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Articles Archive for Author Zachary Thompson

Netflix Sued By National Association Of The Deaf

Netflix has been sued by the National Association of the Deaf for failing to offer closed-captioning on “enough” of its streaming content. In a lawsuit that was filed last Thursday, the NAD claims that Netflix is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing captions for most of its “Watch Instantly” streamed movies and TV shows.

The NAD claims that they are standing up for the 36 million Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing, and that the deaf community has already sent letters, blogs, and petitions urging the site to provide equal access to its content.

Huawei Brings First Android Ice Cream Sandwich Tablet

Electronics manufacturer, Huawei, has just unveiled its 7″ MediaPad tablet, being the first to run the new Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The major difference between this version of Android, and previous versions of Android is that Ice Cream Sandwich is designed to work on smaller tablet devices as well.

The MediaPad is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and contains a high pixel density display. While the Motorola Xoom currently has the title for highest pixel density at 160ppi (pixels per ince), the new Huawei MediaPad has a pixel density of 217ppi. Just for reference, the iPad 2 only has a paltry 132ppi.

Nokia E6 Hits Philippines

The Nokia E6 has just his the electronics market in the Philippines for a lower than expected price of 17,820.00 Php or about $408 USD for those who wish not to whip out a currency converter. The E6 is of course powered by Symbian’s Anna operating system.

Even though it runs Symbian, die-hard Nokia enthusiasts will most likely take the hit. The device itself is quite beautiful and makes a great touchscreen alternative to typical Nokia phones. The Nokia E6 is also Wifi capable, with bluetooth 3.0 functionality, allowing you to connect with other devices.

United Airlines Suffers Massive Computer Outage

Friday night caused mayhem for man, as United Airlines passengers were left stranded due to a computer outage that had lasted a number of hours. Although technology is often a blessing, it can also be a curse.

The power came back as of 12:35 AM PST on Friday as the airline tweeted a message saying so. At the United terminal in San Francisco Airport, over a thousand people were standing around as the lines slowly started to move. I can only hope that there were no crying children in the mix.

Firefox 5 Arrives Ahead Of Schedule

Even though I am personally not a fan of the Firefox browser (the 32-bit version crashes a lot on my 64-bit OS), Firefox 5 is now available for download, three days prior to its initial June 21st release. The version ready for download is considered stable, and users can download it for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Believe it or not, development on the next version of Firefox, Firefox 6, is currently in alpha testing (the phase before beta testing) and will probably hit sometime by the end of this summer. Now what about for all you 64-bit operating systems with over 3GB of system RAM? Well, you’re still stuck with using 32-bit browsers since Adobe has not yet released a stable version of Flash for 64-bit.

Woman Hires Hitman On Facebook, Makes Wall Posts

Thankfully, there are places like Facebook where anything posted on a wall or someone else’s wall can be easily seen by other people. It is social networks like these that cause dimmer bulbs to get caught, avoiding potential tragedies as the one in this story.

NZHerald reports, that a woman named London Eley had a heated argument with her child’s father, Corey White. Eley, who is 20 years old, offered $1,000 on Facebook to anyone who would kill White. Someone responded named Tim Bynum, 18 years old, from Pennsylvania.

Andy Pad Gingerbread Tablet Hitting UK In Sept.

A UK based tablet, called the Andy Pad, promises the highest quality in tablets and offers customers the thrills of owning an Android device. Android tablets can play 3D games and output HD video, offering consumers the highest quality experience.

The touchpad is coming a couple of months, and is priced at 129 pounds. The company claims that the tablet is aimed at teens and younger children, although it remains a mystery, as to why.

Test Your BAC From Your Watch

The new breathalyzer from Tokyo Flash, allows you to simply blow in your watch to get a Blood Alcohol Content rating before you decide to “just drive home.” Now, the real trick will be knowing when to use it and not to forget that you have a breathalyzer on the watch.

I am hoping that people won’t use it too late, such as right after getting pulled over, but hopefully the provided instruction manual can drop a few clues. The watch has a weird binary looking way of telling time, which will take some getting used to.

Game On The Run With The G155

Sometimes, we are forced to go to unexpected business meetings, trips, or weddings, and we wish we could bring our video game console. I realize that there are Sony and Nintendo handheld gaming systems, but sometimes they just don’t do justice when we are looking for an immersive experience.

The G155 is a protective shell that was specifically designed to house a PS3 or Xbox360. Embedded within the shell is a 15.5″ LED hi-def display with HDMI input that lets you enjoy gaming in a bulky laptop experience.

Never Be “On Hold” Again, W/ Fast Customer App

A new app called Fast Customer is temporarily free, down from its usual price of 99 cents, and lets consumers connect directly to a live person from a selection of hundreds of businesses.

Here’s how it works. Rather than going through the trouble of navigating through complicated menu systems and getting directions from a “machine”, or suffer through holiday music while you wait, the company actually calls you.