Tech News Today 106
Recorded: October 28, 2010
Published: October 28, 2010
Tech News Today 106: A Home For Your Fingers
Secret PSP phone control stick, Microsoft suing Android users, China number one in supercomputers
- Remember that $90 million Verizon set aside to compensate overcharged users in 2-6 dollar increments? The FCC did not feel 2-6 dollars was appropriate for the US government. So Verizon has agreed to pay $25 million to the US Treasury and leave $52.8 million for the poor schmucks who got overcharged for data they didn't use, and never noticed.
- Wal-Mart owened video service, Vudu is coming to the D-Link Boxee box. Vudu will be offered as a native app with the full library of Vudu movies--including titles in 1080p HDX video and 5.1 Dolby Digital Plus surround sound. On the Mac and Windows software version of Boxee, the same content will be available, but video output will be limited to standard-definition playback.
- Apple may get sueed over the name iPad in China. Taiwanese contract manufacturer Proview makes displays, and sold a tablet PC named I-Pad, a trademark it registered in China and other markets worldwide. It later sold the "global trademark" However, when Proview ran into financial trouble and its assets in China were seized, the creditors attempted to sell Proview's trademarks.
- Fans of the Chicago White Sox and midwestern mobile data service will be happy to know that US Cellular will be getting the Samsung Galaxy Tab. US Cellular. The regional CDMA operator has been chosen to offer the 7-inch, Froyo-based tablet, but the company's not saying when it will be arriving nor for how much.
- Zynga, the creators of the popular hit Facebook game FarmVille, should be happy today as the company's worth has passed that of EA (Electronic Arts). Zynga creates their income from in-game payments for items across most of their games and partnerships with businesses.
- Yesterday we read a report that said stable prices might lead to slow holiday sales. However today Sharp and LG warned that a glut of inventory for flat-panel display televisions will continue to pressure prices during the holidays. The inventory build-up is the result of a surge in production by global TV maker following reduced output after the financial crisis, when consumer spending plunged.
- One-ninth of the American ICBM strike force went offline on Saturday, according to a report on the Web site of the U.S. magazine The Atlantic, as a series of control errors multiplied beyond the ability of engineers to compensate. All but one malfunctioning unit are back online. So no need to move the minute hand on the Doomsday clock, scientists!
Kickers and Weird Science
- Dwight the key grip: Regarding Apples App store for OS X.
"Tom, Becky, Sarah, Dr. Kiki et al:
It was recently brought to my attention, via ""Get Him to the Greek"" rented on the venerable Netflix, that certain movie studios are now issuing rental only versions that limit the content to the theatrical release. Thus, I was technically forbade from watching the bonus features or extended/unrated version of the film unless I smacked down $20+ buckaroos to own the film I just watched. While I did enjoy the film, it's a rare occurrence where I actually purchase to own a movie anymore; I can't help but think how the movie studios are just digging a deeper grave for themselves and yet another instance of punishing truthful consumers of their products. I'm not sure if this is something you are aware of and am curious to hear yours and your commentator's thoughts.
"Hi Tom, Becky and Sarah!
I wonder why you don't advertise your youtube channel ""twit"". It is the place where I get the old episodes when I don't catch them live. I prefer youtube to downloading from twit and playing after.
"Hey Tom and Crew, Just wanted to drop my two cents on the playstation phone. Nobody seems to be commenting on the multitouch surface on the front of the key pad, which I believe to be the saviour of portable gaming with analogue sticks. iPhone games have their ""Virtual Analogue Sticks"" which I find to be a right pain to use as you can't feel how far your pushing the virtual sticks. It looks like Sony may have solved this problem. Looking at the multitouch pad on the front of the controller you can see what appears to be two metal pips. I believe these to be a sorta pseudo Physical-Virtual stick with the pips acting as the centre points for each stick providing a reference point you can feel as you move your thumbs around the touch surface. This is something that we could possible see in the psp2 or perhaps is the psp2. It would also bring the psp control scheme more in line with an actual playstation controller.
Anyway, thanks for reading.
Phil The Mechanical Engineer Ireland"
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