Tech News Today 190

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Episode 190

Tech News Today 190: It's A Cover Not A Case!

Nintendo 3DS gets Netflix, a tablet gets a ship date, BlackBerry Playbook coming in April, oh yeah... iPad 2, and more.


Top Stories

Discussion Stories

  • Google engineers help good sites harmed by search result cleanup
  • Wired article on how Cult of Mac has been sunk by algorithm change. Google Fellow Amit Singhal, “Therefore any time a good site gets a lower ranking or falsely gets caught by our algorithm—and that does happen once in a while even though all of our testing shows this change was very accurate—we make a note of it and go back the next day to work harder to bring it closer to 100 percent.”
  • World Mobile Data traffic spikes
  • High-Bandwidth Users Are Just Early Adopters
    • Cisco's latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecas--. The top 1% of users consume 20% of the bandwidth, but that share is down from 30% previously. 'Regular' users are catching up as they watch more video. High-bandwidth users of today will be relatively average users by 2015, so network operators should look to those users for insight in designing their future networks."
  • Marines Boot Social Media Pioneers From Afghanistan After Facebook Freakout
    • Journalists working for Basetrack, a new nonprofit media group, arrived in the Musa Qala district of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in October with an unconventional mission. They’d exhaustively document the war of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in videos, audio interviews, articles and mapping tools. And, through Facebook, they’d make their work a portal for those invested most in the Marines, like their relatives. Last month, the Marines abruptly ended the experiment and terminated Basetrack’s embeds. --Problems Mixing of other reporting, geomap with inexact location information, inappropriate or uncomfrotable comments from others not embedded.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science


  • Firefox 4 RC expected to ship roughly on March 9
    • Mozilla is planning to spin the first release candidate for Firefox 4 this Friday and the code is aimed to be released to beta testers as early as next Wednesday, March 9, developers said during a call today.


"Hey TNT crew,

In show 189 you talked about eye movemet tracking for UI control. As funny as Turpster's comments about face tracking were, I wonder if this could be expanded to tracking lip movement? Computers using lip reading to improve the accuracy of speech to text? Just a thought!

Sent from my iPad

Mike Tremblett"



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