Your Monday Tech News Round Up!

by Spencer Rothman · October 31, 2011

Sony introduces 3D visors; Google Maps wants your money and heads off the streets and into buildings for a new view; Send a message to your parole office before your behind bars; Learn the deets of subway theft and how to stay safe. Kodak struggles to stay in the picture, and so much more in today's tech news round up!

1. Sony introduces 3D headset visor. Called a Personal 3D Viewer, the visor has two small screens that sit a few inches in front of the eyes. Pull on the visor like a baseball cap and then watch as high-definition 3-D video fills the visual equivalent of a movie theater screen. The images on the twin screens are made of micron-size pixels that are unnoticeable even from a nose-length away. [NY Times]

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2. Google maps is planning to charge customers. Users of Google Map links for their websites will be charged for heavy usage of the service, it has been revealed. From January 1, 2012, Google will charge for the Google Maps API service when more than the limit of 25,000 map "hits" are made in a day. [BBC]

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3. Google maps heads inside. Google has started a pilot project allowing the public to look inside shops and other businesses found on its maps. [BBC]

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4. Being Handcuffed? Press Send. An app that has gained recent attention is called 'I’m Getting Arrested.' It allows users to write a message to friends, family, and a lawyer in advance. Then, if they are about to be taken into custody, they can push a button to send a text message blast. Its developer, Jason Van Anden, created it in two days after an acquaintance narrowly avoided an arrest at a demonstration several weeks ago. [NY Times]

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5. Easy to Use, or Steal, but Inching Out of Reach. The theft of electronic devices like iPhones has fueled a rise in subway crime this year, the police say. In the past, New Yorkers were mugged, sometimes killed, for bomber jackets, Cazal glasses and Air Jordans. [NYTimes]

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6. Can Kodak rescue itself via a patent bonanza? Eastman Kodak Co. is reaching ever more deeply into its intellectual treasure chest, betting that a big cash infusion from the sale of 1,100 digital-imaging inventions will see it through a transition that has raised the specter of bankruptcy. [USAToday]

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7. Pentax Q camera is as small as can be. The Pentax Q camera is one of several new mirrorless systems launching this year and it differentiates itself from the pack in a big way: by being as small as can be. [USA Today]

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8. Find My Friends App Controversy. Apple already offers a free app that can help you track a missing device, but what if you want to see where your friends are located? Sounds kind of stalker-ish. [USA Today]

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9. Boeing sets up shop on Space Coast. Boeing and NASA signed a deal today to build the aerospace giant's commercial spacecraft in shuttle Discovery's former hangar at Kennedy Space Center. [USA Today]

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10. Apple planning huge solar farm. Apple was recently issued the necessary permits to prepare a site for a large solar farm on a 171 acre plot of vacant land near their data center in Maiden, North Carolina. [Huff Post]

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