One of the radio stations that carries the Tech Guy radio show, KGO in San Francisco, asked me if I would be interested in doing a daily technology minute for them. Just as an experiment I wrote and recorded one – it took me about an hour and a half to do it, but I think I could cut that down to half an hour with practice. I’m not sure if it’s worth the effort. What do you think? Would you subscribe, listen, or watch such a thing if I did it every day?
Yes, I know it’s a terrible acronym. Or is it?
Got this email today from my friend Ben:
Leo, I’d like to propose a challenge.
Next weekend, while you’re streaming, refrain from mentioning twitter. Both days. You’re viewers and listeners love TWiT, but we’re just afraid you have a problem, and we want you to get better. Give it a try?
Remember when the iPhone was the big story? People got awfully sick of that. I’m just as sick of talking about Twitter as you are listening to us talk about Twitter. The problem is that Twitter is a big story, and getting bigger all the time. We talk about it because it’s one of the biggest stories of the day. I understand if you’re bored with it, but we can’t ignore stories just because some of our listeners have heard enough about them.
I refer you to the great radio newsman Scoop Nisker, who signed off every newscast on KSAN in San Francisco with the words,
If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own!
I look forward to covering your great leap forward!
My regular segment on the John Donabie Show, Saturday mornings on CFRB is coming up. These are the top stories I’ll talk about this week:
- It’s not all iPhone, Blackberry sales doubled this quarter. Black Friday (the day after US Thanksgiving) was the best day in RIM history.
- After three years in court, Apple rumor site ThinkSecret shutters, but they don’t have to reveal the names of their informants.
- Last minute gift idea: try donating to Kiva.org – this charitable site helps people in developing nations create new businesses with small loans. Gift certificates are available.
Happy holidays to all my friends in Toronto!
I joined John Donabie Saturday morning, as I do most Saturdays, to talk about the hot tech news. Top stories for this week:
- Parliament blinks on the Canadian DMCA
- Windows Vista SP1 Release Candidate publicly available
- iTunes brings TV shows to Canada!
- Canadian man receives $85,000 cell bill
From Apple – Hot News, his Stevieness says…
Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developersâ€™ hands in February. … It will take until February to release an SDK because weâ€™re trying to do two diametrically opposed things at onceâ€”provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. … P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.
(Emphasis mine.) Hallelujah!
Sputnik was launched on this day 50 years ago, beginning the space race.
And there’s a more personal anniversary for me. It was on this day, three years ago, that I created my first podcast: an RSS feed of episodes of my radio show.
You can read my post about it here. We’ve come a long way in three years!
Microsoft has launched its new Zunes and lo and behold they support podcasts! And there will be a firmware update to the old Zunes which will presumably add podcasts to the menu there too.
It’s about time! I’ve never been happier to have been proven wrong. (Just in case you’re keeping score I thought the word “podcast” would never appear on a Microsoft product.)
Apparently Yahoo Podcasts was among its least used services. -sigh-
YAHOO WILL DISCONTINUE ITS UNDERUSED service for finding and rating audio podcasts on Oct. 31, according to the Yahoo blog. The jettison is part of the 100-day review of Yahoo operations by co-founder Jerry Yang.
Pieter Knuvers sent me this ad appearing today in Germany…
But is it an iPod or iPhone?
(Incidentally – check out Pieter’s web site – is this the most wired guy in the Netherlands or what?)
UPDATE: Fab writes in the comments below that this ad is a fake according to Heise.de.
BusinessWeek is reporting that Apple is considering bidding in the FCC's 700mhz wireless spectrum auction January 16.
Google has also indicated it may participate. GooPhone vs iPhone at 700mhz. Or perhaps the two might band together? Interesting.