Tech News Today 109
Recorded: November 2, 2010
Published: November 2, 2010
Tech News Today 109: Bug Bounty Booty
London Times pay wall, Google pays to squash bugs, and Chrome OS is a-coming!
- We're sort of expecting an announcement from Samung next week about the Samsung Continuum smartphone bu Engadget reports Verizon may have spilled the beans. The phone showed up on Verizon's holiday website with only a 'coming soon' subtitle. Previous leaks have pointed to a November 11th release for the dual-display phone.
- Current TV will air a new tv series where the audience will create the plot. Bar Karma, scheduled to debut in the first quarter of 2011, was created by game designer Will Wright of Sims fame. Bar Karma’s production model has the audience submit plots, discuss and possibly merge storylines, then vote on a finalized proposal which is then produced.
- Google has been paying bounties for bugs found the the Google Chrome browser, so it's decided to experiment with bug bounties for almost everything it does. If you uncover "any serious bug which directly affects the confidentiality or integrity of user data,"you may get from $500 on up to $3,133.70. Denial-of-service attacks and social engineering, aren't eligible for reward.
- Microsoft is under assault after it's upgrade of the Xbox dashboard. Indie Games were moved into an obscure tab called Specialty Shops, and no longer appear in the A-Z listing of titles, making it hard to browse and purchase indie games. That combined with the usual launch bugs have led to an Internet-sized bundle of outrage.
- Is Microsoft's Hotmail giving up, or cleverly making a play to control everything? Microsoft said yesterday that it was rolling out tech that lets users add accounts from other web email services, including Yahoo! and Gmail. The functionality was borrowed from Outlook which can already do such amazing pop-mail accessing things.
- Yesterday we mentioned that Turkey had lifted the ban on YouTube over the weekend after a video critical of Turkey's founder had been removed due to a copyright claim. Google now says it has reinstated the videos because they did not violate copyrights. The head of the country's Telecommunications Transmission Directorate said he would meet with Google but the ban may be put back into place.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Wired UK reports that a prototype for an electric vehicle — code named Urbee — had its entire body built with a 3D printer. Stratasys and Kor Ecologic have partnered to create the electric/liquid fuel hybrid, which can deliver more than 200 miles per gallon on the motorway and 100 miles per gallon in the city.
In episode 108 Tom referred to the LG Cosmos as a ""feature phone"". Why are they called *feature* phones when they have almost no features? Shouldn't you call them ""dumb phones"" or ""featureless phones""?
Todd From Davis"
"Any chance you could come up with a better way to refer to wimax other than 4G? As we all know, it is not 4G; it is just misleading marketing. Semi-informed users will be confused when they listen to tech shows like this one if the experts keep confirming the lie. Just a thought.
David Birmingham, AL"
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