Tech News Today 462

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Episode 462

Tech News Today 462: Big Flap Over Flying Human

Is Bioware caving on the ME3 ending? Can man fly by flapping wings? The Great Spectrum Crunch is coming, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Is Bioware caving over Mass Effect 3? Cofounder says fan feedback "painful"
  • Mass Effect 3 row prompts change to add 'further closure'
  • Confirmed: Amazon offering refunds to dissatisfied ‘Mass Effect 3′ customers
    • Bioware cofounder and General Manager Dr. Ray Muzyka waded in to the small-but-growing Internet furor over the ending to Mass Effect 3 today, promising to take fan complaints about the conclusion into account while crafting new "content initiatives" for the game.
    • Muzyka said he was "genuinely surprised" by the negative reactions to the game's ending, calling such responses "incredibly painful." He added he is trying to "accept the criticism and feedback with humility," and said the development team is listening to that feedback while creating new content for the game.
    • Building on their research, Exec Producer Casey Hudson and the team are hard at work on a number of game content initiatives that will help answer the questions, providing more clarity for those seeking further closure to their journey. You'll hear more on this in April. We're working hard to maintain the right balance between the artistic integrity of the original story while addressing the fan feedback we've received. This is in addition to our existing plan to continue providing new Mass Effect content and new full games, so rest assured that your journey in the Mass Effect universe can, and will, continue.
  • Verizon’s Deal With Cable May Be Truce of Rivals, Kohl Says
  • Verizon: Capacity crunch coming to big cities next year
  • FCC proposals would let Dish build a 4G network, make 700MHz more useful
    • U.S. Senator Herb Kohl speaking at a hearing today, urged regulators to ensure the deals don’t “reverse the historic gains in competition between phone and cable companies” over the past 15 years. Worried about a "truce"
    • Verizon in December announced a deal to pay $3.6 billion for unused airwaves from a consortium of cable companies, as well as to market each other's services.
    • The Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission are examining the deal, and a similar $315 million agreement between Verizon Wireless and Cox Communications
    • "We will need this spectrum in a number of significant markets by 2013, so there is no time to lose in making this spectrum available," said Randal Miltch, general counsel for Verizon, in his prepared remarks.
    • OTHER SPECTRUM NEWS : Dish's intention to start using 2GHz satellite spectrum for terrestrial cellular service is off to a strong start — it seems that the feds have made an initial push to get behind the conversion, which would move it from MSS (Mobile Satellite Service) to AWS (Advanced Wireless Service).
    • FCC has started to move on a longstanding effort to require some manner of 700MHz interoperability. “The Verizon/Cable Deals: Harmless Collaboration or a Threat to Competition and Consumers?” It was held by the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights.

Discussion Stories

  • Houston, We May Have A Fake: Pro CGI Experts Cast Serious Doubt On Human BirdWings Flight
  • Man Flaps Android-Powered Bird Wings, Flies with Wii Remotes
  • CGI Experts Say Flying Bird Man Is Fake (Updated)
  • Bird-Man’s Resume Doesn’t Check Out: ‘Nobody Knows Him’
    • Jarno Smeets, a.k.a. The Human BirdWings guy, supposedly taking off on self-built wings on a flight that he claimed spanned over 100 meters.
    • Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters yesterday laid out an explanation of how it could be plausible using modern tech: The video of Jarno Smeets' flight is cool, and I don't see evidence that it was faked. It seems reasonable to accomplish, and is something I have wanted to try for a long time. I am suspicious because there is not much detail shown of the actual machine, but that does not mean anything other than they don't show it all.
    • Gizmodo talked with Ryan Martin, the Technical Director at Industrial Light & Magic (George Lucas’ CGI guys), who was firmly of the mind that Smeets’ flight did not fall within the realm of the possible and was a fake, albeit an impressive one.
    • Rhett Allain is an Associate Professor of Physics at Southeastern Louisiana University analyzed background images and camera perspective and found no evidence of faking.
    • Head doesn't move, even though arms are pumping. The head camera is too steady.
    • Hyneman: The flight itself is not as impressive as it may seem, given a bit of a headwind and or a very slight incline; running and gliding close to that height and distance might be possible without any flapping or motors.

Wired published part of a letter sent from MPAA attorney Steven Fabrizio to Megaupload host Carpathia on January 31 demanding the host preserve all material related to Megaupload including all data associated with content files and user data

    • Howard Gantman, a MPAA vice president, said in a telephone interview the studios are not intending on suing individual users, but are considering suing Megaupload “or entities involved in the massive copyright infringement.”
    • Cindy Cohn, the legal director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the MPAA’s letter “certainly shouldn’t make anybody feel relieved about being sued. This letter indicates the MPAA is keeping that option open.” - Meanwhile TorrentFreak says there's a scam going on. A fake law firm claiming to represent Universal, Sony, EMI, and Paramount asking users of the now-defunct cyberlocker service Megaupload.
    • Playing on the fears of people who may have used the site for infringing purposes, the documents supporting the scam claim to be from legitimate-sounding German lawfirm “Dr. Kroner & Kollegen” of Munich.
    • The letter says the person could be subject to up to a 10,000 euro fine, but you could settle for only 147 euro
  • Hipstamatic, Instagram To Unveil Photo-Sharing Partnership
    • Hipstamatic now will use IG API to send photos to IG. Previously only available to Twitter, FB, Flickr, Tumblr.
    • both are iOS only, IG Android version any day now. IG hit 27 million users last week, tripled from 6 months ago
    • Hipstamatic $1.99 in app store. No rev share in this deal, just promotion (photos will be tagged in IG)
    • HM 4M users, 48M upload/month. NYT's Damon Winter won a Pictures of the Year International prize using HM; partners Nike and Vogue have custom lenses with HM, for extra fees.
    • IG allowed apps to port photos into app, had developer page explaining how to use their Document Interaction API.
    • Hipstamatic has no VC funding, but has been profitable since its second week. Last year, Hipstamatic generated about $10 million in revenue.
    • last week Camera+ released new API, WordPress, Tweetbot, Foodspotting already working with it.

News Fuse



===Voicemail=== *A call about TV & Radio Licenses in the UK


  • Hi guys,

I just finished watching episode 461, in which you talk about HP's printing segment not having done anything innovative in years. Although this is mostly true with HP, they did innovate with a product called MagCloud you may not have heard of. It lets anyone create a physical magazine and allows customers to buy a physical copy, which they print and send on demand. Quite disruptive, even if print is dying.

Andrew Brackin

  • Tom, Sarah, Iyaz, Jason and since you mentioned him yesterday Turpster!

Although I'm from the northern, and some say better part of Britain; Scotland, I now live in Calgary but still follow UK tech stuff. so, I thought you might be interested in a kickstarter type company that operates in the UK. it's called Crowd Funder seems to operate much the same way as Kickstarter, and I did just invest in a friends' project on there where he just met his target and is very happy about the service.

thanks, and thanks for the hours of entertainment you guys provide.




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