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Texts keep you posted

December 28th, 2007

  It’s an annoyance to keep checking a site or your RSS reader every now and again to stay on top of the latest news, right? Instead, wouldn’t it be great if you could just receive a text message every time it’s updated? It’s Web-Alerts.com, and what it does is let you punch in a …

Facebook and Match.com team up to get you stalked

December 19th, 2007

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 …

FireWire = Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

December 18th, 2007

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 …

T-Mobile acquisition approved by SunCom shareholders

December 18th, 2007

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. …

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

December 17th, 2007

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 …

iPhoners be afraid, be very afraid…maybe

December 15th, 2007

  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 …

kwiry is a dumb novelty, or maybe not?

December 14th, 2007

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 …

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

December 14th, 2007

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? …

Exchange and Outlook for iPhone?

December 14th, 2007

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 …

Belkin understands your HDMI dysfunction

December 13th, 2007

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 …