Tech News Today 278
Recorded: July 6, 2011
Published: July 6, 2011
Tech News Today 278: Skype In A JAR
People really pay for Hulu, Facebook dismisses Google+, 40 million iPhones or bust, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Tim Stevens
- Facebook announces Skype video calling integration, Group Chat
- Skype comes to Facebook, and Facebook comes to Skype
- Skype and Facebook - the best of both worlds
- Call Your Friends Right From Facebook
- Group Chat - ad hoc creation of group chats
- New design - streamlined to find people easier
- Video calling - Skype integrated into Facebook. Must install .exe or JAR (no linux or mobile)
- Skype 5.3 for Windows has Skype integration, even more in 5.5 beta for Windows
- Spotify is coming to the US, invites are open now
- Spotify partners with Virgin Media to stream music to UK TVs, smartphones
- Spotify landing page says it's coming to the US
- You can put in your email address to sign up for an invite
- Engadget reporting "things are finalizing for testing here in the States."
- No time table yet.
- Virigin Media will offer Spotify paid tiers like "Unlimited" or "Premium" at a discount (rates unknown right now)
- Spotify will be accessible to Virgin broadband, STBs, and phones
- Users of the free spotify service will have to upgrade to a paid version to get STB access
- Next iPhone: 25 million by year's end says WSJ
- WSJ: next iPhone to be "thinner and lighter" than iPhone 4
- Will Sprint Get an iPhone for the Holidays?
- Apple may launch iPad 2 Plus in 2011, says analyst
- Joy of Tech nails it
- Building on yesterday's DigiTimes rumour, WSJ reports Apple is asking Foxconn to build 25 million new iPhones by end of year
- Apple requests a "few million" be ready in August for September release, though could be delayed since it is "complicated and difficult to assemble"
- reported to be thinner and lighter than iPhone 4, 8 mpxl rear-facing camera and qualcomm baseband processor
- Citadel Securities analyst Shing Yin believes Sprint will get the iPhone by the end of the year
- FBR Capital Markets analyst Craig Berger said today in the International Business Times said Apple has sent out requests for quotes to different suppliers for a new tablet, though no specific schedule for production has been confirmed.
- Display for an iPad 2 Plus could be anywhere from 250 to 300 pixels per inch (ppi) compared with the current iPad 2's 132-ppi resolution. Could launch in fall? Berger isn't even confirming.
- Microsoft seeking royalties from Samsung potentially worth $200 million a year on Galaxy S smartphone alone
- Microsoft wants $15 per Android handset
- Microsoft wants Samsung to pay smartphone license: report
- MS demanding $15 for every Samsung Android smartphone ships
- Samsung willing to play ball: wants to pay $10 per handset as long as Samsung gets "a deeper alliance with Microsoft for Windows"
- Report from South Korea's Maeil Business Newspaper citing anonymous sources, picked up by Reuters
- MS already has an Android deal with HTC reportedly paying $5 per unit - General Dynamics Itronix and their licensing division took cash from component maker Wistron Corp., in addition to Android backers Veloicty Micro and Onkyo Corp.
- Microsoft took Barnes & Noble to court over patent infringement claims related to the Android-based Nook e-reader. Also received a favorable ruling in its ongoing legal spat with Motorola, which Microsoft accuses of infringing its 19 patents with Android software.
- We Got Game: Nielsen Figures Show Games Are The Most Popular Mobile Content
- Apple could see $13 billion in iTunes sales in 2013, says analyst
- iPhone users spend 14.7 hours a month playing games
- Video game spending set to hit $74 billion this year
- Nielsen reports games are the biggest form of apps content and paid content AND gamers on the iOS platform play games far more than those on other mobile operating systems.
- According to Nielsen’s figures, 93 percent of those who have downloaded apps in the last 30 days say that they would be willing to pay for games; compare that to news, at 76 percent.
- 64 percent of downloaders grabbing a game in the last 30 days. Weather apps (60 percent) and social networking apps (56 percent) aren't trailing far behind.
- iPhone users play games for 14.7 hours each month, nearly double the mobile average overall of 7.8
- iTunes could put $13 billion in annual revenue into Apple's pocket in 2013, a Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry told IBT growing over 40%
- Asymco found that Apple spends around $1.3 billion a year to run iTunes and its App Store.
- Spending on hardware, software, and online play will reach $74.4 billion this year, Gartner said yesterday,
- Nintendo Nixes Future iPhone, Android Games Despite Pokemon Title
- Earlier this week news broke that Nintendo would bring Pokemon to iOS. Pokemon Say Tap? BW is a timing game that has you tapping Pokemon cards to music. The free game is due out this summer.
- Speaking with Bloomberg, a spokesman said that Nintendo's decision to only develop games for its own hardware "hasn't changed and won't change."
- Pokemon is only 32% owned by Nintendo
- A leaked Motorola Droid Bionic ad from Best Buy is making the rounds today showing off a squared-off version of the LTE phone that is the Verizon model of AT&T's Atrix 4G. The ad just lists the Bionic as coming soon though Android Central pegs the release date as early August.
- The DOE is the latest under the gun of malicious hackers. The Department’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington shut down Internet access and email services following a sophisticated cyber-attack, according to a July 5 post on the facility’s Twitter account. Officials became aware of the cyber-attack on July 1, Greg Koller, the lab’s spokesperson, told the Associated Press.
- HTC picked up S3 Graphics from processor maker VIA for about $300 million. For the consumer, that should mean HTC devices will have better graphics processing overall. For HTC, it also gives the company some more patents that it can use to defend itself from a current legal dispute with Apple and any other comers. Via will still have access to S3's patents as well.
- Twitter is raising a new round of financing,according to the Wall Street Journal. Citing anonymous sources, the Journal reported that Twitter's financing could be based on a valuation of $7 billion. The company is generally thought to be in the black, but not necessarily making loads of money. The value pales in comparison to Groupon's $20 billion or Facebook's $100 billion.
- iPad 2 owners can finally break free of the chains that bind them to the Apple app store by visiting jailbreakme.com. The site is back up and available to jailbreak iPads, GSM iPhone 3GS and 4s, and 3G and 4G iPod Touches, all running iOS 4.3, 4.3.3 or anything in between. CDMA iPhone 4s running iOS 4.2.8 can be jailbroken too. In reaction to Jailbreakme Germany's IT agency issued a statement warning of "critical weaknesses" in iOS that could provide attackers unrestricted access to a device if a malicious PDF is clicked on, according to The Associated Press.
- Hulu's a hit according to... Hulu. CEO Jason Kilar, rumoured to be working without a contract at this point, gave a Q2 progress report touting the fact that Hulu is at 875,000 paid subscribers which rounded up is a million! Hulu hoped to hit a million by the end of the year and now think they'll hit it by the end of the summer. Kilar also projected half a billion in 2011 rvenue.
- The University of Nebraska is ditching IBM Lotus Notes in order to head to the cloud, and they've chosen Office 365. Microsoft gives them access to newer technology, greater flexibility, and $250,000 in "Business Incentive Funds". The funds helped beat out Google and IBM for the contract and will cover "consulting" and possibly "not knee-breaking"
- The Register reports Google has removed over 11 million .co.cc websites from search because of spamminess. .co.cc is a domain name like twit.tv, not a TLD. Subdomains on .co. cc are offered by o a Korean company. Google classes the firm as a "freehost", and blocked the whole domain "because a very large fraction of sites on the host were deemed spammy or low-quality. .cc belongs to the COCOs islands, near Australia.
- Huffington Post launched its UK edition today, France is in the works
- Civilization World, the Facebook version of the popular turn-based world conquering game launched today. Except that it forces you to cooperate with others because it's designed to be all socially and networky, which is not very Civ-y and conquer-y if you ask me.
- Google+ to require that profiles be visible to all, will boot private profiles after July 31st
- Microsoft CES 2012 keynote will include public Windows 8 beta - the event is confirmed with steve ballmer on stage.. at Las Vegas' The Venetian hotel and not the usual Hilton Center venue.
"Hey TNT crew,
I was just watching TNT #277 and saw the bit about the chocolate 3D printer - that's actually something you can do right now with the MakerBot. You swap out the plastic extruder for the ""frostruder"" toolhead, attach an air compressor, and bam you're printing all the same stuff with frosting, chocolate, and peanut butter.
More info here: http://store.makerbot.com/frosttruder-kit-mk2.html
-- Derek Quenneville"
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