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Title: Episode #69 - Microsoft to Bury Android
Post by: Zeus on October 05, 2010, 10:34:24 am
We have just posted up Episode #69 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and more.
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NetFlix in Canada – $7.99 Streaming Only (http://www.netflix.ca) 2:00
There isn’t a lot of amazing content on Netflix in Canada (yet), but we’re unsure as to why exactly.  Is Netflix to blame, the CRTC or perhaps content publishers/providers?  More info on content selection and possible reasons why over here (http://www.canada.com/news/Netflix+comes+short+content+selection/3569290/story.html).

Microsoft hopes to bury the competition with Windows Phone (http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6905PY20101002) 7:12
Although Windows Phone 7 looks promising, I don’t think it will do any harm to the wildly popular Android or iPhone platforms.  If business is your thing, and you must have good synchronization to other Windows products…maybe.  I’m not holding my breath, although Zune integration would be nice.

Toshiba 3D TV ditches the glasses (http://www.technewsworld.com/story/Toshiba-3D-TV-Ditches-Glasses-but-Demands-Tight-Seating-70958.html?wlc=1286235394&wlc=1286246964) 19:10
One of the biggest drawbacks to 3D TV is the glasses – especially active shutter glasses.  These are expensive and everyone is required to wear them.  Toshiba tries to change things up with new glasses-free technology.  These new TVs use a “lenticular sheet” that allows it to display 3D images – as long as you’re sitting in the very small “sweet spot”.  Good for date nights, not so good for buddies watching the big game.

FCC Gives Approval for Super-WiFi (http://www.tomshardware.com/news/super-wifi-wi-fi-fcc-steroids,11368.html) 26:18
What makes WiFi super?  Super-fast speed?  Super-good range?  Hopefully it’s all about the range, because the new 50MHz to 700MHz bands will definitely reach a long way – albeit at speeds of mere 15Mbps to 20Mbps.  Consider the current speed of 802.11n Dual-band wireless at up to 300Mbps.  This is more of a competition to WiMax than an upgrade to WiFi, but it might help people in fringe areas and even in dense buildings to connect.

Goodbye JPEG, Hello WebP (http://www.technewsworld.com/story/New-WebP-Image-Format-Could-Send-JPEG-Packing-70945.html) 32:13
Google (and only Google at this point) could bring a new image format to bear and have a chance of it catching on.  They are working on promoting WebP (pronounced “weppy”) to the masses, claiming it has up to 40% smaller file size and this can greatly reduce the bandwith on the internet.  60% of webpage size is due to images, and if they could slim this down by 40% it would make browsing faster – especially from mobile devices.  I’m not convinced that the image quality and such will be as good as we get with JPEGs, but I’m probably just grumpy.


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Title: Re: Episode #69 - Microsoft to Bury Android
Post by: Krab on October 05, 2010, 02:22:36 pm
Don't think WebP has really much of a chance of being successful, but since it's Google, there's a chance they can pull it off.