Only good news today!
It’s Wear Your Jammies To Work Day. Of course every day is Wear Your Jammies To Work Day on the radio. That’s why I love it!
Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889.
- A 25 gigabyte disc made of paper? Sony has developed a new Blu-Ray high capacity optical disc made of paper pulp and another polymer instead of plastic. The disc is 51% paper and can hold up to 25 gigabytes of data using the new Blu-Ray DVD technology. Not only is it recyclable, but when you want to destroy the data you can cut the disc in half with scissors.
- Earthlink has released the results of the first three months of its Spy Audit service. It said it found an average of 28 spyware items on each PC it scanned, 5.4 program installs and the rest cookies. Over one million computers were scanned. 184,919 trojan horses were also found. The complete results are here.
- The FCC has proposed increased radio spectrum to bring high-speed wireless Internet access to rural areas. But hold on because…
- iBurst is finally here. I interviewed cell phone pioneer Marty Cooper over a year ago on The Screen Savers. He told us then about a new wireless technology he’d invented that offers speeds up to a megabit and can reach up to five miles. It’s being tested right now in Bozeman, Montana, and San Diego-based Broadband One Networks plans a nationwide US roll-out in September. It will be available in major Australian cities this summer.
- Look at the heatsink on that thing. The Nvidia NV40 has been released. I skipped the big party in SF on Wednesday but I know many of my TechTV cohorts were there. The official name of the new card is the the GeForce 6. The basic 6800 will sell for $299, the ultra for $499. Anandtech’s first benchmarks put Nvidia back on top with amazing framerates at even the highest resolutions. ATI’s new chipset is just around the corner, though.
- Kinda thought this would happen. Steve Jobs has rebuffed Real Networks CEO Rob Glaser’s overture. Glaser wrote to Jobs suggesting Apple team with Real to oppose Microsoft. Jobs has no interest in opening the iPod, saying “why would we want to work with #2.” Ouch.
- Microsoft’s April Windows update was so popular it practically killed the company’s servers when it was released on Tuesday. According to Netcraft waits for the server to respond ranged from 1-20 seconds. Microsoft said the requests were double normal. Definitely download the update. It fixed 20 vulnerabilites.
- Well there is some bad news. Netflix has announced it will raise prices by 10% to help stem the bleeding. The company announced a $5.8 million loss on revenue of over $100 million.
- According the the science magazine, Nature, the human brain uses cache much as a microprocessor does. The capacity of this very-short-term working memory is closely linked to intelligence.