Less than a week later, we’ve done it again. Matthew Petschl and I once again created a masterpiece in audio and technology news coverage. We still have no series name, but there is planning this around, we actually collected stories through out the week. Episode 001 was very spur of the moment, but this time we had a plan. It’s a good listen, though a bit lengthy. Our topics are diverse and we certainly go in depth.
This week, we cover:
- The upcoming release of the source code for Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Kindle Fire, and what it means for the next generation of phones and tablets compared to the last. (And yes, I know that Honeycomb is not a year and a half old, it’s from this January.
- The Kindle Fire is selling at a tiny loss on purpose, with considerations to the HP TouchPad sold at $300 loss.
- Google works on a new image format, WebP, with 30% smaller compression and animation support. Also, why did MNG and APNG fail and why will WebP succeed?
- AMD’s server Opteron chips are 16-cores strong and at least 30% faster than previous generation, for primarily heavily threaded applications.
- Siri in the iPhone 4S had its protocol revealed, showing the servers involved, and the secret non-device ID that uniquely identifies the authenticity.
- While working on the first generation iPhone, Steve Jobs contemplated using wifi-spectrum to synthetically create a carrier-free network.
- Dropbox-style amazingly easy and incredibly convenient syncing technology leaves the cloud from which it came in AeroFS. Using peer-to-peer protocols, AeroFS syncs as much storage as you own without the need of a centralized server, and only links with an external server to establish links with other clients. Private beta right now.
(I’d love an invite.)
- A guy calls police to fix his broken iPhone. Probably. Or did Siri do it? Or did someone change his mother’s phone number to 911?
You can listen to this week’s podcast below, right now.
Podcast 002 – There’s a Buffalo Behind You[audio:http://ifupdown.com/podcasts/episodes/ti/podcast002.mp3]
Or you can download the audio directly.