Tech News Today 95
Recorded: October 13, 2010
Published: October 13, 2010
Tech News Today 95: It's Cheaper To Fight The Monster
Bing and Facebook partner up, our crappy electric grid is safe, a new plan for serialized novels, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- If you're a rich black or hispanic man, you likely have made a video call on your cell phone. That's one of the findings in a Pew study that determined 19 percent of US adults have made a video call or engaged in video chat on their cell phone or computer. This is the first year the study has included cell phones.
- Clearwire Corp., the bringers of the WiMax, hope to raise $2.5 to $5 billion by auctioning off a slice of the spectrum they hold the license for. Pretty much everyone you'd expect might bid on it. This could give Clearwire the money to move a little more independently from Sprint, although if Sprint bought the spectrum it could tie ClearWire's hands later.
- Turns out satellite radio may not be dead - Sirius XM is growing - new subscribers tripled in the 3rd quarter compared to last year's 3rd quarter. Overall, Sirius XM has picked up more than 1 million users this year. I guess if you shed enough users, it can eventually give you the opportunity to gain huge loads of them.
- You've heard of the Consumer Price Index? Well here comes the Google Price Index. Using only online sources, Google Price Index will determine inflation monthly. Google admits it's supplemental to the CPI as it doesn't include much about housing or automotive sales. No word on whether Google will actually publish this data.
- Microsoft is working on a technology that would allow you to switch from 3G to stationary WiFi access points while you are moving. The technology is called "Wiffler" and it intelligently decides which packets to send via 3G or WiFi. There's no official word if this will be part of Windows Phone 7, but this could be very cool, especially in cities.
- We're number one! Microsoft reports that the US leads the world in number of Windows PCs that are part of botnets with more than 2.2 million. Powerhouse Brazil came in a distant second with 550,000. But South Korea leads int he rate of infections with 14.6 out of every 100 machines enrolled in botnets.
- Want free WiFi in your hotel room. Don't go Dutch. Literally. The Dutch telecommunications authority OPTA has announced that Dutch hotels must register as internet providers and they could have to retain data on hotel guests. Better stick to pay per view movies.
- Apple has been granted a patent that stops you from sending or getting texts with objectionable content. The patent covers both blocking the message and the removal of objectionable content from text messages. Look for this to be used in the parental control section. Oh yeah, the patent doesn't cover MMS messages - so take dirty pictures instead!
Kickers and Weird Science
Ok, I know you like to make fun of the term ""Opposing Force"" which is the name used to replace the Taliban in the game. However this is a very common term in the military. From Wikipedia:
""An opposing force (abbreviated OPFOR, used in the United States and Australia) or enemy force (used in Canada) is a military unit tasked with representing an enemy, usually for training purposes in war game scenarios""
The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment at the National Training Center (NTC) in CA has the full time job of being the OPFOR for all units who go to NTC to Train. As well as other units at training sites in LA and Germany.
So, yes, it is sad they changed the name and while the term ""Opposing Force"" is an odd term to the world, to the military the OPFOR is simply who you fight in training. Which I would imagine was why this term was used.
"Hey TNT Crew:
Welcoming the addition of the Sony TV and Blu-Ray Player with GoogleTV, I can't help to wonder what those people that already have a TV and Blu-Ray player will do. I have a PS3 that I use to play video, games, and online content. Why can't Sony add GoogleTV as a software update to the PS3 since Google and Sony are already partners? That would definitely be a nice selling point for the PS3.
Here's my two cents, CJ from Panama"
"Hi, TNT Gang:
In episode 94, Becky and Tom discussed amazon.com's new Kindle Singles. Tom quoted from the official press release which emphasized non-fictional genres such as essay writing and scientific articles. However, what about fiction? The first, and most obvious, thought that came to mind was the short story. But could the Kindle Single resurrect the popularity of the serialized novel, a favorite form of 19th century English literature written by such luminaries as Charles Dickens? Plus ça change...
Continued success to Becky ""Boom Boom"" Worley and Tom ""The Tom"" Merritt.
Mark from St. Paul, Minnesota"
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