Tech News Today 326
Recorded: September 12, 2011
Published: September 12, 2011
Tech News Today 326:
Amazon wants to be the Netflix of books, AT&T goes bongo for Mango, GameStop gets in the tablet business, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Amazon e-book subscription? Publishers should join
- WSJ reports service would be focused on older titles and included with a $79/year Amazon Prime subscription, much like Amazon’s existing Instant Video service.
- Amazon would offer book publishers a substantial fee, Publishers fear it could lower the value of books
- Amazon would limit number of books to be read each month
- Lending Library was supposed to launch sometime this month — it remains to be seen if that’s still on track or derailed by Amazon’s decision to pursue a private subscription library service.
- How do authors get compensated
- Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” September 15 release date rumors heat up
- ATT announced three Windows Phones with Mango to arrive 4th quarter
- HTC Titan (seen before) 4.7-inch SLCD display, 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front, 1.5GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and up to 16GB of fixed flash storage
- Samsung Focus S - 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1.4GHz CPU and an 8 megapixel rear camera and "4G"
- Samsung Focus Flash - 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.4GHz CPU and 5 megapixel rear shooter
- also announced ATT Windows Phone line will get Mango "this fall"
- Windows Phone Dev podcast team suggest Mango could come Sept. 15
- HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash
- HTC may buy its own smartphone OS
- HTC may be looking to buy its own mobile operating system
- Economic Observer of China quotes HTC chairwoman Cher Wang (reported by Focus Taiwan)
- "We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse,” "We can use any OS we want. We are able to make things different from our rivals on the second or third layer of a platform,” Wang said. “Our strength lies in understanding an OS, but it does not mean that we have to produce an OS.”
- Wang said said the company has held internal discussions about obtaining an OS of its own.
- Report: iOS 5 golden master at end of Sept. for Oct. iPhone 5 launch
- analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims iOS5 will go gold the last week of September in tiume for a mid-October launch of the next iPhone
- Foxconn and Pegatron, are set to receive the final version of iOS 5 between September 23 and September 30.
- Also, according to Kuo, supply chain checks haven't revealed any evidence of a rumored new form factor.
- Apple is currently releasing beta updates to Mac OS X 10.7.2, iTunes 10.5, iOS 5, and iCloud on a regular basis. All these pieces of software will have to be ready and vetted to launch iOS 5 and ostensibly an updated iPhone.
- Gamestop launching branded Android gaming tablet next year
- GameStop-branded Android tablet in testing
- Gamestop president Tony Bartel explained to GamesIndustry that they're currently testing the sale and distribution of an unspecified Android tablet which will be Gamestop branded, and paired with a dedicated controller peripheral.
- Goal is to stream full retail releases (Joystiq speculates using Spawn Labs' Player software) as well as mobile apps
- Bartel also mentioned that the company was working with developers to create titles specifically for the hardware
- Back in April, he told Gamasutra that the company is currently testing out a trade-in program for used slates (in select stores only), and as of today that’s available nationwide for iOS devices
- GlobalSign resumes issuing security certificates
- GlobalSign Says Web Server Was Hacked, But No Signs of CA Breach
- DigiNotar fallout: Adobe to patch Reader and Acrobat tomorrow
- Comodohacker: I can issue fake Windows updates
- GlobalSign will resume issuing Certs tomorrow. Bringing systems online today
- GlobalSign has asked an external security consultant - Fox IT - to review its systems. No evidence that CA system was breached.
- Separate attack carried out on the web server for globalsign.com, isolated from CA system
- Adobe is removing a DigiNotar certificate from its trusted list and pushing out critical security patches to Reader and Acrobat tomorrow. They delayed the decision until Tuesday at the request fo the Dutch government.
- ComodoHacker claims to have Windows Update cert as well. Microsoft denies."
- The next Android may be codenamed "Jelly Bean" according to ThisIsMyNext. Google's been naming its versions of Android after sweets and in alphabetical order, so Jelly Bean sounds about right after Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the codename may not be its final name and its version number is also unknown. Feature-wise, some major features of Ice Cream Sandwich will actually make their debut in Jelly Bean. Intel is also working on a version of Android for its Atom E6xx to be released in January 2012, but that will be Gingerbread.
- After buying Delicious in April, the new owners of the social bookmarking service explained their plans for the new Delicious. The site will become a place to find links with related images and videos based on topical events and give users personal recommendations. Great - that's sort of focused - will anybody use it though?
- Michael Arrington has officially left TechCrunch. AOL announced the editorial change saying the Arrington "has decided to move on… to his newly formed venture fund." Erick Schonfeld will be the new editor of TechCrunch. Internally, AOL found out about the change in leadership in CEO Tim Armstrong's weekly memo.
- Fans of the game Syndicate are of mixed excitement about EA's decision to release a new version of the game. On the one hand, hey official word rom EA that there will be a new Syndicate game! On the other hand, EA decided that instead of a strategy game, Syndicate will now be a first-person shooter. But whether you're a strat or FPS fan, we can all rally around the announcement that the new game is described as being unique and brutal. Which is my Quiet Riot cover band.
- Broadcom bought itself a little something - network processor maker NetLogic for the sum of $3.7 billion. Broadcom will pay $50 per share for the company, which is a 57% premium on NetLogic's closing stock price on Friday. The acquisition ought to be complete in the first half of 2012 assuming it gets regulatory approval.
- Posterous is rebranding its sites as "Posterous Spaces." Its CEO Sachin Agarwal told CNet that the move is to "go after controlled and private sharing." If you want to set up a private space, spaces can have members instead of having to set up groups. The Posterous site has also undergone a makeover which highlights social functions like finding friends using Facebook or Twitter.
- Pixel Qi displays may become widely available soon thanks to an investment by 3M. Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen said the investment will be enough to bring "Pixel Qi screens to widespread mass adoption." Two years ago, the company showed off its display that could act as a regular LCD, but also had the ability to switch to a grayscale mode making it easier to read in brightly lit areas as well as save battery life.
- To get its LTE network going, LightSquared is proposing a plan where it would reduce transmission power and even clear a band for precision GPS. LightSquared's network has been held up due to concerns about interference with GPS devices and the services that rely upon them. The director of the National Coordination Office for Space Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing isn't sold on it yet. "Anything they do I still want to test."
- Open source hardware and software maker Bug Labs is teaming up with Ford. In the future, you will be able to plug in new hardware like a GPS or a heads up display to your Ford vehicle or even update the car via software. Ford has also launched the OpenXC platform so developers can create apps for its hardware.
- Has Cleverbot Passed the Turing Test?
- This past Sunday, the 1334 votes from a Turing test held at the Techniche festival in Guwahati, India were released. They revealed that Cleverbot was voted to be human 59.3% of the time
- Asus Eee Pad Slider up for pre-order at Amazon, starting at $480 for the 16gb model, $580 for the 32. If you like the sliding keyboard hybrid thing you'll also get a Tegra 2 processor, Honeycomb 3.2, Mini HDMI out, dual cams.. but no official ship date
- Nokia's N9 is up for preorder... in Australia, specifically at Harvey Norman, a big retailer. The 16gb version will run you $829 Australian dollars ($865 US). There's a 64gb version too for $979.
- Microsoft's BUILD conference for developers starts tomorrow (September 13) in Anaheim, California, and Windows 8 will be the belle of the ball! Why Anaheim? 18 years ago, Anaheim was where Microsoft first showed off Windows 95. Almost like a superstitious home run thing.
- Intel's Developer's Forum (IDF) kicks off tomorrow as well.
- Fusion Garage's upcoming Grid10 price has dropped to $299 from $499 and the launch has been pushed back 2 weeks to October 1st to accommodate changes to the Adobe Flash Player certification requirements and re-test the device.
- A crisp White PS3 coming to Gamestop in Europe and Electronic Boutique Australia in November. Pre-order now if you want a 320GB HDD and two white Dualshock controllers.
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I was watching to episode 325 this morning. and you discussing the quick boot time for widows 8. it reminded me of a conversion i was having with my girlfriend just last week about how my 8 year old system boots Ubuntu linux 10 times faster then it did windows. The PC has a 1.4Ghz Athlon XP, 1.5 GB RAM and and 80GB IDE HDD. I recently installed ubuntu 11.04 and the machine boots to the GUI in about 30 seconds where the previous install of XP would take at least 5 minutes. I guess it's better late then never Microsoft.
Love the show Thanks,
Allen the friendly web developer here again. Heard you talk about Google's new DART language for the web - I remember learning about it early last year when it was still just an internal proposal, so it's nice that this initiative got some traction.
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