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Episode 312

Tech News Today 312: WebOS Is In A Better Place

Google TV finally getting apps, Why Samsung will buy HP's PC business, Facebook gets more Google + like, and more.

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  • Facebook pushes privacy with sweeping redesign
  • Making It Easier to Share With Who You Want
  • Facebook Makes Sharing More Granular (Hmm … Where Have We Heard That Pitch Before?)
    • Inline Profile Controls: Content on your profile, from your hometown to your latest photo album, will appear next to an icon and a drop-down menu
    • Profile Tag Review: You can choose to use the new tool to approve or reject any photo or post you are tagged in before it's visible to anyone else on your profile.
    • Content Tag Review: You have the option to review and approve or reject any tag someone tries to add to your photos and posts.
    • View Profile As option
    • Rolling out to 1% users starting Thursday. When they reach you, you'll see a prompt for a tour that walks you through these new features from your homepage.
    • Meanwhile, a semantic tweak changes the descriptor from “everyone” to “public” so users can better understand the potential impact of their content.
  • Fox’s 8-Day Delay on Hulu Triggers Piracy Surge
  • Illegal downloads of Fox TV show rise after delay
    • tracked several popular Fox shows--including Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef--on BitTorrent over the last week to see if there had been an increase in illegal download activity.
    • Fox instituted 8 day delay on shows on Hulu one week ago
    • During the first five days, the number of downloads from the U.S. for the latest episode of Hell's Kitchen increased by 114 percent compared to the previous three episodes
    • For MasterChef the upturn was even higher with 189%

Discussion Stories

  • Is Samsung Aiming to Snap Up HP’s PC Business?
    • According to Digitimes’ sources, Samsung met with top HP notebook contractor Quanta Computer, as well as Compal Electronics and Pegatron Technology, to discuss outsourcing notebook orders.
    • All these companies are in Taiwan. Samsung currently manufactures all its PC products in China
    • Samsung “seem(s) like it is already in preparation to take up Hewlett-Packard’s (HP’s) PC business.”
    • Samsung ships 10 million laptops annually (a projected 16-17 million this year), compared to 64 million PCs and 40 million laptops HP shipped in 2010.
    • Outlet for memory, hard drives, screens, batteries and other computer components
    • Acer is already struggling with falling PC shipments, Asus doesn’t have the cash, and MSI is too small. Lenovo has already taken over IBM’s PC division and doesn’t need PSG. Neither Sony nor Apple wants to be in the low-end PC businesses anyway: both target people with more money. Microsoft can’t buy PSG because it would be a giant headache, from an anti-trust point of view, and because it would be competing with its own customers (a mistake Google is making by buying Motorola’s phone division). That leaves two main options — Toshiba and Samsung — with the latter being the clear favourite.
  • Google Releases TV SDK
  • Android developers can start writing Google TV apps
  • Android SDK add-on brings Market one step closer to your Google TV
    • Google on Monday introduced a preview version of its Google TV add-on for Android software development kit (SDK), a software component that allows developers to write apps for Google TV.
    • It requires Android 3.1 API 12 or later.
    • Google will only include apps in the Google TV section of the Android Market if the apps include a manifest file that indicates compatibility with Google TV devices.
    • Apps can't use touchscreen, Bluetooth, camera, location/GPS, microphone, NFC, telephony, and sensors for device orientation, movement, and brightness.
    • Apps can take advantage of channel-changing and program guide info
    • "With the upcoming OS update to Honeycomb, Google TV devices will be Android compatible," said Ambarish Kenghe, a Google TV product manager, in a blog post today. "That means developers can build great new Android apps for TV, optimize existing mobile or tablet apps for TV, and distribute those apps through Android Market."

News Fuse




"Hello TNT Crew,

Nobody seems to mention Chumby player as a possible use for the $99 HP TouchPad. I think it's possible to run Chumby apps within TouchPad's web browser and the 9.7-inch touch screen would be a great form factor as a Chumby player.

As I understand, you can run Chumby apps in any Flash-enabled web browser. You can create a virtual Chumby, get your own URL (I used to shorten it), select from 1000+ apps like Facebook, Flickr, news and weather, and play them all day long. I actually didn't know about this until recently but now we are enjoying the app slide shows everywhere in the house.

I love the show. Please keep up the great work.

Cheers, Komei (pronounced "Co-May") Fremont, CA"

"Hello all, I was listening to yesterdays show this morning and heard you postulating how some Google Plus accounts were getting the Verified Name checkmark. I had a verified name in Google Profiles and it looks like that has carried over to my Google Plus account. I am not a celebrity but just an average Google product user who used a credit card to buy international phone credits in Google voice.

Jacob H. Loeb"



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