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Disney Snags Lucasfilm for 4.05B – What’s On the Horizon, Really

This is old tech news, but in case you missed it: Disney has your childhood memories on lock. Seriously — they bought Marvel, now they’ve bought Lucasfilm. A few people are still a bit confused on how this will affect things, but we wanted to clear up a few things.

The reality is that it takes money to keep these staples of childhood alive and well. Why not release the brand to someone who can really bring it to life? Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to have a lot of empty intellectual properly just hanging around.

The Disney-Lucasfilm deal is huge — 4.05 billion dollars, to be exact. A lot of geeks are assuming the worst will come out of this deal but we don’t think so at all.

Disney has indicated that they are going to make sequels to the Star Wars series. The first will be delivered in 2015 — though with obviously Hollywood slowdowns, who knows if that will actually happen.

It’s apparently a great day for charity as well, as George Lucas plans to donate much of it to charity once everything closes. The deal is to be distributed in terms of cash as well as Disney shares.

Star Wars is a franchise that is definitely not going to go anywhere. Securing the rights to the empire is definitely a strong move on Disney’s side of things. They have the distribution channels to really bring good things to the table. They have plenty of TV, theme parks, and everything else in between.

So relax, Star Wars fans. The deal just got greenlighted on December 5th. It’s going to be all about getting things together for some real big stuff to actually happen. Don’t give up — just stay tuned and watch!

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The End of Unlimited Data – And What to Do About It

Unlimited data has been like manna straight from heaven, especially if you’re a super geek that loves to be on the go with your smartphone. However, it’s obvious that all of the major carriers are starting to bring the party to a halt. It doesn’t make them as much money — let them tell it. Unfortunately, us mere mortals are pretty much going to have to either look for an unlimited plan that seems like it’s going to be here to stay (as is the case with Sprint’s Simply Everything plan), or you’re going to need to try to make do with the new quotas.

Not sure how to do that? Don’t worry, we have things pretty much covered for you!

First and foremost, you should understand that most of the data crunch is coming on the 3G or 4G side of things. This means that you should switch over to Wi-Fi instead. We’re living in a Wi-Fi playground — even restaurants that never though to have Wi-Fi are now starting to have Wi-Fi. This is a pretty big deal as you can imagine, because you’ll be able to use your data for free and avoid those pesky data overcharges.

Using a server-assisted web browser like Opera could help you avoid pulling down too much data, because this is a browser that uses server-side preprocessing to reduce the load. That might sound a little too tech, but it’s really straightforward; instead of your smartphone doing all of the heavy lifting, the server in question will pick up some of the slack.

Video is something that tends to really be a data hog. If you’re going to be connected to YouTube and other video sites, but you might not realize that looking at YouTube could be eating your data link alive. That’s because many times these videos are sent to your phone in high quality. That means that you will have to make sure that you select lower quality videos. They’re not going to be as sharp, but hey — you also get to avoid those heavy overages! If you must watch in high quality, make sure that your phone is on Wi-Fi first. Your cell phone bill will thank you later!

Email is also problematic as well. Our phones tend to pull down quite a bit of data in the background. If you have your phone set to constantly check email, you could be in for a big surprise when you either have overages or get throttled down to barely-passable speeds. It’s completely up to you, but we think that there’s really no need to fetch email every 5 minutes. Adjusting this setting might not make a huge difference per fetch, but over time it could really save you a lot of data.

Software updates are in the same category — don’t have your phone pull them down. The updates can be pretty big, and who wants to waste their quota on that? See if you can get it from a computer if they’re too big, or you might even want to try to wait until you can connect to Wi-Fi.

Overall, there are plenty of things that you can do to manage your data consumption. In a post-unlimited data world, you might want to put these tips into practice!

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10 Biggest Tech Stories of the Year 2009

The hot, exciting and anticipated 2010 is finally here. Tech geeks all over the world rejoiced with the vast amounts of progress in science and technology, to make gadgets much faster, powerful, smaller and cheaper in the last year. 2009 was quite a mark in the last decade, with loads of new stuff coming out, faster than consumers can actually use. Before we give the final farewell to the past year, let’s have a look at the highlights of the year, what was good, what was bad and what made a mark.

1.    Twitter Makes News – Livens up the Internet

Started as a micro blogging site, Twitter has progressed into a social networking site, which some people swear their lives by. Living without Twitter is absolutely impossible for some people, including extremely busy celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and now, even Bill Gates! When Michael Jackson passed away, most of us did not hear it on the news, rather, we heard it through Twitter. Twitter is quite clearly becoming the hotspot for top news to leak out and spread faster than a wild fire. It has also become a solid medium for social commentary on a massive undeniable scale. So, if you’ve not joined the Twitter bandwagon yet, it’s high time you did so… You don’t want to be a social outcast now, do you? Read More

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Mind-controlled video games

This might seem like a far fetched notion, but it is actually not as outlandish as you might think. At the MIT media lab Europe in Dublin just not too long ago, some researchers developed a system in which no wires are needed for a player to control a video game character with their mind. This may seem like a dream come true if you are a video game lover, and if you are young, odds are good that, before your life-time is over, you will see this system hit the store shelves. Read More

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Modern Warfare 2 – The facts behind the rumors

As everyone is talking about the new Call of Duty game coming out later this year, there is also a lot of un-verified nonsense running amuck online. Here, we are going to discuss what we will get to see in the new edition to Cod, and we will only investigate those facts which we know to be true.

First off, there have been some rumors claiming that the multiplayer leveling up system will be more rpg based. For example, you would acquire perks by performing certain actions a certain number of times. So, for example, you might acquire extreme conditioning by sprinting for a certain distance during online gameplay. This rumor is unverified. Whether this is true or not has yet to be determined, but it is not verified. It would be awesome, but nobody knows yet. Well, nobody but Infinity Ward. Read More

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Chrysler Technology looks promising

Chrysler has finally unveiled some of it’s new technology for 2009. Many of it’s 2009 models will come complete with most of this technology, and many people are anxiously awaiting these new developments from Chrysler. In a press release released by the car company, they talked about several new technological innovations that will not only make their vehicles more safe, but more convenient as well. These innovations are pretty tech-savvy, and have gotten the attention of an entire generation of drivers who crave more technology… well, than it is technology you will have! Read More

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The MacBook Wheel

A Laptop With No Keyboard? Check out the latest invention from Apple. What do you think? I think it would take time to get used to type an email on this pretty cool laptop…

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Mobile Firefox for Symbian

Mobile Firefox is today only available for software platforms that runs on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablets. The work to bring a new mobile firefox version for Nokia smartphones and Samsung smartphones has began.

When Mozilla started to work on a mobile version of the popular browser Firefox, they named it Fennec. The work to develop a new version of Fennec, that will be able to run on S60 platforms, has began.

Christian Sejersen, Director of Mobile Engineering at Mozilla Corporation, revealed on his blog that Mozilla need to have a presence on the Symbian platform. The new version of Fennec will likely be available in the summer 2009. Sejersen also mentioned on his blog that they can´t deploy Fennec for iPhone, RIM and Android for technical or licensing reasons.

As I mentioned above so is Mobile Firefox so far only available for software platforms that runs on the Nokia N810 Internet Tablets. To give people who don’t have a Nokia Internet Tablet the ability to localize, experiment and build add-ons, they have realeased a package for PCs that runs on Windows, Linux or OS X.

Download Fennec HERE.

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Almost All Windows PCs At Risk

More than 98% of Windows computers are running at least one unpatched application and nearly half of these computers contain 11 or more programs which are at risk from attack.

These alarming revelations are made by Copenhagen-based security company Secunia. Secunia APS says that 98.1% of the PCs on which Personal Software Inspector was installed have one or more applications that have security updates available for downloading and only the remaining 1.9% of the PCs had no out of date programs.

Data for this was gathered from 20000 users of which one third has systems which ran a vulnerable version of five or fewer programs while nearly half of the machines ran 11 or more insecure applications.

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The CUTE phone on the block

Motorola, maker of such stylish phones as the Moto Razr, Moto Rizr etc. has decided to mass produce its concept phone which is called ‘cute phone’. Though it is totted as being the next in line for the smart phone title it has a  very limited range of offerings.

It has only a few buttons and it can stand, hide, click snaps and has a colour screen. The internal functionalities are still up to us to guess but going by the size, rather the volume of the phone, one can easily guess that it can accommodate a few more gizmos. Read More