Tech News Today 172
Recorded: February 3, 2011
Published: February 3, 2011
Tech News Today 172: Thumbs Up For Xperia
Is Hulu's Jason Kilar trying to get fired? Bandwidth caps in Canada may not go, Yahoo's WP7 bug affects iPhone too, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Dr. Kiki ( )
- Jason Howell
- Viacom, including Daily Show, is back on Hulu
- CRTC must reverse internet usage ruling: Clement
- "in light of the requests and the concerns expressed by Canadians," the CRTC will delay implementation of UBB for "at least" 60 days, and launch "of our own motion" a review of the decision, in order to ensure that it "protects consumers" but still has those who use the Internet heavily "pay for their excess use." For the CRTC, it is a question of "fundamental fairness" -- ordinary consumers should not be forced to subsidize "heavy users." - Konrad von Finckenstein chairman of CRTC to the Industry Committee. Von Finckenstein stresses that it is a very small minority of users who would be affected by this decision, and claims that there would be "no incentive" for the major providers to enhance and maintain their networks without some sort of adjustment to the pricing model. Oh, and thanks to the staffer who just dropped me a note to confirm that yes, according to the Bell study cited by Von Finckenstein, it is 14 percent of the users responsible for 83 percent of the usage.
- Sorry about that! Canada reverses metered Internet decision
- Verizon Wireless to throttle data speeds of heaviest users, optimize content; starts today
- iOS 4.3, Personal Hotspot, and iPad 2 Introduction Within Next Ten Days?
- Vodafone network 'hijacked' by Egypt
- News Corp's COO Chase Carey told analysts the plan to allow MySpace to reach it’s full potential may be best achieved under a new owner. That's right folks, step right up and take a look at our shiny social network, barely used, and just remodeled with a new lightweight payroll! YOu can't beat a bargain like this silicon valley! Who wants to make the first offer?
- Hotmail is getting a new feature that lets anyone create multiple e-mail accounts that can be read, replied to, and managed from their everyday e-mail inbox. These additional e-mail addresses can be had in the same manner as signing up for new accounts, but they require no extra log-ins or upkeep. The idea is to give users a safe way to provide third parties with an e-mail address, without giving up your main address.
- The Egyptian Internet shutdown could possibly cost the country $90 million, according to preliminary estimates from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Telecom and Internet services account for 3-4 percent of GDP in Egypt, making a loss of about $18 million per day during the shutdown. The long-term impact could be greater since Egypt cut off high-tech firms that had to be lured into the country in the first place.
- Users of T-Mobile are the most satisfied customers among the top four wireless carriers in the U.S., according to new data out today from J.D. Power and Associates. Verizon Wireless took runner-up honors followed by Sprint/Nextel then AT&T. J.D. Power surveyed 9,755 wireless customers who contacted a service department sometime int he past six months. The survey was conducted from last July through December.
- Steve Wozniak clarified that when he mentioned the camera problem with his self-built white iPhone he wasn't confirming anything about why Apple has delayed theirs. Woz appeared on Engadget's podcast showing a white iPhone he had constructed from parts and described a camera problem as a possible white iPhone issue. He reaffirmed he knows nothing of Apple's actual reasons.
- Samsung claims the 16 percent return rate for the Galaxy Tab put forth earlier this week by ITG Investment Research are flat wrong. Samsung says the return rate is below 2 percent. That's an awfully wide swing although some have speculated Samsung is counting returns to the manufacturer from retailers and ITG was counting returns to the retail stores by consumers.
- Those folks on the forums claiming the new PS3 firmware has a rootkit are full of it according to Chris Boyd, a security researcher at GFI Security who has studied the security of online games for several years. Bouyd says the PS3 has had the ability to contact the mothership for years, and the firmware is not doing anything extraordinary. Boyd seems skeptical that the firmware could run unsigned malicious code on a non-jailbroken box.
- Researcher Rafael Rivera, who uncovered Yahoo as the third-party responsible for the famous Windows Phone 7 data leak seemed irked by Yahoo trying to blame Microsoft for non-standard IMAP behaviour. So he did some more research and found, in his words, "Yahoo: Your buggy IMAP server affects iPhone too; thanks for playing though. Full details of the issue at his blog withinwindows.com.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Today marked the day that the Regional Internet Registries received their last blocks of IPV4 addresses in a ceremony this morning.
- Google gambles $20,000 and a CR-48 that Chrome can’t be exploited at pwn2own, a contest is a part of the CanSecWest security conference held in Vancouver March 9-11
http://thedailyindexed.tumblr.com/ has just cropped up in my twitter feed as an RT, and figured you guys might want to take a look, and remember why old media, with it's values on scarcity, is just broken when duplication is just a button-press away.
Love the show.
Here's why I disagree with you about The Daily.
I'm a fan of Automobile Magazine. It comes out monthly, so it doesn't always have up-to-date info. However, it does have great photography, great writing and intelligent editorial. If I want up-to-the-minute info I have the web for that, but being first doesn't always give writers time to go deeper into a story, give historical perspective or (sometimes) report accurately. I like blogs, but I'm looking forward to consuming content that's had more time to bake and that's written by seasoned reporters. Information is like food. You can have it fast, cheap or good, and the most you can have is two of the three, but not all three. The Daily might be cheap and good, and (like the song says) two out of three ain't bad.
I find the Canada broadband issue slightly funny because you talk about how 25GB is so small and data caps are crazy and yet here in Australia, we’ve always had data caps (but we still hate them).
Here are a list of some broadband prices in Australia. These prices are the cheapest plans I could find on 5 major broadband carriers in Australia offering ADSL 2+ unbundled from home phone.
Telstra (Biggest Carrier) – $49.95 per month for 2GB http://go.bigpond.com/broadband/19-plan/ Optus (2nd Biggest Carrier) – $59.99 per month for 120GB (50GB on peak, 70GB off peak) http://tinyurl.com/4ujj3m7 iiNet – $39.95 per month for 20GB (10GB on peak, 10GB off peak) http://www.iinet.net.au/broadband/plans.html Internode – $39.95 per month for 30GB http://www.internode.on.net/residential/broadband/adsl/all_plans/ TPG – $29.99 per month for 15GB (5GB on peak, 10GB off peak) http://www.tpg.com.au/products_services/adsl2plus_pricing.php?/pricing/adsl2plus
These providers all offer better deals if you bundle broadband with your home phone, but we still have data caps (and these are much better than a few years ago, we’re getting higher data caps). Also a lot of people are unable to get internet from any other provider other than Telstra depending on where they live. So when it comes to Canada, I disagree with the new regulations on their data caps, but the US & Canada should feel very privileged to get access to nearly unlimited data usage, because it’s not the same elsewhere in the world!
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