Tech News Today 102
Recorded: October 22, 2010
Published: October 22, 2010
Tech News Today 102: Apple's Java Jive
China hijacks data, while toilet hijacks Chinese phone and Bunnie Huang fights the DMCA.
- Steve Jobs apparently answered an email from a developer concerned about Apple's announced reluctance to continue making a Java Runtime Engine for OS X. Jobs said. "Sun (now Oracle) supplies Java for all other platforms. They have their own release schedules, which are almost always different than ours, so the Java we ship is always a version behind. This may not be the best way to do it." An Apple spokesperson used the same argument to defend the lack of Flash in OS X.
- A teenager found in possession of a stolen motorcycle has been barred from using any computer with encryption? Yes. Originally probation officers barred him from using social networking or a computer with viruses on it as well, but the judge threw that out. When the judge modified the probation conditions he wrote "Two hundred years after the framers ratified the Constitution, the Net has taught us what the First Amendment means."
- Steve Lieber, the artist behind a graphic novel called "Underground" recently discovered that someone on a 4Chan board hasd scanned and posted his entire comic. Rather than react with threats, Lieber joined the conversation on the board and the next day saw his sales of the physical novel jump much higher than he had seen after any single review online. Once again, 4Chan throws humanity a bone.
- Google has launched a music service! In India! Google.co.in/music allows listeners to search and enjoy thousands of full songs. The idea is to encourage users to find legal streaming versions of songs rather than pirate. Google partnered with Indian streaming services in.com, savvn, and saregama.
- China has launched an official online mapping service called Map World. The web-based service gives people access to increasingly detailed satellite images of China and high-level images of other nations. The flat maps can be viewed in 3D if visitors download and install a browser plug-in to convert the images.
- Just after I buy a system with Radeon 5850, AMD has officially launched their new Radeon HD 6800 series of graphics cards. The Radeon HD 6870 at $240 and Radeon HD 6850 at $180 are new midrange cards that offer similar performance to previous generation with an enhanced tessellation engine for better support of next generation DX11 game engines. Word is AMD is readying their flagship high-end Radeon 6900 family for release in Q4 as well.
- Jammie Thomas-Rassett will have a remarkable third trial next month. She has fought the RIAA through four years, two trials, a name change, and a $1.92 million judgment. On November 2, she gets to do it all again. Thomas-Rasset's lawyers asked the judge to alter his ruling slashing and open the way to appeals. Judge Michael Davis refused and the trial is on.
- Research firm Strategy Analytics reports that Apple shipped more iPhones worldwide in the 3rd quarter than RIM, boosting Apple into the number two slot for world's most popular smartphone. Nokia, which is often described as "embattled" or "fighting back" shipped as many phones as RIM and Apple combined.
- Commander Douglas H. Wheelock of Expedition 25 to the International Space Station became the first person to check in to a social networking service from space. He unlocked the hard-to-get NASA Explorer Badge bu using Foursquare's mobile site while aboard the ISS's orbiting lab.
Kickers and Weird Science
- An Android-based Nook Color may have a 7-inch screen, and retail for $249. Barnes and Noble won't confirm these rumors, but we'll know next Tuesday Oct. 26th.
"Hi Sarah Lane and the rest of the TNT crew, ;)
I've been a loyal follower since the first day of TechTV (except for G4!).
There has been a lot of discussion regarding streaming media, AppleTV, Roku, etc. and now Netflix calls themselves a streaming media company first and DVD-rental company second. As I understand things, there are two issues with this.
1. Streaming movies are inferior to the video and audio quality you'd get from Blu-ray discs played locally. 2. Potential for internet quotas. For example, Comcast currently sets a quota at 250GB/month which would allow you to download a few movies a month but since these streaming media companies are in direct competition with Comcast on-demand and PPV, it would make sense that Comcast would lower the quota to 10GB with a massive slow down on download speeds after that. Basically rendering streaming of movies and other content impossible for the rest of the month. Or they could go even farther and say if you download content from one of their ""partners"" then it doesn't count against your quota.
I want the highest quality movie I can get and I'll happily wait a day for the movie to get mailed to me, I can't ever see reason to utilize streaming for anything beyond podcasts. I'd be interested to hear the TNT's thoughts on these issues.
Thanks, Chad Baker"
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