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Episode #36 - Winners All Around
« on: March 01, 2010, 01:25:19 PM »
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Apple predicted to lower iPhone costs 5:02
It looks like Apple wants to try and take away some of the reasons that users arenít jumping on the iPhone.  Iíve got some ideas that are different that their list.  Still most people cite the initial cost as being the biggest drawback and in the near future there should be a version that should be a big cheaper.

Apple Admits to Using Child Labor 9:32
It seems that Apple Ė rather companies that make the actual product for Apple have been caught using child labor.  Whatís worse, these employees donít even get an iPhone.  The good news is that Apple has cleared this up and seems to have everything on the up and up.  Sadly consumers donít care that kids are being worked like a rented mule for pennies a day.

Microsoft offers Browser choices to Europeans 12:08
Microsoft offers some browser choices for Europeans.  You have choices for the popular browsers such as IE, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and a lot more.  This is a good move for customers and it will be interesting to see if people bail on Bing that comes pre-installed inside IE.  If they donít choose IE they donít default to Bing.  Weíll have to see.

Microsoft vs. Google  16:11
Even though we often pick on Microsoft, the reality is that Google is pushing the barriers of fair business practices with their search algorithms.  They seem to be blocking (or at the least filtering) search results that relate to their competitors.  If they donít show results and products from competing products, that is not a good thing.

Playstation 3 Issues 20:35
It seems that the PS3 network fell apart over the weekend and this affected a ton of users.  It appears that it has been fixed.  If youíre a PS3 user, welcome to the world of cloud-based computing.  If youíre connected to the cloud and the cloud fails Ė it sucks to be youÖ

Nintendo wins payout over game-copying device 22:50
The Nintendo Wii is pretty tough to crack as firmware updates keep breaking the hacked consoles.  Although the Wii is tough to crack, the DS is not and Nintendo has won a settlement against a company that makes devices to allow copying and playing games.  Sucks for pirates Ė good news for Nintendo.

Is Steam Coming for the Mac? 28:35
Steam is trying to get on more platforms and it appears that Mac could be next.  If you fashion yourself as a gamer and have a mac, this is good news.  For the other 98% of the world Ė itís not a big deal.  We do care for minority groups here at WTU.

Boxee Beta Arrives for Apple TV 31:30
Hulu made a brief appearance on the Apple TV and now Boxee is here.  It isnít perfect yet as it has some 1080p streaming, but it is getting better.  If you have an Apple TV, this is great news as Boxee is free and offers a lot more features.

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