Aug. 27--I want my ChromeTV: TechMan was intrigued by the new Google device that allows you to play content from your computer or mobile device on your TV. Called Chromecast, it is a $35 dongle that plugs into a TV HDMI port.
Video is streamed via Wi-Fi from the Internet or local network. Users select the media to play on their television from the Google Chrome Web browser on a computer or from an app on their mobile device.
At this point, Google has struck deals to support Chromecast with Netflix and YouTube (of course). Hulu, HBO Go, Pandora and other services are expected to sign up.
Sounds pretty sweet. The only problem is that Google, like so many tech companies, underestimated the demand. Chromecast sold out in the first 24 hours. TechMan ordered one on Amazon on Aug. 18 and has been told that his will arrive between Oct. 31 and Nov. 16 -- in time for Christmas.
Beyond comprehension: The computer problem that shut down the Nasdaq stock exchange for three hours last week was apparently caused by a communication failure between its computers and those of the New York Stock Exchange. As a result, a third fewer shares were traded in the U.S. on that day.
Some people believe the computer infrastructure is getting so complicated that it is beyond human control. Neil MacDonald, a fellow at technology research firm Gartner, told The Guardian newspaper: "There has been an explosion in data across all types of enterprises. The complexity of the systems created to support big data is beyond the understanding of a single person and they also fail in ways that are beyond the comprehension of a single person."
I quit, I win: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer made a slick move last week that made him a billion dollars in one day -- he announced he was quitting his job. Mr. Ballmer's announcement caused Microsoft stock to jump about 7 percent. Mr. Ballmer owns about 4 percent of the company, according to profit.ndtv.com.
Big payoff: A federal judge Friday denied Marvell Technology Group Ltd's request to declare a mistrial in a patent infringement case in which a jury awarded $1.17 billion in damages to Carnegie Mellon University.
Carnegie Mellon sued Marvell in 2009 over patents related to how accurately hard disk-drive circuits read data from high-speed magnetic disks.
The damages award was one of the largest by a U.S. jury in a patent infringement case, Reuters says.
Dare we call them ripoffs? Techhive.com recently listed what it called the seven worst deals in tech.
They are: text messages, cost: 20 cents per text (cost to provide: virtually nothing); cables, $45 for a name-brand 8-foot HDMI cable (cost to produce: about $3); smartphones, $549 for a 16GB iPhone 5, unlocked ($200); printer ink, $80 per ounce ($10 per ounce); wireless service, $100 per month ($37 per month); Microsoft Office Professional 2013, $400 ($136); cloud storage, $1.20 per gigabyte per year (10 cents per gigabyte).
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