Tech News Today 93
Recorded: October 11, 2010
Published: October 11, 2010
Tech News Today 93: I'd Vomit For That
Commercial space flight gets closer, what Free Public WiFi means, is GM lying about the Volt, and more.
- AT&T's trio of Windows Phone 7 smartphones for U.S.
- List of Windows Phone 7s launched worldwide
- Specs comparison
- Your guide to the first Windows Phone 7 handsets
- Photos of Windows Phone 7
- Ballmer On Windows Phone 7: All About ‘Mine’
- Exclusive: How to copy, paste in Windows Phone 7
- Angry Birds developer claims Microsoft jumped the gun, Rovio 'not committed' to Windows Phone 7
- VIDEO of event and some of phones
- The New York Times adds to the Verizon iPhone buzz
- Sources tell Steve Cheney at TechCrunch that the iPhone refresh in mid-2011 won’t support LTE either. Instead, Apple will produce a dual mode iPhone containing 3G flavors of GSM and CDMA, which operates on all carriers worldwide. If this holds true, Apple won’t support the LTE standard until some time in 2012. Will it be called the iPhone World?
- We start with an update from the Samsung Galaxy Tab rumour mill, which has been running full tilt. Here are the rumours as of this moment. Sprint releases the Tab November 14th, T-Mobile will sell the Tab for $399 with contract and the latest rumour, the Tab comes to Verizon November 1st, making them the odds-on favorite for the first to sell the tablet.
- New research indicates lithium batteries are sensitive to heat and can ignite in-flight if transported in cargo compartments of airplanes. The FAA acknowledge Friday that a UPS plane that crashed last month was carrying lithium batteries. The FAA says recent research has identified heat as the trigger of previous battery-related fires and offers advice on how to reduce the risk. Like, I don't know... keep them cold?
- Have you been making jokes playing off Apple's slogan, "There's an app for that?' Then you'd better stop right now. Apple has been awarded a trademark for the phrase. Granted personal quips are not usually a violation of trademark protection laws, but Apple has almost no sense of humour about these things. You've been warned.
- So many people were buying iPhones in China in order to resell them on the street, that Apple has put out a new policy to stop these so-called scalpers. Customers in China must now reserve an iPhone on Apple's website before visiting the store to complete the purchase. Frankly that beats waiting in line anyway.
- Twelve Best Buy stores will now have Ecototality charging stations for electric vehicles by March. Ecotality said today that its Blink EV charging stations will be installed in Tucson, Phoenix, L. A. San Diego, and Seattle. If those work out,, they'll consider installing more charging stations in other regions. I betcha the Geek Squad car always hogs it though.
- But how do we generate the electricity to charge all those electric Geek Squad cars? Wind! The Department of Energy says that the wind off the coasts of 26 states in the US has the potential to generate 4 times as much power as the nation's current capacity. It would also create 43,000 jobs. The answer my friends, is offshore turbine installation.
- Mobile phone companies T-Mobile and Orange recently merged in the UK and last month created a fun new game to tell employees whether their jobs were safe or not. In groups of 30-60 people all 16,000 employees of the merged company now called Everything Everywhere were shown colored lights. If you saw a blue light it meant your job had been mapped and youw ere safe. If you saw a green light you were OK with some limited possibilities. A yellow light meant caution, you have to reapply for your job! And of course a red light meant please storm out of the room weeping, you've been made redundant in the most humiliating way we could think of.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Sony's Google TV event is Tuesday October 12
- Medal of Honor launches Tuesday October 12 Play as 'Opposing Force'
"Tom et al,
When speaking about the new Amazon Android marketplace over the last couple of weeks, you guys seem to be missing the most important point. It is not a matter of replacing or duplicating an existing Android Marketplace on the phone, but creating one that does not yet exist on the web! It is dramatically easier to browse and investigate apps on the web than on the phone and, other than third party sites like AppBrain, this is simply missing for Android. And, with a Google sign-in, all the syncing would be OTA.
While I would love for Google to develop an iTunes-like experience on the web for complete browsing and purchase AND app and music management (with OTA syncing, thus one-upping iTunes), this Amazon Android Market would be a huge step forward.
"Hi TNT Crew!! I am writing about the young man who was being tracked by the F.B.I. It immediately occurred to me, when I saw the pic of the device, that this must be a decoy. They put the only clunky one for him to find. He finds it, removes it, the Feds come to get it. He thinks everything is OK. Little does he know they put one of their real trackers in his engine bay. OK Maybe I have been watching too many X-Files re-runs.........
Albert from North Carolina."
In reference to your discussion on video devices yesterday:
I curled up in bed last night to watch the latest Caprica episode and fired up the Hulu+ app on my iPad. What's this? This is odd,Caprica is not on the list of shows. So, I started up a Safari window and went to Hulu.com, there was Caprica in the feature list. Then, I tried to start the stream and received a message that I could not watch Caprica on an iPod. I booted up my net book and was able to watch the program as normal with no issue. If the world of ""free over the internet"" streaming is going to be segmented by the devices we own, not only are we going to need an app to remember which show we can watch on which device, but as our pile of high-tech clutters our living rooms we will long for the days when we could just pay a cable company $200 and just sit and watch some TV.
Dan in Duluth"
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