Beginning in the third quarter of this year, Dish Network will accept Bitcoin currency for its pay-TV subscription service, the satellite TV service announced today. In doing so, Dish Network says it will become the largest company in the world to accept the popular virtual currency, though it's far from the only one -- you can buy anything from tacos to even Lamborghinis using Bitcoins.
Satellite TV provider DirecTV and Viacom have finally reached a long term agreement to restore 17 channels to DirecTV customers, ending a bitter dispute that neither side could afford to let drag on. Be that as it may, the disagreement over financial terms of a contract renewal went on longer than it should have, resulting in a blackout of popular channels like Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Spike, CMT, and TV Land, along with ten others, while customers were used as pawns in contract negotiations.
For those of us with pets, the animal is nearly as much a part of the family as any human. Losing that pet—whether it runs away, becomes lost, or is stolen—can be as tragic as losing any other member of the family.
Implanting a microchip in your pet might help you recover it, but only if the animal shows up at a facility—such as the pound or the Humane Society—that’s equipped with a scanner. Snaptracs, a division of the mobile-technology behemoth Qualcomm—promises a much better solution: A $100 GPS device that attaches to the pet’s collar, so you can instantly locate your pet anywhere on the planet (there’s also a $8 per-month subscription fee after the first month). You can add up to nine additional pets to the subscription plan for $1 per month, plus the cost of each Tagg tracker.
Unidentified hackers gave the term “cyberspace” a whole new meaning when they hacked a couple of US satellites a total of four times in 2007 and 2008. This shocking revelation came as part of a report released last week by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Hit the jump for more.
The Fifth Dimension advised us in its massive chart-topper of 1969 that "This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius." A time when "Peace will guide the planets and love will steer the stars." An era that brings about "the mind's true liberation." And, looking back, we can say with some confidence that many minds certainly experienced at least momentary liberation in the wild and experimental days of the late 1960s.
Today, however, there is an all-new age of Aquarius, and it began on June 10, 2011. It was on that day that NASA, in conjunction with Argentina's Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales (CONAE), launched a Delta II rocket from Southern California's Vandenberg Air Force base.
Toshiba sent us a flurry of notebook announcements this week running the gamut from the tremendously equipped to the totally affordable. Dealing with the latter are the "smartly equipped" Satellite L700 and C600 Series laptops, and when we say affordable, we're talking about netbook-esque prices. Pricing starts at $380, and that's for a 15.6-inch laptop with AMD inside.
If watching television makes you want to go out and shoot something (preferably something made out of clay and legal to shoot), then Radio Shack might have an offer that's right up your alley. A Radio Shack Super Store in Hamilton, Montana has decided to offer a free gun to qualifying customers who sign up for new Dish Network service.
PC vendors at CES have been busy unveiling new products built around Intel’s latest generation of Core processors (Sandy Bridge). Unwilling to be left behind, Toshiba too announced a Sandy Bridge-inspired overhaul of its Qosmio and Satellite family of laptops. According to the company, it will begin rolling out new premium and mainstream laptop models with the latest Intel processors later this month.
The high-end Qosmio X505 is among the notebooks that will shortly be receiving new models. Starting at $1,299.99, the new Qosmio X505 laptops feature an 18.4-inch diagonal HD TruBrite widescreen display, the new Core i7 or Core i5 processors, 8GB DDR3 memory, GeForce GTX 460M graphics with up to 1.5GB of discrete DDR5 graphics memory, and a hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM.
The Satellite A660, M640, L650, and E305 notebooks will also be available in completely fresh flavors. However, while Core i7-toting Qosmios and Satellites will be available in January, new Satellite models with the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors will only become available in February 2010.
Cell coverage is lacking in a great many places even today. But if you're ready to pony up some cash, TerreStar is now willing to solve that problem by selling you the TerreStar Genius dual satellite/GSM cell phone, Engadget is reporting. This handset has a blackberry style portrait qwerty keyboard and clocks in at $1,149.99 direct to consumers. TerreStar is selling the devices to businesses for $800 a pop.
The Genius is a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone that supports AT&T's 3G bands for standard cell service, but it able to connect to satellites to place calls anyplace in North America. The phone's specs are about as old as the operating system it's running, so don't expect a snappy experience. Also of concern is that TerreStar is undergoing bankruptcy reorganization currently.
This is obviously not a phone for everyone, but a few travelers might find a use for it. As for the rest of us, it's really just a curiosity to stare at in bemused astonishment.