Tech News Today 101
Recorded: October 21, 2010
Published: October 21, 2010
Tech News Today 101: Space Pirates
Opt-out party in Germany for Google Street View, Nokia fires people, Apple's huge security hole.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Scott Johnson ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- CEO Reed Hastings had a few interesting comments during his earnings call yesterday. He called Netflix "primarily a streaming company that also offers DVD-by-mail." He indicated a streaming-only plan could come to the USin the fourth quarter of this year, noted that eventually DVDs might require a premium charge and said Netflix plans to expand beyond North America in late 2011.
- Pirates Parties International wants to launch a file-sharing site. Where would you launch a site? Put the site in SPAAAACE. The plan is by putting the site in space, the Pirates Parties site would be free of laws! This idea is so crazy it might just work.
- Nintendo is doing what it does best, repackaging its old stuff. The Wii will be red in honor of Mario's 25th birthday and will come with New Super Mario Brothers (the game, not like a third Mario brother) and a redesigned wii controller that has motion plus built in. The redesigned Wii controller will also be on sale separately. The DSi XL will also get a red paint job for the Mario anniversary. The bundles are coming November 7th.
- Mike Vernal of Facebook posted today that the company takes the sharing of user IDs very seriously and is developing an encryption scheme to prevent accidental transmission of the IDs. But he also indicated Facebook would like to fix the Web too. He wrote: "the underlying issue of data sharing via HTTP headers is a Web-wide problem. We look forward to working with the Web standards community and browser vendors over the coming months to help address this issue."
- In news that will excite about 3 of you, Opera 11 alpha has been released for OS X, Windows, and Linux.What's new about this version of Opera? It'll be able to support a new technology called extensions. If you use Chrome or Firefox or even Safari you've probably heard of these things. Will this bring Opera market share? Nah.
- Sony Corp. said it shipped one million units of its new Move motion controller for the PlayStation 3 in North America and Latin America during the product's first 30 days on the market. Sony hopes it will give the gaming market a boos during the holiday shopping season
- When is 4G not really 4G? Technically right now, nothing is 4G. But the International Telecommunication Union or ITU, which decides these things took a significant step towards approving LTE-advanced, and the WirelessMAN-Advanced portion of WiMAX IEEE 802.16m. The official votes will come later. even so, the LTE ad WiMax currently ont he market are still not going to technically be 4G. For that the implementations will have to start using orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM). and support peak download speeds of 100Mbps.
- Google has reached an agreement to build its first ultra-high speed broadband network near Stanford University, the search giant announced on Thursday. The agreement with Stanford means the university's residential subdivision will be the first place to test Internet speeds up to one gigabit per second, more than 100 times faster than the typical broadband connection in the US. The plan is to break ground early next year.
Kickers and Weird Science
- all OEMs including Dell will not be able to ship any XP machine (preinstalled or with XP media as a drop in the box) after Oct 22nd.
- Ryan: First caller has a unique Facebook privacy concern
- Jeff: A heartwarming Netflix story
I don't know if I was seeing things right on my Roku personal channels but It seems that this morning the Hulu Plus channel magically appeared on my channel selection. I know I didn't add that myself, so ""HOW DID ROKU KNOW I Wanted HULU channel??"" I was hoping to find out from other people if this really is just something that Roku did with all US sold ROKU or if I was just singled out? Thanks for the great shows!!
"Just a thought, but one thing that may be good about the idea of a ""Mac App Store"" is that as a customer I can trust the entire process of buying an aplication for the computer more in a Mac App Store.
In the past when I have purchase a program from a small developer they normally don't process my credit card directly and sent me to some other site to process a payment. Once the payment is processed the site then send the payment info back to the developer. Finially the Developer sends me the activation key. There are a lot of places this can break down and this ""payment center"" w has my e-mail and can spam me with ""great offers"" for Windows software even though ""I don't do windows"". As a customer I have more trust in Apple then these random payment processing sites.
"TNT, I just wanted to write in and tell you how much I love the show! It's a great way for me to stay up to date without having to browse all the tech news sites myself. Thank you!
A comment about the MacBook discussion you had today: Although it did seem as if they were just ""selling through"" the old white MacBooks, they redesigned it with the unibody polycarbonate enclosure. Also, it seems like it is probably one of the best selling laptops for the college or family crowd who pains at paying so much for a Mac. Third, it provides that push to buy the ""cool silver one"" for just a little bit more. I disagree that Apple is phasing out the MacBook. Redesigning/changing sure, but getting rid of? I don't think so. Only us truly geeky folks are willing to up to the ""Pro."" Normal people just want the cheap one.
A teacher trying to make her students appreciate the geeks just a little bit more!"
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