DigitalOutbox Episode 120
DigitalOutbox Episode 120 – Cookies, Windows 8 and Chrome OS
2:35 – Cookies Law now active
- New EU regulations on the use by British websites of cookies have been watered down by the UK’s information commissioner just hours before they were due to come into force.
But they could mean that Britain is out of step with EU law in its implementation of the continent-wide directives, and lead to fights with European courts.
The advice was only updated on Thursday, 48 hours before the deadline for implementing the new rules, and published the next day.
- “This is a striking shift,” said Stephen Groom, head of marketing and privacy law at the law firm Osborne Clarke. “Previously the ICO said that implied consent would be unlikely to work. Now it says that implied consent is a valid form of consent.”
- The use of “implied consent” shifts responsibility to the user rather than the website operator, and will come as a relief to thousands of website operators who have been struggling to comply with new EU directives which came into law a year ago.
4:40 – Twitter joke retrial
- The penitent hoaxer who tweeted a joke threat to “blow up” Robin Hood airport in south Yorkshire has lost his attempt to overturn the judgment – but a stalemate between two judges means that his appeal will now be heard again.
- Three high court judges will consider the case against Paul Chambers, 27, from Doncaster, who sent his message when the airport was closed by snow in January 2010.
- Unlike tweets, the essence of which is to be brief and to the point, the increasingly notorious legal action is now heading for its third unresolved year. No date has been set for the fresh hearing.
- Chambers lost his job as an accountant following an avalanche of publicity when he was convicted in May last year of sending “an electronic comunication of a menacing character”, contrary to provisions of the 2003 Communications Act. He was fined £385 and ordered to pay £600 costs after crown court judge Jacqueline Davies, sitting with two magistrates, called the tweet “clearly menacing”, with airport staff sufficiently concerned to report it to police.
7:18 – Windows 8 Release Candidate
- Now available
- Look and feel will change prior to expected release in October as Aero is being retired
- Stripped down flash for IE10
- Some new metro apps
- New gestures
- Not much changed between this and consumer preview
- Fast and stable according to reviews online
12:16 – Google launches new Chromebook and a Chromebox
- Google and its partner, Samsung, are launching a new Chromebook and Chromebox today, targeting them at the educational and corporate customers.
The Chromebook from Samsung is like any other 12.1-inch budget laptop, while Chromebox is a tiny PC that you can connect to any keyboard, mouse and monitor similar to Apple’s Mac Mini. The Chromebook starts at $449 while the entry-level price of Chromebox is $329.
They both are powered by Intel Core processors and include 4GB RAM, Display Port, USB ports, gigabit ethernet, and dual band Wi-Fi. The Chromebox has Bluetooth and DVI output as well, while for $529 you can buy a Chromebook with an integrated 3G modem. And jokes aside, there is a lot to like about both of these new improved devices.
- Chrome OS has seen many updates
- Google says it has has released eight new upgrades to Chrome OS over past 12 months and as a result you are seeing 2.5x (and higher) improvement in speeds of the devices as well as speedier boot times, much faster browsing and responsiveness with hardware-accelerated graphics and a new trackpad stack. Here are some other new additions:
Multi-window support and the UI scales from seamlessly scales from 11” to 30” screens.
An app launcher and an option to pin favorite/most used apps to the launchbar.
Now you can customize backgrounds.
Built-in ability to view office files, online and offline, support for dozens of file formats
There is Google Drive support and in the next version of the Chrome OS release, there will be support for online and offline usage and will syncs with other devices that connect to Google Drive.
Google says Google Docs offline editing will be rolling out over the next several weeks to all Docs users. Google is currently testing it inside Google.
New media player & a built-in photo editor and uploader
- Universal praise really – now a viable platform and in some ways simpler than iOS said one review but is it overpriced for what you can do with it? Isn’t it still a browser?
17:26 – Google helping UK Education
- Google has announced a three-year partnership with UK organization Teach First, which aims to increase students’ exposure to science and technology by training teachers and providing equipment. Each year 34 teachers will go through a six-week training program, for a total of 102, with the first group due to start working in classrooms this September.
- Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt believes that the program could help more than 20,000 students from underprivileged backgrounds. The teachers will be provided funds to “purchase of innovative teaching aides to inspire their classes,” including theRaspberry Pi computer and Arduino microcontroller.
- “The success of the BBC Micro in the 1980s shows what’s possible,” said Schmidt. “There’s no reason why Raspberry Pi shouldn’t have the same impact, with the right support.
20:55 – YouView trial launched
- Being tested in 350 homes right now
- Sounds like an attempt to meet the goal of launching prior to the Olympics
- YouView is a joint TV venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel Five, BT, TalkTalk, and Arquiva
- Originally known as Project Canvas, the service was intended to launch in 2010, but has suffered delay after delay. YouView is a web-enabled version of Freeview, the UK’s free-to-air digital network, which adds widgets, apps, catch-up TV, and DVR services alongside traditional programming.
22:45 – ITV adds live streaming and airplay support
- The ITV Player iOS app has been updated to version 2.0 and now supports live streaming of ITV1 and ITV2 in the UK. The channels will stream over 3G or Wi-Fi, although on-demand content will still require Wi-Fi to play. In addition to ITV1 and ITV2 streams, the app will also offer access to live events broadcast on ITV3 and ITV4 through one-off streams. The app also now allows for AirPlay Mirroring of all content to other supported devices.
23:29 – Lovefilm brings 1080p to the UK
- Amazon’s Lovefilm is adding new high-definition options to its Instant streaming service. From today, Lovefilm will now stream 1080p movies to all customers that subscribe to an Instant package. In the UK, HD streaming will be available via Mac, PC, Xbox 360, and LG or Samsung Smart TVs.
- In order to stream HD content LoveFilm says you need a 4Mbps connection for 720p or 12Mbps for 1080p.
- LoveFilm will gradually upgrade its catalogue “over the coming weeks and months” to support the new resolutions.
- Brings parity with Netflix
24:17 – Virgin unclogs Spotify
- Many users complain of pausing and stuttering on Spotify using VirginMedia broadband
- Many blamed VM’s traffic management policy but
- Virgin needed more bandwidth to support Spotify
- Still growing then…
26:10 – Master Chief called in to resolve Syria
- The image, shown in the background of the clip above, even gets a special spotlight as the camera zooms in on the anchor as she discusses the very serious, very real issues plaguing Syria over the past year.
- The BBC has since acknowledged and apologized for airing the Halo logo, telling Eurogamer, “BBC News makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of all images broadcast, however very occasionally mistakes do happen. Unfortunately an incorrect logo was used during a segment on last week’s News at One bulletin and we apologise to viewers for the mistake.
27:31 – Ghost Recon
- Slight disappointment
- Laggy night of gaming
- More Rainbow Six than Ghost Recon of old
- For Mac OSX
- Just hold the ⌘-Key a bit longer to get a list of all active short cuts of the current application.
- It’s as simple as that.