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On This Week's Good Morning America, Porn

posted Sunday Apr 15, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

On This Week's Good Morning America, Porn

Comcast customers in Colorado Spring had a perky morning wake-up this week. If they turned on everybody's favorite morning show, Good Morning America, the good-natured residents were greeted with pornography showing on KRDO Channel 13.

Comcast has "sincerely apologized" for the issue and insertion of inappropriateness and says the problem occurred when the cable company was working on a technical issue. Several different channels appeared on the ABC station in error.

On other channels, such as ION channel 26, you could have viewed religious programming for two hours. Either fortunately or unfortunately depending on who you are, the porn only showed up for a couple of seconds on channel 13's flagship morning show. "The issue was a result of human error which has been resolved," Comcast spokesperson Cindy Parsons said.

As you would imagine, customers stormed to Facebook to KRDO's fan page to flame the station for putting up those images, as if 1) KRDO would do that or 2) they had control over the matter. The station was quick to respond and said they didn't have anything to do with the technical error.

Comcast has stated that they have put practices in place to make sure this does not happen again.

Nokia's Next Big Thing

posted Sunday Apr 15, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Nokia's Next Big Thing

Since its initial announcement at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, it has been clear that Nokia and Microsoft had put all of their Easter eggs in one basket, the Lumia 900. It has been a week since the official launch, so now is the time to look at how it has gone.

Laptop Magazine got to talk with Chris Weber, president of Nokia North America, about how important this launch was for Nokia and AT&T. AT&T, the exclusive handset partner, has said this is their most exciting handset launch ever, even bigger than the iPhone. That puts a lot of pressure on Nokia, but they believe that the unique design styling and the exclusive apps only available on Lumia devices is enough to differentiate it.

So, how has the Lumia done so far and how will they decide if it was a successful launch? Hit the break to find out.

Oracle's Suit Against Android Finally Going to Trial

posted Sunday Apr 15, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Oracle's Suit Against Android Finally Going to Trial

Two of the largest companies in the technology world are preparing for an all-out war that could affect the future of Google, Android and mobile technology as a whole. In August of 2010, Oracle filed suit against Google for intellectual property theft in regards to Android. Well, that case, which has changed in size over the past 2 years, goes to trial on Monday and there is a lot on the line.

Oracle believes that Google, in using certain libraries developed in the Java programming language, owned by Oracle through its $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems Inc. in early 2010, violated its intellectual property. Google, who is a known supporter of the "everyone should be able to use it" mentality believes that it has done nothing wrong and says that the technology used isn't covered by copyright.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup, who will be presiding over the case, described this as "the World Series of IP cases." Why did he say that and how will the case affect the technology world? Hit the break to find out.

Google's Street View Disaster Costs Only $25,000

posted Saturday Apr 14, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Google's Street View Disaster Costs Only $25,000

It has been a long time since the disaster that was the Google Street View data collection issue. In case you forget, Google's Street View cars, the vehicles that drive around taking photos of everyone's houses and businesses, were found to be using WiFi scanners to connect to hotspots and log their names and locations. Well, it turns out that they were also collecting data off of these networks, both personal and corporate. There was so much outrage over this that even the German government told Google they had crossed a line, which is saying something.

All of this took place 2 years ago now and, because of the lightning speed of the government when they aren't trying to squash a business for doing what they were asked to do or preventing a major merger, the FCC is finally responding to the issue. This week, the FCC ruled on, not the case itself, but on Google's actions during the investigation. According to the FCC, and sheer logic if you know the company, Google deliberately worked to delay or mislead the investigators. Because of this, the FCC has issued a $25,00 fine against the company.

What did the FCC have to say about this and how will it affect Google? Hit the break to find out.

Canon's 5D Mark III Seeing Too Much Light of Day

posted Saturday Apr 14, 2012 by Scott Ertz

Canon's 5D Mark III Seeing Too Much Light of Day

Since the digital camera age, Canon's Mark series has been the aspiration for many photo enthusiasts, from amateurs to professionals. Their newly released 5D Mark III has been on wishlists since they first announced it, and with a pricetag at about $3,500 for the core, it is an investment made with certain expectations. One of those expectations is that you can take pictures with it.

For some 5D owners, however, that is not the case; at least, not under certain circumstances. According to posts all over the Internet, including on Canon's own support site, many users are experiencing a situation where, under low light, some 5D cameras are ruining photos. Some clever users have tracked the issue down to a small gap in the case, allowing light from illuminated upper LCD screens to leak into the body, throwing off the auto-exposure sensors and ruining photos.

How has Canon responded and what is next for users? Hit the break to find out.

Sony Cuts 10,000 Jobs in Effort to Cut Costs, Save Company

posted Saturday Apr 14, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sony Cuts 10,000 Jobs in Effort to Cut Costs, Save Company

Sony announced this week that the company would be cutting 6% of its total workforce, which is around 10,000 jobs, in an effort to bring the numbers in its TV business back into the black over the next two years.

Sony President and newly appointed CEO Kaz Hirai said at a press conference Thursday that he will bring life back into the electronics and entertainment company. Earlier in the week, Sony doubled its projection for its annual net loss for the fiscal year 2012 from $3.2 billion USD to $6.4 billion. If that were to hold true, it would mark the fourth consecutive year of losses for Sony and would be its worst loss in the history of the company.

Hirai remained confident in his effort to reform the company at the press conference.

As CEO, I take this very seriously. But at the same time, it strengthened my resolve to transform Sony. Employees too want to restore Sony to its former glory and go beyond... Sony will change. I've fully dedicated myself to changing Sony.

Internal problems like their several network and security breaches compiled with the environmental disasters in Thailand haven't put Sony in a good position to prosper in 2012. Hirai looks to strengthen the company's digital camera, game and smartphone businesses for the next two years and is trying to boost total company sales to 70% by March 2015 from the current 60%. Sony will also be taking a charge of just over $925 million USD this year to help offset the job cuts and over reform plans.

Can the PlayStation Vita become Sony's saving grace and help push them into the black on top of these restructuing efforts? Will their efforts fall short of the goal to keep them profitable into the next coming year? I said at E3 that the Vita, while potentially stealing the show, might not be enough to do what Sony needs. Perhaps these job cuts will. Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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