Tech News Today 85
Recorded: September 29, 2010
Published: September 29, 2010
Tech News Today 85: Deep Integration, So deep
- Last month Twitter passed MySpace in unique visitors to become the No. 3 social networking-type service in the world, according to comScore Inc. Twitter had nearly 96 million unique visitors in August, up 76% from last year. MySpace, dropped 17%, to 95 million. Plus with all those users, Twiter has become useful for predicting box office revenues and tracking things like the flu.
- Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced at a press briefing in Japan last night that the Wii Remore Plus is real. It will combine a Wii Remote with the Wii Motion Plus gyro add-on into a controller around the size of the current WiiMote. . No price or launch date yet.
- All six Star Wars movies will be converted into 3D and then re-released in theaters in 2012. John Knoll, visual effects supervisor for Industrial Light and Magic is overseeing the conversion, though outside 3D specialists will be used. The lines shouldn't be too bad at first as The Phantom menace will be the first to be released.
- Rob Johnson and Mikail Rubnich have released an open-source implementation of the HDCP encryption/decryption algorithms. These are the ones used to prevent you from playing high-def video over an HDMI cable if your device is not authorised. It's copy protection. The code isn't fast enough for real-time playback however. The hope is by open sourcing the code others will be able to improve upon it. Mostly this just proves the code is real.
- Scotland Yard has arrested 19 members of a Gang accused of Stealing more than 10 Million dollars Using the ZeuS bot. 15 men and four women, aged between 23 and 47 years old, were arrested in dawn raids on in London. the gang's methodology was to steal in increments of $10 thousand dollars primarily from businesses and non-profit organizations. And if your'e wondering if this is a UK phenomenn only - estimates are that 1% of US computers are infected.
- Don't like the threads in Gmail? Turn them off! Finally after six years, Google has given its Gmail users the ability to decide whether they wan the 'revolutionary' enforced threading system or if they'd rather live in a more familiar aleit retro world of one line for every email. This is something Lotus Notes allowed for in 1999 people.
- Borders bookstore continues its bid not to die of irrelevancy by introducing the new updated Kobo eReader. The updated Kobo will start shipping November 1, sell for $140 and feature a better screen and battery life, WiFi and a faster processor. It also comes in a choice of three colors.
Kickers and Weird Science
- CTIA enterprise and APPS Oct 5th SF connected car, apps and lte impact on enterprise
- Beginning Friday, Oct. 1 and running every Friday in October, Best Buy Mobile will feature four free mobile phones (one from each carrier) in all Best Buys
Jose from Florida: Good news for TiVo
"Hey, Team Dynamite!
I just wanted to let you know about the situation with CLEAR, the 4G wireless ISP. I signed up with Clear in February after I got tired of giving Comcast my money. They advertise download speed of 6-10 Mb/s but my speed has been more in the 2-4 Mb/s range even though I live near a tower and always had full signal on my modem. It bugged me that the service wasn't as fast as I though it would be, but it was fast enough to watch Netflix and Hulu and streaming live MSNBC and live sporting events (through various legally questionable sites). In addition to that, I also download dozens of podcasts daily and use Carbonite to back up my laptop. I didn't think this would be a problem because I signed up with Clear for unlimited download speed and unlimited bandwidth.
It all began falling apart four weeks ago when I noticed that from roughly between the hours of 6pm and midnight I could no longer stream anything. Checking with Speedtest.net showed that I was getting around .25Mb/s! Three live chats and a phone call with tech support didn't solve the problem, although during the phone call the tech support guy told me that during times of high network traffic they slow everybody down so everybody can get online. Well, that does me no good as a customer if I can't get online when I want to get online. If they can't support all their customers then it's their problem. This Engadget post shows that I'm not the only one.
Well, even though I really hate Comcast, I hate not being to get online even more. On Friday I'm getting Comcast re-installed and cutting off my contract with Clear and chalking up the Early Termination Fee as a lesson. I hope people can learn from my pain.
Keep the great shows coming.
Francesco [fruhn-CHESS-koh] in Philadelphia"
I spent 3 years working for a company that made enterprise-level email security servers. I thought I'd help explain why the government wants to poke holes in encryption. Email encryption works with a public and a private key. You hand your public key to anyone who is going to send you encrypted email. Once they pass their email through that key, the only way to read it is to be in possession of the private decryption key. That key is a small unique text file that resides either on the mail server or the end user computer. If that key is destroyed, it's like you just lit all those emails on fire. They no longer exist in a readable format, and never will again. Which means law enforcement has to catch you before you can destroy that key or they're SOL (Shucks Outta Luck) unless they get a lot of cycles on a supercomputer to crack the encryption.
I don't think this is a reason to make a back door, for all the reason you guys and other listeners have mentioned. Hopefully this explains the driving fear behind this move. Personally, I expect it'll run into HIPAA and die because people's medical history will become too easily available if these backdoors are created.
Keep up the good work! Glad to see Jason on the show!
Doug from Virginia"
"Hello TNT crew!
Yesterday we had the Microsoft Company Meeting. This is an annual event where we get the Full Time employees (around 18 thousand show up) on Seattle's baseball field and the VPs and Steven Ballmer talks about the company.
We got an email earlier in the week saying that we should not tweet from the event, but I tweeted some things like ""the weather is nice for the event"" and other silly stuff, just to receive an email from an MS PR person asking me not to tweet. I guess technically I was not following the rules, but hey, not like I was disclosing any secrets...
Thought you would find interesting.
Love the show :) <The Microsoft Anonymous>, just in case MS PR tries to give me more trouble "
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