Hello PC Club members,

 

First an apology for being late with this month's Byte.  Sorry about that.  But the monthly meeting will indeed be this Saturday (May 15th) in the usual place at the usual time (Pan American School, Belen at 9am).  I hope to see you there along with all our friends and interested individuals.  Our meetings are always a fun and informative time; and I expect this meeting to be the same.

 

The last meeting showed a good response to selling and giving away any old computer stuff to other members.  I think we should do this at all the meetings.  So feel free to bring whatever you want to sell, give away or trade to any of our meetings.  I think it's a lot of fun.

Now for the sharing:

 

Item 1. Motorola is reportedly preparing to launch an Android-powered smartphone with a "flip-around" display in June 2010.

 

story here: http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-features/49714-motorola-flips-out-with-new-android-smartphone

 

(The reason I want to share this item with you is for you to look at the specs for this phone and note just how far we have come in making phones look like computers.)

 

Item 2. Facebook and us old _ _ _ _ _.

 

The current backlash against Facebook for having turned its privacy promises inside out is likely being driven by adults over the age of 35, according to survey data from YouGov’s Brandindex. As for 18- to 34-year-olds, Facebook continues to be the hottest thing on the net since YouTube, according to the company’s daily profile.

 

Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/backlash-old-people-facebook/#ixzz0niJL7ABp

 

Related: Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination. It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.

 

Read More http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/05/facebook-rogue/#ixzz0niJuTL3B

 

Item 3. Microsoft Office update

 

The world's largest software company is upgrading its popular Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint applications, and rolling out its own online versions to keep up with the new class of mobile, web-connected users that have emerged since the last upgrade in 2006.

 

 

Story here:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100511/tc_nm/us_microsoft_office;_ylt=Arl4CeFIopEw75w7AhEZvT9T.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTJwZGQ5MWtmBGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTAwNTExL3VzX21pY3Jvc29mdF9vZmZpY2UEcG9zAzEEc2VjA3luX3BhZ2luYXRlX3N1bW1hcnlfbGlzdARzbGsDbWljcm9zb2Z0dXBk

 

(Kinda shows ya that these Google docs are a pretty good thing.)

 

Related article: As Microsoft prepares to launch Office 2010, the latest version of its venerable productivity suite, Google is persuading longtime Office users to ditch Redmond's apps and upgrade to Google Docs instead.

 

http://www.pcworld.com/article/196069/google_skip_office_2010_use_docs_instead.html

 

Item 4. Google Android beats out Iphone

 

Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market.

 

Story here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20100510/tc_nm/us_google_android;_ylt=AgvYjw5lxgjPCAU_qXfy2RZT.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTJvaDNyOTE2BGFzc2V0A25tLzIwMTAwNTEwL3VzX2dvb2dsZV9hbmRyb2lkBHBvcwMxMQRzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNnb29nbGUzOXNhbmQ-

 

Item 5.  You and your Kindle

 

There have already been plenty of questions over who "owns" the ebooks you've bought, with stories of remotely deactivated books and remotely deactivated features -- neither of which happens when you have a real physical book. But there are also other concerns opened up by newly activated features. Apparently one new feature -- sent in by a few concerned readers -- is that Amazon will now remotely upload and store the user notes and highlights you take on your Kindle, which it then compiles into "popular highlights." 

 

Story: http://techdirt.com/articles/20100511/1018059377.shtml

 

Item 6.  What your Microsoft purchases in days past is now buying you.

 

Based on early work, University of North Carolina experts believe a blast of ultrasound to the testes can safely stop sperm production for six months. With a grant of $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation they will push ahead with more clinical trials.

 

Story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8674380.stm

 

Item 7. All the best is available to you this coming Saturday at your local, friendly computer club meeting . . . at 9 . . .free doughnuts (spelled that right).

 

Chuck