Tech News Today 317

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Episode 317

Tech News Today 317: Best Dead Platform Ever

Google speeds up the Internet, Windows kills off optical disks, Apple can't handle the beta, and more.

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  • OpenDNS and Google team to speed up the web
    • Google (Public DNS) and OpenDNS and several CDNs: Global Internet Speed Up. Code implemented today.
    • CDNs *usually* route based on address of DNS seerver
    • Internet Speed Up attaches a bit of requestors IP address to DNS request so CDN can deliver from a server near requestor
    • Standard has been submitted to IETF but not yet reatified
    • IP address seen in a typical HTTP request, so no extra privacy implication
    • Among CDNs, Edgecast, Contendo and BitGravity are on board but not Akamai and Limelight yet.
  • Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting
    • Rajeev Nagar of the Windows 8 Storage & File Systems team has detailed --Windows 8 will mount ISOs (and VHD)
    • Feature will be built into Windows 8 ribbon
    • Sets up installs nicely for tablets and laptops without optical drives
    • Can also backup discs and then mount them from a drive without having to find the disc (though no native creation of ISOs, you can still do that the old fashioned way)
    • Explorer will treat them visuallya s discs including an eject button
    • One graphic shows Office as an ISO"

Discussion Stories

  • HP says prefers to spin off PC unit
  • HP executive says PC business to remain world No.1
  • Hewlett Packard Prefers To Spin Off PC Unit
    • An HP Spokesman told Reuters “We prefer a spin-off as a separate company and the working hypotheses is that a spin-off will be in the best interests of HP’s shareholders, customers and employees,”
    • Tom Bradley still in line to lead spun-off group. “My intention would be to lead it through this transaction…and if it’s a standalone public company, to lead that,” he told Reuters, adding “A standalone company could and will do what’s most required to drive value for shareholders and partners.”
    • Bradley said ""Tablet computing is a segment of the market that's relevant, absolutely,"" he said, without elaborating. Todd Bradley told Reuters in an interview he intends to lead any standalone company created, and expects it to be a full-fledged computer maker spanning tablets, ultra-thin and all-in-one PCs.
  • HP's Dead TouchPad Claims No. 2 Best-Selling Tablet Spot
  • HP leaves TouchPad Go suppliers adrift with parts for 100K tablets
  • HP update to boost TouchPad 'functionality'
  • More TouchPads on the Way
    • Mark Budgell on HP TheNextBench blog said HP will produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand. Don't know how many.
    • HP will be manufacturing a limited quantity of TouchPads with webOS during our fourth fiscal quarter 2011, which ends October 31.
    • "We expect that HP TouchPad owners can look forward to an over-the-air update that will enhance the platform and add functionality and a growing applications catalog," an HP spokesperson told CNET - HP also said that it is seeing "huge spikes in activations and between 3-5X downloads of apps"
    • And HP continues to offer free apps. Today, it announced another "six pack" of free apps, including Angry Birds Rio HD and FlightPredictor HD.
    • Suppliers had been building inventory to create the HP TouchPad Go when HP discontinued it. HP Taiwan pointed out will maintain its promise to the partners.
    • Trip Chowdhry, an analyst Global Equities Research believes HP's intial order was for between 500,000 to one million units. So if it continues to sell out it could be the number 2 selling tablet.

"Hi TNT Crew,

HP emailed me today (in response to signing up for notification of Touchpad availability). They now say "we know it will be at least a few weeks before we have a limited quantity available again"" and offered a 25% discount through tomorrow on ""all printers, ink, HP accessories, and PCs starting at or above $599".

Love the show!

Thanks, Steve Brooks"

News Fuse




"Hey TNT, Michael (allegedly) from Ottawa Canada. I'm really confused over people's problem with anonymity and Google's policy against it. if your name is ""Sarah Lane"" and you want to be anonymous on Google+, why not say your name is ""Tom Merritt"" or be creative and call yourself ""Larah Sane""? It's pretty easy to make up a name that sounds real enough for Google.

Love the show, Michael (allegedly)"

"Shame on you Sarah and Tom. I just listened to last Friday's show and your report on GameStop offering a $50 gift card for people who had the free coupon to OnLive removed from their copy Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Tom asked "Can you still get it if you actually received your coupon." and Sarah responds with, AND I QUOTE... "Well you just say 'I never got a coupon.' That's what you do." And Tom agrees "Yup."

I couldn't believe my ears! Are you really promoting lying? Should we all just go out and get any free deal we can even if we're not entitled to it? I'd be curious to check your hard drives and see just how many free songs and movies you have downloaded. Tisk, tisk, tisk. Someone should call your mothers. Or Leo.





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