TECHGEEK Weekly 66: We Need a Title

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RIM suffers a major server outage, Google+ and Samsung face some difficulties and the iPhone 4S launches and we discuss why you should or should not get it. All this and more on this week’s TECHGEEK Weekly.

Since none of the people couldn’t think of a humorous or witty title this week, we’ve decided to ask you to name it. Yes. Just like the webOS app, it is the height of all laziness.

Joining host Terence Huynh are Tom Solari, Chris Southcott and Mark Caetano.

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Show Notes

The Top Stories

Apple announces iPhone 4S – 8MP camera, A5 processor, no 4G

Optus announces iPhone 4S 24-month contract plans

What’s the best Australian iPhone 4S deal?

Hallelujah! BlackBerry service is finally restored

Mike Lazaridis apologizes for BlackBerry outage: ‘We’ve let many of you down’ (video)

RIM details why BlackBerry users haven’t had email for two days

Apple wins Samsung Galaxy Tab injunction

U.S. judge says Samsung tablets infringe Apple patents

Pwnage Playtime

Xbox Live users suffering hacked accounts, FIFA 11 and 12 purchases (Updated with Microsoft’s response)

Grand Theft Auto 3 coming to iOS, Android for 10th anniversary, oh and $150 GTA3 action figure

New Wii Available in Australia Later This Month

Update: Xbox LIVE Fall Update Beta Sign Ups Underway

Tom’s Stockings (1)

Sony has announced it will recall 1.6 million Bravia HDTVs due to a faulty component in the backlight system that could spontaneously combust, with 11 incidents already in Japan since 2008 with the most recent of them reported last month. Sony will fix the problem and may offer a rental TV, but it isn’t going to refund or replace it.

A new startup, BlueStacks, has said that it’s ready to start a public test of its new software that could allow Android apps running on a Windows machine. It plans to have a free and paid version in the long run, and yes, you’ll not be able to play Angry Birds unless you pay for it.

LibreOffice, the new OpenOffice “without” the bloat, is now planning to port the project to mobile devices including Android and iOS. So yes, if you don’t want to pay for iWorks, you have an alternative. Though, there is no date yet.

In Other News

Google Engineer: “Google+ is a Prime Example of Our Complete Failure to Understand Platforms”

Google kills Buzz and Jaiku, to focus on Google+

Samsung, Google Delay Nexus Prime, Video Sneaks Out Anyway

Nexus Prime (GT-i9250T) pops up at Wi-Fi Alliance — Does this mean it’s coming to Telstra as well as Vodafone?

Chrome For Android Next Week, Pipelining Support Arrives

Apple Could Put Movies in the Cloud by the End of 2011

Facebook is now on the iPad!

Victoria to replace hacked Myki cards — or not

Ubuntu 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’ now available to download

Creepy’ Path Intelligence retail technology tracks shoppers

Philippines designer turn into ‘surgical Superman’

Tom’s Stockings (2)

AOL is apparently looking to sell itself to Yahoo. Despite recent shakeups, the company believes a merger could end up saving them $1.5 billion between them by axing jobs in data centres and news sites. However, it could have some competition

Twitter has secured the trademark “tweet”

And Skype and Microsoft have sealed the deal. This week, it’s officially now part of the company and under its own division. So, get ready to see more integration with every single Microsoft product in the world.

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