Tech News Today 115
Recorded: November 10, 2010
Published: November 10, 2010
Tech News Today 115: Pianist Envy
The great composer scam, Google-Facebook spat, Hypertexting makes you party, and more.
- Google Warns Facebook Users of "Trap" Before Data Export
- "Facebook wants to dictate how your data can be used because it wants advertisers to overpay for access to that data. Google wants that data to be more open because there's no one better in the world at finding, indexing, and presenting open data than Google, and if a significant source of information is unavailable to Google, it becomes less important."
- Google has given all of its employees $1,000 cash "holiday bonuses" and 2011 salary increases of at least 10%. The raise will take effect on January 1. Google will also give each employee an additional raise equivalent to the employee's target bonus. And employees will still be eligible for "merit increases". In another nice gesture, Google will pay the taxes on the $1,000 holiday cash bonuses. None of this applies to the person who leaked the email, who got fired.
- We mentioned NUI Group are working on a way to plug the Kinect into tother devices besides the Xbox 360, which they plan to open source. In the meantime hacker Hector Martin has released code of his own. His code pulls data from the IR and RGB cameras and displays it. While NUI's code will provide a lot more. Still, it's a proof of concept that makes for trippy visualizations.
- Want Android 2.2 AKA FroYo running on your iPhone 3G? If you've jailbroken, it's now incredibly easy. Install and run Bootlace 2.1 from Cydia, and fire up iDroid. If you need a little more instruction there's astep by step up on redmondpie.com.
- You can't stop people doing what they want with their hardware. T-Mobile's HTC G2 Android phones have a "security feature" that wipes out any OS you try to install. The fine folks at MoDaCo have smashed the G2's read-only boot mechanism. A one click root app called VISIONary is available from MoDaCo.com. It was suspended from the Android marketplace fort some reason!
- The best way to launch a new video game? File for a trademark! Nintendo has requested a trademark for the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong" from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Nintendo said its trademark application is "in honor" of the upcoming launch of Donkey Kong Country Returns on November 21. You wanna trademark that phrase Nintendo? Oh it's on! On like... Don... Ho... Songs....
- Retailers and manufacturers are slashing flat-screen television prices more aggressively than usual this holiday season in hopes of avoiding a pileup of inventory. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Best Buy Co. and Amazon.com Inc. are touting deals ahead of Black Friday to clear out older and cheaper sets before an anticipated flood of deeper price cuts in coming weeks. Think 32-inch LCDs fro $200 kind of craziness.
- Amazon has received a patent for a bad gift defense system that intercepts gifts you don't want and sends you something you do. For example, the feature would allow you to set up a rule like 'Convert all gifts from Scott Herriott,' which would automatically convert any online gift orders from your well-meaning-but-tasteless friend into a gift certificate. It could also pull from your wish list.
- If I asked you which app on facebook was most popular- your first guess would be right: FARMVILLE. but according to metrics firm appdata the number 2 app is a shocker" windows live messenger with 9 million users daily: who'd a thunk?
Kickers and Weird Science
- Samsung Galaxy Tab fulfills its destiny, now available on T-Mobile for $399, comes to Verizon tomorrow 11/11/, Sprint Sunday 11/14
"Hi Tom and the TNT crew. In episode 114 my fellow Aussie, Hosko, reported that there where major lag and FPS issues with CoD Black Ops on the PC. Well it looks like these issues are isolated to the PC version. It has been found that Black Ops is a big resource hog on the PC and that seems to be the cause of the problem.
I have the 360 version of Black Ops and things couldn't be smoother and no complaints from my PS3 playing friends either. My guess is that this is just the latest example of game developers neglecting the PC because of PC games alleged low sales, high piracy and high tech support cost. PC version only bugs seem to happen with every big release and has caused me to stop buying PC versions unless they are from a PC centric dev like Blizzard. It's time PC dev's lifted there game.
From Nik in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia"
"Richard Thomson sent us this link NHL GameCenter streaming coming to Roku, PS3 http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/10/nhl-gamecenter-streaming-comes-to-ps3-for-9-99-free-for-plus-m/ "
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