Tech News Today 315
Recorded: August 26, 2011
Published: August 26, 2011
Tech News Today 315: Stretch The Nanotube
Apple's business model ripped off by Razer, Google kills popular apps, HP, GameStop and BN apologies to everyone.
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- Razer bucks trends with $2,800 gaming laptop, complete with innovative UI
- Razer Blade gaming laptop announced, features SwitchBlade multitouch display trackpad
- Razer Blade: hands-on with 17 inches of gaming greatness
- Razer took a full page ad out in the WSJ declaring the PC not dead -- Min-Liang Tan, the CEO and Creative Director of Razer, told Ars "the big PC guys just don't want to innovate anymore".
- Razer introduced Blade laptop with "Switchblade UI" powers touchpad off to right that can be programmable. It's below 10 programmable LCD keys
- 10 dynamic keys, LCD screen on the right of keyboard, also a multitouch panel
- Q4 Launch with $2,799.99 price tag
- They've been operating in stealth mode for three years, working on a number of projects that were ultimately canned for not meeting Razer's standard (sound like anyopne else's business model?)
- "We bought an entire ODM recently in Taiwan because we wanted to be able to control all facets of design. " Tan said
- Weighs nearly 7 pounds only .88 inches thick
- 2.8GHz Intel® CoreTM i7 2640M Processor
- 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
- 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
- NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® OptimusTM Technology
- 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
- Built-in HD Webcam
- Integrated 60Wh Battery
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
- Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
- 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)
- Exclusive: Max Levchin to Leave Google as Slide Is Shut Down
- Why Did Google Kill Off Photovine? Same Reason HP Killed Off TouchPad
- Update on Slide's products and our commitment to our users
- Google dissolving Slide, makers of among other things Photovine, SuperPoke Pets and Pool Party.
- Slide leader Max Levchin will leave Google. He is currently Chairmon of the Board at Yelp.
- Some of the team may land at YouTube
- Slide was an autonomous unit reporting to Sergey Brin
- Slide head of product Jared Fliesler also plans to leave Google
- Google just launched PhotoVine last month.
- Apple hires iOS hacker Comex as an intern
- Apple hands internship to Jailbreakme.com developer "comex"
- Comex, AKA Nicholas Allegra created the JailbreakMe hack and worked with GeoHotz on limera1n
- Posted on Twitter yesterday "So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple."
- Forbes uncovered him as a student at Brown and suggested Apple hire him.
- Upcoming Amazon tablet to undercut Apple’s iPad
- BGR citing NY Post - will cost "hundreds less" than $499 iPad 2
- Take it with a grain of salt but BGR passes on NY Post report that Amazon’s upcoming Android tablet will soon launch for “hundreds less” than Apple’s $499 entry-level iPad 2 tablet.
- Would launch in September or October
- Two tablets have been rumoured to be in production the entry-level dual-core “Coyote” and the high-end quad-core “Hollywood”
- The First Fully Stretchable OLED
- Engineers at UCLA have developed a fully stretchable OLED
- Rather than layer carbon nanotubes onto a surface (where nanotubes sliding off or past each other), the engineers were able to blend nanotubes and a liquid polymer on a glass backing.
- The blend could then be peeled off to make a smooth stretchable transparent electrode
- Have made a 2-centimeter square with a 1cm Square area that emits blue light.
- Conductivity still lost if stretched too far or too many times
- APOLOGY BLOCK
- Gamestop giving customers a $50 gift card, other perks for Human Revolution flub
- Barnes & Noble apologizes for canceled TouchPad orders with $20 credits
- HP offers free apps to TouchPad tablet owners
- GameStop is offering a "$50 GameStop gift card and a Buy 2 Get 1 Free pre-owned purchase" offer to those who bought the standard PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
- Anyone who ordered the PC version of Human Revolution through GameStop simply needs to bring in the email and their store receipt or order confirmation
- Barnes & Noble is apologizing to customers that had placed orders for the HP TouchPad only to later find out that the tablet was not in stock and their orders had been canceled.
- Reports are on Twitter that B&N is sending $20 eGift cards which can be used to purchase items at the Barnes & Noble website or in stores.
- "If you have an HP TouchPad...We've selected six apps that normally sell for as much as $14.99 and we're making them available at no cost to HP webOS customers for a limited time," HP said on its Palm Web site today. The promo codes below will expire on August 31, the company said.
- If you're one of the 25 million Google Plus folks, you'll be happy to hear there is a new feature for you all. Google has now added an option to ignore people, which is a must-have feature of any social network. Previously, you could block people, but considering it stopped people from commenting on your posts, the blocked could figure out what happened. With "ignore," people can still post, but you won't see it.
- An unnamed source says that Apple is working on a new way to get video on televisions - a subscription based TV service. Sound like another bad rumor? What if I told you that it was the Wall Street Journal that cited the unnamed source? This is the first time in a couple of years where Apple has been rumored to bring subscription-based video to the world. Might be a recycled rumor, but it's a good one.
- Because it did so well in the United States, Google will introduce its Google TV in Europe in early 2012 and the UK will be a priority. Eric Schmidt made the official announcement at at the Edinburgh Television Festival. While Schmidt didn't mention any partnerships with UK providers, he did give praise to the BBC for its iPlayer and asked it to make an Android version.
- After hitting the pause button on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger review to get more documents, the FCC has restarted its investigation. The review had been stopped since July 20th. AT&T isn't worried and still expects the review process to go on until next year. The FCC was apparently on day 83 of of its 180 day review when it took a break.
- Softbank to Sell Most of Yahoo Stake
- Japanese telecom company Softbank decided to pay off a loan it had with Citibank by dumping virtually all of its 4% stake in Yahoo. Softbank now owns a measly 0.002% of Yahoo now. The deal between Softbank and Citibank turned out to be a great deal for Softbank. By paying in Yahoo stock, Softbank made a profit because the shares it gave to Citi were only worth $660 million - the loan that Softbank extinguished with those stocks was $1.135 billion. See? Yahoo stocks are worth something.
- Big leak on the mobile OS front. RIM's next version of QNX for PlayBook made an appearance on MaxPDA. The new OS will include native email support, calendar and contacts. The odd thing about the email client is it won't support BlackBerry Exchange Server or BlackBerry Internet Server accounts. So the bad news is you still might need BlackBerry Bridge. On the plus side, Android Player looks to be there. Release is expected in September or October.
- AT&T Now Charging You For Not Using Enough Long Distance
- AT&T's trying to wring the last bit of profit from its landline business. The company has started to charge a $2 per month fee for customers who don't have long-distance calling plans. Let's say that again - customers will be charged for not using a service. The fee can be avoided if customers make $2 worth of calls. Maybe AT&T is just trying to get you to call your mom.
- HDBlog appears to have gotten its hands on the Acer Aspire 3951 and took a few photos of it lounging by a pool. The 3951 is packing a Sandy Bridge processor inside its 13mm thin case. Intel is behind the recent push of ultrabooks - its new name for thin and light PCs - so expect a bunch of them to make an appearance at IDF next month.
- Verizon Wireless most reliable carrier, says J.D. Power
- J.D. Power and Associates has crowned Verizon Wireless the most reliable carrier in the United States. The survey looked at delayed text messages, connection issues, and dropped calls. Verizon received the least complaints and was tops in all regions surveyed by J.D. Power except in the North Central area. U.S. Cellular was the North Central's best.
- Samsung and Apple have another court date Monday August 29, this time in Australia over design infringements alleged in the Samsung Galaxy Tab
- Samsung Announcement in NY this Monday August 29, probably Galaxy II?
- July 30, 2012 - Apple vs. Samsung in Federal Court!
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