Germany says nein! to Facebook spamming non-Facebook users. Also, Amazon gets a patent on the Barnes & Noble Nook dual-screen concept, and Netflix begins closing the window on when new movies are available for streaming. Special guest: Darren Kitchen of Hak5!
Germany takes legal steps against Facebook
Amazon Kindle dual-screen e-reader patent granted, Barnes & Noble Nook potentially in trouble
Borders opens e-book store
Distribution pact brings better streams to Netflix users
Firefox 4.0 beta 1 is out
This Just In: Firefox is Still Slow
Twitter @earlybird to take on Woot?
Foursquare Launches Location Layers
Apple Records goes digital, but still no Beatles
Motorola’s New Android Phone Looks Like A BlackBerry
Good iPhone news: iPhone 4 exceeds talk time promises
AT&T identifies Alcatel-Lucent as slow upload culprit, fix in the works
Evo vs. iPhone video author keeps his Best Buy job, but doesn’t want it back
Symbian S60 gets Microsoft’s Silverlight rival to Flash
Solar Airplane To Fly Through The Night (Tonight!)
Today's featured Buzz Out Loud remix(es) at the end of the show: Kyle Lane!
And finally, as requested on BOL last Thursday: Unicorn of Rock! (credit to __Q)
Miles on Blizzard
The suggestion the the EU may ‘force’ Flash onto the iPad is perhaps not as clear a story as it first appears. The story comes from an interpretation of a proposed European Union law, specifically the following section “The Commission will examine the feasibility of measures that could lead significant market players to license interoperability information while at the same time promoting innovation and competition”
That story suggests this passage could force Apple to ‘open’ the proprietary iPad to run Flash as it has a significant market share. This passage could also be interpreted as forcing Adobe to ‘open’ the proprietary Flash standard to allow it to work with the iPad, a device that has a significant market share.
I’ll leave the interpretation to you, but this proposed law could effect Adobe as much as the original story suggested it may effect Apple.
Conor from London.
AT&T’s network is not to blame for iPhone suck
Well, not entirely anyways.
One thing no one has mentioned is Apples network protocols. I am a network engineer who often has to do line tests and traffic sniffing, and one thing that I have seen, since the early 90′s when I started doing this, is that Apples network protocols are very ‘chatty’. This is fine if you have a small number of Apple devices on a given network. But once you get about 50 Apple machines on the same network, network performance goes in the toilet.
I don’t think it’s entirely AT&T’s fault. I feel that if the iPhone were to come to Verizons network, it would be just as bad as on AT&T.
Love the show!
It’s not just http, but all protocols that apple uses. One thing I noticed the last time I was sniffing a line is that iPhones and iPod touches send out a network request every 2 to 5 minutes just asking the name and addresses of other Apple devices, and then receives replies. As you can imagine, this creates a lot of unneccessary traffic, especially when you have hundreds or thousands of devices on a network. Why the devices need to know the names and addresses of other Apple devices is beyond me. There is no reason for that behavior from a networking perspective. I have had LANS brought to their knees because of the nature of Appletalk. Now, I can’t say for certain that it is the issue with iPhone and AT&T, but it wouldn’t suprise me since this has been an issue with Apples and my networks for the last 15 years or so.
Thanks for the reply, and I’m glad you joined the show.
I can’t believe no one has thought of this: Flash on the Blackberry=perfect. Think about it: the major hindrance of Flash on touchscreens is the lack of a “”hover”" capability. But what about the Blackberry Storm? It is the only phone with an actual “”hover & click”" display. The SurePress technology allows you to touch the screen to “”hover and drag”" and physically press the screen to “”click”". I don’t know why blackberry hasn’t pimped this as a major feature that gives it a definite edge over the competition.
Anyway, just thought I’d share my thoughts on this since you are now sponsored by RIM and since you never talk about blackberry :)
Still lovin the show,