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Sun, 13 Mar 11
Facebook Goes to Hollywood
Video rental stores made it so you don't have to go all the way to a theater to watch a movie, then online video channels like Netflix and iTunes made is so you don't even have to leave the house. The next step will be that you won't even have to leave the warm, squishy embrace of Facebook in order to watch movies on demand. The social network's hooked up with Warner Bros. to provide users with streaming videos for a rental fee of three bucks. Just visit the movie's Facebook profile, pay the toll, and you get access to the film for 48 hours.

Sat, 12 Mar 11
Jittery Notes From Tokyo - One IT Manager's Earthquake Experience
From the 39th floor of a new office building in downtown Tokyo, Appirio cloud computing's director of Japanese operations Jason Park shared with TechNewsWorld his harrowing, moment-by-moment account of Friday's 8.9 magnitude earthquake, a mere 150 miles away from the temblor epicenter. Park and colleagues "saw other high-rise offices and apartments visibly shaking," he wrote. "It was hard to stand without losing my balance." The earthquake started small -- "with mild tremors, but this happens every few months," he recalled. "We didn't think anything of it until the tremors didn't stop."

Sat, 12 Mar 11
Microsoft to Deploy IE9 in Browser War Hot Zone
On March 14, just days after Google released a new version of its Chrome browser -- and right before Mozilla is set to unwrap its latest edition of Firefox -- Microsoft will be unleashing Internet Explorer 9 into the wild, adding to the next chapter in the hotly contended browser wars. It's the first major update to Microsoft's Web browser in nearly two years, and it aims to attract users back to its platform with several new enhancements added to version 9. The new version of Internet Explorer brings a completely new interface.

Sat, 12 Mar 11
Who Are the FOSS Police?
More than 70 percent of mobile applications containing open source code fail to comply with basic open source license requirements, OpenLogic claims. The company scanned compiled binaries and source code where available for the top paid and free Android and iOS apps in the business and consumer sectors. Of the 635 it viewed, 66 contained Apache or GPL/LGPL licenses. Of these, 71 percent contained violations of those licenses, according to the company. OpenLogic did not respond to requests for comment by press time.

Sat, 12 Mar 11
iPhone Security: Priceless
The Android operating system continues to grow in popularity and the options it offers also have grown tremendously. Diversity can be a wonderful thing, but it may be coming at a cost in the form of a security risk. That's right -- everything you do on your phone is risky if you don't play by the rules. So what are the rules? The rules are that you sign up for and stick to an expensive carrier plan and use the phone's features and approved apps as they were designed to be used. Sideloading, or transferring files directly from your computer to your Android phone, puts the phone and everything you do on it at risk.

Sat, 12 Mar 11
Microsoft Could Muscle Back Into the Mobile Market
The turmoil surrounding Microsoft's efforts in the mobile market last year and the spectacularly rapid changes in this sector has raised concern about the company's hopes of ever catching up to the competition. Product miscues and a loss of high-profile personnel have contributed to the perception. Robbie Bach, who headed Microsoft's entertainment division, stepped down in May, just when Redmond unveiled two new Kin smartphones. These devices were pulled in July on what was rumored to be particularly poor sales.

Fri, 11 Mar 11
Next on Kinect's Hit List: Hardcore Gamers
Guinness World Records has just announced that Microsoft's Kinect is the fastest-selling electronics device ever. In its first 60 days on the market, more than 8 million of the Xbox 360 accessory units were sold, and to date that number has eclipsed 10 million. With this many Kinects installed around the world, it's now pretty clear it's a viable platform for developers to look into. Although estimated game sales have also surpassed the 10 million mark, as of now, it seems few of the games built for the motion controller address a hardcore gaming audience.

Fri, 11 Mar 11
Chrome 10: More About Speed Than Security
Search giant Google released its latest Chrome browser Thursday with less emphasis on security, instead touting the new version's increased speed and JavaScript performance. "With today's stable release, even your most complex Web apps will run more quickly and responsively in the browser," Google software engineer Tim Steele posted on the company blog. "We realize that speed isn't just about pure brawn -- it's also about saving time with simple interfaces." Chrome's updated interfaces, Steele explained, are designed to end the digging for ways to import bookmarks, change a homepage, find new settings or manipulate links.

Fri, 11 Mar 11
Fine Art in a World Gone Digital
It used to be that if you wanted a work of art, you either had to get an original or settle for a less-than-perfect reproduction. Now, however, digital technologies, new printing processes, and the online world have converged to create a whole new world of collectible and affordable prints and reproductions. ArtWeLove.com, for instance, specializes in making and selling prints of contemporary artwork. "We make fine art collectible," Laurence Lafforgue, founder of ArtWeLove, told TechNewsWorld. "It's for all the people who like to go to museums but can't afford the contemporary art they see."

Fri, 11 Mar 11
Waxing Nostalgic About Old-School Linux
Sometimes there's nothing like a walk down memory lane to remind us of how far we've come, and that's just what a recent blog post over at TechRepublic has afforded. "10 Things I Miss About Old School Linux" was the title of the post, in which blogger Jack Wallen waxes nostalgic over some of the key, old-school aspects of Linux he'd like to bring back. Top of Wallen's list? None other than linuxconf. "Of all the admin tools I have used on Linux, the one I thought was the best of the best was linuxconf," he wrote.

Fri, 11 Mar 11
The Delicate Decisions Facing an iPad Buyer
Whenever I shell out $500 or more for anything, I tend to think it over quite a while. The iPad 2 is no exception. I thought simply deciding to hit the "Buy Now" button at the Apple online store was the big decision. I was wrong. It turns out, it was just the first of many decisions. We all like to think that Apple is just offering two tablets -- the old iPad and new iPad 2 -- but really, Apple is offering no fewer than 18 possible combinations of iPad 2 features, depending on storage, color, and possible 3G cellular service carrier.

Thu, 10 Mar 11
HP: You Get WebOS, You Get WebOS - Every PC Gets WebOS
Mobile is getting grounded, HP CEO Leo Apotheker has announced. In 2012, HP will include the mobile operating system it purchased with Palm in 2009, webOS, on every PC it ships, along with the latest version of stationary computing standard Microsoft Windows. HP seeks to expand the webOS platform's reach and attract more developers, Apotheker explained. With a mere 6,000 developed apps, webOS seriously lags both Apple's App Store, with its 350,000 apps, and Google's Android, with its 250,000. That could all change, however, with the webOS-PC marriage.

Thu, 10 Mar 11
Fixing the Fragmented Face of Android
Android 3.0, aka "Honeycomb," took center stage at Wednesday's AnDevCon keynote address, and LinuxInsider joined about 200 Android developers in a small room at the Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, Calif., to listen in. Presenters Chet Haase and Romain Guy of Google explained some things about the Honeycomb operating system and demoed some of its features using a Motorola Xoom tablet while trading quips. They also discussed the fragmentation of Android and pointed out the recently introduced Fragments feature Google put out to deal with that issue.

Thu, 10 Mar 11
Who's on the Mobile Security Job?
Enterprises are coming to realize that while their VPNs might be doing a fine job of controlling data, mobile devices have turned into a veritable wild west of security nightmares. It was all well and good when the only thing they had to worry about was data being accessed by enterprise BlackBerry users. Its proprietary server infrastructure has always provided a welcome security blanket for email security. Today, however, almost every smartphone in use can be a business device. And that's a problem that IT managers are not happy about.

Thu, 10 Mar 11
GnoTime: A Marvelously Manic Time Tracker
If your work routine at all resembles mine, you probably have little or no time to squeeze in new appointments or run unscheduled errands. That is where the GnoTime Tracking Tool can save your work day and probably much of your night time as well. The Gnome Time Tracker comes close to doing it all. It works as your to-do list. It can serve as your diary or work journal. Even better, it can track how much time you spend on projects. If those functions do not qualify GnoTime as the Linux killer app of the year, then maybe its ability to generate invoices based on that time log will.

Wed, 9 Mar 11
To Mars, Europa and Beyond - Budget Permitting
The National Research Council is recommending planetary science missions for the decade 2013-2022 that could provide important new clues about our solar system. After sorting out budget issues, five expert panels selected research priorities through a rigorous review that included input from planetary sciences experts, town hall meetings, and a contractor who provided independent cost and technical analyses. "Our recommendations are science-driven, and they offer a balanced mix of missions ... that have the potential to greatly expand our knowledge of the solar system," said committee chair Steven W. Squyres.

Wed, 9 Mar 11
Hurt by the Algorithm Change? Do the Google Rain Dance
If you are a victim of the latest Google algorithm change and experienced an 85 percent traffic drop like the disgruntled fellow penning this article, you may be feeling the heat right now. It's easy to blame others and point out competitors who are "getting away with worse," but what all of those wounded really need to do is look into the the mirror and figure out how to get better. Here is a quick guide on how to right the ship if you've keeled over -- or, if you're just starting your website, how to avoid disaster to begin with.

Wed, 9 Mar 11
Motorola Revs Up Devs at Android Conference
A small conference room at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, Calif., was packed to overflowing for the keynote speech Tuesday from Christy Wyatt, a Motorola corporate vice president, at AnDevCon 2011. About 300 people squeezed into the room, forcing hotel staff to bring in some chairs and some attendees to liberate seating from nearby rooms. "I don't think they expected to have so many people," attendee Lance Taschner, vice president of software engineering at Wipit, told LinuxInsider.

Wed, 9 Mar 11
Samsung Universe Expands With Galaxy Pro
Samsung has just lifted the veil on its latest smartphone, the Galaxy Pro. With its vertically-oriented physical QWERTY keypad, it looks somewhat like a RIM BlackBerry device, though like all phones in Samsung's Galaxy line, the Pro is powered by Android. The Pro is perhaps another swipe against Research In Motion, as manufacturers and users alike continue to look beyond BlackBerry when it comes to the next generation of business phones. Since it was introduced in 2008, Android has become a behemoth in the mobile industry, and enterprise customers have begun to take note.

Wed, 9 Mar 11
Fanning the Flames of Developer Burnout
It wasn't long ago that Microsoft was in federal court in Washington, D.C., charged with being a monopoly. At that time, if you were building an application or running a business, you were doing it on Microsoft Windows. They were the only game in town, and the IT world quivered over their dominance. Off to the side was the Macintosh operating system. It was the domain of a handful of creatives who used it in publishing and in Hollywood. Then there was the Web browser. It made its way onto the Windows desktop, but the only thing the Web was being used for was publishing. Nobody was doing serious application development work on it.

Wed, 9 Mar 11
'Little Wings' Soars by Not Trying Too Hard
Some iPhone games try to emulate the kind of layout you'd see on an actual video game controller -- a directional pad on the left and a set of A/B/C buttons on the right. That's a familiar configuration, it allows for a lot of options, and the developer can let the player customize just how everything's laid out. In practice, though, the touchscreen control pads just don't offer the level of detailed control you get from an actual dedicated controller, and detailed control is exactly what you need when playing that type of game.

Tue, 8 Mar 11
'Alien Life' Claim Hampered by Journal's Dubious Reputation
A controversial, game-changing claim published in a journal with a reputation some consider sketchy has the scientific community both praising and damning the reported discovery: fossils of bacteria embedded in meteorites from outer space. "Scanning Electron Microscopy investigations of the internal surfaces of carbonaceous meteorites have yielded images of large complex filaments that exhibit features diagnostic of cyanobacteria and other prokaryotes," or simple cellular life forms, claims Richard Hoover, Ph.D.

Tue, 8 Mar 11
Mobility Reigns Supreme at GDC
Every year, hordes of video game professionals and wannabe industry insiders flock to San Francisco for the Game Developers Conference. It's usually more focused on the professional, business side of the industry, but even though it's not filled with the glitz and glamor of some of the industry's other big trade shows, it's a good early indicator of what will be big for the rest of the year. This time around, portable gaming -- dedicated gameplay devices and smartphones -- seemed to be the trendsetter.

Tue, 8 Mar 11
Google Remote-Detonates Dirty Apps, Promises to Do Better
Google has begun removing the "Droid Dream" malware from devices running Android versions earlier than 2.2.2, also known as "Froyo." About 260,000 owners of Android devices downloaded the malware, Google spokesperson Randall Sarafa told LinuxInsider. However, that doesn't mean they've all been impacted. "Remember, that figure only refers to the number of people who downloaded the malware app," Sarafa pointed out. "In order for the malware to be activated, people have to run the app, and we're not sure how many did so."

Tue, 8 Mar 11
Is Samsung Obsessed With Size?
Samsung's invites to a March 22 event at the CTIA Wireless trade show have kicked up rumors that the company plans to launch yet another version of its Galaxy Tab line, which already has 7-inch and 10.1-inch models. The invitation includes an image of what looks like a tablet device, with the words "What's your Tab life?" followed by the numerals 78910. The invite says Samsung Mobile will unveil its latest mobile products and innovations. That invite sparked a fresh round of rumors about an 8.9-inch tablet.

Tue, 8 Mar 11
Apple, Personal Computing and Owning the Future
The biggest event last week was Apple's launch of the iPad with Steve Jobs presenting it. While many seem to see the new iPad as an iterative release and not as exciting as the first one, I think it will quickly eclipse its predecessor. It is vastly more capable and moves even closer to being a full PC. Fortune released a piece last Thursday that argues, in a well-documented fashion, that Steve Jobs basically lied to us about the iPad, implying we are all idiots. We aren't. We are very gullible, though, and few understand what this means like Steve Jobs does.

Tue, 8 Mar 11
Is the iPad an iFad?
You might say "all pads, all the time" has been the theme of the past week or so, what with the splashy debut of Apple's second-generation contender. Indeed, by many accounts, the new iPad 2 is truly the best thing since the proverbial sliced bread. While the limelight has been focused squarely on Cupertino, it's become plainly evident that not everyone has sipped the iKoolAid yet. Early reactions to the new device have been decidedly mixed, in fact -- particularly when it's held up in the clear light of day against Motorola's Android-powered Xoom.

Tue, 8 Mar 11
3 Smash Movie Apps for iPhone
Apps come and go, as any iOS user knows, but everyone has core apps tucked away that get consistent use. When it comes to the land of movies, there are three apps that stand head and shoulders above the rest: IMDb, Flixster, and Netflix. For me, these three apps actually get used consistently. IMDb stands for The Internet Movie Database, and online it offers up details on almost every modern movie ever made, including synopsis, directors, stars/cast, writers, opening weekend, gross profits, overall budget, soundtracks, trivia and so much more.

Sun, 6 Mar 11
Tablet Wars Begin in Earnest
The iPad 2 has made its entrance, and by next week it'll go up for grabs. There's been a lot of anticipation for what Apple would do with its next tablet now that rivals have showed up with their own tablets that beat the original iPad's specs -- granted, they were mostly demo units. Steve Jobs himself showed up to kick off the proceedings. They opened with a reference to iBooks and how Apple just signed on Random House as a participating publisher. Could be a bid to reassure customers who are worried that its strict purchasing rules will squeeze Kindle out of the App Store.

Sat, 5 Mar 11
Pesky Nose-Cone Problem Downs NASA's Glory Satellite
A second high-profile failure in two days has helped make a bona-fide rough week for NASA. The U.S. space agency's Glory atmospheric research mission satellite crashed into the Pacific Ocean Friday, one day after a faulty o-ring caused a space suit leak on board the Shuttle Discovery. A so-called "nose cone fairing" that protects the enclosed satellite "did not separate as expected about three minutes after launch," said NASA spokesperson Steve Cole. The failed fairing brought down the Orbital Sciences Taurus XL rocket, causing a $424 million loss.

Sat, 5 Mar 11
Google's Content-Farm Algorithm Yields Bitter Harvest
Late last month, Google deployed a new algorithm intended to improve the quality of its search results, and as some critics feared, the results have in several cases hurt legitimate websites. The algorithm was meant to clamp down on website owners gaming the system to raise their standings in search results. Perhaps two of the most prominent accused system-gamers in recent months were J.C. Penney and Overstock.com. Both allegedly got multiple sites to link back to them to improve their site rankings, though both companies have denied this was a deliberate act backed by top management.

Sat, 5 Mar 11
Apple Sticks It to the DIY Repairman
People have always had an interest in repair. Haynes Manuals helped pave the road for today's do-it-yourself industry more than 50 years ago, providing people with written instructions on how to take apart their cars. Repairs can be taxing and frustrating, especially when the manufacturing company focuses on style and assembly, and not disassembly. There is a practice called "design for manufacturing" that's becoming more and more common in every stage and generation of devices. Many companies are also now beginning to design for repairability.

Sat, 5 Mar 11
Android Calls Shotgun in Upcoming Saabs
In what could potentially be a huge win for Android, Swedish automaker Saab has selected the operating system as the basis of its IQon in-vehicle infotainment system. Saab will open up the API for IQon to third-party developers and set up an app store to which they can post their apps after approval. Users will be able to download any apps they like from the store, although Saab didn't provide any details about pricing. IQon provides an embedded computer platform in a vehicle with a modem that automatically connects to the Internet when the vehicle's owner switches on the ignition.

Fri, 4 Mar 11
Air Force Tight-Lipped About Unmanned 'Mini Shuttle' Mission
A U.S. Air Force space vehicle called the "X-37B" that caused "conniptions among Chinese space bloggers" during its first mission last year, according to Heritage Foundation Chinese political and security affairs research fellow Dean Cheng, is being prepared for its second mission launch on Friday. What that mission will entail, however, remains a mystery, in keeping with the space plane's James Bond image. "The X-37B doesn't operate by the usual space travel rules," said Bill Sweetman, editor-in-chief of Aviation Week's Defense Technology International.

Fri, 4 Mar 11
The Winter of Our Disconnect
Many already refer to it as Snowpocalypse 2011 -- one of the biggest and baddest winters in more than 50 years. Storms have systematically worked their way across almost all of the lower 48 states since November. Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and just plain old rain delivered by wave after wave of huge storms have caused massive disruptions across two thirds of the nation. Despite the power outages, shuttered highways, disrupted bus schedules, air travel delays, and school closings, companies still need to operate.

Fri, 4 Mar 11
Apple to Give iOS a Nudge Up
Apple's big announcement yesterday was the reveal of the iPad 2, but for those who already own an iPad or iPhone, there was some important news as well. Apple has firmed up a release date for its latest iOS firmware, bringing an update to existing iPad and iPhone users on March 11. The new update will push the operating system to version iOS 4.3, and while it's not the biggest software upgrade to ever hit Apple's portable product line, it does bring about some significant changes.

Fri, 4 Mar 11
Spacewalkers Take O-Ring Glitch in Stride
Faulty seals are NASA nemeses, bringing down the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, delaying the Shuttle Discovery's launch late last year, and now hampering the space walking abilities of Shuttle Discovery astronaut Steve Bowen, whose space suit experienced a minor leak just before he set out to circumnavigate the International Space Station Wednesday. With astronaut Alvin Drew, Bowen was on the mission's second and final spacewalk, as Discovery heads into retirement after returning home.

Fri, 4 Mar 11
Pain and Suffering in Germany, or How Linux Lost to XP
With all the world aflutter about the latest "i-thingie" to emerge from the Hallowed Halls of Cupertino, it's been a great week for catching up on Linux news from around the world. Expecting the usual assortment of triumphant tales regarding our favorite operating system, however, Linux Girl's jaw fairly hit the floor when she came across something entirely different. It's the sad, sad story of the German Foreign Office, to be specific, which recently chose to reverse a decade-old migration to Linux. Now, it's switching back to Windows instead.

Fri, 4 Mar 11
iPad 2: The Only Thing Missing Is the Buy Now Button
Over the last year, I've been an iPad holdout. If you already have an iPhone and a MacBook, do you really need an iPad, too? Need is a relative term, of course, so let's use want instead. With Apple's introduction of the iPad 2 Wednesday, I now want an iPad 2. My reservations have been swiped away, and the only thing standing between me and a shiny new iPad 2 is an absent Buy Now button on Apple's online store. March 11 is the date Apple will start taking orders, and you can bet the company's website will be hammered, and for good reason.

Thu, 3 Mar 11
Newest Computer Controller: Your Eyes
Aptly named Tobii Technology -- spelled with not one, but two "i's" -- unveiled the world's first eye-controlled laptop at CeBIT Tuesday.Developed with computer manufacturer Lenovo, the laptop uses Tobii's eye-tracking technology to enhance interaction at a glance. Eyeing points on the screen releases information from icons and gadgets, zooms pictures and maps, switches between open windows, and browses email and documents. The Tobii technology also comes with an energy-saving green feature: The screen automatically brightens from auto-dim when a user first looks at it.

Thu, 3 Mar 11
Steve Jobs Heralds the Second Coming of iPad
Apple unveiled the highly anticipated followup to its iPad tablet, the iPad 2, at an event in San Francisco Wednesday. The presence of a dual-core A5 processor, front and back cameras, and a thinner and lighter chassis confirmed some of the many rumors that have been surrounding the device in recent months. The iPad 2 will hit the shelves March 11. Apple CEO Jobs took the stage for the iPad 2's introduction, receiving a standing ovation from the audience. Jobs has technically been on a leave of absence since January, citing chronic health problems.

Thu, 3 Mar 11
Is Silicon Valley Losing Its Edge?
Many of the world's largest tech companies were started by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, but that doesn't mean that the startup mecca of the world will remain dominant forever. Instead, some argue that Silicon Valley stands in danger of losing its competitive edge to entrepreneurs in other parts of the world. Silicon Valley "has become pampered," argues technology journalist Sarah Lacy in her new book, Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky. Its "entrepreneurial muscles are getting weaker" at the same time as those in the developing world are getting stronger.

Thu, 3 Mar 11
GNOME 3 Beta: Ever So Slightly More Than a Pretty Face
Innovation time on the Linux desktop is right around the corner. GNOME.org is set to release the much-awaited GNOME 3 desktop sometime next month. I am always looking to play with new Linux stuff. So I put the GNOME 3 beta release to work on my test rig a few weeks ago. The GNOME 3 Beta version 2.91.90 worked so well that I installed it on all of my computers so I can work with it no matter where I am or what system I use. Some Linux distros already have the beta version available through the package manager repository.

Wed, 2 Mar 11
Google Tapes Up Gmail Sprain
Google says it has restored email access to some Gmail users who lost it over the weekend. "We're still working fast and furious to restore account access," Google spokesperson Jessica Kositz told TechNewsWorld. Google said 0.02 percent of Gmail users were impacted, but Kositz once again declined to state how many users its email service has. She referred TechNewsWorld to a post Monday afternoon on the Gmail blog by Ben Treynor, Google's site reliability czar, stating that things should be back to normal for everyone soon.

Wed, 2 Mar 11
Facebook Likes Likes, Like, Even More
Facebook has tweaked the function of its so-called Like button, think link users click to register approval or support of various messages, posts and profiles on the social networking site. As it stands now, when you are on Facebook and decide to "Like" something -- like a company's Facebook page or an external news story -- the only thing that happens is you get added to that external page's "Like" list, and a small blurb gets posted to your Wall.

Wed, 2 Mar 11
Is P2P Encryption Secure? That Depends...
In the wake of the highly publicized payment card security breaches of the past few years, point-to-point encryption has emerged as a frontrunner in the search for a stronger defense against data compromise. The technology is also being touted as a solution to limit the scope -- and therefore the expense -- of complying with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. Yet the ability of P2PE to improve security as well as reduce PCI scope is entirely dependent on the implementation.

Wed, 2 Mar 11
Powered by Linux
How many out there use Linux? I bet if I asked 100 people, less than 10 percent would say yes. To be fair, people think in terms of computers, laptops, netbooks, and desktops, and that demographic is 90 percent Windows, 90 percent Microsoft-centric. But computers and OSes that power them permeate all aspects of our lives today. While people mostly don't care about computing they don't directly choose and pay for, I think people might be surprised at the numbers and how much they do use Linux. Let's let people know computing doesn't always equate to Microsoft or Apple.

Wed, 2 Mar 11
Camera+: Meet Your New Go-To Cam App
The iOS App Store is not wanting for camera software. Photography is a top-level category, and at the time I'm writing this, it contains 3,670 apps. Some give you new and interesting stillcam functions, some augment video capture, others are photo-editing applications. The problem is, too many of them are one-trick ponies. I'm not just talking about joke apps that do silly things like seeing what you'd look like if you suddenly became overweight or were attacked by a zombie.

Tue, 1 Mar 11
SocialEyes Lets Facebook Friends Chat Hollywood Squares-Style
Rob Glaser -- founder, chair and former CEO of RealNetworks -- hopes all eyes will soon be on an app developed by his new company, SocialEyes, which is designed to bring video chat to Facebook. Like all social media services, SocialEyes can be used both publicly, for groups organized around common interests, and privately -- but this time the experience is not about static text and pictures. "SocialEyes takes the social networking experience to the next level through face-to-face communication or via video messages," said Rob Williams, cofounder and CEO.

Tue, 1 Mar 11
Motorola Xoom Designed for Heavy Meddling
Unlike its arch-rival, the Apple iPad, the Motorola Xoom tablet is easy to open up for repairs and upgrades. "It appears Motorola built the Xoom to be upgraded, so they have this parting line about an inch from the top on the back that lets you separate the device into two pieces," Miroslav Djuric, who tore down the Xoom for iFixit, told TechNewsWorld. "A large portion of the back cover that slides down just enough to expose the PCIE slot and that lets you swop out PCIE cards and upgrade the device from 3G to 4G LTE," Djuric added.

Tue, 1 Mar 11
Mint for iPhone: A Handy Attachment for a Personal Finance Power Tool
The Mint.com Personal Finance app for Apple's iOS iPhones, iPads and iPods quickly led me to a staggering realization: The application is not only astoundingly powerful; it's quite sobering, too. But let's take a step back. The Mint.com Personal Finance app is basically an iOS gateway application to the online Mint.com personal finance service. While you can sign up for the service within the app itself, I went to the Mint.com website first and signed up there. For best results, you'll want to use the Mint.com service from both a Web browser as well as the Mint.com Personal Finance app.


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