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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

Tech News for 6-24-09

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Before purchasing a product or service, most Americans research the item online. Several of the top reviews found during their research usually include articles by bloggers, though most Americans do not realize that many of these so called “reviews” by bloggers are actually compensated recommendations. This practice of companies paying bloggers to positively review their products and services has caught the eye of the Federal Trade Commission… Continue reading

Tech News for 6-17-09

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

Using GPS for driving directions might be a good idea, but for driving directions to a home you have to demolish might not. According to Consumer Reports, a house in Carrol County, Georgia was demolished by accident when a wrecking crew was misguided by a GPS device (oops!).

Intel is beginning to target the smartphone processor market with it’s new version of the Atom… Continue reading

Tech News for 6-10-09

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Worried that your family member with Alzheimers will walk to the store and forget where he/she is? A shoemaker and technology company, GTX Corp., is developing shoes with an embedded GPS tracker so that the family members of an Alzheimer’s patient can located their loved one in an emergency.

Have you ever read the Terms of Service for your Google… Continue reading

Why Call it Windows 7?

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Now, because I’ve been running a lot of info on Windows 7 a few questions are bound to spring up. How much does it cost? Will my old programs work with it, etc. However, the biggest query that fills my inbox is always “Why is it called Windows 7?”

With so many different versions of Windows throughout Microsoft’s course, where’s the sense? We had Windows 3.0, 3.1, 95… Continue reading

Windows 7 Release Date

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

News around the fire has been limited to speculation about when the new version of Windows, simply called “Windows 7”, will be available for public consumption. We’ve all been hearing a “sometime this fall”, generalization, but yesterday Microsoft finally came clean.

Clear your calendars, for October 22nd, 2009. That’s when you’ll be able to buy one of Windows 7′s six different SKUs. Here’s a breakdown… Continue reading

Tech News for 6-2-09

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009


The Church of Scientology has appeared in the news once again:
Wikipedia has informed the church that they will be banned from posting and editing the online encyclopedia’s website after several pro-scientology edits have been made to articles from the church’s computers, which is a violation of Wikipedia’s terms of service.

The media giant, Time Warner, is legally separating from America Online (AOL)… Continue reading

The Rosetta Disk

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

File this one under news, but put a sticky note that says ”Awesome” on it! Take a look at the picture below, if you will, and try to take a stab at what you think it might be.

Is it a closeup of some new-fangled super fabric? Maybe it’s every Clint Eastwood movie being played simultaneously on a towering wall of televisions! Whatever it is… Continue reading

The .tv Domain Name

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Domain registrar and hosting company Go Daddy.com sells all sorts of domain extensions like .com and .org for their customers to suffix with, but have you ever heard of the extension .tv? No, it doesn’t stand for television, although that would make the most sense. The .tv extension is actually for the islands that comprise Tuvalu, a small independent country not too far from Fiji.
Why do I… Continue reading

Trek Tech

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Excuse me while I nerd out for today. Thursday marks the release of the Star Trek movie reboot, and while I’m a mite apprehensive about the film itself, I think that the plethora of tech articles out there that showcase Trek technology are just too good to pass up! It’s amazing how much real life has grown to emulate science fiction, and Gene Roddenberry’s classic series, one that has… Continue reading

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