Tech News Today 253
Recorded: May 31, 2011
Published: May 31, 2011
Tech News Today 253: Made From Unicorns
Is the WHO Saying cell phones cause cancer? iCloud coming from Apple next week, Intel recycles "ultrabook" announcement and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- WHO: Cell phone use can increase possible cancer risk
- WHO declares cellphones "possibly carcinogenic"
- List of IARC Group 2B carcinogens (Nickel, Lead, Chloroform, Coffee, Gas, Pickled vegetables, engine exhaust)
- International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) working group in Lyon, France categorized radiofrequency fields from cellphones as ‘possibly’ carcinogenic based on ‘limited evidence. The IARC is a unit of the World Health Organization
- The group ranks agent as 5 groups Group 1: carcinogenic, Group 2A: probably carcinogenic, Group 2B: possibly carcinogenic, Group 3: Unclassifiable as to carcinogenicity and Group 4: probably not carcinogenic
- 31 scientists from 14 countries
- Categorization is based on a survey of the literature.
- This is a better example of the precautionary principle than the one from Europe last week regarding WiFi "The IARC evaluated the conclusions that can be drawn from current research, including unpublished information from the Interphone study. The conclusions will eventually appear in The Lancet Oncology---- for all but glioma and acoustic neuroma cancers, the current state of information is officially deemed "inadequate." For the two cancers just mentioned A positive association has been observed between exposure to the agent and cancer," but "chance, bias or confounding could not be ruled out with reasonable confidence."
- Steve Jobs to announce iCloud and iOS 5 at WWDC
- Samsung’s lawyers demand to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3
- iOS 5 to Bring Revamped Notification System and Widgets?
- According to an Apple press release, Steve Jobs and a team of Apple executives will kick off the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address on Monday, June 6 at 10:00 a.m.
- OS X Lion
- iCloud®, Apple’s upcoming cloud services offering.
- Twitter Getting Photos In Order Ahead Of iOS 5 Integration
- ASUS targets Christmas for Padfone launch, hints at Ice Cream Sandwich (video hands-on)
- pic Asus CEO Johnny Shih (previously) introduces its latest product, the Padfone.
- Exclusive: ECS Shows Padfone-like Tablet For iPhone 5 At Computex
- TransPhone competes with Asus PadFone in form-factor
- At Computex, Asus unveiled the Padfone, a combo tablet and smartphone
- Targeting Christmastime release
- Can't confirm Ice Cream Sandwhich but ASUS Corporate Vice President, Benson Lin did point out that you can't launch a smartphone with Honeycomb as the OS.
- Tablet portion acts as a display, a set of speakers, an extended battery, and an I/O extender, but it doesn't work by itself.
- Other functionality coming to tablet portion
- Considering tablet compatibility with later smartphones"
- Hacktivists scorch PBS in retaliation for WikiLeaks documentary
- Interview With PBS Hackers: We Did It For ‘Lulz And Justice’
- A group called Lulzsec, unhappy with a Frontline documentary on Wikileaks that aired May 24, has hacked the PBS servers
- adding a fake news story to a blog belonging to the august PBS Newshour and tweeted links to pastebins of the internal IP addresses and names of PBS servers, a top-level view of PBS’ website database, and large caches of e-mail addresses and passwords, including those for 200 PBS affiliates around the country, dozens of PBS bloggers, and 1,500 third-party newspaper and media reporters who’d signed up for access to PBS’s “pressroom” of photos, clips and press releases.
- Tupac Shakur had been found “alive and well” in New Zealand. The false story (Tupac died in 1996) was indexed by Google News, and spread rapidly through Facebook and Twitter
- Earlier this month Lulzsec hacked Sony’s Japanese website, and before that Fox.com, where the group stole and posted 363 employee passwords, the names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of 73,000 people who had signed up for audition information for the upcoming Fox talent show The X-Factor.
- Lulzsec says their next target is Sony
- RSA SecureID hackers may have accessed Lockheed Martin trade secrets, cafeteria menus (update: no data compromised)
- Second Defense Contractor L-3 ‘Actively Targeted’ With RSA SecurID Hacks
- D-Wave sells first commercial quantum computer to Lockheed Martin
- UK, US see cyberwar as facet of regular war
- Defense contractor: "aggressive action" kept cyberattackers at bay
- Lockheed Martin is claiming that its network has come under attack May 21, prompting RSA to issue 90,000 replacement tokens to Lockheed employees.
- RSA SecurID hacked in March
- Lockheed Martin told Reuters "no customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised."
- Several other defense contractors have reportedly experienced intrusions in their computer networks.
- They breached security systems designed to keep out intruders by creating duplicates to ""SecurID"" electronic keys from EMC Corp's RSA security division
- Raytheon published a statement saying it took ""immediate companywide actions"" when the RSA breach became known back in March. General Dynamics denied experiencing problems related to the RSA breach; Northrop Grumman and Boeing declined to comment "The Department of Defense issued a statement saying that the impact of the attack was "minimal" and that it did not expect "any adverse effect" as a result.
- Intel reveals skinny Ivy Bridge 'Ultrabooks,' Moore's Law-defying Atoms
- Intel renames ultraportables ‘ultrabooks,’ shows off a Medfield-powered Honeycomb tablet
- Intel Says Ultrabooks Will Dominate, Launches New Instant-On Technology
- Intel shows off Ultrabooks 22 nm Ivy-Bridge based ultraportables less than .8 inches thick that cost less than $1000
- Instant on tech called ""Smart Connect"" (enables software updates during sleep) and ""Rapid Start,"" (during hibernation, OS and apps write themselves into flash) will ship by holidays
- Intel predicts Ultrabooks will have 40% of the market by end of 2012
- Ivy Bridge, which will hit in the first half in 2012, and has now been confirmed to support USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
- Follow up to Ivy Bridge will be called Haswell
- ASUS UX21 will be one of the first ultrabooks (Sandy Bridge)" "- Atom-based 32 nm Cedar Trail will hit before end of the year
- Windows, Chrome, and MeeGo netbooks
- Demo of a Medfield tablet running Honeycomb
- Medfield destined to hit tablets and phones in 2012
- Atom line will get a die shrink every year instead of every two years
- Tablet manufacturers might want to think twice before picking Microsoft's upcoming tablet-OS. Speaking at Computex, Acer CEO J.T. Wang said of Microsoft, "They're really controlling the whole thing, the whole process." Wang didn't get into specifics, but it looks like he was talking about restrictions on processors. Microsoft has exerted this kind of control on Windows Phone 7 devices, but not with tablets.
- If you wanted a nice way to say "No, I don't want to add you as a friend on a social network," you can now blame your brain. According to research by Robin Dunbar, the maximum amount of regular contacts a human brain can handle is 150. Even though social networks let us connect to many more than that maximum, a study of Twitter reinforces Dunbar's conclusion. You can manage contact with somewhere between 100 and 200 before becoming overwhelmed.
- AllThingsD has confirmed that Twitter will announce a photo-sharing service this week at the D9 conference citing sources familiar with the matter. Twitter's photo-sharing service will compete with sites like TwitPic and Yfrog. Will those services fall out of favor with Twitter users once there's an official Twitter service? We'll see.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Iran will build its own national-Internet in an effort to have full control over what its online citizens see. At first, Iran's network will coexist with the regular Internet before supplanting it for the public in two years. To stay competitive in the global economy, large companies, banks, and the government will still have access to the normal Internet.
- Did you pre-order Duke Nukem Forever at any time in the last 14 years? GameStop says it will "honor even those pre-orders taken long ago" provided you have a receipt. GameStop owns lots of stores like EB Games, Babbages, and FuncoLand, so start digging in your file cabinets and shoeboxes for that tiny scrap of paper. Duke Nukem Forever will be released in the next few weeks.
- Reuters is reporting that Yahoo and Alibaba are very close to reaching a deal over its dispute over Alipay. The agreement was made before Yahoo's analyst meeting last Wednesday. The only thing holding up the deal from being official is getting consent from Softbank Corp founder Masayohsi Son, an Alibaba board member.
- United States Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said that federal workers will be able to choose from more mobile devices than just a BlackBerry. Here's the deal: government workers will be able to use iOS or Android devices as long as they allow themselves to be subject to strict security settings. Kundra calls it "The rise of consumer technology in the enterprise."
- Comcast will provide Internet access to over 300,000 Chicago students for only $9.95/month with no installation fees. If a student qualifies for free school lunches, their family can get this deal from Comcast. The move is a partnership with the city of Chicago called "Internet Essentials" aimed at getting Internet access to children. Nice move, Comcast.
- Finally, Nokia's announced their less than impressive forecast for the coming fiscal year, expecting to "around breakeven" The company has also begun shuttering online stores in response to growing competition from resellers, that offer lower prices on Nokia's own products. So far, online stores in France and Spain have been replaced with a closure notice.
- NutriSmart prototype embeds RFID tags directly within food, traces your lunch from start to finish (video)
- Over the weekend, Linus Torvalds updated the Linux Kernel to version 3.0.0-RC1 with code optimized for Intel's Ivy and Sandy Bridge processors, graphics cards, and even the Microsoft Kinect. This is an RC, so it will probably need some tweaks before it's ready for prime time.
- Computex kicks off in Taiwan today, littering our feeds with all kinds of new tablet announcements. It runs through Saturday 6/4
- Today, Microsoft and T-Mobile will shut down the Danger servers for good, leaving existing handsets without the push email and cloud services
- MySpace is still for sale, in case you forgot, and today is the deadline for revised bids. NewsCorp wants at least $100 million. So far they haven't got anybody to offer that much.
- May 31 is the last day for Petitions to Deny the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Not surprisingly Sprint has submitted its petition to the FCC. Sprint is probably the most outspoken critic of the proposed union. At the same time, the FCC has posted 50 questions AT&T must answer before the merger can be evaluated.
- Today is the day Friendster wipes out all photos, blogs, comments and groups, but will keep all accounts alive, along with friends lists, games details and profile info
- AllThings Digital's D9 also opens up today and this evening at 6:15 PM you can watch Eric Schmidt's talk live on the Internet. Reed Hastings of Netflix and Jack Ma of Alibaba are among the speakers on tomorrow's D9 schedule whom you can slo watch stream live.
- And who says AT&T isin't updating Android phones. Why just today, Sony Ericsson is launching the Android 2.1 "Eclair" upgrade to Xperia X10 devices running on the AT&T network in the U.S.
- 2 weeks ago the PlayStation Network was restored, but much of the functionality like buying games still isn't fixed. Sony nows says full functionality will be returned to PSN at some point this week. users will be able to access the Welcome Back packages from Sony, which include 2 free games, & other freebies like virtual items in PlayStation Home and extended subscriptions for PS+ users.
"Tom, Sara, Iyaz and Jason,
I recognize that I am likely in the minority here (I mostly listen to vinyl lps!) but I'd like to voice some support for upload-required locker music cloud services. I have a lot of tracks and albums that represent alternate takes, demo versions, live versions (or some with a different mix or mastered by a different engineer) that I don't want reduced to some ""official"" version of that track by my music cloud. I like the idea of music matching and not having to upload a 100gig of music, but that is less desirable to me than having the multiple and preferred versions of songs that I have accumulated over the years. My experience with Lala makes me suspicious of such services, nevermind the likelyhood that a lot of tracks from lessor known artists won't be recognized at all. If iCloud only does music matching or makes managing such difference difficult then I will continue the long slow upload to Google and Amazon.
If Apple really wants to incent me to get onboard they should start offering high resolution (lossless 96/24+) music a la HDTracks.
Thanks for the show and keep up the excellent work!
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