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OpenID Gets Around: 9 Million Websites and 1 Billion People Might Use This

posted Friday Dec 18, 2009 by Jon Wurm

OpenID Gets Around: 9 Million Websites and 1 Billion People Might Use This

OpenID allows you to use one identity across the entire web, isn't that cool? For a long time the technology was on the fringe but some major players like Yahoo and AOL were the first major sites to host OpenID accounts. Now Google, Microsoft, Facebook and even the government have jumped on the band wagon. The OpenID foundation estimates that over 9 million websites will allow you to log in with OpenID credentials. It is estimated that OpenID could be used by 1 billion people but there are many reasons why that number is theoretical and not actual. Different sites use different sign in methods that can cause confusion for some web users. Also there are other systems in place such as Facebook Connect Tools that are a bit easier to use. Don't let yourself be one of the billion left in the dark check out OpenID and let us know what you think.

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3DHDTV1080P - Now Known as 3HD

posted Friday Dec 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

3DHDTV1080P - Now Known as 3HD

Specifications have been finalized on the 3D Blu-Ray player. First mentioned at CES, it has been decided that the Multiview Video Coding codec will be used to store the 3D movies. Although it will take up about 50% more space than a 2D Blu-Ray disc, you will now be able to view movies in full 1080p. All 3D discs will also be able to play in the 2D version. Some good news for those fan-boys out there, the PlayStation 3 will be fully compatible with the 3D Blu-Ray movies. However, you will still need a HDTV with IR emitters and special glasses. Expected next year, the combination between 3D and HD will be epic.

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Blinded by the Light, LEDs Cause Chaos

posted Friday Dec 18, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Blinded by the Light, LEDs Cause Chaos

In an attempt to become more energy efficient, many states have decided to switch over to LED traffic lights. Turns out going green may not be the best solution in every situation, especially this one.

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, these lights are under scrutiny for causing many accidents, and at least one death. The problem is that the lights don't get hot enough, so anywhere besides "beautiful Largo, Florida," the snow sitting on the traffic lights will not melt. To make matters worse, it often becomes crusted onto the light itself, especially in storms.

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Google Sues Scammers, Hires Lawyer From Nigeria

posted Sunday Dec 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Google Sues Scammers, Hires Lawyer From Nigeria

Pacific WebWorks and a few other unnamed companies received some shocking news this week, Google has taken out a lawsuit against them. Pacific WebWorks, has been scamming customers with fraudulent work-at-home schemes for some time now. Why is Google is involved? Well, the companies participating in these schemes used Google's name, as well as logo, to promote their illegal activity and scam customers out of a lot of money.

According to a blog posted by Google, "Thousands of people have been tricked into sending payment information and being charged hidden fees by questionable operations."

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Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia

posted Sunday Dec 13, 2009 by Nicholas DiMeo

Apple Turns the Tables...Watch Out Nokia

Looks like Apple is trying to get some revenge while salvaging their name in the process. A while back, we told you about a lawsuit filed against Apple, claiming that Apple imposed on patents owned by Nokia. The whole situation was very confusing, mostly because there were no set standards on the legal side of patents. For example, it was not stated whether or not usage of Nokia's patents required reparations. Well, now Apple has turned that tables counter suing Nokia for copying the iPhone.

The only company currently carrying the iPhone claims, "Nokia attempted to copy the iPhone and infringed 13 Apple patents in the process." Seems like a lot of finger pointing to me.

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24-Hour Podcast Marathon for Ronald McDonald House Charity

posted Saturday Dec 12, 2009 by Scott Ertz

PLuGHiTz Live! Radio had the opportunity to participate in the Geek News Central 24-Hour Podcast. The event is a charity fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House hosted by Todd Cochrane of the TechPodcasts Network and CEO of RawVoice.

Hit the break to see video of our participation (and partial takeover) in the event.

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