Tech News Today 110
Recorded: November 3, 2010
Published: November 3, 2010
Tech News Today 110: Go To Your Room Google
Microsoft's new hole, Why 4G is now meaningless, robot teachers for kindergarten, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Scott Johnson ( )
- Jason Howell
- Facebook upgrades their mobile apps
- Facebook updating its iPhone, Android apps
- Facebook Says It’s Launching A Local Deals Platform
- T-Mobile moves up to 75 live HSPA+ markets, says it's running the largest '4G' network in the US
- new commericals
- definition of 4G (Which only LTE-Advanced and WimAX-MAN satisfy)
- A new browser app for iOS is getting a lot of attention as it transcodes flash video and then returns it as HTML5 so it can be played on your iPhone, iPod or iPad. It costs $3 and in my tests, TWiT live worked, but I couldn't handle CNET TV, Hulu or Vimeo for one reason or another. So maybe hold off on plopping down the three bones.
- The UK has sent Google to it's room to think about what it did. . Britain's Information Commissioner determined Google's inadvertent WiFi data collection was a "significant breach" of UK law. But instead of fining Google, Commissioner Christopher Graham said Wednesday that he would be content with a written promise from Google that such a thing wouldn't happen again.
- Get ready for crazy name corral! WiGig (60 GHz wireless video trnsfer) is teaming up with VESA (international standards body for computer graphic). to create a certification program for wireless DisplayPort products. The goal is to create a new spate of products that'll connect PCs and handhelds to monitors, projectors and HDTVs without wires. You go Crazy-named associations!
- The CSIRO has unveiled new technology that could bring internet to people in rural or remote parts of Australia using their existing TV antennas. Analog TV signal is set to be switched off in 2013 but this technology could see the spectrum used to deliver 12 Mbps internet straight into people's homes through their TV antenna.
- The first Windows 7 handsets are flying out of shops faster than they can be supplied. Orange has started pre-booking for handsets, and is offering customers £20 HMV vouchers to help them cope with the wait while new stocks come in. Meanwhile, HTC and Samsung handsets are selling out as they fast as they can be shipped to the stores.
- Everyone's really excited that iTunes has extended the song preview length in iTunes from 30 to 90 seconds. Meanwhile I can preview lots of songs in their entirety for free by doing a Google Search.
- "Nokia’s won an early advantage in its brewing intellectual property battle with Apple. According to a prehearing examination of the patents at issue in the case by the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission, Apple hasn’t provided enough evidence to establish a violation of its rights. The ITC’s early read on 13 patents Cupertino has accused Nokia of violating is that some were not violated at all and some aspects of others are invalid."
- Researchers have made a major step toward a holographic videoconferencing system. A California-based research arm of a Japanese company working with a University of Arizona photnics professor have developed a full-color, 3-D display that refreshes every two seconds. They've sent live images of a researcher in California to collaborators in Arizona. Get on it Skype!
Kickers and Weird Science
"Hi TNT Crew,
On Friday's TNT you guys were talking about Microsoft giving away Windows Phone 7 for all the employees, and you mentioned that they would also pay the data plan costs. Unfortunately they won't. They are just ""reimbursing"" the cost of a Windows Phone when we buy one.
This is actually not much of an incentive and many of my colleagues that have iPhones or Androids are already saying that they will get the phone but probably keep their current phone too. Just thought that would be an interesting piece of info.
Also, like Android, the new windows mobile screens uses 16bit color depth. This means bad color gradients, and that's one of the main reason that they went with that Metro look. If you observe, there is no color gradients or drop shadows in it. I, particularly, think that the Metro is ugly and prefer the Android solution better. I was also not impressed by some prototypes I saw, but as we know, Microsoft tends to get it right on the third iteration of our products. I do consider Windows Phone 7 to be gen 1 of a new mobile platform.
Love the show! <The Microsoft Anonymous> "
Here's what I was telling you about in the chatroom.
The interesting part of the article in my opionion is this:
I asked Bob Muglia, the Microsoft President in charge of the company’s server says:
“Silverlight is our development platform for Windows Phone,” he said. Silverlight also has some “sweet spots” in media and line-of-business applications, he said.
But when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft’s vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, “our strategy has shifted,” Muglia told me.
It seems to me that Microsoft is throwing in the towel for Silverlight to be ubiquitous across lots of platforms and is relagating it to Windows Phone 7. The reaction from the development community was swift and harsh and Muglia posted a follow up on the Silverlight blogsite. http://team.silverlight.net/announcement/pdc-and-silverlight/ . Even though he tried to re-iterate Microsoft's commitment to Silverlight, in the end it seems they realize that with all the differnet platforms available that trying to support Silverlight on them is a losing proposition.
Bob Fox ""AntennaGate"""
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