Tech News Today 212
Recorded: April 1, 2011
Published: April 1, 2011
Tech News Today 212: The More Things Change
The fate of the .xxx domain, New way to legally download movies, Muni WiFi under attack again, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Wil Harris
- High-def DVD beats Blu-ray to market
- Panasonic Blu-ray player to cost 'under $1,500'
- Movielink, Cinemanow do pay-to-own movie downloads
- Plans for 'xxx' Internet domain put on hold NOT GOING TO HAPPEN
- Verizon says Net neutrality is overhyped
- A November draft of Barton's bill (click here for PDF) explicitly said broadband providers "may not block, or unreasonably impair or interfere with" Internet access. The final version (PDF), on the other hand, simply gives the Federal Communications Commission the authority to set rules and publish violations.
- Read more: http://news.cnet.com/Net-neutrality-fans-lose-on-Capitol-Hill/2100-1036_3-6054567.html?tag=mncol;txt#ixzz1IFBGC9Ka"
- "Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, took aim at Barton's proposal on Monday. ""This legislation begins the construction of a multilayered, toll-strewn information superhighway that is out of sync with what has made the Internet work: access for all,"" said Wyden, who introduced his own bill earlier this month mandating Net neutrality. Digital rights watchdog Public Knowledge added that Barton's bill does not ""contain strong enough penalties to discourage misbehavior.""
- Read more: http://news.cnet.com/Net-neutrality-fans-lose-on-Capitol-Hill/2100-1036_3-6054567.html?tag=mncol;txt#ixzz1IFBSnmmH"
- Seeking changes to the DMCA
- But those strict legal restrictions should stay in effect, entertainment industry lobbyists said Friday, when they urged the U.S. Copyright Office to avoid making any changes to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. "Computer security experts have asked the Copyright Office to alter the DMCA to protect their research. Edward Felten, a professor of computer science at Princeton University, said Friday that he and graduate student J. Alex Halderman uncovered the Sony problem a month before the news about it broke in November--but feared a lawsuit under Section 1201 of the DMCA if they disclosed it without the record label's authorization."
- Apple's longstanding lawsuit with the Beatles may not be about music at all. Apple Corp - that's the Beatles - will argue in its opening statement that Apple Computers can't promote its business using an Apple logo. An iTunes ad shows the Apple Computer logo at the end of the commercial, and the Beatles say, that's a problem.
- The reboot of Superman, "Superman Returns," will be the first live-action movie to take its 2D footage and convert it IMAX 3D. Now, the whole movie won't be turned into 3D, only parts of it. This is the first new Superman movie in a long time, so this ought to be interesting.
- Listening to music at loud volumes can damage your ears. Apple's got a solution for that. New firmware for Apple's iPod Nano and 5th Gen iPod will allow users to define a limit to audio levels. You know what this means? We can yell loudly on netcasts!
- Ubisoft is facing a class action lawsuit because of its DRM scheme. Christopher Spence is suing for $5 million claiming that the Starforce DRM can compromise the security of Windows. Worse is that removing the game doesn't necessarily remove the DRM. We'll keep an eye out to see how this develops.
- Municipal Wi-Fi is under attack in New Orleans. BellSouth wants the city's mesh network shut down. BellSouth was also against New Orleans providing Wi-Fi at speeds faster than 128 Kbps. New Orleans built the network and offered speeds up to 300 Kbps so people could stay in contact after Hurricane Katrina. Way to look like the bad guys, BellSouth.
- Bluetooth's for more than just headsets these days. Among the newest gadgets were a wireless stethoscope, a remote control for your iPod, and Sunglasses with built-in earbuds. The new possibilities for this short-range wireless technology, were showcased yesterday by members of the Bluetooth SIG trade association. Looks like we'll see Bluetooth replace wires soon!
- Rogers Canada will offer sort-of-wireless 1.5Mbps speeds. It's "sort-of-wireless" because the modem that connects to Rogers must be plugged in to an outlet. For 50 Canadian dollars, you get a 1.5 Mbps download speed, a paltry 256 Kbps upload along with a 30GB monthly cap.
- Here's a tip - if you pee on your iPod, you can't ask for Apple to repair it because according to Apple, "the warranty does not cover pee-related damage." Why would anyone need to be told this? A girl mistakenly used an iPod nano thinking it was a pregnancy test. Perhaps the lesson here is to keep your iPods out of the bathroom.
- Apple turns 29! - Apple II went on sale in April 1977
- Sarah Lane, host of G4's Attack of the Show announced she's leaving the network and taking the rest of the year off.
- Geek Entertainment TV hits 50 episodes
- Sprint Plans for EVDO Revision A later this year, widespread by 2007
- The Simpsons movies is out this weekend - is that the end of the Simpsons?
- Apple launched eight new products in India this past week including the 1GB nano, iPod Hi-Fi, iLife '06, Core Duo iMac, Mac mini, iWork '06 and the MacBook Pro.
Keep posting your voicemails at Odeo.com, Ev Williams and those guys do a great job, we love Odeo. Although we are hearing about a service called TalkShoe that is supposed to launch next month that would allow you to call us directly! We'll keep an eye out for it.
"A new article appears on ZDnet, which points towards a new swedish study that say that cellphone may actually increase brain tumors by 240% on the side the cell is actually used on. The article can be found here..
now.. is this the conclusive study we've been looking for? i don't know, i think more researches has to follow the same approach in order to verify the results. I personally might have already racked in a good 500hours on a cellphone myself, does that mean i have a 50% more chance of getting cancer now?.. that's just greatttt..
~D.T.O. (Dan From T.O.)"
- Not so fast Dan -- Now, before you reach behind your right ear and start probing yourself for lumps, there are a couple of things to remember. The first is that a 240 percent increase, while significant, still means that the chance of coming down with a tumor is rather low. The second thing is that "heavy usage" of cell phones is defined by the study as anything above 2,000 hours of use, which works out to one hour a day, every day, for almost six years. That's a lot of talking—but certainly not beyond the range of modern road warriors.
- Edited by: Jason Howell
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