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Google Earth flips the script on what you can see

August 27th, 2007

Many are familiar with Google Earth. With it, you can view the world in a revolutionary way, from what is essentially an astronaut’s point of view. Now, Google has decided to flip that camera around, announcing "Sky." The countless hours that are potentially wasted playing around the world can now be used to view the …

Finnish boy fined for YouTube video

August 26th, 2007

Careful what you put in that comment line. A Finnish student took a video of his teacher singing karaoke at a school function and posted it on YouTube. Not a big deal, under most circumstances, right? However, the comments the student made while posting it suggested the teacher was crazy, and that led to legal …

Pac-Man style game delivers electric shock, tells scientists stuff

August 26th, 2007

Ignore for a second that someone would actually volunteer to be shocked on purpose. But hey…it’s science, right? Scientists from the UK took these volunteers and had them play a Pac-Man-type game in which a blue triangle (you) gets chased by a red dot (not you). As you make your way through the 2-D maze, …

AT&T preparing to launch parental controls

August 25th, 2007

Those with high bills based on text messaging can finally relax. Effective September 4, parents will be able to purchase AT&T Smart Limits, giving them the ability to regulate their children’s voice and data usage. The tool will allow individuals to set usage limits, allocate minutes (finally) among various users on the family plan, set …

Playstation 3 to record TV…but possibly only in Europe

August 24th, 2007

Those that have Playstation 3’s have probably also delved into the world of TiVo, or at the very least, some DVR that you got with your sat or cable service (I hate you, Comcast.) So, while the need to have your PS3 record TV isn’t a necessity, it is definitely one of those additions you’re not …

YouTube to incorporate “overlay ads”

August 22nd, 2007

It’s a bit of a catch-22 of sorts. Ads suck, but when someone buys YouTube for $1.76 billion (and happens to be King of Ads), you can expect some advertising to come along with that pricetag. The good news is, though, that unlike many video providers, which air 15 or 30 second ads before the …

Apple signs iPhone agreements with three European carriers

August 21st, 2007

It looks as if T-Mobile in Germany, Orange in France, and O2 in the U.K. are going to be future iPhone resellers. The operators are set officially to announce the partnerships at the IFA trade fair in Berlin at the end of August, but not without a caveat: the carriers must hand over 10 percent …

Paramount and Dreamworks Animation: We choose HD-DVD

August 21st, 2007

Just when you started to hear the ole Mortal Kombat "Finish Him!" in the background, HD-DVD surprises yet again. Paramount and Dreamworks Animation have both chosen to exclusively support HD-DVD, sending Blu-Ray fanboys into an official tizzy. Not a big deal, you say? Namely, two huge movies this year will now be HD-DVD only: Transformers and Shrek …

Speech-to-text message service coming to Alltel

August 20th, 2007

In a striking display of British ingenuity, UK based SpinVox Ltd. has signed Alltel Wireless onto its speech-to-text message service. With the new service, one will receive their voice messages as text messages on their mobile handset. Additionally, the company confirms that it is in talks with one of the top four US carriers. With …

New, slimmer PSPs hit Amazon.com

August 20th, 2007

Seemingly first out of the gate, uber-site Amazon.com has posted the new, slimmer PSP in 3 flavors on their website. In addition, they’ve set the release date for September 10th, which is only a couple short weeks away. Looking for a surprise here? There really isn’t one…like many things that companies do nowadays, this is simply …