Canadian Enters US Using iPad

A Canadian man who forgot his passport managed to enter the US using a scanned copy of the passport on his iPad.

Martin Reisch said Tuesday a slightly annoyed U.S. border officer let him cross into the United States from Quebec after he presented a scanned copy of his passport on his Apple iPad. Reisch was a half hour from the border when he decided to try to gain entry rather than turn back and make a two-hour trek back home to Montreal to fetch his passport.

Read more: http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-technology/canadian-man-uses-ipad-to-enter-us-20120105-1plji.html

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Is Facebook Killing Google?

There have been a lot of predictions that Facebook would kill Google. This Businessinsider article says that it may happen some day, but as of today, it’s not even close.

To get a quick reality check on whether Facebook is killing Google, all you need to do is glance at these two numbers:
$40 Billion
$4 Billion

What are those two numbers?
Those are the approximate revenue numbers for 2011 for Google and Facebook respectively.
Google’s 2011 revenue will be about $40 billion, Facebook’s will be about $4 billion. Google, in other words, is 10-times Facebook’s size.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/like-hell-facebook-is-killing-google-2011-12#ixzz1i8ZY3UXf

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iPads and Orangutans

Just wait until Ed hears about this.

The orangutan iPad program, known as Apps for Apes, was started after the gorilla keeper at the zoo mentioned on her Facebook page that she’d like to get some iPads for her gorillas to play with, Rafert explained. It was kind of a joke, but a zoo volunteer took it seriously and donated a used iPad to the zoo. It turned out that the gorillas didn’t really enjoy the iPad – “they are more stoic,” said Rafert – but the orangutans went wild.

Maybe the gorillas preferred Android tablets.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/tablets/orangutans-go-ape-for-ipads-20111230-1petg.html#ixzz1i8OfRVle

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Merry Christmas

I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

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Windows 7.5 Phone Looks Promising

cnet likes the new Windows 7.5 phone. At least that’s how it appears. They tried a Nokia Lumia 800 handset and liked it very much.

They still would want hardware that’s at least as good as the Android hardware and some relevant and useful apps.

Windows could still give iOS and Android some serious competition.

Read the article. http://news.cnet.com/8301-33200_3-57340072-290/windows-phone-7.5-what-will-make-it-a-winner/

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ATT Reduces Data Speed for Heavy Data Users

ATT customers that use too much data are likely to find their data moving slower. ATT sent a text message to a heavy user saying, “Your data usage is among the top 5 percent of users. Data speeds for the rest of your current bill cycle may be reduced.”

ATT has not revealed how much data it takes to be in the top 5%.

Do you still wonder why ATT won the “worst cell phone carrier” rating from Consumer Reports for the second year in a row?

Read the story: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57339244-93/at-t-throttles-speeds-for-heavy-data-users/

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Verizon Blocks Google Wallet on its Smartphones

It looks like the competitions is heating up over payments using smart phones. Here are two stories about Verizon blocking the Google Wallet. Google was first to the market with an electronic payment system, but apparently Verizon must want its own system. The amount of money at stake must be huge.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57337210-94/verizon-blocks-google-wallet-on-galaxy-nexus/

And:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204770404577081610232043208.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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