Tech News Today 97
Recorded: October 15, 2010
Published: October 15, 2010
Tech News Today 97: Getting The Ox Outta The Ditch
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Leo Laporte ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- NPD released their September U.S. Video Games Sales numbers and it ain't pretty. Hardware sales were down 19 percent and software sales were down six percent, although accessory sales were up 13 percent. Microsoft announced they were the #1 console in the US, with 484,000 units sold during the month, up 37 percent from last September. Sony and Nintendo sales reportedly declined.
- Pocket-lint.com caught a lucky break at a New York press event, snapping a few pictures of an unnamed person with a white iPhone. The anonymous white phone wielder told the site that Apple is having trouble getting its two suppliers in the Far East to match the white used in the manufacturing of the parts. The white home button colour doesn't match the white front face plate colour.
- The New York Times has updated its iPad app to be the full New York Times just like its phone apps. The content is free for now, but when the new paywall kicks in early next year, readers will be required to pay a subscription for full access. In the meantime, registration is still required for most content.
- Anonymous has struck again, using DNS cache poisoning to deface the MPAA website, copyprotected.com which reports violations of the copy protection controls on DVDs and Blu-ray discs. The hijacked domain name pointed to an IP with their own web server displaying the logo of the Pirate Bay.
- E-Book Sales are up 193 percent according to the Association fo American Publishers, and make up 9 percent of all book sales. All Things D's Peter Kafka puts that into perspective for us - quote - people have spent more money going to see “Clash of the Titans” and “The Expendables” this year than they have on digital ink.
- US investment house Cowen and Co. forecasts that Kindle sales will rise 140 per cent during 2010, with shipments hitting 5m units. But more importantly, Amazon's e-book business will grow 195 per cent to $701m. It's believed Amazon subsidizes the price of its hardware with eBook sales. So interestingly, the iPad may be helping keep down the price of the Kindle. Cowen found a third of iPad owners prefer to read e-books using Amazon's app.
- Facebook users who were upset about the removal of the clear chat button can stop being upset. It's back. Turns out Facebook was just 'testing' the removal after it launched groups because they say hardly anybody uses it. But hardly anybody turns out to be a loud and angry group. So Facebook put it back "placing it at the top of the Chat scroll ― where it is still easily accessible without cluttering UI space."
Kickers and Weird Science
- Samsung has just pushed out the official Android 2.2 Froyo update for its Galaxy S as promised. Nordic countries get it now and the rest of us get it gradually rolled out.
- IMDB turns 20 on Sunday - thank you for settling so many bar arguments
"Hello Tom & co,
I just wanted to add to yesterdays (2010-10-14) discussion about Apple's increased market share. One thing to note is that you actually need a computer running Mac OS X in order to develop apps for iOS. The process of building and signing the final binary before submitting it to the App Store can only be done using Apple's X-Code which is only available for Mac OS.
With the success of iOS-equipped devices and the amount of people getting into iPhone/iPad-development nowadays, it makes sense that they sell more desktops as a result.
Keep up the great work,
Johan from Sweden."
"Was watching good morning america this morning, and Becky was showing off the tv hat thing she put on Tom a few days ago. Inside the hat the iPhone was playing TNT. Nice touch Becky!!
Love the show,
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