Facebook and Match.com team up to get you stalked

By on December 19, 2007 at 7:30 AM.

Facebook and Match.com team up to get you stalked

In case the world of Internet strangers wasn’t scary enough, Match.com has now added a new feature to their service, called Little Black Book. Clever name, and definitely out-of-the-box thinking. With it, Match.com members can be linked through Facebook with other singles looking for love. And, as expected, it will also hook you up with singles on Match.com, but who might not be on Facebook’s social network. Not revolutionary enough? How about this…your friends and family can team up to create a profile for you in an effort to get you a date. Now, the world of getting fixed up has extended to your Internet. Sure, it requires your approval, but we envision that sinking-heart feeling when you get a "request for approval" on your Facebook page signaling your friends’ and family’s desire to set you up with strangers in some kind of weird inter(net)vention. Pass.

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FireWire = Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

By on December 18, 2007 at 10:36 AM.

FireWire = Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Apple named it FireWire, but Sony preferred i.Link, so we suppose neither liked the boring standard name IEEE1394. Then again, who cares what it’s called, the important thing is the IEEE1394b standard is getting a boost to 3.2 gigabits per second with a new electrical specification called S3200. You can’t deny that’s quite a jump from the current 800 megabits per second. But that’s not all folks, because the 1394 Trade Association has just begun to open the goodie-bag. Anything eSATA or USB 2.0 can do, S3200 can do better. And why stop at covering your computer in S3200 compliant cables, when you can do it with your TV. Apparently the new specification is set to take over the realm of HD, and move signals further and at better quality compared ordinary HDMI cables. We’re game!

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T-Mobile acquisition approved by SunCom shareholders

By on December 18, 2007 at 7:52 AM.

T-Mobile acquisition approved by SunCom shareholders

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Regional carrier SunCom Wireless, famous for Harry Connick Jr.’s stunning marketing voice and "Worryless Wireless," officially passed a hurdle in its effort to be acquired by T-Mobile USA. The SunCom / T-Mobile merger agreement, announced on September 16, 2007, was passed by a majority of SunCom (NYSE: TPC) shareholders and is now awaiting FCC approval. SunCom expects the buyout to be completed by April 2008. In the meantime, since T-Mobile’s preliminary BlackBerry Pearl 8120 launch date is February, take advantage of the regional goodness and pick up a SunCom BlackBerry Pearl 8120 — the first US GSM carrier to offer it–while you can.

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11th Grader knows more than the teacher, gets punished for it

By on December 17, 2007 at 1:01 PM.

11th Grader knows more than the teacher, gets punished for it

We don’t feel bad or look down upon people who aren’t as tech-savvy as the folks who read this site. We actually feel bad for people who, because of their ignorance, actually take it out on those that are savvy. The latest case-in-point is a teacher who gave a student detention for using Firefox instead of the usual Internet Explorer in class. In spite of trying to explain to the teacher that he was doing nothing wrong, the teacher punished him anyway. Make the jump to see the letter that went home to his parents…

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iPhoners be afraid, be very afraid…maybe

By on December 15, 2007 at 11:49 AM.

iPhoners be afraid, be very afraid…maybe

 

If you have an iPhone and you love your mobile internet, you might want to start crossing your fingers or invest in cellular voodoo spells. According to Arbor Networks, you’re very likely to meet a hacker through your phone sometime during 2008. But before you start thinking that it’s just the voice of a hater, this claim is backed up by the director of security from nCircle Security (seriously, what’s with all the lowercase first letters?). They say that going after the new big thing, such as the iPhone, is basic hacker mentality, and the new SDK developer’s kit will just help hackers hide malware in the flood of 3rd party apps coming soon. The iPhone has already been proven vulnerable through a bug in the TIFF images, so a fast spreading malicious worm isn’t an implausible scenario. And just when you had stopped believing in the boogeyman, the scare stories just get that much more real.

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kwiry is a dumb novelty, or maybe not?

By on December 14, 2007 at 2:21 PM.

kwiry is a dumb novelty, or maybe not?

When we first heard about kwiry, a text message service meant for helping you to remember things by letting you text your email, we scoffed, and then said "novelty" out loud in a patronizing aristocratic voice. Your phone already offers you a bunch of different ways to make small memos, not to mention that you can find dozens of applications online with the same purpose. You can even use your phone for email and send yourself one if you want to be sure you get your message at home. So why in the world would anyone think twice about this? Writing a text message is easy. For most people, texting is a fast and common thing, and that might just be the difference from actually bothering to write something down or not. The icing comes in form of versatility, since kwiry offers a couple more services. You can get your texts as RSS feeds, let your friends get emails as well, and you can even share everything via Facebook and iGoogle. Yeah, we know it sounds a bit too much, but as long as it’s only the price of free + your normal text charge, it might have a useful purpose. Anyone willing to give it a go?

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Canadian dude opens mailbox to C$85,000 cell phone bill

By on December 14, 2007 at 11:59 AM.

Canadian dude opens mailbox to C$85,000 cell phone bill

You hear horror stories about carriers offering "unlimited" data plans, only to find that they aren’t exactly unlimited. Most are surprised with a bill that’s a couple hundred dollars. But Piotr Staniaszek, an oil worker in Alberta, Canada, got the surprise of his life when is bill read somewhere in the neighborhood of C$85,000. Wtf? Turns out, he used his unlimited plan to tether his phone to his laptop, which Bell claims is a violation of the plan’s, uh, unlimitedness. They’ve since reduced the bill to C$3,400, but that’s still a crazy amount for a guy who, quite frankly, probably needs the internet just to get through some grueling, cold days. And nights.

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Exchange and Outlook for iPhone?

By on December 14, 2007 at 8:12 AM.

Exchange and Outlook for iPhone?

It gets out that Pharrell has a gold iPhone, and on the same day it looks like Apple is testing the waters for Microsoft Exchange and Outlook for the iPhone. Is that a coincidence? Don’t make us laugh; we most certainly don’t think so. Apple has posted a job listing for a "motivated, highly-technical Exchange test/sync engineer with excellent problem solving and communication skills", whose ”focus will be testing Exchange and Outlook functionality with Apple’s innovative new phone". Maybe Apple heard the late night panting and moaning from executives who want a corporate-friendly iPhone? We’re not certain, but it doesn’t seem too unlikely since Apple has a penchant for wanting their very own thing, which is a problem for everyone who doesn’t just own iEverything. Corporate America falls into that category, and really doesn’t want to be without their trusty Microsoft applications. This way, they might not have to be. 

[Via AppleInsider]

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Belkin understands your HDMI dysfunction

By on December 13, 2007 at 10:55 AM.

Belkin understands your HDMI dysfunction

You thought you were pretty slick when you bought that 42" plasma TV a couple of years ago, huh? Yeah, it was expensive, but you were the envy of every Monday night-football-watching-friend everywhere. But see, then those friends went out and bought a better model that was way less expensive than yours. Now you’re left with the problem of having only one HDMI port on the screen, and you’re not hip enough to use a receiver. What’s a man to do? Luckily, Belkin has come out with a 2-in-1 HDMI switch that allows you to have two devices plugged right in. It will also prevent you from looking like a monkey juggling HDMI cables behind the TV every time you want to get your Blu-ray on. It’s only $54.99 and comes with a remote so you never have to get out of bed and disturb the cats. Never disturb the sleeping cats.

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W00t, indeed

By on December 12, 2007 at 7:15 PM.

W00t, indeed

The only thing funnier than l33t speak, is when people write about it who have never used it before. The extravagant lengths through which people go to explain each term is hilarious. Granted, not everyone knows what each word or phrase means, but c’mon…if you’re going to give a l33t word an award for being a "word of the year," at least pretend that the word is commonplace enough that you don’t need to explain it to the nth detail. Anyway, congrats to the word "w00t," winner of this year’s Merriam-Webster Word of the Year. It replaces 2006 winner "truthiness" of Stephen Colbert fame, and beat out other words, such as "facebook" (as a verb), "quixotic", "hypocrite", and "blamestorm". Unfortunately, none of these words will be added to the dictionary anytime soon, something that we’d really w00t about.

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Sprint WiMax coming in early 2008?

By on December 12, 2007 at 6:51 AM.

Sprint WiMax coming in early 2008?

  

Looks like Sprint is buckling up to spread the joy of mobile WiMax in Q1 2008. First it’s going to be a customer trial, then they gear up for a full commercial launch in Q2. They are already planning a soft launch within a week for employees in Chicago, Baltimore, and Washington D.C, then from there they’d obviously expand the coverage. Sprint promised to run trials on the network by the end of this year, and by running this soft launch they’re able to uphold the self-imposed deadline. The Xohm, as the Sprint project is called, has been highly anticipated in the industry because of its speed and network reach. We’re suckers for widespread connectivity, so get a move on it Sprint, we’re excited to see how this develops, and we’ve already put some popcorn in the microwave. 

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YouTube wants to pay you for your upload

By on December 11, 2007 at 6:24 PM.

YouTube wants to pay you for your upload

Just when you thought that the draw of YouTube was to create your own content and get free press out of the deal, Google’s video service just upped the incentive. Launching the YouTube Partner Program, the video giant will actually pay you to produce compelling content. The requirements seem simple: create original videos, own the copyrights, get them viewed by thousands, and live in the US or Canada. Sounds easy, right? Of course, few seems to have the regular prowess to get thousands of people to check out each upload, but hey, at least YouTube is interested in the little guy. Sure, some of their partners include Universal Music, Victoria Secret, and the NBA, but smaller contributors are also on their payroll, including everyone’s favorite Chocolate Rain guy. Think you’ve got what it takes? Make the jump to apply.

[Via Download Squad]

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New home theater PC goes with your wall-mounted TV

By on December 11, 2007 at 3:21 PM.

New home theater PC goes with your wall-mounted TV

Media center PCs are definitely chic. And, for those that don’t have huge hardware requirements in their PC use, new options that are more visually appealing are moving to the forefront. Enter the new HTPC concept from Omaura, called the TT line. This line further pushes the "looks first" policy that seems to take most of their products by storm. No pricing (or even plans to actually make the product) has been announced, but if you take a click through their website, like many trendy things, it doesn’t look like it will be cheap. If money isn’t the kind of thing that concerns you, this could be the perfect marriage of sleek looks and I-don’t-want-to-get-up-and-walk-into-the-other-room computer laziness.

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