Monday, August 25, 2008
What's happening in tech today? Trust Dr. Blip to find out!
Mac Rumors - More evidence is appearing that supports the rumored taller iPod Nano design with a curved screen. Case designs (seen above) at Alibaba (via Engadget) depict new cases for an iPod Nano 4G.
Engadget - Samsung's Series 7 / 8 / 9 plasmas and LCDs have broken cover already in Europe or North America, including the slim PAVV Bordeaux 850 (pictured), but Asia gets first crack at the company's local dimming LED backlighting tech trickling down into the 40-inch LCD size range.
Gizmodo - The folks at Aircell, providers of the Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi service that launched on American last week, have admitted that the ban on video and VoIP chats via Skype and other clients is not bandwidth related, it's for the sanity of everybody else on the plane (much like the in-flight calling ban that's started to float around Congress).
ars technica - After a few years of development, Microsoft has released Photosynth, a new photo-based VR tool for the web, to the public. Ars Technica went hands-on to see how Microsoft has spiced up the panoramic landscape.
Techdirt - Earlier this year, we wrote about how NY state had passed a highly questionable law designed to force e-commerce retailers to collect sales tax in the state. As you hopefully know, retailers are only supposed to collect sales tax in states where they have a physical presence.
Slashdot - "The study, which was conducted by affordable-broadband advocacy group Speed Matters, found that the nine states with the fastest median download connections are all located on the East Coast.