Tech News Today 293
Recorded: July 27, 2011
Published: July 27, 2011
Tech News Today 293: Last One Out, Crash The ISS
Goodbye CD players, OS X Lion pwned, George Lucas defeated, and more.
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- Key LulzSec figure nabbed as legal attack on PayPal launched
- Hackers call for PayPal boycott
- Shetland man arrested over hacking claims
- The Metropolitan Police in the UK are claiming to have arrested Topiary, a key player in both AnonOps and Lulz Security.
- A 19-year-old male was arrested in the Shetland Islands -- Other addresses in the north of England are being searched, and a 17-year-old male is also being interviewed in connection with the inquiry.- Anonymous OpPayPal asks people to cancel paypal accounts and stop using the service.
- Anonymous denounces PayPal for acquiescing to government pressure and blocking payments to WikiLeaks.
- The statement also expresses the group's outrage that the FBI has arrested suspected criminals,
- Anonymous claims 35,000 accounts have been closed
- FBI working from list of top 1,000 protestors in Anonymous raids
- FBI working from a list, provided by PayPal, of the 1,000 internet IP addresses responsible for the most protest traffic during Anonymous’ DDoS attacks against PayPal last December.
- An FBI affidavit first published Tuesday by an NBC affiliate in Dallas lays out how the FBI decided on its targets, and suggests the bureau may have plenty more
- On December 15, the company turned over a USB thumb drive containing the Radware reports, which documented “approximately 1,000 IP addresses that sent malicious network packets to PayPal during the DDoS attacks.”
- The newly released affidavit was offered in support of a search warrant for the home of an Arlington, Texas couple and their son, who were among the July 19 targets, and have not been charged. The house was the source of 3,678 packets in about two-and-a-half hours starting December 8.
- Ford to scrap CD players in cars
- Ford says it's doing away with CDs in its cars
- Sheryl Connelly, global trends and futuring manager at Ford, said: "In-car entertainment technology is moving digital more rapidly than almost any other element of the vehicle experience. The in-car CD player – much like pay telephones – is destined to fade away in the face of exciting new technology."
- The new Ford Focus dashboard will include instead a USB socket allowing iPods and other digital music players to be plugged in.
- Ford said sales of in-car CD players was falling rapidly, in line with falling sales of CDs themselves.
- DeNA and Ngmoco launch Mobage mobile social network across globe
- DeNA and its American subsidiary Ngmoco announced today they have launched the Mobage mobile social network in English-speaking territories around the globe.
- Mobage will work with Android
- Tokyo-based DeNA acquired NGMOCO in August.
- DeNA’s Japanese-language Mobage service has 30 million users, who largely play on feature phones
- Mobage is now available in Android markets in the U.S., China and Japan. It competes with Gree/OpenFeint, Apple’s Game Center, and upcoming social networks such as Facebook’s next-generation mobile technology and Electronic Arts’ Origin service.
- Mobage described as taking advantage of the "interest graph"
- Software Exploits Mac OS X Lion Login Passwords Vulnerability
- According to Passware, the latest version of Mac OS X has a "vulnerability" that allows login passwords to be exposed while the Mac is locked or in sleep mode.
- The software uses the content that is stored in the system memory and reads it via Firewire.
- Experts recommend turning your Mac off and/or disabling FireWire.
- The setting means the password is resident in the computer's memory. Since FireWire uses Direct Memory Access (DMA) to achieve fast connection speeds, anyone connected to the system through the port has full access to the computer's memory range, Passware said.
- Study: 1/2 of Netflix users watch via game console
- Netflix is For Movies, Hulu is For TV Shows. Neither Is For Your iPad or Your iPhone.
- Netflix Adds CBS, Showtime, CW Mix For Canada, Latin America
- Just 3 percent of Netflix users say they watch the service on a mobile phone or an iPad. Hulu is even less.
- half of all Netflix subscribers surveyed use a video game system to watch instantly.
- 42% of Netflix users watch on their computers.
- Hulu viewers primarily watch TV shows , Netflix users watch more movies than TV,m though a lot of both.
- CBS content will be added to both Canada and Latin America, but since licensing rights are so tricky, the two regions will not get the exact same content - but they'll both get 90210 and Dexter!
- According to IMS Research , smartphone sales will hit 420 million units by the end of 2011. Samsung is setting the pace with 300 percent growth year over year. Samsung now has 13 percent of the market. IMS estimates that smartphones will hit one billion sales by 2016, when they will account for 50 percent of all mobile handsets sold.
- Aaron Swartz is currently facing charges that he illegally downloaded a bunch of content from the online journal archive JStor. Allegedly Swartz entered into a restricted area to download the content. How did Swartz get caught up in this suit? MIT's tech staff found a laptop with an external drive in a networking closet, alerted the police who set took fingerprints off of the computer and set up webcams to see who would take the laptop, which led the police to Swartz.
- Nokia is doing what it can to make its future brighter by fully embracing Windows Phone 7 for its smartphones, but it's an uphill battle. Today, Moody's Investor Service downgraded Nokia's debt rating to the second lowest investment-grade rating with a negative outlook. This could scare investors into putting money elsewhere, which could be devastating for Nokia.
- The new IEEE 802.22 standard has been published and will finally allow manufacturers to start producing standardized devices that use the white space freed up by the digital TV transition more than two years ago. The standards will provide networking in areas over a 62 mile radius at speeds of up to 22Mbps. Theoretically it would only take 302 devices to cover the entire US.
- Behold the first Mango-powered Windows Phone! The device is the Fujitsu Toshiba IS12T which is a waterproof device with a 1GHz Qualcomm processor inside and a 3.7-inch screen. It'll be on sale in Japan on KDDI's au network starting "September or beyond"
- Certain products made by Sony are headed for extinction like the MiniDisc and 8mm video tape, but don't count the Sony Walkman personal media player in that list. Sony's updated the A, E, and S series of Walkman players, which range from $79 to $219 in price. Coming out in September of this year, all of them support language learning functions as well as a karaoke mode for annoying your friends all day long.
- The BlackBerry Playbook - it's a sleek piece of hardware, but it suffers from the lack of apps. The Android App player was leaked this week - it allows the PlayBook to run Android apps, but now there's a video showing the PlayBook browsing the Android Market app. The video was made by a CrackBerry forum user who describes the set-up as a "proof of concept." Maybe in a couple of months, we'll see the PlayBook surge in popularity once the Android App player goes official - or not.
- HTC has been on the losing end of a couple of patent disputes with Apple related to smartphones. Score a victory for HTC! Well, it's a tangential win. The International Trade Commission has ruled that Apple's OS X infringes on S3's patents and HTC now owns S3. So that won't give HTC a whole lot of leverage for their ongoing battle, but at least they can have a cupcake party to commemorate this win.
- When you want Apple iPhone 5 rumors, look no further than the Swiss. According to an anonymous executive at Swisscom, the next version of the iPhone will be shipping to the U.S. on September 5th. The rest of the world would get the device in October. The odd thing is that September 5th is Labor Day in the United States and that's a very unusual launch date. Then again, Apple's breaking tradition by not launching an iPhone in June, so who knows.
- MS-DOS Is 30 Years Old Today
- Today, Universal Music Group launches "Digster" which will give Spotify users lots of playlists curated by Universal employees and music artists.
- Sprint earnings call is tomorrow Thursday July 28. Sprint is expected to announce deal with LightSquared
- If you've got an Asus Eee Pad Transformer, you'll be able to get Honeycomb tomorrow
- Starting July 31st, you can get the Amazon Kindle at Toys R Us.
- Samsung TouchWiz UX update for the Tab 10.1 available on August 3rd, but only at the Samsung Experience store in NYC. it's actually part of an event where the store will be side-loading the updates for Tab 10.1 buyers.
- Olympus pegs E-PL3 at $699.99 in September, VF-3 viewfinder coming for $179.99
- Remember the Ultrabooks Intel was touting at Computex last spring? The first one from ASUS should arrive in September. Acer Dell and HP will come later because of LCD supply issues.
- Space Station To Be Deorbited After 2020 - Russia and partners will drop the International Space Station (ISS) into the ocean at the end of its life cycle after 2020... because they don't want to leave a bunch of junk in space.
"Subject: YouTube Streaming
I know a lot of people who use YouTube as an alternative to Streaming Music on cell phones
- Steve Brock"
"Hey TNT Crew! I started a petition to save the repository of awesomeness that is Google Labs. I'd be honored if you mentioned it on the show. It's located at: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/savegooglelabs/signatures
"Hi TNT crew! I had a suggestion regarding the recent change to the Kindle app on the iPhone and iPad. Fortunately I had listened to your show when you mentioned that in an update to the app, the Kindle Store button would be removed. I thought that would be hugely inconvenient to me because I have a random, Lastpass-generated password to Amazon which is a pain to deal with on Safari on the iPhone and iPad. But I got the bright idea of using the button one last time before I allowed the update, and saving (bookmarking) the URL that the button sent to Safari. That URL contains my login info (presumably encrypted), so when I use it, I'm logged in! It seems to work. I hope this idea is useful to someone else. Thanks for the show! - JR"
"Good afternoon TNT gang,
It seems, from your discussion of Apple's changes to their in-app subscription policies, that you're not taking a consumer focused position. It seems to me that the developers are being greedy by not offering a secure, quick, and fricitonless method for consumers to purchase their content. It is just as shortsighted for these developers to not recognize that there is a user base (a growing user base) willing to pay for content if it is delivered securely and easily as it has been short sighted for other content owners in the entertainment industry who greedily protect their current business models at the expense of the user experience.
Perhaps, if big name stores like Amazon, Sony, and Financial Times are not willing to provide the in-app subscriptions, then smaller app developers and content owners-- who will happily pay for Apple to handle billing, customer service, scalability, and advertising for 30% of the revenue-- may be advantaged by offering the additional value of in-app subscription payments on Apple's terms. Just my (brilliant) two-cents on the topic :-) Love the show! -- Duane Andrews New York City"
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