Say you're cowering in fear behind the potato chips while a gunman is robbing your local convenience store. Calling 911 and talking to the dispatcher wouldn't be very prudent, would it? According to Wired, the FCC is looking to make reporting emergencies a lot safer and quicker by expanding 911 services to accept text messages, MMS, and possibly even streaming video to catch the bad guy in the act.
This is not a new concept; some call centers such as the one in Black Hawk County, Iowa have been experimenting with the concept since August of last year. One of the walls has been getting locations since this information is not transmitted via text as it is when 911 is called regularly. Considering that around 70% of 911 calls are now coming from cell phones, expanding your cell phone's capability in helping catch criminals and getting Fire and EMS on scene faster can't have too many drawbacks.
As excited as everyone was to get their hands on iOS 4.2 yesterday, it didn't come without a pretty ugly flaw. Several users were very unhappy to find that their music library had disappeared after installing iOS 4.2.
Fear not! There is a pretty easy fix that has been found by a crafty user on AppleForums by name of AppleZilla. Just connect your device to your computer via USB, pick a song from your library, play it via iTunes, click the Sync button, and then open the iPod application on your device. Your library will recover itself, and your tunes are now accessible again. Kind of a pain to have to deal with, but at least your library is not gone forever.
Corsair is unleashing a new line of DDR3 RAM on the tech world just in time for the holiday season. Their new Vengeance series comes in a runs at 1600mhz at 1.5V in 2GB and 4GB modules.
The Vengeance kits will come in dual and triple-channel sets from 4GB to 16GB. Their "Light" heatsinks look to consist of thick metal plates with elongated heatsink fins. CL8 and CL9 timings will be available.
A few of the guys here love Angry Birds, they post news about it when they can. Oh wait, it's me who does it (in my defense, it's an amazingly addictive game!!) Well, I just got an email from the people behind Angry Birds and thought I'd share it for those of you not on their mailing list, as Angry Birds is one of the most popular games on iOS/Android devices, it might appeal to a lot of our readers.
After a long wait, the Mighty Eagle is almost here! This legendary and mysterious bird will be included in the next Angry Birds update, due to be released in the next few days.
Because all of Acer's Android tablets will be running Android 3.0 (otherwise known as "Honeycomb") most of the units tested were not functioning. The 10.1-inch, dual-core Tegra powered unit did work, which was used for some HD-video testing.
The unit was supposedly sluggish, but it was a pre-production unit. Engadget report that the display was bright and had good viewing angles. It is confirmed to have two cameras also.
Nintendo has been absent from CES for 16 years now - but are making a return in 2011.
They've decided to have a stand at America's biggest tech show - will it be the upcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld? Or could it be the Wii HD... could it be something completely different?
SemiAccurate has a decent article regarding AMD's upcoming Llano chip - he puts his detective hat on and does some digging.
Llano was meant to be the first "fusion" chip from AMD, beating the TMSC fabbed Ontario/Zacate chips by a a decent mile, things progressed well for Ontario and Zacate, but their bigger brother Llano was left out in the cold. Details on this have been scarce.
Intel's next-gen Westmere 32nm based six-core CPU, the Core i7 990X Extreme Edition has been announced.
The 990X will have a stock frequency of 3.46GHz and have OC abilities up to 3.73GHz. 130W TDP, triple channel DDR3 support and a total of 12MB of cache. The $999+ pricing will have your wallets hurting.
Western Digital have today announced some new products as well as some polishing to their existing range. Big notes about it include Facebook integration - as social networking gets bigger and bigger, WD have adapted to it quite quickly with their WD TV units.
The WD TV Live Plus also gives consumers the ability to instantly rent or buy the newest release movies the same day they become available on Blu-ray or DVD because of the agreement with Blockbuster on Demand.
Geeks and Tron go together like peanut butter and jelly. PC gamers know that Razer makes some of the coolest and best gaming peripherals on the market and when Razer unveiled the cool Tron branded gaming gear a while back a lot of geeks sat up and took notice. Razer has now announced that the cool Tron gaming mouse is shipping.
If you don't recall this mouse, it has the same sort of graphics with blue lines all over it that the Tron work in the new flick has. It also has sound effects from the movie integrated with the mouse and uses a 3.5G laser sensor. That laser sensor has sensitivity up to 5600 dpi and the mouse uses an ambidextrous design.