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Episode #72 - Netflix Owns The Net
« on: October 26, 2010, 07:50:05 AM »
We have just posted up Episode #72 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and more.
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The Internet Belongs to Netflix (Hulu responds and drops their price on Hulu Plus) 4:10
It’s an odd world when legitimate web traffic actually exceeds P2P and piracy.  This is a win for companies trying to make money and services like Netflix can use almost 21% of total internet bandwidth in North America during peak periods.  This is crazy and is certainly a win for Netflix.

So, We’re Getting Zune Marketplace? 10:15
I’m not exactly sure on all the details, but it looks promising that we could be getting the full Zune experience – including the marketplace and Zunepass.  It appears that Microsoft wants to push the full Zune experience wherever the Windows Phone 7 is going.  Canada is one of those countries.  Also if you look closely, you can see the marketplace on the Windows Phone 7 screenshot in the Canadian Zune portal.  Here’s hoping…  It is certainly going international though.

For the record, Windows Phone 7 will have a $500 Million Advertising Budget. 16:08

Apple and Google Dominate the Mobile Market 21:47
In a poll put out by the Wall Street Journal, they asked readers which they thought was the best Mobile OS.  Android dominated at 60%, with Apple only getting 20% of the popular vote.  RIM/Blackberry came in next then everyone else.  You have to take the results with a grain of salt.  The poll doesn’t indicate userbase, just opinion on Phone OS.

Android 3.0 Ready for December, 4.0 Ready in Mid-2011 24:00
Google has no intention of slowing the progress and evolution of the Android OS.  BoyGeniusReport shows that they are planning Android 3.0 devices to be available in beta in December and possibly shipping by Christmas.  To top that, Android 4.0 is set to be released later in 2011.  If the evolution rate holds true, it will be an incredible OS, as the move from 2.1 to 2.2 was mind-blowing.

Apple Is No Longer Bundling Flash with Mac OSX 25:33
In a snit, Steve Jobs has ordered the Apple team not to bundle Adobe Flash with OSX.  This is an interesting move as many sites now will not display correctly on a Mac out-of-the-box and the experience will become more like a cheap OEM PC.  Of course this is done for the “best consumer experience”… right?

HP’s Windows 7 Slate 500 to be Released Shortly 31:00
While at first glance, this may appear to be good news, the reality is that when you have a tablet coming to market against the likes of the iPad, you can’t price it at $800 without a 3G option.  While it will launch, the reality of the price/feature ratio, won’t make it a popular choice at all.  For $500 with WiFi, or $600 with a 3G connection, it would fly off the shelf.

Windows 8 Roughly 2 Years Away 35:34
It’s a major blessing and a bit of a curse when you have such a successful Windows 7 Operating System.  Consumers don’t seem to be that excited about Windows 8.  Granted, it’s a couple of years off, but the day Windows Vista launched, people were already talking about the next version.  It will be interesting to see what is up, but you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Amazong Adds a “New” Lending Feature To Kindle 38:47
When I reviewed the B&N Nook recently, I commented that one reason to choose it over the Kindle was the ability to “lend” eBooks.  Apparently the good folks at Amazon and Kindle read my review because that is now a feature on their latest update.  This give a lot more flexibility and value to consumers for sure.  Nicely done.

Desktop Linux Is Dead 41:17
While Ubuntu seems to be gaining a bit of ground and makes a great OS, in the end, Desktop Linux is pretty much dead.  One of the main reasons is that there are too many versions/flavors/distributions of Linux and there is no universal version that just plain works.  How many distributions are currently available?  Take a look.  (Don’t check any boxes – it won’t include dead distro’s only current ones.  There are a ton.)

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