Tech News Today 331
Recorded: September 19, 2011
Published: September 19, 2011
Tech News Today 331: Earth's Soul Patch
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- Google Wallet, Confirmed
- Google Wallet review: photos, videos, and availability
- Launching Google Wallet on Sprint and working with Visa, American Express and Discover
- MasterCard Defends Google Wallet Ahead of Its Official Launch
- What Google Wallet Looks Like at American Eagle Outfitters
- Ian Kennedy snapped this photo at a Peet’s Coffee shop near our offices in downtown San Francisco. Google has updated the Google Wallet website as well.
- Google Wallet customers will be restricted to those with a Citi MasterCard (or prepaid card) and an Android-powered Nexus S from Sprint. Additionally, the merchant will have to have a MasterCard PayPass-enabled payment terminal.
- MasterCard’s head of mobile, Mung Ki Woo said MasterCard already has 300,000 PayPass-enabled terminals worldwide, of which half are in the U.S.
- Google Wallet, early adopter American Eagle Outfitters quietly began accepting Google Wallet payments about a month ago.
- Releasing first version of the App to Sprint. Nexus S 4G phones get it. Can pay with Citi MasterCard and/or Google Prepaid Card. As a thanks to early adopters, we’re adding a $10 free bonus to the Google Prepaid Card if you set it up in Google Wallet before the end of the year
- Visa, Discover and American Express have made available their NFC specifications that could enable their cards to be added to future versions of Google Wallet.
- launching only in New York and San Francisco
- Netflix apologizes, rebrands DVD business ‘Qwikster’
- ABC, Lovefilm Execs Scratch Heads At Netflix’s Split
- Netflix CEO's apology brings new backlash
- Editorial: Reed Hastings' Netflix spinoff isn't about DVD success, it's about hedging the stream
- Wired and Tired: The Long View on the New Netflix
- Netflix abruptly yanks unavailable streaming movies from 'saved' view
- Qwikster Already Has A Lively Twitter Account, But It’s Not Owned By Netflix
- On a blog and in an email, Reed Hastings apologised to customers and announced the split of the comapny into two.
- “I messed up,” Hastings began. “I owe everyone an explanation.”
- DVD-by-mail service “Qwikster,” has a whole new website for the service. Will change in a few weeks. Netflix vet Andy Rendich will head the DVD side
- Hastings also is engaging with customers in the post's comments. But in the thread of 2,600-plus comments, there are plenty of people who appear neither mollified nor persuaded.
- Netflix already separated the services and created a separate business unit for the DVD-by-mail business.
- "The additional streaming content we have coming in the next few months is substantial, and we are always working to improve our service further."
- Netflix Reactions from our inbox:
- Streaming and DVD by mail are *not* two different businesses. They are two different ways to get one product. If I want to read "Flicker" by Theodore Roszak I can buy it from Amazon.com whether I want a physical copy or a digital copy. - Katharine the Political Scientist.
- To apologize for tripping me is one thing, but to offer to make amends by jumping up and down on my head is simply too much. - Joseph Hauger
- This company keeps making mistakes if their not careful Apple and amazon are going to pounce. - Jeff Ley
- the ridiculous email that Reed Hastings sent this morning has made me wish I had some hills to scream to. - Nancy Melin
- Facebook adding Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Rhapsody, and more?
- Updates improve Facebook and Twitter connections
- Facebook's developer conference, F8 begins Thursday. The New York Times has confirmed Facebook will launch a media service.
- Facebook "will unveil a media platform that will allow people to easily share their favorite music, television shows, and movies, effectively making the basic profile page a primary entertainment hub."
- Facebook users will be able to post links to the songs, music videos, or movies they're watching, and their Facebook friends will be able to click directly to the content and check it out themselves.
- The Times lists Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, MOG, French company Deezer, and music video site Vevo--all services mentioned by code-sifter Schaap--as being among the companies signing on to the arrangement. It also says about five other music services will be involved
- Facebook's 750 million users will be able to automatically share activity such as viewing, listening and reading in the live "ticker" stream, once they have opted in to the feature.
- The New York Post reported that Hulu and Facebook would announce at this week's F8 confab deeper integration of their two sites. Netflix was also mentioned in the Post story." Zuckerberg is also expected to introduce changes to the "Like" button, allowing developers to create their own verbs such as "Want", "Desire" or "Need".
- Metro Apps to Be Sold Only From Microsoft's App Store
- Only enterprise and developers can bypass Windows Store for Metro apps
- Metro apps for Windows 8 will be available only through Microsoft's own store (according to Ted Dworkin, a Microsoft director who leads the Windows Store development team, in a BUILD session Wednesday.)
- a primer of the download market published by Microsoft said that it, like Apple, will take a 30% cut of all sales. (though that reference has been removed from the primer)
- "We will examine every application that will be submitted to us [and] we will run a virus check and a malware check on every application," Dworkin said.
- Metro developers that they must give customers a five-device license for any purchased app.
- Side-loading is available for enterprises and developers.
- AT&T Approaches Rivals to Save T-Mobile Bid
- AT&T To Smaller Rivals: Buy Our Spectrum, Please
- AT&T Inc. (T) is approaching smaller rivals including MetroPCS Communications Inc. and Leap Wireless International Inc.to sell spectrum and subscribers as part of an attempt to save its T-Mobile bif said two people with direct knowledge of the situation.
- Bank of America Corp. is advising AT&T on potential asset sale
- Tom Krazit at PaidContent asks "After all, if the world is truly competitive, why would you want to give your competitors any kind of help?"
- OS X Lion passwords can be changed by any local user
- In OS X, user passwords are encrypted and then are stored in files called "shadow files" only accessible to high privileged users like root admin
- In Lion, the system holds the password hashes in the system's directory services, which any user can look up. As a result, the hashes can be extracted without needing to supply admin privileges, and then be run through various hacking tools and scripts to recover the user's password.
- Also using the directory service command line utility, a hacker can change passwords for any account.
- Attacker needs local access (either physical, or already know an account and password to log in remotely) and directory service access
- So 1. Diasble automatic log-in, enable sleep and screensaver passwords, Disable guest accounts, Don't always run as admin (and restrict user account from accessing apps that can modify directory services)
- Richard Stallman wrote an article available at the Guardian.co.uk where he questions if Android is really free. Stallman, the man behind the GNU Project and the free software movement takes great issue with Google witholding source code to Android 3.1. He also does not think that products using Android respect users' freedom since they often use proprietary drivers and Google's YouTube and Maps. "The point of free software is that we have control of our computing, and this doesn't qualify."
- Here's a new one - Samsung is going to sue Apple. The Korea Times says Samsung is just waiting for Apple to release the iPhone 5 before seeking a ban of its sale in Korea claiming patent infringement! The Times cites an anonymous Samsung executive. In present lawsuit news, Samsung has filed a counterclaim against Apple in Australia.
- The largest defense contractor in Japan has announced it was the victim of a cyber attack. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries reported it first noted an attack on the 11th of August. Approximately 80 systems were infected with malware and the hack targeted the company's missile, submarine, and nuclear power plant component business.
- Verizon will offer customers a $99 LTE phone this Thursday. It's the Pantech Breakout and that price tag comes with some trade-offs. Of course, you need to get a 2-year contract along with a minimum 2GB data plan. You'll also have to redeem a rebate to whittle that price down to under $100. The Breakout has some pretty decent specs with a 4-inch touchscreen at 800 x 480 res, Android 2.3, hotspot capabilities, but it has a 1 GHz single-core processor.
- It appears that gamers may have figured out how a critical protein is created, which could lead to a breakthrough in combatting AIDS and HIV. Researchers from the University of Washington released a game called Foldit where players were challenged to predict the structure of a protein called retroviral protease - it is involved in HIV multiplication. Next - gamers to save the world!
- ThisIsMyNext obtained some images of a brand new Motorola Android tablet. It appears to be a 7-inch Honeycomb powered tablet. The device looks to be slimmer than the 10-inch Motorola Xoom and it also seems to take design cues from the Photo 4G with angled corners. Also in the pic is possibly that Droid HD.
- Rogers Communications is under pressure by Canada's telecom regulator to stop throttling gamers. The Canadian Radio-Television Telecommunications Commission wants Rogers to present it a detailed plan by the 27th of September to stop the misclassification of game traffic. Rogers had been throttling games like World of Warcraft because the ISP thought game traffic was P2P traffic. Rogers, you've got about a week.
- Shuhei Yoshida is promising PS Vita users that firmware upgrades will definitely be a more pleasant experience than updating a PS3. Without saying how, he implied that updates will be less intrusive. Yoshida also mentioned on Twitter that the Vita will be region free. Sounds like there's going to be a great time for people to make some money by exporting Vitas from Japan when it's released in December.
- Sony executive: Vita will offer better firmware update experience than PS3
- Everybody needs an app store. And apparently Opera needs two. The browser maker just Handster which has a large library of Android content and runs a white-label app store platform that it offers to network operators, handset makers, and other application stores. Handster also supports Java, Symbian, Windows Mobile, and BlackBerry applications. Opera launched its own mobile app store in April of this year. Handster will be come part of Opera Software.
- Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arr.
- 1982: Professor Scott Fahlman at Carnegie Mellon first typed :-) on a bulletin board at 11:44 AM on a computer-science department bulletin board at Carnegie Mellon University, and the smiley emoticon was born
- Apple posted on its developer forums that iCloud Backup data would be reset on Thursday, September 22, and the (currently still beta) functionality won't be available again until 5pm PDT that day. This likely indicates iOS 5 is pretty close to done.
- [http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/09/htc-invites-us-to-celebrate-in-style-we-try-to-squeeze-into-o/ Tomorrow, 9/20 HTC invites us to 'celebrate in style... could be the women-targeted Bliss phone since when you look at the release image it has kind of a fashion-thing going on...also could be the Vigor, the Holiday, or the Amaze?
- Also tomorrow 9/20 Gears of War limited edition Xbox 360 coming, finally. it was announced back at e3 in june. $400 for A special blood-red Gears-themed Xbox 360 console, 320GB hard drive, two matching wireless controllers, and a copy of the game
"Tom and Crew,
I don't think Microsoft should fool around with emulation like Apple did with Rosetta in the Intel switch. Apple switched over to Intel chips because they had hit a performance and thermal wall with PowerPC. Microsoft is coding for ARM only for the power savings, by all accounts ARM can't hit the same clock speeds or core counts that x86 can right now (this may change in the future, but I think it will be a while until power users see ARM as the best architecture for Windows). If Microsoft is really trying to improve their user experience, slow and inevitably buggy emulation is about the worst way to go about it.
Rich in (formerly) Lovely Cleveland"
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