BlackBerry Storm In High Demand but Low Supply

Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Storm, their first touch screen smart phone debuts tomorrow but some are saying there might not be enough of them to go around. There have been reports of a major last minute flaw in the device that caused them to recall a number of the devices so there are fewer devices being sold tomorrow.

Apparently there was a security flaw that required them to re-flash the devices, delaying shipping and ultimately causing fewer units from being shipped to stores for resale.

This is not a good thing considering the amount of users eager to upgrade. Tech Fragments spoke to several Verizon customers that are currently using a Blackjack. All of the ones which are eligible for an upgrade hope to grab one of the new BlackBerry Storm’s.

Microsoft Drops Paid Live OneCare and Will Offer Free Service

Microsoft said today that it would stop selling Windows Live OneCare, which offers backup, performance tuning, and security. Instead, it will offer a new service called Morro, a lightweight security package, free starting in mid-2009.

This new solution, to be offered at no charge to consumers, will be architected for a smaller footprint that will use fewer computing resources, making it ideal for low-bandwidth scenarios or less powerful PCs. As part of Microsoft’s move to focus on this simplified offering, the company also announced today that it will discontinue retail sales of its Windows Live OneCare subscription service effective June 30, 2009.

Mammoth Gone Extinct? No Problem, We’ll Make Another One!

That’s just what scientists are telling us. They are talking about resurrecting an extinct species for as little as $10 million dollars. Using newer and improved technology scientist claim to be able to bring back any species that went extinct within the last 60,000 years, which includes Neanderthals.

Here’s how it would work. Scientists would modify the DNA of an elephant egg so that it would progressively resemble the DNA in a mammoth egg. The final stages of the egg could then be brought to term in an elephant mother, and mammoths might once again roam the Earth. This is all done by finding DNA differences with the genome of its nearest living relative, the elephant.

AT&T Announces 18Meg U-Verse Tier

It’s official, AT&T announces 18Mbps U-Verse Tier. The new tier for UVerse is now their fastest offering which they confirm as “Internet Max 18” and will be available to eligible residential customers on November 9th, 2008. The new tier is specifically geared towards those customers close enough to a DSLAM and those that don’t go over the maximum 25Mbps for both data (Internet) and TV.

While there have been reports of customers syncing at 100Mbps, there probably aren’t very many that can actually obtain the 18Mbps service along with multiple HD feeds. Distance and what TV services a customer has, will greatly limit the new tiers availability.

AT&T Broadband Users’ Say Hello to Broadband Caps

Say goodbye to unlimited data transfers. AT&T is now testing the idea of implementing monthly data caps for its broadband users and could result in a more widespread rollout in the near future.

The trail run is being put to the test in the city of Reno, Nevada. Beginning November 1st, 2008 users will be capped at a monthly rate between 20GB – 150GB depending on your DSL service speed. Any data transferred above this limit will be bill at $1 per gigabyte, following a one-month grace period.

CNN Uses Holographic Technology to Beam Reporter to Studio

CNN brought all the tricks out of the bag this year during the presidential Election Day. On Tuesday, they “beamed” CNN’s Jessica Yellin to the CNN studios hundreds of miles away and made it appear as though she was in the room talking with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper.

They called this “Holographic” technology, and in reality it was not. While it was very interesting to watch and will probably be used more in the future by studio’s, it’s far from holographic technology.

This fancy trick involved over 44 HD cameras and nearly 20 computers to produce. The HD cameras shoot at all different angles of the body to produce an entire image of the body, similar to motion pictures like The Matrix. This entire system is hooked up in trailers outside the HQ’s of Obama and McCain.