Tech News Today 361
Recorded: October 31, 2011
Published: October 31, 2011
Tech News Today 361:
Zuckerberg says Silicon Valley is unnecessary, Sony's last ditch efforts to save their TV department, Ubuntu's world conquering plans, and more.
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- 4G LTE version of Samsung Galaxy S II to debut on AT&T
- AT&T to expand 4G coverage and launch first LTE smartphones November 6th: HTC Vivid, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket
- AT&T LTE Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket available Nov. 6 $249.99 with a two-year contract
- 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus 800x480 screen, 1.5 GHz processor
- HTC Vivid (Holiday) 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, 8-megapixel camera that can record 1080p video, and 16GB of storage with a supplementary microSD slot.
- Vivid available in black and white $200 also Nov. 6
- four additional markets live, including Boston, Washington DC, Baltimore and Athens GA
- Zuckerberg: Silicon Valley isn't necessary for startups
- Mark Zuckerberg spoke yesterday at Y Combinator's Startup School
- "You get this feeling when you are out here in the Silicon Valley that you have to be out here."
- "it's not the only place to be, I think. If I were starting now, I would have stayed in Boston. There are aspects of the culture out here where I think it still is a little short-term focused in a way that bothers me."
- "There's a culture out here where people don't commit to doing things...I feel like a lot of companies that have built outside of Silicon Valley I just think seem to be on a longer-term cadence than the ones in Silicon Valley, for some reason."
- HTC Earnings and Sales Grow Steeply, but at Low End of Prior Forecast
- HTC releases Q3 earnings report: profit up 68 percent, shipments soar 93 percent
- HTC profit soars on 13.2 million handset shipments
- Weather App Forecast: Cloudy With A Chance Of Stalking
- smartphone growth — particularly in China — allowed it to post a 68 percent increase in profits, as unit shipments nearly doubled from a year earlier. in China sales increased by a factor of nine over the past year.
- earnings of $625 million (18.7 billion Taiwan dollars), or 73 cents per share, on revenue of $4.54 billion
- sales and unit numbers were close to, but just shy of, the forecast that HTC issued in July.
- Forecasts 20 percent to 30 percent yoy increase next quarter
- HTC plans to expand its presence in China by distributing in 2,000 additional retail locations; a new factory will boost the company’s output capacity by 40 million units a year.
- A new class-action lawsuit against HTC claims AccuWeather app is transmitting precise geolocation data about their location at regular intervals. "
- Sony splits TV business in three as trouble persists
- Sony may break up with Samsung
- Reuters reports that tomorrow Sony splitting TV division into LCD TVs, outsourcing operations, and next-generation TVs.
- Sony's television operation expected to post a loss for the eight-straight year in 2011.
- The Register reports Sony may end joint venture with Samsung to produce LCD panels, in order to cut costs
- If Sony pulled out of making its own panels, it could outsource them instead, potentially reducing its costs.
- Hackers' threaten Mexican drug cartel in YouTube film
- Anonymous online activists threaten Mexican drug cartel
- Anonymous Threatens Mexico’s Murderous Drug Lords
- A video attributed to Anonymous threatened to expose details about a Mexican drug cartel
- The YouTube message said it was tired of a group "which is dedicated to kidnapping, stealing and extortion". It said the cartel "made a great mistake" carrying out an abduction of one of their members in Veracruz.
- It said it will publish photographs and other details unless the kidnapped member of its group - who has not been identified - is released.
- uploaded on 6 October, but was first reported at the end of last week by the global intelligence think tank Stratfor.
- In September the bodies of a man and woman were found hanging from a bridge in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo. Attached signs read: ""This is going to happen to all of those posting funny things on the internet"" and listed the names of two blogs.
- Last week, Anonymous followed up its threat to the Zetas by defacing the website of former Tabasco state prosecutor Gustavo Rosario Torres, accused by anti-crime activists three years ago of discussing a $200,000 cocaine deal with a deputy on audio tape.
- another Anonymous member says #OpCartel — referencing the Twitter hashtag for their attacks — is “very much alive.” Another member warns: “The dice are already rolling. It’s not possible even for us to stop them. The first strike will be made within the few hours.”
- Anonymous Mexico has reportedly cancelled attacks on the Zetas. “Our struggle is not of this type and our ideals do not go with that operation. The article published by various electronic means is completely false,” a member tells Milenio.
- Ubuntu Heads To Smartphones, and Tablets
- Ubuntu Linux heads to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
- Ubuntu Developer Summit Kicks Off, Mark Shuttleworth Shares Plans for Ubuntu 12.04 and Beyond
- Shuttleworth said, 'This is a natural expansion of our idea as Ubuntu as Linux for human beings. As people have moved from desktop to new form factors for computing, it's important for us to reach out to our community on these platforms. So, we'll embrace the challenge of how to use Ubuntu on smartphones, tablets and smart-screens.'
- Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, FL
- taking Ubuntu Linux to smartphones, tablets, and smart TVs.
- Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Panglon), the next long term support (LTS) of their Linux distribution, as stable as possible and to give the Unity desktop interface, it’s final fit and polish for both home and business Linux desktop users. 2.04, desktop users will enjoy support through 2017
- If I were a betting man, I’d bet we’d see developer tablets and smartphones with ARM processors to appear in the second quarter of 2012.
- Thinks manufacturers will welcome a disruptive strong third-party to use as leverage against iOS and Android
- Steve Troughton-Smith and Grant Paul have figured a way to port Apple's Siri to other iOS devices. Right now, the duo have the voice control app running on an iPod Touch 4G and iPhone 4. They posted a video and screenshots to prove it. The two haven't disclosed how the port communicates with Apple's servers yet because they don't want Apple to lock them out. The app apparently runs very well and it only lacks the "raise to speak" function. The pair haven't announced any plans to release the port until they do some more tests.
- Over the weekend, the New York Times published Mona Simpson's eulogy for Steve Jobs. The two are biological siblings but didn't meet until adulthood. Simpson talked about her relationship with her brother, how he was as a family man and his struggles with his health. She also revealed Steve Jobs' last words, which you may have noticed was repeated across the internet Sunday. Oh wow, three times.
- Disney announced deals with both Amazon and Netflix to stream more of its content online. Amazon Prime will get about 800 episodes of Disney, ABC, and ABC Family shows including every episode of "Lost." Over at Netflix, Disney is expanding its selection. Netflix already had a bunch of ABC content, but will soon add "Alias" and more shows from the Disney Channel like "Kick Buttowski."
- 9to5 Mac reports that Apple bought 3D map company C3 in August and shut it down. According to 9to5 Mac's sources, the C3 team is now working inside of Apple's iOS division in Sweden. This would be Apple's third acquisition of a mapping company in recent history - it already purchased Placebase and Poly9. Maybe "Maps" on iOS is about to get much better.
- HP's undead TouchPad is available at Best Buy. If you purchase an HP or Compaq computer, you can pick up a 32GB TouchPad for $150. If you just want the TouchPad, it'll cost $600. In other HP news, Executive VP of HP's personal systems group Todd Bradley told Bloomberg West that a Guardian report saying HP would kill its webOS division is just an "unfounded rumor." Bradley also spent some time talking up webOS mentioned that HP is still investing in the webOS software.
- Why touch your phone when you can just wave to control it? Pantech is adding gesture recognition into its Vega LTE line of phones. You'd be able to answer calls, go through photos, and play music all without touching the phone. The phone will be released in November in South Korea. Sounds like a cool gimmick, so enjoy swatting at your phone.
- Motorola Mobility will institute a "workforce reduction action" according to an SEC filing. That's just a fancy way of saying Moto will fire about 800 people worldwide. The filing also explained that the restructuring will cost Motorola $31 million in costs due to severance pay and closing facilities. These moves are in anticipation of Google's acquisition of the company.
- TechCrunch has spotted the mythical GDrive. While doing a search for "Writely," the online word processor Google bought a while ago, a test page appears in the search results that says "test page for Platypus (GDrive)." Clicking the link takes you to a Google error page. So there you have it - definitive proof that maybe one day Google will actually release this thing - maybe.
- Today is Dennis Ritchie day - proclaimed by Tim O'Reilly, founder/CEO of O'Reilly Media. This was in response to California Governor Jerry Brown claiming October 16th as Steve Jobs day. O'Reilly says he has Ritchie to thank for helping them start their publishing business.
- The Google TV Update has started rolling out today. it's Already Hitting Select Sony Internet TV Devices. Reminder that Logitech devices aren't in the initial rollout but should get the update "soon"
- Cnet says It's official: the New Nook Color tablet is launching Nov. 7! It's actually not official at all, we just know there will be an event on the 7th and Cnet is hoping for the best
- ASUS has some big Eee Pad plans: The Transformer Prime is arriving on November 9th, with two Windows 8 tablets on the way in 2012
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