Tech News Today 108
Recorded: November 1, 2010
Published: November 1, 2010
Tech News Today 108: Files Between Friends
Google sues the US, Blekko slashes search, Android is the most popular, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- Hartford, Connecticut, the homeland of Veronica Belmont got 4G WiMax today. As did Trenton, New Haven, New Brunswick, Tampa and the little town of New York City. Overall 61 cities have the stuff now, making the Sprint OverDrive look a little more tempting for travelers. San Francisco and LA are amongtowns due to get lit by the end of the year.
- The Worldwide Web Consortium has released the results of its first HTML5 conformance tests, and according to this initial rundown, the browser that most closely adheres to the latest set of web standards is.... come on... gues.... can't? no. Internet Explorer 9!!! That's right bitches. Who's more standards compliant now, Netscape! You're not even a browser!
- Aram Bartholl is building a series of USB dead drops in New York City. He is "injecting" USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs and inviting anyone to go to these places (so far 5 in NYC) to drop or find files. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and data. Please use protection.
- You may recall that open source awesome video player VLC was recently brought to the iOS platform by a company called Applidium. Like every Apple app, it contains FairPlay DRM. Which means VideoLAN, the makers of VLC think it might violate the GPL license for open source software. SO maybe download now if you haven't yet.
- iPhones in Europe automatically adjusted to daylight savings time yesterday but the alarm clocks didn't keep up. A bug in the system meant alarms set the night before went off an hour late. Australians experienced a similar problem last month, and Apple did not fix the problem or warn users. The iOS4 bug can apparently be avoided by using one-off alarms, rather than pre-set regular wake-up calls.
- Turkey lifted its ban on YouTube, two years after it blocked access to the website because of videos deemed insulting to the country's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. Turkey's Transport Minister, who is in charge of internet issues, said there was no longer any reason to ban the website, because the offending videos had been removed. Google said they were removed by a third party, not YouTube.
- "Computerworld (""The Voice of IT Management!"") posts about the iPhone serial port hack, which apparently enables network engineers to use their iPhones in server rooms instead of laptops or terminals. The magazine posted a HOWTO with images. I like the basketball in the corner. From Computerworld: According to Chris Pollock at io Networks: ""the real benefit in all of this is that there are so many console packages for iPhone in Cydia now that you can have a fully functional computer, as useful as a linux box, but without carrying around a laptop""."
- Facebook has made a small acquisition, buying up drop.io, a service that lets users upload files online and then share them. Drop.io says Facebook has bought “most” of its “technology and assets” and that founder Sam Lessin will now join Facebook. The Drop.io service itself will shut down.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Verizon nabs Samsung Continuum, Zeal and Motorola Citrus on November 11th, according to gushing leak?
"Hey TNT crew,
I've been listening to a number of netcasts talk about the fact that everyone is doing a marketplace and a lot of the time they relate it to the Steam platform to buy games. While having a trusted place to buy software is cool and all, I'm more interested in a little something called auto-updates. There is nothing that irritates me more then a popup every few weeks asking to fix yet another security hole/bug. I could avoid the annoyance by preventing all those update checkers from launching, but that's just asking for trouble. If we had a marketplace that kept your software up to date, that would make life easier for everyone.
What do you think?
-- Devin in Portland, OR"
"From TNT 106: 3G on Mount Everest at 5,300 meters is good but I thought you may be interested to know. In Bolivia at El Cumbre (aka the summit), which is a few meters higher than Mount Everest base camp, we have WiMax. Yes, 4G service at approximately 18,000 feet. But I must add, this is not just a base camp in Bolivia, people actually live at that elevation. There has been WiMax in Bolivia for a few years now and it works great! Thanks for a great show.
The Bolivian Aviator"
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- Edited by: Jason
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