Amazon ships its $199 Kindle Fire today, a day early. Apple releases Apple iTunes 10.5.1 with iTunes Match, but not without a few hiccups. And finally, a sad death in tech. One of the young founders of Diaspora, an open source Facebook alternative project, is dead at 22 of suicide. TechNow with Gina Smith runs daily. [...]
Two weeks late, Apple delivers iTunes Match for its iCloud and Apple iTunes 10.5.1, released for download this morning. Apple took the download links and menu items down a half hour later, citing excessive traffic. Here’s the skinny. [...]
Dang, I love this show. Happy 11.11.11. Enjoy this great short form show from John C. Dvorak and hosts -- and watch for aNewDomain.net LAUNCH today at 11:11 PM on 11.11.11 -- Maybe Hawaiian time : ) gs
We've learned from people familiar with the matter that Nokia's delayed entry into the US is partly due to the fact that it wants to attack with LTE — and that's a feature that Windows Phone 7.5 doesn't presently support. Our understanding is that Nokia might either launch with Tango — the code name for Windows Phone's next release — or with specific Mango-based code drops that include LTE functionality, but either way, AT&T figures prominently into the equation with a variant of the Lumia 800 that includes LTE on board. (Of course, if the rumors that the Lumia 710 might launch on T-Mobile USA are accurate, that particular device wouldn't be LTE-capable.)via www.theverge.comCongratulations, Chris Ziegler, on this most excellent scoop. Investigative reporting going on at The Verge. Now that's journalism.
I'll be doing a morning show and, quite possibly, an evening news wrap show on YouTube beginning very soon. Here is the very first test. It's rough. But it's what first tests look like, as any producer knows : )
520 days after being locked inside a fake spaceship in a Moscow car park, a six-man team of volunteer astronauts is about to emerge back on planet Earth.
The year and a half of isolation, dubbed Mars500 and run by the European Space Agency (ESA), was designed to see how real space crews would cope with confinement, daily activities and psychological stress on a lengthy trip to the red planet and back.
Members of the international hacking group, Anonymous, are divided on whether to take on the powerful, alleged Veracruz, Mexico-based Zeta drug cartel on November 5, as it has threatened.
According to a tweet in Spanish, at least some Anonymous members feel the attack is too risky.
Anonymous, better known for taking down big business and banks with denial-of-service attacks and publishing private email and personal info there, threatened Zeta after Zeta purportedly kidnapped a member of the Anonymous hacking group. Anonymous is demanding the safe return of its member and, in a video published on YouTube in October, threatens to post private info on police, taxi drivers, journalists and others with whom Anonymous believes is in league with Zeta.
Anonymous factions are still at odds as to whether to carry out the attack Nov. 5.
And on Monday, one member of an Anonymous faction went so far as to call it off in the following tweet. (Translation: Anonymous cancels operation against Mexican cartel. We cannot risk our colleagues.)
Whether Anonymous attacks Zeta remains to be seen.
Below in the Anonymous message to the Zeta cartel in Veracruz, in its original (Spanish) version) on October 6, 2011. Scroll down for an English version. ED: The videos below contain expletives (in Spanish and English) and other material not suitable for children. Discretion advised.
Here is the same video, translated by computer into English. As a Spanish speaker, I can tell you it doesn't quite capture the vitriol in the Spanish version.
Waiting. Walking. Watching TV. Working out. Winding down. Waking up. We check email pretty much everywhere these days. And when we do, we want easy access to our important messages so we can respond quickly and get back to life -- or slinging birds at thieving green pigs. With that in mind, we’ve created a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. It’s designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And it’s one more reason to switch to Gmail. Speed We want to give you the information you need quickly, with minimal effort and distraction. So we’ve included some time-saving features:
You love it? You hate it? You probably heard about it when the Google exec giving the demo below appeared in a temporarily leaked video in mid-October online. Well, now open your Gmail and you'll see most of it, anyway, is at fruition. Below is the leaked video -- rereleased today by Google. Below that, I'll add before and after Gmail change shots. I'll make the leap so you won't have to : ) Thank me later ! ha
The industry that purchases gobs of anonymized but extremely detailed user info goes to giant, profitable firms called "data aggregators." Whine. I wanna be a data aggregator. Most people don't seem to know this. They oughta.
Today an old game with some new tricks hit Android. It's Duke Nukem, the 15-year-old classic console game. The object of the 1991 shooter is still to save the women from the invading aliens -- "save our chicks" -- but there are some new features to take advantage of 2011-era mobile tech. Those include the ability to install from an SD card, multi-touch controls and compatibility with an array of Android screen sizes, from phone to tablet and beyond. The game's current owner, Machineworks Northwest, did a version for iOS this summer.
Some papers read a bit like a roller coaster. The title sucks you in with a promise of a revealed truth and excitement. As you proceed though the introductory fluff and get to the anticipated revelation, it begins to dawn on you that what excited them is not going to excite you. It's kind of like going to a showing of The Princess Bride expecting to see a romance film. But you've invested this much time already, so it can't hurt to see it through to the end, can it? And then, like Inigo Montoya, the whole point of the paper jumps out, waves its sword in your face and shouts at you, leaving you wondering how dumb you could have been to not have seen it coming.
The first thing I thought when I saw Apple unveil the Siri voice-recognition assistant was: would it understand my American South dialect of English, the one I revert to when not broadcasting? Here's a great piece from the folks of TechRadar looking into another aspect of that. Watch A New Domain unplugged (soon anewdomain.net) for my curated list of videos examining Siri with various English dialects and accented English.
When Apple revealed Siri to the world, people gaped at its amazing powers of voice recognition.
Meanwhile, Glaswegians the world over turned to each other and said, "Aye, weel. We'll see aboot tha', pal."
Which got us thinking – just how well can Siri handle the accents of the world? And thus we took to the international population of TechRadar HQ to find out.
Here's the video the TechRadar guy produced -- it'll make you smile -- but it also made me wonder about lesser accents, like my regional American South dialect. Watch here for my curated list of Siri with accented voices videos. It'll help us all decide if Apple Siri is worth bothering with, ya'll.