Episode 95 – Anyone Want to Sell Guru their Phone?
No studio audience this week, instead…a guest.
Special Guest – Pat Davila – His first computer was a Commodore Vic-20…Pat currently resides in Pennsylvania and runs a collection of Linux machines, as well as Android devices and MythTV setups. He is the co-host of the MythTVCast with former guest Dan Frey, and also of The Linux Link Tech Show. Pat joins us to talk about why Pulseaudio is a bad idea on Android.
Wi-Fi Blocking Wallpaper may be commercially available next year. Blocks wi-fi signals, but not cell phone signals
In-Flight VoIP call on a smartphone gets founder of Viber escorted off plane.
The Floppy Disk means Save and 14 other anachronistic icons…Radio Buttons, Clipboard, Bookmark, Address Books and Calendars, Voicemail as a Reel to Reel, Manila Folder, Handset phone icon, Magnifying Glass and Binoculars, Envelopes, Wrenches and Gears, Microphones, Polaroids, Televisions, Carbon Copy, Blueprints…
Wolfenstein 3-D turns 20 years old, and there is a free browser version.
Wi-Fi Alliance is making headway with Passpoint Initiative, which will certify hotspots and routers to handle seamless handoffs between cellular and local wi-fi. For example, if you’re on AT&T, your phone could potentially transfer to a certified hotspot at a nearby Starbucks (which uses AT&T’s land line broadband connection to serve its Wi-Fi) without having to log in using a browser-based landing page or even an SSID/password combination. T-Mobile is the only carrier committed to Passpoint, the other carriers have indicated interest, but haven’t comitted.
There’s a new spammy ad system called SellARing that allows associated apps to replace the sound you hear after dialing a number with 10-second audio ads.
Thai government has signed a $32.8 million deal to deploy 400,000 Android 4.0 tablets from Shenzen Scope at $81 each, with an option for 530,000 more.
Are smartphones ad other personal gadgets making us mentally ill?