Friday, November 5, 2010

Tech News Today

In the happiest news for a while, Xmarks Saved from Oblivion
In September one of my favorite productivity tools, XMarks, was taken off the market when the company that made it closed up shop. XMarks syncs your passwords and bookmarks across browsers, so you can share one set of bookmarks. Since I spend my time shuffling among multiple PCs, at work and at home, the free software has been a godsend. This week the CEO announced that Xmarks would live on thanks to a new buyer.

YouTube pulls videos of al-Awlaki
YouTube has removed all videos featuring Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki. British and American officials urged YouTube to remove the videos. Al-Awlaki has known ties to Al Qaeda. His videos encouraged Muslims to jihad

Kinect's launch day bumps and triumphs
CNET reviews the big launch day for Kinect, Microsoft's motion-control camera for the Xbox 360 and a new platform for developers to build on.

7 cool things to do with Windows Phone 7
Windows Phone 7 devices launch on Monday, 8 November, and since I have been using the OS for a few months I thought it would be good to present seven things to look forward to doing on your new phone.

Jury hands down $1.5M piracy fine
For the third time, a jury found Jammie Thomas-Rasset guilty of pirating songs. The jury imposed a $1.5 million fine. That's about $400,000 less than she was previously ordered to pay. Thomas-Rasset downloaded and distributed 24 songs

Where are you? Will anyone answer that question on the Internet?
Just a day after Facebook announced an enhanced mobile platform that offers more location-based services, a report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project (PDF) reported that the trend remains small.

Screen troubles on new MacBook Air
Apple's new tiny laptop the MacBook Air is experiencing some screen issues. According to tech sites, many users are complaining of horizontal flickering lines. Apple, as of yet, has no official response

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