Buzz Out Loud 1385: It's so hard to good-bye to H.264 (podcast)

We dissect Google's decision to drop H.264 support from Chrome and go with WebM, we mop up a little bit of the Verizon iPhone news, and more importantly, we eventually get this show on the road after yet another tech disaster. Also, and this is very important, people, the next version of Android will not be called Ice Cream. It's Ice Cream Sandwich, people. Keep up. --Molly

We dissect Google's decision to drop H.264 support from Chrome and go with WebM, we mop up a little bit of the Verizon iPhone news, and more importantly, we eventually get this show on the road after yet another tech disaster. Also, and this is very important, people, the next version of Android will not be called Ice Cream. It's Ice Cream Sandwich, people. Keep up. --Molly

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EPISODE 1385

NEWS

Google drops H.264 in Chrome browser; adds WebM and Theora video
http://www.informationweek.com/news/smb/hardware_software/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=229000517&subSection=All+Stories
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20028196-264.html?tag=topStories2
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/fasterforward/2011/01/google_to_eject_h264_video_for.html

Verizon to sell Apple iPad that connects directly to its network
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-01-11/verizon-to-sell-apple-ipad-that-connects-directly-to-its-network.html

Confirmed: personal hotspot feature coming to all iPhones in iOS 4.3
http://www.bgr.com/2011/01/12/confirmed-personal-hotspot-feature-coming-to-all-iphones-in-ios-4-3/

Verizon won’t confirm unlimited data plan for iPhone
http://evolver.fm/2011/01/12/verizon-wont-confirm-unlimited-data-for-iphone/

Verizon iPhone 4 doesn’t suffer from death grip
http://www.slashgear.com/verizon-iphone-4-doesnt-suffer-from-death-grip-11125827/

Verizon President Offers a Look Inside the Apple-Verizon iPhone Negotiations
http://www.macrumors.com/2011/01/12/verizon-president-offers-a-look-inside-the-apple-verizon-iphone-negotiations/

Sprint to show another ‘industry first’ at February 7 event
http://www.cnet.com/8301-17918_1-20028283-85.html

Facebook, Google, Yahoo commit to ‘World IPv6 Day’ trial
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/011211-world-ipv6-day.html

EU politicos protest DOJ Wikileaks-Twitter probe
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20028239-281.html?tag=topStories1

Start-up hopes to profit from Kindle lending
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20028137-264.html

Microsoft seeks to block App Store trademark
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-12173224

Quick Hits

PS3 jailbreak prompts restraining order from Sony
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20028248-17.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
http://games.slashdot.org/story/11/01/12/0430247/Sony-Files-Lawsuit-Against-PS3-Hacker-GeoHot

The Future Version Of Android Isn’t Called Ice Cream. It’s Ice Cream SANDWICH.
http://techcrunch.com/2011/01/11/android-ice-cream-sandwich/

Upload and view videos in Google Docs
http://www.pcworld.com/article/216492/upload_and_view_videos_in_google_docs.html

Spam volume spikes after holiday respite
http://it.slashdot.org/story/11/01/11/2132211/Spam-Volume-Spikes-After-Holiday-Respite

Sony Closing 18M/CD/Month Plant
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/01/12/1453255/Sony-Closing-18MCDMonth-Plant

Gadgets
Book Saver device takes a page from CD burners
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-20028279-261.html

Tron-inspired light-cycle Segway. Boom.
http://dvice.com/archives/2011/01/tron-inspired-c.php

Science News

Viking found organic life on Mars, experiment confirms
http://news.discovery.com/space/viking-mars-organics-experiment.html#mkcpgn=hknws1

Happy Ending

From the abacus to the iPod: Computer History Museum opens $19 million exhibit
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9204603/From_the_abacus_to_the_iPod_Computer_museum_opens_19M_exhibition_
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2375610,00.asp

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Email

Hey Buzz Crew,

I was listening to show 1384 about iphone's Verizon launch and wanted throw in my two cents. I agree that there is pent up demand for an iphone not on AT&T's network, but I think Apple is year too late. in the last year, Android has emerged as a legitimate and strong competitor to the iphone and my mom (a Verizon customer who a year ago wanted an iphone) now wants "one of those droid phones".
In my opinion, Apple could have reduced the growth in android sales significantly had they released a Verizon iphone last year. I still think the iphone will sell like crazy, I just don't think it will kill Andriod. Apple let them get their foot in the door, now when people go to choose a Verizon smart phone they can choose the iphone but they will also have, as Molly mentioned, a lot of other great options including 4G Android phones.

Thanks, keep up the good work!

-Eric in Boise

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Hi Buzz Crew,

Thanks for the great team coverage of the big announcement today – I really enjoyed it. One quick thought: everyone’s getting all worked up over the wi-fi hot spot capability of the Verizon iPhone, but speaking as a Verizon user who already has that feature on my Motorola Droid 2, I never use it. If I turn it on and Verizon finds out about it, they’ll charge me an extra $20 per month, on top of my not-cheap calling plan and unlimited data plan! I won’t consider that a killer feature until it’s much more affordable.

Thanks and Love the Show as always,

Eric the E-Learning Guy
in Houston

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Hi Buzz Crew,
I was reading PC Gamer magazine (Dec 2010) and thought you would be interested to know that in their tests, Onlive uses 2.5 GB of bandwidth per hour.

Love the Show!

Jonathan

 

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