Tech News Today 216

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Episode 216

Tech News Today 216: Declaratory Judgement Thursday!

Facebook open sources data centers, FCC forces phone carriers to roam, Geminoid robot weirdness, and more.


Top Stories

  • Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers
    • Veracode analysis says Pandora's Android app sends this data, didn't check iOS app
    • Earlier this week, Pandora was subpoenaed by a fed. grand jury re: data collection practices
    • Pandora says it uses the data for music recs, Veracode says data collection for ads!"

Discussion Stories

  • Google begins tablet version of Chrome OS
    • Tablet Chrome OS signs in source code
    • Hints include a user agent string, virtual keyboard, new tab page optimized for touch
    • Last year, video mock-up of tablet Chrome

News Fuse

  • ESPN is taking control of the iPad app wars. The free WatchESPN app will only work for you if you’re a cable TV subscriber with Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FIOS. But if you qualify you’ll have instant access to anything broadcasting on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the web service, anywhere you have an Internet connection.

Kickers and Weird Science




"Former VZw Employee CDMA Handoff vs. GSM Handoff

Hey guys,

Having worked at Verizon Wireless, I've learned how CDMA & GSM differ in regards to handoffs.

In short, you guys got it right.

For mobile devices moving from one tower to the next in the same Mobile Switching Center (MSC), CDMA devices perform soft-handoffs where a mobile device receives data from 2+ towers simultaneously, thus making it less liable that the connection will drop. GSM performs hard-handoffs where the connection cuts over from one tower to the next in hope that that connection is still maintained.

- Josh Dietrich Redmond, WA"

"Hey TNT crew,

Last week I have experienced the FaceTime bug you were talking about in episode 215 on my iPad 2. I opened FaceTime and there was a frozen picture of me from the last time I had FaceTime open. I made a FaceTime call and the other person could not see me but I could see them, audio working fine. My first thought was the camera resource was not released properly, not that the iPad was secretly taking pictures of me. I hung up the FaceTime call restarted my iPad and then it was all good. I didn't think much of it until I heard about it on your show. I have not been able to reproduce the bug since, but if I do i'll send a video of it.

Love the show!




Production Information

  • Edited by: Jason
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