Tech News Today 84
Recorded: September 28, 2010
Published: September 28, 2010
Tech News Today 84: Visually Impactful In The Face
AOL buys TechCrunch, Text while driving bans dangerous? and Office 2011 for OS X
- Here's Another Reason AOL Is Buying TechCrunch -- It Comes With Digital M&A Specialist Heather Harde
- Roku confirmed today they're partnering with Hulu. The Hulu Plus channel on all Roku players will be available later this fall for no additional fees beyond the Hulu Plus subscription of $9.99 per month. That's a major coup for Roku. You can now get the majority of shows and movies available on the Net through Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Media Fly. Plus live sports.
- The OpenOffice.org Project has separated itself from Oracle. OpenOffice's development and direction will be decided by a steering committee of developers and national language project managers. Some name changes underline the change. The OpenOffice.org project is now The Document Foundation, while the OpenOffice.org suite has been given the name of LibreOffice.
- ACS:Law, one of the companies targeted in the recent DDOS attacks against anti-piracy organizations, faces a fine of up to half a million pounds after they leaked customers' personal data while tryign to restore their site. The leaked list, produced by ACS:Law, contained the names and addresses of more than 5,300 people alleged to be illegally sharing adult films online. The UK's Inormation Commissioner said that ACS:Law had a number of questions to answer.
- Apple has posted ios 4.1 for the new Apple TV and licketysplit, a member of the Chronic Development Team decrypted it using the SHAtter tool and found that the same low-level boot ROM exploit that could be used as a jailbreak path for other versions of IOS 4 should do the trick on Apple TV- sadly, no indication this jailbreak will miraculously upconvert your videos on Apple TV to 1080p
- TechCrunch reports that the Google Voice app for iPhone has finally been approved. please note that the app was never denied, Apple just calimed it needed further study. well the study appears to be over and as soon as Google has revamped it for iPhone 4 and multitasking, fans should finally get the official app. Other third-party Google voice apps have already been approved in recent weeks.
- There's trouble in wikileaks land (wherever that may be). WIRED is reporting that at least 6 members of the organization have resigned including Daniel Domscheit-Berg, the spokesman for wikileaks in Germany. the article cites discontent with founder Julian assange's decision to publish another 342 thousand documents related to the iraq war that the staff say they cannot properly redact in time for Assange's October release deadline
- OK supercomputer fans, we have a new front runner for you. The Fujitsu K supercomputer coming in 2012 will be capable of 10 quadrillion operations per second, that's 10 petaflops, sports fans. Cray's Jaguar, the current top of the heap, can only muster a pitiful 1.75 petaflops. If you're a core-counter, the K will have 80,000 8-core CPUS for a total of 640,000 cores.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Microsoft to hug fanbois on 26 October with Office 2011 for Mac preorder today on amazon 2 years after windows got it a new productivity suite
- The US Department of Homeland Security is gearing up for it's third Cyber Storm exercise, which simulates large cyber attacks on critical infrastructure and government IT. The excercise involves representatives from federal and state governments and industries like like banking, defense, energy and transportation. The exercise's participants will work the scenario in their actual offices, including the new National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.
- Anonymous caller: Problems with back door encryption
"Hey TNT i wanted to throw my 2 cents in about suddenlink cable. The fact that they have decided to implement their own 3 strikes policy does not surprise me. This is a company that is stuck in the '90s. Their website is awful and you cannot order any of their services online nor find out prices easily. You have to call, work your way through a phone tree, and then talk to an operator just to try and get a price for cable and/or Internet. My in laws use them as their ISP and have received multiple warnings about downloading movies. They had an open wi-fi access point (which i have now secured) and I am pretty sure somebody was leeching off their wi-fi. I live in a small town 25 miles east of Dallas TX where the only 2 choices for Internet are suddenlink or DSL with AT&T. could you imagine if they got cut-off just for not knowing to secure thier router out of the box? How horrible to have to use DSL.... - Micah"
"Hi all at TNT, I can confirm that Madmen Seasons 1, 2, and 3 are available for streaming now on Netflix Canada.
The reason that many of the American news companies and you are missing as to why it is cheaper in Canada than the US is that we are getting streaming only, there is no disc delivery service.
So, you Americans are still getting the better deal, not to mention that I would estimate that we Canadians are only getting about 50% of the content that is available to Americans
Thanks, Andrew Stifora Canadian Correspondent"
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't NBC already free? How can offering a show for 99 cents via iTunes and Apple TV devalue free? Maybe NBC thinks they have to pay us to watch their shows.
I wish TV would get its act together and realize that if I don’t have an easy (keyword) way to watch their programming when I want, I won’t watch it.
Majority of my video consumption is done either by subscribing to video podcasts and watch when and where I want to on my iPad or iPhone or pirating the shows I want. If I could subscribe to TV shows just like podcasts, put up with a few commercials interspersed throughout, I would watch. But instead I’m forced to pirate commercial free shows because I don’t want to buy a tivo or dvr (which still doesn’t allow me to get these shows on my iPad).
To NBC: In the words of Willy Wonka, “You get NOTHING, you LOSE. Good day sir.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5QGkOGZubQ
Jiminy Christmas! Is it really that complicated?
Almost makes me wish Steve Jobs would sit on the board at every major network. ABC seems to be getting it right.
- Edited by: Tony
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