Seriously, this isn’t for kids. Or for work. Really, don’t let anyone know you heard this.
An Orgy of Censorship, Max Mosley Sues Google to Block Search Results
The Week We Missed:
Amazon Silk Web browser doesn’t provide significant speed boosts
Penguin fights Amazon by cutting off libraries’ access to the books they’ve paid for (Updated)
Penguin pulls new e-books from library distributor, citing concerns over security
Penguin Shuts Down Libraries’ Access To New E-Titles On Amazon’s Kindle
Apple and Samsung’s patent battle draws concern from EU Competition Commission
An Open Letter To Adobe Systems « Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider Blog
Microsoft will sell new Windows-optimized Kinect in 2012
Microsoft announces Windows-specific Kinect for 2012 release
Google to kill off more products
Google sets execution dates for Wave, Knol, Friend Connect and more
Business Software Alliance speaks out against SOPA
Court holds European ISPs can’t be forced to filter traffic, users free to fly the jolly roger
EU Court Rules ISPs Can’t Be Forced To Filter Out Illegal Content
Simon’s Opinion on the Star Wars: The Old Republic Beta
Probably a Origin/EA rant.
Xbox 360 gets new Windows Phone 7-inspired dashboard in December
Xbox 360 Dashboard Update Goes Live Next Month
New Xbox Dashboard brings Cloud storage, Beacons, and more on December 6
Revamped Xbox 360 dashboard to launch on December 6th, Microsoft confirms
DC Universe Online revenue up 700% after free-to-play switch
DC Universe Online Continues To See Growth
What Difference Did Going Free-to-Play Make for DC Universe Online?
Dixons’ half-year losses widen
Researchers create spinal cord connectors from human stem cells, heralding breakthrough
Phones/ Tablets/ eReaders:
Some more news about CarrierIQ
Sprint loaded spyware on its Android phones
Carrier IQ: What it is, what it isn’t, and what you need to know
Smartphone ‘surveillance’ app row
Phone surveillance row escalates
Carrier IQ, Samsung, And HTC All Facing Class Action Lawsuits
Apple: We Don’t Use Carrier IQ… In Most Of Our Products… Anymore.
FTC asked to open an investigation into Carrier IQ
Carrier IQ hit with privacy lawsuits as more security researchers weigh in
Global Smartphone Adoption Approaches 30 Percent
Two iPhones Go Up in Smoke and Flame
BBC brings global iPlayer iPad app to Canada, one step closer to the US
New Version of Google Maps Brings Indoor Floor Plans to Your Phone
Google Maps 6.0 hits Android, adds indoor navigation for retail and transit
Google Maps For Android Now Lets You Explore The Great Indoors (And Find The Nearest Restroom)
RIM unveils BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for enterprise, extends reach to Android, iOS
Spotify opens up to add-on apps
Western Digital Fires Up First Flooded Factory In Thailand As Recovery Continues
FTC Slaps Facebook’s Hand Over Privacy Deception
In Response To FTC Privacy Settlement, Facebook Splits The Chief Privacy Officer Role In Two
Facebook’s Settlement With FTC Confirmed: Privacy Changes Must Be Opt In – UPDATED
Google+ Now Lets You Conference People Into Hangouts With Free Voice Calls
Crashing Google Wave Finds New Life in Open Source
Google Chrome becomes second most used Web browser globally
End of an Era: Chrome Surpasses Firefox
StatCounter: Chrome leapfrogs Firefox for the first time, still trails Internet Explorer
StatCounter: Chrome Grabs 25.7% Of Global Market, Overtaking Firefox
Google implements “forward secrecy” in its encrypted traffic, releases improvements to SSL library for all to use
Swiss gov’t study: downloading leads to sales, so we’re keeping it legal
The Painful Irony of an Anti-Piracy Group Being Sued for Piracy
Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy Campaign
YouTube rolls out site redesign
Microsoft sells 960K Xbox 360s in one week, loves Black Friday
Xbox 360 Still Selling Like Console-Shaped Hotcakes
Microsoft sells almost a million 360s during Black Friday
Microsoft moves 960K Xbox 360 consoles, 750K Kinect units ‘week of Black Friday’
Microsoft Sold Almost One Million Xbox 360s Last Week
Nintendo: Wii and Wii U Can Coexist
Battlefield 3′s ‘Back to Karkand’ expansion arrives on PS3 Dec. 6, 360 and PC on Dec. 13
Battlefield 3: Back to Karkand hits PS3 on Dec 6, PC and 360 versions arriving one week later
Saints Row’s Dildo Bat: More Than Two Million Served
Germany Gets Around to Banning Dead Island
IT teaching in need of ‘reform’
Motorola MotoActv coming to the UK to motivate armchair marathon runners
MOTOACTV Fitness Tracker To Debut In U.K. On December 1
NASA commissions washing machine for zero gravity
British Library digitizes 300 years worth of newspaper archives, brings 65 million articles online
Questions / Email:
From GAB on the forum;
I’m not ready to think music yet, but I do have a phone question related to this episode.
Work has finally ditched the Blackberry (I’ll pause politely for the applause … yay!). So, I’m in the market now for my first self-selected smartphone. I must have one for work, but I totally have my say on what to get.
I’m torn. I don’t have anything else Apple. While I use iTunes, I simply move those files to Zune because I’m still happy with the 120gb player that keeps me in 112,000 songs and room for every podcast that I listen to along with a handful of movies.
So, the Zune stays put for now, but I still need a new phone.
That led me to look at one of the ‘Droids that has a keyboard. Fair play making fun of RIM and their nonsensical keyboard comments … but I am old school. My other cell phone is a Samsung with a truly crap touch-screen.
I will give the iPhone4 touch screen a proper tryout. It will blow Samsung away, but will that be enough to win me over?
Of course, none of this is the real issue.
The one thing I’ve always wanted from a smartphone is available to me now and I WANT IT!
When I’m not at home on a Friday night, I want to listen to SHaFT from my phone. Even from Epcot at Disney a couple of years ago, I wanted to listen to SHaFT (and call in from the happiest place on earth). I couldn’t then, but I can now.
So, is there an advantage on the Synner app between iPhone and ‘Droid?
This isn’t my strength, so I truly need some opinions. As soon as 12/12, I’ll be swapping phones for good!
Hi Rich, Simon & Andrew.
I have been listening to your Tech it or Leave it show since it began and it has become my favourite podcast. You have on the latest episode started to offer advice to listeners regarding Tech and I could do with a bit of your worldly knowledge.
To set the scene a little bit I have until recently been a big Sony fan (cue ridicule). I share your thoughts and feelings towards them regarding the last few years of products and misadventures but as my Tech budget has been limited and looks like it will continue that way I thankfully have not made any recent Sony purchases. I currently have a Sony Bravia TV, Blu Ray Player and AV Receiver.
I am trying to streamline my Tech so it is both wife and time friendly. The Streaming on the Sony Blu Ray player is OK not really delivering the solution I want. I have toyed with the idea of a Home Theatre PC but have discounted that recently as it seems expensive, noisy and fiddly and not particularly wife friendly. Also I am more drawn to out of the box simple solutions. I would prefer the Media Server to be out of the lounge serving up the media via a Network (not wireless). I constantly trawl the internet looking for solutions and with a Budget in mind I am drawn to a PC running ITunes with an Apple TV as a front end. The PC could house some significant storage and backup via the internet to Backup solutions.
Looking ahead my Tech wish list includes and IPad and most likely additional Apple TV’s. My day to day home computing needs are handled by a Windows Laptop that may be discarded upon IPad purchase.
With the above in mind can you offer any advice on the following areas:
· ITunes as a Media Server
I would like to have ITunes handle all my media. What are the best Handbrake settings to RIP a DVD to an ITunes/IPhone/Apple TV compatible format. Ideally I want 1 file that does the lot and retains DVD quality Video and Digital Sound.
What spec PC or Mac do I need to be running to stream HD Videos.
· Backup Solutions
What are the best solutions? My research tells me ITunes Match for Music (when launched), DropBox for Documents and Picasa and Google storage for Photos.
· Apple TV
What’s the verdict? Is it capable of handling a ripped DVD library at DVD quality served up by ITunes or is there a better alternative. The interface looks good and the ITunes integration for rentals and purchases seems to suit my desire for a simple solution albeit possibly not the cheapest on cost of content. Should I be considering Google TV or possibly a New TV with streaming built in.
Any advice you could offer would be greatly appreciated and I’m somewhat confident that other listeners may be interested to hear your views on the above.
I’ll be listening!
Hello, I’m on a 24 month contract with o2, i have 7 months remaining and i had an Iphone 4 Black 16gb which i have broke and i’m not insured with. I spoke to o2 and they basically told me that i’m not eligible to an upgrade before the last month of the minimum contract. This would be June, I’m under the impression that when i took out the 24 month contract you could be entitled to an upgrade about 18 months however i’m not 100% certain on this. I know that they have changed now to the 1 month before end upgrade but i’m not sure when or if this has changed. I can’t find any information online about this, i know its my fault i broke the phone but i am now stuck in a 7 month remaining contract without the original phone. o2 are not prepared to make the bills less a month. I guess this is because im still paying for the handset. I upgraded to this contract with one of the early upgrade offers when the iphone 4 first came out.
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