Tech News Today 113
Recorded: November 8, 2010
Published: November 8, 2010
Tech News Today 113: Where In The World Is Leo Apotheker
Free in-flight WiFi, the new Rockmelt browser, Windows Phone 7 arrives, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- Nexus One may be getting Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread in the next few days. TechCrunch points out that Alvaro Fuentes Vasquez, one of the leadership team of the Open Handset Alliance, posted on Twitter in Spanish "Prepare your Nexus One (Developer version) for Android OTA update 2.3 (Gingerbread) in the next few days."
- Verizon has an unlimited text and data plan for $70 a month! To get it, be emailed the secretive plan, otherwise you will be denied. The plan rings up as Verizon's existing $60 Talk and Text plan and its $30 unlimited data plan, with a $20 credit applied to your bill each and every month. Still it's worth checking your junk mail for if you're a Verizon subscriber.
- Amazon.com just announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Quidsi, which operates ecommerce sites like Diapers.com, Soap.com and BeautyBar.com. Amazon says it's throwing down approximately $500 million in cash to buy up all of Quidsi's stock. Like Zappos and W00t before it, Amazon will allow Quidsi to continue to operate independently of Amazon.com.
- This morning the Symbian Foundation announced it will scale back to just beingresponsible for managing Symbian licensing. Nokia will take over the development of the platform while continuing to make it available under an "alternative open model." Nokia acquired Symbian in 2008. Rather than attracting developers, the foundation has seen everyone but Nokia abandon the platform.
- Zscaler researchers have a new defense against FireSheep, the Firefox plugin that can steal your cookie data. BlackSheep, erves as a counter-measure by monitoring traffic and then alerting users if it sees Firesheep active on the network. BlackSheep drops 'fake' session ID information and then monitors traffic to see if it has been hijacked.
- Engadget reports that the Israel Defense Forces will be moving forward on a plan to light up a new cellular system that will blast out SMS alerts to citizens if and when a missile is fired in the direction of Israel. Just over $7 million will be invested, with the application itself being jointly designed by eVigilo and Ericsson.
- Only 13 percent of total day viewing on cable and 19 percent of viewing on broadcast television is “true HD” viewing, the audience measurement company said. That means, despite the billions of dollars that was spent buying HD sets, more than 80 percent of television viewing is still a standard definition experience.
- Toshiba announced that the small form-factor SSD drives that debuted in Apple's new MacBook Air models last month are now available as a retail product called the Blade X-gale SSD series. Not only does this mean Air owners could upgrade their hard drive, but a slew of non-Apple laptops can be just as thin by taking advantage of the drives that look more like RAM sticks than hard drives.
- You don't have your own app store? Whatever! Loser. Everyone's getting an app store these days.Even HTC is hiring staff to prepare for the possible launch of an online store that would sell e-books and applications, according to two people the Financial Times talked to. So whatever app-storeless lamebook.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Call of Duty: Black Ops goes on sale at midnight tonight, although some may have 'fallen off a truck" early as armed robbers stole 100 copies from a Maryland video game store
- Samsung Mobile Android announcement going on right now, is it this: Samsung confirms Continuum dual-display Android handset for Verizon
Thought you might find the following story about the BBC iPlayer possibly dropping region restrictions in 2011 interesting: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/digital-media/8114911/BBC-aims-to-gain-from-global-iPlayer.html
The $10 figure seems like bunk inserted by the paper as it isn't sourced and would be prohibitively expensive even for top shows, but otherwise this looks like good news all round if it happens (more money direct to the BBC, and fans of BBC shows around the world wouldn't have to wait months to see the latest episode legitimately)... now if only Hollywood and the US networks followed suit (though unfortunately I think hell freezing over still has a higher chance in this regard).
Love the show,
Yours, Ethaniel England"
"Hey Tech News Today Hosts, I was reading up about getting local television stations on the internet, and a company that is trying out getting local stations to try out their hardware and software so that people in the locations can view their tv stations on the web where advertisers can peddle their wares better.
Tom, Jason, Kiki, and Becky,
I hope you can talk about SyncBak during your show sometime, because of the ivi and FilmOn controversy. "
This really isn't a ""best of"", but one thing I've always found enjoyable about this show is the people dancing to the roll-out music at the end of the show. In addition to putting together some of those scenes, you should solicit your listeners to submit videos of themselves dancing to the TNT theme music and put some of those videos together.
Todd From Davis"
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