Tech News Today 340
Recorded: September 30, 2011
Published: September 30, 2011
Tech News Today 340: Will Amazon 1-click Palm?
Amazon to buy Palm, possible peace between Samsung and Apple, mysterious Apple store closures, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Randall Bennett
- Palm on Amazon's own wish list, report says
- Report: Amazon Wants To Buy WebOS; That Could Mean Kindle Phones, PCs Too
- VentureBeat reports that Amazon is in advanced negotiations to buy what's left of Palm from HP
- Jon Rubinstein, the former Palm head, joined the board of Amazon in December last year as a director.
- Jon Rubenstein told TIMN in July: "I would say Amazon would certainly make a great partner, because they have a lot of characteristics that would help them expand the WebOS ecosystem," Rubinstein said. "As to whether there's been discussions or not...that's obviously not something I'm going to comment about."
- Samsung extends olive branch to Apple in Australia
- Samsung Offers Deal to Put Off Apple Dispute
- Samsung has offered a deal to Apple which would allow the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to hit shelves in Australia next week
- WSJ reports even if Apple agrees, agreement is temporary and arguments would continue in court
- Apple lawyer questioned the 1 week turnaround in cross-examination.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus official: 1.2GHz dual-core processor and thinner body coming at end of October
- The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus gets a new thinner (9.96mm) and lighter (345g) body, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of built-in storage, 3-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras on the back and front, respectively, and Samsung’s latest TouchWiz Android skin.
- Honeycomb (Android 3.2)
- 1024 x 600 resolution, 21.1Mbps HSPA+ connectivity, and a 4,000mAh battery
- Indonesia and Austria get the tablet in October
- Nokia passes off Symbian and 2,300 employees to Accenture
- Symbian Now Officially No Longer Under The Wing Of Nokia, 2,300 Jobs Go
- Accenture has fully taken over Symbian from Nokia
- 2300 Nokia employees now work for Accenture.
- Nokia will support Symbian until 2016 and updates will roll out until then.
- Originally 2800 people were supposed to move. “A number of people have found new roles either within Nokia or outside of Nokia,”
- Chinese Internet Stocks Bashed By DoJ Accounting Inquiry
- DoJ reportedly investigating Chinese tech firms for accounting irregularities and may bring charges
- Reuters reports SEC and FBI also investigating.
- Trading considerably down were the video sites Tudo and Youku, the portals Baidu and Sina, and the ad firm Focus Media.
- Some Apple stores temporarily closed, reasons unknown
- Recording of voicemail from Walnut Creek, CA Apple Store
- Chestnut Street Apple store in SF closed from 9/26 until Oct. 5
- Walnut Creek, CA store closed 9/26 - Oct. 3 (voicemail says 10/4)
- University Village Street in Seattle is closed until October 6
- undergoing "minor update"
- IBM is still huge even without a PC business. The company recently passed Microsoft in market capitalization for the first time since 1996. Since market cap is tied to stock price, Microsoft briefly regained its lead over IBM. However, at the close of the stock market today, IBM is once again ahead of Microsoft.
- You'll find all kinds of info on Pastebin like JP Morgan Chase's CEO's personal information. A person by the username of "CabinCr3w" posted CEO James Dimon's political contributions, legal info, family information and addresses. Apparently the data was posted to show support for the Occupy Wall Street protests. The same hackers posted data about Goldman Sachs' CEO and an NYPD Inspector.
- Congratulations Canada, the U.S. is sending something your way. Oh, it's not the Kindle Fire, but you're getting your own version of the DMCA! It's called the Copyright Modernization Act and it still requires Parliamentary review, but is expected to pass by the end of the year. It would make unlawful the "manufacture, sale and distribution of devices that are primarily designed to hack digital locks." The law also would include exemptions for parody, satire, and mashups that are done for non-commercial purposes as long as the material was acquired legitimately.
- Google Chrome is a virus according to Microsoft Security Essentials. The security program identified the browser as "PWS:Win32/Zbot." If the user clicked the "Remove" button, Chrome would be uninstalled. Microsoft has since updated its software so it no longer identifies Chrome as malicious.
- Intel announced it will be acquiring Telmap, a mobile navigation and location-based services company. Telmap already works with Vodaphone, Telephonica, O2, Orange and others. The company will become a subsidiary of Intel which ought to help Intel entrench itself in the mobile space.
- Canonical has released a Windows desktop client for its Ubuntu One service. With Ubuntu One you get a Dropbox-like service to keep your files in sync. Until yesterday, it was only for Linux. On the Ubuntu One blog, the reason why the team made a Windows client was because users may prefer Ubuntu at home, but may have to work in a Windows world.
- Timelines.com is suing Facebook for trademark infringement. Facebook recently announced "Facebook Timeline" as a new way to show off information. In Timelines.com's complaint, the company fears that it could be "eliminated" by Facebook. The company currently has Timelines.com and Timelines registered under federal trademark laws.
- A T-Mobile poster revealed details about an upcoming Nokia Windows Phone. The device would have a curved glass front with a 3.7-inch AMOLED display and would come with Nokia's Drive navigation service. The poster was put up at T-Mobile's German headquarters, but was quickly taken down.
- IHS iSuppli estimates that the Kindle Fire will cost Amazon $209.63 each. The components themselves are estimated at about $190, with the remainder being manufacturing expenses. Previous estimates from Gene Muster put the cost at $250. Either way, both think Amazon will be taking a loss on each Kindle Fire in hopes of making real money on sales of digital content.
- The Ig Nobel prize winners were announced last night. Big winner in the physiology category was a team that found yawning isn't contagious in red-footed tortoise. The Ig Nobel prizes are given to research that "makes people laugh, then think."
- The Tevatron particle accelerator is shutting down today - it was the world's second largest collider.
- Starting tomorrow, Best Buy is cutting the price of the HTC Flyer Tablet by $200. It'll cost $299 instead of $499. A 7-inch Android 2.3-tablet for $299? Not bad.
- ATT will start throttling tomorrow, but Virgin Mobile won't start throttling its customers until 2012 - the original plan was to throttle starting October.
- Monday October 3rd kicks off the Adobe MAX conference. (RIM announced the BlackBerry PlayBook at MAX last year)
"A ""well actually"" for Iyaz about the Star Trek: The Next Generation HD remaster coming to Blu Ray next year. Even though they are scanning in the original film at 1080p resolution, according to Bill Hunt @ The Digital Bits, they are sticking with a 4x3 aspect ratio:
""By the way, we're told that the show's original 1.33:1 aspect ratio will be preserved (and that's what you'll get on Blu-ray), but 1.78:1 versions may be created for use in certain distribution venues. ""
- Love the show,
Dustin the Army Computer Analyst"
Tom, I about fell out of my chair when you said Microsoft will make 74.5 billion in revenue from their Yahoo deal this year. I think you misread that, I believe MS will make a total of 74.5 billion in revenue, that or Yahoo is doing much better than I ever realized :-) ....
""As BI points out, a sum of $444 million is small potatoes for Microsoft, which analysts polled by Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) believe will make $74.5 billion in revenues this year.""
Love the show, Bill in Madison (Go Badgers!)"
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