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Secret smoker outed by Google Maps

June 22nd, 2007

  It’s not rare that many people Google themselves. In fact, you can find out some pretty interesting things about yourself that way. Rarely would you expect, though, that pictures of you standing outside your office grabbing a secret smoke break would enter into the equation. Kevin Bankston, outed by a search Google’s "Street Maps" …

Vista more secure than OSX and Linux?

June 22nd, 2007

  Before you read too far into it, note that the Security Guy that wrote the report is actually a Microsoft employee, but it still creates a decent amount of questions for those trying to abuse Vista and its potential security pitfalls. And regardless of how jaded you might thing the author may be, it’s …

RIM attempts to patent “garage door” keyboard

June 21st, 2007

  People that are into smartphones are pretty passionate about what they like. Treo users swear by their touchscreen. Blackberry users by their trackwheel/ball. Will iPhone users swear by their on-screen keyboard? Speculation abounds about the viability of extensive use of such a keyboard, and RIM may be toying with a possible solution. In a recent …

Court rules that your e-mail is private

June 21st, 2007

It’s probably safe to say that the majority of people type e-mails with reckless abandon and rarely think about how the government would feel if they read them. Of course, it is probably also safe to say that most of us don’t write anything they’d want to read anyway. In a landmark decision, fought for by the Electronic …

Annoyed by your buddy’s ringtone? Wait until you stop by their house

June 20th, 2007

  For nerds like us, the only thing more annoying than the default ringer (which is REALLY annoying, for the record…take a second and change a setting, why don’t cha) is the played out "hot-new-song." What if it weren’t just their cell phone, but their doorbell that rocked you out to Gym Class Heroes or …

YouTube on iPhone

June 20th, 2007

The mysterious 12th iPhone application button has been revealed. It is YouTube. According to Steve Jobs, "the iPhone delivers the best YouTube mobile experience by far. Now users can enjoy YouTube wherever they are-on their iPhone, on their Mac or on a wide screen TV in their living room with Apple TV." Videos posted after Apple’s …

AT&T sneaks in $10/mo Broadband

June 20th, 2007

There will be a day when low-tier broadband will plummet in price, and be, say, $10/mo. Oh wait…that day is here. Apparently, as part of the purchase of Bell South Corp, AT&T had to enter into an agreement with the FCC that it would provide super-cheap broadband for its customers. While this DSL is their lowest tier …

Microsoft agrees to change Vista search

June 20th, 2007

After getting dragged into the Department of Justice by Google, who claimed that the Vista Desktop Search was such that it discouraged any 3rd party search options from being a realistic alternative for users, Microsoft has now jumped at a compromise. According to the agreement, Microsoft will include the option to integrate the desktop search …

Zune to get MTV, VH1, CMT content?

June 19th, 2007

It’s always impressive when the tenacity of a fan shows up in full screenshot goodness. People dig through new OS versions looking for new potential firmware futures, and even .dll’s are up for scrutiny lately. One Zune fan, digging through the device’s desktop software, uncovered what looks to be Zune Marketplace support (in the future) …

New WiFi distance record: 238 Miles

June 18th, 2007

  I have a friend who’s all excited that he got his WiFi network powerful enough that it reaches all corners of his home. Me? I’m excited that mine works on my couch, when it’s based in the bedroom. Imagine the pride felt by Ermanno Pietrosemoli, a researcher in Venezuela, when he accomplished what no …