Tech News Today 229
Recorded: April 26, 2011
Published: April 26, 2011
Tech News Today 229: Zuck's Young Bucks
Sony PSN outage reveals almost everything, SETI sends alien calls to answering machine, the FaceBox, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Update on PlayStation Network and Qriocity
- PlayStation hacker took user info
- New theory on why PSN is down
- theory on Reddit by a person claiming to be a PSX-Scene Moderator: PS3 custom firmware called Rebug released in March allowed users to spoof developer units and use fake credit card numbers to pirate PSN content, which some say led Sony to pull the plug on the entire network until the loophole could be closed.
- PSN content includes tv, movies, full games
- PSN is down for its 6th day" "Sony officially explains on PS blog:
- "We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network."
- "we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."
- YouTube Finally Goes Hollywood With New Movies on Demand Service (Updated)
- Movies You’ve Heard Of Coming To YouTube. Will You Rent Them?
- Movie service to expand this week or next with major studios
- Story broke at TheWrap, confirmed by Peter Kafka of AllThingsD
- Sony, WB, Universal, Lionsgate (and other independents) already signed
- Missing: Paramount, Disney
- YT already had movies to rent at Youtube.com/Movies"
- Sources say Fox on board
- [http://www.geekwire.com/2011/amazon-seeks-to-toss-apple-app-store-suit-cites-steve-jobs-in-its-defense Amazon.com tries to toss Apple ‘app store’ trademark suit, cites Steve Jobs in its own defense
- Amazon responded to Apple's lawsuit over ""App Store"" (Amazon's Android app store is called "Android Appstore")
- Amazon called "App Store" generic, cited Steve Jobs' use of "app store" generically in a quarterly conference all
- Facebook Is Latest Rival to Groupon and LivingSocial
- ChoozOn aggregates the deal aggregators
- Facebook Deals launched today in 5 cities
- Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego, San Francisco
- You can "like" deals or post comments on the deal's FB wall
- This is not FB's ""Check-in Deals"" launched last year (discounts when you checked in an area)" "- ChoozOn aggregates deal aggregation data from Groupon, other deal sites, and companies like Apple, Lego, and Walmart
- Can monitor brands or categories
- limited testing started today - Alpha
- Sony to launch Android tablets
- Sony S1 and S2 dual-screen Honeycomb tablets get official (video)
- Two models shown at Sony news conference in Tokyo
- Both models: Honeycomb, PS certified, Tegra 2, DLNA, Launch fall or later, Wi-fi, cellular
- S1: Wedge shaped 9.4-inch display, IR to control components
- S2: Dual 5.5-inch displays. foldable
- SETI: The Search for Extra Terrestrial Income
- the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence is over due to budget issues
- The Alien Telescope Array in Northern CA was shut down last Friday
- There is a SETI Donation page if you want to give money to it directly: "Each dollar you donate buys 4 million channels scrutiny of a single world."
BY THE NUMBERS
- Nielsen Survey: Apple Slips In Desire Stakes To Android
- Apple, Google leagues ahead in developer survey
- Neilsen Study: 31.1% say they want next smartphone to be an Android device (up from 25.5% when polled in July-Sept 2010)
- 30% said iPhone (down from 32.7%)
- 20% said not sure
- Appcelerator Quarterly survey: Apple still the leader in dev interest
- 85% of devs very interested in writing for Android Phones (down 2%)
- 71% devs very interested in writing for Android Tablets (down 3%)
- 91% of devs very interested in writing for iPhone, 86% very interested in writing for iPad [down 1% each compared to January figures]
- Xoom Sales Estimate: At Best a Dud, at Worst a Bomb
- Estimates from Global Equities puts Xoom sales at 5-15% of all Xooms manufactured.
- 500k-800k is the manufactured estimate
- meaning 25k-120k Xooms sold
- Apple and Google are stocking up on aspirin, nee morphine to deal with headaches over geolocation. Senator Al Franken has called upon Apple and Google to participate in a hearing with the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law i on May 10 at 10am EDT. The companies have not said if they will attend. They weren't subpoenaed, so they don't have to
- Whew, good thing Microsoft doesn't records of the physical locations of customers who use its mobile OS the way Apple and Google do... oh wait, this just in... actually they do. Windows Phone 7 data dumps include unique device IDs, Wi-Fi network info, and GPS details. However, Microsoft says its location histories aren't saved directly on the device they way they are in iOS and Android.
- LG's getting in the chip business. The Korean company announced today it's licensing the ARM Cortex-A15 and Mali-T604 graphics designs in order to begin cranking out it's own mobile processors. LG's tablets currently use NVIDIA Tegra chips. This is not good news for Intel folks trying to claw their way into the market that ARM continues to dominate.
- More Windows 8 leaks for ya! Tom Warren at WinRumors reports icrosoft is currently working on a new feature for Windows 8 named History Vault. The feature will give Windows 8 users some functionality similar to Apple's Time Machine like the ability to restore to a specific time or date on the system and the ability to select files and restore them to different timestamps. WinRumors previously reported the feature's existence but the leaked Windows 8 build 7955 provides screenshot evidence.
- Twitter listened to user complaints about the now-failed dickbar project, but that doesn't mean they've abandoned mobile. Twitter Vice President of Engineering Michael Abbot said at Venturebeat's Mobile Summit on Monday that mobile is a huge priority and twhile they'll be messing around with HTML5, it's not quite there yet, so expect them to work hard on improving apps.
- Amazon reported earnings today and investors were caught by surprise. Amazon earned 44 cents a share on revenue of $9.86 billion. Wall Street wanted 61 cents a share on revenue of $9.52 billion. So they made more money but not enough profit, meaning analysts didn't expect Amazon to spend so much. Amazon said it's got some hot investments to improve profitability in the future, so stop your griping investors.
- Hey, remember that new voice calling service on Facebook from T-Mobile that's part of their new Bobsled thingy? Hope you got a chance to try it, 'cause it's temporarily gone. According to Bobsled, the service has been temporarily suspended over “design questions” from Facebook. Apparently Zuck's young bucks want to make it clear that Bobsled is not an official Faceboook property. Cause you know, they want to strike this sweet deal with Skype, and BObsled is TOTALLY embarrassing them in front of their cool new friends.
- Governments that want to communicate electronically with their citizens run into issues when not all their citizens have email addresses. Malaysia's fix? Free email to every Malaysian adult citizen! @myemail.my will be the address, reserve yours now by inserting a smartcard into a reader or presenting it in person. If you're Malaysian. And don't have government paranoia issues.
Kickers and Weird Science
- ‘Hub’ Schlaff-ly, TV engineer who helped invent teleprompter, dies at 91
- Cloud Girlfriend Launches, but it's not a virtual gf, more a dating site
- Verizon officially announces HTC Droid Incredible 2: available April 28th for $200
- Nexus S 4G launch on Sprint now official: May 8th for $200
- On May 31, Friendster wipe out all photos, blogs, comments and groups, but will keep all accounts alive, along with friends lists, games details and profile info
"As a Blackberry owner , I'm wondering about your reaction to this new tablet and your opinion regarding whether AT&T will allow no charge bridging to it. Thanks, Russ Sent via BlackBerry "
"I'm a Sprint customer here in Fort Myers, FL and after making my Sprint number into my google voice number I haven't had any issues, just make sure to edit the Sprint line phone and make sure it's set to receive calls and text messages. And for those of you reading a shout out to all my fellow original Palm Pre users!!!
~ Justin Crittenden"
"Hey, guy. I also did the Google Voice Sprint integration deal on my EVO last week and have been having the same problem...my phone doesn't ring when someone calls, regardless of what type of network I'm on (cell, WiFi, etc). I also haven't been getting GV missed call notifications on my phone, but strangely enough they do come through on ny iPod Touch (when it's got an active WiFi connection). The missed calls show up in the missed call list on my phone, but no notification...
I've sent this feedback to Google as they provided a feedback link with my service invite. Luckily I don't get too many phone calls; if I depended on my phone for important calls the service would be nixed.
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