Tech News Today 357
Recorded: October 25, 2011
Published: October 25, 2011
Tech News Today 357: Decaf, Look Into It
Amazon pulls a Netflix, China heats up the CyberColdWar and a thermostats you'll drool over... seriously, and more.
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- Amazon.com Announces Third Quarter Sales up 44% to $10.88 Billion; Introduced Four New Kindle Devices for the Holidays
- Amazon Blows It; Shares Tank
- Amazon Misses, Q3 Sales Up 44 Percent To $10.9B; Net Income Down 73 Percent To $63M
- Amazon third-quarter net income falls 73 percent as online retailer spends on growth
- Net income decreased 73% to $63 million in the third quarter, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with net income of $231 million, or $0.51 per diluted share, in third quarter 2010.
- analysts expected a profit of $0.25 cents per share on $10.91 billion in revenue. Delivered 14 cents per share revenue of $10.9 billion
- Net sales increased 44% to $10.88 billion in the third quarter, compared with $7.56 billion in third quarter 2010.
- Shares down in after hours
- “In the three weeks since launch, orders for electronic ink Kindles are double the previous launch,” said building "millions more than we'd already planned"
- The company's "worldwide electronics and other general merchandise" sales, where Kindle is lumped in, rose 59% compared to last year
- iTunes creator working on Apple TV, report says
- Apple TV? Think Bose VideoWave, Only More Apple-ish.
- Content, licensing holding back Apple TV set, analyst claims
- "I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. "It would be seamlessly synched with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it." Rumoured to be customized programming, in which people could follow whatever channels or shows they want for a monthly fee
- Apple vice president of consumer applications, Jeff Robbin, is heading up a team at the company that's working on launching a television, according to Bloomberg
- Gene Munster thinks it will come late 2012 or early 2013. Shaw Wu says content licensing is what's holding it back.
- In an interview with CNET, Walter Isaacson said Apple wasn't "close at all" to developing a television.
- John Paczkowski at ATD reports that Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry thinks it will be like Bose VideoWave
- Data points to China as source of March RSA breach, wider attacks
- RSA executive chairman Art Coviello told attendees of the company’s conference in London two weeks ago that the March cyberattack on his company “could only have been perpetrated by a nation-state,”
- Ars reports Data shared with Congress by security experts, however, suggests strongly that the nation-state in question was China and that the infrastructure used in the attacks had been active long before RSA was breached.
- security blogger Brian Krebs reports, over 700 organizations’ networks were found to be transmitting data back to the command-and-control networks used to coordinate the attack
- of the over 300 C&C networks used to coordinate the Flash zero-day attacks, the vast majority—299 of them—were located in China.
- first communication with these networks dates back to November 2010, predating the known timeline of the Flash zero day by at least three months.
- T-Mobile's Plan B Is Probably the Cable Industry
- If the merger doesn't go through, a cable industry T-Mobile hookup is what Sanford Bernstein analysts are predicting in a research note to investors this week
- Judge says no to Sprint request for AT&T documents
- a report issued Friday, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Inc. analysts Robin Bienenstock and Craig Moffett note that Comcast and TW Cable together hold a 20MHz block of the 1,700/2,100MHz Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum that covers about 80 percent of the U.S., and it happens to be the kind of capacity that "would drop neatly and easily into T-Mobile's existing towers." Considering T-Mobile's near-term spectrum issues and the fact that auctions are still well out on the horizon, "a deal with Comcast and Time Warner Cable for spectrum therefore looks appealing and is very likely the principal Plan B. Or, if you will, the new Plan A," the firm notes.
- this would be a way for the cable industry to dodge the FCC's complaints that they're sitting on unused spectrum
- companies like Cablevision have filed merger complaints with the FCC stating that they'd like to strike a deal with T-Mobile, but that AT&T ownership would make that all-but impossible
- iPod fathers unveil their next project, the Nest Learning Thermostat (hands-on)
- Nest Labs run by Tony Fadell, longtime SVP of Apple's iPod division, and lead engineer Matt Rogers.
- Thermostat called Nest and will go on sale next month for $249 in places like Best Buy
- six sensors, which keep tabs on metrics like temperature, ambient light, humidity and motion takes about a week to pick up on your routine
- If you're not at home (no motion) , it lowers the temp to save energy -- Multiple thermostats talk to each other
- Click wheel for adjusting temp, or you can use an iPhone app, or a web interface
- Takes about 20 minutes to install.
- Tablet owners still won't pay to read the news
- Android Phones, Apple’s Tablets Serving Up Tons of Ads
- Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism and the Economist Group found that around 77 percent of tablet owners use their devices each day, spending an average of around 90 minutes in total.
- 53 percent of those polled said they read the news daily. The only more popular activities were browsing the Web (which 67 percent do daily) and using e-mail (54 percent) Social networks was 39%
- 33 percent of them said they spend more time getting news then they did before they bought their tablets.
- Only 14 percent of those who grab the news through their tablets said they've paid for such content. Another 23 percent said they've subscribed to a print newspaper or magazine that includes digital access.
- Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates
- Apple tablet accounted for 97 percent of all ads shown on tablets a quarterly study from Millennial Media. Android serving up 56 percent of mobile ads on connected devices, double the figure for Apple’s iOS.
- Sample info:
- A phone survey reached 1,159 tablet users and 894 tablet news users, and a web-based survey asked news users about their news habits over the prior seven days. The study was conducted in the summer and early fall of 2011
- The Wall Street Journal reports that Visa and MasterCard are each working on plans to target online advertising based on your purchases in brick & mortar stores. The Journal obtained a MasterCard document that explained how the purchases would be linked, but MasterCard has told the journal that those particular plans were shelved due to privacy concerns. Visa and MasterCard are said to still be working on a solution.
- Basis International is now suing RIM over the trademark to "BBX." RIM announced it was rebranding its mobile operating system as BBX this month, but Basis International already had the mark registered. Basis International's BBx is for its own software and the company sent RIM a cease and desist letter before filing suit.
- It's still earnings season and ARM announced it did very well in Q3. Net profits for the quarter were over $50 million compared to $23 million dollars in Q3 of 2010. Revenue was also better than expected at $192.3 million. One billion ARM mobile chips were shipped in the quarter.
- Motorola announced via Twitter that it will update its Android handsets to Ice Cream Sandwich 6 weeks after the official release by Google. Motorola's Android Software Upgrade page says that the Droid Razr, Xoom, and the Bionic will be updated, but timing details aren't present on that page. Google will launch Ice Cream Sandwich with the Galaxy Nexus by the end of the year.
- HTC is sending out over the air updates to several phones to patch a security flaw that stems from HTC's Sense UI. AndroidPolice has confirmed updates to the EVO line on Sprint, Thunderbolt and the myTouch on T-Mobile. You can manually check for an update by going into Settings > About Phone > System Update > HTC software update. The vulnerability could allow malicious apps to get access to user account info, email addresses, location data and more.
- Malware infected a number of computers in the Japanese Parliament which could have exposed data of 480 lawmakers and their staff. Local news outlet Asahi Shimbun reports that the attack began in July, but security officials were not aware of it until August. Login information and emails may have been stolen, but it is unknown who committed these attacks or what they were looking for.
- IBM's board of directors have announced that Virginia M. Rometty will be taking over as CEO of the company in 2012, succeeding current chief Samuel Palmisano. Palmisano will stay on as chairman of the board, but at the end of the year will hand over the reins to Romett. She has led IBM's push into services and took over as senior vice president of sales, marketing and strategy, in 2009, expanding into markets like China and India.
- Good news GTA fans, Rockstar's announced it's working on Grand Theft Auto V. Not a lot of details on the newest version of the game yet, but the rumors are it'll be set in Los Angeles and be released in 2012. If you visit Rockstargames.com, you'll be greeted with a giant Grand Theft Auto V logo along with info on the trailer which comes out November 2nd.
- Speaking at the 4G World Conference, Sprint's VP of network development Iyad Terazi let the world know that Sprint will bring LTE-Advanced to its network during the first half of 2013. The news was first reported by Fierce Wireless. LTE-Advanced allows for download speeds of up 12 to 15 Mbps. Sprint already announced it would switch from WiMax to LTE next year. LTE and LTE-Advanced use different spectrums, but their similar names will probably confuse lots of consumers.
- Anti-Facebook Social Network “Unthink” has launched to the public, at least in private beta. The Tampa-based company's goal is to change the way people interact socially, how they interact with brands, the terms they agree to, etc. I'd love to tell you how it looks, but after techcrunch wrote about them 6 hours ago, their servers have been down.
- Nokia World kicks off tomorrow in London - everyone's expecting official details on Nokia's Windows Phones including Microsoft.
- November 3rd, HTC is announcing something.. media invites went out today. It'll probably be the HTC Rezound, code-named the HTC Vigor. and have a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, 8-megapixel camera and Beats audio.
- Nationwide Test of the Emergency Broadcast System Nov. 9 - will last 3 minutes, the first nationwide test
"I have an legitimately evil twin. He maintains the mirror universe goatee which proves this fact. He is so paranoid that he very well might not upgrade to the iPhone 4s because I don't doubt that he thinks I will sneak in his house, unlock his phone and do something nefarious.
You can actually see the paranoia piercing your soul here.
Perhaps you better refer to me by my code name Ronoldo Diaz, he might be spidering the web for hits on me. Seriously he is the evil twin!
Anyways love the show, all the best.
"Just a few clarifications:
1) There have already been problems with the information released. One of OpDarknet's members was included in the list of usernames from Lolita City. They've backpedaled, saying that it was included by a vindictive member spreading FUD who has since been kicked from the project, but there has been at least 1 false positive already. 2) The information released from LC's user database contains no private information, so I don't know the value of releasing it, outside of creating false positives, as in #1. 3) The main attack is that they are DDoS'ing Freedom Hosting, which hosts the 40+ child pornography websites. Cut off the hosting provider, and you cut off the websites.
I agree that the darknet needs some cleaning , but Freedom Hosting also hosts websites for legitimate activities. The DDoS took them down as well. I wish there was a better way of going about this. I just can't think of one, but the attention it is drawing will bring one up as we work together to clean out what needs it. No Names Please"
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