Tech News Today 286
Recorded: July 18, 2011
Published: July 18, 2011
Tech News Today 286: The Anti-Social Network
HTC banned in the US? Amazon rents you text bits, Anonymous threatens to start social network, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- HTC's fate up in the air
- HTC's Apple Patent Loss: Why Android Fans Shouldn't Worry
- Apple versus HTC & S3 Patent battlefield graphic as of 7/15
- As we mentioned at the end of Friday's show, HTC lost their ruling at the ITC. HTC Chief Financial Officer Winston Yung told Dow Jones Newswires that it plans to appeal the preliminary ruling
- If the six-member ITC panel agrees with the judge's decision, it could impose an embargo preventing the importation of HTC smartphones.
- Bloomberg reported today that HTC stock retreated more than 4 percent on the Taiwan Stock Exchange
- HTC just acquired S3. S3 holds crucial patents that an ITC administrative law judge had determined in an initial ruling that Apple was violating.
- Likely outcome will be some kind of licensing deal with Apple.
- CNN, HLN to Stream on Web
- CNN puts live news behind a pay wall
- Why Time Warner’s “TV Everywhere” Means “Except For Time Warner Cable”
- Time Warner is streaming CNN & HLN online to cable subscribers of Comcast, Dish, AT&T U-Verse, Cox, Verizon and SuddenLink
- these are simulcasts, so you'll get every show and every ad. iPad accessible, other mobile device support coming.
- demoed first at SXSW, 16x9 video, up to 6 Mbps bit rate
- The ability to create personal playlists
- Access to short-form video clips, entire on-demand episodes
- The ability to pause, as well as scrub live video backward and forward.
- Pause and resume on another device.
- Amazon Adds Kindle Textbook Rentals, Promises 80 Percent Savings
- "Kindle Textbook Rental" program. Rent for 30-360 days, rental can be extended
- Rentals can be extended after the initial 30 days one day ata a time.
- Whispersync used to keep notes and highlighted content in the Amazon Cloud, even after a rental expires
- Amazon promises savings up to 80% off the print list price for a 30-day rental
- Students can opt to buy the book.
- Whispersync allows books to be read across different Kindles and Kindle software
- Droid 3 screen replacements will be difficult, according to teardown
- Droid 3 Teardown Reveals International SIM
- Ifixit performed their normal teardown of new devices with the DROID 3 and found some interesting stuff
- Display will be impossible to replace without taking the entire phone apart
- a SIM card that will make the phone compatible with many more networks worldwide, as well as a Qualcomm MDM660 that supports HSPA+ speeds up to 14.4Mbps.
- One ribbon cable controls the earpiece speaker, front-facing camera, ambient light sensor, and notification LED. Any one of these compenents fail and the entire ribbon has to be replaced.
- Android Tablets Get an iPad-Like "2x" Mode with Android 3.2
- Android 3.2 official, coming to a tablet near you
- Android 3.2 came out Friday. All About Android will have more
- Among highlights, ability to run smartphone apps in full screen through pixel-scaling
- That adds 200,000 some phone apps to the 750 tablet apps
- Media files can load directly from SD cards
- Optimization for a wider range of screens
- Fine tuning for a wider range of tablets
- WP7 ahead of Android and right behind iOS in customer satisfaction survey
- iOS, Android catching buyers' eyes while Blackberry suffers
- Survey: iPhone leads Android among new buyers
- ChangeWave Research survey conducted in June
- iOS users: 70% very satisfied, Android 50%,
- Windows as a whole: 27% - but break out WP7: 57%, WMobile 14%
- RIM 26%
- Survey covered 4163 North American mobile phone consumers, 89% of respondents: US, 11% outside
- iCloud makes 29% of Apple product owners more likely to buy Apple products in the future. 13% of non-Apple owners said the same.
- 46 percent of survey respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days said they plan to buy an iOS device—that's up two percentage points from the March 2011 survey. Similarly, 32 percent say they plan to buy an Android device, up one percentage point from March.
- Only 4% plan to get a RIM phone, lowest level ever.
- Anonymous to launch their own social networking website, AnonPlus
- Anon Plus website
- Snubbed By Google+, Hacker Group Promises Alternative Network
- banned from Google + (Google says that G+ profiles are supposed to represent real individuals, not pseudonyms ), Anonymous announced its own social network.
- network isn't online yet, announcement page at anonplus.com with the tag line "social networking anonymously"
- The hacker blog darknet.org.uk noted that the official Anonymous blog and Twitter feed had yet to mention the project, making the association with the group uncertain.
- Website says AnonPlus is a 'presstorm idea' Presstorm is an investigative journalism and activism website. Currently down due to DDoS
- “We’ve all heard the stories of activists being banned from FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and governments blocking their people from these sites as well through organized black outs. That day has came to an end. Not only did a few people organized an Operation ageist Google+, but we have started to build our own Social Network.”
- Cisco Systems has widely been expected to cut some jobs as it restructures and adapts to new market conditions. So they just announced they're getting rid of 6,500 jobs or 9% of their workforce. That's roughly 16 Twitters, around three Facebooks, or 1/3 of a Google. And hold on to your corner offices, the company also says it plans to eliminate about 15 percent of executives at the vice president level and above.
- The "Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe," has issued a report speaking out against three strikes laws, internet kill switches, and censorship. The OSCE report recommends net neutrality and sees Internet access as a human right. These findings come after a similar report made by the UN in June. Great minds think alike.
- Belgium's back baby! On Friday, Google kicked a bunch of Belgian newspapers out of its search engine results after getting sued by a consortium known as Copiepresse way back in 2006. Google claimed it removed the sites to avoid infringement, and the consortium claimed retaliation. So today, Google reindexed the sites after Copipresse agreed not to enforce copyright infringement fines.
- This one's going out to the Linux hippies. Mono, the open source .NET framework, often thought to be killed by Microsoft has made another escape. Attachmate has agreed to a perpetual license of the Mono intellectual property to a startup called Xamarin, headed by Miguel de Icaza. Xamarin also will support existing Mono customers, and will steward the open source project.
- Is your laptop envious of that dual-screen set up you have on your desktop? Well maybe it's time you say hello to the gScreen Spacebook. It's the latest stab at a dual-screen laptop, this time with two 17.3-inch displays. It comes with Intel i5 or i7 and up to 8GB of RAM. The whole thing weighs 10 pounds, costs somewhere in the range of $2400 and $2800 and is available for pre-order now.
- DigiTimes reports that Asus is shipping between 400,000 and 500,000 Eee Pad Transformers a month. The Transformer is a10-inch Android 3.1-based tablet that has a keyboard dock transforming the device into a sort-of-laptop. The estimates are based on sources at touchscreen display panel makers and Asus hopes to ship between 4 and 5 million units during the second half of 2011.
- It was an eventful weekend for those involved in the voicemail hacking by News of the World. The recently resigned News International head, Rebekah Brooks was arrested. Scotland Yard's chief and assistant commissioner resigned. And today it ook a turn for the grisly as Sean Hoare the first journalist to publicly allege Andy Coulson knew about voicemail hacking, was found dead today at his home. To cap off the day, Anonymous hacked News Corp's Sun website and announced Rupert Murdoch was killed. To clear things up, Murdoch is still alive.
- Are you into malware? No? You're not into malware? Ok then, use MIcrosoft. Oh yes you did hear me, MS haterz! According to a report by NSS Labs, IE9 provided the best socially engineered malware blocking of any stable browser version. The browser blocks bad URLs using its SmartScreen Filter and stops evil executables using its Application Reputation tool. IE9 blocked the most malware, IE8 was second - there's a three way tie for third between Safari 5, Chrome 10, and Firefox 4.
- The crew of the space shuttle Atlantis has packed up the vehicle's cargo bay in preparation for the journey home from the ISS. 5,700 pounds of supplies, including faulty parts, even trash, that will return to Earth with the shuttle crew.
- IBM had its 2nd quarter earnings call this afternoon today, and it's good news for Big Blue! Earnings were $3.09 per share, 6 cents above expectations, while revenue was $26.67 billion compared to analyst's numbers of $25.35 billion.
- Last week, Apple rolled out its iOS 4.3.4 update which fixed the PDF exploit that also allowed for super-easy jailbreaking. Less than 12 hours after that patch, iOS 4.3.4 was jailbroken for every device but the iPad 2. Both PwnageTool and the iPhone Dev-Team's redsn0w tools are available once again for your jailbreaking needs.
- Want a refurbished iPhone 3GS for the price of a few chai lattes? Starting today you can get one from AT&T for $9.
- Apple's earnings call is tomorrow. Maybe after we hear some numbers we'll get some news on the good stuff: new iPhones? iPods? MacBookAirs? OSX Lion?
- Rumor on Wired: MacBook Airs, OS X Lion to Arrive Wednesday
- San Diego Comic-Con officially starts Thursday and Tom and I will be out there for live coverage including TNT on Friday.
- Motorola Titanium coming to Sprint July 24th, the rough and rugged military-spec Eclair can be yours for $150, after a $100 mail-in rebate. HULK SMASH ECLAIR!
"Hey TNT Team!
I've been following all of these stories about people who have been cut off by Comcast for going over their bandwidth caps. The common factor in a lot of these situations is people using Carbonite to backup their files and the Carbonite uploads are sending people over their caps. it's interesting to note that Comcast offers a backup service (http://xfinity.comcast.net/constantguard/Products/CGPS/backup/?cid=NET_33_624) that seems to compete with Carbonite. For $100/year, Comcast customers can backup up to 200GB of data to their service. I couldn't find anything online about how this works with Comcast's bandwidth caps. Do they exempt their own backup service from the caps or do their customers who use this service hit the caps and get cut off? Personally, I think that both of these options sound shady and possibly illegal.
What do you guys think?
Drew Summit, NJ"
"Dear TNT crew,
As an engineer, this talk of bandwidth caps has always annoyed me, because it makes no sense. It is as if a road had a problem with cars exceeding the speed limit, so to deal with this problem, they limited cars to driving on the road no more 5 miles per month. Bandwidth is equivalent to miles per hour, gigabytes to miles. If bandwidth were truly the issue, they need only throttle the bandwidth based on the number of users, not limit the number of gigabytes per user. These caps are simply a money grab (i.e. turning the internet into a toll road).
Ed the Engineer."
"First, the bad or "bad."
While I agree with both Tom and Iyaz regarding the story about the TSA (important topic vs. validity on a tech show), the exchange was very uncomfortable to watch. I request trying to discuss that among yourselves off the air when possible.
Now the good.
Thank you for having Ina on your show. I think it's fantastic that you have a transgendered woman on without it being an issue at all, making it completely normal. The world needs more of it.
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- Edited by: Jason
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