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Future Tense becomes Marketplace Tech Report

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/17/10 06:12 PM

Hi everyone. John Moe here. Starting Monday, September 20th, Future Tense will be going by the name Marketplace Tech Report.

Producer Larissa Anderson and I have been working closely with the folks at Marketplace ever since we took over Future Tense in May. It’s worked out great. We’ve helped them, they’ve helped us, and together we’ll find more stories you’ll want to hear. Basically, we loved Marketplace so much we married them. And kind of took their name too. Is it creepy to compare two radio shows to a married couple? Sorry about that.

As part of the Marketplace portfolio of programs (along with Marketplace, Marketplace Morning Report, and Marketplace Money), Marketplace Tech Report will keep bringing you stories that explain news and trends and technology and what it all means to you. We’ll be moving to a new simpler URL: marketplacetech.org, which will go live over the weekend. We’ll be bringing our entire archive of past shows and blog posts with us but in the meantime, we’re leaving futuretense.publicradio.org up so you can access the show archives from there as well.

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Bronado is the new Double Rainbow

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/17/10 12:53 PM

There was some heavy weather in Brooklyn yesterday. A tornado? A funnel cloud?

Regardless, these Dudes, capture all the excitement with a video camera, swear words, and much brohammer commentary. From there it was off to the Vampire Weekend concert.

Will it rise to Double Rainbow level in our cultural zeitgeist? Time will tell.

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Best Buy CEO: iPads are murdering laptops

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/17/10 12:02 PM

Interesting article in the Wall Street Journal as the holiday shopping season approaches. People are leaning toward buying smaller stuff. They’re less likely to replace a TV and more likely to try something they don’t already have like a smart phone or an iPad.

Best Buy (CEO Brian Dunn) said smartphone sales continued to rise compared with a year ago, as did portable computer totals, buoyed by the iPad.

However, television sales fell despite the rollout of new 3D models, with both average prices and total volumes notching “low-double digit” declines compared with last year. Mr. Dunn also said internal estimates showed that the iPad had cannibalized sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%.

50%! So the combination of a slowly recovering (?) economy and lots of innovation in the small device market explain why Best Buy is pushing iPads and started selling the Kindle. Staples says they plan to start selling Kindles in time for holiday as well.

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Oakley to release 3D eyewear

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/16/10 11:13 AM

If 3D is going to take over our lives, at least we don’t have to look like total dorkwads in the glasses provided by the local cinemultiplex. Oakley announced that they will sell their own 3D glasses with “optically correct” lenses (everyone’s so worried about being OC these days) in time for the holiday season. The perfect gift for the person on your list who wants to look like a big shot at the new Harry Potter film. The specs were tested at Dreamworks’ facilities and are said to be compatible with any 3D movie that comes along. In a related story, any pair of glasses you buy are compatible with the 3D experience that is life itself.

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Weezer tries to go viral by lending themselves to people who have

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/14/10 03:06 PM

The rock band Weezer has a new album out and they’re approaching promotion of it in a kind of different way. They’ve made themselves available to various YouTube celebrities and appear in a slew of videos made by those people. The videos are featured on YouTube’s home page today. The idea is that the band gets exposure to all the video artists’ audience, the video artists get new eyeballs from the band’s loyal followers, and YouTube gets some innovative videos for their home page that people will want to go watch.


Weezer did something similar a couple years ago, pulling various YouTube stars (often from unintentionally funny videos like “Chocolate Rain”) to appear in a video for their song “Pork and Beans”).

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YouTube goes live. Few watch.

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/13/10 05:18 PM

I guess I would tune in to a live YouTube stream of sports. Aaaaaand I can’t think of anything else. A concert? Not if I could see it later. Regardless, YouTube paired up with some content partners to offer live telecasts today. According to Tech Crunch, it wasn’t exactly a hit. Fewer than 500 people tuned in for Tony Hawk.

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Phil Davison and the speech that made him famous

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/13/10 10:03 AM

Also, I called him “Paul” on the show. Sorry. Phil.

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YouTube Time Machine? YouTube Time Machine!

 by John Moe // Posted: 09/09/10 05:35 PM

Here’s a site where you can pick a year and see videos from that year. Earliest is 1860 and they’re pretty sporadic for a while but then it picks up.

As they say, it’s in the early alpha testing stages but it’s live to me. You can even write in to become an admin on the site.

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Killing Cable

Posted: 08/30/10 12:51 PM

By Steve Henn

I moved coast to coast about six months ago and I still haven’t hooked up a new cable connection in my house. Okay – given I’m a public radio geek – but I don’t miss it – at all. I’m still streaming shows I like. So the last few months have made me wonder, could cable be entering a death spiral? Turns out I’m not the only one asking the question. MG Siegler at TechCrunch has an overview of Silicon Valley’s assault on the idiot box.  Or you can just watch this ad by Logitech.

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today's show

What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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