Tech News Today 111
Recorded: November 4, 2010
Published: November 4, 2010
Tech News Today 111: A Diode In The Eye!
10,000 pants off the Internet, Microsoft Kinect evaluation, Hulu Plus opens for all
- Quote of the day --At the Korean launch of the Galaxy Tab, JK Shin, head of Samsung's mobile division, said, "Although the launching of Galaxy Tab has been delayed a little bit (in Korea), consumer responses in Europe and Asia have been quite good and we are confident of meeting one million sales mark this year."
- Someone wrote in to The Consumerist to report an interesting discovery while shopping for a car loan, Capital One offered him different rates, depending on the browser he used! Firefox yielded the highest rate at 3.5%, Opera took second place with 3.1%, Safari was 2.7%, and Google's Chrome browser 2.3%! A commenter claimed browsers do predict an account's performance to some degree. Go actuaries!
- It's not all sunshine and roses for the MacBook Air, Bugs reports are cropping up online and in Apple support forums. In some cases the display flickers or shows horizontal lines of varying colors, or fades from light to dark when the Air wakes from sleep. no official recognition of the glitches, but rumors are floating that Apple is working on fixes now.
- According to a study by Infogroup/ORC, millions of wireless customers are planning to switch to prepaid mobile phone service. 20 percent of wireless customers (estimated to be about 24.6 million adults in the U.S.) will move to "less expensive unlimited prepaid wireless service within the next six months. 10 percent said they would switch to a prepaid plan if they weren't "subject to an early-cancellation penalty."
- Cymru um Byth! A four-year campaign to secure a ".cym" internet address for Wales has been lost to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean. DotCYM project leaders in Aberystwyth said it was disappointing, but they still plan to bid for a Welsh version of the .com or .co.uk domain. They are appealing for new suggestions and said .cymru could be used instead.
- LG's Windows Phones 7 will get selected free applications, Microsoft announced Thursday. The two companies will subsidize hand-picked applications to promote features of the phones as well as to give a leg up to developers. Every 60 days, 10 free applications worth a total of $30 will be doled out to customers, available through the LG Application Store.
- An ongoing computer attack has knocked Burma (aka Myanmar) off the internet, just days ahead of its first election in 20 years. Burma links to the wider net via cables and satellites that, at most, can support data transfers of 45 megabits of data per second. At its height, the attack was pummelling Burma's connections to the wider net with about 10-15 gigabits of data every second.
- Attackers behind a recent Zeus Trojan exploit set a trap for researchers investigating the attack. The attackers fed out a fake administrative panel with fake statistics on the number of Zeus-infected machines, as well as phony 'botnet' software that actually gathered intelligence on the researcher who downloaded it.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Skype 5.0 for Mac Beta release
- Faceboook Deals 10K pairs of free jeans on Friday @ Gap
"It infuriates me when you journalists talk about how lame Chrome OS will be. Do you not realize it's greatness for cheap business laptops or desktops where the employees only need to access the company's local intranet site and launch spreadsheets and such from there? Also there is a Chrome OS tool dubbed Chromoting where you can remote into a server or any other OS and launch a virtual desktop where you can open any sort of application. Also people could run Citrix Metaframe/ICA/XenApp programs which is how a lot of businesses allow people to open their company version of Microsoft Outlook or Excel or any other program from any computer in the world.
Android is for mobile or media consumption but Chrome OS could be for actual secure virtualization of the workplace. A slimlined, secure, fast portal to the cloud!
-Alan from Carrollton, TX (North Dallas)"
I had to laugh when you guys were talking about HD Paint. On my nails right now is ""HD"" nail polish. They even take it a step further with color names like ""byte,"" ""LCD"" and ""data.""
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