May 24, 2010

Researchers Find Super Disc


A research team in Japan claim that they have a DVD that will hold 1000 times the amount of data as a Blu-ray disc, which holds 5 times the amount of data as an ordinary DVD. They have accomplished this by painting titanium oxide onto the disc that conducts electricity when put under light. There are no immediate plans to bring the discs to consumers but we expect it won't be long before the team finds an investor.

Via Physorg

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May 18, 2010

Quick Fix for Facebook Security

With all the recent security issues on Facebook of late, we almost would rather skip using it than risking our privacy. The Huffington Post claims that there are 50 settings and 170 options to wade through to make you feel secure. The have provided this nifty video to help you do just that with only a few clicks.

Via Huffington Post

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May 17, 2010

Movie Gallery To Close Its Doors


Another video chain appears to be biting the dust. Movie Gallery will be closing its 1,906 video and game rental stores. The chain filed for bankruptcy in February, after it had outbid Blockbuster to acquire Hollywood Entertainment and Game Crazy. Sadly, this will not be the last of it. In our own neighborhood, we watched one rental store close its doors while another is offering recent releases at only $1.00 in an effort to stay afloat.


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May 14, 2010

Windows Office Mobile 2010 Released


Do you have a Windows Mobile 6.5 platform on your cellie or smartphone? If so, you can now download Microsoft Office Mobile. Included are Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Addition features include word count, spell check and chart creation. Compatible with Office 2007, you might qualify for a free upgrade.

Via Microsoft

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May 13, 2010

Wi-Fi Alliance Developing 60 GHz Frequency


The Wi-Fi Alliance has teamed with WiGig to develop a 60 gigahertz frequency band for high speed between devices in the same room. Although it may not be available for about 2 years, the technology may show up in Blu-ray players that will send signals to TVs. In the future, digital cams may send wirelss signals as well. The Alliance's Edgar Figueroa says that means super speeds of gigabits per second.

Via Wired

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May 12, 2010

Galaxy 15 Runs Amok


Intelsat seems to have an errant satellite on its hands. Galaxy 15, used for TV communications, decided to go its own way April 5 and now appears to be heading towards AMC 11, another satellite owned by SES World Skies. Galaxy is still receiving and transmitting signals but cannot be steered at this point, so it may be the source of interference once it reaches the same orbit as AMC next week. No specific cable TV providers are mentioned as using either of the satellites, but as both use the same frequency there may be something going on up there around May 23. Consider yourself warned.

Via Huffington Post

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May 11, 2010

So. Korea To Go HD This Month


Beginning May 19, South Korea will be offering 3D TV stations KBS, MBC, SBS, and EBS. The first program will be the 2010 Colorful Daegu Pre-Championships Meeting on KBS, the precursor to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships that will take place next year. While this makes South Korea the first country to do so, it certainly won't be the last. Still we have to wonder if there is enough 3D content out there to make it worth the expense.

Via Fareast Gizmos

Postscript: It would appear that Pulitzer Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert agrees with our semi anti-3D leanings, at least when it comes to large theaters. You can read his entire Newsweek essay "Why I Hate 3D" here.

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May 5, 2010

Otterbox 'Strength' Case for BCC


Otterbox gives you a chance to give back with a Commuter Series Limited Edition Pink and White case. Ten percent of the price goes to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. The "Strength" cover is available for BlackBerry Curve 8520 or 8530 for $34.95.

Via Otterbox

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April 29, 2010

Study Shows Internet Addicted Collegians


A recent study shows that college students are addicted to the Internet. While this is no big surprise to those of us past that age that admit our addictions, some of the results were certainly amusing. Two hundred University of Maryland students gave up all media for 24 hours. At the end of that time, many showed signs of craving, anxiety and withdrawal.

Project director and journalism professor Susan Moeller says the students not having their electronics was equal to losing their friends and family. Clearly, these students have try to wean themselves by hitting the library, getting a small pet or reading a newspaper, just in case there is an extensive Google or Twitter crash.


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April 26, 2010

SEC Looks Into HP Dealings With Russia


Funny how you never consider certain businesses can be crooked, but the Wall St. Journal reports that the DOJ and SEC believe that HP may have violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. They say that the company may have paid $10.9 million in bribes in order to win a computer equipment contract from the Russian prosecutor general's office. Tsk, tsk.


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