Tech News Today 80
Recorded: September 22, 2010
Published: September 22, 2010
Tech News Today 80: Sue The Cheerleader, Sue The World
The vexatious face of piracy, ZoneAlarm gets scary, and AT&T innovating too fast.
- Mark Zuckerburg interviews with Tech Crunch, gives a really long version of Monday's press statement
- ZoneAlarm caught using fake antivirus scare tactics
- Microsoft Security Essentials now free for businesses with less than 10 licenses
- Zombie cookie wars: evil tracking API meant to "raise awareness"
- Study: Apps aren't helping smartphone sales
- Report: Half of apps have security problems
- MPAA thinks ACTA could help fight sites like wikileaks.
- AT&T boss: we're innovating way too fast for regulation!
- Meanwhile Cox Communication makes their network discrimnation policy public
- Analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro with Susquehanna Financial Group said Wednesday that Apple is prepared to build 3 million CDMA iPhones in December, keeping the device on track for a 2011 launch. That would put total GSM and CDMA iPhone production for the quarter at between 21 million and 22 million.
- Google has revealed that aerial fibre links to its data centre in Oregon were "regularly" shot down by hunters, forcing the company to put its cables underground. The search and advertising giant's network engineering manager Vijay Gill told the AusNOG conference in Sydney last week that people were trying to hit insulators on electricity distribution poles, but regularly missed and hit the fiber instead.
- Internet Explorer 9 is the belle of the browser beta ball. More than two million people downloaded the IE9 beta in the first two days after its release. Microsoft says its "Beauty of the Web" site, has had more the 9 million visits and 26 million page views since the IE9 beta launch on Sept. 15. Microsoft's developer-oriented IE Test Drive Site has had 4 million page views during the same period."
- All you Canadian movie lovers- rejoice- Netflix is coming to the great white North. no mailed out disks only a streaming service - starts at 7.99 with a one month free trial. so eh- hosers go get you some mad men heh?
- On stage at Oracle World Michael Dell mentioned that Dell would be coming out with a new 7-inch Androd tablet to go along with the Streak. Mike didn't give any other details, but it's likely this is the rumoured "Looking Glass" tablet that was reported earlier this year.
- Xerox is joining HP in producing printers capable of printing documents emailed to them. No drivers required. Xerox's offering requires a confirmation email, and works with any device supporting the company's Extensible Interface Platform.
- Microsoft Game Studios Vice President Phil Spencer said in a recent interview with IGN that the company plans to increase the frequency with which new Halo games hit store shelves. "There's no explicit strategy that says we're to ship a Halo game every year," Spencer told the publication. "I will say I think one Halo game every three years, which was kind of our old cadence, is probably not frequent enough."
- Microsoft rolled out Bing Rewards preview today. It's a loyalty program that offers users of the search engine credits that can be redeemed for free stuff. But nothing is really free. You have to install the Bing toolbar in Internet Explorer to take advantage.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Blackberry dev conference next monday in San Fran
- Thursday Sept. 23 FCC votes on approving White Spaces
"Hey Tom et al,
Your discussion of teaching and social network use piqued my interest. I have been podcasting my lectures here at Algoma University (go Thunderbirds) for 4.25 years now. I also use facebook, twitter and IM to communicate with my students. Indeed, I play xbox live with many of them.
While some of my colleagues have said they would never use these tools as they would be concerned about students learning too much about them, I relish the interaction with my students. Indeed, they know when I am at the bar, heck, the bar is in the school.... (the drinking age in Ontario is 19).
Now, I realize that this is different than an elementary school teacher or a high school teacher as I am teaching adults. That said, my students' marks have increased by 6.6 points since I started podcasting and using social media in the class. There is a guy in town that teaches grade 4 and he uses social media and other tools. He has the kids interact with children's book authors, in class, over skype. He does not follow the kids on social media sites, but encourages their parents to follow him.
Finally, yeah, I see all of the pictures of my students' escapades, but, they also see pictures of my misspent youth posted by my old high school buddies. Then again, they get the stories of my misspent youth in class anyway, especially in neuropharmacology class.....
OK, I am rambling, and in the words of Homer Simpson, can't talk now Flanders, I have a class to teach....
Dave (the psychologist)"
"Hi Tom and crew! I am an avid listener since day #1 and love the show. I am also a teacher who dropped his Facebook account after I received complaints from parents that I would not friend them. I try very hard to keep my personal and professional lives separate while still incorporating both technology and social networking into the classroom. I have a separate Twitter account which I use for homework and announcements, and a deluxe website geared toward both students and parents. While I deeply care for the students in my classroom and school building, I just don't see the educational value in having a Facebook account friended by students and parents.
Thanks and keep up the great work!
Matt, a teacher from Ashwaubenon, Wis."
- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Mediafly publish: 4:30
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