Tech News Today 224
Recorded: April 19, 2011
Published: April 19, 2011
Tech News Today 224: Bobsled on your Face...book
T-Mobile adds free voice calls to Facebook, Does WiFi violate the wiretap law? Samsung fights back against Apple, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Becky Worley ( )
- Hive mind can now contribute to Google Maps in the US
- Country No. 184 for Google Map Maker: The United States
- Google Map Maker open to the U.S.
- Allows users to edit and update maps, edits subject to review, should appear in minutes
- You can add places, move locations that are incorrect, bike lanes
- Add shortcuts, particular locations in colleges and parks
- Would bring a lot of detail to the maps"
- Samsung threatens Apple in response to patent lawsuit
- Nilay Patel's analysis
- Review of Apple’s unit numbers released in legal filing prior to earnings
- Samsung public statement "Samsung will respond actively to this legal action taken against us through appropriate legal measures to protect our intellectual property"
- Another Samsung spokesperson also said that Apple may have violated Samsung's patents in communications standards and Samsung is considering a counterclaim.
- Nilay Patel's post looks at the entirety of the lawsuit and does a claim by claim analysis
- "the main question for the court will be whether or not Samsung has used all of these elements in a way that’s likely to confuse consumers about what they’re buying."
- Side by side of Apple and Samsung's icons
- Excellent explanation of patent law as it applies to this case"
- check this pic out
- T-Mobile Powers Facebook VoIP
- T-Mo blog post about FB calling
- T-Mobile introduces first of its ""Bobsled"" applications allowing calls to FB friends with one click.
- It's a FB app. Can make computer to computer calls. In buddy list/chat window will see a phone icon.
- Plans to allow video chat and calls to mobile and landline numbers
- T-Mobile says Bobsled is aimed at "bridging traditional telecommunications and Internet-based voice and data services," and it says it plans to expand the service in the near future to include video chat, the ability to place VoIP calls to mobile and landline phones, and even offer applications on both smartphones and tablets "regardless of the carrier that powers such devices."
- Facebook rolls out new security features, answers Sophos letter
- "Two-factor authentication, similar to what Google rolled out in February, gives users the option to have to enter a code when they log in. A key difference:Google’s two-factor authentication stays on all the time, Facebook’s is on only when you log in from a new device.
- Facebook is also offering expanded secure browsing for those who have selected that option. Now, whenever you use a Facebook app that doesn’t support HTTPS, the site will automatically switch you back to secure browsing when your session’s done."
- NASA ponies up $270 million for commercial spaceflight
- The Commercial Crew Development program helps U.S. private enterprises develop the capability to transport U.S. astronauts to space. Blue Origin, which was started by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, received $22 million in the funding round. PayPal co-founder Elon Musk's SpaceX received $75 million. They were flanked by Sierra Nevada and Boeing, which received $80 million and $92.3 million, respectively.
- NASA hopes commercial providers will have their spacecraft ready for flight in 2015.
- Judge: was WiFi packet sniffing by Google Street View spying?
- US District Judge James Ware in San Jose presiding over nearly a dozen combined lawsuits seeking damages from Google for eavesdropping on open WiFi networks via its Street View mapping cars. Question at hand is whetehr Google breached the wiretap act.
Google says: “There can be no doubt that the transfer of any sign, signal, writing, images, sound, data, or intelligence of any nature transmitted over the radio spectrum constitutes a ‘radio communication.’ Indeed, there is nothing in the text or legislative history of the Wiretap Act that would exclude any transmission sent over the radio spectrum from the definition of ‘radio communication,’ Judge Ware wants to know if WiFi counts as radio communications. According to the Wiretap Act, it’s not considered felony wiretapping “to intercept or access an electronic communication made through an electronic communication system that is configured to that such electronic communication is readily accessible to the general public,” according to the text of the federal wiretapping statute. The plaintiffs’ lawyers countered that the communications in question started on a computer and only briefly were relayed on radio waves “across the living room from the recipient’s router to her laptop.”
- EU Decides Against Stricter Net Neutrality Rules
- European Union to investigate net-neutrality concerns
- EU has decided not to pursue legislation preserving Net Neutrality. Commissioner Neelie Kroes, head of the EU’s Digital Agenda department, said she will continue to monitor the sector for instances of ISPs blocking or throttling access to certain services
Laws could be introduced in the future to prohibit blocking services - but no law against tired Internet in general will be proposed. The commission has also asked the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), the European electronic communications regulatory group, to investigate the extent of net neutrality violations. If by the end of the year Brussels finds that there are persistent problems of blocking, the commission will take additional action. Ms Kroes believes the there is enough competition to prevent most abuses.
- Apple cleaning up App Store rankings by de-emphasizing downloads
- Lots of apps try to boost rankings by getting you to download their apps in exchange for free in-game stuff. A download ranking tweak and new enforcement of rule 3.10 seems to indicate Apple is no longer tolerating this practice. Inside Mobile Apps put together comments from mobile marketing firm Flurry, promotion network W3i, and game publishers Glu Mobile and Gameview Studios that indicate number of donlowds is no longer the only factor in app store rankings anymore. According to TUAW, some Tapjoy applications seem to have been rejected because they violate section 3.10 of Apple's developer guidelines bars apps that "attempt to manipulate or cheat the user reviews or chart ranking in the App Store with fake or paid reviews, or any other inappropriate methods."
- A video's making the rounds today of a white iPhone supposedly running the next version of iOS. Best bets are that it is a prototype iPhone running an internal build of pre-release iOS4. Still it shows some intriguing features, like icons showing the active screen of the program and search available from any screen. Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, blogs gotta spread rumours about iPhones. It's nature people.
- Microsoft is asking the Supreme Court of the United States to reexamine how patent law works. Microsoft is currently in a battle with i4i over patents related to XML and Microsoft Word. In an oral argument, Microsoft argued that the burden of proof for a defendant in patent cases is too high. Obviously, the Supreme Court can't just go and change laws - but should the Court mention such an argument in its final opinion, it might set up larger changes in the legislature years from now.
- If you combine all the iOS devices and compare their market share to all the Android devices out there - that's phones, tablets, everything - you'll find that Apple's iOS has 59% more users than Android. That's the news according to ComScore. In more objective numbers, Android has 23.8 million users and iOS has 37.9 million. ComScore also found that iPad users aren't loyal to Apple when it comes to phones.
- Samsung has decided to sell off its hard disk division to Seagate. Samsung will still work on SSDs, but forget drives with spinning platters. Seagate will pay Samsung $1.375 billion in stock and cash. The deal will make Samsung a 9.6% owner in Seagate and it will be able to nominate one member to Seagate's Board of Directors.
- Acer's new president has been named and it's Jim Wong. Wong was already a part of Acer in its IT division. As president, Wong has already created a new division called the "Touch Business Group," of which he has named himself leader. The division will work on smartphones and tablets.
- We've mentioned Sprint's disputes with Clearwire - Clearwire is the company that provides Sprint with its WiMax network. Well, the two companies have worked things out. However there are reports from the Wall Street Journal that Sprint may be working on a deal for fast wireless access with LightSquared. This deal would give Sprint an LTE presence just like Verizon and AT&T.
- Apparently, the way Android implements DHCP has caused Princeton to kick malfunctioning Android devices from its network. There are several odd behaviors like Android using IP addresses after the DCHP lease expires. This interferes with service for others on the network. Princeton says it has seen the problem in several versions of Android including Honeycomb and has filed a bug with the Android project back in September 2010 and there's no fix yet. Princeton has a detailed explanation of the issues at its IT site.
- If you're trying to use an AT&T BlackBerry to connect to your BlackBerry Playbook, you can't do that officially. Crackberry thinks AT&T is not too keen on giving out free tethering. AT&T officially says, "We have just received the app for testing and before it's made available to AT&T customers we want to ensure it delivers a quality experience for our customers." BTW, there is a workaround for those of you don't care what AT&T thinks.
- iPhone Dev team released untethered jailbreak today for iOS 4.3.2
- Windows Phone 7 NoDo out for ATT phones - the Focus and Quantum Today
- Intel Earnings: 2nd great quarter. Intel reported net income of $3.16 billion, or 56 cents a share, up from $2.44 billion, or 43 cents a share, in the year-earlier period. Revenue jumped 25% to $12.85 billion. All beating analysts expectations.
- Yahoo earnings today: net income slid 6% compared to last year., search revenue dropped 19%, display ad business jumped 10%
- IBM earnings today as well, good news there Net income rose 10 percent
- The President and Zuck sit down to a town hall tomorrow April 20
- T-Mo products are coming: the Sidekick, the G2X and the G-Slate are all in stores tomorrow, Apr 20
- DirecTV's $30 per rental premium video on-demand service launches Thursday
- Galaxy Tab 10.1v up for pre-order at Vodafone Australia, shipping to start May 1st
- You've got until May 23rd to put together a better Copyright School Video than YouTube. The folks at PublicKnowledge.org are running a contest where you can win $1000
"Hey guys, love the show!
Regarding Ep. 223 about the ESRB survey for app developers; as a father of 2 boys an avid gamer myself, I would love for the ESRB to rate apps and direct download games to help me better make choices about what I allow my kids to play. What I would like to see is that survey published so I can better decide what is apropreate for my kids.
Of course, survey responses don't always tell the whole story . For instance a game themed around kidnapping, with protagonists prone to violent rage, that rewards players for destroying property and killing animals might be a bit much for T rating, but my 6 year old loves playing ANGRY BIRDS.
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