Tech News Today 91
Recorded: October 7, 2010
Published: October 7, 2010
Tech News Today 91: Underground ducks
BT opens it's ducts to tohers, Adobe and Microsoft are strategizing, Motorola invades Apple
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Kirsten Sanford ( )
- Veronica Belmont ( )
- Jason Howell
- Don't believe lies about bandwidth shortage, bandwidth needs are actually slowing and there's plenty of capacity
- A tweaked unofficial version of the Skype app for Android is out now that allows you to make Skype calls over your 3G connection. To install the tweaked version, first uninstall the official Skype app if you have it then download the tweaked version from the droidforums.net thread, move it to an SD card, and use a file/apk manager to install. IN other words side load it.
- Yahoo unveiled new features to the front of its search service which is powered by Microsoft Bing on the backend but still all Yahoo-ey on the front. Among the improvements are a tie-in to Netflix service, emphasis on slide shows in image search,, faster mobile search and search shortcuts based around a common source like video or Twitter.
- Now towns without football teams can look forward to Verizon's fast 4G wireless service by the end of the year. Expanding on its previous promise of 'NFL towns' Verizon now says it will be in 38 markets, and around 60 airports, with 4G LTE by the end of 2010. Most of the coverage will be int he northeastern part of the US
- Tesla Roadsters might catch fire but only in 40 percent of cases, and it's really not a LARGE fire. In a statement posted on its website the firm says that it has decided to initiate a safety recall after an electrical fault occurred in one of its $100k Roadster sports cars. Apparently the issue only affects the Roadster models 2.0 and 2.5: earlier 1.5 vehicles don't have the offending cable.
- Is Valve being pissy with Microsoft? Here are the details. New content for Left 4 Dead 2 has launched. On the PC it's free. On the Xbox it's 560 points, equal to $7. OK fair enough. But in addition, the price of the FULL PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 has been lowered to $6.79. Twenty cents less than the expansion sells on Xbox. Valve has previously stated they would prefer to give away game updates on Xbox Live but Microsoft has not allowed them to do so.
- A survey of more than 1,500 Facebook users on Twitter finds users who spend obsessive amounts of time on the site have a higher likelihood of being “unfriended.” University of Colorado Denver Business School student Christopher Sibona, a PhD student in the Computer Science and Information Systems program, found the No. 1 reason for unfriending is frequent, unimportant posts. “The 100th post about your favorite band is no longer interesting,” he said.
- According to the Microsoft Security Response Center, Microsoft will issue 16 Security Bulletins addressing 49 vulnerabilities on Tuesday, October 12. It will also host a webcast to address customer questions the following day. Four of the vulnerabilities are critical. The list affects XP, Vista and 7 as well as most flavors of Office.
- AND British regulator Ofcom has required ISP BT to allow competitors control of its fibre cables in a move designed to promote development of superfast broadband services. The regulator has also told BT that it must give rival ISPs access to its underground ducts and telegraph poles to build their own fibre networks.
Kickers and Weird Science
"I'm Cindy from South Florida. I'm writing, because I am one of the people waiting for the next WebOS phone. (And if David Spark wants to find more, he can head right on over to Precentral.net.) I bought my Pre the week it came out on Sprint, so I've been eligible for a new phone since June. Yet, I am waiting for the next WebOS phone cause I love my Pre. And I want my next phone to be a WebOS phone. I really like the interface and I like the portrait slider keyboard. I don't think WebOS gets the credit it deserves. And for the record, I am pretty sure I am not one of the least popular people on earth. Plenty of people on this rock who are much more deserving of that title.
Just been browsing through the Job(s) (groan, I know) listings at Apple UK and there's a pretty intriguing post that mentions:
""Establish and develop supplier strategies and relationships for 3D components and fixtures"" http://jobs.apple.com/index.ajs?BID=1&method=mExternal.showJob&RID=57303&CurrentPage=1
Fairly obvious move by Apple, going into 3D yes (and you may have already reported on it) - Just wondering other than iPad 2 / iPhone 5 - Do you think Apple could be working on an actual Apple ""TV"" ??
Loadsa love for the show, you and your guests :) (try to get Cali Lewis on more often please!!)
Dicky (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)"
"Hey TNT crew
On yesterday’s show you were discussing the new Facebook Groups feature but were unsure of the specifics… it just so happens I set one up for me and my friends. We used to have a Facebook message thread between us where we showed each other funny things we saw on the web. But after over 1000 messages… the thread took forever to load. So I decided to set this up to see if it works better. Here’s all the stuff I’ve figured out privacy-wise:
· The group starts out closed which means no one sees the content but you can find the group and request to join.
· A more private state is secret which means only people in the group can see the group and its contents.
· Whomever creates the group is an admin and only admins can kick people from a group.
· The admin can make anyone in the group an admin.
· Anyone in the group can add other people but if someone requests to join the group, only the admins can accept or deny them.
That’s all the real important information about privacy. In my opinion this thing is great and we love it.
Hope this helps!
Andrew from Philly (GO PHILLIES!)"
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