Tech News Today 94
Recorded: October 12, 2010
Published: October 12, 2010
Tech News Today 94: Apple Gives Denmark A Bum Deal
Sony Internet TV launches, Kindle starts a new book format, and Oracle is a troublemaker
- The new Yahoo! messenger app now live in the iPhone's App Store, offering multitasking on the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, 3G / WiFi video calling and instant notifications. Users interested in making voice calls can also tap into their bucket of Yahoo Voice Phone Out minutes, but it'll only work in America, France, Germany, Spain and Singapore at the moment.
- The insanely popular yet insanely simple game Minecraft had so much interest that the servers were crushed prompting a 'free weekend' to make up for all the problems. Apparently that was an an excellent idea. Once the game came back online for sale on Wednesday, Joystiq reports the game was purchased 25,936 times in one day netting about $350,000.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that a Verizon executive confirmed the carrier is working on adding the capability to surf the Web and talk on their phones at the same time. Verizon and Sprint both implemented CDMA in a way that splits data and voice so that phones cannot typically access both at once.
- Some T-Mobile G2s are reportedly getting an official Over-The-Air update from T-Mobile that add native internet tethering back into the phone, along with the UMA WiFi calling T-Mobile plans to offer on all of its forthcoming Android handsets.
- Squaretrade, a company that sells warranties for products, announced some research they did on their own claims today, stating that iPhone 4 glass broke 82% more than iPhone 3GS glass did among their customers. SquareTrade says they analyzed 20,000 iPhone 4s covered by their plans. Of course people willing to buy warranties may be more accident prone, and the iPhone 4 has two glass urfaces instead of one.
- The Florida town of Altamonte Springs had to relocate the town's IT gear three times in 2004 due to storms. So they decided enough was enough and have refitted an old water tank to become the city's new data center. The 18-inch-thick walls in the 770,000 gallon tank now provide a weather-safe place for the city's IT gear to ride out any future hurricanes.
- It's been a rich harvest for the folks who make the iPhone game we rule. ngmoco was sold to Japan’s DeNA for $403 million. ALso reaping the harvest Venture capital firm Kleiner perkins who invested 10 million in the firm but takes 100 million out. Sweet, that's a better return than even magic cauliflower!
- French site MobiFrance is showing off pictures of what it claims is the rumoured Palm Pre 2. The new Pre has an improved front, runs webOS 2.0 runs at 1GHz with 512mb of RAM. MobiFrance suggests we might see these in early November.
Kickers and Weird Science
- walmart carrying ipad starting oct 15th
- intel earnings Intel reported third-quarter record highs for both revenue and operating income, but it may be the company's fourth-quarter outlook that worries investors. Intel reported net income of $3.0 billion on revenue of $11.1 billion, versus net income of $1.86 billion for the same quarter a year ago,
- And Wednesday Oct. 13 at live.twit.tv, Tom and Leo will interview Steve Wozniak. Post #wozontwit for questions from Twitter
"Tom et al,
Following up on yesterday’s discussion regarding how the apps from Amazon Android Market would sync, they really could do it over the air. AppBrain does this perfectly. You sign into AppBrain with your Google ID (and stay signed in for convenience after that), and you have the app on your phone as well. You just click “install” on the apps as you find them on the website, then go to the app on your phone and press “install” there, it will install all the apps at one time. Very simple and effective. No physical sync needed.
So, if AppBrain can do it, Amazon could do it even better.
"Hey guys, I had the netflix issue with my apple tv just like the caller. It has to do with the netflix authentication process. All you have to do is go into the general settings and do a ""Reset Settings"". You have to rejoin your wifi and netflix info but this will fix the problem. Apple is aware of the issue. Ken W."
"Here is an email I received from Netflix. I have a Sony Bluray player that the kids stream Netflix from that was not working Friday night and I think Saturday morning. Firefox streaming was working.
Jason was asking listeners if we were having problems with Netflix streaming.
Matthew Indio, CA"
"We're sorry you may have had trouble watching instantly via your Netflix Ready Device
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-The Netflix Team"
"I didn't think this would make a good story in TNT, but thought it might engender a chuckle or two in the overworked TNT crew whilst they wait for the tricaster to reboot:
Steve Jobs made the headlines in Danish tabloid "Ekstra Bladet", this weekend.
In 1969 Denmark became the first country in the world to legalize pornography, and in 1979 Ekstra Bladet introduced their "page 9 girl" - a Danish female who rarely reaches the goal of just being "scantily clad". You see where this is going, right?
Trying to be hip, Ekstra Bladet naturally wants to offer their readers an Iphone app. but of course the Apple people got in touch with the newspaper and told it they were having none of that nasty nudity in the App - and the recent "Who's got the best bum" contest was totally off limits as well!
The Chief Editor was very annoyed at this attitude, the app is in Danish, so are the news, and its aimed at the Danish - why, he asked, should the Americans censor them? This aroused a flurry of comments from angry readers, suggesting everything from lawsuits to boycotting Apple.
Undoubtedly encouraged by the feedback, Ekstra Bladet continued the 'story' today.
Showing a picture of a shapely bum, explaining that this was an example of what was upsetting Apple, and asking the readers what the paper should do. Should they include the pictures, but with the offending blacked out?. Remove the images entirely. Drop Iphone and start on Android instead.
The rantings continue, though in fairness, a small minority are saying "Well, it is their market". (The paper seems well aware that there is no legal recourse there, the best they can do is shake their heads - which they do. And show another picture in the paper - which they do as well)
Oh well :) -hatebaddesign"
- Edited by: Jason
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