The 404 934: Where portable gaming is undead (podcast)
Leaked from today's 404 Podcast: more on the death of portable gaming, Coldplay pulls a new album off streaming sites, Facebook's massive cybersecurity, Siri misinterpreting Scottish accents, Occupy Wall Street domain squatting, and the new "Beavis and Butt-Head" debuts tonight!
Nothing lasts forever in the tech industry, and Nintendo's upcoming Wii U, the Sony PlayStation Vita, and all other one-trick portable gaming consoles are next in line to get the axe! At least that's what Jeff hypothesizes, although the trolls inhave opposing opinions.
After we sort through all the hate mail, we turn to a story about Internet domain squatters taking advantage of the #OccupyWallStreet trend to make money off the protesters.
And in the same way that Bacolicio.us set the veganism movement back several years, a new site called OccupyTheURL is turning the 99 percent into an online gimmick. Type in any Web site--the 404 homepage works--and your page will soon be flooded with graphic pop-ups of protesters blocking your access. We'd rather have bacon.
Speaking of spam, details have surfaced about Facebook's massive cybersecurity system dedicated to refining the keywords that identify viruses on the site. It's a project that's being carried out by 30 diligent workers at Facebook HQ and their results are impressive: over the last three years, the Facebook Immune System (FIS) has successfully refined the algorithm so that fewer than 1 in 200 user accounts on the social network experience spam on any given day.
Understandably, the group doesn't give too many details about how the system works, but we don't really need to know--just as long as our News Feeds stay clear of offers for "free iPads."
We talk about Siri on the iPhone 4S a lot, but we can't help but cover a cultural misstep for the voice recognition system. It turns out a lot of Scottish iPhone users are experiencing serious issues with Siri misinterpreting their Scottish accents.
This video shows confusion over how a user pronounces "reminder", and he's not the only one. Lots of Scots are complaining on the Internet about this, despite Apple's claims that Siri can handle all accents of U.S. and U.K. origin. At least the Cantonese can still use it with positive results.
If you hate Coldplay as much as Jeff, you'll be happy about the news that the iTunes.to their forthcoming album "Mylo Xyloto" from streaming music sites like Spotify, Rhapsody, and MOG. Coldplay reps are keeping quiet about why they're turning their backs on the Internet, although you'll still be able to download it from
Sources close to the band speculate the band may want listeners to hear the album in its entirety, instead of picking songs a la carte, but that doesn't make sense to us since you can still put any song you want in a playlist, or on a mix. Regardless, this story already smells like Metallica snubbing their fans by limiting access to their catalog, and while we're on the subject--why can't we hear Tool songs on Spotify? Lots of unanswered questions here.
We're not done, so check out the rest of today's 404 Podcast for more news from the world of tech culture!
The 404 Digest for Episode 934
- off streaming Web sites.
- Occupying Wall Street Internet domains to protest... and profit.
- Occupy the Internet? The .NYC domain should belong to the protest, one activist says.
- Facebook's massive cybersecurity system is why only 1 percent of users get spammed.
- Siri can't interpret a thick Scottish accent!
- Out of all youth subcultures, goths sell out the least.
- I'll be watching MTV for the first time in 16 years tonight: "Beavis and Butt-Head" returns!
- Wii sales plummet. as
- Bathroom break video 1: iPhone doesn't understand Scottish accent
- Bathroom break video 2: Brazilian dance group dresses as popular superheroes
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