Tech News Today 301
Recorded: August 8, 2011
Published: August 8, 2011
Tech News Today 301: EA Running Out Of Steam
Android can hijack your bank account, Cuban vs. Akhtar PATENT WAR, optical disk makers give up on consumers and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- Larry Dignan
- Market meltdown likely to hit tech spending
- Dow Slides 5.5 Percent, Ending Below 11000
- Larry Dignan from ZDNet warns tech spending about to hit a soft patch
- Early indicators: Juniper Networks recently noted that it was seeing a few economic hiccups. Cisco has been seeing warning signs amid its own execution issues. And Forrester Research was ready to cut its IT spending forecast based on debt ceiling talks.
- Inventory vuildup: Mirae Asset, a Hong Kong research firm reports glut. Some companies stocked up to avoid shortfalls after apan earthquake
- Qualcomm had 50.9 days of inventory in the second quarter, the highest since the first quarter of 2009.
- AU Optronics, which makes LCD panels, had 45.9 days of inventory in the second quarter, up from 43.3 days in the first quarter. Those tallies are the highest since the third quarter of 2008. LG Display has a similar situation.
- Ten-Year-Old Hacker presents mobile games hack as part of DefCon kids
- 10-year-old CyFi (listed as a founder of DefCon kids) presented a way to hack games that have time-based aspects.
- She shut off WiFi and tried different time increments to get around time checks
- She's following reasonable disclosure so not all details of her exploit are known, but she did demonstrate it.
- A sponsored session at DefCon Kids gave a cash prize to the youngster who found the most games suffering this loophole in 24 hours.
- Developers warn of Android pop-up threats
- Nicholas Percoco, senior vice president and head of SpiderLabs at Trustwave and Sean Schulte, SSL developer at Trustwave presented Focus Stealing Vulnerability. at DefCon,
- API allows an app to push itself into the foreground instead of just sending an alert.
- Disables to ability to back out of it.
- Google: "Switching between applications is a desired capability used by many applications to encourage rich interaction between applications. We haven't seen any apps maliciously using this technique on Android Market and we will remove any apps that do."
- Percoco and Schulte don't agree with this "wait until its reported" aspect of security
- Malicious uses could be pop-up ads or login screen hijacking."
- Samsung, Sony, Panasonic dig in heels on active 3D with new standard
- Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and XpanD finally team up for an active 3D glasses standard
- Samsung Sony and Panasonic want to create a standard for active 3D glasses in conjunction with 3D glasses manufacturing company XPAND 3D
- Standard will work with all three manufacturers sets and be backwards compatible with all sets sold in 2011.
- The standard will include multiple types of infrared protocols, including some that were formerly proprietary to Samsung and Sony.
- Battlefield 3 is not coming to Steam, but EA has a real reason
- until Valve changes its policies, the game won't be available on the most popular digital distribution service in the United States.
- Valve has placed restrictions on how content can be shared on the games sold via Steam.
- EA hasn't made Battlefield 3 exclusive to its own Origin service
- Ars's take: Reading between the lines, it sounds like EA wants to offer patches as well as for-pay content directly to gamers through the games itself. Valve seems to have rules in place that state such content must be sent through the Steam servers.
- Want To See More Jobs Created? Change Patent Laws
- My Suggestion on Patent Law [Cuban's fuller explanation]
- Congress to consider patent reform
- Ahead of reconvening Congress, Mark Cuban posted a call for patent reform. Essentially arguing Small companies get hit by patent suits, resources are then devoted to defending, more resource devoted to acquiring for help in defense, all that money could have been used to improve products and hire employees.
- Iyaz will explain the patent landscape
- Cuban suggests, end all software patents, copyright is enough - end all process patents.
- Cuban wants to amend S.23 and/or H.R. 1249 to include limiting damages from “non-practicing entities”
- Congress to take up patent bills when they reconvene after Labor Day"
- GE brings holographic storage back from the dead
- Start-up to release 'stone-like' optical disc that lasts forever
- GE Global Researchdemonstrated blue laser micro-holographic recording material and can record data at Blu-ray speed.
- Nobody makes the drives or disks yet of course.
- 500 GB capacity (20 single-layer Blu-ray discs, 100 DVDs) Think they can get it to a terrabyte
- Money would come from archiving not consumer. InPhase, with its 300GB, 20MB/sec Tapestry holographic drive, is not dead yet.
- Millenniata and LG plan to soon release a new optical disc and read/write player called M-Disc which meets DoD standards of resiliency
- Only need firmware upgarde to make DVD players read M-Disc. Can only do 4X speed. Again market seems to be long-term archiving
- New optical disc technology has given up on consumers. We're headed to the cloud baby.
- Citing multiple film industry sources, Greg Sandoval at CNet reports that Apple's Replay, its cloud movie service, won't be coming any time soon because Apple still needs to get deals with at least four of the six big movie studios. Additionally, Apple's service would be at a disadvantage to HBO because HBO has the exclusive electronic distribution rights from 3/6 of the studios (Fox, Universal, & WB). So it looks like Apple has a lot of negotiating to do before it can build a compelling service.
- Microsoft veteran Charlie Kindel, who led the effort to get independent app developers on board with Windows Phone, is leaving the company after 21 years to launch a startup. He still thinks Windows Phone is the BEST and won't stop using it. He also told his kids they were not allowed to start using Google even though he no longer worked for Microsoft.
- Need some rare earth minerals? Of course you do, you love gadgets and they use those minerals. A small town called Elk Creek located in Nebraska just found out that it is loaded with rare earth minerals. According to the Washington Times it may be the world's largest untapped deposit of the minerals. The entire town has 112 people, so there may be some very rich Nebraskans very soon.
- AT&T has already started cracking down on unauthorized tethering by "helping" customers move to a tethering plan. Well, Verizon is also joining the smack down by reminding its customers that they should also pay. Verizon is currently discovering these unauthorized tether-ers and redirecting them to a site that gives information about Verizon's $20/month 2GB tethering plan.
- AMD's making DRAM. Anandtech reports the company will make three modules branded as Radeon, called Entertainment, ULTRA PRO Gaming and Enterprise. All three will be 2GB and based on the DDR3 standard, but the speeds will vary. The Entertainment series will be 1333MHz and the ULTRA PRO Gaming series 1600MHz. They have not announced the Enterprise speed.
- Comcast's press release shouts that it is offering a $10 a month "Internet Essential" plan for low-income families. But it's not all just goodwill by Comcast. The low-cost Internet plan was a mandated requirement by the FCC to allow Comcast and NBC to merge. To be eligible for the low-cost plan, a family would have to be eligible for the National School Lunch Program, not have Internet service nor owe Comcast money. If a family does manage to qualify, the will get 1.5Mbps down and 384kbps up, the option to buy a $150 computer and "digital literacy" training.
- HTC phones will be getting a lot more interesting since the company released its OpenSense SDK at htcdev.com. The OpenSense SDK is actually a collection of SDKs including one for building stereoscopic 3D things and a pen SDK for you stylus fans. If you're super-psyched about unlocking your bootloader, the unlock tool from HTC is not yet available. HTC says it's "coming soon" and to "check back often."
- Anonymous and LulzSec are back in the news after posting 10GB of data from the U.S. law enforcement agencies. AntiSec released a statement on Friday calling the data dump "Shooting Sheriffs Saturday" with the goal of embarrassing and discrediting law enforcement. Anonymous replaced the Syrian Ministry of Defense's site and a message against the country. The site is currently unavailable.
- Anonymous takes over Syrian government site
- Apple just introduced a $999 iMac, but it's only for educational institutions. Which means individuals cannot purchase the computer at the discounted rate. 3.1GHz dual-core Intel Core i3 processor and a 250GB hard drive.
- There's a little upgrade for Skype on OS 10 - say hello to HD calling and Lion support.
- Google+ Update for iOS Now Supports Apple iPad, sort of - it's not an iPad specific app. It's the iPhone app on the iPad.
- HP's 4G TouchPad Sneaks On To Amazon For $700 Before The Official Launch
- The BBC’s iPlayer for TVs goes HTML5 today - it's initially only available on Sony’s PS3, but as HTML5 gains adoption, the thinking is you'll be able to access iPlayer on multiple devices soon
- Blackberry Bold 9900 up for pre-order at Vodafone UK, the lowest price spotted so far is free from £31 per month on Vodafone or £500 off-contract, with an August 12th delivery date.
- RIM’s first QNX phone revealed: BlackBerry Colt to launch in Q1 2012
"I was listening to Tom Merritt talking about upgrading his Google Revue on Twit, which I was also considering. Until I read some comments; that a lot of apps will cease to work as they did. Most importantly Netflix, which is the main thing its good for besides Amazon Vod and HBO go. Hope this gets to you in time. (Podcast listener). Oh btw awesome show.
"On Friday, you reported that Google was shuttering Translate along with Dictionary, but this isn't the case. In fact, the Google Dictionary site now directs you to Translate as an alternative. I'd be curious what source mis-reported that.
Hey, Happy 300! I've enjoyed every one.
- When Google announced that it was shutting down Google Labs, that included the popular Translate API, which is used to by developers who want to add translation into their applications and sites. they'll still be offering a paid version.
"I drove past my local Verizon office in Delaware. A red tent was set up and about twenty sign toting workers. I haven't found out why…Can you help? Thanks in advance!
- Thomas birdzetf in the chat"
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