A German research group was able to force popular basic cell phones to shut down, put them in reboot cycles and remove them from their networks completely using malicious text messages. The problem is not a simple one to fix and will require manufacturers to make changes in the way these phones are made. In other news, Sears and K-Mart will now be offering streaming video rentals and purchases of movies and TV shows the day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray. Despite having no subscription cost and same day availability, this service will have a tough time competing with Netflix, Amazon and the iTunes store. And finally, several office buildings in St. Cloud, Minnesota are installing ceiling fixtures that feature LVX data transmission technology. The lights send data to computers by flickering faster than the human eye can see. So not only will these lights save on electric bills, they will also help relieve data network congestion. Smart Lights!
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – December 30, 2010
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).