Google once again brings another tool which aims to better the lives of its users. Google Local is now available for mobile browsers, and its interface is very simple. You enter what you are searching for in the “What” field, and then enter a zip code or city/state combination in the “Where” field. Your search will end up a Google map showing the physical location of all the search results. The project is currently in beta - but isn’t everything else Google does as well?
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It appears that students at universities that use the Internet2 ultra-high speed infrastructure have become targets of both the RIAA and MPAA. The RIAA has even gone so far as to say that they have 405 lawsuits against individuals at 18 different college campuses which they plan to file tomorrow. Those in question have been using a file-sharing application called i2hub, which allows for songs to be downloaded within 20 seconds and movies to be downloaded within five minutes. The MPAA hasn’t started to file any lawsuits yet, but they have made it known that they are watching.
Read More | Wired
All of you salivating Mac fanatics can now stop the constant refreshing of Apple’s homepage. Today it was announced by the company that the next version of their Mac operating system, OS X Tiger, will be launching in just 17 days. April 29, 2005, will be a big day in the computer world. With Apple making more and more mainstream headway, this one could be a blow to Microsoft who is still working on getting their next OS out of the door on time. As for me, I am just upset that because I got my PowerBook four days ago, I am now ineligible for the $9.95 Tiger upgrade. That, my friends, sucks.
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Twelve is this week’s number with this week’s DVD release list. The sequel to the hit, Ocean’s Eleven, builds more in to the story of the original with our favorite heist characters and witty situations. Fans of the first installment are sure to love this entertaining sequel. If drama is what you’re looking for, then Hotel Rwanda is what you want to check out. Based on a true story, Hotel Rwanda tells the story of a hotel manager who saved 1,200 Rwandan guests in 1994 during the genocidal conflict between the Hutus and the Tutsis. This one is a must have on your DVD collection.
Ocean’s Twelve (Widescreen Edition) ~ Brad Pitt
Hotel Rwanda ~ Terry George
The Bob Newhart Show - The Complete First Season ~ Bob Newhart
Bad Education (Original Uncut NC-17 Edition) ~ Pedro Almodóvar
Magnum, P.I. - The Complete Second Season ~ Sidney Hayers
All in the Family - The Complete Fourth Season ~ Carroll O’Connor
Sledge Hammer! - Season Two ~ Linda Mcgill
MTV - Viva La Bam - The Complete 2nd and 3rd Seasons ~ Bam Margera
Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law, Vol. 1 ~ Vincent Waller
Knight Rider - Season Two ~ Peter Crane
Round Two is one of several companies involved in the Mozilla Development Business Ecosystem Group. On Monday, they announced that in about one month they will be releasing at least 4 newly upgraded Firefox extensions:
- FlashGot is the most popular Firefox add-on. FlashGot allows Firefox to function with popular third party download managers.
- Bandwidth Tester allows users to test the speed of their Internet connection.
- SwitchProxy allows users to configure Firefox to function in environments with multiple web proxy servers and lets users surf the Net anonymously.
- ExtensionsMirror.nl is a community web site that offers the largest selection of extensions for Firefox and Mozilla’s Thunderbird.
These new exiting features and more are in development - even an integrated anti-virus is planned.
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Intel has begun to ship the first of their newest microprocessors which feature dual-core technology. This technology allows the power of two chips to be used with only one chip to deliver exceptional performance when multi-tasking or while enjoying gaming action. “We just passed an important milestone,” said Intel’s Abhi Talwalkar. “Intel is shipping the Intel Pentium Processor Extreme Edition 840 running at 3.2 GHz and Intel(r) 955X Express Chipsets, Intel’s first dual-core processor-based platform, to our customers.” AMD has also announced they plan on releasing their own version of dual-core processors some time next week. Competition - isn’t it great?
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The on-again-off-again relationship linking cancer to cell phone usage continues. This time, a recent study from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen states that there has been sufficient evidence to state that cell phones do not increase the chance of brain tumors. Most studies that have stated otherwise in the past were criticized by how the studies were conducted. However, Dr Johansen of the Danish Cancer Society said: “We won’t be able to make any firm conclusions until we can confirm these results with studies with more long-term and heavy cell phone users.” Talk on.
Read More | The Guardian
Engadget has come into some pretty interesting information. Microsoft plans to team up with Pepsi to give away some of its next generation gaming consoles to over 9,000 lucky people. Much like Pepsi did for iTunes, selected caps will have a registration code that Pepsi drinkers will use to enter the drawing. Microsoft will then give away one console every ten minutes, 24 hours a day, for nine weeks. Could this be an indication on the console’s price? Never the less, its good to see so much coming in to play as E3 approaches.
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Until someone decides to actually manufacture and sell a car mount for the Playstation Portable, you can make one of your very own using an Intec desktop stand, Velcro and some spare time. A PSP411 reader shared his experienced in making his car mount, providing pictures and video. You will need to connect an audio cable from the PSP to the aux port of your stereo to get the best sound – or use an FM transmitter.
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Our Tom Bihn Brain Bag Giveaway ends tomorrow, so we wanted to let anyone that may have missed it in on the contest. All you need to do is tell us what gear you have to have with you on a daily basis in the comment area of the original post. We choose the winner completely at random - US residents only.
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