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Title: Episode #9 - Google's Nuke, Zune HD Stateside and Windows 7 for $30
Post by: Zeus on September 21, 2009, 07:07:42 PM
We have just posted up Episode #9 of Weekly Tech Update.  Below are the show notes and some details on how you can more free stuff.


Download Episode #9 (http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_weblinks&task=view&catid=92&id=84)
Subscribe to the feed. (http://www.bcchardware.com/podcast/wtu.xml)
Subscribe in iTunes! (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=325543280) (http://bcchardware.com/podcast/itunesclick.jpg) (http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=325543280)
Subscribe in Zune Marketplace!  (http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mid=8caf3edf-35f8-4778-9f53-9b793fb72052&mtype=Podcast&CampaignID=1&affiliateID=c286092e-bfc7-4421-80cc-a7830163507f) (http://bcchardware.com/podcast/zuneclick.jpg) (http://social.zune.net/my/ContentRedirect.ashx?mid=8caf3edf-35f8-4778-9f53-9b793fb72052&mtype=Podcast&CampaignID=1&affiliateID=c286092e-bfc7-4421-80cc-a7830163507f)

Zune HD is here and better (http://www.pcworld.com/article/172270/microsoft_zune_hd_features_solid_improvements.html)
It seems that PCWorld like the new Zune HD and the solid improvements made on this player over the previous Zune PMPs.  I’m still waiting to get one in Canada.  PCMag shows off the iPod Touch vs. the Zune HD touch screen (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2352978,00.asp) if you want to know which one is best.  Too bad you can’t get third party apps. (http://www.mediabistro.com/mobilecontenttoday/hardware/microsofts_confusing_zune_hd_app_story_131182.asp)  Thankfully you may be able to  port apps to your Zune HD from iPhone. (http://www.iphonespies.com/iphone-news/games-ported-iphone-zune-hd/)

Google Releases A Nuke.  Apple won’t win this fight. (http://httphttp://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/18/google-releases-a-nuke-apple-wont-win-this-fight/).
Techcrunch has some information that was previously unpublished regarding the fact that Apple did indeed block the Google Voice app.  Why does this matter?  Apple said they didn’t and they got caught lying.  I’m sure that AT&T is behind it, but Apple is the one that denied the App.

Microsoft Offers College Students Windows 7 Pro at Snow Leopard Prices Until January 2010 (http://www.dailytech.com/Microsoft+Offers+College+Students+Windows+7+Pro+at+Snow+Leopard+Prices+Until+January+2010/article16278.htm)
This is one of Microsoft’s best moves to sell Windows 7 for $30.  Unfortunately, you have to be a college/university student, but it is nice to see that they are willing to bend and give discounts.  Now if we can somehow get an application for college and submit it for our discount…  Windows 7 Pro is estimated to retail for $200 MSRP, and this is a great $170 discount.

Music Publishers Feel that iTunes is not paying their fair share. (http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10355448-93.html)
Music publishers feel that they should get paid for the 30-second song clip that you hear in iTunes or Zune marketplace.  This is ridiculous and I think that we should all start claiming fair use and sharing music in order to protest.  Or, grab music for free from some companies like Smashing Pumpkins (http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/pages/news/announcement-from-billy-corgan-about-new-smashing-pumpkins-album) or Nine Inch Nails (http://www.nin.com/).  Not my first choice in music, but these guys are giving it away for free.

Hands on With HP DreamScreen (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2353044,00.asp).
If you want a non-touch screen (touch frame) internet connected device, the HP DreamScreen may be for you.  It looks like a digital picture frame with a PSP-esque interface.  It’s a cross between a picture frame, weather station, facebook app and more.  What would you use it for?  InformationWeek (http://www.informationweek.com/news/internet/browsers/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=220001055) has more details.  ViewSonic tried this in the past = Epic FAIL.

HP Tries to strike Envy with latest laptops (http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138069/Going_thin_and_bling_HP_tries_to_strike_Envy_with_latest_laptops)
Jason says these Envy laptops look like Apple Macbook Pros.  I disagree with a few points, but it is super stylish regardless.  When you buy a laptop, do you buy for style (HP, Toshiba, Alienware) or do you buy because of the brand/OS?  We’d love your feedback.

DirectX 11 is not revolutionary – won’t boost GPU sales (http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/video/display/20090916140327_Nvidia_DirectX_11_Will_Not_Catalyze_Sales_of_Graphics_Cards.html).
XBitLabs talks about the fact that DX11 won’t boost sales of graphics cards.  DX10 is good enough – but there is always room for improvements.
More info from AMD on the upcoming Eyefinity (http://www.amd.com/us/products/technologies/eyefinity/Pages/eyefinity.aspx)

Phone Calling Coming to Twitter (http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-10355319-52.html)
You’ll be able to call people using their @username on Twitter – only for 2 minutes though.
US Objects to Google book deal (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8264544.stm)
The public seems to be objecting to how Google is handling this book deal and treating orphaned works.  If you have a published work, this is of interest.

Reviews since Episode #8:
 Trendnet TEW-654TR Travel Router  (http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7641&Itemid=40)
 Zalman CNPS10X Extreme CPU Cooler  (http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7652&Itemid=40)

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How can you win some free stuff?
Full contest details for the CoolIT Domino Liquid Cooling System here. (http://www.bcchardware.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7569&Itemid=56)

The contest will end next week so make sure you get in early to win!  Good luck and Enjoy!
Title: Re: Episode #9 - Google's Nuke, Zune HD Stateside and Windows 7 for $30
Post by: werty316 on September 27, 2009, 06:42:38 PM
There's an article floating around which says that Zune HD owners get dinged $50 for no reason whatsoever. Great job M$ O0
Title: Re: Episode #9 - Google's Nuke, Zune HD Stateside and Windows 7 for $30
Post by: crowTrobot on December 21, 2009, 05:01:52 PM
RE: MS Zune and HP DreamScene

It seems the touch screen interface is still going strong.  I thought for sure this would die out just like Virtual Reality and chucked into the category of "looks good in movies, but impractical in real world application".

I had a Samsung P2 and an Iphone and its frustrating how innacurate the button presses are sometimes (worse than the Ipod wheel).  Sometimes I just want a solid, control interface I can physically feel.
Title: Re: Episode #9 - Google's Nuke, Zune HD Stateside and Windows 7 for $30
Post by: Zeus on December 21, 2009, 08:33:26 PM
I've got a 120GB Zune that may be for sale. . .