Tech News Today 188
Recorded: February 28, 2011
Published: February 28, 2011
Tech News Today 188: Drowned In Likes
PS3s held hostage in the Netherlands, Should you fear the Mac trojan? Thieves bring down Vodafone, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Darren Kitchen
- PlayStation 3 shipments to Europe now being seized after LG wins injunction against Sony
- The civil court of justice in the Hague granted LG a preliminary injunction that will see all new PlayStation 3s imported into Europe confiscated by customs for at least ten days. Starting last week the items were seized and stockpiled in a Dutch Warehouse. Guardian reports Retailers generally have 2-3 weeks stock.--- LG can ask for an extension or even ask that the devices be destroyed.
- Thousands of Gmail accounts accidentally wiped
- Estimated 150,000 Gmail users could not access their email. After restoration some found found an empty inbox and some saw missing contacts.
- re Gmail issue: affected 0.02% of users not 0.08%, restored access for 1/3, remaining 0.013% being restored on ongoing basis,all w/in 12 hrs
- GFail: Google ‘Very Sorry’ After the Cloud Eats 150,000 Gmail Accounts
- Vodafone's UK network taken down by a break-in (update: some services restored)
- 100,000 Users of Vodafone in the UK found this morning they couldn't access 3G, 2G, SMS, and BlackBerry services.
- Register reports the thieves stole switches
- Verizon CEO claims Apple LTE products are coming, doesn't specify when
- Dan Mead, Lowell McAdam's successor at the helm of Verizon Wireless, has told the Wall Street Journal that we'll "see more coming from Apple on LTE. They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be a part of it." "Specifically, a C Block licensee may not block, degrade, or interfere with the ability of end users to download and utilize applications of their choosing on the licensee’s C Block network, subject to reasonable network management,” the FCC continued.
- Did Google Pre-Emptively Block a 4G iPhone on Verizon?
- Facebook just changed the way that like button works
- It used to be if you clicked Facebook's 'like' button it would put a link in your recent activity and hardly be noticeable. Facebook just changed that. Now if you click like, a full story with a headline, blurb and thumbnail will be posted to your profile wall. You'll also be given an option to comment on the story link.
- Facebook plans to resume address, phone sharing
- Facebook said in a letter (PDF) released today that it is evaluating different ways to "enhance user control" over information sharing that would go into effect "once the feature is re-enabled."
- Black Hole RAT is Really No Big Deal
- Backdoor Trojan For Windows Ported To Mac OS
- A Remote Administration Tool (RAT) for Windows, known as darkComet, has been ported to Mac OS X. The new backdoor Trojan. Intego says it is not a serious risk as it makes it more convenient to gain remote access, but the access could be gained with SSH and terminal just as well.
- Motorola: all our high-end smartphones will have Webtop from June onwards
- Motorola Sues TiVo
- Motorola's Sanjay Jha hints at a 7-inch tablet before the end of the year, foresees tablet prices dropping
- Motorola's big plans to fix Android's security woes
- Motorola Mobility is relying on 3LM (Three Laws Mobility), a small startup it acquired that develops enterprise security and management tools for Android. What Motorola intends to do is create the APIs for Android that add the missing security and management capabilities at the OS level, so the entire device can be managed via policies by mobile device management tools, such as those from Good Technology, MobileIron, and Zenprise. Motorola Mobility plans to offer its own mobile management suite by July.
- Did you get a gold Xoom at the Engadget meetup or at the Oscars? Did you root it? Well, gold or not, if you rooted your Xoom, you'll need to restore it to the default ROM before you send it back to Motorola to get the LTE upgrade. You need to be running the stock Honeycomb installation in order to receive the update that allows the LTE antenna to function.
- How'd that Nintendo 3DS sell? Japanese business publication Nikkei claimed that Nintendo's handheld sold out its entire initial run of 400,000 3DS units in its first two days of availability. Gaming magazine Famitsu reports the device sold 371,326 units. Still highly respectable. And it's already been hacked to run homebrew applications, emulators, and backed-up DS games.
- This year's PAX East kicks off in Boston March 11, and reports are that we'll be treated to the launch of NVidia's GeForce GTX 590 which will sport 1024 total CUDA cores, 3GB of onboard RAM with dual 384-bit memory controllers, and three DVI outputs for some single-card 3D Vision Surround gaming. Engadget reports AMD is also close to launching their competing Radeon HD 6990.
- In a research note this morning, Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi reports on a meeting he had last week with Apple's Tim Cook, Peter Oppenheimer and Eddy Cue. Among the tidbits, Cook says Apple will develop lower-priced iPhones, and brought up China as a focus. Cook believes tablets will be a bigger more competitive market than phones. He did nto comment on white iPads or the availability of the iPad 2 after Wednesday's announcement.
- So after the tweaking of Google's search algorithm last week to de-emphasize "low-quality" sites, how did favorite content farm punching bag demand Media fare? SEO firm Sistrix analyzed one million keywords and determined that Demand Media’s , eHow.com, actually gained some visibility. SEOClarity, which independently analyzed 60,000 keywords, reached the same conclusion.
- Remember the US plan to give any country a veto over any proposed top-level domain? A group of nations rejected that idea last week, instead allowing governments to offer nonbinding "advice" about controversial suffixes such as .gay but will not receive actual veto power. Other US suggestions were adopted that will make it easier for countries and trademark holders to file objections. But no veto power.
- A few cool things are starting to trickle out of CeBIT in Hanover, Germany. Asus is showing off its Eee Pad Transformer netbook running full on Honeycomb on its Tegra 2 innards. The Eee Pad MeMO, is also being promised with a Qualcomm port of Honeycomb in time for its June launch
- The Federal Aviation Administration is allowing charter company Executive Jet Management to use Apple’s tablet as an approved alternative to paper charts. The authorization follows three months of rigorous testing and evaluation of the iPad and Mobile TC, a map app developed by aviation chartmaker Jeppesen. That's only for pilots though. You sir, still need to power down or we'll toss you off this plane!
Kickers and Weird Science
- OnLive offering free MicroConsole with Homefront game purchase
- Demo conference kicks off today in Palm Springs
- CeBIT starts tomorrow, March 1, and runs through March 5 in Hanover, Germany
- Game Developers Conference starts today Feb. 28 in San Francisco and runs through March 4
- AT&T will start selling Kindle 3G e-reader in its retail stores from March 6th
- Fisker Karma enters production on March 21st
- SXSW coverage Saturday and Sunday 3/12 and 13
"Readers everywhere are fighting back today against limitations on eBooks access and use. Proliferating around the interwebs this morning is the eBooks User's Bill of Rights, outlining basic freedoms for digital content users.
My co-author, Andy Woodworth, and I released it in the public domain and hope that other voices and comments add to the discussion, raise awareness, and stimulate some real change in the market.
Those who sign on to the idea are asked to copy the text, with comments and remixes as the urge strikes, and re-post it on their own websites, in email, in podcasts, on walls, and on Twitter (#ebookrights). 60 minutes after launch, we're seeing over a hundred copies already. - Sarah Houghton-Jan"
"Hey Tom and Sarah, just thought I'd bring up an interesting ""issue"" with the new Motorola Atrix from AT&T. We've already heard that the laptop dock is a bit pricey at $300 (after rebate when purchased with phone). It appeared that you had to get the 4GB DataPro plan in order to get this rebate. Not so! You need the expensive, tethering-enabled 4GB DataPro Plan if you intend to use the Laptop Accessory at all!
Per the small print from AT&T: (No direct link to the accessory) ""Full Firefox browser use with AT&T Mobile Broadband requires DataPro 4GB plan.""
And at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/AT-Laptop-Motorola-Retail-Packaging/dp/B004M17D62 ""(Note: The Motorola Lapdock requires the separately available Motorola ATRIX 4G, and an AT&T 4 GB DataPro with Tethering plan is required to use the Lapdock with your ATRIX 4G.)""
I thought this was just a ""dumb"" accessory that was the equivalent of plugging your phone into a monitor and turning on a bluetooth keyboard? How is this ""tethering?"" As one who would love the idea of clipping on a larger ""dumb"" screen to my phone to better enjoy my eBooks and movies, I'm disappointed that the potential for accessories that ""stretch"" my phone is being squashed by hefty prices and unwarranted service charges.
Can't wait to hear the devil's advocate side to this one. Love the show, guys!
- Jim, Space Systems Engineer, CA, USA"
- Edited by: Jason
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