The Weekly Hash - September 21, 2012
A review of some of the top tech stories for the past week, with tongue planted firmly somewhere near cheek.
Happy iPhone 5 availability day! Long lines of people queued up early this morning to get their hands on Apple’s latest phone - and then promptly got lost trying to find their way home using the new Apple Maps.
Seriously, though, it was another busy week in the tech world. Let’s commence to poking fun at it:
iOS 6 was released this week, which replaces Google Maps with Apple’s new map functionality. The new Apple maps aren’t very good; to find out how to get somewhere the app sends you to the nearest gas station to ask for directions.
On Friday the space shuttle Endeavor arrived in Los Angeles, where it will be permanently on display. The trip wasn't without problems; the shuttle's luggage ended up in Cleveland.
This week Pakistan and Banglahesh blocked access to YouTube in protest over a the trailer for a controversial anti-Islam movie. In response, the Red Cross sent both countries emergency care packages of cute cat videos.
Samsung is reportedly going to sue Apple and has released an ad attacking the iPhone 5. Here’s how ugly things are getting between the companies: today Apple accused Samsung of not caring about 47% percent of the country.
On Wednesday Sony announced a new version of the Playstation 3, which is 25% thinner than the previous version, which itself was 50% than the original PS3. They named this version the PS3 Al Roker.
General Motors has added a 4G data connection to its Chevy Volt electric car, that will allow passengers to stream movies, video chat and check on their homes. GM says it's just an experiment to test the functionality - as well as the crash rating.
New CEO Marissa Mayer is giving all Yahoo employees a free smartphone of their choosing, provided it isn’t a BlackBerry. It’s the same policy they have at RIM.
A recent report by the Department of Justice finds that federal agencies haven’t made their websites as accessible to people with disabilities as required by law. The report found that most government websites are incomprehensible and completely inaccessible - and that's just for the fully able.
A startup backed by the Vatican has launched a social network for Catholics. It’s a lot like Facebook but instead of posting status updates users post confessions.
American Airlines announced this week that they will be distributing Galaxy Note tablets to their 17,000 flight attendants. The tablets will come with apps to help flight attendants to record meal preferences, track passenger information and respond to common questions with snarky responses.