Welcome to our first Buzz Out Loud Weekly, which is, ironically, our third show this week! It's a stair-step approach, really. We're recapping and analyzing Amazon's Kindle conflagration, wondering what the new iPhone 5 will look like and whether hidden retail skus do indeed point to a cheaper model, and pondering where to get free coffee on this, National Coffee Day. Plus, your calls and letters -- keep them coming!
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Amazon Fire coverage here:
Amazon announces Kindle Fire, 3 new Kindle readers
Successful, but not an iPad killer?
Or, iPad killer because of the price
Amazon Silk browser powers Kindle Fire with EC2
Amazon Kindle Fire’s Silk browser sounds privacy alarm bells
Amazon Tops 1 Million Kindle Books In Just Four Years
Apple Announces October 4 Event: Let's Talk iPhone
New iPhone 4 and iPod touch appear in Apple’s inventory system
Is the iPod Classic being retired?
National Coffee Day Freebies (Today Only)
Samsung signs Microsoft patent licensing deal to cover Android devices
Microsoft cements position as Android’s patent toll collector
Google On Microsoft’s Android Patent Tactics: It’s Extortion
Spotify users steamed over Facebook requirement
After Backlash, Spotify Adds Facebook ‘Private Listening’ Mode
Hate Facebook's Ticker? Try This Chrome Extension
Facebook iPad App Still Snagged in Negotiations http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/26/facebook-ipad-app-caught-up-in-apple-negotiations
Facebook's iPad App Developer Quits As App Remains In Limbo
Windows Phone 7.5 Mango released
US applies brakes to Google/Motorola Mobility deal
Amazon to relaunch California Associate Accounts
Space Radiation Expected to Rise for Airline Passengers and Astronauts
Huge sun storm was supposed to super-charge northern lights
Sam in Salt Lake City thinks that Amazon is a genius
Someone is excited about the Mango Phone
Gino Loves the show and he loves Pizza
I came home from work on Wednesday evening and thought “”What shall I do?”". Normally I would have listened to the Tuesday Buzz out Loud pocast. I thought to myself “”All that I can do is go to CNET.COM and download the 404 podcast”".
To my suprise I discovered that there was a Buzz out Loud Podcast after all. It is reassuring to know that Buzz out Loud is going carry on being produced daily after all. Even better the podcast has grown to be an hour and a quarter long.
I also listened to the Monday 404 podcast and was pleased that it now has more tech news content and that there was no adult humour.
Dear Buzz Crew,
With the introduction of the Kindle Fire, Amazon has turned itself into a commercial data mining corporation the likes of which we’ve never quite seen before. Amazon will not only control the online retail platform you buy your goods on, but also the hardware and browser you buy it with. A browser that depends on Amazon servers to do the heavy lifting. Unlike Google or Facebook, Amazon will control all of it.
On another note, does the price structure for the new Kindles mean that Amazon will be selling them at a loss? If so, won’t that be considered anti-competitive conduct that violates U.S. anti-trust laws?
Barnes & Noble sell Manufacturer Refurbished Nook Colors for $180 on eBay with Free Shipping. Beat that Amazon! (and yes it’s really B&N selling them on eBay) Combine that unbeatable price with a Root and you have the most affordable (yet not cheaply built) tablet on the market.
Your faithful listener,
You were discussing e-readers needing a book smell on Wednesday during your Kindle Fire show. I decided to go looking for such a product and lo and behold:
Love the show. Good luck with the new schedule.
Dear BOL crew,
in the bonus episode (1559) you had a caller call in saying that the discovery of faster than light neutrinos would allow for warp drive. But I have to respectfully disagree.
the reason warp drive works is that if you have a massive power source and the ability to manipulate gravity, you could WARP space in such a way as to compress the space in front of you and expand the space behind you. By doing this, your space ship could have a (relatively) slow forward velocity, and not violate Einstein’s law about traveling beyond the speed of light, while still covering great distances. And just as importantly, not be subject to the time dilating effects of traveling near the speed of light. (You know, where the traveler only ages a few weeks or months but returns to earth to find that 50 years have passed.)
in effect, warp drive works by Cheating! on the space ship (and to Einstein) you would feel like you’re barely moving, its just that the objects in front of you become closer than they once appeared.
PS. I’m not a physicist, but i did read “”the physics of star trek”". A quick read, but very interesting.
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