Tech News Today 77
Recorded: September 17, 2010
Published: September 17, 2010
Tech News Today 77: I Liked This On Spacebook
Manta Ray filmmakers, MySpace tries to polish itself for sale, and iPads are killers of laptops.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Scott Johnson ( )
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- Ringleader Digital , A New York-based mobile-web advertising company faces a proposed class action lawsuit over its use of an HTML5 trick to track iPhone and iPad users across a number of websites. Ringleader, uses HTML5's client-side database storage capability as a substitute for the traditional cookie tracking employed by all major online ad companies. The tracker, labeled RLDGUID, does not go away when one clears cookies from the browser.
- Warner Brothers is making three TV shows available in the UK, putting them up on iTunes one day after each show airs in the US. Nikita, The Vampire Diaries: Season Two hits iTunes UK every Friday and Gossip Girl: Season 4 lands on Tuesdays
- AT&T announced they will roll out their Fast 4G LTE service by mid-2011. This puts them well behind Sprint which is currently expanding their 4G WiMax and Verizon which announced they will have LTE in 30 cities by the end of 2010. However AT&T's LTE launch could coincide with a summer Verizon iPhone launch. Get in that wound salt!
- HP has narrowed it's list of replacements for departed CEO Mark Hurd. The five candidates are all from within and the head of a major business division.
- Dynamics Inc. has unveiled credit cards with buttons, lights and a display. One model has the ability to press a button and rewrite the card's magnetic stripe, allowing it to act as multiple credit cards in one. Another hides the credit card number from a display and the magnetic stripe and only reveals your number after a pin has been entered.
- Network provider O2 told its UK customers this week that their iPad data allowances were being cut. Customers currently paying £15 a month for 3GB of data will now get 2GB, while those paying £2 a day for 500MB will see their allowance drop to 200MB a day. There is no fee for the cut in your service though!
- Component suppliers tell DigiTimes they believe a new thinner iPad with a camera will ship no later than the first three months of 2011. This would fit right in with the normal pattern of Apple refreshing their mobiule devices once a year athe same time. The iPad debuted in March of 2010.
- The chief executive of South Korean consumer electronics giant LG Electronics resigned today amid declining mobile phone sales, according to news reports. Nam Yong will be replaced on October 1 by Koo Bon-joon, 59, who is the head of trading firm LG International, Reuters reported. The incoming CEO is a founding family member of the company and younger brother of LG Group Chairman Koo Bon-moo.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Saturday the 18th is Software Freedom Day, celebrate free software!
- Sunday the 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day
- In honor of the upcoming annual "Talk like a pirate day" on September 19, Avast rebrands its main interface in pirate-speak for people who opt in to the feature through September 22.
Today we get news that Droid Eris won't be getting Froyo.
I thought Android phones were ""open"", so it should be easy for Eris owners to install their own copy of Froyo, right?
And the Samsung Fascinate forces you to use Bing search and maps. Apparently there is no choice.
I thought Android phones were ""open"", so it should be easy for Fascinate owners to change their default search engine, right?
And Android phones sold by AT&T force you to use the Android Market for apps. No side loading.
I thought Android phones were ""open"", so it should be easy for users to load any app they want, right?
And according to Skyhook, Google forced Motorola to drop their service.
I thought Android was ""open"", so cell phone manufacturers could modify it as they seem fit, right? Since Android is ""open"", Google shouldn't be able to send a ""stop ship"" order to a manufacturer using Android, right?
- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Mediafly publish: 5:00
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