Tech News Today 342
Recorded: October 4, 2011
Published: October 4, 2011
Tech News Today 342: iPhone 4Squirrel
HTC to patch Android leak, new phones from Microsoft and Android, and more. (oh, right... and iPhone 4S.)
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- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
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- Tim Stevens
- Apple iPhone stuff
- Apple announces iPhone 4S: Same design, GSM/CDMA, A5 chip, 7x faster graphics, 8MP, 1080p Video
- Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s New iPhone 4S
- iPhone 4S (54 minutes in before announced)
- Design the same
- Inside it's all new
- A5 Chip Dual Core Cortex-based processor
- 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing. 10 hours video 40 hours music
- It can now intelligently switch between the antennas for even better call quality.
- HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
- World phone dual GSM/CDMA
- Camera: 8MP sensor - backside illumination, 73% more light. Hybrid IR filter, auto white balancing, cmos sensor (creates jello video). Claims it takes 1.1s to take the first photo on a 4S. f/2.4 aperture
- 1080p video with real-time image stabilization, real-time temporal noise reduction
- Airplay Mirroring in iPhone 4S for gaming
- Voice recognition called Siri, works with Wolfram Alpha, ask it thing like calendars appointments, weather
- Siri Launching in Beta (English, French, German)
- Must have Internet access for Siri Dictation to work?
- 16GB $199
- 32 GB $299
- 64 GB $399
- iPhone 4 $99 8 GB
- iPhone 3GS free with contract
- Pre-orders October 7
- Release October 14
- Available on Sprint
- 22 more countries by 28th
- 70 countries by end of year
- October 12th free download of the card app Cards app, free, send images via snail mail for $2.99/$4.99 anywhere
- October 12th is when iOS 5 will release. works on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch 3rd Gen and higher
- "Find my Friends" app - can see where your family is. temp sharing option, privacy controls, parental restrictions
- iCloud available October 12th
- iTunes Match end of October
- Infinity Blade 2 December 1
- $24.99/year iTunes Match (US Only)
- iPod Nano - Pedometer included. No more dongle required. 16 new clock faces. 7 colors
- 8GB $129; 16 Gb $149 available today
- iPod Touch -
- White version will be available
- October 12th
- 8GB $199
- 32 GB $299
- 64 GB $399
- Tuesday's iPhone event more than Apple.com can bear
- Where was FB at the Apple Event Today? Not There. Stay tuned.
- HTC Acknowledges Data-Exposing Vulnerability In Some Devices, Promises Over-The-Air Patch Shortly
- The Android Police blog discovered that a user's GPS location and call logs could be easily accessed by net-enabled apps.
- "HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices," a spokesperson said.
- Statement: "In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers' data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application."
- "A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws."
- "So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it..."
- Users will be able to download the fix over-the-air.
- The company said the patch will be released after a short period of testing, and users are urged to download the update promptly.
- Artem Russakovskii from Android Police wrote "While I applaud HTC's desire to fix the situation quickly, I do have to wonder whether the patch will simply apply some sort of an authentication scheme to the service while letting it continue to collect the same kind of sensitive data to be potentially reported back to HTC or carriers." He also asked questions about what Android VNC does as well as other serives AP is investigating.
- Nokia’s Elop promises first ‘Windows products’ this quarter
- Nokia Says WP7 Phones To Be Unveiled In Weeks, But No Details On Shipping
- Mango rollout going smoothly, now available to half of all Windows Phones
- HTC's Mango handsets hit shelves in Blighty
- CEO Stephen Elop is quoted by Reuters saying at a conference that Nokia will introduce its first “products based on Windows” this quarter.
- Nokia World coming October 26th
- Three potential devices code named SeaRay, Sabre and Ace, will all be running the newest version of WP7, Mango.
- According to MyNokiaBlog, the Ace will be equipped to work with HSPA+—Nokia’s first “4G” handset—and it will launch exclusively with AT&T in Q1 of 2012.
- Microsoft decided to make Mango available to half of all Windows Phone devices.
- The HTC Radar and Titan, two Windows Phones have gone on sale in the UK according to The Register
- EXCLUSIVE: Samsung Nexus Prime first live shot leaks
- Image on GSM Arena shows a picture of what they think is the Samsung Nexus Prime
- The shot shows specs
- First, we've got the HD resolution of the Super AMOLED confirmed - that's 720p on a screen just 4.6" in diagonal. As you can see from the image itself this gives you a pixel density of over 320 ppi,
- Nexus Prime won't be having any hardware keys on the front.
- Widely expected on Oct 11th
- Okay, now you can start mourning the Zune HD. WMPowerUser.com found a post on the Zune.net support site that confirms that Microsoft will "no longer be producing Zune players." If you're a Zune user, Microsoft's message also said that the company will continue to honor warranties. The future of the Zune will bin Windows Phone.
- If Samsung's Australian battle with Apple doesn't resolve soon, the country may never get the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Neil Young, an attorney for Samsung who's probably really tired of Southern Man jokes, told a federal court that if Samsung doesn't get approval within 2 weeks to bring the Tab to the Australian market, the company may not launch it there at all.. and missing the Christmas season would mean the tablet is pretty much "dead." Remember the Tab 10.1 has already been delayed for two months because of this lawsuit.
- Steven Sinofsky posted yet another post on the Building Windows 8 blog - this time he explains why Windows 8 will use a Start Screen instead of the old Start menu. He said that "people 'in the know' … were moving away from the Start menu, and pinning their frequently used programs to the taskbar…" The Start Screen is meant to be a "connected dashboard." So to sum it up - Microsoft cares about your time.
- Hotmail's adding a whole bunch of features to clean up your inbox. First up, a one-click unsubscribe option - you tell Hotmail to get you unsubscribed and they'll take care of the rest. Hotmail will also be able to schedule clean-ups of your inbox based on your rules - so if you just wanted the latest newsletter, the old ones would get the boot. Flagging messages pins them to the top of your list. The Hotmail team calls this a war on "graymail."
- Yahoo has overhauled its video site and given it a shiny new name- Yahoo Screen. The content is curated, meaning that humans are making the decisions of what to spotlight. Video categories feature videos from Hulu and CBS which makes it easier to find content without having to go to different sites. Yahoo also announced it's creating 8 original short-form shows aimed at women.
- AT&T wants to make Android more accessible to the visually impaired by giving away a suite of apps called Mobile Accessibility Lite. The app provides audio cues and feedback to make navigating Android devices easier. The suite will be available for free for a limited time, but AT&T didn't specify how long that is.
- Researcher Nic Cubrilovic says Facebook is still tracking unsuspecting people via cookies. After learning of this, Facebook has called the tracking issue a bug which was limited in scope and is working on a fix. So what's so horrible about this particular bug? Well, Facebook could track you via a cookie even if you didn't visit Facebook or click on a share or like button.
- Bank of America's website continued to suffer sporadic outages yesterday, marking the 4th day some customers have been locked out of its online services to check balances and pay bills. BofA spokeswoman Tara Burke told the Register the outages aren't related to hacking, denial-of-service attacks, nothing security-related. "The majority of our customers are able to bank online," she said. "There's no compromised customer information."
- The EFF wants the Supreme Court to ban GPS tracking without a warrant and now they've got a new ally - Roger L. Easton. He's credited as the principal inventor of a little thing called the Global Positioning System. They filed their position in an amicus brief on Monday in the case U.S. v. Jones, arguing that GPS tracking is far more invasive than other means of surveillance. The lower court in U.S. v. Jones found the placement of a GPS tracker on a car located on private property to be unconstitutional. The government appealed.
- Today marks the launch of RAGE, id Software's post-apocalyptic first-person shooter that's been in development for at least four years.
- Walmart and T-Mobile are planning to launch a $30 prepaid unlimited web & text plan on October 16th. 100 minutes of talk, with 10 cents per minute after that
- Happy 26th birthday to the Free Software Foundation, founded by Richard Stallman in 1985
- Reminder that the iPhone 4S pre-orders start this Friday, 10/7
"Hi TNT Crew, In regard to Larry Ellison's comments at Oracleworld: I work for a SAAS provider and our application tier is written entirely in Java. So a boost for java processing is definitely welcome for us. We can't use those fancy pants languages like Ruby on Rails as they tend to break down as your database get more complex, which is a given in the enterprise market.
Love the show, thanks! --JY"
"I'm writing about the voice mail you received about purchasing the Kindle in Canada. They were correct that we don't get free shipping, but it's very fast for $10.00, received the shipment in 2 days. Second, Amazon charges export fees, for the 139.00 Kindle (now the old 6"" model) is was around 31.00 US, that covers Brokerage and Duty/Taxes. Now this has happened for the last two orders from Amazon, I received a refund for these charges around 2 months later. So buying a Kindle in Canada is not that bad after all.
p.s. Rumor has it that Best Buy Canada may be carrying the Kindle soon. Staples Canada has already had it but at 159.99 Canadian.
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