Tech News Today 171
Recorded: February 2, 2011
Published: February 2, 2011
Tech News Today 171: The Yester-Daily
The Daily, Microsoft rides to Chrome's aid, and guess who's getting in-app payments besides Google?
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Becky Worley ( )
- Jason Howell
- Dwight Silverman
- Honeycomb is here: Google unveils Android 3.0, new Web-based Market
- The Daily iPad 'newspaper' launches
- T-Mobile unveils Galaxy S 4G smartphone, G-Slate tablet specs
- Intel’s Chip Troubles Cause PC Shipping Schedules to Slip
- Asus, Gigabyte To Replace All Sandy Bridge Boards
- The latest craze in the fight against piracy is to have the US Customs office seize a domain name or two. With the Super Bowl less than a week away, US Customs has shut down a new set of Internet domain names for sites that linked to live sports broadcasts on the Web. As usual, the underlying servers were not affected and many sites are already running at new, non-US-controlled addresses.
- More rumours that Amazon is ready to get their online streaming service rolling. Citing unnamed sources, The Los Angeles Times reported that Amazon initially wanted to launch its streaming service in early February. However, due to difficulty acquiring content, the publication's sources say Amazon has pushed the launch back to as early as late February. Welcome to the Spotify club Amazon.
- More evidence arrives that the next iPad, expected to come out this spring, won't come with a "retina" class display after all. The staff at 9 to 5 Mac claims to have gotten its hands on one of the displays slated for the iPad 2 "fresh out of China" from iPhone repair shop iFixYouri. CultofMac identified the part number and says it's the old 1024x768 resolution. But it is thinner. We're expecting it's amazingly magically thin actually.
- Two dating sites just hooked up. Match.Com part of IAC, says it has acquired OkCupid for $50 million in cash, plus more payments based on future performance. OkCupid, which is mostly ad-supported, targets younger adults by creating low barriers of entry to participate. Once users get a taste of online dating for free, the hope is to introduce them to pay sites, like Match.com and Chemistry.com
- Gamers on the Neogaf forum are a bit excited over claims that Sony has put a rootkit in its latest PS3 firmware upgrade. USer N.A. cited developer Mathieulh, alleging that a rootkit in firmware version 3.56 allows Sony to "remotely execute code on the PS3" when users connect to the PlayStation Network. The alleged rootkit can be used by Sony for "verifying system files or searching for homebrew."
- Whistle-blower site WikiLeaks has been nominated for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian politician who cited its role in freedom of speech, news agency NTB reported Wednesday. 'WikiLeaks is one of this century's most important contributors to freedom of speech and transparency,' parliamentarian Snorre Valen said in his nomination.
- Chrome's usage share for January has made it into double digits: the browser was used by 10.7 percent of Web users last month, up from 9.98 percent in December. It was a good month too for Safari, up to 6.30 percent from 5.89 percent the month before. Internet Explorer reached a new all-time low of 56 percent
- Comcast announced the first group of trial users have been activated on their IPv6 Native Dual Stack solution. According to Comcast, these users can now access content and services natively over both IPv6 and IPv4. This means users do not need to use any IPv6 or IPv4 tunneling, translating, or NAT solutions; they can access IPv6 and IPv4 directly at high-speed, in an unencumbered fashion.
- Verizon iPhone 4 orders taken tomorrow
- Verizon iPhone will go on general sale at 7AM on February 10th, you can reserve one on February 9th
- Best Buy Will Sell Verizon iPhone on Feb. 10
- AT&T adding an extra 2GB to phone tethering plans, launching Mobile Hotspot app February 13th
- Tech giants to enable IPv6 on "World IPv6 Day" in June
"Rearding Apple and in-app purchases. I'm guessing that another part of the terms for developers is that you can't sell in-app content for more than you would outside the app? If so, those bastards! If not, Sony/Amazon/B&N could raise iOS in-app prices by 30-40% to minimize their loss. Want to get the best price? Buy from the website!
"Well, one of the DSL resellers here in Canada has come up with a novel approach to moving large amounts of data. It's the kind of solution that takes us back to the 1990s. Please see pg. 2 at http://www.acanac.com/Dear%20Acanac%20Customer.pdf. Essentially, the great solution is to start physically shipping hard drives between the consumer and ISP by courier to avoid ridiculous overusage fees now in place.
Way to move ahead Canada! Next we'll be throttling real traffic on the roads to 8mph, to 1910 levels in an effort to save lives and save fuel.
This will be the last email you will receive from me from Canada. I will be upgrading to a messenger pigeon service starting next week.
- Edited by: Jeff
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