Tech News Today 295
Recorded: July 29, 2011
Published: July 29, 2011
Tech News Today 295: Google Threatens Death by 1,000 Patents
Samsung crushes Apple, AT&T redefines unlimited (now mens throttled), we reveal the smartest browser users, and more.
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- Iyaz Akhtar
- Denise Howell
- It’s Official: Apple Ousts Nokia as the World’s Largest Smartphone Vendor
- iPhone doubles world market share, outpaces rivals - IDC report
- Apple holding more cash than USA
- IDC and Strategy Analytics report Apple has ousted Nokia as the largest smartphone maker in the world.
- Apple sold 20.3 million iPhones last quarter, up 142 percent from the same quarter a year earlier, and according to Strategy Analytics that gives it an 18.5 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market — greater than Nokia’s 15.2 percent share, which has fallen by more than half since last year.
- DC noted that Apple’s share of the overall handset market more than doubled in the second quarter, rising to 5.6 percent from 2.6 percent a year earlier. That makes it the world’s fourth-largest manufacturer of all mobile phones after Nokia, Samsung and LG.
- Latest figures from the US Treasury Department show that the country has an operating cash balance of $73.7bn (£45.3bn).
- Apple's most recent financial results put its reserves at $76.4bn.
- Harry Reid’s Plan to Save America From Default Using Wireless Spectrum
- Is Net neutrality blocking FCC spectrum auctions?
- Wireless carriers looking to tap government spectrum
- Rockefeller and Reid have similar plans to raise money from VIA (voluntary incentive auction) spectrum auction
- It would give the FCC authority to auction off TV spectrum currently held by TV broadcasters, and pay for financial incentives to entice them to voluntarily give that spectrum up.
- Reid's plan would raise 13.5 Billion and Rockefellers would raise 6.5 billion
- The D Block spectrum set aside for public safety agencies would be used to create a national wireless broadband network that emergency officials could use during an emergency.
- In a CNET column, consultant Larry Downes speculates Net Neutrality anger is holding up the VIA from approval
- The CTIA Wireless trade association said yesterday that it had sent the letter, asking President Obama to direct the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Association to clear unused and underused spectrum held by various government agencies.
- AT&T expected to follow Verizon, begin throttling heavy data users
- Starting October 1, smartphone customers with unlimited data plans may experience reduced speeds once their usage in a billing cycle reaches the level that puts them among the top 5 percent of heaviest data users. These customers can still use unlimited data and their speeds will be restored with the start of the next billing cycle. Before you are affected, we will provide multiple notices, including a grace period. This change will never impact the vast majority of our customers, and is designed to create a better service experience for all.
- Dell Streak 10 Pro tablet makes global debut in China
- Dell Streak 10 Pro unveiled for China at Beijing press event
- 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 chip, 1GB DDR2 RAM, 1,280 x 800 LCD (with Corning's Gorilla Glass), 5 megapixel camera and 2 megapixel camera back and front, and regular-size SDHC expansion.
- 16GB WiFi tablet plus 2GB of cloud storage for just ¥2,999 ($465)
- Opera users are the smartest
- AptiQuant, a Vancouver-based Web consulting company, gave more than 100,000 participants an IQ test, while monitoring which browser they used to take the test.
- Users of Opera, the Norway-based browser, scored the highest at well over 120.
- Users of Internet Explorer 6, released in 2001, scored the lowest on the tests, at just over 80.
- Internet Explorer users scored lower than average, while Chrome, Firefox and Safari users were slightly above average.
- Camino and Opera browsers, as well as those using Explorer with Chrome Frame had what AptiQuaint called "exceptionally higher" IQ levels.
- Investigation: Is Your SSD More Reliable Than A Hard Drive?
- Final Words
- Andrew Ku wrote up an exhaustiove study on whether SSDs are actually more reliable than Hard Drives
- Great read about what really makes drives fail. A few myths busted, Drives DO NOT have a tendency to fail in the first year but steadily increase with age. SMART is not a reliable warning system, enterprise and consumer drives fail similarly
- SSD Write Endurance does not seem to play a role in drive failures
- Lack of moving parts does not seem to give SSDs an advantage
- Apparently SSDs fail about the same as hard drives
- Firmware often to blame, and often a fix.
- Yahoo and Alibaba have resolved their differences over the spinout of Alipay, a Chinese Paypal of sorts. The chief benefit is that Alibaba gets at least $2 billion—but no higher than $6 billion—in proceeds from an IPO of Alipay. Since Yahoo and Softbank hold stake sin Alibaba that's good for them. Yahoo's complaint had been that Alipay got spun out without any value returned to Alibaba.
- It's earnings report time! Samsung made $37.4 billion in revenue in the second quarter of this year - that's a 4% increase compared to this time last year. However, profits were down 18% year over year. Samsung says its revenue bump is due to its mobile sales. The company also announced a new policy: no more releasing data on phone sales, which one might guess is related to that legal tiff Samsung has going with Apple.
- Patent-poor Google just got a little richer. The Mountain View Monster just grabbed more than 1,000 patents from old big blue, IBM. They cover a range of topics including microprocessing chips, regional databases and memory fabrication and architecture. The six manufacturers, like HTC, defending Android patent cases are probably hoping something useful comes out of that bunch.
- Those cool little FourSquare discounts for checking in or being mayor should get a lot better now. Starting today, Foursquare gets Groupon’s daily and real-time deals in their apps. Groupon offers are live for users in the Chicago area and will roll out to the rest of the U.S. and Canada by Sunday.
- Taiwan's HTC may have some patent headaches, but the aspirin for HTC execs is today's earnings report. The company sold 12.1 million units in the second quarter totaling a 123.7 percent year-over-year growth rate. After Q2 taxes, that brings YOY growth to 102.9 percent. To translate for you less numbers inclined. HTC rawked it.
- The International Space Station may not crash into the ocean as soon as we expected. NASA states that "people will work aboard station at least through 2020," And MSNBC notes that the ISS stakeholders are investigating keeping the thing open until 2028. Vitaly Davydov of the Russian Space Agency also backpedaled on the date for de-orbiting the ISS.
- Google and Skyhook aren't the only location databases storing your MAC Addressses. Looks like MIcrosoft does it too. Want to know if you're tracked? Elie Bursztein, a postdoctoral researcher at the Stanford Security Laboratory has a website that lets you query the MS database and see if you or your loved ones devices are listed. Go to elie.im/demo/geoLive.php.
- Yesterday we mentioned Ubisoft will implement its harsh DRM on Driver: San Francisco, that requires you to always be connected to the Interent in order to play. Today Ubisoft clarified to PC Gamer that UBisoft has seen "a clear reduction in piracy of our titles which required a persistent on-line connection, and from that point of view the requirement is a success." So go ahead and whine, but I don't think they're listening.
- Hush money or awesome security policy? You be the judge. Facebook has a bug bounty program out in which researchers will be paid for reporting security holes.The bounty starts at $500 and has no maximum set, but will only be paid only to researchers who follow Facebook's Responsible Disclosure Policy and agree not to go public with the vulnerability information until Facebook has fixed the problem.
- Samsung's teasing US customers with a sign-up page for the Galaxy S II. you can fill out a form with your name, e-mail address, mobile phone number, and carrier of choice and Samsung will supposedly keep you in the loop on special offers.
- HP has sent out an email to developers asking them to start submitting apps for the Pre 3, which sounds promising for that summer launch HP said it would hit
- SpaceX is on track to send a supply ship to the International Space Station in November, another step closer to delivering people
"Hi TNTers. Whenever you guys say there is no future for the DS systems and that everyone is using their phones, I think you guys are living in a tech bubble. My children are 12, 14 and 16. None of the younger two friend's have smart phones. There are no way that the parents will pay for data on the children's phones. It just isn't going to happen. I don't know what the 16 year olds are using for phones...
They ALL have DS systems. They all use them - a LOT. The games they play, they play for hours and hours - heck for weeks and weeks. Go to any waiting room where there are children and you will see DSes. When they go play at each other's houses you have to convince them to shut off the darn machines.
I think any problems with the sales of DSes is not smart phones but that all the children already have one and the upgrade was not worth $250... their current one worked OK. $250 is very expensive for a hand held. If I bought replacements for my children that would be $750. $750 for a handheld GAME???? I don't think so.
For $170? with more games being out? If my children don't get it from relatives before then, they will get it in December. SSSHHHH
"Dear TNT, After your discussion of the great graph by Nielsen and smart phone rankings for last month you went on to speculate about why a similar trend doesn't appear now, nor likely to in the near future for tablets. I think you missed a very important point in trying to answer this question. That is the cost. Android phones became competitive and the prices plunged as there were carrier subsidies and other promotion incentives to not choose an iPhone. In tablet space I don't think you'll ever see that happen. If all Android phones were priced like iPhone I doubt the stats would look as they appear today. Until other tablets can be much more competitively priced against the iPad, the iPad will continue to run away with market share.
Thanks, Bob Santa Cruz, CA"
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