Tech News Today 343
Recorded: October 5, 2011
Published: October 5, 2011
Tech News Today 343: Zombie Zune!
Google and Samsung dockable Nexus tablet rumor, Comcast and Verizon come to Xbox, FCC wants to track you, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Mark Milian
- Could the Nexus Prime Be Compatible With a “Gutless” Tablet?
- "Google Episode"" of Unpacked occurring on October 11th
- Shows a lot of nice combinations then previews a curved slim looking phonish thing.
- John Millan, reader of Phandroid thinks he sees a laptop dock in the image.
- Microsoft Shows Off Its New Video/Xbox Service
- Microsoft’s big cable play has Verizon, Comcast, HBO and more - good explanation
- Control Your Xbox with your Windows Phone Using the Xbox Companion App
- Fall update to Xbox 360 will bring support for more video and a unified way of viewing what's available.
- Verizon is promising ""a selection"" of its live TV channels,
- Comcast is only bringing its Xfinity TV video on-demand
- BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and LOVEFiLM in the U.K.; Antena 3, RTVE and Telefónica in Spain; Televisa in Mexico; and Bravo, Comcast’s Xfinity On Demand service, Crackle, EPIX, Syfy, TMZ, “The Today Show,” UFC, Verizon FiOS and HBO GO in the United States.
- search across all available video, as well as support for Kinect voice and gesture controls. Control from Windows Phone as well.
- 50 Million Xboxes out there
- HP's Whitman: I'll decide PC biz fate this month
- No more big software acquisitions for HP, CEO says
- Michael Dell Advises Hewlett-Packard
- At Fortune magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif. Meg Whitman revealed her plans for HP's Personal Systems Group.
- Whitman told the audience that she planned to make a call on the fate of the PC division, "much faster" than Leo Apotheker "by the end of October."
- Speaking at the Oracle OpenWorld convention on Tuesday, Michael Dell said said that 5 percent of the world’s microprocessors go into servers and storage and 95 percent go into PCs
- He seems to be defending why he (and by implication HP) should stay in the low-margin PC business.
- "It's certainly the end of big acquisitions," said CEO Meg Whitman when asked about software acquisitions. "We have got to integrate Autonomy. We've got to make this acquisition work."
- Samsung targets iPhone 4S in France, Italy
- Samsung said that it is filing requests for preliminary injunctions both in Paris and in Milan, Italy, asking the courts to ban the sale of the new iPhone.
- Samsung plans to accuse Apple of two patent infringements related to wireless technology, specifically the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) standard used on 3G phones.
- Samsung added that it plans to file injunctions against the new iPhone in other countries
- FCC Wants GPS In Every Phone By 2018
- Federal Communications Commission last week proposed that all cell phones be GPS-enabled by 2018—and that covers phone providers and VoIP services.
- According to the FCC document, a company would technically be compliant if at least 85 percent of its users had GPS-enabled devices.
- Cellular networks already are required to provide the location of 911 calls using either GPS enabled handsets or by triangulating the caller's location using cellular
- Judge suggests DMCA allows DVD ripping if you own the DVD
- federal judge dismissed a lawsuit charging UCLA with violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other provisions of copyright law by ripping DVDs and streaming them to students.
- The lawsuit was brought by a trade association of educational video publishers called the Association for Information Media and Equipment (AIME), and one of its members, Ambrose Video Publishing. The plaintiffs allege that around January 2006, UCLA purchased video streaming software that included a DVD-ripping capability, and began streaming DVDs it had purchased to members of the UCLA community.
- UCLA argued fair use under educational reasons
- Judge Consuelo B. Marshall: "The type of access that students and/or faculty may have, whether overseas or at a coffee shop, does not take the viewing of the DVD out of the educational context,"
- Re: DMCA Judge Marshall seems to have accepted UCLA's argument that its lawful purchase of the DVD meant it couldn't have run afoul of the circumvention provision, but he didn't spell out his reasoning. He then ruled that merely purchasing DVD-ripping software didn't constitute "trafficking" in the software.
- The decision is likely to be appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
- You know those software EULAs that no one reads? Looks like they'll be able to stop you from reselling your software. The Supreme Court refused to review a lower court opinion that ruled a software vendor could restrict the transfer or resale of software through its sales agreements. By refusing to review the case, the Supreme Court pretty much says, "The lower court got it right!"
- Looks like Yahoo is seriously considering its best offers. The Wall Street Journal is reporting Yahoo has authorized Goldman Sachs and Allen & Co to provide its financial data to potential buyers. Alibaba's CEO, Jack Ma has already expressed interest in Yahoo, while Bloomberg says Silver Lake (the private equity firm that bought and sold Skype) is also intrigued. And Reuters is reporting that Microsoft's considering picking up Yahoo again.
- Look Microsoft, it's time to move out of the denial phase and into acceptance. Zune is dead. Stop fighting it. Yesterday we mentioned a support article clearly stating Microsoft would no longer produce the Zune player, So Microsoft removed the web page and in their support feed wrote they are "continuing support" not releasing info about discontinuation. That's a long way of dancing around the fact that they are killing the Zune but having a hard time keeping it secret for now.
- RelayRides, a company that helps you make money by renting out your car, has partnered with General Motors. In the near future, renters will be able to unlock cars equipped with OnStar using their mobile phones. Right now, people who want to make their cars available have to install a special device. OnStar users won't have to do that soon.
- TmoNews somehow got a hold of T-Mobile's product roadmap, so let's talk about what we now know. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which should have T-Mobile's version of 4G, will launch October 26th for $399. The Galaxy 7 Plus looks like it'll launch November 9th for $299. October does't have a lot of phones left in the pipeline, but there's a mess of them coming in November including 3 from LG.
- Here comes a whole lot of Hulu news: On the official Hulu blog, the company's CEO Jason Kilar said that subscribers will soon be responsible for more than 50% of its revenue with over 1 million paid subscribers. Kilar also announced that Hulu has picked up content from Univision so you can get your telenovelas on! NYMag.com reports that Hulu is also trying to pick up the rumored return of "Arrested Development." Exciting times at Hulu.
- Jason Kilar: Hulu Plus is becoming major money maker
- Hulu to Add Univision Spanish-Language Video
- Aakash, the super-cheap tablet from India has been released, but remember that target price point of $35? Didn't quite hit that. The Aakash will cost $60 and is actually a rebranded Ubislate 7 from Datawind. To keep the price down, it uses a 7-inch resistive touchscreen, has a 366MHz processor, and only has 2GB of storage on board, but it does have a microSD slot. That's not too bad for $60.
- Red Hat has bought a company called Gluster for $136M in cash. The company handles unstructured data management, however, Red Hat already had another cloud service called OpenShift, so this latest acquisition is a move to make its cloud service offerings more robust. Gluster already provided services for Samsung and Pandora.
- Chevrolet Corvette turns into speedboat with $1.7 million price tag - but it looks like the batmobile
- HTC's throwing a party tomorrow in at the Roadhouse London to celebrate the launch of HTC with Beats Audio
- October 24th! that's the day when Netflix reports third-quarter earnings and when we'll find out about how many Netflix subscribers jumped ship by price hikes and Qwikster spinoffs.
"I remember when I heard about Siri when Apple acquired the company, that it even understood some drunk speak.. ""Take me drunk, I'm home"" i think was the example used.. I thought Apple would showcase that too.. but then remembered the last thing apple wants to do is talk about drinking, what with iPhones being lost in bars and all that.. :) Love the show Harysh from India"
"Hey TNT crew,
Tom, you can actually pin any folder, including 'Computer' to the Windows 8 Metro start menu. I, like you, need that icon to search through my three hard drives, so I pinned it right to the front page of my PC. Hope that helps!
Marty from Ontario, Canada"
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