One of the things that Apple rolled into the iPhone on AT&T a long time ago was the ability to tether the device to give your other electronics and gadgets access to 3G connectivity. AT&T in its infinite wisdom decided to block that feature because its network of epic suck couldn't stand up to more data use. With the Verizon iPhone only a few weeks from landing in geeky hands all around the country with the tethering feature intact AT&T has more pressure to allow it on its network.
AT&T has already told us officially that on February 13 some of the smartphones on its network will in fact get tethering. However, the geniuses at AT&T won't tell us what phones will get that feature. AppleInsider reports that one geek read the review from David Pogue of the NYT of the Verizon iPhone and in the original story posted, Pogue said the iPhone was getting tethering on Feb 13.
If you go look at that review now the tethering comment has been removed. It would be safe to bet that Pogue knows tethering is coming and let the cat out of the bag early and was forced to remove the comment. If the iPhone on AT&T doesn't get tethering it will be one more reason to move to Verizon for us all.
I have seen some weird crap that is supposed to attach to your computer over the years. Thanko sells a lot of that weird crap too. One of the stranger things was a microscope that you could use to look at your zits up close. That one made me go WTF. The latest form Thanko is another of the WTF items that the company offers.
I always wonder why I see the Japanese folks in footage of Tokyo walking around in surgical masks everywhere. I assume they are afraid of germs. Thanko has a new gadget that will plug into the USB port on your computer that you wear over that surgical mask. The name is in Japanese so I don't know what it's really called.
The device is a USB fan that looks like a cat nose and mouth. It even has whiskers! I spent many a year working in the medical world and I can tell you it gets hard to breath in surgical masks. I guess the point is to blow some cool air in there to keep you from getting too hot. The downside is you will look like some sort of perverted weirdo wearing this thing. It sells for 1980 yen on Thanko.
Our Download of the Day today is VLC Media Player 1.1.7.
VLC media player is a highly portable multimedia player for various audio and video formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols without external codec or program.
It can also be used as a server to stream in unicast or multicast in IPv4 or IPv6 on a high-bandwidth network.
VLC can play:
MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 / DivX files from a hard disk, a CD-ROM drive, and so on
DVDs, VCDs, and Audio CDs
From satellite cards (DVB-S)
Several types of network streams: UDP/RTP Unicast, UDP/RTP Multicast, HTTP, RTSP, MMS, etc.
From acquisition or encoding cards (on GNU/Linux and Windows only)
Deal of the Day: 11.6" Fujitsu LifeBook PH520 Laptop with AMD Athlon Neo, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, and More for $399 plus FREE 500GB Portable Hard Drive or HD Camcorder!
Our Deal of the Day today is the Fujitsu Direct Store - 11.6" Fujitsu LifeBook PH520 Laptop with AMD Athlon Neo, 2GB Memory, 320GB HD, Wireless-N, and More for $399 plus FREE 500GB Portable Hard Drive or HD Camcorder!.
Offer: Use coupon code: VALENTINE11 for $200 off the Fujitsu LifeBook PH520 laptop down to just $399 with FREE shipping, plus your choice of a FREE 500 GB DiskGO 2.5-inch Backup Ultra Portable Hard Drive OR a FREE Coby SNAPP CAM5001 Digital HD Camcorder/Camera. This 3.08lb laptop features a 11.6" 1366 x 768 LED-backlit TFT, 1.7Ghz AMD Athlon II Neo K125, 2GB DDR3 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225, 802.11b/g/n wireless, webcam, Bluetooth v2.1, 6-Cell LiOh battery, Windows 7 Professional x64, Microsoft Office Starter 2010, and a 1 year warranty. Expires 2/2/11.
The latest happenings from around the web - February 3rd, 2011
- Asus E35M1-M Pro AMD Fusion Micro-ATX Motherboard @ eTeknix
- Asus and Gigabyte detail plans for those bitten by 6-series chipset bug @ Tech Report
- ECS H67H2-I Motherboard @ Hardware Secrets
- Gigabyte P67A-UD4 - Layout and Design @ Ocaholic
- GIGABYTE GA-P67A-UD7 LGA1155 "Sandy Bridge" Motherboard @ Futurelooks
- ASUS P8P67 Pro LGA 1155 ATX Motherboard @ PC Perspective
- Intel 6-Series Chipset Recall - Sandy Bridge Intel P67 & H67 @ PCStats
- Mobile GPU Battle, Radeon vs GeForce w/ Eurocom @ Hot Hardware
- AMD HD 6950 1GB vs. NVIDIA GTX 560 Ti Overclocking @ Techgage
- Microsoft LifeCam Studio FullHD 1080p Webcam @ RWLabs
Interstellar Marines is an indie title made by Zero Point Software, they are also the publisher and are self-funded (independent obviously) and partly funded by the gaming community.
IM is an AAA, FPS, Sci-Fi, action and adventure game that is set to differentiate itself between the constant flogging the FPS genre receives at the moment. The above video looks quite impressive for an indie-developer and I'm looking forward to seeing more on it.
Viral campaigns, where would we be without them? This latest viral campaign is no different, leading up to the release of Epic Games' Bulletstorm, they've released a Call of Duty parody called, Duty Calls.
The parody is quite excellent and really hones down on what makes the Call of Duty series a near joke in todays world of "serious gaming" where budgets of games have ballooned out to $50 - $100 million. In Duty Calls, it shows the first kill as a one-two shot kill, enemy down and you level up to "Master Sergeant Shooter Person".
Snorre Valen has nominated WikiLeaks for a Nobel Peace Prize. WikiLeaks has shown us the behind the scenes happenings of governments, where the governments would not have ever shown us this type of information.
He has been heralded as a diamond in the rough by the public and as a terrorist by the government. Governments saying that a normal man who has not deliberately killed anyone is a terrorist, yet, the confidential information he leaked makes him that said terrorist, funny.
Google, unlike Apple and Microsoft don't seem to release something and then just slowly modify it over the year/s, instead they release something and never stop modifying while at the same time prepping Honeycomb for tablets as a serious release on the tablet market.
Honeycomb is set to really change things up for Google and will give them a very strong hand to fight against the onslaught that Apple is sure to bring with the sequel to their ever-successful iOS-based Apple iPad.
The Android Market has been an ever-expanding collection of applications and games for the Android-powered phones and this new Android Market website. The new Market aims to capture the internet audience from a PC instead of just Android-powered devices.
The website makes it quite easy to discover new apps with a bigger, brighter interface. A great feature is the ability to send apps from the website directly to your Android device with just a few clicks - all without wires! Social features are built in also, you can share apps with your friends through Twitter.