|Tuesday, 4 January 2005, 2:09 pm
Happy anniversary Spirit, the Mars rover that was expected to last three months is still going strong. Four-wheel roller skates were patented on this day in 1863. Elvis records his first demo in Nashville in 1954. The Beatles last recording session was in 1970.
- The big Consumer Electronics Show opens Thursday in Las Vegas. If I were going here are some of the things I’d be looking for. Sony is expected to show their PSP, and announce details on price and availability. SBC will announce a new web enabled set-top box. The first Blu-Ray players and recorders will debut, including a CD/DVD/Blu-Ray burner from Philips. Sony will show an LCOS based projection TV. Samsung will unveil a 21-inch OLED prototype. Listen to the radio show for complete CES coverage this weekend.
- Tivo2Go is finally here, allowing owners of standalone Tivo Series 2 units to copy recordings to their Windows PCs and eventually to burn them to DVD. DirecTV Tivos are not supported, nor are the Tivos with built-in DVD burners, yet. Details on the Tivo web site.
- The tech industry is stepping up to help with tsunami relief efforts. Microsoft and its employees will be donating around $3.5 millon. Michael Dell and his wife are donating $3 million.
- The city of Los Angeles is suing travel sites Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, and Travelocity over hotel taxes. The city claims the sites pay taxes based on the wholesale rates negotiated with hotels, but charge customers tax based on the marked up retail price. The sites not only pocket the markup on the room rate, but the extra tax. Orbitz says the lawsuit has no merit and will aggressively defend itself.
- More news on our Internet habits from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. According to the study, eight million American adults say they have created blogs and readership is up 58%. 27% of Internet users say they read blogs regularly, 12% say they have posted comments, but 62% of Internet users do not know what a blog is.
- The Washington Post has a look at the Federal CAN-SPAM act one year after it was enacted. In short: it’s not working.