Tech News Today 107
Recorded: October 29, 2010
Published: October 29, 2010
Tech News Today 107: Night Of The Living Geocities
Apple's number 4, the Nexus 2 is not the Nexus 2, AOL gets a refresh, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Natali Del Conte Morris
- Jason Howell
- Geocities is rising zombie-like from the grave. 'The Archive Team' has announced they will release a ~900GB torrent file archive. It doesn't have every single site, but they think they got most of it. Why Yahoo! didn't archive it themselves is a question for future archivists to lament over.
- YouTube Co-founder and CEO Chad Hurley told a Dublin audience he'll be stepping down from the CEO position to become an advisor. He told paidcontent.org that over the last two years he has already been taking more of an advisory role at YouTube as VP Salar Kamangar has led the site’s day-to-day operations.
- When the iPhone launched all the Apple employees got an iPhone. Microsoft must think Windows Phone 7 is just as big for them. Networkworld reports that Microsoft plans to issue a new WP7 phone to all 89,000 of its employees, and would presumably be paying for those costly monthly data plans too. Attendees of the Professional Developers conference also get a phone, though not with a paid plan.
- From 1st November BT will undertake wi-fi trials at Charing Cross underground station. The six month trial will bring wi-fi connectivity to the ticket hall and both the Bakerloo and Northern line platforms.It will be free for BT broadband customers and for mobile users with free wi-fi minutes. Mind the WiFi gap.
- PlayOn, a Windows program that gives you access to Internet content on your TV, briefly had an app on the Roku media player, which seemed another feather in Roku's cap, as PlayOn can deliver such websites as Hulu to the big screen. Engadget reports Roku is yanking the app to avoid "legal exposure" So if you have the app, great, it'll still work, but the rest of us are SOL.
- A note from Detwiler Fenton & Co., issued this week and obtained by Barron's, claims that that the next iPad will have a forward-facing VGA camera for FaceTime video chat. The claim is based on information that OmniVision will supply CMOS image sensors for the second-generation iPad and will supply a second, 5 megapixel camera, presumably to be placed on the rear of the new iPad.
- Last week, the US Army's Special Operations Command (SOCOM) asked coders to create a suite of applications, including chat functions, file transfers, video display and “multi-touch whiteboarding". The software is called the Tactical Situational Awareness Application Suite, or TactSA, and it has to work in low-connectivity areas, so Android has become the operating system of choice.
- A posting on Slashdot reports that British pizza chain Pizza Express is installing iPod docks and soundproof domes in booths of their new iPizzeria stores. 'The idea is that you can plug in your iPod and play whatever music you like without disturbing other diners,' says blogger Peter Smith. Expect smart spies to be frequenting British pizza shoppes soon.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Office 2010 beta will expire Sunday October 31, get off your butt and buy it already
- Samsung Galaxy Tab on sale in UK Monday November 1
- Xbox Live Gold price increases on Monday Nov. 1, Re-up now!
- Nearly as iconic to DJs across the world as Sony Walkman's are to practically everyone who lived through the 80's, Panasonic has officially announced the end of the road for the 31 year old industry leading Technics SL-1200 turntable. What was that noise you just heard? That was the collective sound of old school DJs across the world shrieking collectively in anguish as they succumb to the reality that digital DJing has officially won the DJ battle.
"Mac OS App Store - similar to Ubuntu's Software Center?
When Ubuntu 9.10 came out with the Software Center, I was excited.
Finally, no more compiling software, no more downloading this package or that dependency... no more thinking, it was all done for me automatically.
I can't help but wonder how nice it will be on OS X, albeit paid software.
Yes, OS X doesn't require me to compile software (for the most part), I don't miss out on dependencies etc., but I'm lazy!
Click click click... and I have new software on my Mac, with ease... just like I do with Ubuntu. Not navigating to this page, or that page, just launch, click, boom.
I now have a peace of mind on downloading some of the smaller types of software, that I usually wouldn't buy a license for, but will now since I trust how my money is being exchanged, (Apple being the money handler).
Lastly, I'm more excited about how Apple is seemingly packaging 'their' software. Looking at screenshots from their website, the iLife/iWork apps are separated, and at 15 bucks a pop! This is awesome. I could give a rat's butt about Garageband, but I do want iPhoto '11. Now I can get what I want, vs. the lot, and for less $$$.
This is just another example of how fantastic of an idea Linux had, and Apple revamped for the consumer.
Bravo to the brains in Linux-land, bravo to Apple for making it mainstream.
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