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Morning Xtra: 'Transformers 2' Trailer, Disney on Hulu, Cheaper Macs



New 'Transformers' To Blow Up Stuff

We wish our gadgets were actually sentient beings from a far off planet called Cybertron, if only so we could pit an iPhone against a Palm Pre in a fight to the death. Instead, sate your desire for a maelstrom of meaningless robotic destruction with this new trailer for 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.' [From: Yahoo]

Disney's Coming to Hulu
Disney is the latest content provider to jump in with Hulu, bringing ABC shows like 'Lost' and 'Desperate Housewives' to the online television site. This just leaves CBS as the lone network out, as NBC and News Corp are already on the site. Look for some Disney movies to hit the site as well -- we're crossing our fingers for 'The Jungle Book.' [From: The Daily Beast]

More Affordable Macs Coming Soon?
According to AppleInsider, we can expect to see some more affordable Mac offerings in the near future, as Apple adjusts to recessionary consumer spending. The company is already offering its iMac for $899 to educational institutions, and AppleInsider's sources say that both the MacBook and the iMac line of computers may become more affordable. And an Apple tablet? No definitive word yet, but keep a close eye on June's Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC). That's when Apple typically makes some of its big announcements. [From: AppleInsider]




An Evil Move by Microsoft

Sure, we often jest about Microsoft's dubious business practices, but this latest news from Slashdot makes the company look downright evil. Apparently, Microsoft is forcing users to update to Internet Explorer 8, labeling it a "critical update." What's more, the update automatically makes IE8 the default browser, so if you're using Firefox, you'll have to reset it as the default browser. Look out for more antitrust suits very soon as word of this news spreads... seriously. [From: Slashdot]


.TV Domain Island Is Really Sinking
Admit it... you thought that the domain ending .tv stood for "television," just like we did. Well, it turns out that .tv actually is the country code for domains from Tuvalu, the world's third smallest country. Apparently, U.S. media types have swooped in and licensed away the .tv ending and tacked it on the end of their Web sites (sweet case-in-point, reddit.tv). It also turns out that the island itself is sinking, prompting domain dealer GoDaddy to advise potential customers not to buy .tv domains, since the addresses won't exist once the island is under water. We're not really sure if this is a joke, although the island is sinking. We do have a hard time believing that the domains will just disappear... maybe this is all just some elaborate tie-in to the finale of 'Lost.' [From: Gizmodo]


iPod Classic Survives Frozen Yukon Winter
How is it that a single fall from a cramped desk can spell the death of our iPod, while a guy can find an iPod Classic in the melting snow -- that had been frozen solid for the entire Canadian winter -- and it still works after being thawed out? Read more about this seemingly indestructible iPod, here. [From: Tuaw]


Mobile Finance App From Quicken for Your iPhone
We know you have tons of cash to move around, so we recommend using a personal finance application to track your dough. And, if you like living paycheck to paycheck, there's no better way to tow the line than by getting constant mobile finance updates via an iPhone app. There's a new offering in town from an old player: Quicken just released an iPhone version of its Quicken Online software. Check it out if you're like us and need to know if one more round at the bar is going to start dipping into rent funds. [From: Venture Beat]



Another Facebook Phishing Attack
Facebook was was hit with a new phishing scam yesterday, marking two different attacks in two days. Both attacks were almost identical in their mode and means... users are prompted to check out an external site that then asks them for their login info. If users take the bait, their accounts are hijacked. Facebook responded quickly to both incidents and things were back to normal in a few hours. Remember folks, take care of your info online and don't follow links or enter information into sites you don't recognize. [From: Cnet]


Headline News From the Ever-Evolving World of Twitter:
  • A hacker is claiming to have taken over the account of a Twitter administrator. This gave the hacker access to accounts across the entire social network. He posted screenshots from inside celebrity accounts, like those belonging to Barack Obama and Britney Spears. No malicious software was used, but he was able to obtain the administrator's password by guessing her security question on a Yahoo! email account... much like how Sarah Palin's email was taken over back in the Fall. [From: Trend Micro]
  • Speaking of Sarah Palin, the governatrix of Alaska recently joined the ranks of politicians on Twitter. We can look forward to hearing her daily updates on the best way to prepare squirrel meat as she violates fundamental laws of physics. [From: Gawker]
  • Lastly, we've gotten word that Mariah Carey has been receiving Twitter messages from an imposter of her husband, Nick Cannon. The imposter took over Cannon's old Twitter account name "NickCannon4Real." We doubt she was fooled, although we would like to see Nick Cannon throw down on some dude... this may be the next Twitter war in the making. [From: Starpulse]

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