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Privacy Not Very Private Anymore

posted Sunday Feb 21, 2010 by Kyria Gianos

Privacy Not Very Private Anymore

Bring yourself back to the good ol' days, where gas was a quarter per gallon, technology was a new concept, and people still had privacy in their own homes. Well, back to reality! Living in a era that is extremely technologically developed definitely has its up sides, but having the capability to spy on you and your children while in the "privacy" of your home, certainly isn't one of those.

A school district in Pennsylvania has allegedly overstepped their boundaries and invaded a high school students privacy all through a webcam. The boy's parents, Michael and Holly Robbins, have brought forth a lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District, including its board of directors and superintendent.

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HTC Tips Their Hand(sets)

posted Sunday Feb 21, 2010 by Scott Ertz

HTC Tips Their Hand(sets)

At HTC's Media presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, they showed off a nice collection of new handsets and gave us some interesting information on some known handsets.

First, we'll cover the Desire, because everyone is mostly familiar with it. It is a the Google Nexus One, with HTC Sense and a loss of the older roller ball and replaced with the newer trackpad. We all know that the first thing to go on an older Blackberry was the roller, so replacing that was a good idea. It will also ship with Flash 10.1 stock, so you will definitely get to take advantage of that 1GHz processor in ways the Nexus still hasn't.

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Verizon Embraces 3G Skype

posted Sunday Feb 21, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Verizon Embraces 3G Skype

Next month brings good news to the users of Verizon Wireless services. They will finally be able to enjoy "unlimited" Skype-to-Skype voice calls to and from anywhere in the world over Verizon's 3G network so long as your plan has the appropriate data plan attached. The reason why the word finally was chosen is because this is nothing new for AT&T users who have been doing this since last fall and Sprint users who have been doing it for over a year now. Verizon is right to finally get on board and it's no surprise they took a while to do so seeing as they are the most controlling wireless carrier in the U.S. Be mindful that in the cell service industry unlimited doesn't always mean unlimited so read the fine print before going all out.

Hit the break to see a list of phones the Skype mobile app will be available on, with more to come in the future:

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Apple Proves That Cencorship Is Cool And Hip

posted Sunday Feb 21, 2010 by Jon Wurm

Apple Proves That Cencorship Is Cool And Hip

Apple has recently been cleaning up the App Store but this time their goals are a bit more Puritanical. In the past they have gone through and gotten rid of apps considered to be rip-offs all in the best interests of the customer. Now they have decided to take things a step further in the purification process by purging any "overtly sexual content" from the App Store. What does a company who advertises itself as cool and hip determine as overtly sexual content? An Apple representative recently disclosed its judgments to the developer of Wobbie who is among those developers with apps expelled by Apple. According to him this is what they said,

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The Feds Ctrl + F P2P Files Because They Can

posted Sunday Feb 21, 2010 by Jon Wurm

The Feds Ctrl + F P2P Files Because They Can

In 2007 a Nevada resident, Charles Borowy, was convicted of possessing child pornography as determined by the FBI. The FBI agent used software that verified hash marks of files and identified known images of child pornography then used the "browse host" feature in Limewire to download all the offenders hosted files, 4 of which turned out to be illegal. In the end Borowy pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 months in prison. The guilty plea did allow him to appeal on the basis that the search and seizure required authorization as per the Fourth Amendment because he thought he turned off the share feature. The San Francisco appeals court just recently ruled that the searches and seizures only require warrants if it "violates a reasonable expectation of privacy." Files shared on a very public P2P network fall outside the reasonable privacy category.

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Windows Phone 7 Series

posted Sunday Feb 21, 2010 by Scott Ertz

Windows Phone 7 Series

Microsoft announced the next version of its mobile operating system in Barcelona this week, named Windows Phone 7 Series. Although not the most pleasant sounding name, it is definitely the most pleasant looking Windows Mobile ever.

When Microsoft stopped calling it Windows Mobile and started calling it Windows Phone when 6.5 hit, we knew what was in store - a complete overhaul of the operating system - and that is exactly what we got. It's a smartphone, a Zune and an Xbox Portable (our name) all in one device.

The first thing to note is that the familiar Windows feel is gone, replaced instead with a more ZuneHD feel; multiple tiles on the Start screen, which are completely customizable. Similar to an Android home screen, but with a more widget feel. You can have Facebook status updates, Xbox Live, Internet Explorer, Zune, Pictures, etc.

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