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1085 - Amazon, I need a refill
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tom Merritt, Jason Howell Co-hosts: Natali del Conte & Brian Cooley
Jason Howell

Amazon announced same-day delivery for certain areas today, although we're not sure if you can buy wines by the glass. We also cover the BlackBerry Storm and Motorola Cliq announcements. Guess which one we like better? And the Danger Sidekick tale continues.

Stories Covered[]

Don’t change your Twitter passwords if you don’t want to lose your account

Microsoft Confirms Data Recovery for Sidekick Users

Sidekick outage is more than just an inconvenience for deaf people

Sidekick users file a lawsuit

BlackBerry Storm 2 – marginally better

Motorola Cliq

Wal-Mart to launch pre-paid plans Introduces Same-Day Delivery

Gartner Says Worldwide PC Shipments Returned to Growth in Third Quarter of 2009

Google to launch remote book downloading service

UK Copyright Group Tells Cinemas to Ban Laptops

New CBS News iPhone app (shameless)


Rob wants to know about this Sprint data-only phone

Vic the Texas Rancher Pilot on a use for the iPhone car starter


Hi Buzz Crew

See: failure

A major software update to UK sat tv HD Freesat boxes has bricked many boxes including mine. No warning and no way to re-wind. I have no TV at all now and helpful tech support guy says they will be sending out a new over-the-air update in the next few days – hopefully. Don’t know how it will work as box reboots every 30 secs at the moment!

So no TV, no Hulu in the UK. Looks like a lot of Podcasts to listen to.

Love the show

Paul the no-tv-for-now guy in the UK.

Hey buzz crew,

When you were talking about the business week article on WiFi direct I couldn’t help thinking this sounds an aweful lot like a protocol that we already have: ad-hoc wireless! I’ve used this tons of times to connect two laptops without a router. What’s the big deal?

Love the show!

Ben the network security admin

Rochester, NY

After hearing Texas Instruments threatened individuals who hacked their TI calculators, I began to wonder why would Texas Instruments even care. In my mind, other than being completely ignorant to the potential of the benefits of hacking, there are only two reasons why Texas Instruments would care.

1. The software programs offered on the more recent versions of the TI family don’t require the CPU processors or Ram that they currently have. If you are able to hack the calculator and import the TI-89 version on the software on a TI-83 version, you have now better calculator without them getting the additional payments. (Which, if true, is sad because they would rather protect their old technology than innovate and develop a brand new standard for calculators)

2. They are protecting the ability for their calculators to be considered “approved” for standardized testing. If hacks are available, they may feel they could lose that “approved” branding, which would hurt their sales dramatically.

(One could make the argument of preventing students from flashing a library of game-boy games onto the calculator and making it the best hidden video game toy in the school system. But games have been available for at least 10 years now on the TI-brand of calculators.)

Either way, these actions are surprising for a company that was voted by Business Ethics as one of the top 100 corporate citizens in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007

Hi Buzz Crew,

Just had to report a strange occurrence involving bluetooth, an iPhone and a Toyota Prius:

My wife and I were both driving home from the gym. I was engaged in a phone call (using my iPhone and a bluetooth earpiece). She was following a few car lengths back in our new bluetooth-equipped Toyota Prius. Suddenly my phone call ended. I chalked it up to typical cellphone dropped calls. But in fact here’s what happened. Our Prius was close enough behind my car that its built-in bluetooth paired with my iPhone, effectively hijacking the call. My wife said she was listening to the radio and was interrupted by my friends voice asking “are you still there?”

Anyway… thought it was an interesting story.

John, Rochester, NY

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