TigerNewsIn today’s TigerDirect News Update, while everyone is getting their last minute holiday gifts, others are looking forward to what kind of gifts potentially may arrive this holiday season.

Today’s Headlines include:

  • NYC Taxis to get web access and televisions
  • iPhone released – and it’s not an Apple product
  • Boeing laptop theft pushes individual privacy violations over 100 million in 2006
  • China declares baiji dolphins extinct.

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TigerDirect News Update for December 18, 2006

  • NYC Taxis to get web access and televisions

    New York’s next generation of cabs is coming — complete with TV. The new features — designed to help riders pass the time, pay the fare and even find their lost umbrellas — are expected to start hitting the streets within two weeks. Thursday, the City showed off a touch-screen device that lets passengers check news and weather reports, look up restaurant reviews and track their cab’s progress on an electronic map.

    The new features also include a credit-card reader, a significant addition for the largely cash-only taxi system. Riders can even calculate a tip. And perhaps best of all, passengers seeking solitude can can turn it all off. (Source: Yahoo News)

  • iPhone released – and it’s not an Apple product

    Linksys iPhone by Cisco (Photo Credit: Engadget)While everyone is awaiting the Apple iPhone, long speculated to be ‘in the works,” it seems Cisco, which has apparently had the trademark on the name since the 90s, is launching a line of Linksys “iPhone” VoIP devices with a lower case i and capital P.

    Since “iPhone” is already an acceptable brand without even being launched, why not run with it? I guess that Apple will have to fight if they really want their namesake, or buy it from Cisco. (Source: Engadget)

  • Boeing laptop theft pushes individual privacy violations over 100 million in 2006

    A stolen laptop at The Boeing Co. has pushed a widely watched tally of U.S. data breach victims past the 100 million mark.

    On Tuesday, Boeing disclosed that files containing Social Security numbers, names and home addresses of 382,000 current and former employees were compromised in early December when an unencrypted laptop was stolen from an employee’s car.

    That disclosure pushed the total number of data breach victims on the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse Web site to 100,152,801, said Beth Givens, director of the consumer advocacy group.

    The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has been tracking data breaches since February 2005, when ChoicePoint Inc. disclosed that thieves had stolen information on 163,000 victims from the company’s database. (Source: Computerworld)

  • China declares baiji dolphins extinct

    In a loss to all of humanity, the Chinese River or “baiji dolphin’ has been deemed extinct after International researchers were able to locate a single example of the species in a recent survey of the waters. These researchers have been monitoring the long-protected species for over 20 years.

    The official declaration Wednesday that a dolphin species has gone extinct should serve as a “wake-up call,” said an area scientist who was part of the animal’s recovery program. Inhabiting only China’s Yangtze River, baiji dolphins had been heading toward extinction for years — the last official sighting of a baiji dolphin was in September 2004.

    In early November, an international team of 30 scientists set out on a six-week, 1,000-mile expedition to search for any surviving specimens and found none. “Within the past couple of decades, the population was estimated as high as 400,” said Randy Wells, director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Center for Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research.

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