Tech News Today 376
Recorded: November 21, 2011
Published: November 21, 2011
Tech News Today 376: Perma-shower
Facebook building a phone, Spotify changing what it does? We bust Android malware FUD, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- The Facebook Phone: It’s Finally Real and Its Name Is Buffy
- Liz Gannes and Ina Fried writing a series on the Facebook phone on ATD
- Facebook has tapped Taiwanese cellphone maker HTC (over Samsung) to build a smartphone that has the social network integrated at the core of its being.
- Code-named "Buffy" ---- introduced the Salsa and ChaCha earlier this year
- modified version of Android that Facebook has tweaked heavily to deeply integrate its services, as well as to support HTML5 as a platform for applications, according to sources familiar with the project.
- Product 12-18 months away from launch
- Project is led by Facebook CTO Bret Taylor
- A spokesman for Facebook declined to comment on Buffy directly, but told AllThingsD:
“Our mobile strategy is simple: We think every mobile device is better if it is deeply social. We’re working across the entire mobile industry; with operators, hardware manufacturers, OS providers, and application developers to bring powerful social experiences to more people around the world.”
- Says It’s Headed in a “New Direction”
- Better still of invite
- Spotify sent invite out for Global Press Conference in New York Wednesday November 30 9 AM Pacific Time
- “some exciting news to share with you,” CEO Daniel Ek will be there, along with “a special guest or two.”
- "what's Next for Spotify?"
- MP3 Store? iPad app?
- Gates testifies in $1B lawsuit against Microsoft
- Microsoft to include antivirus in Windows 8: Good idea or monopoly?
- FLASHBACK: Bill Gates testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect. Case in SLC. Returns to the stand Tuesday.
- Novell Inc. sued Microsoft in 2004, claiming the Redmond, Washington, company violated U.S. antitrust laws through its arrangements with other software makers when it launched Windows 95.
- Gates said: Microsoft had to dump a technical feature that would have supported WordPerfect because he feared it would crash the operating system.
- Novell argues that Gates ordered Microsoft engineers to reject WordPerfect as a Windows 95 word processing application because he feared it was too good
- U.S. District Judge Frederick Motz openly expressed doubts that Novell's claims had merit.
- In other Antitrust Microsoft News: IT World reports , Microsoft announced they will build anti-virus protection into Windows 8, rather than ask users to download Security Essentials as they do in Windows 7
- McAfee: Android Biggest Malware Target Today, Yet Symbian Still Tops It
- Android malware increasing, say antivirus firms, but Google's Chris DiBona calls it a scam
- Android Malware Surges, According to Separate Studies
- 550,000 activations per day, and 200 million activations to-date, Android is fast shaping up to be the world’s biggest OS,
- McAfee Threats Report for Q3 shows nearly all of the new malware detected in Q3 this year was targeted at Android. Android malware was the fastest-growing in the quarter, increasing by some 37 percent. Symbian still number one!
- Chris DiBona, Google's open-source programs manager contends that devices running Android and iOS don't need protection, and that smartphones don't have a traditional virus problem since there are significant barriers (like sandboxing) that prevent programs from spreading from phone to phone.
- Juniper says has seen a 472 percent increase in malware since July 2011
- Paul Thurott points out: Both iOS/iPhone and Windows Phone remain completely unaffected by this trend
- Water pump reportedly destroyed by SCADA hackers
- Hacker Says Texas Town Used Three Character Password To Secure Internet Facing SCADA System
- Researchers warn of SCADA equipment discoverable via Google
- Paul Roberts has a great post on Kasperksy's ThreatPost about the SCADA attack. "pr0f" took credit for a remote compromise of supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems used by South Houston, a community in Harris County, Texas.
- Password was three characters, though not default - HMI (human machine interface) software used to manage water and sewage infrastructure accessible to the Internet
- "This was barely a hack. A child who knows how the HMI that comes with Simatic works could have accomplished this," he wrote in an e-mail to Threatpost.
- hacker said he carried out the attack after becoming frustrated with reports about an unrelated incident in which an Illinois disaster response agency issued a report claiming that a cyber attack damaged a pump used as part of the town's water distribution system.
- ILLINOIS HACK: hacked into SCADA and used that access to steal client user names and apsswords, then used those to access industrial control systems.
- At the Black Hat Briefings in August, security researcher Dillon Beresford Dillon Beresford unveiled a string of other software vulnerabilities affecting Siemens industrial controllers. Also Tom Parker, chief technology officer at FusionX demonstarted the ease of hacking SCADA using Google.
- Netflix to bring back 'Arrested Development'
- Netflix had reached a deal to commission new episodes of Arrested Development: show is expected to return with new episodes in the first half of 2013. The entire cast is expected to return, a person close to the project told LA Times
- Movie still possible
- Arrested Development canceled 5 years ago.
- Hewlett-Packard beat analysts’ expectations for Q4 earnings and revenue but forecast the current quarter and the full year to fall below estimates. HP said it sees fiscal year 2012 earnings coming in at at least $4, well below the consensus of $4.56. They spent $3.3 billion killing WebOS and the Personal Systems Group revenue declined 2% year over year.
- The AFP reports Pakistan's plan to ban 1700 words from text messages has been delayed. A local telecom official said that the ban will only go through when there is a "mutual agreement between the )Pakistan Telecommunication Authority) and us." If you're curious about what words will be eliminated from Pakistani text messages - they include "quickie," "fairy," and "harder."
- Adobe announced it was killing off Mobile Flash, but like every good horror movie villain, it's back one more time before being dead for good. Adobe told Pocket-lint that the company will release a version of Flash Player that supports Android 4.0. The company also said it would release one more edition of its Flash Linux Porting Kit. You can expect both of these products by the end of this year.
- On to hard drive maker wars! Western Digital just lost an arbitration case against Seagate to the tune of $525 million. The case revolved around an employee moving from Seagate to Western Digital and a "misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets." Western Digital said it would challenge the award.
- eBay just bought itself Hunch, the recommendation engine founded in 2008. The purchase price was not officially disclosed, but Mike Arrington says the cost was about $80 million. In its press release, eBay says users can expect to see Hunch integrated with "meaningful, yet often non-obvious, recommendations for items available on eBay based on their specific tastes."
- According to "All About Windows Phone," the Windows Phone Marketplace has hit over 40,000 apps. This report is based on the site's own numbers and do not come from Microsoft. At this pace, the Marketplace will hit 50k by January 2012. To put this into perspective, it took Apple about a year to hit that mark and Android about 18 months. Windows Phone was introduced to the world in October 2010.
- Notebook Italia has found some OpenGL benchmarks for the Asus's Padfone and turned up some interesting details. The Padfone looks to have a Qualcomm MSM8960 S4 which is an unreleased processor and reports vary as to whether it will have two or four cores. The benchmark also showed the device running Android 2.3.5, but that's likely to change to the latest and greatest version once it is released. If you forgot about the Padfone, it's the phone that can be docked into a tablet shell.
- More than 1600 users of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 have been banned from the game for cheating. The news comes from Robert Bowling from Activision via Twitter. Bowler said "Every ban unique to the level of douchiness of the offense. The greater the douche, the greater the length. PermaDouche possible."
- Let's peek inside the rumour mill! There's a lot going on in there. Digitimes reports Amazon is prepping an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire model for launch by the end of the second quarter of 2012. Also rumours circulating the next iPad will be thicker to house a high-res screen and the next iPhone will have a 4-inch screen. Finally ETNews claims 55-inch OLED TVs will come from Samsung and LG BEFORE the 2012 Olympics.
- Report: iPad 3 will be thicker; bigger iPhone screen?
- Rumoured iPhone 5 'will have 4in screen' against Jobs' wish
- 55-inch OLED TVs from LG and Samsung before 2012 Olympics, says ETNews
- Good Deal: Droid RAZR, Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch, HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 2, HTC EVO 3D, Motorola Photon 4G, all $0.01 at Amazon's Penny Pincher site. Offer valid now thru Nov 21, 2011, through 11:59 p.m. PDT November 28, 2011, while supplies last. Plus, if you buy an eligible hotspot-ready smartphone and activate the hotspot feature, you'll get a $100 Amazon.com Gift Card.
- Google+ Is Going To Live Stream LeBron James' Exhibition Tour Dec. 1-10. Called the Homecoming Tour. LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade will each host a game in their respective hometowns between Dec. 1 and Dec. 10.
- Mario and Zelda-themed 3DS hardware bundles coming November 24, both for $200 - bundle 1 includes the just-launched Super Mario 3D Land game and a Flame Red Nintendo 3DS system. The bundle 2 includes The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D game and a special 25th anniversary limited-edition Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS system marked with the Hyrule emblem and gold-colored embellishments.
"I can get podcasts, music, and movies in one easy-to-use interface on Itunes. Why aren't Amazon or Google making a player that consolidates this media in the same way? It seems that i must use a different app for each type of media or a kludge cloud interface. It is the only thing tempting me to the dark side (Apple) ?
Love the show, - Ed Thomas"
"Hey guys, I loved your discussion of Wolfram Alphas flights overhead feature. Flightaware.com has iOS apps and a web site that have been doing this for quite awhile, it even gives you a visual representation (albeit a few minutes behind). If you are on a flight with WiFi you can track yourself on flight aware and even see thunderstorms your pilot is deviating around. As an air traffic controller of 23 plus years, I would love to bring you up to speed on some of the things you said. Tom speculated that a flight starting in N was a private plane. Indeed it was, US registered general aviation flights start with an N. Each country is different. And you mentioned a flight starting with LN, that is an air ambulance. The L stands for Lifeguard. It is usually a flight of surgeons on their way to, or returning from, removing donor organs. Lifeguard flights are like ambulances and we give them every short cut possible. In fact, you might fly a Delta flight transporting corneas. They would be called Lifeguard Delta and get the same prompt service. Tom mentioned you might be able to listen in. Since the planes are so high, one radio transmitter covers a very large area. You would be able to hear any aircraft overhead, but the FAA broadcast tower might be 100's of miles away and of course, out of range. There is a tech tool to fix that though, check out LiveATC.net. They stream and store ATC recordings (sometimes much to our chagrin, remember the JFK kid?) Have a great Thanksgiving!
Mike in NH"
"Hey TNT crew, love the show!
In episode 374, one of your listeners brought up the point that if SOPA were to pass, access to a blacklisted site could be gained just by either typing the IP address directly into the address bar instead of the URL, or by using a DNS server outside the US (which strikes me as potentially risky in a number of ways). My question is, given the fact that Google is obviously strongly opposed to this legislation, could they use this to attract users to using Google DNS? Would it be legal for Google to deny the request of a copyright holder asking for a site to be blacklisted, basically telling them to come back when they have a court order? Could my local ISP still block the site effectively if I don't use their DNS servers at all, directing my system to use Google DNS instead?
Thanks for the great program! Bill Bass Rockford, Illinois"
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