Loaded: The art of procrastination Video
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>> You can now "jailbreak" your 3G iPhone. Facebook gets a face-lift. How to get out of a speeding ticket and how to use technology to procrastinate. It's Monday, July 21, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:12 [ Music ] ^M00:00:14
>> If the iTune's app store just can't satisfy your voracious appetite for application control you can now "jailbreak" your 3G iPhone. Pwnage 2.0 hit the tubes this weekend and its software that lets you jailbreak your iPhone. This is a jailbreak though, not an unlocking program, so you still will be tattered to AT&T. Also keep in mind that if you do this, it nullifies your warranty. So if your iPhones breaks, you'll be SOL. If your 3G iPhone is as buggy as mine, I wouldn't do this. Mine freezes constantly, and has recently stopped ringing altogether, even when it isn't set to Silence. I have to march my unhappy self to the genius part of the day to get that taken care of. Speaking of iPhone, Apple Insider reports that businesses that have chosen to replace corporate BlackBerrys with iPhones are having supply issues. Apple has taken up to two weeks to fill corporate orders. I haven't heard of many companies handing out iPhones though yet. I had an awful experience with exchange on my iPhone last week. Listen to Buzz Out Loud on last Thursday's episode if you want to hear the long story. If you've noticed some of your favorite websites were down on Sunday, it probably has to do with Amazon's S3 outage. This is Amazon's storage hosting service that several social web services uses as backbone. Sites like Twitter and Center Network had outages. I find it slightly amusing that Amazon recently invested in Twitter which experiences constant outages and now Amazon is responsible for a Twitter outage. The WiiMote attachment that was announced last week could come embedded in future WiiMotes according the Nintendo spokesperson. Nintendo's Katsuya Eguchi told PC Magazine that the company was considering making WiiMotion Plus technology standard and on new WiiMotes, but because it costs more money to add to existing WiiMotes the company may limit the number of games that require it. Gizmodo points out that with this new plug-ins, the Wii could be just as much or even more than a PS3 or an Xbox. Lately, we've seen some cool gadgets from CES hit market. One that I've been particularly excited about is the iRiver Lplayer. The multifunctional MP4 player launched last week. It plays music and video on a 2-inch screen, but it also has music and video playback, an FM radio and FM radio recording, which may be a licensing issue, but whatever. It also has voice recording, a photo and text viewer and the D-Click control where you use the plastic lining to control the device. It plays 12 hours of music and 4 hours of video and comes preloaded with the special 14-minute video by the band Muse. It cost $109 for a 4-gig model and $159 for an 8-gig model. This is no-iPod, we'll have a review shortly on CNET. Facebook launched its redesign today. We reported that this would happen a few weeks ago, but then it didn't. One of the new features is the ability to push stories into your feed. This can be a one-sentence thought or a longer discourse, it's up to you. There are also more usable tabs across the topics and new privacy controls to determine who sees what private information about yourself. The redesign is not the default page yet. You have to go to new.facebook.com to see it. Within the next few weeks, it will become the default design. In other Facebook news, the company is suing its German competitors StudiVZ for copyright infringement. They're claiming that the German company copied the look, feel, features and services of Facebook including the wall feature. Usually I find these suits to be a lot of nonsense, but head on over to StudiVZ.net, the site does look rather Facebook-like. Facebook launched its own German site in March. Motorola claims to have had some success in using White Space frequency on certain devices this weekend. White Space is the broadcast spectrum that will be vacated when TV stations switch from analog to digital signals next February. Internet companies like Microsoft and Google wanna use this spectrum for broadband, but so far no one has been able to prove that this works. Microsoft had a failed attempt earlier this year, but a consortium of companies have continued to try to convince the SCC that this is a safe, and sound way to go. Motorola tested White Space devices in Baltimore and claims that it was a successful run with no interference on the channels that will be used for broadcast TV. That's just one successful test, though, this company still have a long way to go to convince the SCC to run with it. A new study out of De Paul University blames technology for the fact that procrastination is in an all time high. Professor Joseph Ferrari claims that one in five people suffer from procrastination so badly that their careers, relationships and health are at risk. He blames computers and gadgets for the distraction. Supporting research from Calgary University provides an example by way of email alerts. This research says that because most people stop what they're doing when they get an email alert the gross domestic product in the U.S. has dropped by 0.5% accounting for a loss of $70 billion per year. Now of course I am inclined to think that technology is a scapegoat here. I mean, technology is usually invented to save us time, right. What do you think of this? Ring in at Loaded.cnet.com. Can a GPS unit get you out of a speeding ticket? One 18-year old driver thinks so. He's contesting his speeding ticket based on data from his RMT Rover which shows that during the time of his citation he was in fact abiding by the 45-mile per hour speed limit. The case is currently in court, but I hope it works. This method seems much more effective than the way I usually try to get out of ticket, which is to cry, but it never worked. Those are all your headlines for today, but I will be back tomorrow with more. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET.TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:05:11 [ Music ]
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