On today's show, Donald Bell gives us his in-person BlackBerry PlayBook review, why Twitter is like your freeloading, couch-surfing bum of a brother, and how the FBI's command and control server could end up taking Elvis off life support. What, you didn't know Elvis was still alive? The things you learn on BOL. Plus: the white iPhone is coming! No, really! And your comments on throttling, for good or for ill. --Molly
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Hey buzz crew,
Checked my news feed this morning and the first thing I saw was MSNBC reporting "White iPhone to launch by the end of the month."
1 Fool me once shame on you, fool me 347 times shame on me.
2 Are there really THAT many people who have been holding out for a WHITE iPhone 4?
3 Why is a white iPhone even news at this point ( unless it's for schadenfreude )?
As tired as I am of hearing about this, I never get tired of the "Tech Unicorn" sound effect.
More importantly I never get tired of hearing Molly rant about useless analysts.
Love the Show,
Jeff in Dallas TX
Don’t think of the Apple TV as TV but as a large interconnected iOS device. In addition to all the audio and video streaming, imagine Apps built specifically for the TV form factor. Imagine using your iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone as the remote and controllers for all those apps. Imagine playing Angry Birds on your TV via your iPad online against your friends or sharing a movie while video chatting via Facetime with the TV’s integrated camera. iOS devices are now at the center of the home in a way that no single company has ever been able to do. The Wii is now dead, Roku has nothing to offer and both the Playstation and Xbox are facing a huge threat as no one is paying $50-60 for a console games anymore when you can download a similar game for $9.99 from the App Store. Apple won’t license any of this hardware to anyone as they want to be in full control of everything like usual. Imagine if they could come out with a new Apple TV every 2-3 years and how many folks will just buy it plus that iPad 3 doesn’t work with the new iTV so you need to upgrade that also.
Apple Nirvanna or Apple Hell? Depends on which side of the fence you are on.
Kyle in Michigan
I have T-Mobile and have been throttled, it happens that I went over my 5 gigabyte cap by downloading Cnet podcasts daily over the network. To answer Brian’s question you are slowed down across all data services. The slowdown was so substantial that it took me 15 minutes to find a restaurant using Google maps. As for streaming music it will not work, you will get a few seconds of playback followed by a lengthy buffering pause.
My take on throttling is that it is a necessary evil. I can see the position of the service providers but wish that there was an option to buy more “”bytes”". Once you cross the cap there is no going back and no option to pay more to have your account sped back up. Lesson has been learned to only download Podcasts over wifi, and I have not come close to my cap since.
Pompano Beach, FL
Hi Buzz Crew,
Just finished watching 1447 and wanted to contribute my thoughts regarding the contentious issue of ISP bandwidth throttling.
I understand that ISPs have to do a certain amount of "traffic shaping" in order to provide us the levels of service we demand for certain online activity. Without it, real-time protocols such as VoIP just wouldn't be feasible and having a few millisecond delay on a webpage load is, on the whole, an acceptable sacrifice to ensure a higher reliability for those instantaneous protocols. However, our ISPs should not (ever, under any circumstance!!) be allowed to deliberately and significantly reduce our access speeds for specific services and definitely not in a way that discriminates based on the content provider. If my ISP impose a usage cap and I exceed it, then fine, either charge me more that month for the extra data transfer or reduce my speed identically across all protocols.
Internet access is now, in my opinion, as much a household utility as gas, water and electricity. I certainly wouldn't allow my electricity company to tell me that I can only use my microwave at half power or that my toaster will only work at certain hours of the day, so why should my ISP be able to effectively dictate what I'm able to do with the bandwidth I pay for. My water comes through a "dumb pipe", I want my internet that way too!
Always enjoy the show guys, keep up the good work.
I think companies should be free to throttle for whatever reasons they deem appropriate. So long as the government is not preventing new competitors (which is not always the case), I think the government should not interfere in any way. Even when the government is limiting competition, the thing to promote is an end to the government interference, not more interference, targeted at some new aspect of the market. Having the government come in and try to correct problems it created by adding even more laws to the bad ones it started out with is how we end up with stuff like the DMCA and fair use exceptions to that law. The government should get out of the IP business altogether. Let private companies protect ideas with private contracts. If they cannot get a private contract to protect something, then they are not actually protecting property, they are gaining a government monopoly.
This may be BOL’s first sartorial “”well actually”", but I don’t want the men of BOL to be lead astray. You’ve said a time or two, once in reference to Bruno Mars (something about wing-tips and skinny ties) and recently in reference to John McCain, that skinny ties are kind of back. The world of men’s style is an ever changing thing, but skinny ties are in fact, like a losing Project Runway contestant, out. The 60s look of skinny ties and thin lapels is being overtaken by big lapels and wider ties. Think more Carey Grant, less Don Draper. Thankfully the fuller lapel and tie is a more classic look, so it’s probably best to avoid the skinny ties since in a bit you’ll like you’re dressed for a Mad Men party, all the time, which is definitely not cool. This Esquire blog post from Pitti Uomo (men’s fashion week in Italy) exemplifies the post-Draper look.
Krsna (pronounced Krishna) umm, the recent grad. from Detroit
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