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Tracking Technology

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Rumors are flying that your favorite handheld gadget is tracking your every move. And now congress is tracking them.

About a week ago reports surfaced that Apple’s iPhone and iPad were tracking your movements. Supposedly the latest operating system is compiling and storing the history of everywhere you go. Apple’s Steve Jobs told the Wall Street Journal it’s never transmitted the precise location of devices to the company, but said the phone’s database does create a list of the cell phone towers and Wi-Fi hot spots you connect with. They do admit there are a few bugs to work out with the new system and that this should be done within a few weeks.  read more »

An Apple Announcement

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The rumors are flying and if they’re true; Apple is about to take another bite out of the tech world.

According to Kara Swisher of the Wall Street Journal in a few days, Apple will hold a media event in San Francisco. And at that event they will unveil the highly anticipated iPad 2.

Citing numerous sources swisher says the event will be held on March 2nd. While the tech powerhouse hasn’t said a word about their latest gadget, tech insiders are buzzing about what to expect. Reports say the new iPad will be thinner and lighter. It will also have at least one camera for video chat, a faster processing system and more memory. There is also chatter that the new iPad will feature a higher quality screen, similar to the one on the iPhone 4.  read more »

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Verizon's New Relationship

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To the joy of smart phone users everywhere Verizon has announced it will soon carry the iPhone. But you might not want to break out your wallet just yet.

Admist the excitement of Verizon’s big announcement earlier this week came a few revelations of their new relationship with apple. First, the Verizon iPhone will only work on the 3G network. These phones have data speeds that are much slower than the 4G phone plus you can’t talk and surf the internet at the same time. And rumors are already flying that Apple will be releasing the iPhone 5 sometime this year. But Verizon might have to wait until the following January to get the updated version giving AT&T a solid head start.  read more »

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Most Admired Companies

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The year is winding down and while it's been a tough one for most companies, there are still some clear winners among business people.

Fortune Magazine has compiled its list of the most admired companies as voted upon by various business people. And while it's hard to imagine any fan favorites in this economy, some businesses still managed to impress consumers, even if they had spent most of the year earning negative headlines.  read more »

Your Personal Publication

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Have you ever wanted to subscribe to a magazine that caters exclusively to you? Then this app’s for you.

Flipboard is a new application for Apple’s iPad. It takes aspects from your social networking life and compiles them into a magazine format. For example your issue would contain random links from your Facebook or Twitter accounts, status updates from your friends and photos. You can also add sections to your magazine compiled from the tweets of another publication like the New York Times or Huffington Post.  read more »

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Google Earth Goes Underwater

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Google Earth is going under the sea, and certain smart phone users can take the dive too.

Google Earth 1.1 allows users to head to the ocean floor. And while Google Earth is currently available on both the android and the iPhone, this upgrade is android only. A move some analysts say might sway consumers towards Verizon’s android and away from the Apple powerhouse.  read more »

Four is the Loneliest Number

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Apple experienced its most successful product launch with the iPhone 4 but the celebration may be short lived as industry analysts start tossing around the “R” word.

Earlier this week Consumer Reports said it could not recommend Apple’s latest gadget after their tests revealed service concerns while holding the phone a certain way. Now consumers and some analysts think an iPhone recall might be the only way for Apple to save its image.  read more »

A Successful Debut

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The iPhone 4 four has officially hit the market. And it hit hard.

Apple’s latest gadget made its debut about a week ago and within the first three days sold more than one point seven million units. The high number makes the iPhone 4 the most successful product launch in the company’s history. And the demand was felt, with some stores in the reporting shortages and unruly crowds.  read more »

iVuvuzela

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A loud buzzing noise has become a standard feature at this year’s World Cup. And now the noise has gone high tech.

The Vuvuzela is a plastic African trumpet that World Cup fans are using to express their excitement of frustration at the matches. The sound it makes has been compared to a loud swarm of angry bees and broadcasters are considering additional audio filters to tone it down for the home viewers. But eardrums beware because now the Vuvuzela has been made into an app and will be coming to an iPhone near you.  read more »

iBacteria

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Since the launch of the iPod, iPhone and iPad technology has gone hand held. But the ability to go anywhere might not be as cool or as clean as it seems.

The iPhone and the iPad are driven with your fingertips; fingertips that have also been touching money, doorknobs and shaking hands. But one Bay Area company has a product to make sure what you have on your fingers won’t get left on your LCD screen. John and Monica Youngheim have been making a cleaner for LCD screens since 1992. But with the launch of the iPhone Apple executives became concerned with the possibility of bacteria on the devices and approached the Youngheims who offered them iKlear.  read more »