Tech News Today 105
Recorded: October 27, 2010
Published: October 27, 2010
Tech News Today 105: No White iPhone For You
The Rare Earth blockade, PSP Phone reality, the death of P2P, and more.
- An Elks Lodge in Taunton, Massachusetts used their wily secret-world-government connections to swing a 10 gbps fiber connection installed by Verizon. Suuuure, we're told it's a 'test' by Verizon to see if they can get 10 gbps connections "working' on their "fiber". But we all know this is just another step in the Elks mission to dominate the world.
- Seven out of 10 people store sensitive information such as medical and bank details on their mobile phone without any security, new research from security firm Juniper networks has found. They also found threats on mobile devices has jumped 250% this year. Coincidentally Juniper has just come out with a new security suite for smartphones. In unrelated news, TNT research has come out with a study that awareness of tech news has declined 250%. The solution? Subscribe to Tech News Today!
- HP is not holding back on the Palm love. Chinese-based CENS.com is reporting that manufacturers Foxconn and Compal now have contracts to manufacturer up to six new Palm devices for 2011. Presumably one of these devices is a WebOS tablet, but who knows what other Palmery may lay in store.
- Google's a little sensitive about appearing innovative since Bing came on the scene, so they've been rolling out monthly innovations. This time we get Place Search which delivers location-specific search results by organizing results around a place, like Google News aggregates news information around a story. Place Search is rolling out now and should be available globally in the next few days.
- Meanwhile Bing rolls on. Microsoft’s adCenter is now officially powering 100 percent of Yahoo’s owned-and-operated properties and its publisher network in the U.S. and Canada. According to the companies, that means marketers can now use one account for their search advertising campaigns across both the Microsoft Bing service and Yahoo.
- But Yahoo isn't going to be left out of the innovating. Yahoo Mail is getting its biggest redesign since 2005. You'll be able to Twitter and Facebook from within Mail, get better spam protection and easier searching, and even see howtos and videos online. It'll be just like using Gmail or Hotmail!
- The NPD Group says it is expecting a 1 to 3 percent decline in sales for the approaching holiday shopping season for tech retailers. Consumers just aren't moved to buy big-ticket items like televisions, laptops or high-end cameras. Also prices are too stable, meaning no big price wars to pry open consumer wallets.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Sixty-one percent of Americans said the President should have the ability to shut down portions of the Internet in the event of a coordinated malicious cyber attack, according to research by Unisys. Apparently this is because US citizens know they suck at Internet security. The survey found that only slightly more than a third of Internet users in the U.S. regularly use and update passwords on their mobile devices.
"Regarding ""Lawsuit targets Google over Web referrals""
One question, why are they suing Google for something that their browser does and Google has no control over?
Love the show :) -- Michał T."
"I listened to all the talk on TNT #103 about Google's Street View.
Sorry. Help me out here. I must be missing something.
So they black out your house at 123 Fourth Street, Anytown USA.
Do we no longer know if the house exists?
Do we have no idea what the address MIGHT BE between 121 and 125 Fourth Street?
Are the Google coordinates removed from Google Navigation?
Do I cease to know the address of the house I was looking for in the first place?
Other than someone's personal decision not to share, why should I care really, as long as the app in it's entirety still exists?
The APP IS THE CREEPY PART. The rest is just details, and your house is collateral damage.
ps. Love the show."
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