Steve Jobs and Apple TV, John Lennon’s Tooth, and More in Chad’s Steaming Pile
Here are just a few things in Chad’s Pile that you will hear on Lubbock’s First News this morning. Give Chad your feedback on the steaming topics.
1. Steve Jobs was working on the TV (link)
Before his death, Steve Jobs was working on something big and now we might know what it is. In the new
autobiography of Jobs, it’s said that he had “cracked it”, in regards to TV’s. Does that mean the iTV is coming? Some think so.
Jobs is referring to the voice-recognition technology used in the new iPhone 4s, according to UBS analyst Maynard Um, who wrote about Apple’s coming TV revolution way back in July.
“The Siri voice technology used in the iPhone 4s will be without a doubt the game changer included in the Apple television,” said Um. “I think that is what he is referring to in the book when he says he ‘cracked it.’”
The Siri voice recognition assistant allows users to “send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, and more,” according to Apple’s web site. Reviews from users generally call it the best voice recognition phone so far.
Now imagine telling your TV to change channels to the World Series, record “Boardwalk Empire,” or video call a member of your family?
The article says that we could see iTV’s in 2012. The price? Who knows, but it’s Apple which means it won’t be cheap.
2. 16K tooth? (link)
So how much would you pay for John Lennon’s tooth? Is 16K too much?
A molar from the Beatle legend’s mouth will go on the auction block next month, and the reserve price has been set at $16,000. For the Beatle fanatic, the slightly yellow tooth, which has a cavity, by the way, could be the most elusive piece of memorabilia. Or it could simply seem disgusting and weird.
“We get a lot of people buying memorabilia as investments,” Karen Fairweather, owner of Omega Auction House, told CNN. “Or it could just be a fan that really, really wants a part of John Lennon.”
So if you had the money, would you buy his tooth? Personally, that’s way too weird.
3. Another West Wing? (link)
Sure it leaned to the left, but I enjoyed the NBC show “West Wing”. Many others did as well and maybe that’s why NBC wants to have another White House show but I don’t see this one working.
NBC has ordered a pilot for a sitcom about a dysfunctional First Family in the White House, which will be exec produced by, among others, former Obama speech-writer Jon Lovett.
Lovett left his Washington gig in September to write for television out westbecause he told The Post’s Jason Horowitz, “I would like to be able to write in my own voice.”
It’s important to note that ordering a pilot does not mean we will ever see an actual series called “1600 Penn” from 20th Century Fox on the NBC lineup.
But the head of NBC programming, Jennifer Salke was, until July, an exec vp at 20th Century Fox TV where she developed new series (including comedies “Glee” and “Modern Family”), so it’s a near cert she’ll champion “1600 Penn” getting on NBC’s schedule in a big way.
Yeah, just don’t see this working.
These and many more topics coming up on Wednesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News with Chad Hasty. Tune in mornings 6-9am on News/Talk 790 KFYO, streaming online at kfyo.com, and now on your iPhone and Android device with the radioPup App.