Archive for November, 2011

Sony BRAVIA smart TV adds YouTube HD, Facebook, Twitter

Sony BRAVIA smart TV adds YouTube HD, Facebook, Twitter

Sony has updated its smart TV range with new social networking integration, high-definition YouTube video support and remote control from VAIO or other computers. The new firmware for the 2011 BRAVIA line-up brings Facebook galleries, messages, status updates and links to the internet-connected HDTVs, while a new Twitter ticker scrolls updates across the bottom of the screen. Meanwhile, it's possible to share Track ID results - Sony's song identifying technology - on Twitter too.

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Ultrabook prices to drop in price 5-10% in Q1 2012?

Ultrabook prices to drop in price 5-10% in Q1 2012?

DigiTimes and its mysterious sources are at it again with a new tip that Ultrabooks will get a bit cheaper early next year. The publication cites industry sources claiming that the price of an Ultrabook will fall by 5-10% in Q1 2012. That would put most of the Ultrabooks at the sub-$1000 range that they were originally promised at.

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Research into more virulent and lethal strains of the bird flu worries some scientists

Research into more virulent and lethal strains of the bird flu worries some scientists

If this sounds a bit like something out of a horror novel, it's because this sounds a lot like what starts the evens of the horror classic from Stephen King called The Stand. Apparently, researchers working on bird flu have created a strain of the bird flu virus that is lethal and easily spread through the air. Some fear that the mutated strain might be used as a bio weapon.

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Creative thinkers are more likely to cheat according to researchers

Creative thinkers are more likely to cheat according to researchers

This interesting study has been conducted on 97 different university students. The study sought to determine if creative thinkers were more likely to cheat than those that were less creative. The reason for the creative types to be more likely to cheat according to those that ran the study is simply because the more creative participants were able to justify their actions.

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Facebook privacy fix a start not a solution say advocates

Facebook privacy fix a start not a solution say advocates

Facebook's confession of a "bunch of mistakes" around privacy and the new measures put in to address FTC and public concerns moving forward have been tentatively welcomed by privacy advocates, though the settlement is being seen as a first step rather than a full solution. The social network conceded to 20 years of biannual privacy reviews in order to pacify the FTC, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg penning a lengthy blog on the various privacy tools and policy blunders that helped enrage identity activists.

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WiFi signals kill sperm according to scientists

WiFi signals kill sperm according to scientists

If you want to have kids guys you had better keep that laptop off your nads according to some scientists from Argentina. According to these scientists if you put a laptop in your lap you run the risk of decreasing your sperm count and that might make it hard to reproduce. Before any of you get any ideas, I don't think strapping a couple netbooks to your legs with WiFi running wide open will prevent pregnancy.

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Apple’s “clearly wrong” Aussie Samsung tablet ban overturned

Apple’s “clearly wrong” Aussie Samsung tablet ban overturned

Apple's sales injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia has been overthrown, with an appeals court dismissing the original block as "clearly wrong" and allowing the Android slate to go on sale this Friday. The Cupertino company secured a short stay until the end of the week so that it could ready an appeal of its own, but was told by the Sydney court that if it wanted to extend the tablet ban - handed down in October when Apple convinced a judge that Samsung had "slavishly copied" its iPad design - it would need to convince the High Court.

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