Tech News Today 69
Recorded: September 7, 2010
Published: September 7, 2010
Tech News Today 69: Laughing My Heart Out
Craigslist censors itself, solar cells fix themselves, and one man Twitters his heart attack.
- Calls are beginning to come from within Wikileaks for Julian Assange to step down until accusations of rape are settled. Birgitta Jonsdottir, a Wikileaks organiser and member of the Icelandic Parliament, said she had asked Assange to step down until the criminal investigation is over. She said she did not believe his claims of conspiracy.
- Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd has been named co-president at Oracle reporting directly to Larry Ellison. HP has filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California claiming that HUrd had breached his contract. HP claims Hurd cannot perform his duties for Oracle without necessarily using and disclosing H.P.’s trade secrets and confidential information to others.
- Samsung announced the dual-core Orion application processor for mobile computers. The Orion features 1080p video encoding AND decoding at 30 fps, embedded GPS, a native triple display controller, and on-chip HDMI 1.3 a. You'll be able to drive two displays on your mobile device while feeding a third.
- According to reports, Google is in talks with record labels to open a digital music store to allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are. Google’s plan also includes a digital locker, which will allow users to download music once and play it on every device.
- Get ready for cheap RAM! Samsung Electronics, the world's top memory chipmaker, warned of an oversupply in the computer memory chip market from next quarter as a sputtering global economy may further weaken PC sales. Prices of DRAMs, widely used in computers, have turned weaker since July after an unusually strong first half, as PC demand growth lost momentum.
- In a clever game of cat and mouse sure to win the hearts and minds of the world's citizens, the folks negotiating the secret ACTA treaty didn't make the most recent negotiations public. Instead they let the latest version of the treaty, which aims to put DMCA-like laws in place in all countries, leak out onto the Internet. Why bother?
- Still don't believe in Duke Nukem after last week's announcement of a shipping version? Gearbox honcho Randy Pitchford says it's "important" to release a demo and now that the word is out, the studio can finally get on with making one. So now we can add a forthcoming demo to the things we still don't believe we'll ever see.
- Sony has closed a loophole that allowed users to run software that enables pirated games to be played on the PS3 console. The update blocks the PSJailbreak and PSGroove applications. PSGroove allows unsigned, homebrew applications to run on the PS3 and can be modified to play backed up games from official PS3 discs.
Kickers and Weird Science
At 3PM Canberra time today (7-Sep-2010) the two major parties had 74 seats each in the House of Representatives of the Federal Parliament of Australia. The two remianing seats were in the hands of independents: Rob Oakshott and Tony Windsor. These two had to effectively decide which of the two major parties they would support and thus determine who will be the next government of Australia.
They took their time (17 days) and reviewed both parties policies and costings even getting the professions at the treasury to independently provide their assessment of both. This required a suspension of the usual care-taker provisions. But these guys have god-like powers. :>
Today they announced their decision - Labour. Both of them stated the main reason for their decision was the Broadband network. Of course there were other reasons as well: climate change, education and health. However on eof the main point of differences between the two parties was their approach to a national broadband network upgrade. One party - the Liberals favoured wireless, whereas Labour favoured fibre to every house and business in urban areas. of course fibre is much more expensive but also provides far more opportunity.
So there you have it. An IT issue - the quality and speed of communications, has decided the national election.
PS Both fibre-optic cable and WiFi are Australian inventions. Love the show!"
"Hi, Tom, Sarah, et. al.
WRT: the new Facebook Account Activity feature and Sarah Lane's sessions in Oakland...
I noticed that the account activity feature showed my Facebook connections were from Cicero, IL. I don't live near Cicero but apparently my ISP (AT&T U-verse) has a major network node in Cicero that connects to the Internet. The IP address displayed is indeed the one currently assigned to me.
So, perhaps Sarah's ISP (or possibly the ISP of a favorite open WiFi location) has a major node on Oakland?
"I get that there are alot more android users than WebOS users, but you might mention that ""Angry Birds"" came out Aug 25 for webOS. Also, the ""Cards"" and unintrussive notifications make webOS a wonderful gaming on phone (and hopefully tablet) experience. So how about a little love for webOS.
Thank you, Brent."
- Edited by: Erik
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