? Episode 311
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  • A big investigation is looming for President Obama. A company that offers LTE 4G connectivity to smaller cell phone companies is the subject. According to General Shelton he was told to lie by the Obama administration to get the approval by the FCC and other agencies to push through Lightsquared's ability to operate at a specific frequency. He was told to say that it would not cause any issues with any consumer or government devices. He refused to lie however and told the committee that it would cause interference, and here is why: Lughtsquared's frequency operates at the same mhz as both the military and consumer GPS systems. GPS requires a quiet network to operate and Lightsquared's transmitters are 5 billion times more powerful than the GPS system. This was compared to trying to speak on the phone during a rock concert. Had Lightsquared been able to operate at the same frequency as the GPS equipment, planes would no longer know where they were in relation to the earth and would come crashing down when trying to land. The military wouldn't be able to target anything. The list goes on and on. The only thing that saved Obama from Impeachment this week was that the cover was blown on the administration before Lightsquared was able to turn on their network. If that happened it wouldn't take long before the first deaths attributed to the new network would land squarely on Obama's shoulders.
  • Windows 8 was released to the developer public last week. The overall response very positive. The new touch based OS will run on either tablets or computers. This breaks with Apple's desktop OS differing from its tablet. The Windows 8 OS can be turned backwards to look like a traditional Windows desktop, or move forwards with the new Tile touch technology. You can see apps like weather and sports results without even opening the app. Once you do open one however, you can get a while lot more information. On the Intel platform all apps should be backwards compatible with PCs. If you use the ARM chip for your tablet however, those apps will not work going forward.
  • Apple appears to be working on a process to allow iTunes users with more than one Apple ID to somehow "merge" them into a single account. The ability to do so will be critical to the early success of the company's new iCloud service, since it relies on Apple IDs for syncing iTunes purchases and other data. The problem with managing multiple Apple IDs with iCloud first became apparent when Apple launched an early beta of one of its features called "iTunes in the Cloud." It allows users to automatically sync iTunes purchases between iOS devices and computers running iTunes. When you link an Apple ID to your iPhone, for instance, any apps, songs, and iBooks you buy from your computer are automatically downloaded to your iPhone (and vice versa).The problem comes in when users have multiple Apple IDs. Users may have multiple Apple IDs for a variety of reasons, such as separate accounts for work and home use, or multiple Apple IDs used by a single family. MobileMe users can also use their MobileMe accounts as an Apple ID. Most MobileMe users likely had Apple IDs before they had MobileMe accounts, however, so all these users effectively have two Apple IDs even if they don't know it.
  • Former Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) CEO and current Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt will appear before the Senate antitrust subcommittee hearing this Wednesday, Sept. 22 to testify under oath about whether the company's growing power and influence in search and the Web at large abuse antitrust laws and harm consumers. Senate subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl (D-Wisc.) and his colleagues will explore whether Google's rise to power online -- Google commands 65 percent of U.S. search and 90 percent or more in several countries overseas -- is good for consumer or bad for Google's rivals.
  • Perhaps in an effort to boost its struggling Groupon competitor Google Offers, Google has snapped up another daily deals site. According to The Next Web, Google has acquired German company DailyDeal. Founded in 2009 by brothers Fabian and Ferry Heilemann, DailyDeal has expanded beyond Germany into Switzerland and Austria, where it's bigger than Groupon, the Next Web said. DailyDeal, which confirmed the acquisition on its site, is also planning to grow its operations and said it has its sights on setting up shop in Scandanavia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. DailyDeal said in the first three months of 2011, it sold 252,000 coupons, and it expects to make 40 million Euros in 2011.
  • As Google gears up to officially begin accepting mobile payments at retail stores through Google Wallet, early adopter American Eagle Outfitters quietly began accepting Google Wallet payments about a month ago. How will Google Wallet work when it launches? After downloading the Google Wallet app on an NFC-enabled smartphone, the app stores multiple credit cards or a Google prepaid card linked to your credit card. From there, you can tap your phone against a supported payment reader like the one above, which instantly charges the item on your linked credit card.
  • Facebook members will soon be able to pipe their profile directly to a connected Twitter account. The social networking giant said it was working on the feature in a document sent to developers about upcoming changes. Before now linking to Twitter was only possible from Facebook pages which are meant for bands, public figures and businesses. Facebook said linking was coming "soon" but gave no specific date.
  • AT&T's new Houston LTE network offers users' high data speeds, but poorer-than-expected network latency, according to an independent evaluation by Signals Research. AT&T launched LTE networks in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Chicago and Atlanta on Sunday. The Signals study, conducted prior to Sunday's formal launch, showed average data rates of 23.6 Mbps on downlink tests and average data rates of 15.2 Mbps on uplink tests. A laptop dongle was provided by AT&T for the tests on its Houston network. The average latency, or delay between sending a signal and receiving a response, was 49ms, which is "on par" with other LTE markets in North America, though it was "worse than we were expecting,"

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  • Pam from Portland asks "Should I stick with Netflix or move to another online streaming service?"