Tech News Today 82
Recorded: September 24, 2010
Published: September 24, 2010
Tech News Today 82: Black Market Internet
The three strikes law hits France, Czech out Windows Phone 7, Mozilla builds a phone.
- The latest update for the PlayStation 3 adds support for 3D Blu-ray playback, but it also removes support for unauthorized third-party accessories. Adaptors allowing PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 controllers to work on the hardware, as well as some devices that connect via USB. Perhaps Sony is afraid they will explode. They, in all seriousness, issued a warning about exploding third-party controllers yesterday.
- Don't expect to use your Windows Phone 7 as your modem. Microsoft told Engadget that Windows Phone 7 officially doesn't support tethering at all, despite earlier comments by Brandon Watson that it'd be a network operator call on whether to enable it.
- Microsoft has changed its stance on IE 9. Windows 7 users will NOT have to install Service Pack 1. It looks like IE9 will install any patches from SP1 that you need in order to run the browser. If you have SP1 though, you can install IE9 without a reboot. But let's be real folks, you should have Windows as up to date as possible, so just install SP1 if you haven't yet.
- Apple TV orders have been delayed until mid-October, and customers who opted for expedited shipping received refunds on shipping. The delay comes very last minute as Apple had already started charging credit cards, usually a sure sign that the device is on its way. No word on the reason behind the last-minute interruption.
- A federal judge in South Dakota this week quashed a US Copyright Group subpoena targeting Midcontinent, an ISP in his state. Among the many reasons given for the quash, the fact that the subpowena was issued by fax was the most entertaining. US Magistrate Judge John Simko said the subpoena was "not in compliance with any of the four descriptions of Rule 45(b)(2)" which describes how subpoenas must be handled.
- Robots may win the World Cup before the US does. Claude Sammut, professor of computer science at New South Wales University in Australia (and RoboCup regular), believes that robots will surpass the abilities of professional human footballers (aka, soccer players) by 2050. He says that these advances will require "major advances in perception, decision making, learning, and co-operative behaviours."
- Facebok CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Friday he was donating $100 million to Newark, New Jersey schools. Apparently the donation was going to be anonymous, in order to deflect criticism that the the money was only meant to distract people from the movie The Social Network. The movie debuts in wide release Friday Oct. 1
- Electronic Arts is bringing the first paid game to the Amazon Kindle. Scrabble for Kindle uses five-directional navigation and shows up in the user's home screen right next tot he books. The game costs five bucks and is available for purchase today.
Kickers and Weird Science
- "Facebook rival MySpace, meanwhile, will host a live chat with the cast of ""The Social Network"" on Sunday, Sept. 26. at 5:30pm Eastern time. Cast members Jesse Eisenberg (who plays Zuckerberg), Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield, Armie Hammer, and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin will discuss the movie, answer fan questions, and show clips. "
Anonymous from Wisconsin: Why Facebook phone would not be like Kin
Regarding your discussion of INQ's rumoured upcoming Facebook phone, this pretty much arrived two years ago in the form of the INQ ONE. This cheap (available free with 1gb of data and minutes and txts for as little as £10 a month) little slider feature phone was a follow up to Three's brew based Skype phones. It had very strong Facebook integration, contacts linked to profiles, photo upload etc. Unfortunately the ui was a little unfriendly and the screen was terrible. It was followed by a candybar and a qwerty blackberry style handset. It's like anything forthcoming will continue this budget trend.
Vic Kent, uk"
"Hey TNT folks,
Just a theory about why the Verizon CEO might have been so awkward on the subject of an iPhone on their network recently. I'm a Verizon customer that is currently due for a phone upgrade, but when I keep hearing rumors about a possible iPhone on the network in early 2011, then I'm hesitant to get a new phone right now. I'm sure I'm not the only person that is in this situation, and with us coming up on the holiday season, I'm sure they would rather have their customers buying phones now instead of the prospect of an iPhone after the big holiday season.
Love the show, Kerry the medical records guy in Houston"
- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Mediafly publish: 4:40
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