Tech News Today 297
Recorded: August 2, 2011
Published: August 2, 2011
Tech News Today 297: Rip Your Heart Out, UK!
US ISPs lie much less than they did in 2009, Android has an eavesdropping trojan, Amazon's app store is rotten, and more.
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- Iyaz Akhtar
- Facebook Acquires Push Pop Press
- Facebook buys digital bookmaker Push Pop Press
- Push Pop Press makes books for iOS. -- won an Apple Design Award for their appification of Al Gore's "Our Choice" book.
- Push Pop says Facebook is acquiring it "for its technology"
- "Although Facebook isn't planning to start publishing digital books, the ideas and technology behind Push Pop Press will be integrated with Facebook, giving people even richer ways to share their stories,"
- Push Pop will donate future profits from the Gore book to The Climate Reality Project.
- iCloud Pricing: 10GB For $20, 20GB for $40, 50GB for $100
- iCloud beta appears online along with prices for storage upgrades
- Not Only Do iCloud Web Apps Exist, They’re Beautiful
- FiOS dominates as FCC measures actual Internet speeds
- FCC Broadband Study Shows Which Companies Actually Come Close To Meeting Advertised Download Speeds
- Measuring Broadband America Study announced by FCC Chairman Julius Genakowski -- Comcast, Cox, and Verizon FiOS largely perform well, but other companies like Cablevision, AT&T, MediaCom, and Frontier all fail to deliver their customers the quality of service promised.
- Big improvement over a similar study in 2009 (when consumers were getting 50%)
- SamKnows recruited 78,000 Internet users from across the US, then selected 9000 of them to receive a specially configured router. That router took a series of measurements during March 2011 that tested broadband speed from a user's home to a remote server across the Internet. Results were checked against ISP-installed reference points to ensure accuracy.
- Cablevision fails spectacularly in peak hours but points to their high customer satisfaction rankings as a defense.
- On average, during peak periods DSL-based services delivered download speeds that were 82 percent of advertised speeds, cable-based services delivered 93 percent of advertised speeds, and fiber-to-the-home services delivered 114 percent of advertised speeds.
- Half of consumers don't even know what speeds they're supposed to get.
- New Android trojan records phone calls, shares with remote server
- A Trojan spying on your conversations
- Dinesh Venkatesan from HCL technologies found a trojan for Android on a malware collection channel (not in wild)
- presents itself as an "Android System Message" that requires users to press an "Install" button for it to insert itself in the phone.
- Phone calls are recorded and saved to an AMR file onto the handset’s SD memory card,
- Trojan effectively describes in bullet points all the nefarious things it's about to do, including "record audio" and "read phone state and identity."
- Android developer calls Amazon App Store "Rotten to the core"
- 54,805 reasons not to be Amazon’s free app of the day
- Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core
- Shifty Jelly's Pocket Casts app featured on June 27 as free app
- Amazon, the company clearly indicated in writing that by agreeing to be the free app, Shifty Jelly would not earn any revenues from downloads that particular day. According to the developer’s blog, this led to an internal debate over whether to accept the terms or pass.
- Amazon publicly says that it pays developers 20% of the asking price of an app, even when they give it away free,
- you can’t remove apps from their store! You have to ask them for permission via an email. Every other store lets you remove apps from sale.
- EA's $25 "Season Ticket" offers prerelease games, cheaper DLC
- "Season Ticket" from EA costs $25 a year
- Early Full-Game Digital Access gives you access to games three days before sale. Must be purchased to continue playing.
- 20-percent discount on DLC
- Free Premium Web Content
- Membership badge
- GameStop is the program's official retail partner.
- Sprint to sell 4G services to wholesale customers
- Sprint Nextel said today that it will begin offering 4G services on a wholesale basis
- The new arrangement is made possible by an agreement with ClearWire over wholesale pricing in April.
- Could this save Sprint, provide more competition?
- Time keeps on ticking and the Apple iPhone 5 rumors keep coming. According to Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, the "iPhone refresh in the Fall timeframe could be a bigger upgrade than we expected." Wu went on to detail his expectations on the next iPhone - dual-core processor, slightly larger display with a thinner bezel, but no LTE. So what do we know for certain? Apple will most likely refresh the iPhone.
- According to an IDC report for the second quarter of this year, AMD has made some gains in the overall worldwide PC microprocessor market. AMD is up a whopping 1.5% from Q1 giving AMD 20.4% market share. Via holds 0.3% of that same market. If you're wondering how good ol' Intel is doing - it's down 1.5% and holds a measly 79.3% of the market.
- Sony is reevaluating every piece of its business to make the company an unmitigated success again. Sony CFO Masaru Kato says Sony will turn its TV division "into one that can be profitable even if we do not pursue volume." The company will also consider partnerships if that's what it takes.
- Here's the sexiest story you'll hear all day- Battery technology may be changing. Currently, lithium-ion batteries use a liquid electrolyte which leads the battery to be bulky and flammable. A Japanese group of researchers have found a solid electrolyte that may give rise to a soild-state battery. Unlike other solid electrolytes, this new one has been found to perform as well as lithium-ion batteries. Now the challenge is how to make the battery survive many charge/discharge cycles like current batteries.
- The MPAA just got Zediva shut down. Zediva allowed its users to rent a DVD and a DVD drive, Zediva would place DVD in a DVD drive, then send the output to its users. Zediva argued its service was equivalent to having a DVD player that was located very far away. The MPAA sued in April and a federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction against Zediva which shuts down the service for now. Zediva plans to appeal.
- If you're one of the few people who bought a Logitech Revue, listen up. Honeycomb beta for the Revue has leaked. AndroidCentral has the detailed instructions on how to install the OS via a USB drive. This upgrade is for serious types because once you go Honeycomb, there's no way to roll it back.
- Data of Sun website users stolen
- Back on July 19th, UK website The Sun was hacked. Today, News Group (owner of the Sun) announced that thousands had their data compromised. Affected users were those who entered into competitions on The Sun's site and are being contacted directly by News Group. In a related story, the managing editor at the time of the "News of the World" phone hacking scandal has been arrested. His name is Stuart Kuttner and he's 71 years old.
- Hackgate: Ex-NOTW Managing Editor Arrested
- Samsung wants everyone in Australia to calm down. In a statement, Samsung said it will be releasing a Galaxy Tab 10.1 "in the near future" and its agreement with Apple is about a variant of the Tab Samsung wasn't going to sell in Australia anyway. In other Samsung/Apple fun - the U.S. ITC announced it will begin investigating on whether Samsung infringes on Apple's patents on Apple's behalf.
- ITC to investigate Apple's complaint vs. Samsung
- Today is 8.02.11 day! Happy wireless networking day! Thanks Dustin for telling us
- Skype for iPad released with video calling on WiFi and 3G; Update: pulled for now
- Skype released last night for iPad, Skype then pulled the app down saying it was released prematurely. App is back in the app store this morning.
- DroidX2 users, check your system updates because Gingerbread became available last night.
- BlackBerry Fan Night coming up in Toronto tomorrow August 3
- Also tomorrow, the UK will legalize CD and DVD ripping.
- Verizon will offer its first 4G LTE netbook, the Compaq mini CQ10-688nr on August 4th for $450 (with 2- year contract)
- DEFCON 19 runs from the 4th to the 7th and for the first time will feature the first annual DEFCON kids conference that runs from August 6 and 7th.
- Looks like we're all wrong... again. That August 17th Nokia Microsoft event we mentioned on Calendar yesterday will NOT be a big phone announcement. A trusted source told This is My Next's Chris Ziegler that Nokia and Microsoft are using the opportunity to mingle with local developers and build relationships going into the Mango launch.
"Well, today's story prompted me to check my page for ATT upgrades and I noticed something unusual. First, let me say that the account is a shared family plan with 4 iPhones and corporate discount, which means the bill is mildly scary! (And that affects upgrade time.) However, when I just checked ALL four of the lines state that they are eligible for upgrades, but most are no where near 2 years old. (A couple are getting close to a year and a half, and my line has an iPhone 4). ATT generally lets you shuffle upgrade times between lines so it's difficult to tell exactly what the most recent date would otherwise be, but having 4 upgrades at once is NOT normal, but quite nice, since my whole family is ready to upgrade their iPhones.
"Hey TNT crew,
I was just watching episode 294 regarding the android figures (phones vs tablets) and wanted to give my two cents:
The reason why the numbers for smart phones are much higher for phones over tablets is due to the fact that the tablet is a luxury product while a phone is what people need. When you go and get a mobile phone many people will get the cheapest phone that can do basic things. We are now at the stage where these cheap phones are smart phones. In the tablet space, people generally only get tablets as a luxury device and usually can afford $500 with no problem, they therefore want the best device. Therefore they will choose the best tablet.I would be interested to know the android numbers for the high end android phones under the various carriers. I suspect that the majority of the android phones are the lower end versions from HTC, Samsung, Motorola etc.
Would be good to know your views.
Sanjay from Singapore"
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