BOL 1073: Open Android Alliance to fight Google's evil empire

A Google Android mod received a cease and desist for including Google apps in the mod. Seriously? Google may not be a walled garden with a high wall, but it's a walled garden nonetheless.

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A Google Android mod received a cease and desist for including Google apps in the mod. Seriously? Google may not be a walled garden with a high wall but it's a walled garden nonetheless. And it's pretty sad when your open-source project gets protested for not being open. We also discuss whether the Dell Latitude Z series is for posers. Or us. Or both. Which makes us posers. Own it, people.

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EPISODE 1073

Dell Latitude is like Adamo with wireless charger – fancy and expensive
https://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE58S0L320090929
http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/29/dells-latitude-z-600-is-a-16-inch-thin-and-light-makes-overcom/

Garmin-Asus Nuvifone G60 finally ready for AT&T: $300 on October 4?
http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/28/garmin-asus-nuvifone-g60-finally-ready-for-atandt-300-on-october/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ATT-and-Garmin-Announce-a-New-prnews-2551171109.html?x=0

Open Android Alliance formed http://www.h-online.com/open/Open-Android-Alliance-formed–/news/114347

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/android-community-aims-to-replace-googles-proprietary-bits.ars

Apple hires Newton dev, restarting tablet rumors
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2353455,00.asp

Microsoft Security Essentials available free starting today
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138633/Microsoft_confirms_free_security_software_ships_Tuesday

Take that, Twitter: Google Hot Trends integrated into Google Search
http://searchengineland.com/google-hot-trends-integrated-into-google-search-26717
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/keep-up-with-latest-trends-using-google.html

Kindle DX gets bad grade at Princeton
http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/28/kindle-dx-called-poor-excuse-of-an-academic-tool-in-princeton/

Google Docs for students
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/back-to-school-with-google-docs.html

“Time Telescope” could boost fiber-optic communications
http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/09/28/1849231/Time-Telescope-Could-Boost-Fibre-Optic-Communications

Robot can read your thoughts
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/national/archive/news/2009/09/25/20090925p2a00m0na015000c.html

VOICEMAIL
Anonymous question about RIAA legal winnings

EMAIL
Hi Buzz Folk –

Episode 1072 included some speculation as to why AM broadcast band
reception is seldom included with portable media devices. I think the
problem comes no so much from the receiver technology as from the
antenna requirements.

FM broadcast uses a wavelength on the order of three meters, so a
relatively short whip antenna can efficiently capture the signal. a
three or four foot long headphone cord typically doubles as the
antenna on these devices.

In contrast, the wavelength used by AM broadcast ranges up to 600
meters, so a very short antenna is quite ineffective. If you dig
around the bottom of your closet, find your old AM/FM transistor radio
and take it apart, you will notice something called a ferrite
loopstick antenna. This device makes use of a high permeability
ferrite core inside a relatively small coil of wire to provide
sufficient antenna capture area for these low frequency signals. As
far as I know, there is no way to provide for AM broadcast reception
that does not require a relatively bulky antenna such as the ferrite
loopstick, and this is probably why you seldom find this feature in
portable media players.

You will find a very brief discussion of this type of antenna at:

http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/antennas/antenna-basics.htm

Great show, looking forward to many more episodes.

William, Metropolis, IL (Hometown of Superman — Really!)

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This article talks about a new book “Three Felonies a Day” that makes the premise that the lag between the legal system and technology causes you to commit an average of three felonies per day just by using the Internet.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574438900830760842.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

btw, what is BOL’s e-mail address?

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