Tech News Today 180
Recorded: February 15, 2011
Published: February 15, 2011
Tech News Today 180: Geohot's Got Talent
A host of new HTC hardware, A glowing blue Facebook button, Geohot kicks the jams, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Jim Louderback
- HTC Flyer, 7-inch tablet Super LCD (1024 x 600) , aluminum unibody, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB storage Android 2.4 Gingerbread(Sense UI optimized for tablet) Pressure-sensitive capacitive stylus - yes pen computing is back as the HTC Scribe technology. 5 mpxl camera on back, front-facing 1.3 mpxl. , 4000 mAh battery. Coming in Q2 2011 est. price 499 euros. OnLive cloud gaming app.
- HTC Salsa and Chacha bring the dedicated Facebook button to Android
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread. (Sense UI with Facebook integration) Both phones have a Facebook button which pulses blue when there's an opportunity to share. 600 MHz qualcomm processor, 5mpxl camera, VGA front-facing camera. 480x320 resolution, Salsa - 3.4-inch ChaCha - 2.6-inch portrait QWERTY. Launching Europe and Asia by end of Q2, AT&T exclusive in US later this year- though not clear if they are the same models or similar ATT-specific takes.
- HTC refreshes Android lineup with Incredible S, Desire S and Wildfire S
- Incredible S 4-inch (800x480) Android 2.2 (FroYo) 1 GHz Qualcomm, 720P HD video-capable 8 mpxl camera dual-LED flash and autofocus, 1.3 mpxl front-facing 1450 mAh battery launch some point in early Q2 --Desire S 3.7-inch (800 x 480) (HTC Desire inside an aluminum unibody shell) Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) launch sometime mid-Q2. Coming soon after low-end Wildfire S with Gingerbread.
- HTC accidentally references Android 2.4 (Gingerbread) in press releases. What does it meeeeannn?
- Giant floating Zuckerberg: Expect 'dozens' of Facebook phones this year (video)
- Gemalto creates SIM card that brings Facebook to feature phones
- Twitter CEO shoots down talk of a Twitter-branded smartphone before it starts
- Apple: if we get you subscribers, we deserve a cut
- Concerned Publishers Group Says ‘Apple Is Not The Only Offer On The Table’
- Apple App Store subscription plan gouges publishers, eats their young
- June 30 Deadline for Apple Subscriptions
- Google Shows off Movie Studio, a Tablet Video-editing App
- Google demos Android Movie Studio for Honeycomb
- Eric Schmidt: 'We certainly tried' to get Nokia to use Android
- Next version of Android will combine Gingerbread and Honeycomb, arrive on a six-month cycle
- Rumor: AMD is up for sale, Dell may be interested
- AMD Athlon, Phenom and Sempron names may be killed off in favor of Vision brand
- AMD can't even get through Valentine's Day without knocking Intel
The company will offer $100 million in common stock - But despite revenue of $55.2 million in fiscal 2010 and $90.1 million in the nine months ended October 31, Pandora had respective net losses of $16.8 million and $0.3 million. A key element of our strategy is to aggressively increase the number of listeners and listener hours to increase our market penetration," the S-1 statement notes. "However, as our number of listener hours increases, the royalties we pay for content acquisition also increase. We have not in the past generated, and may not in the future generate, sufficient revenue from the sale of advertising and subscriptions to offset such royalty expenses." For the nine months ending on October 31, 2010, Pandora incurred "SoundExchange related content acquisition costs" to the tune of 45 percent of the company's total revenue for that time period.
- Hulu Plus Gets an Art House Upgrade With Criterion Collection
- Hulu Plus get access to 150 titles (ramping up to 800 in the coming months) without commercial interruption. Regular Hulu viewers get access to a handful with commercials.
- Once again Apple's tangling with jailbreakers. Josh on the Social Apples blog recently discovered that, after applying the latest greenpois0n jailbreak code on an iPhone running iOS 4.2.1, t iBooks won't open DRM-protected e-books. Ars Technica reports that the fairplay DRM scheme test code that should fail, but may run on jailbroken devices. If it runs, the book is not loaded.
- DigiTimes reports that Apple may change the screen size of the iPhone to 4-inches in the next version of the phone according to upstream component suppliers. The component suppliers noted that the production lines for Apple's next generation iPhone have begun testing, and Apple is interested in expanding the screen size to 4 inches.
- A group of Nokia shareholders and former employees has vowed to challenge the new company's annual general meeting in May. The group wants the removal of CEO Stephen Elop and several other new key executives and insists Nokia "maintain ownership and control of the software layer of the Nokia products".
- Nokia shareholders aren't the only ones unimpressed by the Nokia-Microsoft strategic alliance. CNET reports Verizon CEO Tony Melone said he's skeptical Micosoft can meet its goals for Windows Phone and he doesn't think "Verizon needs the Nokia and Microsoft relationship." Melone said "right now the three OS players we see for our network are Android, Apple, and RIM."
- And Motorola is getting in on the Windows apathy as well. Motorola's corporate vice president of software and services product management, Christy Wyatt, said that while she would never say never, she doesn't envision Motorola using Microsoft's OS. She said they were disappointed with the timing of features being rolled out and didn't feel they could create value on a closed platform like WP7.
- A newly formed industry group has proposed a standard that could help eliminate video buffering on mobile devices. The High Quality Mobile Experience (HQME) Steering Committee said their P2200 draft standard proposes using local storage and intelligent content caching to relieve network congestion and thus accelerate data delivery to mobile devices.
- Sprint may yet jump ship from WiMax to LTE. Senior Vice President of Networks, Bob Azzi said the carrier would study WiMax adoption rates over the next 4-6 months before making a firm decision on LTE. Sprint could upgrade its own gear to LTE by swapping in new baseband cards and issuing a software patch. The same would not be true for your EVO.
- EA Sports is aiming to help the BlackBerry Playbook live up to the play part of its name. Both Tetris and Need For Speed: Undercover will come pre-loaded on the device, in full, unabridged versions. The 7-inch RIM tablet is set to release in March.
Kickers and Weird Science
- YouTube turns 6 today
- EFF turns 21 tomorrow
- Pre 2 available for $150 through Verizon on February 17th
- New MacBook Pros with SandyBridge coming March 1?
- SXSW coverage Saturday and Sunday 3/12 and 13
"Hey TNT crew!
Hope you caught last night's Jeopardy with Watson. I just wanted to make sure that you made the point that this challenge is NOT about trivia, but about natural language processing. Most of your computer science viewers know very well that natural language is, perhaps, the most difficult challenge in all of AI. Anyway, it was interesting to see where Watson screwed up, and what he was good at. Anything with key words like the ""Beatles"" were easy to answer, but the category about ""decades"" was not so easy because Watson didn't understand what the answers even look like. It did adapt, though.
Anyway, love the show. Tom, you et al rock.
-Andy from Raleigh, NC (andygamer in the chatroom, also weeks away from getting his PhD in computer science)"
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