Tech News Today 131
Recorded: December 6, 2010
Published: December 6, 2010
Tech News Today 131: Nexus S Curved For Your Pleasure
iPhone stops speeding, Google Nexus S arrives, PlayStation Phone gets real-er, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Randall Bennett ( )
- Google's Nexus S official, coming December 16th to US, 20th to UK (update)
- TechCrunch Review: Google Nexus S
- What's new in Android 2.3
- Google eBooks is live: just in case Amazon, B&N, and Apple aren't enough
- The Ultimate Effect Of Google E-Books: A New Ad-Supported Model For Books
- WikiLeaks mirrors multiply as main funding source gets cut off
- Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'
- Wikileaks: Julian Assange arrest warrant arrives in UK
- Why won't Wikileaks trend on Twitter?
- WikiLeaks: Intel strong-armed Russian apparatchiks
- Mark Zuckerberg on 60 Minutes, shows off tweaked profile pages
- Full Details On Facebook’s Overhauled Profile Pages
- Facebook Gives Its Profile Pages A Refresh
- Facebook Profiles Makeover Puts Focus on Ads
- Get the new profile at this address
- The January 2011 issue of Consumer Reports rates cell phones and plans and AT&T takes a beating. AT&T got the magazine’s full black dot rating, the lowest given, in almost every nationwide category. Verizon topped the rankings. Oddly, the iPhone which Consumer Reports refused to recommend during antennagate, tops the list of phones for AT&T.
- Buried deep in the fine print on iPhone placards in Apple stores, sharp-eyed 9to5Mac.com found confirmation from Apple that the white iPhone, the unicorn of iPhones, will arrive in Spring 2011. This backs up what Apple said in late October when they indicated the white iPhone would come in the Spring. That'll teach Apple to put anything in writing, no matter how small.
- Analyst Shaw Wu, known for some fairly bold predictions and scoops, now claims Verizon is pushing for exclusivity on the iPhone. Well not entirely. AT&T would still have it, but Verizon wants to make sure T-Mobile Sprint, or any other carrier are prevented from offering the IPhone. Wu speculates Verizon would be willing to fork over cash as part of the deal.
- In what appears to be an effort to help persuade big networks to stop blocking Google TV, Google has bought DRM software outfit Widevine Google said it plans to fold the Widevine’s digital rights management tech into its own products, presumably Google TV. Widevine is used most often in TVs, and its clients include Best Buy, LoveFilm and Netflix.
- The Wall Street Journal reports more streaming boxes on the way. OnLive, the cloud gaming startup, will offer up a subscription-based movie streaming service sometimet next year, while HDTV maker Vizio is considering the same. As Netflix gets that iTunes-like feel dominating streaming video, more companies are bound to be supported by the industry.
- More non-news on the India blocking BlackBerry front. Home Secretary G.K. Pillai downplayed reports that the Indian government plans to block access to the BlackBerry service saying that the January deadline was more of a target rather than a hard deadline. Meanwhile RIM, said blocking BlackBerry would mean all similar services would need to be blocked, like Skype.
- Reuters reports today that the secret voices in their head say AOL Inc is actively exploring a breakup of the company in a complicated series of transactions that may lead to a merger with Yahoo Inc. One scenario has the dialup business sold to Earthlink, while the content arm goes to Yahoo. Another has centaurs taking the helm and flying AOL into a merry planet of wonders.
- El Economista reports that reknowned British architect Norman Foster is working on a secret underground city for Apple. Actually it's a new Apple campus, referred to in plans as "Apple City". But it does have underground tunnels, and futuristic shuttles, connecting it to the current Apple Campus, which the Mac-maker is rapidly outgrowing.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Chrome Store Possibly Launching Dec. 7
- Cataclysm due for Warcraft world
- Mac App Store launching on December 13th?
- SpaceX Falcon rocket set to launch Tuesday December 7 at 9:03 AM eastern from Cape Canaveral
- Be a part of TNT this holiday season!
"A couple of other factors that makes American cell phones more expensive: (RE, Friday Dec. 3 show) 1) More towers. Except for MAJOR cities, the rest of America as a lot fewer people per square km that Europe. So it takes more hardware, more wire to cover the same number of people and recoup the cost of the network. 2) Legacy legislation and laws in affect as the industry grew. I know in my state, that carriers originally had to bid to each individual county to be a carrier there. Taxes were so high in my county in the '80s that there were a lot of towers right at the county lines to provide coverage without paying the extra tax. And there 90 some counties in Indiana, so that is 90 some separate contracts. And some counties had exclusive contracts with particular service providers, so everyone else was roaming when in that county.
-- Robert Moffett"
"Hello TNT crew. I just listened to the TWIT episode 277. Now I know It was TWIT and not TNT, It threw me for a second listening to Tom Merritt. But I think the FoodTubes are a brilliant Idea!. And I think we can take it one step farther. If they are able to take the internet packet switching process and apply it for these tubes. Why not have maybe a 6 inch pipe go to everybody's house? We already have all the water and sewage and electrical what's one more? Now obviously It's extremely expensive but if I can sit down at my laptop after looking at my fridge, fill out my grocery list and hit send and my entire grocery order arrives within an hour's time I think it's worth spending a couple bucks to pay for it. I'd spend that in gas for the car anyway. Just a thought John from Jacksonville, FL"
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