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Tech News for 03-03-10

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

The European Union’s Data Protection Directive has ordered Google to delete their Street View pictures after six months, because retaining the images for a year may violate privacy laws in the European Union. The Directive also ordered the search engine giant to give United Kingdom citizens more information and lead time regarding when its Street View cars would be in certain areas of the country to take photos… Continue reading

Tech News for 02-24-10

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Google has entered into another unexpected industry: electric utilities. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the search engine’s application to become a electricity utility, since according to the FERC, there were no real reasons to deny the application. Google Energy will be the brand used to develop opportunities to contain and manage the cost of energy for Google, which hints that the company will be using… Continue reading

Tech News for 02-16-10

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

A hard drive the size of a postage stamp? Sounds like science fiction, but according to a report from technology firm, Toshiba, it may soon become new technology. The company, through a partnership with Keio University in Tokyo, Japan, has developed the ability to create a Solid State Drive (SSD) the size of a postage stamp. Toshiba stated in the report that it expects to have a proof… Continue reading

Tech News for 02-09-10

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Paypal Holds India Payments
In a recent post on the Paypal Blog, the online payment processing firm announced that it has suspended personal payments to and from India, as well as transfers to local banks in India. The company has not provided an official reason for the suspension, but did state that their business partners and stakeholders had questions regarding their services to India users… Continue reading

Google Drops Internet Explorer 6 Support

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Q:
I heard Google is going to cut support for Internet Explorer Version 6. Is this true?

A:
Yes, sad but true. Beginning March 1st, 2010 those who are still running Internet Explorer 6, will have to upgrade their browser if they want to maintain functionality with Google applications such as Google Docs and Google Sites.

Google Apps Senior Product Manager Rajen… Continue reading

Tech News for 02-03-10

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

The announcement of Apple’s iPad by Steve Jobs has caused a major buzz in the computer world. Rumors regarding this device have been circulating for at least a year. However, you will be unable to purchase a iPad for at least three more months, mostly because Apple has yet to obtain authorization from the Federal Communication Commission. The iPad device looks like a large-scale iPhone, but… Continue reading

Tech News for 01-20-10

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Kodak and Nokia have filed separate lawsuits against Apple, the maker of the iPhone, claiming that the iPhone infringes on separate patents. In an announcement by Eastman Kodak last Thursday, the company stated that it had filed a lawsuit against the iPhone maker due to what it believed was an “infringement on a patent related to the previewing of images”. Kodak also filed a similar suit against Research… Continue reading

Microsoft at CES 2010

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

This year, when walking into CES, the first thing you see is Microsoft. The Microsoft “booth” was the size of a small warehouse showing off all of their new technology that will be front and center this year. Since there was so much of it, I decided to cover many of the technologies that MS showed off this year.

Microsoft Surface

MS Surface is… Continue reading

Tech News for 01-13-10

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Since the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) of 2010 concluded on January 10th, I wanted to use this article to cover some of the interesting gadgets that you might see hit the market this year.

Television technology has quickly expanded in the past few years to provide a better viewing quality and picture. Blue-ray is better than DVD and HDTV is better than basic TV. So… Continue reading

Tech News for 12-16-09

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

How secure and private is Facebook? Recently, Facebook implemented it’s new privacy settings to all of its 350 million users. Those who log in for the first time since these settings have been added will go through a quick wizard to confirm the privacy settings that you would like to use. However, many are asking “How private is Facebook?” as the default settings for user’s accounts set personal… Continue reading

Tech News for 11-11-09

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Windows 7 has arrived, and after only two weeks it is apparently selling better than Mac OS X 10.6. According to tech-website Ars Technica, Windows currently holds 92.52% of the market, Mac OS X holding 5.27 and Linux is growing with a 0.96 percent of the market. Even though Mac OS X 10.6 was released roughly three months ago and Ubuntu 9.10, the popular Linux distro, arrived last… Continue reading

Google Acquires eCAPTCHA

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

CAPTCHA:

A Captcha is a type of test used in computing wherein the response is not generated by a computer. The process involves a server asking a user to complete a simple test. It is described as a reverse Turning test, since it is administered by a machine to a human.

The image above is a CAPTCHA. Users can interpret… Continue reading

Tech News for 10-28-09

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

GeoCities, the popular free web hosting service which has been in existence since 1994, was officially shuttered on October 26th. Yahoo bought the service in 1999, allowing early web surfers to publish their own websites for free, causing the service to become a hit in the early Internet age when most other hosting options were expensive. All of the files and data on GeoCities will be deleted as… Continue reading

Windows 7 Whopper

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Just as a fun aside from your regularly scheduled programming. I was browsing around last night and came across an ad for Burger King Japan. Turns out that the world-famous restaurant chain is all excited about last week’s release of Windows 7 and are offering their special “Windows 7 Whopper”, which is comprised of seven 1/4lb beef patties totaling 1.75 pounds altogether.

Don’t… Continue reading

Tech News for 10-21-09

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

This week will be an important one for many Windows users as Microsoft officially releases their new version of the popular operating system, Windows 7, on Thursday, October 22nd. A rumor is also spreading about the possibility of Microsoft branded retail stores, which will sell Microsoft products such as Windows, Zune and Xbox. This is alluded to by an advertisement in the Arizona Republic that indicates a Microsoft… Continue reading

Tech News for 9-30-09

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

The Apple App Store downloads have hit two billion according to the computer company known for their Mac and iPod products. There are around 85,000 apps available on the Apple App Store; a number that could be higher if not for Apple’s strict app application process, which has prevented other companies like Google from publishing their “Google Voice” iPhone app in the Apple App Store. The firm also… Continue reading

Tech News for 9-23-09

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

For those of you who have seen the fake anti-virus programs, with names such as AntiVirus 2009, Vista AntiVirus, AntiVirus 360, you know they are definitely annoying and conniving. They pretend to find multiple “infections” on your computer and then prompt or require you to pay for an “upgrade” in order to remove the “infections”.The software is a complete scam. Instead of improving and updating its security software… Continue reading

Tech News for 9-16-09

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

The IEEE, an international professional organization that is known to set standards for computers and communications, has finally unofficially approved the 802.11n wireless LAN standard. Bruce Kraemer, the Chairman of the 802.11n Task Group, stated in an email, sent to task group members, that the 802.11n would become an approved standard by the IEEE. The Wi-Fi Alliance stated that it would be updating it’s Wi-Fi certification on September… Continue reading

Tech News for 9-2-09

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

On a surprising note: According to a report released by CWA (Communication Workers of America), the United States is far behind other countries in terms of Internet speed, ranking 28th, behind countries such as South Korea, Japan and Sweden. The average speed for the nation, 5.1 megabits per second is far behind South Korea’s average of 20.5 megabits per second and Japan’s 15.8 megabits per second. The country’s… Continue reading

Tech News for 8-19-09

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Apple will be releasing the newest version of their Mac OS X, OS X 10.6 named Snow Leopard. This new release will not be a complete overhaul, but instead update several different components of the latest version, OS X 10.5 which was named Leopard. The release is rumored to be August 28th.

Google is celebrating after moving up the ladder and becoming the… Continue reading

Tech News for 8-5-09

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Google CEO Eric Schmidt has resigned from Apple’s board of directors, stating that the reason was a “conflict of interest”. It totally makes sense with the announcement of Chrome OS, which will challenge Apple’s operating system, Mac OS X and Android which is currently competing against the iPhone. Apple also rejected the Google Voice app for the iPhone, which is a surprise, since the app was developed by… Continue reading

Tech News for 7-29-09

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

This week’s news may be filled with Microsoft, but with the release of Windows 7 and the news coverage that Microsoft is currently receiving, hopefully it is not too much of a surprise. Microsoft has announced that it has hit the Release to Manufactures (RTM) stage in the development of Windows 7, which pretty much means that Microsoft has completed their newest operating system. If all goes according… Continue reading

Tech News for 7-15-09

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

We all install Anti-Virus, Firewalls and Anti-Spyware software in an attempt to prevent hackers from stealing our personal information, but what if a hacker could figure out what you are typing by instead monitoring your physical keyboard. Two researchers for Inverse Path, a network security firm, have discovered a method to monitor a user’s key strokes on the keyboard by using a laser to catch the electrical keyboard… Continue reading

Gmail is (finally) out of beta.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Today is an exciting day in the world of Google.

As I’m sure many of you already know, Google is not just a search engine. For more than 5 years now, Google has offered web based services for email, documents, calendars and chatting. These services, called Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Google Talk, have been used by millions of people around the world, but there has always been… Continue reading

Tech News for 7-8-09

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Yahoo will be introducing a new data center in Lockport, NY, one that the company hopes will become the world’s most efficient data center. This facility will be powered mainly by hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls, completely use outside air to cool the servers and have a yearly PUE average of around 1.1 or better. The company also annouced that it hopes to reduce the carbon footprint… Continue reading

Windows 7 on the Cheap?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

One thing that has always irked me about Microsoft is their tendency to charge an insane price for something we’ll eventually be required to have. Each version of Windows only sticks around for so long before it’s necessary to upgrade, and at $200.00 plus a pop, it can seem a little too expensive for the average user.

Well, Microsoft might be doing something right this time… Continue reading

Holodecks are Here

Friday, June 26th, 2009

This is simply news for the geeks out there, and I just had to be the one to break it to everyone. Awhile back I did an article on “Trek-Tech”, or the technologies from the TV series “Star Trek” that have managed to become reality. I talked about the Bluetooth headset, personal communicators (cell phones) and a couple of other things, but what’s really exciting, what I’ve… Continue reading

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