Tech News Today 307
Recorded: August 16, 2011
Published: August 16, 2011
Tech News Today 307: No Offense, But Bugger Off
PlayStations get cheaper and weirder, US phone users proven rude, Fox and ABC get ready to encourage piracy, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
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- Stuart Miles
- Windows 8 prerelease launching in coming months
- Microsoft President Steven Sinofsky posted in a blog to developers "Welcome to Building Windows 8," a new blog series.
- "begin an open dialogue with those of you who will be trying out the prerelease version over the coming months."
- If you're looking for notifications of posts, then be sure to follow us on Twitter @BuildWindows8. Look for shortened URLs of http://win8.ms/ with links to posts and videos.
- EU ban on Galaxy Tab 10.1 partially lifted—not due to Apple evidence
- Samsung will be able to sell its Galaxy until a further court hearing on 25 August,
- Düsseldorf regional court decided to allow the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be sold across Europe again except for within Germany
- unclear as to whether a German court could ban a South Korean company from selling products outside of Germany - court spokesperson
- Samsung Germany still prevented from selling Tab.
- Every PlayStation Vita Game Will Be Downloadable
- will be downloadable in the PlayStation Store, Sony's incoming head of European operations, Jim Ryan, confirmed today during a PlayStation press conference in Germany.
- PS3 Price Drop
- Today at Gamescom, Sony announced that the PS3 will now retail for $249.99, 249.99 Euros and 24,980 Yen.
- Also a $99 PSP w/o WiFi
- Sony PSP E-1000 lacks Wi-Fi, coming this fall for €99 only to Europe
- Nintendo 3DS Sales Soar in Japan After Price Cut
- At Gamescom: Sony's incoming head of European operations, Jim Ryan said every game will be downloadable fro PS Vita (some will also be sold on Vita memory cards)
- Sony announced that the PS3 will now retail for $249.99, 249.99 Euros and 24,980 Yen
- 320GB PS3 unit will drop from $349 to $299 and a limited edition inFAMOUS 2 bundle is now available
- This autumn The Sony PSP E-1000 will be available across all PAL regions for €99 - no WiFi
- Price cut worked for Nintendo - had its best seven-day run of sales since its launch in February
- FCC Launches Inquiry Into BART Wireless Service Shutdown
- Scenes from an Anonymous protest: Did San Francisco's subway "pull a Mubarak"?
- How Did BART Kill Cellphone Service?
- BART Says Riders Have No Right to Free Speech Inside Fare Gate as Officials Prepare for Planned Afternoon Protests
- FCC says it will "collect information" about BART shutting down wireless service
- Yesterday BART shut down Civic Center station, but did not shut down wireless
- About 60 people showed up for a peaceful protest
- BART's wireless service is provided by a company called WiFi Rail. That is what they shut down last week
- Americans Using Phones to Avoid Talking: Pew Report
- Avoid socializing by pretending to use your phone? You're not alone
- Pew Research Center study: 83 percent of American adults have a cell phone of some kind, 13 percent have pretended to use them so they didn't have to interact with someone.
- 73 percent text, and 44 percent use their phone to access the Internet
- Fewer than 6 percent make video calls
- 27 percent reported having trouble doing something without phone
- 29 percent say they turn off phone to get a break
- Fox Starts Its Web Pullback, and ABC Gets Ready to Follow
- As of yesterday, Fox will keep shows off the Web for 8 days, except for Hulu Plus and Dish Network subscribers.
- Disney’s ABC is now allegedly set to do the same thing, as Bob Iger has indicated, and will most likely implement some sort of authentication.
- August is a down time for new shows, and therefore a convenient time to implement the strategy
- Plenty of companies are picking up new URLs along with the brand spanking new .XXX TLD. It's not just those who have content of a prurient nature, plenty of big name companies are picking them up in a defensive move. Right now, some domain registrars are charging around $200 per each domain name. The ICM Registry, who introduced the domain, says that the cost is just so the Registry can break even.
- Facebook had recently said it had "smoking-gun" evidence that shows that Paul Ceglia is not the owner of 50% of Facebook and on Monday the company made the evidence public. Facebook's attorneys say that it has found the real contract between Zuckerberg and Ceglia. That contract unsurprisingly would not give Ceglia 1/2 ownership in Facebook. If you think that Ceglia is finished, he is now arguing that he has an explanation for why his version of the contract is different than the one Facebook is submitting.
- DigiTimes is reporting that Ultrabook vendors are unhappy with Intel. These vendors want Intel to drop the prices of its CPUs by 50%, but Intel won't go that low -- Intel is willing to discount its chips by 20%. Considering that Intel would like the Ultrabook form factor to take off, you'd think that it would do what it could to make it successful. However, it could be as simple as an economic argument that Intel just can't make a cut that deep right now.
- You might have missed the news, but Google plans on acquiring Motorola Mobility to pick up a whole slew of patents amongst other things. It turns out that Verizon is also pleased with this news. According to Verizon's senior VP and deputy general counsel, John Thorne said that "the deal might bring some stability to the ongoing smartphone patent disputes..." Unlike yesterday's slew of copy and paste press releases, AT&T hasn't said anything similar yet.
- Hey, Apple. Guess what? You've been sued by HTC for infringements of three more patents. Of those three patents, two of them were recently acquired by HTC in its purchase of ADC Telecommunications back in April. The ITC has already ruled that HTC infringes on a couple of Apple patents, so this is HTC's attempt to get some kind of leverage for future negotiations.
- If you want to get a job in tech, just start working on something like the founder and lead dev of Cyanogen, Steve Kondik. He's just landed a job at Samsung. Kondik made the announcement via Facebook, but he mentioned that he would still work on Cyanogen as a side project and made it clear that Samsung didn't just snap up Cyanogen. Maybe Samsung TouchWiz is about to get a lot cooler.
- More Intel news for you all! The next generation high-end Sandy Bridge E will not ship with fans or heatsinks according to VR-Zone. That doesn't mean that these chips are magically cooler than all the rest. The move probably means that Intel's heat management accessories may not be up to snuff for enthusiasts. Engadget reached out to Intel for clarification on the matter, but Intel didn't speak to the heat issue.
- Remember the totally unsubstantiated rumour that the iPad would launch this fall with a retina display. In a classic example of a snake eating itself, 9to5 Mac reports a rumour that the orders have been canceled because of problems with the non-existent retina display, so the non-existent iPad3 will no longer be rumoured to launch until next year.
- Over at the Virginia Commonwealth University, researchers have come up with a new type of integrated circuit that doesn't require a battery. This IC would run using ambient energy. So where would you have ambient energy just laying around? The human body is a good example for that. Maybe in the future a doctor will tell you "Take two integrated circuits and call me in the morning."
- The Mac App store is not just for bejeweled and angry birds. Autodesk is selling an $899.99 versionof AutoCAD LT 2012 for Mac through the app store. First of all, that's Mac software from AutoDesk. And second, yes Autodesk will share revenue from its software withApple, the people who make the computer their software runs on. Full disclousre, Tom's wife is a member of the Club One on the Autodesk campus.
- 1995: The first version of the browser, Internet Explorer 1, debuted. It was based on Mosaic.
- Apple is now offering OS X Lion in the form a $69 USB thumb drive which is $40 more than grabbing Lion from the Mac app store. Right now the drive is only available from Apple's online store, but they'll show up in retail stores eventually.
- Toshiba's Qosmio F755 delivers glasses-free 3D for $1,699 has hit Fry's, Best Buy, and Newegg, sporting their promised Core i7 processor, 6GB of RAM, 750GB hard disk, Blu-ray drive, etc. Toshiba says it's working with Nvidia to convert 2D games to 3D by November.
- LinuxCon kicks off in Vancouver tomorrow August 17th
- And don't forget Nokia and Microsoft hold a party in Cologne tomorrow August 17 with free food and drinks, great DJs, and ABSOLUTELY NO PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS. They've tried to make that clear.
- AT&T will sell its LTE hotspot ("Elevate 4G") and LTE USB ("USBConnect Momentum 4G") modem starting on August 21st. And the Adrenaline will be firmware upgradeable to LTE. If you're worried that the AT&T LTE network won't be up by then, well you're right. IN this case 4G means HSPA+ until the LTE network actually launches.
- The HTC Puccini tablet launch by early October says an HTC exec, kind of a funny name for a tablet not associated with Opera
I was just watching the ""Sarah Lane make it rain"" episode of TNT, and you were all talking about whether there would ever be a ubiquitous SMS client that could be used across all IOS platforms. Iyaz mentioned that SMTP could be ""repurposed"", but no one agreed.
About 15 years ago, a friend and I were designing a turn-based game that used e-mail as its communication medium. Each player's turn would be sent out to all other players via e-mail. The game client would monitor their mail application (via a connection to their mail host) and capture each of the encoded mail messages. It worked fine for near real-time game play, and would also work for ""catch-up"" play for players who logged off from the game.
That was a prime example of using an old protocol for new purposes. The same could be done for SMS.
Love your shows .. Thanks for all the effort you guys put into the show .. And good luck with your new ""Twit house"".
- Kaleb C Tilley"
"Hi TNT crowd,
I have been away for a few days but have just about finished my TNT catch-up marathon. One theme I noticed is that you guys really think tablets are not a fad. Before your discussion I would have agreed and said that tablets are a new form factor. However, now I see them as a transition technology. What I mean is laptops are not small enough or quick enough to boot in seconds (google chrome being an exception to this). Smartphones do not have screen large enough for sustained use by most people. As a result the tablet is the compromise rather than an innovation, tablets;
boot in seconds for instant access; have limited performance when compared to a laptop; are bulkier than a mobile phone but less bulky than a laptop; have larger screen for more sustained use;
From my own perspective I would love to see a smart phone where the screen could fold out, if needed, to be like a tablet. Whist maintaining a very similar form factor to a current smartphone. Equally I would like to see the power of a laptop being available in a device that is more portable than a current laptops but does not remove the functionality such as full keyboard or the processing power.
I know you can buy keyboards for a iPad et. al. but you end up looking like your off to climb Everest. Tablets are great at the moment but I think they are only a passing phase until we can get other technologies right. In writing this I don’t think this is a waist of time as we appear to be learning a lot about how people want to interact with devices, techniques that will be useful what ever the form factor of the future is.
Cheers Matt from Prestatyn (pronounced press-tat-in)"
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