TECHGEEK Weekly 89: Does it have Beats?

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The Budget reveals some interesting facts, HP calls its new laptops a Sleekbook – but don’t call it an Ultrabook, and Chris tells us a story on not how to ride a bike. All this and more on TECHGEEK Weekly.

Join Terence, Tom and Chris as they recap the big, interesting and often little tidbits of this week’s news in tech.

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Show Notes

Stories

Budget: NBN cancellation would cost nearly $2 billion

Budget: Bureau of Meteorology to trial advertising on its website

HP updates Ultrabooks with ENVY Spectre XT – promises extraordinary design, performance

HP launches new ENVY Ultrabook/Sleekbook range – prices start US$699

HP Envy Sleekbook and Envy Ultrabook stretch definitions with AMD processors, cheaper components

Zuckerberg’s Hoodie a ‘Mark of Immaturity,’ Analyst Says

7-inch iPad on track for October 2012 release, $200 to $250 price

iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode

Apple rumoured to release $799 MacBook Air in Q3

Our Source Has Seen The Apple HDTV, Here’s What It Looks Like

Foxconn is “making preparations” for Apple iTV

Pebble smartwatch sells out: $10 million raised and over 85,000 sold

Mozilla calls Windows RT a return to the ‘digital dark ages’ for limiting browser choice, Google nods in agreement

Bing gets a redesign, adds Facebook support – and only available in the US

Apple’s Siri: the ‘best smartphone ever’ is the Nokia Lumia 900. Wait, what?

Samsung announces Omnia M Windows Phone handset, arriving in Europe initially

US Postal Service to stop international shipping of gadgets because of battery fears

Pwnage Playtime

Minecraft for Xbox 360

BioShock Infinite delayed – release pushed back to Feb 26, 2013

Tom’s Stockings

The Google+ iOS app has received a rather comprehensive update. Well, total redesign. The app now looks quite nice, though I’m only speaking from the screenshots in the attached article. I’m not too sure whether this will increase the usage of the currently failing social network, but it certainly looks good!

If you use Windows Phone, Twitter for Mobile web app has been updated. Sad news is that it is the one for feature phone, not smartphones. This version only has the basic essentials, rather than pull to refresh among other ‘advanced’ desktop features. Though, probably no one uses the official apps anymore since there are more better ones out there.

Security researcher David Emry is warning users of OS X’s FileVault encryption software that a new update that came with Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 is logging user passwords in a plain-text debug file. FileVault 2 is unaffected, and changing your passwords is useless right now until Apple fixes the bug.

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