Tech News Today 52
Recorded: August 12, 2010
Published: August 12, 2010
Tech News Today 52: Not in the eyes!
New Sony PlayStation phone, Google's new Android voice recognition, and the danger of green lasers.
- Gartner Says Worldwide Mobile Device Sales Grew 13.8 Percent in Second Quarter of 2010, But Competition Drove Prices Down
Kickers and Weird Science
- E Ink Holdings, is sampling out color panels to device vendors. China-based Hanvon promises to deliver color E Ink readers by the end of this year. Two varieties of touchscreens are being prepared: a capacitive touch panel and a pen-based digitizer. E Ink also claims better response times and reflectivity.
- Today Twitter introduced a "tweet" button that websites can place alongside their content. The button serves as an invitation to share what you're reading without having to copy and paste a Web link. The button was made by TweetMeme in 2009 but has been integrated into an official Twitter offering.
- WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange says his organization is preparing to release the remaining secret Afghan war documents it has. Assange says his organization is about halfway through those 15,000 secret files obtained by WikiLeaks. They claim to be making sure they would not release information that would endanger lives.
- The Pew Internet and American Life Project Home Broadband Use 2010 Study, released yesterday, reports a slowdown in US broadband growth. Down to 3% in the past year compared to 8% in the previous two. An interesting sidenote of the study, which surveyed 2252 US adults, was that 21% still don't use the internet at all. These individuals also don't view national high-speed internet access as something that should be a government priority.
- Google's Richard Whitt, posted on their public policy blog today, defending themselves from vociferous critics of their proposed open internet legislative framework.He wrote "It's true that Google previously has advocated for certain openness safeguards to be applied in a similar fashion to what would be applied to wireline services, However, in the spirit of compromise, we have agreed to a proposal that allows this market to remain free from regulation for now, while Congress keeps a watchful eye."
- Dell's own Lionel Menchaca has confirmed that the $549 version of the Dell Streak "will not be SIM unlocked. It is SIM-locked to AT&T.. That means you can pay more to not have a contract but you can't swap a SIM from another GSM provider in it, say, when you're traveling.
- John Gruber at Daring Fireball claims the CDMA iPhone has reached "engineering verification test" (EVT) status, just one step below "design verification test," which is what the stolen iPhone 4 prototype was. This means the CDMA iPhone is just two hops away from production, and lends more credence to the rumours of a Verizon iPhone in January.
On The Calendar
- BlackBerry Torch and the DROID 2 officially available today
- 12-core Mac Pros go on sale today
- Dell Streak goes on sale tomorrow
- TWiT at Dragon*Con. Meetup tentatively for Saturday night September 4
- Anonymous weigh-in on network neutrality
- Email from Rich about the possible dangers of unlock pattern smudges
- Email from Joe about how loud the background noise was in the previous show
- Hover #2
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- SB #4
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