Tech News Today 410
Recorded: January 6, 2012
Published: January 6, 2012
Tech News Today 410: And it Comes With a Gorilla
Sony's new XQD memory card, Is Siri eating up all the bandwidth? Google TV set to conquer CES, and more.
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- Trey Ratcliff ( )
- Sony flashes new XQD memory cards, your pre-ordered Nikon D4 smiles coyly
- Nikon announces first camera to use new XQD cards
- Nikon D4 hands-on and manufacturer sample images (video)
- Nikon announces Nikon D4, its newest flagship professional DSLR. Will use XQD cards
- Sony announced it will produce the first cards in the XQD format in 16GB and 32GB sizes
- based on PCI Express and start at 125MB/s transfer rates. can go faster (250) as PCIe evolves
- 16GB Sony XQD card will retail for $129.99, while a 32GB card will run $229.99. Sony is also offering a USB3 card reader and an ExpressCard adapter for $44.99 each.
- XQD cards can store 100 16.2MP RAW images from the Nikon D4 without a pause. Likewise, the cards can record full 1080p HD video from the D4 until the card fills up.
- Nikon D4 will be available in late February for $5,999.95"
- Apple’s Siri Feature Doubles IPhone Data Usage
- iPhone 4S users are big data hogs compared to iPhone 4 users
- Is Siri Really a Data Hog on iPhone 4S?
- network firm Arieso: iPhone 4S use almost twice as much data as iPhone 4 and nearly 3 times as much as 3G. Samsung Galaxy S downloading 199 percent of the data used by iPhone 3G. HTC Desire S did, at 323 percent of the data uploaded by iPhone 3G
- Arieso, based in Atlanta, said it measured more than 1 million subscribers across a single European network in both urban and rural areas, without identifying the operator.
- Cause is Siri, iCloud --- EXCEPT Ars found 11 search queries performed every single day for 30 days over 3G led to an increase of 20MB in data usage
- About one percent of the high-use subscribers downloaded half of the data volumes
- Kazuo Hirai to be named President of Sony, Howard Stringer to remain CEO
- Sony names Kazuo Hirai president; Stringer remains CEO--report
- Sir Howard's days as Sony prez said to be numbered
- According to a report in Nikkei, Sony will soon name Kazuo Hirai as President. Howard Stringer will remain in place as CEO and Chairman, but Hirai will be taking over presidential duties as early as April.
- Hirai is Executive Deputy President -- so overdue for a title change
- Hirai became the chairman of Sony's Computer Entertainment group in June of last year, taking over the spot previously held by Andrew House. Prior to that--in March--he was named as president of Sony's entire consumer business.
"Hi TNT crew. I've just read the news that Kaz Hirai the current chief of Sony's PlayStation devision is getting a bump up to President of Sony. While Kaz is well known to gamers as a stand up guy I've got to question why he is getting the promotion. This is the guy that was in charge last year when the whole PSN hack debacle happened which gave Sony a huge black eye and cost them millions. I don't see why anyone would reward someone so soon after such a major PR and financial stuff up. What do you guys think?
From Nik in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia."
- Smartphones power Samsung to record Q4 profit
- HTC: It can and will get worse
- Samsung/HTC: Two Sides Of An Android Coin. Why’s Samsung Winning The Toss?
- Motorola Mobility misses Q4 estimates on shipments of 10.5 million phones
- Samsung Electronics reported a record quarterly profit on Friday, aided by one-off gains and best-ever sales of high-end phones.
- Samsung is also weathering a squeeze on its bread-and-butter memory chip business with new revenue sources such as mobile processing chips and high-end OLED displays.
- HTC reported dismal fourth quarter sales and the first quarter is probably looking worse. HTC is betting on a slew of devices to save the day in February and March at the Mobile World Congress
- Larry Dignan: " HTC finds itself in a rut that plagues all hardware companies."
- reportedly gearing up to show off its first super-fast quad-core devices in February at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. --- Facebook Phone?"
- Moto: - full results on January 26th, it will miss analysts’ sales forecast with revenue of approximately $3.4 billion and what Motorola referred to as “modest profitability” in a statement on Friday evening. Motorola shipped 10.5 million mobile phones during the fourth quarter, 5.3 million of which were smartphones.
- LG Shows Off Its New Google TV Set Before CES
- New Google TV Devices Finally On The Way
- Google TV reborn: ARM support, new OEMs, and more
- LG unveiled their Google TV ahead of CES with modified interface - UK launch in 2013
- It comes with LG’s “Magic Remote Qwerty,” which is, as you might expect, a combination of its voice-controlled Magic Remote with the magic of QWERTY.
- Sony and Samsung first half of the year
- Also Vizio
- Google TV will rely on chips from Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL) and MediaTek for some new devices, while LG will use its own L9 chipset.
- Symantec confirms antivirus source code hack
- That stolen Symantec source code? It's for older enterprise products
- Symantec Confirms Hackers Accessed Source Code of Two Enterprise Security Products
- Symantec confirms Indian hackers "The Lords of Dharmaraj" gained access to an older version of Norton Antivirus source code -- "Symantec can confirm that a segment of its source code used in two of our older enterprise products has been accessed, one of which has been discontinued,"
- Yama Tough provided security site Infosec Island with files that appeared to contain source code from the 2006 version of Norton Antivirus.
- The Lords of Dharmaraja claim they took the files from Indian military intelligence servers.
- CNET: the two products in question are Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) 11.0 and Symantec Antivirus 10.2. Currently at version 12, SEP 11 is 4 years old but is still supported, while Symantec Antivirus 10.2 has been discontinued.
- Rob Rachwald, Director of Security Strategy at Imperva quoted by everybody telling folks not to worry because it wasn't virus signatures.
- BitTorrent, Inc. released a new free application called "Share" that aims to make it easy to share files with friends. Available at GetShareApp.com, BitTorrent promotes the app as a way to send large files because there are no size limits and you can share with groups. The app is designed to make it easier for people to use BitTorrent as a distribution medium. Share is available on Windows or in the latest version of uTorrent on Mac, but be aware that it's an "alpha."
- Toshiba confirmed with Engadget and CNet that it is launching a 55-inch 4K 3DTV that doesn't require glasses. It's scheduled to launch in the first quarter of this year with a $10,000 price tag. Watching in 2D gives you 4K resolution, moving to 3D means you're watching 720p HD. The TV uses face-tracking to support up to nine viewers. In other glasses-free 3D news, MasterImage will show off two such displays for smartphones and tablets at next week's CES.
- Rumor Mill! DigiTimes reports that Apple is launching two iPads this year. DigiTimes cites component makers saying to expect an iPad 3 in March and an iPad 4 in October. The 3 would have an HD display, but the 4 would have upgraded hardware and apps. Now with something that's more mill than rumor, code within iOS 5.1 beta shows that the OS will be able to support quad-core processors. Both 9to5Mac and ArsTechnica both think this means Apple is already testing quad-core devices right now.
- According to a Dow Jones Newswires report Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said Sprint deals with data hogs by knocking them off the network and slowing down about 1% of its customers. Since Sprint promotes itself as the last major network with unlimited data, this got people upset. Sprint's official blog responded to the report saying that it doesn't throttle its customers and Hesse was referring to terminating services of subscribers who violate the terms of service.
- Speaking to CNBC, Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch said that even if the Nook business is spun-off as an independent entity, the device will still be Barnes & Noble's e-reader. Lynch did not provide details as to whether the company is seriously considering the Nook spin-off and also said "there will always be bookstores in this country."
- According to Seculert, the Ramnit worm has stolen at least 45,000 Facebook login credentials. The goal of the worm is to gain remote access to networks by posting malicious links on Facebook. Seculert believes that the crooks will attempt to use the same credentials on other sites like Gmail or Outlook Web Access - but that won't work, right? You use a secure and different password on every site you use, right?
- You can't ever be too thin, too rich, or have too many operating systems. Nokia just bought Smarterphone, a small company that makes operating systems for feature phones. Nokia already uses Symbian for its low-level phones and Windows Phone for its premium phones, but did not comment on how the new OS will play a part in its offerings.
- MCVUK.com reports that the next PlayStation and next Xbox will be shown at E3 in June. That doesn't necessarily mean that the next gen consoles will be available to buy this year - but looks like we'll get a glimpse into the future of gaming in June. Also expected are details about the already announced Nintendo Wii U
- Corning will show off its next generation of Gorilla Glass at CES. If you're unfamiliar with Gorilla Glass, many smartphones use it to protect touchscreens. There are sparse details about Gorilla Glass 2 other than it will have better response to touch, be more durable, and can be used for both smaller and large surfaces than currently possible.
- If you've got a TiVo Premiere DVR, you might be one of the random users to receive an update that adds multi-room streaming between TiVo boxes, an HD guide, Hulu Plus search, and a few other new features. Multi-room streaming will also be turned on when the update reaches everybody.
- ViaSat announced is going to start offering 12 Mbps satellite internet plans on January 16th for $50 per month, rolled out over the US over the coming months to subscribers of National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative ISPs. The lowest-tier plan will limit users to 7.5GB of usage per month with a fee if you go over, and the service is only available as part of a 24 month contract.
- TWiT CES coverage starts Sunday night. We'll be live from CES Unveiled at 5 pm PT and then all next week TNT will be live at its regular time from the TWiT stage at CES, a little early on Friday! We'll be in the south hall so if you're at the show, come say hello.
Yesterday's show featured a new GUI that tracks eye movement.
Along the lines of "nothing new under the sun", I was reminded of an ad and a product from 1985, "Now There's A Mouse That Flies".
I even found the instruction manual online:
It was a device you wore on your head like a headset. A box sat on the Mac and tracked your head movement, with two buttons attached to your keyboard to initiate tracking and to click.
I bought one for $199, and it worked very well. It was an elegant interface and it was really impressive to watch the cursor move and menus drop down depending on where you looked. I could no longer use it once the Mac moved away from ADB, though I recall later seeing it marketed to the handicapped, though at a much higher price.
Anyway, great show, and thanks for the nostalgia!
Fast Eddie B. (Ed Benson - Mineral Bluff, GA)"
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