Tech News Today 66
Recorded: September 1, 2010
Published: September 1, 2010
Tech News Today 66: Five Times More Awesome!
Apple's new iPod, Sony's oddly priced eReaders, and everybody gets into streaming.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Wil Harris ( )
- Scott Johnson ( )
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- New browser usage stats from Net Applications show that nothing is changing much. Internet Explorer slipped .3 percent to 60.4. Chrome took that .3 percent, rising to 7.5. All other browsers moved at or less than .1 percent. So statistically? Nothing happened.
- HP Labs announced a joint development agreement with Hynix Semiconductor to bring memristor chips to the market in 2013. HP Labs Senior Fellow Stan Williams, saysthe memristor is "an universal memory that over a sufficient amount of time will replace flash, DRAM, magnetic hard disks, and possibly even SRAM." Hp hopes to sell memristor devices that use a tenth of the power and twice the storage of equivalently priced flash media.
- And that's not the only threat in the offing for flash memory. Researchers at Rice University said today they have been able to create a new type of non-volatile memory using nanocrystal wires - sounds like an upgrade from Final Fantasy. The nanocrystal wires are just 5 nanometers wide which is 5x smaller than the 27 nanometer NAND flash memory being manufactured today. 5x smaller is 5x denser which means 5x the power - tasty.
- The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Sprint's directors are considering allowing T-Mobile to invest in its Clearwire unit, which needs additional financing to complete the nationwide rollout of its 4G WiMax network. An investment could involve T-Mobile in Clearwire's TD-LTE trials planned for Arizona later this year.
- Director Simon Klose raised $30,000 on Kickstarter to pay for a professional editor and use of an editing suite to put together a documentary on The Pirate Bay. Klose says he has 200 hours of footage already and plans to record more during an upcoming trial appeal.
- Starting next July, eBay will no longer let Google provide checkout services on eBay. In fact, it won’t allow any checkout service except its own PayPal service. Also happy birthday eBay - can you believe it! What's that in dog years?
- A new version of webOS has been released as a limited beta available to a select group of developers. In v2.0, HP and Palm have focused on giving developers a wide variety of options. The innovations in 2.0 tweak the cards and search functions while adding a creative display option called Exhibition.
- Starting on Sunday, Target stores nationwide will feature Facebook Credits gift cards in increments of $15, $25, and $50. The Credits can be used on the more than 150 games and applications available on Facebook. The retailer said cards will also be available on Target.com.
- First 3D NFL game on Verizon FiOS (Giants v. Patriots) tomorrow night
- Justin Robert Young dial-in
- TWiT at Dragon*Con. Meetup Saturday night September 4 - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Don't forget the NSFW Show live at 7 PM Eastern on Friday Night. Sundial Restaurant
Jack in DC: Caller has an idea about why Hulu isn't on Apple TV
"Hey TNT Crew, I bet you guys have gotten this link or a similar one a bunch of times since the Wikileaks bunker story but here is a video from Data Center Pulse where they tour the facility.
A. Baker Riverton, NJ"
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