Here are today's top 10 stories from Tech News Today for November 21, 2013:
- Acer announced it has elected founder Stan Shih as the new chairman and interim President of the company. Two weeks ago, current president Jim Wong was named to take over the CEO role from resigning CEO J.T. Wang. Instead both Wang and Wong will step down and the position of CEO will be abolished. Co-founder George Huang will also return to the company on Shih’s team. Acer has had several quarters of disappointing results. November 5th, Shih and George Huang headed a committee to determine the future of the company. Read more at reuters.com.
- Pinterest has released a new set of tools for users that would help them “explore” and share the things around them. At an event with 150 “Pinners” at Pinterest HQ in San Francisco, CEO Ben Silbermann announced that the company would introduce new ways to plan trips.The new product, called “Place Pins,” is designed to help users provide a visual guide to finding places to go and things to explore. It uses the Foursquare API to help pinners explore the world around them. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- California startup Kateeva just introduced the YIELDJet, which it calls the "world's first inkjet printer engineered from the ground up for OLED mass production." Typically OLED TVs are built using vacuum evaporation which can be inefficient. The YIELDJet prints the LEDs in a pure nitrogen environment and it coats glass in a uniform way. Kateeva suggests its techniques could bring down the pricing of OLED TVs. Read more at engadget.com.
- Microsoft has added an online store to its “Don’t get Scroogled” site selling shirts, hats and mugs with various anti-Google messages on them. As an example, you can get a shirt or a mug that has the Chrome logo and the words “Keep calm while we steal your data.” What better way to protest the data collecting habits of one mega-corpportaion than to give your credit card and shipping address to another mega-corporation, both of whom share data with the NSA! Read more at mashable.com.
- Southwest Airllines is the first U.S. airline to provide the option of gate-to-gate Wi-Fi Internet service. That’s because it uses a satellite technology that differs from the air-to-ground technology used by Gogo, which powers the inflight Wi-Fi for most other airlines. Southwest has Wi-Fi on 435 of its planes, using a satellite-based system from Global Eagle Entertainment’s inflight subsidiary Row 44. The FAA now allows the use of phones and tablets during takeoff and landing with an Oct. 31 ruling. Read more at allthingsd.com.
- Windows Phone just landed some high-profile apps. First up is Waze, the social traffic app, from Google. The app gives you pretty much the same feature set as you'd find on iOS. There's also a new official Instagram app, which is in beta. The app does support photo upload, but you can't use the camera from within the app itself. Additionally, Instagram for Windows Phone doesn't record or upload videos. Read more at cnet.com.
- HBO Go’s iOS and Android apps both can stream to Google’s Chromecast device starting today. That brings the official Chromecast app compatibility tally to seven when you count Pandora, Hulu Plus, Netflix, YouTube, the Chrome Browser and Google Play video. It also means those restrictions your cable company puts on which devices can stream HBO Go will seem even more arbitrary. Read more at theverge.com.
- One of the original architects of the Internet, Vint Cerf, is reminding everyone that privacy is a pretty new concept. “Privacy is something which has emerged out of the urban boom coming from the industrial revolution,” said Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and a lead engineer on the Army’s early 1970?s Internet prototype, ARPANET. As a result, ‘privacy may actually be an anomaly,” he told a gathering of the Federal Trade Commission. “So I’m not saying that we shouldn’t be interested in privacy, but I am suggesting to you that it’s an accident, in some respect, of the urban revolution,”. Read more at techcrunch.com.
- LG now admits its televisions were sharing data on the channels you watched and filenames you streamed using their smart TVs, even when the setting was disabled. The company uses the data to serve ads on the TV’s apps.LG regrets concerns the reports have caused, reassured that the data, while transmitted was never stored, and promised a firmware update that will actually disable data transmission when the setting turns it off. Read more at cnet.com.
- It'll be a sad day on December 20, 2013 because that is the day the music dies - at least for Winamp. AOL announced that Winamp.com and its Web services will no longer be supported past December 20th, 2013. The Winamp Media player will also no longer be available for download. AOL bought Winamp way back in June 1999 for $80 million. Read more at arstechnica.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for November 21, 2013.