Tech News Today 117
Recorded: November 12, 2010
Published: November 12, 2010
Tech News Today 117: Microsoft Surface-less
Gummint regulates privacy, Kinect hacks, #iamspartacus, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Dan Patterson ( )
- Nvidia CEO: Like iPad, “Magical” Android Tablets Will “Surprise and Delight”
- NVIDIA chief calls Galaxy Tab 'a large phone,' can't wait to show you some real tablets
- More complete quotes
- White House wants to beef up Internet privacy laws
- Kinect wants to track your movements...for advertisers
- Google Engineer Sponsors New Kinect Bounties
- Hacked Kinect taught to work as multitouch interface
- Xbox Kinect costs just £35 to build
- Google Says 3rd Parties Would Be Liable For Java Infringement
- and Google says Oracle doctored the code examples
- groklaw's breakdown
- Microsoft's adorable new Windows 7 ad touts Blu-ray, shows Macs and PCs really just want to be friends
- Hulu seems to be getting it. Or maybe allowed to get on with it by its network overlords. Hulu Plus is now going to be available on the Sony Dash, you know the little Sony version of the Chumby. That sees Hulu promised to Roku, Xbox 360, Boxee and now the Dash, and already on the Sony PS3. It seems to be working for Netflix, which is on seemingly every device and raking in billions.
- Wonder what happened to all those Microsoft Kins? PPC Geeks reports and Engadget confirms that a leaked Verizon roadmap for Q4 includes the two Kin devices (Kin One and Kin Two). Instead of burndening the intended teen market with $60 data plans though, Verizon now offers a relatively cheap $15/mo. for 150 MB, but alas no unlimited uploads to Flickr.
- Vint Cerf, co-inventor of TCP/IP upon which the Internet still runs, says the UK government should offer tax credits to businesses that upgrade their networking equipment to support IPv6. Cerf says businesses in the UK and the rest of Europe risk being cut off from customers in parts of the world that do have widespread IPv6 support. There will be no more IPv4 addresses available within two years' time.
- Ready to jailbreak your Windows Phone 7? Australian developer Chris Walshie successfully proved a method to run “native” unmanaged code on a retail Windows Phone 7 device. Walshie was able to successfully deploy a valid WP7 application using the developer sideloading process. Next up? Sideloading an application on a common non-developer device
- Lenovo Group Ltd. will wait to launch their tablet computer, called the LePad, until next year according to Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing. No pricing was given. LePad was expected byt the end of this year. When it finally does arrive the tablet market will be quite cozy with Samsung, RIM, Dell and others joining Apple.
- The former Tennessee college student convicted of hacking into Sarah Palin's Yahoo Mail account was sentenced on Friday to 366 days in either federal prison or a halfway house. That's a year and a day which used to get you freedom in medieval times.
- One of the more debilitating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder is the flashbacks. Drugs may have unwanted side effects, like eliminating first-hand experience of the events.A team of cognitive scientists have used some of the ideas of their field to suggest playing Tetris may block the consolidation of memories that trigger the flashbacks, without the side effects.
- Seed innovator silicon valley idea factory thingy Y Combinator announced this morning that it has added its first two new investment partners since launching five years ago. They are: Paul Buchheit (bu-sheet), creator of Gmail, the prototype for Adsense and the Google slogan "don't be evil" and Harj Taggar, a Y Combinator employee who previously built and sold an eBay auction automation software company.
Kickers and Weird Science
- New Claim of iOS 4.2 Launch on November 24th as Revised iPad Build Surfaces, although we did get a new iTunes today!
"Dear TNT gang,
Following Paul Chambers' failed appeal yesterday against his conviction for a twitter post threatening to blow up Robin Hood airport, thousands of UK twitter users have re-tweeted Paul's original twitter post with the hashtag #IAmSpartacus. It is currently the top trending topic in the UK.
There seems to be a lot of support for Paul, particularly amongst comedians, who understandably are dismayed with the Judge's unwillingness to entertain the possibility that the offending twitter post might have been meant as a Joke. The British actor and comedian Stephen Fry has offered to pay Chambers' fine.
There appears to be particular dismay at the Judge's comment that;
""It could not be more clear. Any ordinary person reading this [tweet] would see it in that way and be alarmed"".
Which seems rather ironic given that it appears many ordinary people in the UK are more alarmed by the verdict than the actual tweet. Sadly, there is a rich history within the British judiciary of failure to keep up with modern technology and what 'ordinary people' feel is acceptable.
Regards, Conor from London (but still in Dublin!)"
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"Hi TNT Crew This is regarding the processor specific malware that you guys spoke about in episode 116. As soon as i heard that I just thought to myself, does intel have anything to do with it? When intel bought McAfee a little while ago i think i was one among many who went ""why exactly"". But with this, intel's looking a lot smarter now isnt it? i wonder if they funded the study. Love the show -Harysh from India "
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