Tech News Today 89
Recorded: October 5, 2010
Published: October 5, 2010
Tech News Today 89: Bury Me With My iPhone
Coming up Microsoft is desperate for a tablet, toasted skin syndrome from your laptop, and google goggles for your eye-phone!
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- Lance Ulanoff, Editor in Chief and Senior Vice President of Content for the PCMag Digital Network
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- Best Buy in Staten Island got caught Offering to upgrade a new PS3's firmware for an extra $30. According to Engagdte they even offered to upgrade an old Ps3 for 30 bucks. Those who don't own PS3 s should know that firmware upgrades involve pushing one to three buttons and are prompted and often mandatory.
- WD announced a 3TB drive today. The drive connects by USB 3.0 and Western Digital claims transfer speeds of up to 150MB/sec. That means a two hour video could transfer in three minutes.
- The iPad is shaping up to be the most successful non-phone electronic device ever. Bernstein Research estimates its current sales rate at about 4.5 million units per quarter. This blows past the one million units the iPhone sold in its first quarter and the 350,000 units sold in the first year by the DVD player, the previous most quickly adopted non-phone electronic product.
- The One Laptop Per Child organisation, famous for their affordable laptop efforts, received a grant of $5.6m to develop a tablet version of its educational computer. The money comes from chip maker Marvell which became a supporter and sponsor of OLPC in early 2009.
- OnLive, the cloud-based gaming service has announced it will not charge a monthly fee for access to the service. The company feels it can make enough money charging per game as opposed to charging a blanket fee to use the service. Previously OnLive charged five dollars a month plus extra fees per game.
- The USPTO has issued a patent to Google for its Targeted Video Advertising invention. Among other things, the patent proposes having viewers take 5-10 minutes to 'fill out a consumer survey and perhaps to provide additional information such as a mailing address survey before starting the program' to avoid having to watch 10 minutes of commercials. 'As another alternative,' the patent continues, 'the broadcaster may offer the users an option to pay $2 (such as through a micro-payment system, such as GBuy) to exchange for skipping all commercials.
- A teenager in the UK has been jailed for 16 weeks after he refused to give police the password to his computer. 19-year-old Oliver Drage was arrested in May 2009 by police tackling child sexual exploitation. Police seized his computer but could not access material on it as it had a 50-character encryption password. Drage was convicted of failing to disclose an encryption key which, police said, is an offence under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
Kickers and Weird Science
- T-mobile G2 retails for $199 at Best Buy
- Zuckerberg name contraversy NOT to be decided by a swede from Alexander Marschitz
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