Tech News Today 347

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Episode 347

Tech News Today 347: Denial In Motion

Zynga's doing something, we try to figure out what, RIM faceplants again, UK limply blocks porn, and more.

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  • AT&T releases five new Android handsets
    • CTIA kicks off, CEOs of the big three carriers shared a keynote again but played nice and asked nicely for spectrum
    • ATT kicked off announcements adding 5 Android phones to its lineup
    • SUPERPHONE: Motorola Atrix 2 - HSPA+ 21Mbps, 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 display, 8MP camera with front-facing cam and 1080p HD video capture, Compatible with Lapdock100 (more universal Webtop)
    • SMARTPHONE: Samsung Captivate Glide October 16th $99- 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 21Mbps HSPA+, an 8MP rear camera, 1080p HD video capture and HDMI playback
    • FIRST_TIMERS: Samsung DoubleTime is a clamshell QWERTY device with two capacitive touch screens (Android 2.2 )
    • MID_END Pantech Pocket - candybar Android 2.3, 4-inch SVGA (800 x 600) , tentatively Nov. 6
    • PREPAID: AT&T Avail, a ZTE device, prepaid 3.5-inch display, running Gingerbread, and offering a 5MP rear camera with 512MB of RAM."
  • Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography
  • U.K. ISPs to make customers opt-in for pornography
    • BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin subscribers must opt-in to receive websites deemed pornographic by the government
    • will only apply to customers who sign new contracts, and they will be given the option to sign a deal with ""parental controls"" or one without that clause.
    • first proposed by the Mothers' Union, a Christian charity ""that seeks to support families worldwide.""
    • a site called Parentport to complain about Web sites, products, services, or programming that they believe is not appropriate for children.

Discussion Stories

News Fuse



  • HTC Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S II available from T-Mobile in stores tomorrow Wednesday 10/12



"I'm a bit late with this email, but in regards to the Oct 7th episode when you mentioned piracy I've pirated a lot of games in the past, and so have many others I know. The thing is, with the price of video games (dropping 50-60 bucks on one game) can get pretty expensive. I, and many others I know that do or have pirated do so in order to see if a game is worth buying.

I can't speak for everyone, but of the people I do know, we actually buy MORE games because we pirate them first before deciding whether or not to buy them. Terraria, Minecraft, and Dragon Age a few examples of games that I've pirated then later bought.

Do all pirates buy the games? No, but I like to think more buy than don't after pirating, especially if the game is worth the asking price.

- Kyle"

"Some musicians are starting to experiment with new methods of music distribution. is a site where artists and labels can post samplers, or full albums, for free download. You have the opportunity to tip the artist if you so choose, but the only information required is your email address and zip code. This is collected so they know where people are listening to their music and can schedule tours accordingly. Since quite a few of the artists are indie, this is a great way to discover new music. More mainstream acts contribute material as well. The Civil Wars have a full live concert for download.

From personal experience, having the opportunity to listen to a few tracks in full allows me to get a feel for the music, and makes me more likely to buy an album. They're creating fans; fans who will continue to support them in future projects.

ben lovell"



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