Tech News Today 114
Recorded: November 9, 2010
Published: November 9, 2010
Tech News Today 114: Ask Another Aearch Engine
Ask.com gives up the search engine game, the truth about LA missile launch, the solution to Net Neutrality
- A Chinese embargo on rare earth elements wil lead to higher prices for your gadgets. Ceria, used for polishing glass in hard drives and LCD panels is up 1,000% in the last year. Europium used in plasma displays and laptop backlights is up 170%. Neodynium, used in the magnets of hard drives is up 420%. The Information Network estimates the Chinese hold 90% of capacity of rare earth oxides , but expect its share will drop to 67.2 percent in 2014 based on output of new mines
- Looks like Apple acquired a company called Wi-Gear, that has made three generations of A2DP stereo headphones called iMuffs as well as a Bluetooth 2.0 adapter for older iPhones and iPods. The company is now closed. And don't necessarily expect Apple wireless headphones. remember, LaLa closed and we haven't seen a specific product come from that acquisition. UNless you count Ping.
- Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 580 today. It looks to be the fastest, single-GPU on the market currently. It can put up in-game benchmark scores between 30% and 50% faster than AMD's current flagship single-GPU, the Radeon HD 5870.
- Students appear to like the new school-oriented textbook eReader called Kno. Kno announced that it will have a limited number of readers available by the end of the year. $599 will get you the single screen device and the double-screen clamshell version will run you $899.
- After an extended negotiation two search engines have hammered out an agreement, hopefully over drinks. Google and Aussie online start-up Groggle which is a search engine for price-comparison of alcoholic drinks have reached a settlement that involved Groggle changing its name to Drinkle, and handing over domain names to Google.
- Toy company Hasbro will sell a set of iPhone binoculars that allow users to play 3D games, watch 3D trailers and experience virtual content on the move. The My3D device looks like toy binoculars, and has a compartment for an iPhone or iPod that makes the camera on the device in to a 3D viewfinder. -ahhh just in time for christmas!
- Hughes Network Systems, one of the largest satellite broadband service providers in the world, will launch the Jupiter satellite in the first half of 2012, which will offer more than 100 gigabits per second of capacity. That means Hughes, which will resell the service in Canada and the U.S., will be able to offer average download speeds of 5Mbps. High-end services could go up to as much as 20Mbps.
- Google launches page preview- this is a new service that will roll out over the next few days as you mouse over the preview arrow it brings out an image of the page- prevents pogosticking
Kickers and Weird Science
- Boxee Box ships to pre-order tomorrow November 10
- Kinect comes to the UK tomorrow 11/10
"Thought you guys might be interested in this. Seems like a lot of people are having issues with the new Call of Duty game. I myself are getting ridiculously low FPS and massive lag throughout the game. I've been playing it for long periods for the last day (living in Australia they did a calendar day release so we were one of the first to get it) and multiplayer is almost unplayable, single player is a little better but still nothing like Modern Warfare 2. The steam forum posting already has 132,641 views so it looks like a lot of people are having the same issue. Seems to me the game wasn't properly tested outside of the developers own systems, they didn't do a public beta so couldn't test their servers before release.
Thought you guys might like to discuss this as its going to be a major gaming release.
"I did not get to listen to all of 113 yet, because the life feed on the Iphone App was interrupted. I have a different perspective on the color e-ink discussion. I can see a time in the near future where schools are required to provide text in color e-ink as an ADA accommodation.
I am a teacher and dyslexic. E-ink is easier for many of us dyslexics to read. The muted qualities that Jason was talking about help stick the text to the paper, so it doesn't start floating in the air and morphing into various optical illusions. As a kid I always favored """"cheap"""" paperbacks with slightly grayed paper to pristine hard backs with white paper. My parents always figured it was because I could buy more books. I realize now the cheap grayed paper was easier on my eyes and brain.
Current e-books are better than books, but some dyslexic do better with different colors of text. That is why you see them using color overlays on books. Being able to turn on an overlay filter on e-book would be a dream.
I combine this ability with audio books that can read the text to a student, and you can work around many """"brain glitches"""". This will let very smart people work to their full potential.
Speaking of audio books. I'm using the audible app on my student Ipads for a student who speaks Mandarin. He is using the audible to read """"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"""" with the rest of the students.
Kimberly Herbert Teacher in Texas"
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