Tech News Today 75
Recorded: September 15, 2010
Published: September 15, 2010
Tech News Today 75: License to Bump
Do some social networking in traffic, witness the beauty of IE9, Twitter gets a makeover.
- Apple's iOS 4.2 beta has arrived for developers and features wireless printing, called 'AirPrint'. You'll need a special printer to take advantage of AirPrint directly or network it through mac or pc. Currently HP sells the only line that supports Apple's new driverless protocol.
- More details are leaking out about a possible Google music service Billboard quotes “industry sources” who suggest that the first step would be a download store, muchlike iTunes and Amazon MP3. Alongside would sit a locker that songs and albums could be stored in, and then streamed or downloaded to any internet-connected device. The locker would purportedly cost $25 a year.
- Microsoft will deliver a touchscreen PC that is 'no thicker than a sheet of glass' within the next three years, according to Microsoft's Bill Buxton. The device will be the next generation of Microsoft's Surface project. Buxton says it won't need a camera because the screen itself will have extra pixels that work as sensors, makign the whole screen a camera.
- The bill is in for who will pay for the UK's Digital Economy Act. The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has called upon rights holders to pay 75% of the cost of copyright enforcement while ISPs foot the remainder of the bill.
- Haystack, a privacy app developed to protect the identity of Iranian activists, has effectively been forced to close down after security researcher Jacob Appelbaum* (Tor Project, Wikileaks) and tech writer Evgeny Morozov identified significant and fundamental security holes in the service.
- Newspapers are gearing up to offer subscription apps on the iPad but aren't pleased with the normal 30-70 split (30 to Apple) that all app store participants get. To sweeten the deal, Apple has agreed to provide an opt-in function for subscribers to allow Apple to share with publishers their information.
- Wanna be like Lance Bass & Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberte? They're space tourists or wanna be space tourists! well Boeing plans to start space tourism flights by 2015. it's a joint venture with spaceadventures and NASA- sadly no prices yet- but thousands, millions, more?
- Dueling polls have been released in advance of the Supreme Court's hearing on violent video games coming this November. Common Sense Media, a group advocating restrictions on violent video games, says their poll found that 72 per cent of US adults back laws to ban the sale of ultra-violent or sexually violent video games without parental consent. The Entertainment Software Association however, found that 78 percent of US adults should be afforded the protection of the First Amendment.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Samsung event Thursday 9/16 (Galaxy Tab, Media Hub)
- The final version of the Windows Phone 7 developer tools will be available from Thursday
- More from the Intel developers Forum, Intel has taken their AppUp app store for netbooks out of beta. Retail outlets like Best Buy and Dixons will carry netbooks with the AppUp Store. At launch it will feature social networking, gaming, and productivity apps. @Geek8ive @TunnelCreek is here, Ppl Love @IntelAppUp, #MeeGo grows, #SandyBridge = StunningPerformance
- And also out of IDF, Intel's working on a context-aware API that uses not only physical sensors like accelerometers and GPS as well as "soft sensors" like social networks and personal preferences to figure out what you're doing and what you'd like to do using a "context engine" It's being tested in an app by travel guide company Fodors
- Matt from Columbia, Maryland - PLAY FILE: Our first caller is happy HDCP got cracked
- Glen in Atlanta: Our next caller has a Eula question
"Hi Tom et al,
I just listened to everyone upset that Intel is trying to move toward a model where executable code needs to be signed to prevent malware. I don't mind the concept, as long as I get to choose which root certificates to trust. The Android Market requires all apps to be signed - it's just that the developers self-sign them. If Intel is coming up with a way to facilitate that in hardware, more power to them. If malware can't modify the code on my machine because that will break the signature, I can handle that. It just means that when I compile my own code, there will be a post-compilation signing process before I can run it.
-Sam in NJ"
I have to question your choice to endorse the Ashley and Adrian lines of voice activated remotes. Similar products tend to not only be difficult to program but when the programming is not done perfectly, the unit can adopt unpredicted behavoirs. My own Xander line of remote has sadly been permanently programmed to turn off the TV after every program, forcing me to get up and manually turn the TV back on, often having to relocate the remote to another part of the room. For 3 months I have been trying to reprogram it not to turn off the TV quite so quickly but it appears that these lines of remotes have some sort of glitch that causes them to over-generalize the code into unique instructions.
I also caution your listeners from trying to develop their own Jenni line of remotes. This particular line can lead to personal injury if mis-used. The last time I attempted to activate it by saying ""Jenni, if you don't like what's on, get up and find the remote yourself"" I was treated to a black eye and sundry other minor contusions.
Just thought your listeners should approach this particular line of voice activated remotes with a little more caution than your ""devil may care"" reporting would suggest.
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