Ok, maybe not every country, but with at least 12 different sockets in widespread use it sure as hell feels like it to anyone who's ever traveled.
So why in the world, literally, are there so many? Funny story!
Ok, maybe not every country, but with at least 12 different sockets in widespread use it sure as hell feels like it to anyone who's ever traveled.
So why in the world, literally, are there so many? Funny story!
Is there anything Google won't search? It already indexes our Web pages, chats, e-mails, photos, voicemails, planets, and stars.
Why not your social circle, too?
MapQuest continues to lose market share to Google Maps.
While MapQuest started the year with a small lead, it's now 10% behind Google Maps.
Version 4 will see a raft of major new features and improvements " not least of which is the refined interface above.
Another major addition will be Browser Sync via Mozilla Weave, allowing for cloud syncing of bookmarks, passwords and favourites.
Most bloggers are going to do the majority of their speedy writing in front of a trust ol' computer.
But occasionally there will be instances " breaking-news scenarios " where all we can rely on is our trust phone to do our jobs. This post highlights some of the iPhone apps that bloggers need.
Andy takes a look at My Sleeping Angel...what does he find?
Today, Netlog - the 'European MySpace' as they're often referred to - is hosting a Partner Day at and around their global headquarters ...
The Motorola Droid is the first truly lust-worthy smartphone from Verizon Wireless, and it puts all other Google Android phones to shame.
The Droid is a big, industrial, even a little steampunk-looking contraption at 4.56 by 2.36 by .54 inches (HWD) and a hefty 5.96 ounces.
Unboxing The Verizon Droid [Pics] *Desc* The Motorola Droid, the first Google Android phone for Verizon Wireless, is one of the hottest products of the year.
$1000 may not seem like a steal for the truly frugal, but in a world of fluctuating economies and ever-changing technologies, getting the most bang for your buck is more important than getting rock bottom prices at the expense of performance.
We've carefully pieced together a sub-$1000 spec that doesn't break the bank or compromise performance.
Andy reviews Secure Income System...what does he discover?
Unlike previous suit testers, which had to be supported mechanically and had a limited repertoire of motion, PETMAN will balance itself and move freely; walking, crawling and doing a variety of suit-stressing calisthenics during exposure to chemical warfare agents.
A recent survey shows that while Research In Motion continues to lead as the smartphone of choice among consumers, that Apple's iPhone is quickly catching up.
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to outsource its e-mail system to Google Inc, a making it the largest city in the nation to have made such a move.
Welcome to the cloud.
Impromptu comparison of the Google Maps Navigation and the iPhone GPS Apps
Andy takes a look at Trading In The Buff...what does he discover?
Google today unveiled Maps Navigation (beta, of course), an extremely upgraded version of its current Maps software that'll be free and, from what we understand, available by default on all Android 2.0 devices.
Has Keyboard Cat captivated you in 2009? You're not the only one.
Online video has continued to grow in popularity while P2P is on the decline, according to the latest data from Sandvine. The trend is good for both content producers and users alike.
Its been framed as a fight for freedom but Net Neutrality is really a battle of business models.
The outcome will almost certainly affect We The Peoples wallets or/and Internet experience so wed best keep a wary eye on everyone who is trying to help us.
The internet in China is HUGE.
Here's how huge.
ISPs may not act for years on local complaints about slow Internet—but when a town rolls out its own solution, it's amazing how fast the incumbents can deploy fiber, cut prices, and run to the legislature.
What makes Google so revolutionary? Ken Auletta, author of a new book on the company, shares his insights on why it's uniquely successful and what that means for the media world
We all know it " A picture is worth a thousand words.
This is certainly true in most cases but clever use of typography can also turn words into pictures and then interesting things start to happen.
With new releases of several major Linux distributions coming up in the next few weeks, I would like to take a few minutes to debunk some of the more blatant inaccuracies which are circulated about Linux.
Andy reviews Online Cash Pump...what does he reveal?
An analysis of recent cyberattacks on Korea and the US suggests that the nations with advanced digital sabotage capabilities have, so far, kept them in check... but it also says that we're only a few years from this technology filtering down to non-state actors.
Andy examines Easy Photo Biz...what does he discover?
"It's set to be the biggest and best release of Ubuntu so far and it impresses right from the get-go with an impressive installer, fast boot times, new artwork and a whole lot more. Meet quite possibly the best operating system on the planet - Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala!"
"Want to launch Microsoft Office? Sure, but first a word from our sponsor." That somewhat surreal scenario could become a reality, based on a patent application filed by Apple, which was published today by the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office
From the site:SatelliteDirect's technology allows you to watch over 3,500 HD channels right on your PC.
There are No subscriptions/monthly fees, NO hardware to install and NO
Droid is the brand name being applied to Verizon's Android devices. It isn't a single phone. 2. The Sholes -- the phone we've been calling the Droid so far -- may simply be known as the Droid. 3. HTC's Desire will be coming to market as the "Droid Eris."
The internet has matured into a world of its own, and like the real world, it obeys certain immutable laws.
Here are 10 of the most important.
Great detailed review of the BlackBerry Storm 2 and comparison of the old Storm.
In a twist, Microsoft has started selling computers and third-party software via its online store.
The Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) Release Candidate is now available to download.
Be nice and use the torrent ;)
Microsoft is looking to build an advantage over Google by beefing up its ability to search the real-time Web.
The company on Wednesday (Oct. 21) announced that is new search product Bing will soon be able to deliver search results which including up to the minute information from both Twitter and Facebook.
Nokia, the worlds largest mobile phone manufacturer, has said that it is suing its Apple for infringing patents on mobile phone technology for the iPhone.
Nokia is suing Apple claiming patent infringement for GSM, UMTS and wireless LAN (WLAN) standards. Nokia licenses these technologies to other companies but says Apple has not paid for the right
Oh Japan, how I love your ability to create the most insanely odd advertising campaigns.
The burger stacks seven patties, extending a normal Whopper to 5.1 inches tall.
In a stunning one-two punch, Microsoft will announce separate nonexclusive deals today with both Facebook and Twitter to integrate their real-time feed of status updates into the Bing search service.
Stylish and impressive automobile websites done in Flash.
Xsights Media turns printed matter into interactive multi-media experiences for its users.
Xsights makes it possible to transform static, printed items that can be captured through the cell phones camera into dynamic, multi-dimensional and interactive multimedia experiences.
On Thursday, the FCC Chairman is expected to unveil draft rules aimed at imposing network neutrality obligations on ISPs.
In the excitement surrounding the announcement, many have overlooked the fact that the this rulemaking is built on a shoddy and dangerous foundation " the idea that the FCC has unlimited authority to regulate the Internet.
Given this new type of information and its value to search, we are very excited to announce that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to include their updates in our search results.
The Windows 7 sideshow begins Thursday but the main event, held earlier this week, was the introduction of SharePoint 2010, which underpins Microsofts migration of Office productivity tools to the Web.
Looks like all those whispers were true -- the nook is alive and well, and it's calling itself the planet's "most advanced e-book reader." Measuring 7.7- x 4.9- x 0.5-inches and weighing 11.2 ounces, the device includes a top e-ink display from Vizplex and a color touchscreen (3.5-inches) below, which supports one-touch control and swipe-to-browse
Here are 35 useful jQuery plugins focusing on navigation, gallery and slideshows, calendars, tab browsing and further resources to reduce time and effort while increasing your audience
With practically unlimited ways for users to access Twitter for sending and receiving tweets, we wondered how long it would take before it became an active participant in courtrooms.
SCO CEO Darl McBride has finally been let go by the serial litigator.
In an SEC filing published today, SCO reveals that the controversial CEO has been ousted as part of the latest reorganization plan.
They were a little skittish about demoing the Cover Flow feature, but up close, man it makes even the relatively benign-looking Kindle 2 seem like it was beaten with an ugly stick.
By Texas Instruments, a new, 6mm-square Bluetooth system-on-a-chip can operate for "more than a year" on a small button-cell battery (like you see in watches or very tiny remotes).
Everything from cellphones to laptops could get a battery boost from the technology increasing competition for the emerging Wi-Fi Direct to Connect technology.
A few weeks ago, we caught wind that Facebook was testing a new homepage design.
Screenshots revealed a few interesting changes, such as a decrease in size for
The nice thing about Ubuntu is that it really is free: Just download a disc image at www.ubuntu.com, burn a CD or DVD, and you're ready to install it on a computer near you. (Ubuntu will work on Intel-based computers; PowerPC-based machines can find some new life with a Linux distribution called Debian, available at debian.org.)
The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent, Public Enemies tops the chart this week followed by Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
The Taking of Pelham completes the top three.
The Q4 numbers are in for Apple and they're good.
Quite good. Really good. The company posted revenue of $9.87 billion and a ...
A couple of weeks ago, Apple wanted to go on record and talk about why Snow Leopard is better than Windows 7.
Apple's Senior Director of Mac OS X Product Marketing Brian Croll gave his side of the story and then Microsoft's Jay Paulus, Director, Product Management Windows Client, made his case.
The Commissioning Editor for Education at the UKs Channel 4 will publish an essay tomorrow that is guaranteed to cause controversy.
Noting that people will never go back to paying for music, Alice Taylor vehemently opposes plans to disconnect Internet users on a simple accusation, labeling the entities calling for it as dying behemoths.
The spot, which launched tonight and can be view in its entirety after the break, is a 30 second clip that begins by mocking Apple's cutesy music and iconic font typically seen in iPhone plugs.
It reels off a number of things that the iPhone can't do...
This is the greatest message I have seen on my computer.
Cheered on by the music industry, the UK government is desperately trying to tackle the issue of online piracy.
Apple on Thursday made a subtle yet major revision to its App Store policy, enabling extra content to be sold through free iPhone apps.
Its a move that immediately impacts the publishing industry, and it could pay even bigger dividends if the Cupertino company indeed delivers its highly anticipated touchscreen tablet.
The maker of a life-saving radiation therapy device has patched a software bug that could cause the systems emergency stop button to fail to stop, following an incident at a Cleveland hospital in which medical staff had to physically pull a patient from the maw of the machine.
Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin says that mobile convergence will boost Linux adoption because the open source operating system is the ultimate enabler of consumer electronics.
Andy puts on his reviewer's cap to take a look at 37 Days To Clean Credit...what does he find?
A nearly universal myth tells the story of US and Russian Spy Satellites being able to read car number plates and the headlines of newspapers being held on a sidewalk clearly, but is that true? Here is the truth.
I love the Linux desktop, but facts are facts.
Linux only holds a niche of the greater desktop market. Part of the reason is Microsoft's monopoly, but it's not just the Evil Empire that's kept Linux down, Linux has done a lot of self-damage.
Finland has become the first country in the world to declare broadband Internet access a legal right.
By following some simple pointers, anyone should be able to create a visually pleasing design and take one step closer to fame.
Okay, its not that simple, and talent and experience do matter, but anyone can turn their home page into something prettier within mere minutes.
Dell's namesake Michael Dell in a talk late Tuesday criticized both his own products and Microsoft.
Despite his company offering multiple netbooks, including the Mini 10, the CEO largely dismissed the category and said a "fair amount" of buyers are unhappy with them for both their smaller screens and slow performance. Many existing notebook...
One research group continues to claim that the "sky is falling" on the Internet thanks to high data growth rates and that network neutrality means the whole Internet could just "go away." Ars sifts through the hyperbole looking for a kernel of truth.
Apple's AppStore has 85,000 apps, where as Microsoft's new Windows Mobile Marketplace has around 260.
Should that matter?
Perhaps the first look at what ChromeOS will be like.
The campaign, which allows users to vote for the ads they like and veto the ones they don't, has had some early successes.
Reports suggest that Apple is on the cusp of releasing an FM radio application for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
And get this: it will be for the current models.
From the page:This method will also protect your tomato plants from rot and fungus and disease.
If you don't do it, there is a very high chance
Pepsi have produced an iPhone app that breaks women down into 24 set types and provides tips on how you can "score" with them.
Not only are there facts which show how you might impress a certain type, there's also the means to brag about your success on Facebook on Twitter.
The president of a Midwest office supply company is in court after a salesman claimed the boss pre-election e-mail rant against Barack Obama amounted to an edict: vote for Obama and be fired.
Polaroid has announced it will be re-introducing its classic instant film cameras, and has a new digital instant camera lined up as well.
For a lot of us Google Chrome is still not hot enough.
The reason? Its still not extendable enough like Firefox. Ever since it came out, users have cried out for ways to tweak the browser to make it the Jack of all trades. Here are some of the cool extensions you'll confront for Google Chrome
Gary Vaynerchuk, aka @GaryVee, says being successful doing what you love is now much more possible, provided you are willing to work tremendously hard - and leverage sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Dutch copyright holders this week filed documents in court alleging that The Pirate Bay's mysterious owner, Reservella, is nothing more than a front for The Pirate Bay administrators, who have been in legal trouble for years.
Pirate Bay spokesperson Peter Sunde calls the document a forgery.
An attorney defending against a music piracy lawsuit didnt cross ethical bounds by filing motions broadly attacking the recording industry and posting them on his blog, a magistrate judge has ruled, rejecting demands from the RIAA for monetary sanctions...
Tools for coding, testing, uploading and tracking costs with web development. Note that with the exception of Enkoder, a script for encrypting web addresses online, these are commercial software tools.
Windows 7 has features that point to the future of the desktop.
Reports have been cropping up on the Apple Support forums that users have been losing all their data due to a nasty bug in Snow Leopard, Apple's latest Operating System.
Many users are reporting that all settings are being reset and most data is gone.
From the site:I really tried everything to lose the weight; I tried every "diet program" and "quick weight loss" solution and then I signed up at Curves
From 1952-1957 it was in use at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment in Oxfordshire.
It spent its remaining years, until 1973, as an educational tool at Staffordshire Technical College. After that, it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Birmingham, where it has since been in storage for nearly 30 years.
T-Mobile's now reporting that personal data stored on Sidekicks has "almost certainly has been lost as a result of a server failure at Microsoft/Danger."
There's word from an indie record-label that iTunes LPs are not for the indies.
Introduced at Apple's "It's Only Rock and Roll" event in September, the iTunes LP format adds "bigger than a matchbook" album art, song lyrics, video clips, and other extra content to albums sold through the iTunes store.
The Pirate Bay has been portrayed by Hollywood as the enemy of everything thats creative.
They say the site is the death knell of the entertainment industry, causing hundreds and thousands of people to lose their jobs. Meanwhile, The Pirate Bay is helping out yet another indie artist to promote her work.
Dogpile, Alta Vista, Ask.com, Lycos, etc. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google is shown bad search results and reacts.
Conan O'Brien interviews the co-inventor of the USB port
The 12-centimeter disc has 10 recording layers, each of which can store 32 Gigabytes.
In comparison a Blu-ray Disc can hold 25GB on each layer, and a dual-layer disc is the highest capacity generally available at present.
What makes MobileMe worth 59 a year? Can Apple justify charging for email and syncing? Apple's suite of online services made headlines last year when it changed its name from .Mac to MobileMe.
Not because anyone cared what it was called, but because the revamp went so badly that the internet resounded for months with the caterwauls of dissatisfied
Andy puts on his reviewer's mantle to take a look at Kiss Hair Loss Goodbye...what does he find?
The company has filed four new lawsuits in federal court against spammers, accusing them of violating its copyright and trademark.
Yahoo has opened the application floodgates to its home page, with hopes that external developers will soon build tens of thousands of programs that Yahoo.com's more than 330 million visitors will find useful.
YouTube's original goal, its founders have said, was to build a video version of HOTorNOT.com.
Needless to say, that setup didn't last for long.
In the spirit of testing different ways to make ads on Digg better (similar to what were doing with Digg Ads), were launching some new ads today called Digg Content Ads and wed love your feedback.
These ads are in limited release so only a small percentage of folks on Digg will currently see them.
You need to really deliver message to people and you need to deliver the RIGHT message - those are logos, which will be remembered.
Of course it's hard task, but this collection should help to get better!
Andy dons his reviewer's cloak to take a look at STACKERS Trading...what does he find?
Weve heard from you that performance is important and the Digg engineering team are busy working on making our site load faster.
Today, were also making some changes to reduce page payloads and minimize HTTP requests with subtle UI changes.
A deeply divided Senate committee forwarded legislation to the full Senate that reauthorizes three expiring and constitutionally suspect provisions of the Patriot Act hastily adopted in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks.
Can't bear to read another Windows 7 story? How about Windows 8? Or 9? In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder rumors of 128-bit support; of cabbages and kings.
Not to mention super social networking... (MSFT)
This week's phishing attacks on Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! Mail have resulted in thousands of email addresses and passwords being posted online.
But there are some simple steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cyber criminals.
At the Future of Web Apps conference Kevin Rose (Digg, Pownce, Wefollow) gave a cool presentation on the top 10 down and dirty ways you can grow your web app.
Andy puts on his reviewer's cap to take a look at Lose Man Boobs Revealed...what does he find?
After kicking the tires of the beta of Ubuntu Linux 9.10, I'm impressed.
This may be the best version of Ubuntu to date.
I'm sorry that was too long.
Please start over
Suddenly everyone has been talking about Social Networking.
It's spreading like a wild fire and there are way too many networking sites to remember. Most of us connect with our friends on a number of these sites and its always nice to know which of your favorite sites have made to the top.
Where should website owners go to get the most loyal referrals? According to a new study by ad network Chitika, the answer is Facebook and Digg - and it's not even all that close. Facebook traffic is almost twice as loyal as Google or Bing, and Digg traffic is 50% more loyal.
Andy dons his reviewer's cap to take a look at Survey Vault...what does he reveal?
Theres a couple hardware modifications and one big one is that the buttons below the trackball are, as were told, not physical, but touch-sensitive buttons.
Look for it to drop in November on Big Red.
Researchers tracking a gang of online bank thieves found that the criminals have deployed a devious means to thwart law enforcement and anyone else trying to monitor their activities.
Last Friday The Pirate Bay moved to Ukraine after its Swedish bandwidth supplier was forced to stop servicing the tracker.
In the new setup, traffic to TPB is routed through The Netherlands, but anti-piracy outfit BREIN has now asked ISP NForce to stop handling TPBs traffic. As a result the site is now down for most people.
Andy dons his reviewer's cap to take a look at Passing The FBI Exams...what does he find?
IBM aims to expand the life span of humans by developing a chip that could make personalized medicine affordable and quick.
The new feed is not very different from the current one available, but it does lack Facebooks signature Publisher box by default and instead simply features an alternating title and a button (positioned to the top right of the news feed) with the text Update Status which when clicked, displays the publisher box.
While he didn't give away all his secrets, the creator of Google News, Krishna Bharat, outlined why certain articles get higher placement than others.
A sophisticated Trojan horse program designed to empty bank accounts has a new trick up its sleeve: It lies to investigators about where the money is going.
In what is rapidly becoming the trend of the moment, Apple has joined Nike and become the latest company to leave the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce over the Chamber's opposition to climate change legislation.
Despite its embroilment in a copyright lawsuit with Apple, tiny Psystar said that it plans on licensing its controversial Mac cloning technology to third parties.
PhotoSketch is an internet-based program that can take the rough, labeled sketch on the left and automagically turn it into the naff montage on the right.
Seems unbelievable but as the video shows, it works.
Andy puts on his reviewer's cap to take a look at The Hypothyroidism Solution...what does he reveal?
In 1956, the first automatic mobile telephone system weighed 88 pounds and were so heavy and power-hungry that they required permanent installation in a car or other vehicle.
The phone served a mere 125 subscribers from 1956 to 1967.
Kevin Rose confirms digg iPhone app in development.
Check out the video from FOWA London taped yesterday.
Apple may soon take Woolworths to court over its use of a logo which it claims looks too similar to its own.
Andy puts on his reviewer's mantle to take a look at Forex Cyclone...what does he discover?
Muzu, which is based in Ireland, has signed deals with the so-called "big four" record labels " Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI " as well as more than 7,000 independent labels.
Users can create playlists of their favourite videos and clips, and share them with friends over the internet, or embed them on social-networking sites.
Ray Kurzweil's concept of the Singularity rests on two axioms: that computers will become more intelligent than humans, and that humans and computers will merge, allowing us access to that increased thinking power.
So it only makes sense to begin the conference with discussions of those two fundamental concepts.
The Apple iPhone has boosted AT&T's subscriber numbers, but network problems and a bevy of complaints from frustrated customers are likely hurting the company's reputation.
Pownce, the hosted Twitter-alike service Six Apart acquired last year, re-emerges as free, open-source app for Web developers called Motion.
Read this blog post by Rafe Needleman on Rafe's Radar.
Andy dons his reviewer's cloak to take a look at Magical Tactics...what does he reveal?
Six years ago the federal government proposed taking over the job of comparing passenger names against the terrorist watch lists.
Just this week, Southwest Airlines frequent fliers are being asked to update their profiles with name, gender and date of birth information in order to let the feds try that system out.
The Pirate Bays homepage and seven other pages relating to the BitTorrent tracker website have been removed from Googles search engine, following a DMCA complaint.
The 2009 "400 Richest Americans" list has been released by Forbes, and techies continue to do well in the rankings.
Bill Gates stayed on top, but the list shows that the global recession robbed loads of cash even from the ultra-rich.
When Amazon eliminated a George Orwell book from users' Kindles earlier this year, after discovering the electronic text had been sold without proper authorization, it also eliminated Justin Gawronski's homework.
His notes on the margins remained, but since the text of Nineteen Eighty-Four was gone they were undecipherable.
Anger over the use of H-1B visas to bring in foreign technology workers to this country grew steadily this year even though the number of applications declined markedly.
Don't freak out or anything, but those wireless signals you bask in everyday could be watching you.
Or at least they might, someday, if the work from a group of researchers at the University of Utah makes it beyond the lab.