Tech News Today 96
Recorded: October 14, 2010
Published: October 14, 2010
Tech News Today 96: The Spy Who Friended Me
Car-eating rabbits, Yahoo-eating AOL, and spies use Facebook for spying
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Kirsten Sanford ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- We're number one again! In Spam! According to a new report out today from security firm Sophos, the United States is now the top source of spam, accounting for almost 19 percent of all junk e-mail sent throughout the world. That's a patriotic jump from our also world-beating 15.2 percent share in the second quarter. The US generates almost 2.5 times more spam than second-place India.
- Skype just introduced Skype 5.0 for Windows officially - which now includes your Facebook contacts. So now you can call your friends via Skype - but they have to have a Skype account. So no Skype to Facebook chats just yet, but at least stuff's more organized.
- Sony's PS3 will be upgraded next week, so access to Netflix will no longer require you to insert a disc into your PS3 to stream video. But, wait - there's more! Sony's version of Netflix will have 1080i video - everyone else tops out at 720p, and Sony gets 5.1 audio. The upgrade is expected to go live on October 18th.
- Ah to be young and French! French citizens will soon have the opportunity to purchase a card - the Carte musique - to download music from subscription-based services, for half the cost of a €50 credit included in the card, with the French government paying the rest.” The program is a way to encourage the habit for buying content. The scheme will last two years and be open to those age 12 to 25, who will be able to apply for one carte musique per year.
- Steve Jobs has donated iPods to the Chilean Miners. Reuters reports that they received the latest iPod - but no mention as to what model. [there are way too many inappropriate thinnest-iPods/smallest iPod jokes here]
- Android is getting Opera Mobile - now don't confuse this with Opera Mini - Opera Mobile will be a pinch-to-zoom, hardware accelerated browser when it is officially released. If you get the beta - take note that it won't have hardware acceleration.
- Researchers at a German university have developed "diminished reality" software that can delete an object from live, full-motion video. The software first reduces the resolution of the object, removes the image, and improves the result (similar to using a smudge tool in Photoshop), then incrementally increases the resolution, improving the result, until the original resolution is restored. If only Stalin were alive to appreciate it.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Google's latest quarterly results have beaten market expectations after it posted a 32% rise in profits. The internet giant made a net profit of $2.17bn (£1.4bn) in the three months to 30 September, up from $1.6bn for the same period a year earlier.
"I remember everybody making a big deal out of Diaspora when it was ""announced."" But I could never figure out how to actually join the network. After a little digging, I found that if you want to actually create a profile on diaspora you have to go to pivots.joindiaspora.com , there isn't any links on the main joindiaspora.com site so you have to go directly to it. Just thought some people might be interested in checking it out.
love the show,
"Hey there TNT,
Found this from a friend on Facebook:
""For 24 hours from 5.00am this morning, Thursday 14 October, Greater Manchester Police will be publishing details of every incident that it deals with on Twitter to allow the public to see what officers at one of the largest UK forces face on a daily basis. More""
Thought this was a really interesting event. It is streamed live on their homepage as well as the constant updates on Twitter. http://twitter.com/gmp24_2
It's insane - but a really sweet idea. Would love to hear your views.
Love the show, etc.
Mark Whiteside, Glasgow"
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