Tech News Today 211
Recorded: March 31, 2011
Published: March 31, 2011
Tech News Today 211: The Quick And The Dead Bar
Samsung's false positive, Amazon and label negotiations for Cloud Player, $30 VOD movies, and more.
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Denise Howell
- Samsung key logger almost certainly a false positive
- Mohamed Hassan bought a Samsung laptop, ran anti-malware, found keylogging software Starlogger.
- Customer support supervisor said it was to monitor the performance of the machine
- Samsung Tomorrow's posted a screenshot of the warning VIPRE gives after creating an empty SL folder at c:\windows\
- Wall Street Journal sources say Amazon's actually negotiating deals with the four major labels right now --hoping to close within weeks. Amazon is not confirming
- may be moving to a Sony's Music Unlimited model that scans your library for matches to songs it's licensed?
- Music industry will force licenses on Amazon Cloud Player—or else
- Apple Global Marcom VP Allison Johnson Leaving Company
- VP of worldwide marketing communications at Apple since 2005 reported directly to Steve Jobs. came from HP
- Joining former FB PR exec Brandee Barker at new comm/marketing firm
- barker already has Groupon and Quora as clients"
- Microsoft complains to EU about Google
- Google is deliberately restricting growth of Microsoft services
- Google says it's not surprised, will happily explain itself
- The EC has the power to impose fines up to 10% of global earnings as penalty for anti-competitive practices
- Controversial Quickbar killed from Twitter iPhone app
- tweet from CEO Dick Costolo points to blog: ""we will frequently experiment by trying new things, adding new features, and being bold in the product decisions we make. After testing a feature and evaluating its merits, if we learn it doesn’t improve the user experience or serve our mission, we’ll remove that feature."""
- Quickbar introduced, fixed placement, people angry
- Twitter changed it so it wasn't fixed, people angry
- Jack Dorsey rejoins, Quickbar dead, people not angry"
- Google tightening control of Android, insisting licensees abide by 'non-fragmentation clauses'?
- complaints have apparently been made to the US Department of Justice. may be allegations about Google holding back Verizon handsets using bing for search, in an effort to give Microsoft a harder time gaining traction"
- Google rumored standardizing the ARM processors that power Android
- more consistent implementation of ARM chips, likely to discourage certain kinds of customization beyond the basic ARM architecture and would remove upgrading issues. Device makers get a quicker turnaround time, and Google would get more consistent quality."
- Hollywood studios roll out $30 premium VOD
- Fox, Sony, Universal, and Warner Brothers to offer movies for $30, 2-3 day rental window
- Movies on VOD 2 months after leaving theater
- Launching on DirecTV
- Movies: "Unknown" and "Just Go With It"
- WB, Sony, U and Fox cue premium VOD
- Earlier this month, Samsung showed off transparent displays that use ambient light instead of a backlight. While the concept may sound crazy, even crazier is that Samsung is actually mass producing 22-inch ambient-light powered LCDs right now. No word on pricing or when you can get your hands on one yet.
- One of the advantages of Windows Phone 7 was that updates would be pushed out by Microsoft and not be subject to the carriers whims. Sounds great in theory, but in practice, it doesn't seem to be working out so hot. Microsoft announced that its latest update to Windows Phone 7, codenamed NoDo, will roll out gradually over two weeks. AT&T is apparently still testing out the update and its users still don't have access to the newest version of Windows Phone
- Time Warner recently launched an iPad app that streamed a number of channels. That number is getting smaller - several Viacom and Fox channels were removed today after the companies complained about Time Warner streaming their channels without some extra pay. So if you want MTV or FX on your iPad, you're going to have to find another way to do it.
- IMs may be for more than just goofing around. A contract dispute revolved around whether IM conversations could modify the terms of the contract which contained a "no oral modifications clause." So the real question is whether IMs count as written communications - well, according to a court in Florida, IMs can modify contracts. The lesson: whatever you say in IMs can and will be used against you in a court of law.
- Users of the Twitter app Ubersocial and Twitdroyd your DMs may be public. Apparently, if you are sending DMs by typing "d username" on the apps and the DM is over 140 characters, it is visible publicly. So if you use these apps, check your feed. Also, a fix is coming.
- Apple says we'll see the future of Mac OS X at WWDC in June, but you might be able to get a preview sooner than that. Apple has just released a new build to developers. Apparently, this version is much more stable, but it's probably not a Gold Master.
- It's time for a Google/China update! This time China says that three companies that are related to Google decided not to comply with China's tax laws, as in they didn't pay taxes. Google doesn't agree, saying it believes it fully complies with Chinese tax law.
- While checking on his plane, Air Force Staff Sgt. Ron Walker accidentally dropped his iPhone. Oh, and the plane happened to be 1,000 feet in the air traveling at 150 miles per hour. Amazingly, the iPhone survived the fall without a scratch and works fine.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Leonard Nimoy in Transformers 3 has joined the film as the voice of Sentinel Prime, predecessor of Optimus Prime! was the voice of Galvatron in the 1986 transformers animated
- HTC's next thing is expected on April 12th. What is it? No idea.
- Xperia Play was supposed to be available tomorrow in the UK- not going to happen. Expect delays to push it to Mid April
- WonderCon begins in San Francisco tomorrow. Tom and Sarah will be there Saturday afternoon at 4 Pacific to cover it live.
- Sprint Premier loyalty program gets a new premium tier tomorrow. It's confusing. But if you've been a Sprint Gold member, things aren't changin much.
- Trenton Computer Festival at College of New Jersey in Ewing starts Saturday 4/2
- Google set to kill Gizmo 5 on Sunday April 3
- Reminder that today is World Backup Day
- Watch the TWiT studios get built
"Most of my entire extended family is from the Kansas City, (MO) area, and I live nearby, so I know quite a lot about the area. The entire metro area over the KS/MO border, ""the greater Kansas City Metro area"" has about 2 million people in it, but as you mentioned, KCK (Kansas City, Kansas) only has about 150,000 in it.
Kansas City, Kansas formed in 1868 and incorporated in October 1872. The Kansas-Missouri border area became the first battlefield in the conflict over slavery and southern secession that led to the American Civil War.
This is why the town went from one big town, to a divided two different towns. Missouri wanted to be a part of the south, and Kansas did not. In a nutshell.
Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
""Keep on, keepin' on.""
-- Mike Mathia (MATH-EYE-UH)"
I just wanted to clarify a point that has been tossed around on a couple of episodes of TNT. Tom mentioned mp3tunes.com and how they were sued out of existence, then someone emailed in correcting this. MP3.com is the website Tom was referring to, not MP3tunes.com. MP3.com was started back in the late 90's or so and recognized your CDs. This site was sued out of existence, but the founder Michael Robertson then went on to found MP3tunes.com. Just wanted to clear up the confusion. Great job!
Tan Homsi Mendon, Ma"
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