Radio Silence

Mari Silbey —  June 26, 2007 — 2 Comments

radio-silence.jpgIt’s come to this: a day of radio silence. Pandora, AccuRadio, and my own local WXPN among many others are going silent today to protest fee increases from the Copyright Royalty Board that will effectively put them out of business if something is not done before July 15th. We’ve covered this story multiple times in the past, and the mainstream media is finally picking up its cue with coverage today in The Washington Post, The Toronto Globe and Mail, and on Reuters.

What can you do to bring back Internet radio? Call your Congressional representatives, tell your friends, give money to the cause.

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The UK edition of CNET pressured Microsoft into revealing some Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive sales figures. While they didn’t get a global tally, they did learn MS hass moved 155,000 units in the US since the November launch… Which strikes me as a large number, indeed. And probably why we rarely see discounts on this accessory.

I’ve debated picking one up, though I’ve managed to resist the urge thus far. I figure, as expensive as those $6 HD Marketplace movie downloads are, the amount of interesting content won’t come close the $200 drive price tag any time soon. Besides, everyone’s telling me Blu-ray has won.

(via Boy Genius)

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Seeing as how it’s iPhone week, Mari and I are required to mention the revolution at least once per day… When visiting the Cingular AT&T earlier today I snapped this pic of an iPhone display. On my Windows Mobile device. ;)

onionstory.jpgA dedicated Apple fanboy I know sent me this link to The Onion with a list of the most anticipated iPhone features. (see below) Sure there’s no keyboard or stylus, but can you beat the Lightsaber sound effects? Click through to read the full Onion post. Trust me, it’s worth it.

iPhone Features:

  • Nanotechnology enables it to reassemble itself when thrown against wall
  • Exclusive link to Google Street View so you can watch yourself using your iPhone at all times
  • Takes Polaroids
  • When moved from hand to ear, makes Lightsaber sound effects

More…

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We love our HDTV, except when it comes to explaining it. According to Hitachi Research, 66% of American consumers surveyed say they would not be comfortable trying to explain HD options such as 720p, 1080i and 1080p. But here’s the real kicker, as ZDNet points out, 72% of college-educated adults are “not comfortable”, while only 59% of those without a college education say the same. Guess that degree’s not worth what it once was, huh?

For your own HDTV brush-up course, check out the Wikipedia explanation of different HD formats. Image above is a (slightly-altered) copy of the entry’s illustration.