Tech News Today 288
Recorded: July 20, 2011
Published: July 20, 2011
Tech News Today 288: Sprint Is The New RC Cola
Is Lion toothless? Senators try to block ATT-T-Mobile merger, Lenovo bests the iPad, and more.
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- Apple intros new Mac mini, MacBook Air, Cinema Display with Lion
- Apple 27-inch Thunderbolt Display now available: FaceTime HD camera, 2.1 speaker system, and $999 price tag
- Apple kills white MacBook, 11.6-inch Air is the new entry level Mac
- Mac mini updated with new processors and Lion, no more optical drives
- MacBook Air gets Thunderbolt, backlit keyboard, Sandy Bridge Core i5
- 1-inch MacBook Air sits at $999 and has a 1.6GHz Core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB SSD. That goes all the way up to the highest end 13-inch machine at $1599, which gets you a 1.7GHz Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD.
- Thunderbolt Display - audio, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, USB 2.0, Thunderbolt ports, and FaceTime camera accessible over the thunderbolt cable. separate MagSafe connector for powering your MacBook Pro or Air.
- 27 inches, with a resolution of 2560x1440, and is priced at $999.
- Mac Mini adds Thunderbolt, loses optical disc, Thunderbolt and Core i5 or i7 processors
- starts at $599 with a 2.3GHz Core i5 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and Intel HD Graphics 3000, while the higher-end non-server version starts at $799 for a 2.5GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, and AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics. Mac mini with Lion Server costs $999 with a 2GHz quad-core Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM, dual 500GB hard drives, and Intel HD Graphics 3000.
- White MacBook finally retired.
- OS X Lion Review
- iTunes and iWork updated for Lion, add full-screen support, and resume
- Check if your apps are compatible with Lion.
- Apple initiates mass discontinuation of boxed retail software
- Macworld reports Apple plans to release a $69 version of Lion on a USB stick in August.
- OSX Lion available for $29.99 in app store
- Tom installed, no real issues, a few niggling things
- iTunes and iWork updated for Lion
- http://roaringapps.com/ has their usual table of app compatibility
- Apple declared most of their boxed software end of life, directing folks to app store
- Senate antitrust leader opposes AT&T/T-Mobile merger
- Key Senator opposes AT&T purchase of T-Mobile
- Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, head of Senate Judicairy Antitrust subcommittee sent a letter to the department of Justice and FCC opposing the merger of att and T-Mobile
- Senator Kohl also opposed the Comcast-NBCUniversal merger
- Separately Reps. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), John Conyers (D-Mich.), and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) sent a joint letter to FCC and DoJ asking to scrutinize AT&T's claim but not outright asking to block merger
- California's Public Utility Commission is examining the merger. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced in March that his office would "undertake a thorough review of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile" and analyze the merger for "potential anticompetitive effects on consumers and businesses."
- 26 state governors have sent letter supporting the merger
- An AT&T spokesman said “We ... feel his view is inconsistent with antitrust law, is shared by few others, and ignores the many positive benefits and numerous supporters of the transaction,"
- "I have concluded that this acquisition, if permitted to proceed, would likely cause substantial harm to competition and consumers, would be contrary to antitrust law and not in the public interest, and therefore should be blocked by your agencies," Kohl wrote.
- Roku 2 HD, XD, and XS officially launch: same price, smaller size and Angry Birds
- Roku 2 lineup hits the shelves later this month
- More energy efficient, upgrading the Netflix experience with support for subtitles, surround sound and 1080p video.
- Adds new channels like Angry Birds, MLS and Epix
- $60 (HD), $80 (XD - 1080p, Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound for Netflix) and $100 (XS - game remote, includes Angry Birds, ethernet, USB port)
- Game Remote and 2GB MicroSd card bunled for sale separately at $29.99
- Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet Sports Optional Pen and Keyboard
- ThinkPad Tablet - 10.1-inch, Android 3.1, 1.57 pound, 2 cameras, 5-mpxl, and 2 mpxl
- can add a full-sized keyboard with track button (BB style)($99) and digitizing stylus ($30) 16,32,64 GB options, 3G on Sprint, ATT, Verizon or WiFi only ($499) .
- IdeaPad K1 roughly the same but with no keyboard or stylus option
- Both have USB, SD Card slot, proprietary interface, proprietary Android marketplace, Free access to 2GB cloud storage, nVidia Tegra 2 processors.
- Amazon Beams Up CBS; Major Step In Instant Video Competition With Netflix
- Amazon Prime Instant (part of Prime) just announced their adding 2,000 episodes of CBS content
- Amazon's Jeff Bezos and CBS Les Moonves made the announcement
- No access to past seasons - 18 full series including Star Trek, The Tudors, Numb3rs, Medium, Frasier and Cheers.
- "dozens" of shows available to buy or rent through Amazon Instant
- Google's got your back. If your system has malware that sends traffic to Google via proxy servers, your Google results will have an alert at the top that says "Your computer appears to be infected" along with a link that will help you learn how to fix the problem. Google had discovered this malware after investigating some "unusual patterns of activity."
- People who pirate entertainment are destroying the entertainment industry! Wait, maybe not. According to a newly released report related to the raiding of filesharing site Kino.to, it turns out that users of Kino.to used filesharing as a way to decide how to spend money on entertainment. They would "sample" certain things like movies and then decide whether or not to see a flick in a theater. Apparently, these same users outspent average consumers on entertainment content.
- The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was conducting "informal conversations" to find the next CEO of Apple after Steve Jobs. However, Steve Jobs says otherwise. He emailed the WSJ and said that the reports of a CEO successor search are "hogwash." Jobs has taken a couple of medical leaves from Apple, but has keynoted several announcements including the introduction of iPad 2.
- Google is doing some housecleaning. Say goodbye to "Google Labs," Google's home for experiments like Google Body and Swiffy, the SWF to HTML5 converter. What will happen to those experiments? Some will be spun out and others will be phased out. Google will announce the future of those experiments at the labs site. Before you panic -- labs within Google properties like Gmail or Calendar will not be shut down.
- The Sonos Play:3 is now a reality after being the subject of lots of leaks. If you're unfamiliar with Sonos, it makes several products that allow you to easily create multi-room audio set-ups that are controllable via iOS or Android devices. The Play:3 is an entry level set of wireless speakers priced at a hair under $300 that can receive all kinds of audio like your iTunes library or thousands of free internet radio stations as long as you also purchase a Sonos Bridge - that'll run you 50 bucks extra.
- It's time to check the stock market. Real estate listing site Zillow went public today with an initial stock price of $20. That quickly rose to $45 and the stock closed at a respectable $35.77. A little trivia for you about Zillow - it's the first stock on the Nasdaq exchange that has a one letter symbol.
- T-Mobile announced that it will cut prices of smartphone plans. According to CNet, T-Mobile's mid-level plan will drop from $80 to $60 per month. That plan will give you unlimited calling with 2GB of data before being throttled. Even T-Mobile's 5GB plan will cost $15 less than before. However, T-Mobile hasn't confirmed these prices, but the new plans will go live on the 24th of July.
- HP's building up its ecosystem for the TouchPad. This time, HP has added a Movie Store app, which is powered by Roxio. Movie rentals are about $3, movie purchases are about $10 and TV shows will cost you $2.It's a good week to be a TouchPad user then, first the Kindle app and now this.
- A nice juicy tech story here: the TSA has an announcement! An upgrade to security scanners will show hidden objects under clothes without taking a naked picture of a person. The upgrade has been tested in a couple of airports already including Las Vegas and Atlanta. Instead of the incredibly detailed image of the scanned person, there will instead be an image of generic body.
- Netflix's streaming video app on Android has been updated to work on 24 models including several Galaxy S phones, Droid 3, even the newly announced Lenovo tablet!
- Intel announced their Q2 earnings today and guess what? Analysts are wrong a lot. Intel just reported per-share earnings of 59 cents and revenue of $13.1 billion versus the expected 51 cents and $12.8 billion.
- Today, Virigin Mobile released the Motorola Triumph. For $300 you get a stock Android 2.2 experience without a contract with some decent specs - but be warned, there's no 4G on this phone.
- Google has brought in-app payments to any Web app. The feature allows developers to offer single-click payments from their applications. The service was first announced in May at Google's I/O Conference.
- Both Microsoft & AMD will report its earnings tomorrow July 21. And they're expected to be in line with expectations. Nokia also will announce earnings tomorrow, and sadly they are also supposed to be in line with expectations.
- The space shuttle Atlantis finishes the last space shuttle mission tomorrow as well. Get up early North American folks. Landing time is scheduled for 5:56 AM... EASTERN time.
- And also tomorrow, Verizon's next big LTE push happens. Among the LTE lottery winners? New markets include Portland, OR, Toledo, OH, Winston-Salem and Raleigh-Durham, NC, Maui, HI, Wichita, KS, and Knoxville, TN, to name a few. Coverage will be expanded in Seattle, Louisville, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas.
I did some research and found this exerpt in a FAQ from Comcast:
"Q: Is data usage from Fancast.com included and streaming video or video downloads, or On Demand and Online service that Comcast is going to roll out included?
A: Yes to both. All data usage, regardless from what Web site or application or device, is counted by the data usage meter. Thus, we are not applying preferential treatment to data usage for Comcast's Internet-based video services over the services of other companies."
Which likely means that their cloud backup service IS included with regards to their data cap. Interesting to note that they set this 250GB threshold per month limit back in October 2008. Were I a comcast user my carbonite subscription would have reached the cap in two separate months last year, effectively terminating my service. Love the show. Keep up the good fight.
"Hello TNT Crew,
This is a minor point, but my guess for why Apple expects the product transition to "negatively" impact revenues is because everyone is currently expecting the new iPhones to come out in Sept., and the quarter *ends* in September, so one would expect iPhone sales to slow leading up to the transition. We didn't get this last year as during the same quarter (July to Sept.), the new iPhone was available during the entire period.
Plus (and this is more financial technicalities), they are now deferring part of each sale of Macs and iOS devices to cover the fact you'll continue to get upgrades to the OS over a number of years and for iCloud. This would also decrease their "stated" revenues.
Also, remember that the "drop" everyone is talking is the "drop" in the amount of increase of revenues from this quarter to the next quarter. Apple is still saying that there will be a 25% increase in sales from the same quarter last year. It's just that that increase isn't as huge as some people would like.
In the end, I'm not sure how important the guidance is because Apple always blows away its estimates quarter after quarter.
Keep up the good work!
"News reports of tickets for pedestrian texters in Philly were probably misreported.
The show is great. keep up the good work.
Allen from NJ near Philly"
- "In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon, Cutler said pedestrians may be reminded to be more aware of their surroundings; however, there are no citations issued by the Philadelphia Police Department for texting while walking." abc post
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