NumberGuru is a free service that allows you to quickly look up who is calling you, in some cases even if they are calling you from a cell phone. The best part of the service, besides its speed, is the ability to reverse look up as many numbers as you want for free.
Too busy to keep up with the tech news? Here are some of the more interesting stories from CNET News for Thursday, August 25.
You've probably heard by now that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO of Apple. This leaves us with many questions. What will Jobs do as chairman? What will Apple look like three years from now? Now for some answers. Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook, e-mailed employees this morning to say that "Apple is not going to change."
You might be swiping your mobile phone to pay for things. In May, Google and Visa … Read more
A network of dashboard smartphones that monitors traffic lights and congestion can tell drivers when to slow down to avoid idling, cutting fuel use by 20 percent, according to researchers at Princeton University and MIT.
SignalGuru (PDF) collates traffic data from images captured by dashboard smartphones.
It also graphically shows drivers how fast to go to avoid stopping at the next light; a commercial version would have audio suggestions. The system could also be developed to advise motorists to take a side street to avoid congestion ahead.
The researchers deployed iPhones on car dashboards in Cambridge, Mass., and in Singapore. In the former, where traffic signals with fixed schedules are used, SignalGuru could predict when lights would change with an error margin of two-thirds of a second. In Singapore, which has signals that adapt to traffic volume, the error increased to one second up to just over two seconds. … Read more
Have you ever received a phone call from a mystery number, but had no way to find out who was on the other side? A new online service called NumberGuru lets you perform a reverse number search to identify the source, and our friends from BeenVerified.com are in the studio to tell us all about it.
There are a few services like WhitePages that offer similar features, but NumberGuru is free and accessible from the Numberguru.com Web site, or with any one of its smartphone apps. Even better, the site lets you share comments on phone numbers to warn other users about spammers and telemarketers, and BeenVerified.com also offers background checks to dig up more details about the caller.The 404 Digest for Episode 861 BeenVerified does background checks. Why bother to remember when you can just use Google? Great fear as PS1 discs begin to oxidize and degrade after 10 years. Episode 861 Subscribe in iTunes (audio) | Subscribe in iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
Dextronet's Task List Guru is a free tool for creating and managing personal task lists. It can also manage small projects, but it's not a project management tool designed to keep teams in touch; it's a personal organizer designed to keep your life on track by helping you organize and prioritize lists of tasks and keep track of notes and other reminders. Its approach is both familiar and unique, thanks to an Explorer-like tree view and handy icons for quick visual identification.
Task List Guru's installation wizard includes a seven-step quick-start guide that does a fine … Read more
Always looking for new ways to deliver its search results, Google has rolled out a new app that combines instant messaging with search.
Launched today as the latest experiment in the Google Labs playground, Google Talk Guru offers you a chat session through which you can ask certain questions and receive responses from an automated bot set up on the back end.
For now, the app can handle only certain types of questions from among a limited number of categories, such as weather, sports scores, math equations, definitions, and translations. But like other Google Labs apps, it's something to … Read more
Duplicate images can take up a lot of space on your hard drive, but it's not always easy to locate, compare, and delete the duplicates. DupeGuru Picture Edition is a search utility that's made especially for this purpose. It didn't work exactly as we expected it to, but in the end it seemed to be pretty effective.
The program's interface is plain and not particularly intuitive. We decided to test the program by intentionally creating some duplicate images in a particular folder, and once we figured out how to select the proper directory, we had DupeGuru … Read more
While keyboard layout seems like something that is (or should be) set in stone, Guru'board's Miniguru is trying to shake the keys up a bit.
I'm all for anyone trying to improve upon previous technologies, but typing is something that is so natural to me at this point that changing functions and placements makes me nervous. (At least on U.S. keyboards; it took me a long time to become fluent on a French one.)
The FBI has accused the man who allegedly was first, or among the first, to upload a pirated copy of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" that circulated online in April. What authorities have apparently yet to do is identify the original source of the leak.
On Wednesday, after Gilberto Sanchez was charged in New York with violating federal copyright laws by posting "Wolverine" to a file-sharing site a month before the film's theatrical release, he told reporters from The New York Daily News: "It's just ridiculous. I bought it from a Korean guy on the … Read more
This program lets you manage all of your start-up programs, ranging from applications to toolbars. While it performed as promised, we just couldn't get past its cluttered user interface.
Startup Guru uses tabs in an attempt to organize various start-up categories. But the stacked tabs, check boxes, and command buttons are all squeezed into a tiny window. Luckily, we were able to remove the tips window and free up a little space. The window can be maximized, but despite the window size, the layout is still squeezed into a tiny corner. Still, we were able to disable specific start-up … Read more