    In the time of increasingly complex smartphones comes the rise of for potential problems and bugs.  In order to combat the rise in problems, development usually starts getting longer and longer in order to release a perfect product.  In the wake of the Blackberry Storm's launch, chat forums around the world are  filled with bugs regarding the keyboard (now mostly fixed), software crashes, slowness, and other OS related problems.  Despite these problems RIM still made out pretty well an...
  • iBluetooth turns iPhone into file transferring beast.
    by Mike
    Posted January 25th, 2009 at 10:35 pm
    Besides copy/paste, what is one of the other most often requested updates to be included?  If you answered Bluetooth file transfers you would be correct.  Yes it's really here.  However, like all great revelations for the iPhone, jailbreaking is a must...Apple just loves their iron grip.  Who do you thank for this little feat of awesomeness?  MeDevil from iSpazio is the developer responsible for freeing up the iPhone just a little more.  Those looking to start swapping files will have ...
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