Tech News Today 326

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Episode 326

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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Top Stories

  • 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.

Discussion Stories

  • 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
  • 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, 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."

News Fuse


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  • Intel's Developer's Forum (IDF) kicks off tomorrow as well.


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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.

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"Hey guys,

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.

The motivation for a new language is that Javascript is messy in a lot of ways (it was originally designed in <2 weeks!), and while a committee has made improvements to it over the years (Javascript itself is an implementation of a standard called ECMAScript), it faces the same issue that has plagued Microsoft for years: backwards compatibility with crappy code. Google's just trying to start from scratch, but I wonder how many browsers will even bother to support it.

-- Allen"



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