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1073 - Open Android Alliance to fight Google's evil empire
Aired
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Duration
40:51
Hosts
Tom Merritt Co-hosts: Molly Wood & Natali del Conte
Producer
Lynn Fu
Guests
none


A Google Android mod received a cease and desist for including Google apps in the mod. Seriously? Google may not be a walled garden with a high wall but it's a walled garden nonetheless. And it's pretty sad when your open source project gets protested for not being open. We also discuss whether the Dell Latitude Z series is for posers. Or us. Or both. Which makes us posers. Own it people.


Stories CoveredEdit

Dell Latitude is like Adamo with wireless charger – fancy and expensive

http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE58S0L320090929

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/29/dells-latitude-z-600-is-a-16-inch-thin-and-light-makes-overcom/


Garmin-Asus nuvifone G60 finally ready for AT&T: $300 on October 4?

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/28/garmin-asus-nuvifone-g60-finally-ready-for-atandt-300-on-october/

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ATT-and-Garmin-Announce-a-New-prnews-2551171109.html?x=0


Open Android Alliance formed

http://www.h-online.com/open/Open-Android-Alliance-formed–/news/114347

http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/09/android-community-aims-to-replace-googles-proprietary-bits.ars


Apple Hires Newton Dev, Restarting Tablet Rumors

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2353455,00.asp


Microsoft Security Essentials available free starting today

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9138633/Microsoft_confirms_free_security_software_ships_Tuesday


Take That, Twitter: Google Hot Trends Integrated Into Google Search

http://searchengineland.com/google-hot-trends-integrated-into-google-search-26717

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/keep-up-with-latest-trends-using-google.html


Kindle DX gets bad grade at Princeton

http://www.engadget.com/2009/09/28/kindle-dx-called-poor-excuse-of-an-academic-tool-in-princeton/


Google Docs for students

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/09/back-to-school-with-google-docs.html


“Time Telescope” Could Boost Fibre-Optic Communications

http://science.slashdot.org/story/09/09/28/1849231/Time-Telescope-Could-Boost-Fibre-Optic-Communications


Robot can read your thoughts

http://web.archive.org/20090928024828/mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/national/archive/news/2009/09/25/20090925p2a00m0na015000c.html


VoicemailEdit

Anonymous question about RIAA legal winnings


EmailsEdit

Hi Buzz Folk –


Episode 1072 included some speculation as to why AM broadcast band reception is seldom included with portable media devices. I think the problem comes no so much from the receiver technology as from the antenna requirements.


FM broadcast uses a wavelength on the order of three meters, so a relatively short whip antenna can efficiently capture the signal. a three or four foot long headphone cord typically doubles as the antenna on these devices.


In contrast, the wavelength used by AM broadcast ranges up to 600 meters, so a very short antenna is quite ineffective. If you dig around the bottom of your closet, find your old AM/FM transistor radio and take it apart, you will notice something called a ferrite loopstick antenna. This device makes use of a high permeability ferrite core inside a relatively small coil of wire to provide sufficient antenna capture area for these low frequency signals. As far as I know, there is no way to provide for AM broadcast reception that does not require a relatively bulky antenna such as the ferrite loopstick, and this is probably why you seldom find this feature in portable media players.


You will find a very brief discussion of this type of antenna at:


http://www.electronics-tutorials.com/antennas/antenna-basics.htm


Great show, looking forward to many more episodes.


William, Metropolis, IL (Hometown of Superman — Really!)




This article talks about a new book “Three Felonies a Day” that makes the premise that the lag between the legal system and technology causes you to commit an average of three felonies per day just by using the internet.


http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574438900830760842.html?mod=rss_opinion_main


btw, what is BOL’s email address?


LTS


Maurice in New Orleans


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