Tech News Today 258
Recorded: June 7, 2011
Published: June 7, 2011
Tech News Today 258: Save That Saliva
The Wii U has secrets inside, Sony's 3D apology, RSA finally cops to total insecurity, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Mark Turpin ( )
- David Prager ( )
- Nintendo announces gold Wiimote for Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
- Nintendo outlines 3D Mario Kart, Luigi's Mansion 2, and Super Mario
- Hands-on with the Wii U: it's here, and it's amazin
- IBM puts Watson's brains in Nintendo Wii U
- Nintendo Wii U demo games shown today were actually Xbox 360 and PS3 versions
- Mario Kart 3DS (and Luigi's Mansion)
- Virtual Consoles for 3DS
- Next weekend the Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time 3D will be launched for the 3DS.
- Skyward Sword will be out this holiday season for Wii along with Gold Wii remote
- New console to be called Wii U (whew) - 2012 release
- Controller has a 6.2-inch screen, analog controls on side, two circle pads, a control pad, microphone, stereo speakers, touchscreen, accelerometer, gyroscope, camera.
- Multiplayer touch gaming, screen on controller can continue games
- Gun mount, floor screen (for golf) video conferencing
- Console is HD
- Wii accessories compatible with Wii U
- Darksiders II will be on at launch. Tekken, Batman Arkham City, Assassin's Creed, Ghost Recon Online all confirmed.
- no price. 2012 implied for release. Guessing we'll get the real details at next year's E3.
- NGP renamed PlayStation Vita: WiFi-only $249, AT&T-only 3G $299
- Sony announces PlayStation 3D monitor and PlayStation 3D glasses
- Sony press conference wrapup: PS Vita rears its touchscreened head
- Sony PSP Vita footage
- Sony's PS3 claims the lead in Netflix streaming, adds VOD from Best Buy's CinemaNow
- Sony apologizes for PSN outage - Jack Tretton, President and CEO SCEA tells the media your welcome apologises to retail and developers, and then stresses his apology to consumers
- RSA finally comes clean: SecurID is compromised
- Security firm RSA offers to replace SecurID tokens
- RSA has offered to replace the SecurID tokens used by its customers to log into company systems and banks.
- RSA admits info was used against Lockheed
- In an open letter to customers, RSA executive chairman Art Coviello confirmed that "information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack on Lockheed Martin".
- Sources close to RSA tell Ars that the March breach did indeed result in seeds being compromised.
- Co-founder of security firm SecurEnvoy and former RSA manager Andy Kemshall said "The algorithm used by RSA to generate the numbers is available in the public domain so the only thing that stops a hacker from creating numbers is knowledge of what is called the seed record," he said. "Seed numbers provide the root for those generated by individual tokens. Each token has a different seed."
- Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Tactics
- Against the rules? No 4G tethering apps for Verizon phones
- Free Press filed a complaint with FCC accusing Verizon of limiting customer tethering choices on LTE phones
- Cites news reports that Google has blocked third party tethering apps for Verizon customers
- Verizon says Google is responsible for what's in the Android Marketplace
- Verizon agreed to open access rules when they bid and won the 700MHz C Block in 2008
- those rules forbid carriers from trying to "deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice." **Philly Spectrum
- Apple iTunes And The Cloud: The Fine Print
- After a day of pointing to iTunes 10.2, iTunes 10.3's download page in iTunes now points to well, iTunes 10.3! And with it you get the ability to manage your purchased music from within iTunes. Also book purchases got added to the store.
- re-downloads limited to 10 "associated devices" and 5 computers
- You may switch an Associated Device to a different Account only once every 90 days.
- The FT Is Sticking It To Apple With A New Web-Based iPad App
- Financial Times has launched a Web app and is encouraging people to use it and bypass Apple's iTunes store
- "We’re encouraging our readers to switch immediately to the new FT web app,” the FT says on its sell page, pitching that the web app has “no download”, “no need to visit an app store for the latest version”, “Improved performance” and a “greater range of content”.
- Last year, a tenth of new subscribers to the publisher’s cross-platform paid model came from within its iPad app.
- tells paidContent:UK: “We won’t abandon iOS apps (i.e. we plan to continue to have advertising funded apps where appropriate). And we won’t remove the subscription functionality from the existing FT app on iOS. We don’t know how that is going to play out yet.”
- Twitter users who breach injunctions risk legal action
- Attorney General Dominic Grieve said that individuals could be prosecuted for contempt of court for publishing sensitive material on Twitter.
- Mr Grieve explained that enforcement of orders made in civil cases was normally a matter for whoever had taken them out. A claimant could go to court and seek to have people punished if they had broken the terms of an injunction.
- But when asked if he should bring contempt proceedings himself for breach of a privacy order, Mr Grieve said he would take action if he thought it necessary.
- the attorney general made it clear that proceedings could be brought against individual Twitter-users in England and Wales as well as against newspapers that dropped heavy hints about the identity of a person protected by an injunction.
- Ryan Giggs is the footballer who had taken out an injunction to block reports of an alleged relationship with Imogen Thomas, a reality TV contestant.
- Director of the Windows Phone 7 Joe Belfiore was so excited about Apple's iOS 5 upgrades that he had to tweet about it. "Feeling flattered today. Lots of great WP ideas headed to iOS…" That's right, Joe - like lots of us - thinks that Apple borrowed some ideas from other OSes. We're sure some Android folks are thinking the same.
- Facebook's facial recognition feature rolled out to users outside the U.S. How do you get to use this amazing new feature? Don't worry - you've already been opted in by Facebook! If you want to turn the feature off, you'll have to dig into your privacy settings.
- A new software update is available for the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook. This latest update brings a Facebook app, improved connectivity for video chats, in-app purchases, and a bunch of minor tweaks. You can upgrade your PlayBook via WiFi or by using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager.
- Apple introduced iOS 5 yesterday - you might have heard about it. Well, it's already been jailbroken. The official version of the OS isn't slated until "Fall," but the dev version released by Apple yesterday was cracked pretty darn quickly.
- Amazon held a shareholder meeting today where its founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos was asked about the company's strategy - "If it's still Amazon's philosophy to make bold bets… where are the losers?" Bezos took the question as a compliment and said while the company's gambles like Amazon Web Services and the Kindle have succeeded, he guarantees that not everything Amazon tries will work.
- Hey, Facebook, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, and Yahoo all agree - they are for the AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile and they even signed a letter to that effect. "AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile represents a near term means of addressing the rising consumer demand." Sprint must be super happy with those companies right now.
- Say what you will about Android fragmentation, but the Apple iPhone has some slight splintering. Verizon iPhone users are currently locked out of the iCloud beta program because their iPhones are stuck at iOS 4.2.8 instead of the required 4.3.3. The Verizon iPhone has lagged behind in getting iOS updates. AT&T iPhone users don't have this problem.
- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev wants his government to enable its citizens to license their works to an unlimited number of people for free. To put it another way, Medvedev is proposing creative commons-style legislation be drawn up by Russia's communications ministry. The new copyright laws come on the heels of Medvedev's meeting with the nation's top journalists and bloggers.
- World iPV6 day is tomorrow, Wednesday June 8 (Starts at midnight GMT on Wendesday, 8PM Eastern on Tuesday)
- Atrix 4G now available for $100 from AT&T
- Want a Gears of War Xbox 360? You got it - Sept 20th for $400
- Starting in early October, you can get a wireless Xbox 360 wheel so you can pretend to drive.
"Hey, TNT crew! While I applaud Apple's effort to differentiate themselves from Amazon and Google by simply scanning your hard-drive for existing music, there appears to be a loophole that makes the Music Match seem rather pointless.
Ignoring the question of why I'd pay annually to download music I've already paid for in a CD, let's say I go with Apple's $25 subscription. I want to get my money's worth. Theoretically, any song I can get on my hard-drive will be matched and made available as an iTunes high-quality AAC original file. I suppose you could torrent a bunch of music just to plus up your selection, but that is illegal and risks a lawsuit. However, I'm sure the hackers among us are already wondering exactly how does Apple scan a song? Is it just looking at the ID3 tags or the iTunes artist/songname? Hmmmm....what if I changed the tags of this ""Blues Traveller"" song to be ""Thriller"" by ""Michael Jackson?"" Hey, what if I make 200 copies of that song and start happily setting the tags to whatever titles strike my fancy at the moment? Will that make them instantly available through the iTunes iCloud?
I'm pretty confident somebody will quickly find a way to spoof this so that you can grab fresh tunes from Apple instead of risking litigation for torrenting. At this point, why not cut out the middle-man and just declare this a $25/year all-you-can-eat subscription service? Now that's something to get excited about!
--- Jim, the Space Engineer Fremont, CA USA"
"I am writing in response to coverage of the Apple announcements on the 6/6 show.
There was a comment something like ""what is wrong with adding feature to improve even it impact a small developer that created that already offered that feature"". I know that Apple is still considered a smaller player, but isn't this what got Microsoft into so much trouble? MS tried to offer anti-virus, disk optimization, media players, etc. and were sued for crushing competition.
With Apple playing such a big role in the phone and table market, do you see a time soon where there underdog role will end and they will feel the pressures that MS has had for all these years?
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