"Loaded: Texting keeps your family together"
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Loaded: Texting keeps your family together
>> Mozilla launches a mobile browser. Google takes a gamble. And a new study proves that technology helps you love your loved ones even better. It's Monday, October 20, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded.
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>> Firefox fans can now take their favorite browser on the go. Mozilla has just released the beta version of their mobile browser code named Fennec. Some of its features include tabbed browsing, password manager, download manager and customization and preference tab. These are things that we use everyday on our Notebooks and desktops, but we don't expect them in the mobile world. Maybe it's time that we should. Well, it isn't quite time just yet, because Fennec only runs on the OS 2008 platform, which is the operating system for the Nokia Tablet computers. Hopefully, it will open up to other mobile devices soon. I'm excited about the new HP touch screen all-in-one computer. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that we should see the HP TouchSmart by the end of the year. It's a consumer PC that's navigated with a touch screen instead of a keyboard and a mouse, although you can elect to use a keyboard and mouse if you choose. It's a really good-looking computer. HP has been promoting this concept for a long time, but it looks like it's finally about to hit the market. I see this machine as more of a kitchen counter family device than an actual main machine, although, now that I think about it, touch screen computers in the kitchen may not be the best idea. It could actually be kind of gross. Okay, don't keep them in the kitchen. Put them in the family room, that's better. Sony is delaying the release of 'Little Big Planet,' a PlayStation 3 game because of some music on the game. Apparently, a few track has sayings from the Quran in the background. Sony doesn't wanna risk being offensive, so they're delaying the game's launch from this Tuesday to October 27. 'Little Big Planet' is a puzzle-based game that has been getting really great review. In fact, we gave it four-and-a-half out of five stars here on CNET. The version of the game that hit stores will not be changed other than the deletion of the songs in question. Google is not allowed to sell AdWords or AdSense campaigns around online gambling in the US, but they can in the UK. The company recently started to allow campaigns around gaming in England, Scotland and Wales. The ban is still in effect in Northern Ireland. Google hasn't done this since 2004, when they put a global ban on gambling ads. Experts estimate that they could make at least 100 million pounds a year from this. With the way the economy is now, we can hardly blame them for not wanting to pass up this opportunity. You could say, ads on gambling are not a gamble. It's become a regular occurrence for me to report on the various ways in which the Chinese government watches people on the Internet. The latest incidence involves cyber cafes. The Australian is reporting that all visitors to Internet cafes in Beijing are required to have their photographs taken. The photos will be entered into a citywide database which is run by the Cultural Law Enforcement Task. So if you're a fugitive on the run, I am sorry to inform you that you won't be able to check your e-mail all incognito like Jason Bourne. Yahoo is confusing its users these days by trying to consolidate profiles. What they're trying to do is coerce users into keeping one profile for all Yahoo services. What's confusing is that you can't have your profile for aliases if you're in various Yahoo groups, games or chat. It used to be that you could have an alias and create a separate profile for that alias. That isn't the case anymore if you're using an alias. Either your alias will be without a profile, or you can link it to your real profile. Apparently, this change wasn't well communicated and did not sit well with users and Yahoo heard about it loud and clear. Still this is the right direction for Yahoo to go in if they wanna be one, big and open social network. I expect this is not the last growing pain we'll see as Yahoo moves towards that goal. The DVD industry took a hit late last week when Playboy decided that it would close its DVD business. In an effort to save money in a struggling economy Playboy will not distribute movies over DVD anymore. Instead they'll concentrate on digital distribution of their content. I was gonna make a joke about this, but I'm just not. That's all I have to say about it. A new study shows that the family that text together, stays together. A Pew Research study showed that technology does not separate families, but rather keep them together. The survey found that parents, children and spouses stay in contact constantly throughout their day to coordinate their life and that this is a positive thing. Prior to the advent of texting, e-mailing, twittering, family members would just go their separate ways and have no contact until the end of the day. Not so anymore, 25% of respondents spelled that technology had a positive impact on their family lives, drawing them closer. While, 60% said it didn't make a difference. Only 11% said that technology made their family less close. Maybe those people don't know how to use their cell phones. Those are all your headlines for today, but I will be back tomorrow with more, thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded.
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