Loaded: On the Oregon Trail
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Loaded: On the Oregon Trail

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>> Gmail wants everyone to know where you are, the Authors Guild is up in arms about the Kindle's text-to-speech capability and you can now travel the Oregon Trail on your iPhone. It's Wednesday, February 11, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:14 [ Music ] ^M00:00:20 >> Don't use the new Gmail feature if you're on the run. It will put your location in your email signature using your IP address. If you choose Append your location to the signature in the Labs tab, Google will add the city and country that you're writing from under your name. Google points out that this isn't perfect, so if want it to be precise you should have a version of Gears installed which supports the location module so that it can couple with Wi-Fi access for better pinpointing. I guess I don't mind this so much if it use Latitude to give my email recipient specific location I won't have a problem with that. Windows Mobile users can now stream Netflix movies on the go. The new app is called Mobile Manager for Netflix and it let's you watch any movie in your queue if Netflix has made those movies available to stream. We don't have hardware requirements for this just yet, but if you're a WinMo user you can get the Netflix app for free right now and let us know how it works loaded@cnet.com. Mozilla is ganging up on Microsoft in Europe. The open source company has joined the European Union's Anti-Trust case against Microsoft. The case accuses Microsoft of anti-competitive practices because it bundles Internet Explorer with Windows. Dell has a new touch screen tablet called the Latitude XD2. They're saying that this is the only tablet PC with multitouch, which does not seem to be true given that certain models of the HP touchsmart or multitouch. Nevertheless, the Latitude XD2 cost $2,399. It also has a daylight viewable display, 5-gigs of RAM, 11 hours of battery life and it's available today. Dell also released a pocket printer that looks kind of interesting and it's called the Wasabi and it's only $99. It prints 2 by 3-inch color images over Bluetooth from your mobile phone for those rare occasions when you take a picture from your phone that isn't crappy. Southwest Airlines is testing- out satellite based Wi-Fi service on one of their flights. The company plans to equip three other planes by March and the service will be in Beta for several months. On the plus side if you happen to find yourself lucky enough to be on one of these rare flights, laptop in hand the service will be free while it's in Beta. Southwest says the service will be about $10 per day when it's out of Beta. It looks like the digital TV transition is sort of still happening as planned, but not really. Approximately 700 broadcast stations that are already prepared for the switch will go digital by February 17. Congress had approved the delay until June 12, but stations that are ready for the switch will have to inform the FCC by Monday. If the FCC feels the station switch is not in the best interest of the community the request can be denied. I thought it was an all or nothing type deal, but I guess not. The original video game classic Oregon Trail is coming to the iPhone. That's right if you remember hours of playing Oregon Trail on an Apple II computer in grade school only to have your ox die, this will bring back memories. The game had players travel through the Oregon Trail and learn a bit of history and geography along the way. The game launches on February 28 and of course the graphics have been slightly updated from the simple black and green screens we used to know and love. Not everyone is happy about the new Kindle's text-to-speech capability. The Authors Guild feels like this encroaches on audio book rights. Paul Aiken, the Executive Director of the Authors Guild told the Wall Street Journal that the audio rights to a book is under copyright, which the Kindle does not have access to. Seems like splitting hairs to me. If my Kindle can't read a book out loud, can I, can my computer? If you're an author and you've just sold your book on the Kindle, shouldn't you be happy with that? I mean you've just sold a DRM product. What more can you want. Pipe down already. Those are all your headlines for today, but I will see you tomorrow with more. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:03:55 [ Music ]

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