Giant Virus and iWaste of Money

GeekSpeak for 2008-08-09

The Geeks take calls and cover the Week in Geek News covering a new giant virus, iPhone waste of money and much more.


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New technology could lead to camera based on human eye

Professors from Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has collaborated with a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, to create an array of silicon detectors and electronics that can be conformed to a curved surface. Like the human eye, the curved surface can then act as the focal plane array of the camera, which captures an image.
The results of this research will be published as the cover story in the Aug. 7 issue of the journal Nature.

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Apple Removes Expensive, Featureless iPhone App

Some people have too much money on their hands.

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Launch of Private Rocket Fails

SpaceX, a company that is attempting to commerciallize space flight, has had its third consecutive failed launch. The ashes of James Doohan (Scotty from Star Trek), and the astronaut Gordon Cooper were onboard.

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Apple Passes Microsoft in Patch Reports

Apple has taken the place of Microsoft for disclosing more vulnerabilities than any other vendor, according to an IBM security report. The company rose from second place in 2007 to take the top spot away from Microsoft, which had fallen into third place behind open source content management system Joomla.

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Hulu - TV Online

Hulu allows you to watch high quality TV shows and more online.

BJ
Viruses can catch colds

Scientists have discovered a virus that infects another virus. The smaller virus, named Sputnick by the researchers, infects the giant virus (called a mimivirus) and causes it to produce malformed genetic code. This potentially redefines whether or not virii can be considered living organisms.

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Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor

Make sure your computer is ready for the edition of Windows Vista you want. The Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor will help you to determine if your Windows XP-based PC can run Windows Vista. You can also use the Upgrade Advisor to determine if your Windows Vista-based PC is ready for the upgrade.

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XP Still Outselling Vista?

While Vista is arguably a better product than the disaster that was Windows ME, the fact that the majority of users are opting out instills a sense of deja vu.

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Windows 2000 - Service Pack 4

Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) is a recommended upgrade. Download Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 to obtain updates that can help improve security, application compatibility, operating system reliability, and Setup.

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Feisar - iSync Plugins for Sony Ericsson Cell Phones

Sony Ericsson iSync plugins for iSync 2.4 and iSync 3.0 that allow Address Book and iCal syncing for over 30 new Sony Ericsson phones that are not natively supported by iSync in Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and 10.5 Leopard.

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Free Voice to Email Service

Jott converts your voice into emails, text messages, reminders, lists and appointments. Kinda amazing.


! Links

  • Ben Suggests [Feisar|http://feisar.com] for Mac iSync phone plugins.