The Weekly Hash - November 9, 2012
Examining, deconstructing and laughing at this week’s top tech stories, today featuring Priceline, Siri and Oprah
Since there was no other big news this week, we may as well talk - and laugh - about the top tech headlines of the past seven days. So, let's do that.
Happy Friday, everyone!
Usage of Google Maps in China plummeted in the third quarter with the release of iOS 6 and Apple Maps. So has the number of people getting anywhere on time.
Samsung’s Galaxy S III was the world’s best-selling smartphone in Q3, surpassing the iPhone for the first time. Out of habit, Mitt Romney called to concede defeat.
This week AT&T announced that they will let iPhone and iPad users with less expensive non-mobile sharing plans use FaceTime over cellular. Here’s the catch: those folks will have to share one big FaceTime party line.
2 million iPad minis were sold during its opening weekend of sales. It was the biggest opening weekend for a mini since Tom Cruise’s last movie.
Researchers in South Carolina have discovered that some electricity meters broadcast unencrypted information that could be used to determine whether you're at home. It gets worse: it could also be used to determine whether you’re watching Honey Boo Boo.
This week Oprah Winfrey endorsed the Microsoft Surface tablet, adding it to her list of favorite things for 2012. Here’s how much she liked the Surface: it’s now hosting a primetime show on her cable channel.
Priceline.com announced on Thursday that it’s buying travel research site Kayak for $1.8 billion - which is the price they named when searching for a travel research site to buy.
This week Google upgraded its search app for iOS to include voice search functionality. It’s not a serious challenge to Siri - at least that's what Siri said.
The reelection of President Obama this week means that NASA’s plans to send astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s are still on track. The bad news is, to save money, there’ll be a layover on Venus.
A Michigan man is facing 45 years in prison after being charged on Thursday with selling $1.2 million worth of pirated versions of Microsoft Office 2003 and Windows XP. Authorities say he’d be facing life if he’d been caught selling Windows Vista.