Archive for the ‘Tech Disappointments’ Category
  • Tweeting your team’s victory a wee bit early — $7,500 fine, thank you.
    by Mike
    Posted December 21st, 2009 at 9:19 am
    Of all the things an organization shouldn't be these days is that of a technologically deficient and incompetent organization. The NBA apparently wants to milk TV/network deals for all their worth while simultaneously ensuring they further remove value and "closeness" from the fans the so desperately seek. Continue on... A few months back, the NBA issued a statement saying that all social networking done by players, coaches, team members, etc., was to be done only after all official news in...
  • 3D glasses to tag team that nifty 3D TV you just bought priced out of relevance for most — $75+
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:51 pm
    Isn't it funny how HD's dominance as "the" TV tech to have was rather short lived? In some senses I guess it isn't that short. Looking at the bigger picture however again suggests otherwise. Overly philosophical theories aside, 3D TV is going to explode in the next few years. HD was cool and all, making the best of what a 2D picture could look like, but 3D is an entirely different animal. A fine, sexy, killing machine of an animal I would wager to say. One of the obvious tools the 3D a...
  • NYC goes one step further, bans in-ear cellphone devices for cabbies.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    Many states and municipalities are beginning to move forward with cellphone bans, making it illegal to use your hands and talk on the phone in the car. Hands-free devices such as bluetooth ear pieces fix this. For cabbies in NYC however, life just became a much bigger pain in the ass -- the city has unanimously voted to ban in-ear cellphone devices, specifically stating: "in the immediate proximity of the driver’s ear". Numerous reports and studies have been conducted showing the increa...
  • 2-year old falls in pool. Mom calls 911, sends a tweet. Followers rake her over the coals.
    by Mike
    Posted December 18th, 2009 at 7:17 am
    Would you consider yourself sympathetic and caring or would you label yourself a tad differently? Differently as in cynical and less compassionate? Think about that as you read this. A story running in Florida Today about a socially apt mother and the tragedy that has befallen her. Sometime between @military_mom's tweet at 5:22pm and 5:38pm, her 2-year old son fell into the pool. Authorities identified her phone call to 911 at 5:38pm. At 6:11pm the woman -- Shellie Ross -- updated her Tw...
  • Those unencrypted drones? Whoops, we meant pretty much the entire US military air fleet.
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 5:49 pm
    Not more than 8-10 hours ago we highlighted a developing story concerning the US Military's use of unencrypted feeds on unmanned drones. Wouldn't you know it, the situation is a bit hairier and scarier than that. Unfortunately for us, the US has built the satellite technology used in the current crop of unencrypted drones to all corners of the militaries various aircraft. Oh god. And now a quote from Wired after conversation between them and US Military officials: Since then, nearly every...
  • Since 2007: AT&T Wireless network upgrade expenditures decreased each quarter yet wireless data revenue up 80%. WTF?!
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 12:47 pm
    You know, every day that I'm not on AT&T; I pat myself on the back. How many times have we heard AT&T; PR fluff (most recently from CEO Ralph de la Vega himself) stating that AT&T; simply can't keep up with the massive data usage increases since the iPhone's launch? Charts circulated several weeks back showing the 5,000% increase in AT&T; data traffic clearly. A small shred of mercy may have been doled out but a select few. However, a new report published today by the AP in conjunction with a bl...
  • Zune Twitter app goes the China/Apple-net-nanny route. Censorship now standard! [Update]
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:27 am
    **Update: Microsoft pushed out an update for the Zune Twitter app. It's f****** fucking great. Get it while it's hot! Oh joy. Don't you love it when some company, software developer, or hardware manufacturer decides what is and isn't suitable for your senses to consume? I know I sure do. Mmmmm censorship and net nannies how I love thee. /sarcasm Blatant sarcasm aside, having the Zune team tackle the whole net nanny is rather disappointing. Kids may see vulgar content in live, user...
  • US Military using unencrypted video feeds on unmanned aircraft?
    by Mike
    Posted December 17th, 2009 at 8:10 am
    Unmanned aircraft are one of the greatest tools the US Military currently has in their arsenal. The humanless aircraft are able to go into remote regions and zones that would otherwise be too dangerous or inhospitable for human engagement. The only human interaction with the aircraft comes by way of a guy sitting behind a little TV screen controlling a few buttons and joystiqs. Easy. Safe. Simple. The data captured by these drones is as one would expect, highly classified as the usual mi...
  • AT&T’s first foray into the wonderful world of Android an utter failure. Motorola Backflip/Enzo a piece of garbage with Yahoo experience.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 9:07 pm
    To AT&T; users who have been holding out for their day to claim Android and use the The Nation's Most Reliable Network, The Nation's Fastest Network, "Death Star" -- a gsm network that happens to reside inside of the U.S -- the Moto Backflip/Enzo is a slap in the face. AT&T; had to get into the Android game at some point. They'd be stupid not to. While many AT&T; hopeful were no doubt looking forward to some sweet high end uber Android device, I'm sorry to say that they won't find it here. Gr...
  • Beautiful Widgets developer receives C&D from HTC. BW to be no more.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 10:08 am
    You know, I'm not an "anti-protect your property" kind of person. I understand credit is needed where credit is due. With that said, the sad and downright maddening circumstances surrounding by far the best weather widget on the Android Market -- Beautiful Widgets by LevelupStuios -- are enough for me to voice my displeasure here. Time and time again we see companies wasting corporate dollars and time pursuing stupid ass lawsuits that won't benefit anyone. With that past us it is with grea...
  • LED shortcoming: Traffic lights in Chicago not hot enough to melt snow build up. Accidents on the rise.
    by Mike
    Posted December 16th, 2009 at 8:52 am
    Energy efficient traffic lights seem like one of the best ways to save local governments significant amounts of money of the course of 5, 10, or more years. The lights which often use LED technology are much less demanding on the power grid which in turn means more money for other things. But there's one side effect many have overlooked. Heat output. Remember, the higher the heat output of a light, the more energy is being wasted. That's all fie and dandy for indoor lighting or lighting ...
  • Australia to take on a more communistic ideology. “The Great Firewall of Australia” is a go…
    by Mike
    Posted December 15th, 2009 at 7:21 am
    Every time I hear the words DRM, censored, "it's for the children", and so on, I get the urge to vomit. So many times in the short time span of the last 10 years, we've seen various groups and individuals alike trying to safety proof the world -- sanitizing our daily lives because a select few feel it is their duty to encroach on other peoples' lives. If I were ever thinking of moving to Australia, my hopes, dreams, and ambitions would be severely squelched after learning of the recent "green ...
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