Tech News Today 190
Recorded: March 2, 2011
Published: March 2, 2011
Tech News Today 190: It's A Cover Not A Case!
Nintendo 3DS gets Netflix, a tablet gets a ship date, BlackBerry Playbook coming in April, oh yeah... iPad 2, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Becky Worley ( )
- Jason Howell
- Patrick Beja
- Nintendo unveils 3DS Netflix, Super Mario at GDC
- Netflix streaming coming to 3DS this summer, 10,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hot spots in the US would let 3DS owners log in and play games for free starting in late May. The team behind the stellar Super Mario Galaxy is creating a new game in the series.
- Nintendo 3DS hooks to ATT hotspots and strams netflix
- Iwata criticises mobile app stores
- business is splintering into two sides; one focused on quality, the other quantity.
- Apple announces iPad 2
- faster, lighter, thinner, cameras, gyro, iOS 4.3 with FaceTime and PhotoBooth, iMovie & GarageBand ($5 each), over 65,000 apps; 3G on AT&T and Verizon from day one; same 10 hour battery life; same prices, starting at $499.
- People more excited about the new cover than the device
- Apple slashes original iPad price to $399, iPad 2 not up for pre-order yet
- iPad 2 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. HP TouchPad vs. BlackBerry PlayBook: the tale of the tape
- Apple expects shipments of 6-6.5 million iPads in 1Q11
- Hands on photos with the iPad 2, reader questions answered
- Apple's iOS 4.3
- iOS 4.3 brings Photo Booth to iPad, mobile hotspot to iPhone
- Random House titles added to iBooks
- Apple releases iTunes 10.2
- HP says Playbook is a Palm Rip off
- RIM and HP battle it out over QNX and webOS similarities
- Jon Oakes, director of product marketing for the TouchPad, offered his thoughts on the similarities between RIM's QNX operating system and HP's own webOS in an interview with LAPTOP Mag. RIM VP Jeff McDowell denied the charges, explaining that "there was no intention and no preconceived notion that this is what we want to end up looking like. In fact, I think QNX had that design lined up before we even started working with them."
- PlayBook a bit rough with less than 2 months to launch
- Google engineers help good sites harmed by search result cleanup
- Wired article on how Cult of Mac has been sunk by algorithm change. Google Fellow Amit Singhal, “Therefore any time a good site gets a lower ranking or falsely gets caught by our algorithm—and that does happen once in a while even though all of our testing shows this change was very accurate—we make a note of it and go back the next day to work harder to bring it closer to 100 percent.”
- World Mobile Data traffic spikes
- High-Bandwidth Users Are Just Early Adopters
- Cisco's latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecas--. The top 1% of users consume 20% of the bandwidth, but that share is down from 30% previously. 'Regular' users are catching up as they watch more video. High-bandwidth users of today will be relatively average users by 2015, so network operators should look to those users for insight in designing their future networks."
- Marines Boot Social Media Pioneers From Afghanistan After Facebook Freakout
- Journalists working for Basetrack, a new nonprofit media group, arrived in the Musa Qala district of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in October with an unconventional mission. They’d exhaustively document the war of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines in videos, audio interviews, articles and mapping tools. And, through Facebook, they’d make their work a portal for those invested most in the Marines, like their relatives. Last month, the Marines abruptly ended the experiment and terminated Basetrack’s embeds. --Problems Mixing of other reporting, geomap with inexact location information, inappropriate or uncomfrotable comments from others not embedded.
- Google quickly resonded to a report from Android Police and removed 21 malicious apps from the Android marketplace yesterday. The apps attempted to root your phone, uploaded phone information (including IMEI), and added a backdoor. Android Central reports the exploit used in these apps was patched in Android 2.2.2 . Another reason phone manufacturers and carriers need to allow faster upgrades to new versions of Android.
- Sony finally announced its reseracher hobbyist program that allows the Move to be used with a PC. The program, called Move. Me will be available via the PlayStation Network and act as a server application running on the PlayStation 3. So your Move hooked up to the PS3 will send the complete state of the PlayStation Move and navigation controllers to the PC. Clunky but better than nothing.
- The Supreme Court of the United States decided today that “personal privacy” rights do not apply to corporations. AT&T did not want to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a trade association called CompTel made up of AT&T's rivals. AT&T tried to claim that materials sent to the FCC over an investigation would be embarassing if made public. The court said too bad, that AT&T wasn't really a person and so couldn't be embarassed. “We trust that AT&T will not take it personally” concluded the ruling.
- Good news for Google TV fans. Speaking at OTTCon, Logitech's Ashish Arora he vice president and general manager for Logitech's Digital Home Group,indicated apps would come to the platform soon, definitely before the end of the year. Meanwhile, a number of OEMs aren't waiting, instead showing off video playback devices based on Google’s Android OS at CEBIT. Some of the devices should ship within a couple months.
- There's a new Sheriff in town, video pirates! Former Senator Chris Dodd has been named head of the motion picture industry's main lobbying group, the MPAA. Dodd said that he was "truly excited about representing the interests of one of the most creative and productive industries in America, not only in Washington but around the world. He promised never to lobby though.... oh well.
- Soon nobody in the US will be allowed to be an affiliate for Amazon. The Seattle retail behemoth has threatened to cut off more than 10,000 affiliates in California if state lawmakers pass legislation requiring the Internet retailer to collect sales tax from state residents. Amazon has closed its affiliate programs in Colorado, North Carolina, and Rhode Island over similar disputes.
- Get ready to stream some Top Gear, Doctor Who and Graham Norton Americans! The BBC’s international iPlayer iPad app will cost less than $10 a month when it launches later this year, according to director general Mark Thompson. The international iPlayer iPad app will give catch-up service to current shows as well as access to BBC archive programming.
- Google's share of the search market is starting to look eerily similar to IE's share of the browser market in 2004. Statcounter places the February global share of Bing search at 4.4 percent for Microsoft and 3.9 percent for Yahoo! with Google's share just under 90 percent. Still seemingly unassailable but the first time Google has dipped below the 90 percent mark for a long time.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Firefox 4 RC expected to ship roughly on March 9
- Mozilla is planning to spin the first release candidate for Firefox 4 this Friday and the code is aimed to be released to beta testers as early as next Wednesday, March 9, developers said during a call today.
- New York Times Launching Gilt/Groupon Clone This Month
- living social Fandango movie ticket deal biggest group buying offer ever?
- The official tally for the biggest online coupon deal on record, LivingSocial's $20 Amazon voucher for $10< from yesterday, waa jawdropping: 1,378,938 vouchers sold. That's equivalent to 80 vouchers per second, 100,000 per hour, and $13 million in revenue. It also beat Groupon's tremendous Gap offer last year, which sold 440,000 units and generated $11 million in revenue.
- March Madness Comes to the iPad, for Free (tournament kicks off March 15)
- Charlie sheen is following 10 people on Twitter and two of them are ex TECHTV'ers
"Hey TNT crew,
In show 189 you talked about eye movemet tracking for UI control. As funny as Turpster's comments about face tracking were, I wonder if this could be expanded to tracking lip movement? Computers using lip reading to improve the accuracy of speech to text? Just a thought!
Sent from my iPad
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