The Weekly Hash - November 30, 2012
A review of this week’s goofiest tech stories, involving lederhosen, the International Atomic Energy Agency and (finally!) a cloud-based medical device for your dog
Here’s hoping you (and your wallet) survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday in one piece. Sit back, relax and pour yourself some eggnog as we kick off the Christmas season with some topical tech jokes.
The city of Munich has migrated all of its desktops from Windows to Linux. After their experience with Windows they said they would never again pick an operating system during Oktoberfest.
Cyber Monday this year set a new record for online sales, totalling just under $2 billion. Cyber Monday, of course, comes after Black Friday but before Regretful Tuesday.
A group of hackers published the email addresses of 167 experts working with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Even more embarrassing: a bunch of them were caught exchanging flirty emails with David Petraeus.
This week we learned that Apple fired Richard Williamson, the man in charge of Apple Maps. Williamson said he was disappointed but looking forward to spending more time getting his own family lost.
A Japanese company has developed a device to track and store your dog’s health data online. It stores up to 14 days worth of medical information - but it’ll seem like 98 days to your dog.
On Thursday, the iPhone 5 was finally approved for sale in China. Two models were approved by Chinese regulators: one sweet and one sour.
Gmail will now let users send emails with 10GB attachments. Google said they wanted to get this feature released in time for embarrassing-drunken-holiday-party-video season.
On Monday a fake press release erroneously announced that Google had acquired Wi-Fi operator IOCA for $400 million. Even Larry Page was fooled; before it was confirmed as a hoax he had pulled $400 million out of his wallet.
Windows Phone 7 users got mad when they found out this week that the next OS update won’t happen until sometime next year. They're still not as mad as Windows Phone Vista users.