Tech News Today 273
Recorded: June 28, 2011
Published: June 28, 2011
Tech News Today 273: Happy Tau Day!
Google gets social...again, Sony tries to one-up the MacBook Pro, the FCC has an unsatisfactory report on wireless competition, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Google+ Project: It’s Social, It’s Bold, It’s Fun, And It Looks Good — Now For The Hard Part
- Google launches social layer Google+
- Google Introduces Facebook Competitor, Emphasizing Privacy
- Inside Google+: how the search giant plans to go social
- Circles allows you to create groups of friends by dragging names from Google Contacts and gmail
- 'sandbar' will exist across Google sites, allow sharing
- Sparks lets you search your interest and add it to a list
- Instant Upload adds video and pictures via Android apps
- Huddle allows groups to send messages across android, iOS and SMS
- Hangout is group video chat with the smarts to switch between speakers and show youtube video.
- Very limited rollout. Submit email address here: https://plus.google.com/
- Microsoft launches Office in the cloud
- Google swipes at Office 365 ahead of its release
- Microsoft announces Office 365, focuses on small businesses
- Microsoft Office 365 Goes Live
- Office 365 puts the e-mail, word processing, spreadsheet and collaboration programs on the web. Exchange, Lync Online and Sharepoint among others.
- Available on desktops, laptops and tablets plus Microsoft, RIM, Apple and Android smartphones.
- Launched with events in NY and London, available in 20 languages in 40 countries
- $6 per user per month for e-mail, Web-based calendaring and contacts, and collaboration software if your business has fewer than 25 folks. Larger businesses can pay just $2 per user per month for just e-mail services up to a package that includes management features as well as voice and video communications services, that runs $27 per user per month. There are something like 11 packages across several tiers.
- MS can host, can be hosted in data center of business
- Separate from Web versions of office, replaces Business Productivity Online Standard Suite
- Google took a swipe - Shan Sinha, Google Apps product manager, wrote that it was better to start with a new technology rather than add extras to an aging one.
- Bell Canada, Intuit, NTT Communications, Telefonica, Telstra and Vodafone are some of the partners that will resell Office 365
- T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide announced, we go hands-on
- MyTouch 4G Slide packs in megapixels
- MyTouch 4G Slide
- Thinks HTC Sensation with a slide-out keyboard
- 1.2 GHz dual core Snapdragon,
- 3.7-inch super LCD, 8 mpxl camera 1080p video recording, dual LED flash, zero shutter lag
- Modified Sense UI
- A backside illuminated sensor and f/2 aperture lens are included to improve low-light performance. Other camera-centric features include a panoramic photo tool, HDR, and something called BurstShot, which takes multiple photos in quick succession
- Sony's new VAIO Z ultraportable laptop with Power Media Dock hands-on (video)
- Sony VAIO Z debuts in Europe: external GPU, Light Peak, and new look included
- Sony VAIO Z 13-inch ultraportable laptop
- "Power Media Dock" packs both a Blu-ray drive and an AMD Radeon HD 6650M graphics chip (with 1GB of video RAM) connected by LightPeak, also adds 3 USB ports one is 3.0, HDMI and VGA
- 1.18kg (2.6 pounds) feather-light machine packing a 256GB SSD and 1.3 megapixel webcam, plus a matte LCD display with resolution at 1600 x 900 or an optional 1920 x 1080. , can upgarde to "full HD"
- Two USB slots, one is 3.0 which also works as LightPeak connector to dock
- Dual fans keep cool and quiet
- Taiwan you can pick up a 1080p model plus the dock for a hefty NT$94,800 (US$3,270) in July, while the UK is already offering it sans the dock starting from £1,434 ($2,294), with the dock running an additional £400 ($640).
- Google to face €295 million French lawsuit over alleged anti-competitive practices
- Google faces French court claim over market dominance
- French search engine 1PlusV is suing El Goog over alleged anti-competitive practices
- Claims Google ""black-listed"" 30 of its vertical search engines between 2007 and 2010, some of which have been white listed since. Also complains about being forced to use Google search technology in order to be able to use AdSense
- seeking €295 million (about $418 million) in damages -- largest Google has faced in Europe
- 1PlusV operates the legal search group EJustice.fr and, along with Microsoft, helped spur an EU antitrust probe against Google last year.
- FCC report remains neutral on wireless market competition
- FCC's Annual Report and Analysis of Competitive Market Conditions With Respect to Mobile Wireless, Including Commercial Mobile Services, says "huh, wireless got more concentrated again, weird"
- four major U.S. wireless operators had 90 percent of U.S. subscribers, with AT&T and Verizon grabbing 62 percent. It then noted that "a merger can potentially form a stronger provider that restrains competitors from engaging in anticompetitive behavior, or may increase the likelihood that the merged firm may itself, or in coordination with other firms, would obtain or maintain market power."
- The FCC concluded that total revenue generated by the wireless industry in 2009 was $154.7 billion and had been ""growing consistently.""
- Did not comment on competitiveness
- "the mobile wireless ecosystem is sufficiently complex and multi-faceted that it would not be meaningful to try to make a single, all inclusive finding regarding effective competition that adequately encompasses the level of competition in the various interrelated segments, types of services, and vast geographic areas of the mobile wireless industry."
- LightSquared faces challenge from the House
- Steve Austria (Ohio) and Kevin Yoder (Kansas), and leans a little towards hyperbole in claiming that LightSquared is planning "a ground-based mobile broadband system with a signal that is roughly 1 billion times more powerful than satellite-based GPS signals, within a spectrum immediately adjacent to the GPS"
- The amendment requires LightSquared to prove that its planned pan-USA LTE network won't interfere with GPS systems, before the FCC can spend any money altering the company's licence to enable it to build that network. That's despite LightSquared already agreeing to shift frequencies, and ahead of the cross-industry report on the subject which isn't due to be published until next week.
- Watch what apps you have installed if you get pulled over while driving through the US state of Arizona. Last week's big LulzSec dump of Arizona police info apparently included some documents telling police to search iPhones for certain apps. OpenWatch, an app for surreptitious recording was called out, as were speed trap apps. Neither of these apps are illegal, and it's questionable if searching a phone's apps at a traffic stop is legal either.
- Last week we heard Facebook was finally working on a long-awaited iPad app. Yesterday we heard the rumor that Geohotz might be working on it. And now we hear it might actually be an HP TouchPad app! Techcrunch published photos of the app supposedly running on WebOS. Facebooks reps admit the photos are legit, but say "this app was not built by Facebook but by HP."
- Over 500,000 Android devices are now activated each day worldwide, & activations are growing at a rate of 4.4 percent week-over-week, says Android honcho Andy Rubin. It's quite the milestone since last month at I/O, that number was 400k, up from 300k daily activations in December and 100k activations per day a year ago.
- MySpace for sale! PRICE REDUCED! to as high as $35 million. which is a lot less than the $100 million that News Corp. thought it was worth. The current two lucky bidders are Specific Media, an advertising network, and Golden Gate Capital, an equity firm. News Corp. hopes to complete a sale to SOMEONE by Thursday, its fiscal year end. Sources say pink slips are coming too... possibly 50% of staff...or more.
- A group called the YGN Ethical Hacker Group has identified potential security holes in Apple's developer website. The group identified three potential security issues on the site, including arbitrary URL redirects, cross-site scripting, and HTTP response splitting. A phishing attack could give hackers access to a user's iTunes account. The group told Apple about the flaws in April, but Apple has yet to fix them.
- Intel’s Director of Product and Technology Media Relations Bill Kircos, told This is My Next that the Atom Clover Trail platform and its Cloverview processor are being designed to work with Windows 8 and timed to release in the second half of 2012, meeting or beating Win 8. Cloverview will be one of Intel’s first Atom chips to be built on a 32nm manufacturing and power tablets, netbooks, slider devices, and more.
- You know what's funny, malware. Malware is all kinds of lulz, amiright? As an example, packed away in the last dump of LulzSec data was; a directory named “BootableUSB” that contained a variety of malware including trojans and worms. However, the torrent has since been cleaned up and reissued through Anonymous channels. Now that's customer service.
- With Apple's Mac Store, all sales are final, unless you're a really pissed off editor. The Next Web reports several users in an Apple support discussions thread say they got a refund on their purchase of Final Cut Pro X after writing in to complain about how crappy they think the program is. Apple is known to make exceptions to the no refunds policy from time to time.
- Happy Tau Day! There's a movement afoot online to celebrate tau, approximately 6.28, instead of the familiar constant pi, which is 3.14.
- Pi is the ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle. Tau, on the other hand, is circumference divided by radius. WHICH IS WAY COOLER.
- Opera 11.5 Browser Launches with Speed Dial Extensions, Password Sync
- Gamelab conference kicks off in Barcelona tomorrow June 29
- Angry Birds comes to Windows Phone tomrrow June 29
- Zynga Planning To File For IPO As Early As Tomorrow, according to a TechCrunch report, Will Raise $1.5 To $2B At $15 To $20B Valuation
- Windows 8 to be released to manufacturing by April - according to a "not so crazy" rumor offered by ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley says a trusted sources tells her that Microsoft is currently on track for Windows 8 to be released to manufacturing by April. RTM is the final version of a product just before it reaches consumers.
"On episode 272, a caller mentioned that they'd like to see innovation around the software of TV, specifically mentioning multiple camera angles. I agree with the panel basically suggesting it's more trouble than it's worth for the user, but I still agree with the caller that there's room for innovation. A simpler and more useful feature would be the ability to control overlays. ie; when I'm watching football, I find the league scores tickers to be generally annoying, so I'd like to just turn them off. Basically, take Google TV, give it an Apple UI, and then separate video overlays and program metadata into a separate data channel that the user can manipulate. Like computer software, the content provider could include default settings in the data channel so users don't *have* to mess around if they don't want to, but the option is there for those who want it. Come to think of it, maybe this is a way online content providers (like TWiT...) could innovate to give a better experience than traditional broadcast media. Something tells me you guys could roll this out faster than Comcast ever could.
"Good afternoon & great show!
Just a thought on the rise in use of tablets/e-readers among latino/hispanic consumers. How much of it is simply due to the abundance of Spanish language materials, newspapers, magazine and books? It seems that anyone would love to have all of their news and entertainment reading in their native language.
My 2 cents,
Jeff Nester (JeffCOS in chat realm)"
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