Tech News Today 149
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Recorded: January 3, 2011
Published: January 3, 2011
Tech News Today 149: Putin On The Linux
Why Facebook is worth $50 billion, Windows Phone 7 data bug?, Expedia kicks American Airlines to the fare search curb, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- Facebook valued at 50 Billion
- Vizio reveals Via Tablet and Phone with Android, sub-$300 3DTVs ahead of CES
- Does Windows Phone 7 Have a Data Transmission Bug?
- From Paul: "This isn't clear-cut: AT&T apparently posts data usage in lumps, so that may be unrelated. But I've gotten a lot of email and blog comments about this. It appears to be very widespread. My own data usage has gone up month over month, but it may have finally plateaued in December. My billing cycle just ended so I can't see December's figure yet, but it was tracking below November."
- Want an Android alternative to the iPod Touch? Samsung's 3.2-inch Galaxy Player has now appeared at Amazon UK. January 7th is the tentative release date. £150 (about $234) gets you 8GB of storage and £180 (roughly $280) doubles that to 16GB. US and Canada probably won't see the Player until summer.
- Intel's Sandy Bridge mobile and desktop processors are officially now known as the 2nd Generation Core processor family or more simply as Intel Core 2011 processors. There are 29 new CPUs in total, as well as new integrated graphics options (now known as processor graphics). Intel says more than 500 systems will be based on the new platform.
- The sleek and sexy MSI Wind Top all-in-one desktop will get two new models powered by the new Intel Core Second Generation oh hell. Sandy Bridge, we're still used to calling it Sandy Bridge. All models have a 1080p touchscreen displays and USB 3.0 ports, plus something called Super Charger that charges attached USB gadgets even when the computer is off.
- Some Hotmail users had an unpleasant suprise when they logged in to find all their email had disappeared. Microsoft restored email access yesterday and said today that all email should be back for Hotmail users. No word on what percentage of users suffered the mass, if temporary, deletion.
- New Year's was like the switch from daylight savings to standard time again as any non-recurring iPhone alarms failed to go off and let people sleep right through the first part of the new year. Apple said the problem should go away on January 3rd, but many report they still had the bug. The solution is to set up short term recurring alarms, which are apparently unaffected.
- Toshiba wins the prize for first Tegra-2 Honeycomb Tablet announcement of 2011. The unnamed 10.1-inch Android tablet, has a capacitive, high 1280 x 800-resolution display along with an accelerometer and ambient light sensor. It also has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing one. As well as full sized USB and HDMI jacks, a single mini-USB socket, and an SD card slot.
- PrimeSense, the folks who created the Kinect, have teamed up with Asus to port their motion control to the PC, without all the hacking. The WAVI Xtion, as it is dubbed, and will enable gesture controls for media center PCs. According to PrimeSense, the focus of the device will be on multimedia control, as opposed to the gaming focus of the Kinect.
- Italy just made life hard for YouTube. The Italian government just issued two resolutions that effectively make online video services subject to stricter regulation meant for TV stations. Sites like YouTube must take down videos within 48 hours if anyone complains of slander, and -- most oddly of all -- somehow refrain from broadcasting videos "unsuitable for children" at certain times of the day.
- Want 3D without glasses? Toshiba's director of product marketing Phil Osako says the company could be ready to bring a 3D laptop that needs no stinking glasses, to market by the end of the year. Toshiba's bringing a demo unit to CES, so we'll be on the lookout for it.
Big Stories from the Break
- Shortly after fixing the service right before Chirstmas, Skype tried to take everyone's minds off the issue, first by giving a half hour of free minutes, then second by unveiling Skype video calling on the iPhone. I suppose this doesn't duplicate FaceTime? Don't ask questions like that. Just enjoy the Skype video over 3G on your iPhone.
- Meanwhile China just up and banned Skype and other Western VoIP providers in order to preserve the profits of traditional telecoms operators in the country, China Telecom and China Unicom. The decision was made by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology but no date for its implementation was announced.
- Over in Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed an order calling for Russian federal authorities to move to GNU/Linux, and for the creation of 'a single repository of free software used in the federal bodies of executive power.' In Russia, source opens you!
- Meanwhile back on December 28th, a pair of researchers demonstrated a start-to-finish means of eavesdropping on encrypted GSM cellphone calls and text messages, using only four sub-$15 telephones as network “sniffers,” a laptop computer, and a variety of open source software. The researchers point was to show how easily these vulnerabilities could be addessed.
- Just in time for New Year's, Amazon enabled Kindle book loaning on select titles, bringing it up to the level of Barnes and Noble's Nook. Books can be loaned only once, for a period of fourteen days and while a book is being borrowed you can't read it yourself.
- Nintendo issued a warning that the Nintendo 3DS, should not be used by children under 6 when the gadget is in 3D-viewing mode.An advisory posted on Nintendo's Japanese-language Web site notes that the eyes of children under 6 have not yet fully developed and that 3D viewing on the 3DS could disrupt that development.
- A proof-of-concept application, FreeMarketplace, that allows any Windows Phone 7 application to be downloaded and installed free of charge has been developed. Though Marketplace applications are protected by DRM, FreeMarketplace removes the protection, enabling the applications to be used without charge.
- Verizon cutting Galaxy Tab price to $500, will refund any purchases from last two weeks
- Motorola split official tomorrow, we hope you like red
- CES 2011 begins Thursday! Tomorrow TNT will have a pre-recorded CES preview with Lance Ulanoff from PCMag.com and *Chris Null from Intuit's Small Business Blog. Wednesday Tom will be live from Las Vegas with the first impressions from the CES Unveiled press event and full TWiT coverage starts Thursday at 1 PM with live TNTs from the CES show floor Thursday and Friday at the regular time and then a special CES wrap-up on Saturday morning at 9:30.
This is what Las Vegas looks like right now, but it should be sunny by Wednesday. :) - Donna H
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