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Google Earth 6.0 and Google Body Browser

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

November 29, 2010.
Google Launches Google Earth, version 6.0.

Google Earth has come a long way since its inception in 2005. It still maps the earth by satellite and aerial photography, but it’s not all about the earth anymore. Now you can take tours of sites on the moon that are narrated by Apollo astronauts, go diving in an… Continue reading

Chromium OS

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Russ asks:

What is Chromium OS? Is it an operating system that can be used by an average computer user without knowledge of programming, just the average guy who uses Windows?

Russ, as an average (or perhaps below average) guy who uses Windows, what I can tell you is that the answer to this question has been difficult for me to understand… Continue reading

Tech News for 08-11-10

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Access Multiple Gmail Accounts
Do you have more than one Gmail account? I know I do: One for personal use, and another which I use when I register for a website (to ensure my personal email is not spammed till the end of time). Previously, Gmail accounts have only allowed users to access a single account at a single time when using the same web browser. Last… Continue reading

Wave Goodbye, Google Wave

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It appears this horse never got out of the stable. Google Wave, Google’s real-time communication app that allowed the input of live text, dragging and dropping of images and more, all in your web browser, has been killed off quietly.

Here’s part of the announcement from Google’s Official Blog:

“…when we launched our developer preview of Google Wave, a web

Tech News for 07-14-10

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Facebook, the popular social networking platform, has purchased Nextstop, a site which provided user added lists of interesting things to do in locations around the world. During the announcement of the purchase, Nextstop stated that they would be shutting down the service on September 1. Those currently using the service have two months to continue using Nextstop and will also have the ability to export the… Continue reading

Tech News for 06-30-10

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Last week the iPhone 4 made a well known entrance into the world, with 1.5 million devices being sold on the first day of its availability. But almost immediately after the release, consumers began to report problems with the device, relating to the loss of cellular reception when holding the bottom left corner of the phone in a certain way. As more users began to report this issue… Continue reading

Tech News for 06-23-10

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

Remember when IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov in May 1997? IBM is ready to challenge human knowledge again with their supercomputer named “Watson”. Watson will complete against human players in the game of Jeopardy, although it does have a tendency to crash or answer a series of questions incorrectly. The supercomputer has already completed against humans in IBM’s development environment, but there are… Continue reading

Tech News for 06-15-10

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
Last week, a group of hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to 114,000 iPad users, including some high-profile users such as Mike Bloomberg and Janet Robinson. The FBI even opened an investigation into AT&T and the security breach to determine if there was any wrong doing. The cellular carrier stated this week that it plans to work through legal channels to prosecute those hackers who located a vulnerability in

Tech News for 06-09-10

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

AT&T has removed their older iPhone data plans and replaced them with lower-priced but lower-capacity plans. iPhone users, as well as smartphone users, now have the option between two data plans: A 200MB plan for $15 per month or a 2GB plan for $25 per month. AT&T stated that they introduced these lower data plans because a vast majority of their smartphone users fit into these… Continue reading

Tech News for 05-26-10

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Google TV: Late last week, Google announced their new upcoming product: Google TV. Google TV will be a platform which combines television and the Internet, allowing you to quickly access your favorite websites from the comfort of your couch, view content from YouTube and other media websites on your television, and also navigate and schedule your cable television channels. Google TV will be built using Android and Google… Continue reading

Tech News for 05-19-10

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Google will discontinue selling the Nexus One, their Google Android Phone, on their website; instead opting to partner with cell phone carriers in order to sell their phones inside brick and mortar stores. Google had originally planned to sell the Nexus One through their web store without a service plan, however, the search engine giant stated that customers want hands-on experience before buying a phone, and the ability… Continue reading

Tech News for 03-24-10

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

As many Internet users may know, Russia is one of the hotspots for spammers and fraud online. Well, beginning on April 1st, the Russian government has plans to change that. From that date forward, those who register a .ru domain, which is the top-level domain allocated to the country of Russia, will be required to provide a copy of their password for verification of their identity. Russia hopes… Continue reading

Tech News for 03-17-10

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has released a Internet speed test service to assist customers in comparing their actual Internet speeds to the speeds advertised by their broadband Internet provider. In preparation for the National Broadband Plan, a program by the FCC to ensure that all Americans, including those in rural regions of the country, have access to broadband Internet. The Internet speed test and information… Continue reading

Tech News for 03-10-10

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Apple announced on Friday that customers will be able to purchase the Apple iPad on April 3, with pre-orders beginning on March 12. However, it was also noted that the 3G model may not be available until the end of April. Steve Jobs announced the device on January 27 during his keynote speech, but has since stated that the iPad will not support tethering, even though the iPhone… Continue reading

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

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