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Facebook adds new feature to share private details with apps

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Apps | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 4:04 pm

I would bet that you use Facebook; most people are on the social network today. If you do use Facebook you need to be aware of a new feature that the site has added for developers that will share more of your private information with marketers and apps if you allow it. The new feature will give access to your mobile phone number and physical address.




On the surface, the new feature seems useful and would allow things like ordering of products online without having to enter your shipping details. The fear for some users is that rouge apps would access the information and then sell it to marketers. That would allow more spam to your real world mailbox and more calls from sales douches to your mobile.


Facebook's Jeff Bowen said, "We are now making a user's address and mobile phone number accessible as part of the User Graph object. Because this is sensitive information, we have created the new user_address and user_mobile_phone permissions. These permissions must be explicitly granted to your application by the user via our standard permissions dialogs."

Download of the Day: Foobar2000 1.1.2 beta 4

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 2:10 pm

Our Download of the Day today is Foobar2000 1.1.2 beta 4.


foobar2000 is an advanced freeware audio player for the Windows platform. Some of the basic features include full unicode support, ReplayGain support and native support for several popular audio formats.


Main features:


• Supported audio formats: MP3, MP4, AAC, CD Audio, WMA, Vorbis, FLAC, WavPack, WAV, AIFF, Musepack, Speex, AU, SND... and more with additional components.

• Gapless playback.

• Full unicode support.

• Easily customizable user interface layout.

• Advanced tagging capabilities.

• Support for ripping Audio CDs as well as transcoding all supported audio formats using the Converter component.

• Full ReplayGain support.

• Customizable keyboard shortcuts.

• Open component architecture allowing third-party developers to extend functionality of the player.




The latest version includes the following changes:


Changes in Version 1.1.2 beta 4


- Improved startup time and memory usage with very large libraries

- Hopefully a more solid workaround for Windows 7 audio mixer crashes


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Deal of the Day: Seagate ST32000542AS Barracuda LP Hard Drive - 2TB, 5900 RPM, 32MB, SATA-3G for $69.99 plus $2.68 Shipping!

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Storage | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 1:24 pm

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Monday Morning Roundup for January 17, 2011

By: Steve Dougherty | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 12:53 pm

The latest happenings from around the web - January 17th, 2011




- Gigabyte P67A-UD5 Motherboard @ ixbtlabs

- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 motherboard @ Overclock3D

- ASUS Maximus IV Extreme - Sandy Bridge VS The World (Part 2) @ TechReaction

- ASUS P8P67 (Sandy Bridge) Deluxe Motherboard @

- A quick look at chipset PCI Express performance @ Tech Report

- ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution @ Ocaholic

- ASUS Maximus III Gene P55 @ Techpowerup

- Gigabyte P67A-UD7 - Layout and Design @ Ocaolic

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Notion Ink Adam has been cleared by the FCC, ships in a few days time

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 5:36 am

Notion Inks Adam has gone through quite the travels in the past year, from vaporware to an actual in-your-hands release very shortly. Adam has gotten official clearance from the US government.




The Adam won Best of CES 2011 honorable mention, considering CES had waves of tablets this is quite the achievement. Wednesday is meant to be the day for release, so keep your eyes peeled people!

Iiyama is hoping to bring 30" monitor prices down

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 1:00 am

KitGuru have put on their investigative-gear and put an article up regarding 30-inch screens. It's a great read and talks about breaking the "30-inch price control cartel". The number of places producing 30" panels? Numero uno.




The article goes into detail of how 30-inch screen have not really dropped in price over the years with smaller screens seeing absolutely huge changes in pricing. A 23 or 24-inch screen can be had for under $250 without a problem.

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107 trillion emails sent in 2010

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Jan 17, 2011 12:08 am

Web monitoring site Pingdom is reporting that in 2010 alone, there were 107 trillion (that's 107, 000, 000, 000, 000) emails sent worldwide. Out of the 107 trillion, 10.9 percent of it were actual emails, the rest? Spam.




Supposedly there are 1.88 billion email users worldwide, 255 million websites (21.4 million are said to have opened in 2010). Twitter is a defining force on the web with 25 billion tweets last year and 100 million users added in 2010. Facebook of course takes the cake with 30 billion pieces of content (links, pics, videos, etc) each and every month!

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Apple iPad 2 display to rock a 2048x1536 resolution?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 16, 2011 11:59 pm

More and more rumors are surfacing regarding Apples upcoming next-gen iPad - the new rumors are starting to get me a little over-excited. The latest rumor is that the iPad could be doubling it's current resolution of 1024x768 up to 2048x1536.




Most people have just guessed that the next-gen iPad would have the retina display ala iPhone 4, but this rumor is juicy enough to hopefully be true. Even at 2048x1536 it will still not be "retina" specifications, but the resolution is high enough to make the next-gen iPad look insanely sexy.

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PSA: iPhone not designed for below freezing conditions

By: Don Lynn | More News: Mobile Devices | Posted: Jan 15, 2011 2:00 am

It seems that the iPhone 4 is not exactly built to be a world traveler. According to a report, a woman in Norway was refused repair on her iPhone by the Apple Store after she pulled it from her pocket and found it shattered while strolling around in -14C conditions.




Apparently the phone is not designed to work at below freezing temperatures as well as above 35 degrees Celsius. There is a warning from the phone when it's getting too hot, but you get nothing from the iPhone when it's close to freezing to death…..besides a busted surprise when you reah into your pockets to warm up your hands. Maybe this will spawn a whole new line of iPhone sweaters for colder climates.

Windows 7 SP1 being sent to OEMs

By: Don Lynn | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 15, 2011 1:38 am

The first release candidate for Service Pack 1 of Windows 7 has been around since October, but there's been precious little news of a full fledged launch past vague dates ranging from December 2010 to the first half of 2011. Well, December is obviously come and gone with no luck, but according to a post on TechNet the first Service Pack for Windows 7 has been sent to OEMs.




While Microsoft has nothing official to say on the subject, the fact that companies like Dell, HP, and others will have their hands on SP1 can only mean it will be officially launched in the wild sooner rather than later. There aren't really any life-changing new features coming with SP1; besides the usual bugfixes there will be an improved remote desktop client with RemoteFX integrated as well as dynamic memory support for Windows Server 2008 R2.