Tech News Today 371
Recorded: November 14, 2011
Published: November 14, 2011
Tech News Today 371: Thanks For The FLOP Adjustment
Google working on space elevators, iTunes Match launches, T-Mobile teams with Google for Music, and more.
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- iTunes Match goes live: sync up your entire music collection for $24.99 a year
- iTunes Match is immediately over-subscribed
- With iTunes 10.5.1 comes iTunes Match.
- Matches all your songs with songs in library, uploads ones that don't match
- Upgrades all songs to 256K AAC
- $24.99 a year limited to 25,000 songs. If you have more than 25K it will not let you use service.
- promptly became over-subscribed. Visitors were advised to come back in an hour. I'd give it a day or two.
- Kindle Fire and Kindle Touch now shipping
- Amazon’s Kindles Shipping Early, But Keep Waiting for Sales Figures
- Jeff Bezos Owns the Web in More Ways Than You Think
- Kindle Fire pre-orders suddenly changed status and shipping dates today to say some were coming out today and some expected to get the Fire by Tomorrow.
- New e-ink Kindles shipping tomorrow, a full week early.
- Amazon Kindle VP Dave Limp saysy that the Fire is Amazon’s bestselling item across the site
- Reviews are out today and most are tepid to sometimes downright hateful
- Developers’ Interest Growing in Windows Phone, Waning in BlackBerry
- Reviewers May Find Faults, But Developers Say Kindle Fire Is Big Big Big
- Developer's are interested: IDC and Appcelerator Kindle Fire is now the most-interesting Android tablet for developers in North America, edging out the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the Xoom trailing in third and the Nook tablet, launched last week, in fourth.
- Before the iPad’s launch, some 53 percent of developers surveyed by IDC and Appcelerator said they would like to develop for the platform, compared to the Kindle Fire’s 49 percent.
- Regarding OS: Apple solidifed its lead; No. 2 Android, though slipped a bit. No. 3 Windows Phone passes Research In Motion, which is seeing waning interest for both current and QNX software.
- Leaked Screenshots Show Off Rumored Google Music Service
- Google Music launching without Sony and Warner
- T-Mobile May Headline Google Music Event On Wednesday
- Wednesday event at 2 PM. TecnoDroidVe has published what it says are leaked screen shots from the music service.
- Android Police say TecnoDroidVe blogger uncovered the music store on his HTC Inspire 4G. It wasn't operational, but included features like a "free song of the day" and recommendations for similar artists.
- One screen shot shows a page for Green Day music, which is available for $1.29 or $0.99 per song
- CNET has learned that Google has signed a licensing agreement for the new service with Universal Music Group but does not have deals in place with Sony Music Entertainment or Warner Music Group. Unclear about EMI
- “Experience The World of T-Mobile & Google”, complete with guest appearances by several big-name music artists: Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Rhymes, Dirty South, and R3HAB. at 9 PM. (also T-Mobile sign in picture on Google event invite) T-Mobile event will also be streamed on Android music channel
- Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams
- Google X: A Secret Lab for Future Products Revealed
- NY Times reports: Google running a secret lab called Google X in a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location, run by Sergey Brin
- two offices, a nondescript one for logistics, on the company’s Mountain View campus, and one for robots, in a secret location.
- space elevators, a longtime fantasy of Google’s founders and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, could collect information or haul things into space. (In theory, they involve rocketless space travel along a cable anchored to Earth.)
- Driverless car, fleets of robots,
- Web of Things: a garden planter (so it could be watered from afar); a coffee pot (so it could be set to brew remotely); or a light bulb (so it could be turned off remotely).
- Google spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker would only tell the Times, "While the possibilities are incredibly exciting, please do keep in mind that the sums involved are very small by comparison to the investments we make in our core businesses."
- Japanese supercomputer first to clear 10 petaflops
- Cray supercomputer taps AMD 16-core processor
- Barcelona readies hybrid ARM-based supercomputer, uses NVIDIA GPUs for heavy lifting
- No. 1 Supercomputer still number 1 but faster The K Computer, at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Japan, moved up from 8.16 petaflops, the score it used to reach the top of the twice-yearly supercomputer ranking last June, to 10.51 petaflops )or 1.05 exaflops).
- The University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has contracted with Cray to provide the supercomputer for the National Science Foundation's Blue Waters project. Blue Waters will be composed of more than 235 Cray XE6 cabinets based on the AMD's Opteron 6200 Series processor (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and more than 30 cabinets of a future version of the recently announced Cray XK6 supercomputer with Nvidia Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs), Cray said.
- NVIDIA has announced that it'll be providing CUDA GPUs for Barcelona's Supercomputing Center, with the facility looking to substantially boost its energy efficiency with these later this week at the SC11 Conference in Seattle.
- Processor news! AMD's 16-core Opteron, you might know it as "Interlagos," is finally shipping. AMD says Opteron is faster and more power efficient than a comparable Intel Xeon. The server-focused Opteron uses eight two-core modules, not 16 independent ones. On the consumer side, Intel released its Sandy Bridge-E today - the first one out is the Core i7-3960 Extreme edition with 6 cores. This is scheduled to be the last step before Intel releases Ivy Bridge. The Sandy Bridge-E actually has eight cores on the die, but only 6 are active due to power and yield constraints.
- Intel Launches Sandy Bridge-E Series Processors
- Iran's civil defense body says the Duqu malware infection is under control. Iranian officials say this is the third attack in a recent wave of malware attacks - the first being Stuxnet, the second the keylogger Stars, and lastly Duqu. Analysis of the Duqu code hasn't led authorities to the creators, but researchers did find the shellcode of an exploit in a font listed as created by Showtime called "Dexter Regular."
- The Verge published details on what could be the first BlackBerry phone running BBX. Codenamed the "London," you're looking at a dual-core TI OMAP CPU, 1GB of RAM with a front-facing and rear-facing camera. Those sound like good specs now, but it's not scheduled to launch until June 2012. Style-wise, it bears a small resemblance to the Porsche-designed BlackBerry, but there's no physical keyboard.
- Sprint, that other major U.S. wireless carrier, just introduced a revised set of mobile broadband plans. For any data-only device, $50 buys you 6GB of data, $80 gets you 12GB. If you have a hotspot, you have those options, plus a $35 for 3GB option. Tablet owners get all those options with one more choice - $20 for 1GB. You'll get access to Sprint's 3G and 4G networks with those plans. Sprint also introduced a new hotspot, the Express made by Huawei for $30 with a 2 year contract. By the way, these plans don't affect Sprint smartphone users who still have the unlimited data option… for now.
- On to Patent Wars! A Samsung executive told Korean newspaper The Chosunilbo that the company will NOT file an injunction to stop the iPhone 4S from being sold in its home country of South Korea. The newspaper says "the decision was apparently driven by public-relation concerns." Samsung is currently suing Apple around the world in places like Australia, Italy and Japan. Sometimes not making a move is a big move.
- Last Friday, Apple announced a replacement program for the first generation iPod nano saying "in very rare cases, the battery in the iPod nano (1st generation) may overheat and pose a safety risk." The plan requires you to send in your super-old nano and expect a replacement about 6 weeks later. Apple says to back up your iPod nano because you are getting back a "non-personalized replacement."
- Google announced that it will offer around the clock phone support for users of its Google Apps for businesses. The company already offered phone support for "critical issues," but now Google will offer anytime support for "core services" like Gmail, Calendar and Docs. The support will be available to small, medium, and large businesses. The announcement stopped short of saying "Take that Microsoft Office 365!"
- Digitimes reports that HTC is "likely to" launch a new tablet powered by the quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 at Mobile World Congress in February. Meanwhile, Engadget reports that Lenovo will introduce a Tegra 3-based 10.1-inch tablet by the end of the year. The site even managed to grab some close-up pics of the Lenovo tablet that will have a fingerprint scanner that may also be used as a joystick for games. They both ought to be running the newest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.
- One of the co-founders of Diaspora, Illya Zhitomirskiy died at the age of 22 over the weekend. Diaspora was founded by four students at NYU's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. The cause of Zhitomirskiy's death has not been reported yet.
- Thanks to @exore on Twitter who pointed out to us that Ice Cream Sandwich has been open sourced. It is being uploaded to google's servers now
- AT&T To Launch The 4G Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (And Six New LTE Markets) On Nov. 20th - Charlotte, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Deadline for submitting Dataset ideas to KDD Cup is tomorrow - KDD Cup is the annual Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery competition organized by ACM Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining Halo: Combat Evolved launching
"Hey TNT Folks-
Later... Ryan Heldt Zearing, Iowa"
"Hey TNT Crew, I was recently listening to CNet's Reporters Roundtable Ep #100 with special guest Tom Merritt and I very much enjoyed the predictions of tech and tech companies for the next 11 months to 11 years (or so).
I do have one question concerning the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Though I agree with you that the merger is most likely to go through. If it does not, T-mobile is pretty much dead in the water. People seem to forget that there is a part of the agreement that stated if things fall through, AT&T will pay T-Mobile 3 billion dollars in cash and give it a small portion of AT&T's spectrum. So my question is: If the merger does not go through do you think T-Mobile will get into the LTE race and create more competition with this cash and spectrum infusion, or are they just sunk no matter what they do?
I would love to hear your thoughts.
Christopher Copping Portland, Oregon."
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