Tech News Today 216
Recorded: April 7, 2011
Published: April 7, 2011
Tech News Today 216: Declaratory Judgement Thursday!
Facebook open sources data centers, FCC forces phone carriers to roam, Geminoid robot weirdness, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Press conf at Facebook, new "tech initiative" (live at 10 PDT)
- Facebook announces OpenCompute initiative
- Inside Facebook’s Not-So-Secret New Data Center
- Facebook Opens Up Its Hardware Secrets
- the servers Facebook built are 38 percent more energy efficient and cost 24 percent less
- Facebook press conference this morning
- Introduced Open Compute Project at Opencompute.org
- Project is about building a more efficient server
- specifications and mechanical drawings for the server are open as are detailed specifications of the building's electrical and cooling systems
- 4 minute video explaining the goals
- Dell Plans to Spend A Billion Dollars to Build 10 New Data Centers, they'd only have to spend 760 million if they used Facebook's plans!
- On the Same Day as Dell, IBM Also Announces a Big Cloud Computing Push
- IBM announces "smartcloud." mix of public, private and hybrid cloud options based on what they need. The options are built around five aspects: The need for security and isolation, availability and performance, the technology platforms needed, management and ease of deployment, and payment and billing.---- Also working with 45 companies on cloud standards for interoperability and security. Dell spending $1billion dollars to build 10 new data centers worldwide. Dell will run both private and public clouds, and will offer Microsoft Azure as well as VMWare and Openstack --- It also announced a new product called vStart, an easy-to-buy virtual infrastructure that’s based on its Dell PowerEdge servers, which incidentally run on Intel’s Xeon processors which were the subject of a big upgrade announcement on Tuesday.
- IBM paints the cloud-scape blue
- Pandora sends user GPS, sex, birthdate, other data to ad servers
- Veracode analysis says Pandora's Android app sends this data, didn't check iOS app
- Earlier this week, Pandora was subpoenaed by a fed. grand jury re: data collection practices
- Pandora says it uses the data for music recs, Veracode says data collection for ads!"
- FCC’s New Data Roaming Rule Leaves Some Happy, but Verizon and AT&T–Not So Much "
- Competition creator? FCC forces "data roaming" on reluctant carriers
- AT&T, Verizon Forced to Let Rivals Use Networks For Data
- 3-2 partisan line vote requiring wireless carriers to follow same roaming rules for data that they are required to follow for voice. "on commercially reasonable terms and conditions." The full order detailing the data rules hasn't been released. The Commission also reserves the right to roll out "baseball"-style arbitration on behalf of a dispute. In this scenario, two parties submit their competing offers to a third-party mediator. The arbitrator then picks one of the proposals.
- Google’s Andy Rubin Defends Android’s Openness, Claims Rivals Just Spreading FUD
- Android chief Andy Rubin tackles open source qualms, says Honeycomb isn't 'one size fits all'
- Rumors of Google tightening control of Android customizations
- Andy Rubin says that's not happening - in blog post on Android Dev site
- "As always, device makers are free to modify Android to customize any range of features for Android devices."
- "Our approach remains unchanged: there are no lock-downs or restrictions against customizing UIs. There are not, and never have been, any efforts to standardize the platform on any single chipset architecture."
- Windows Phone 7 Will Overtake iOS by 2015, Says Gartner
- OR: Gartner: Android grabbing over 38 percent of smartphone market in 2011 on Symbian's demise
- OR: Cheap Android Devices Will Mean Google Domination Well Into 2015
- Gartner study made projections about smartphones out to 2015
- Expecting Android market share to grow to nearly 50%
- iOS to increase, then drop a little
- Microsoft looks to move from 4.2 to 19.5% while Symbian drops to nearly nothing."
- Google begins tablet version of Chrome OS
- Tablet Chrome OS signs in source code
- Hints include a user agent string, virtual keyboard, new tab page optimized for touch
- Last year, video mock-up of tablet Chrome
- Remember how we said you could put any version of Windows Phone 7 thanks to Chris Walsh's CheveronWP7 app? At Microsoft's request, the app is now gone. And Redmond warns if you update your phone, you may not be able to get later updates and device specific software. Walsh is part of a group doing homebrew development for WP7 in cooperation with Microsoft.
- Larry Page just started as CEO of Google on Monday and he's decided that all employees' bonuses should be tied to Google's social strategy. If you're wondering "what Google social strategy?" that's probably why Page tied 25% of their bonuses to this portion of Google's portfolio.
- Microsoft just launched a Bing app for iPad. You can search for stuff on the web by typing or by voice. Results show up right in the app - you're not sent to Safari or anything.The Bing app also acts as a content aggregator - so if you you probably didn't really need a new way to browse the web on your iPad, but you've got one.
- Former HP head of enterprise sales, Adrian Jones is being sued by HP for stealing trade secrets. HP is saying that Jones copied data onto a USB device before bolting to Oracle. Also of interest is that before the whole Oracle thing, HP was threatening to fire Jones after finding out out an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Apparently working at HP is like being in a soap opera.
- According to Kotaku, the time is right for Nintendo to release the Wii 2! Kotaku noticed that Nintendo hasn't released a whole lot of games recently. In the past, this kind of thing happened right before Nintendo was prepping a new video game system. After a strong start, Nintendo's Wii just isn't as appealing since both the Xbox and PS3 got motion control. We'll see if the Wii 2 can garner some new interest.
- Google and the U.S. Department of Justice are said to be close to reaching a legal settlement over Google's intended $700 million acquisition of travel data company ITA Software, which was has been under scrutiny since the deal was announced last July. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports the purchase would be allowed but with close government scrutiny for antitrust violations.
- ESPN is taking control of the iPad app wars. The free WatchESPN app will only work for you if you’re a cable TV subscriber with Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks or Verizon FIOS. But if you qualify you’ll have instant access to anything broadcasting on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU or the ESPN3.com web service, anywhere you have an Internet connection.
- Things are getting nasty over the Time Warner iPad app. Time Warner Cable filed a request for declaratory judgment Thursday in a federal court relating to Viacom cable networks, seeking a ruling that the cable operator has the rights under its carriage agreement to deliver Viacom's programming to any device in a subscriber's home -- while Viacom responded that it will sue TWC for breach of contract and copyright violation.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Barnes & Noble offered up more details on Thursday on its plans to open its Nook Color device to more Android developers. The company released new tools for those looking to create apps for the e-reader and said it plans to offer developers 70 percent of revenue generated through its store, with Barnes & Noble getting the remaining 30 percent.
- Nexus S with AT&T's 850 and 1900 MHz 3G bands from online retailer Negri Electronics, for $600 in your choice of black or white... according to MobileSyrup, in Canada you'll soon be able to pick up the Nexus S on Fido and Rogers for C$500 contract-free or C$100 with a three-year commitment. Both carriers use the same 3G frequencies as AT&T in the US.
- T-Mobile G2X priced at $200, coming April 15th online and April 20th in stores. And the Sidekick 4G comes April 20th for $100 on contract.
- BGR reports we'll get iOS 4.3.2 in the next two weeks. Maybe it will fix that Facetime bug a few folks have noticed
- Firefox 5 Scheduled For June 21 Release
- Moscow's getting an Apple store inside the trade gallery of the historic and reconstructed Hotel Moskva, just steps away from Red Square
"Former VZw Employee CDMA Handoff vs. GSM Handoff
Having worked at Verizon Wireless, I've learned how CDMA & GSM differ in regards to handoffs.
In short, you guys got it right.
For mobile devices moving from one tower to the next in the same Mobile Switching Center (MSC), CDMA devices perform soft-handoffs where a mobile device receives data from 2+ towers simultaneously, thus making it less liable that the connection will drop. GSM performs hard-handoffs where the connection cuts over from one tower to the next in hope that that connection is still maintained.
- Josh Dietrich Redmond, WA"
"Hey TNT crew,
Last week I have experienced the FaceTime bug you were talking about in episode 215 on my iPad 2. I opened FaceTime and there was a frozen picture of me from the last time I had FaceTime open. I made a FaceTime call and the other person could not see me but I could see them, audio working fine. My first thought was the camera resource was not released properly, not that the iPad was secretly taking pictures of me. I hung up the FaceTime call restarted my iPad and then it was all good. I didn't think much of it until I heard about it on your show. I have not been able to reproduce the bug since, but if I do i'll send a video of it.
Love the show!
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