Loaded: Cold awakeningAsk.com gets an overhaul, Delta Air Lines decides to filter in-flight Wi-Fi after all, and some contestants in the Netflix movie-watching competition literally put ice cubes down their pants to stay awake!
>> Ask.com gets a major overhaul. Delta decides to filter Wi-Fi after all and we've got an update on the movie marathon in Times Square. It's Monday, October 6, I'm Natali Del Conte and it's time to get Loaded. ^M00:00:12 [ Music ] ^M00:00:16 >> Ask.com is launching a new version of its search engine today. The company is promising better results for more sources around the web. It is also still trying to focus on giving results based on actual questions, which is the premise that the search engine was founded on back in 1996. So, if you ask a question such as what's the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, the search engine will do its best to give you the answer and the results page rather than just a link to a page with the answer. And for the record, there is a difference between a sweet potato and a yam. Pictures of the new Amazon Kindle were all over the Internet this weekend. It looks a lot better than the first generation which I maintain is not a sexy device despite its virtues. The new model will charge over USB instead of the propriety charger. It also appears that the sparkly status bar will be gone and the joystick will replace the click wheel. It also looks like they shrunk the Next Page and Previous Page buttons which is nice because I often inadvertedly push Next Page when I'm not ready to go to the next page just yet. We don't have any word on release date or pricing just yet. If you're a fan of Excel you might like the new Google Spreadsheet. The program got a new added-in interface and it is much improved. The tools are laid out on one page rather than tab across the top like they used to be. It looks a lot more like Microsoft Excel than ever before and I for one I'm grateful for that. We use Google Spreadsheets a lot here at CNET TV for our shows, such as Buzz Out Loud and Loaded. If you're holding out for the BlackBerry Bold, you're gonna have to hold out for a little bit longer. The phone was supposed to come out this month, but it has been delayed. Research In Motion CEO said that the company wants to avoid the same 3G bust and outages that the iPhone suffered from all summer. Originally we thought the Bold would be released in the summertime here in the US, but it was pushed back to October. As of now we still have no official release date. RealDVD had a set back. The software that allows users to copy their DVD collection on to their PCs has been temporarily suspended. The Motion Pictures Association of America filed a law suit against Real Networks, the company that makes RealDVD. A court ordered the software to shut down for now, while the judge reviews the case. Hopefully a thorough review will show the lunacy of this law suit and the program will be up and running again soon. The Netflix movie watching competition is still going on. I went down to Time Square and visited the contestants on Saturday which was only the second day of the movie marathon. I covered the event for the CBS early show, take a look. This is a very Couch Potato Olympic. They started with eight and now were down to five people who are gonna just try and watch movie. It's a movie marathon. They get ten minutes in between each movie in which to which to go the bathroom and stretch, but other than that they have to sit in these couches and not divert their eyes from the screen even for a second. This is Cheryl Jones. She's been in it since Thursday at noon. How are you feeling? >> I'm feeling good. >> Yeah? >> I'm feeling good right now. >> What is your ... >> About four hours ago not so good. >> No? Why? >> Right before the sun rise is my hardest time. >> Okay. What's your strategy for staying awake for something like this? >> Well, when you start to feel yourself slipping away and you do, you start to feel yourself slipping away you got a get up and you got a dance. You got to talk to the screen. You got to do whatever it takes to keep you going. >> Coffee? Red Bull? >> You know, I do that, but not as much as like just really trying to get yourself back focused. >> Yeah. >> That's the key. >> And how would you train for something like this? >> You don't. >> You don't? Just go on for it >> You don't because trying to deprive yourself of more sleep is just not a wise thing to do. >> Yeah. So, you're not even halfway through now. They're trying to -- you're trying to get to five days or more. >> That's right, but I did it once before in 2003 and we did sixty six and a half hours. And Sharesh [presumed spelling] was just giving me a pep talk saying, "If I can do sixty-six-and-a-half hours I can do this and he should know. >> Well, we'll check in with you guys later, so they're about to start Braveheart. Back to you guys on the studio. Today is the fourth day of the competition, but when I was there the contestants were having a hard time. One guy even resorted to putting ice cubes down his pants to stay awake. It didn't work though, he's gone and so are five others which means there are only two people left does right now. When we find out who wins we will let you know. Fring is now totally legitimate on the iPhone. Fring is a mobile application that lets you use Skype to chat and call friends over the iPhone's Wi-Fi ability. Fring worked on the iPhone before, but only if it was a jail broken iPhone. There are of course other VoIP applications for the iPhone, but Fring is a fan favorite because it lets you use Skype in addition to MSM, Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo, Twitter and ICQ. The application is totally free. If you've been debating whether or not to buy Madden '09, here's a little incentive. Since October is breast cancer awareness month the new Madden game has gone pink. If you buy the game at Target, it comes in a special pink package and proceeds from the game will go to the Deanna Favre Hope Foundation. In case you didn't make the connection, Deanna Favre is the wife of New York Jets' quarterback Brett Favre. She's been battling breast cancer since 2004 and since her husband is on the cover of Madden '09 this is a logical way to make more money for the cause. Delta Air Lines does not wanna be responsible for its passengers watching porn. Originally the air line had said that it would not filter its Wi-Fi Network. Well now they say they will. When the in-flight Wi-Fi network launches later this year, Delta will block websites that they deem inappropriate. They're pretty vague about what they consider to be inappropriate thought. A spokesperson said, "Blocking will be limited in scope and will be for sites that few, if any, would question are inappropriate to be viewed on an aircraft. Our focus is to achieve a balanced approach." So, whether you like it or not you have to keep your porn watching on the ground. Those are all your headlines for today, but I will of course be back tomorrow with more. Thank you for watching. I'm Natali Del Conte with CNET TV and you've just been Loaded. ^M00:05:48 [ Music ]