Tech News Today 319
Recorded: September 1, 2011
Published: September 1, 2011
Tech News Today 319: Coffee Canals
HTC's Mango phones, Microsoft tracking your location, GDrive appears again, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- HTC Titan Windows Phone announced
- HTC RadarbWindows phone announced
- HTC unveiled its Mango phones
- HTC Titan: 4.7-inch screen, 8-- x 480, single-core MSM8255 Snapdragon at 1.5 Ghz, 16GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a 1,600mAh battery, a MicroHDMI port, up to 14.4Mbps HSPA+ download speeds, and an 8-megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and an f2.2 lens. The Titan will ship out to distributors at the tail end of this month and will be widely available across Europe in October.
- HTC Radar -- the mid-range HTC Radar comes equipped with a 3.8-inch Super LCD display, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon SOC, 8GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, a 1,520mAh battery, and a 5-megapixel backside-illuminated sensor paired to an f2.2 lens for camera duties"
- Lawsuit claims Microsoft tracking its mobile users against their express wishes
- The issue stems from the camera application present on all WP7 handsets. According to the lawsuit filed by Rebecca Cousineau, the camera app tracks and transmits data to Microsoft, even if the owner of the handset has opted out of any such sharing in WP7 software
- when Micsoft and others were called to Congress back in April over privacy concerns, MS said location data is ""always with the express consent of the user"" but also that tracking users' location helps ""deliver more useful and relevant experiences to users"".
- Microsoft declined to comment but will obviously have a statement soon
- Google May Be On The Verge Of Resurrecting “GDrive”
- in 2006 Google was testing online storage service GDrive, known internally as Platypus
- accidentally disclosed at analyst meeting, media went nuts for a while, but GDrive never launched
- "in the plex" details how the project under Brad Horowitz was shelved in 2008 because Google worried "file" concept was outdated
- Chromium Code Reviews issue list now includes a ticket to add the URL drive.google.com to a list in the browser’s code. prompts Hacker News thread: “Google Drive coming soon?“
- Techcrunch article wonders if Google's taking on Dropbox -syncing files over the web across a range of devices. PCs, Macs, Chromebooks, Android phones, iOS, etc
- Google team not commenting
- WikiLeaks Sues Guardian, Cables Controversy Grows
- Anonymous attacked WikiLeaks
- WikiLeaks on Thursday announced that it's suing the Guardian newspaper in Britain for facilitating the leak of unredacted U.S. diplomatic cables.
- "A Guardian journalist has negligently disclosed top secret WikiLeaks' decryption passwords to hundreds of thousands of unredacted unpublished U.S. diplomatic cables," according to a statement released by WikiLeaks.
- Guardian's reponse: "Our book about WikiLeaks was published last February," according to the statement. "It contained a password, but no details of the location of the files, and we were told it was a temporary password which would expire and be deleted in a matter of hours."
- Anonymous members have taken responsibility for launching a denial of service attack against Wikileaks this week using a custom-built tool that exploits a SQL server flaw.
- Members were conducting field tests of the tool dubbed RefRef against several websites including WikiLeaks, Pastebin and was hitting 4Chan
- Tablet block
- Two New Samsung Devices Blur the Lines Between Tablet, Phone, and Notepad
- Samsung Expands Its Galaxy With Five-Inch Phone, Seven-Inch Tablet
- Lenovo introduces 7-inch $199 Android Tablet
- Toshiba's new AT200 is thinner than iPad, Galaxy Tab
- Galaxy Note with a 5.3-inch screen & the Tab 7.7
- Note is largest device to include Samsung's new HD Super AMOLED display, includes stylus. Runs Gingerbread with Samsung's TouchWiz over it, has a 1.4GHz single-core processor, available in US ""in coming months""
- Tab 7.7 looks like the original Tab but runs Honeycomb 3.2, optimized for 7-inch tablets. A light 12 oz. & Samsung says 7.89mm is the thinnest tablet yet. Has a Super AMOLED Plus screen, and includes a hefty 1.4GHz dual-core processor." "- Lenovo introduced the IdeaPad A1 with a $199 price tag.
- Runs gingerbread, has a single-core Cortex A8 processor, front & rear facing cams, 7-inch display, wi-fi only, but has GPS
- Doesn't seem like it's getting Honeycomb
- Toshiba's AT200: 7.7-mm thick (thinner than iPad 2, Tab 10.1), Micro-USB, microSD, battery life of 8 hours dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 CPU, 1GB RAM, 10.1-inch, 1280×800 resolution
- AT200 will hit Europe in the fourth quarter of the year
- Ultrabook block
- Lenovo announces U300s Ultrabook, U300 and U400 IdeaPads, launch set for October
- U300s weighs 2.95 pounds, keyboard not backlit, but Lenovo says spill-proof - starts at $1195
- U300 3.48 pounds - $799
- U400 4.36 pounds- has dedicated graphics card (AMD Radeon HD6470M) - $849
- all 3 models have 1,366 x 768 displays (the same as the 11-inch Air) and support WiDi tech, sends video to external displays. HDMI output & USB 3.0 too
- Toshiba embarks on Intel's ultrabook quest with 13-inch Z830
- 13-inch Portege Z830. 0.63 inches thick, weigh 2.45 pounds, 128gb solid state drive, 6gb RAM, and either a Core i3, i5, and i7 processors.
- USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, HDMI out, VGA out, SD card slot
- no removable battery, Toshiba says this gives them 20% better battery life
- pricing still murky but Toshiba says base model will be under $1,000. Due November.
- The UK looks like it will be the first nation to use allow "white spaces" broadband services. Unused television or radio spectrum would become free to use for things like data connectivity up to speeds of 22 Mbps. UK Regulator, Ofcom, says the amount of white space available is equivalent to all the spectrum used for 3G services. The white space would be available to offload 3G networks as well which could mean improved wireless speeds for all.
- Sony's bunch of online services just have a new blanket name - Sony Entertainment Network. SEN will include Sony's Music Unlimited, Video Unlimited, and the PlayStation Network. This shouldn't change the functionality of the services, but it should be easier to find things now that they all reside under the same home.
- Apple's Eddy Cue, the guy who runs the various iTunes stores iAd and more, is now the senior vice president of Internet software and services. Cue will now report directly to Apple's new CEO, Tim Cook. This is Cook's first major appointment since taking over for Steve Jobs last week.
- HP's making new TouchPads, but it might not just be for the salivating public. Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu says that HP is trying to appease its component suppliers and manufacturing partners. The next run of the not-quite-dead TouchPad will comprise of 500,000 to 1 million units.
- The website that houses the Linux kernel archive and the Android Open Source Project repositories was hacked last month. A trojan was discovered after a suspicious error message appeared. Site administrator John Hawley has taken down the code repositories for the Android Open Source Project at Google's request. The full repercussions of the hack are not fully known yet, but the Linux kernel may not be compromised due to its development workflow.
- The deal between Starz and Netflix has come to an end. Starz says its renewal talks were not fruitful. That means that Netflix will be losing some of its newest content. Netflix's stock took an 8% hit after the announcement.
- More bad news from DigiNotar. DigiNotar may have issued digital certificates for Yahoo and Tor to hackers. Earlier we reported that DigiNotar had issued fraudulent Google and Mozilla certificates. A Dutch security consultant estimates that about 200 certificates were generated by attackers.
- After 17 years, Doom can be sold to teenagers in Germany. The game's content had placed it in the same category as pornography, but apparently things have changed. The restrictions made by Germany's Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons have expired and now the game is considered to be of "artistic and scientific interest" and the game won't appeal to youngsters.
- Experian Hitwise says that Google +'s weekly traffic is dropping. Back in July, Google + had a peak of 1.8 million weekly hits. August has seen a range of 1.16 million to 1.19 million. Somewhere someone from Facebook is tenting his fingers and saying "Excellent."
- Swiss Researchers Try to Make it Rain with Lasers - revealed that intense pulses of laser light created nitric acid particles in the air that behaved like atmospheric glue, binding water molecules together into droplets and preventing them from re-evaporating
- You'd think it was already started with all the product announcements we've heard but IFA Berlin actually officially opens tomorrow September 2.
- Also kicking off tomorrow is Dragon*Con in Atlanta, reminder that Tom is shooting an extra special TNT on Saturday live from Dragon-con which will run Monday, Labor Day
- Hulu has launched its streaming service in Japan for about $20 US monthly - so far users can stream the content directly to Panasonic TVs, iOS and select Android devices...Blu-ray players and TVs, Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles and Android tablets all coming soon
- Verizon wants customers with basic phones to upgrade to smartphones- so anyone who's eligible to upgrade between now and the end of the year have until September 30 to make the switch.
- In return for trading in their current feature phone, subscribers will receive a $100 gift card from the carrier via its Wireless Trade-In Program. The gift card can then be used for any type of purchase at Verizon, including paying off a bill.
"One thought that occurred to me about why Cisco is selling Flip Video cameras more slowly than HP dumped the TouchPad may be related to support. One consistent message I heard regarding the TouchPad is that includes one year of support. The sooner the HP TouchPads are sold, the sooner that 1-year support begins, the sooner the 1-year support will END. If they want to get rid of the TouchPad for good, it will not be until they are no longer responsible for support!
Tom in Huntsville, AL"
"Hello TNT crew:
In regards to your report on the Randomizer about the Servall project, Tom wondered how the mobile carriers could interfere in its deployment. The Servall mesh would have to have their own slice of spectrum to operate and it would be certain that the carriers would use every legal means they have in order to prevent use of the spectrum that they own. It would seem that the FCC would have to carve out a spectrum band specifically for this purpose.
Regards, David Lovely"
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