Loaded: Crying laptopsNetflix expects to offer a streaming-only subscription, Microsoft is none too happy with TomTom, and your laptop can cry for help if it's stolen.
>> Netflix is going to offer a streaming-only subscription, Microsoft is not happy with TomTom and your laptop can cry for help on its own if it's stolen. It's Thursday, February 26, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:14 [ Music ] ^M00:00:19 >> It has not been a good week for Boxee users. An update to the Apple TV yesterday breaks compatibility with third party add-ons like Boxee. It looks like Apple finally caught on to the media center software and decided they do not want you to watch cool online videos on your TV. So, if you want to keep your Boxee going, don't upgrade your Apple TV FirmWare. Netflix more or less confirmed that it will begin offering a streaming-only service. Rumors about this started circulating last week and the company CFO Barry McCarthy discussed it on Wednesday. He said we are likely to do that in the foreseeable future, which sounds promising to me. It would mean that you can get a Netflix account without ever having to get a physical DVD in the mail. You just subscribe to stream the movies in the Netflix Watch Instantly application. Microsoft is taking TomTom to court for patent infringement. The company released a statement on Wednesday saying they have filed an action against the GPS company for infringing on intellectual property related to in car navigation technology and other computing functionality. The statement implied that they had tried to settle out of court, but an agreement could not be reached. There were no details about specifically which technology was infringed, but I'm guessing it has to do with Microsoft Sync. Alaska Airlines is joining the ranks of airlines that offer in-flight Wi-Fi. This will be a satellite base service from a company called Row 44. It will be free for the first 60-days while it is being tested on flights between Seattle and San Jose. If the trial is successful it will be rolled out to the airline's entire fleet, but it won't be free. If you get on one of these flights do a speed test and send us your results email@example.com. On Tuesday, Gmail was down for two-and-a-half hours. Users of the Google apps Premier Suite of service are being compensated a whole $2.05 for their time. According to the terms of service user should also get an extra 3-days of service that Google will extend that to 15 days out of their owned generosity. In more Gmail news, the company has added a new Labs feature. This time you have the option of moving the inbox count before the word Gmail in the title bar of your browser. So if you have a bunch of tabs open you can easily see how many unread e-mails you have. A few weeks back we made mention of the, I Am Rich application that was available for a modest $999 on iTunes. It was basically a way for rich people to prove that they had money to burn and socially network with like minded posers. As you can imagine few people were amused and it was pulled from the iTunes app store pretty quickly. Now the app has weird its pretentious head in the Android market, but the developers have apparently learned their lesson. They lowered the price to $200. What a bargain. If your laptop is stolen you maybe able to set it to irritate the heck out of a thief until they either destroy it or bring it back to you. A program by Front Door Software called Retriever will flash a really annoying yellow message on your laptop screen every 30 seconds if the machine has been reported stolen. It will also say out loud stolen laptop over and over and over again. This can't be turned off unless you log in to the website and disconnect it yourself. The laptop itself will know it's stolen because you will have reported it on the website and when the machine is turned on it will look for nearby Wi-Fi signals in order to push out the message. The program cost $30. Well, it certainly is a deterrent for a thief. Is it really going to get someone to bring you your computer back? What do you expect, the laptop on your doorstep with the note that says, sorry I tried to use this, but it bugged the crap out of me, so I'm giving it back. Not likely. Those are all your headlines for today and that wraps up your week of getting Loaded, but before I go I want to wish a happy birthday to Marty, Sebastian, James and JC [assumed spellings]. I will see all of you next week or later today and tomorrow on Buzz Out Loud. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:03:58 [ Music ]