Buzz Out Loud 1191: Evo! Evo! Evo! (podcast)

On today's show, there's tech news, but there's also the new Sprint Evo 4G, and that's kind of all we can think about. Its big 4-inch screen, its two cameras, its kickstand. Sigh. It's my new boo. Also, though, some stuff about Google, the full text of ACTA is leaked, we have a winner in the Apple vs. Predator video contest, and holy crap, did you see that Evo?

On today's show, there's tech news, but there's also the new Sprint Evo 4G, and that's kind of all we can think about. Its big 4-inch screen, its two cameras, its kickstand. Sigh. It's my new boo. Also, though, some stuff about Google, the full text of ACTA is leaked, we have a winner in the Apple vs. Predator video contest, and holy crap, did you see that Evo?

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EPISODE 1191

Google co-founder Sergey Brin urges US to act over China web censorship
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2010/mar/24/google-china-sergey-brin-censorship

Chinese web users boycott Google
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8584985.stm

Has Google been hacked? Corporate site sends users to China
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/pda/2010/mar/24/google-hack-chinese-corporate-site

Complete ACTA text finally leaked
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/complete-acta-text-finally-leaked.ars

Sprint 4G phone is fracking awesome
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10470282-64.html
http://www.engadget.com/2010/03/23/htc-evo-4g-is-sprints-android-powered-knight-in-superphone-armo/
http://dvice.com/archives/2010/03/sprint-htc-evo.php

Fox Mobile Offers Hulu-like Subscription Service for Smartphones
http://gigaom.com/2010/03/24/fox-mobile-offers-hulu-like-service-but-itll-cost-you/

Blockbuster To Get New Warner Bros DVDs Four Weeks Before Netflix/Redbox
http://paidcontent.org/article/419-blockbuster-to-get-new-warner-bros-dvds-four-weeks-before-netflixredbox/

EU court: Google not liable for AdWord counterfeits
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/03/eu-court-google-not-liable-for-adword-counterfeits.ars

Microsoft: Want to Learn About Our Secret Tablet? Read Engadget.
http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20100323/microsoft-want-to-learn-about-our-secret-tablet-read-engadget/

Airport device follows fliers’ phones
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/wireless/2010-03-23-cellphones_N.htm

Cablevision to offer 3D programming
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10470391-93.html
http://finance.paidcontent.org/paidcontent/?GUID=12427980&Page=MediaViewer&Ticker=CVC

Does This Headline Know You’re Reading It?
http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/03/23/1740241/Does-This-Headline-Know-Youre-Reading-It

Voicemail
John from Canada Can Opera Mini save you money?

Email
Hi Molly, Jason, Tom, et al,

Here is your requested “Apple vs. Predator” trailer, it’s short and to the point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWeZOS8ta04

You might also enjoy –
Doctor Who – Trek Through Time
http://kelvington.com

Enjoy,
Rick

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Hey Buzz Crew,

You have been talking about Opera submitting their browser for the iPhone and how this will likely be rejected as “duplicating functionality”. If I were Opera, I would try to submit my browser for the iPhone as well. If Apple rejects it, why not take it up with the EU? They are already making Microsoft implement a way to select the default browser upon install even though you can download and use ANY browser after you already have ie. I’m sure Apple would be thrilled about doing something similar with their beloved iPhone…

Love the show,

Brad the Minneapolis Programmer

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So I was watching the tv, and I saw that iPad commercial, u know, the
one from the Oscars? Well anyways, I grabbed my iPod and “tried” to
google it, but every time I did it would “auto correct” it to upas.
Wow, even apple’s own iPod thinks iPad isn’t a good name. Upas upas
upas!!!!

Joey
Houston of ze Texas

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Hi Buzz Crew –

It is unconscionable the way Best Buy preys on consumers (who do not
know better) with useless services. This latest example is priceless:
Geek Squad will “sync your 3D glasses for you”, which is required
because… well… just read the quotes:

“Blue shirt one said the glasses need to be synced with the Blu-ray
player. The second geek referred to the 3D glasses needing to sync to
the player via the USB port within the glasses, an impossible feat as
there is no USB port on the glasses. The third stated the need to
acquire the glasses’ IP address to sync with the Blu-ray player. There
is no IP address for 3D glasses; they have no connectivity to the
Internet.” – From Best Buy as quoted on HDGuru

To be fair, Best Buy has responded (2nd link below) that this is more of
a clarification for people who don’t know that syncing doesn’t need to
happen. HUH??? So, you know, it would be perfectly ok to advertise Geek
Squad computer fixing services as “re-modulating the phase transducers
with Windows”. Which means they tell the consumer that there are no
transducers… just in case they were wondering.

Original story:
http://consumerist.com/2010/03/geek-squad-to-provide-yet-another-useless
-service-for-3d-televisions.html
Update with response from BB:
http://consumerist.com/2010/03/best-buy-clarifies-its-policy-on-imaginar
y-sync-service-for-3d-glasses.html

Cheers!
Fraggle

 

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