The Weekly Hash - November 16, 2012
Take your mind off the untimely death of Hostess by reviewing the week’s top tech stories, which should be the only time NASA and Papa John’s are mentioned in the same story
Are you tired of hearing about all the Pentagon sex scandal? Me either. But, in the unlikely case that you become tired of it, here’s a silly rundown of some of the past week’s tech news. Somehow, Papa John’s name comes up.
Two thieves stole 3,600 iPad minis from JFK airport on Monday. Police said the suspects should be considered armed and very hip.
Steven Sinofsky, the head of Windows at Microsoft, announced on Monday that he’s leaving the company. To replace him, Microsoft promoted two internal candidates, which surprised most experts who thought the job would go to Phil Jackson.
Google announced this week that they’ve begun connecting homes in Kansas City to their new Google Fiber broadband service. The service offers one gigabit-per-second download speeds - slathered in a tangy tomato- and- molasses-based sauce with sides of coleslaw and baked beans.
A new survey of doctors released this week finds that most prefer the iPad mini because it fits easily in the pockets of their lab coats. This should make it much easier for doctors to play Angry Birds while you’re waiting for them in your underwear.
It was reported this week that 122 million Android smartphones and tablets were sold in Q3. Even more impressive: each of those 122 million devices is running a different version of Android.
A Norwegian company has developed a technology that uses ultrasound to let people control Windows 8 PCs by waving their hands. The drawback: you have to first cover your PC in ultrasound gel.
NASA announced on Thursday that a laptop containing unencrypted data on 10,000 employees was stolen last month. Just to be safe, today Buzz Aldrin changed all his passwords to something other than “Apollo11”.
Research in Motion announced this week that it will officially launch its new operating system, BlackBerry 10, on January 30. No word yet on when they’ll apologize for it.
This week a federal judge approved a request for a class action lawsuit against the Papa John’s pizza chain for sending 500,000 unsolicited text messages to customers. Papa John’s doesn’t get it; today they made things worse by texting all 500,000 people an apology.
A German court ruled this week that the parents of a 13 year-old boy aren’t legally responsible for him illegally sharing over 1,000 songs online. However, the court ruled that his parents are still legally responsible for letting him listen to One Direction.