Tech News Today 68
Recorded: September 3, 2010
Published: September 3, 2010
Tech News Today 68: Lag-on*Con
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Len Peralta ( )
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- The beta instalment of Ubuntu's Maverick Meerkat has arrived. The Linux distro team on Thursday said they'd delivered the Ubuntu 10.10 beta, when the code's Alpha 4 had been expected. Final delivery of the code is still expected for October 10.
- Toshiba is recalling 41,000 laptops due to concerns about overheating AC adapter plugs. Affected models include the Toshiba Satellite T135, Satellite T135D, and Satellite ProT130 notebook computers. The DC-in jack, where the AC adapter plugs into the computer has overheated to the point of melting the plastic base around the DC-in jack opening. Only 14 incidents have been reported with no injuries.
- The SD Card Association is working on a revision to its widely used flash memory card technology that should nearly triple the data-transfer speeds of mainstream SDHC and larger-capacity SDXC cards. The specification should be complete in the first quarter of 2011, with products coming about a year afterward.
- Nvidia on Friday introduced its new GeForce 400M series of graphics processing units (GPUs), which will power the next generation of laptops from companies like Acer, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba, the company said. The 400M series, launched at this week's IFA conference in Berlin, features the first laptop processors designed with Nvidia's Fermi architecture. It also has Nvidia's Optimus enabled.
- Due to unprecedented demand, Apple has is now churning out 2 million iPads per month, doubling its production numbers. Analysts are now indicating Apple wants to up that number to 3 million per month in C4Q10. Is some sort of Oprah giveaway behind this? Seems, then, that it’s not slowing demand that has pushed the supply-demand ratio into equilibrium as sum have suggested, but increased production.
- Boy Genius Report reports the Samsung Galaxy Tab's is bound for Sprint's network this November, on both its 3G and 4G (i.e. WiMAX) network -- à la the Galaxy S / Epic 4G.
- Microsoft is warning about a new piece of malware, that auto-detects a user's browser and then imitates the relevant malware warning pages from Internet Explorer, Firefox, or Chrome. The fake warning pages are very similar to Microsoft Security Essentials webpage; even the awards received by MSE and a link to the Microsoft Malware Protection Center have been copied.
- A Nigerian man has been sentenced to serve 151 months in federal prison for running an advanced email scam that took in over $1m. The conviction, rare for Nigerian email scams, was a result of his relocation to the US after marrying an American citizen. Prosecuters say Okpako Mike Diamreyan, 31 years old, actually stepped up the scam once he moved to the US, since many of the American victims were more comfortable dealing with a person who already lived in the same country.
- IFA is underway in Berlin as you may have noticed from the volley of press announcements the last two days.
- No show Monday. Labour Day. Back in the studio on Tuesday
- 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
- PJ from Grand Rapids Michigan with an Apple rant!
- Anonymous is peeved about being cut off by Windows Phone 7
Regarding your Ping comment from episode 67, I would say Facebook has become the worst thing ever, it's FUBAR. Where as Ping is a purpose driven social network that's dedicated to a particular cause, connecting people with artist and music.
Granted I don't particularly care for the name and the ability to follow your friends seems redundant, but regardless they have a clear path and are able to monetize on the service with a single click from day one which Twitter and Facebook still haven't fully figured out.
Once the Ping expands to include sections for movies, tv shows, and Apps it will be huge. And yes, you can follow celebrities on Twitter now, but you have never been this close to their movies, music, etc.
- SB #3
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- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Audio posted to AOL. Video delayed due to CacheFly login problem.
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