Tech News Today 133
Recorded: December 8, 2010
Published: December 8, 2010
Tech News Today 133: Roast The Android Pigs
Europe assaults net neutrality, Android users hog bandwidth, why films will cost you $20,000, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Becky Worley ( )
- Jason Howell
- Cali Lewis
- WikiLeaks armors itself to survive cyberattacks
- Mastercard & Visa downed by Anon-Assange-fans
- PayPal VP: Wikileaks blocked after State Department letter
- US State Department: 'Assange must return stolen cables'
- You know how on MTV cribs they have those homes where people invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in the media rooms, so wouldn't another 20K to get first run movies at home just be a natural add-on? a new company called Prima cinema says they'll bring movies to homes the same day they hit theaters, Cost: a one-time fee of about $20,000 for a digital-delivery system and an additional $500 per film.
- We're almost out of IPv4 addresses, which means businesses need to move to IPV6 pronto. So what's a small to mid-sized company to do if they don't know what the heck IPV6 is in the first place? Hire Verizon. The big V has introduced a service to convert networks to IPv6, anticipating that large organizations will soon need help with such projects.
- Spotify seems so cool- too bad they don't have a business model that will work here in the US. According to CNet, after a year of negotiating with music lables, the streaming music service has failed to land a single deal.... and although they promised US service by the end of the year, no christmas joy, spotify lovers only get a lump of coal and a return to pandora in their stockings.
- Phones are now mini computers right- so when do we get dual core processors in them. Well according to RIM's mike lazaridis-- soon! Rim's co-CEO said at the d mobile conference that they'll be taking the PlayBook's QNX platform to smartphones just as soon as they can figure out the power consumption issues.
- Wanna run Flash on an iPad or Quicktime on a galaxy tab? it ain't happening natively, but it's possible if you are running Onlive's new virtualization app. OnLive was a streaming games service, but at the D: Mobile conference today, founder Steve Perlman showed off a host of Windows 7 programs on an ARM Tablet- kinda cool, but given Onlive's history, I'll believe it when I see a viable business model.
- Picture the Droid two with its slide out Qwerty keyboard, now picture it 3 times bigger. You've just conjured an image of the rumored samsung GLORIA tablet. news out today of a new device with a 10 inch screen, slide out QWERTY keyboard, and not just the overlay keyboard, a full clackity clacky keyboard. Will it surface at CES or is this the first of many - YETI- TABLETS, that will peek out, threaten to appear later, and then disappear FOREVER?
- Now in our news you can use segment: when you decide to make a few dollars by selling your used computer equipment it's important to erase all of the personal and senstive data on the hard drive- while it would be appropriate to remind consumers of this you wouldn't think you'd need to tell NASA to remember this imprtant step. But an internal investigation at NASA found 10 cases where PCs were sold despite failing data removal procedures, and 4 more for sale that data on the hard drive that was restricted under arms control rules. OOPS
- The European Commission has given a beat down to five Asian companies for fixing the prices of liquid crystal display panels in popular devices like flat-screen televisions, computers and notebook devices. The EU levied fines, totaling €649 million or $859.6 million, related to violations dating back to 2001, when the companies started meeting to fix prices of LCD screens. While the EU says most of these violations took place outside of europe, the effect on raising prices was felt across the globe. companies fined were Chimei Innolux, AU Optronics, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and HannStar Display. South Korea's LG display was also fined.
- Yahoo's bid as a content company is expanding today as they launched Yahoo Local Beta in 30 neighborhoods across the country. The geographic focus is currently on California, Michigan, and New York, including San Francisco,and some towns in silicon valley, plus Brooklyn, & 3 michigan towns Birmingham, Ferndale and Royal Oak. The site will try to provide hyperlocal news, deals and social elements.
Kickers and Weird Science
"Tom's mention of wanting the batteries on the Galaxy-15 ZOMBIE satellite allows me to share with you some random knowledge I learned thanks to knowing folks in the satellite industry. Satellite batteries for geosynchronous satellites are not that great. They only need to last, at most, 72 minutes, the maximum time of an eclipse of the sun by the Earth during an orbit. The rest of the time the satellite works off the power from the solar arrays. Galaxy-15, the ZOMBIE satellite, is still pretty much in a geosynchronous orbit, so it will survive until is gets low enough that an eclipse lasts longer than the batteries, and then the transmitter will shut down.
And now you know... Bob Philadelphia, PA"
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