Tech News Today 423
Recorded: January 25, 2012
Published: January 25, 2012
Tech News Today 423: The Al Capone Of The Internet
WebOS is OPEN for sourcing, next Xbox will be 6 times as powerful! Why Blizzcon was canceled, and more.
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- Open webOS announced as HP’s open source mobile OS power move
- HP outlines schedule for full WebOS open source release
- ENYO application framework under an Apache license released today.
- Also includes ENYO 2.0, which extends the platforms open to WebOS developers to include iOS and Android, Internet Explorer and Firefox, up to the desktop browser level.
- CTO of WebOS Sam Greenblatt told The Register: This drip-feed of tools will allow developers to get up to speed on the latest state of the code base ahead of the full release of Open WebOS 1.0 in September.
- SlashGear reports all webOS devices out there today may very well be updated to a new version this year, they “looking” to see how viable they are in the short term.
- Xbox 720 Will Be Six Times as Powerful as Current Gen
- Next Xbox console to be six times more powerful, headed for fall 2013 release?
- New Xbox coming in fall 2013?
- Next Xbox coming late 2013 with Radeon 6000 GPU?
- Sources: The Next Xbox Will Play Blu-Ray, May Not Play Used Games (And Will Introduce Kinect 2)
- Xbox will ship to retailers in late October or early November of 2013 with six times the processing power of the Xbox 360, sources close to the project have told IGN.
- Graphics chip from AMD 6000 line IGN speculates similar to Radeon HD 6670 support for DirectX11, multidisplay output, 3D and 1080p HD output. GPU headed to manufacturers by end of 2012.
- Developers are likely to receive development kits based on the system's final configuration in August.
- Kotaku's sources say the next Xbox will play Blu-ray discs and
- Kotaku also reports citing a ""reliable industry source"" may incorporate some sort of anti-used game system.
- The Kinect would also get an on-board processor which would enable better motion detection
- Blizzcon 2012 canceled—but why?
- Blizzard hosting own e-sports World Championship this year, postponing BlizzCon
- No Blizzcon in 2012. Focus on Heart of Swarm, Diablo III and Mists.
- Battle.net World Championship which will premiere in Asia at the end of the year
- The tournament will include professional StarCraft II and World of Warcraft Arena play, "for cash and glory,"
- Previously Blizzard has hosted its own "Blizzard Cup" tournament in coordination with the big names in e-sports like the MLG, GSL, and World Cyber Games.
- Have put on six Blizzcons since 2006.
- O2 network flaw exposes users' phone numbers to websites
- O2 apology for disclosing mobile phone numbers online
- Why O2 shared your mobile number with the world
- A bug in the O2 network in the UK network would send any website visited from a phone's browser its user's private phone number. The problem has been patched.
- Problem came about as a result of routine network maintenance and existed from January 10
- "We investigated, identified and fixed it this afternoon. We would like to apologise for the concern we have caused."
- The Information Commissioner's office looking into it. O2 has also contacted Ofcom.
- Lewis Peckover, a system administrator for a mobile gaming company, flagged up the issue on Tuesday.
- Essentially SIM card info is in the headers of all mobile requests until it is stripped out.
- Tiny Tower Developers Call Out Zynga For Copying Their Game (After They Refused To Be Acquired)
- Ian Marsh's Tweet (NimbleBit dev)
- Zynga just came out with a new game called Dream Heights (in Canada so far)
- Nimble Bit makes Tiny Tower. Which seems similar to Dream Heights. And of course is in the tradition of SimTower.
- NimbleBit's David Marsh posted "Even when you refuse to go work for Zynga, sometimes you end up doing work for Zynga anyway."
- Ian Marsh responded "@NissaCam @nicholsonb They did go the honest route and try to acquire us first."
- Ian Marsh co-founder of Nimble Bit tweeted a link to a greeting card congratulation on the launch of Dream Heights, wishing them well.
- Submission form to request consideration of an exemption
- (For Background) Library of Congress adds DMCA exception for jailbreaking or rooting your phone
- In 2010 LoC provided an exemption to the DMCA for jailbreaking smart phones.
- EFF is asking the U.S. Copyright Office to renew that exemption (otherwise it will expire) and expand it to cover tablets. We’re also asking for a new exemption to allow jailbreaking of video game consoles.
- The Copyright Office needs to hear from people who depend on the ability to jailbreak to write, use, and/or tinker with independent software (from useful apps to essential security fixes) for smartphones, tablets, and game consoles. You can submit comments online at this link. More instructions at EFF.org
- Comments are due by February 10 at 5 PM Eastern Time.
- Facebook has frozen the trading of its shares on secondary markets today through Friday according to reports by Bloomberg and the New York Times, a move that might point to Facebook's impending initial public offering. Facebook officials haven't commented on the reports, but the expected IPO could be worth up to $10 billion, putting the company's value at more than $100 billion.
- Boy Genius Reports grabbed another roadmap, this time, it's from AT&T and you should expect the Nokia Lumia 900 on March 18th for only $100. Paul Thurrott also reported that day as the release date weeks ago. BGR says the price is subject to change because it hasn't received technical acceptance.
- On to the Rumour Mill: next gen smartphone edition! 9to5Mac reports that a source from Foxconn says the iPhone 5 is nearing production and will have a 4+ inch display, but while it wont look like the iPhone 4 or 4s, the final form factor is still up in the air. It could drop in the summer. Meanwhile, Eldar Murtazin says the Samsung Galaxy S III is coming in April with a 12 megapixel camera and quad-core processor running at 1.5 - 1.6GHz.
- Speaking to Laptop Magazine, Samsung product managing manager Ryan Bidan let some details slip about future Galaxy Tabs. You can expect gesture support and pens! Bidan said, "I think a pen interface continues to make a lot of sense across a number of screen sizes, like the larger is more obvious of those."
- Patent wars! Motorola is going on the offensive by suing Apple over several patents that could impact the iPhone 4S and iCloud. The patents cover a "method and apparatus for communicating summarized data" and "multiple pager status synchronization" amongst other things. ArsTechnica's Jacqui Cheng believes this relates to iCloud's ability to sync data wirelessly. Motorola already has two other lawsuits against Apple going on right now. If you were curious about Apple's current battles with Samsung, the Korea Herald created a handy dandy map. They're fighting all over the world.
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg responded to privacy regulation changes by the European Commission that restrict the ways Internet companies gather, use, and retain volumes of personal user data. Speaking at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Sandberg emphasized the danger of laws stifling businesses like Facebook's. "We want to make sure we have...a regulatory environment that promotes innovation and economic growth...this is really serious stuff. This is about growth. This is about jobs.”
- Andrew Shepherd created a map to show where T-Mobile would get a boost from the proposed transfer of spectrum from AT&T. T-Mobile would gain lots of coverage in major markets like San Francisco, Washington D.C., San Antonio, Atlanta and more. As a condition of the failed merger, AT&T was to transfer $1 billion worth of spectrum to T-Mobile - the transfer itself is still subject to government approval.
- Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom was denied bail by a New Zealand court. The judge ruled that Dotcom was a flight risk and specifically mentioned Doctom's posesssion of an illegal firearm when arrested as an indication that Dotcom has a "a level of criminality which…could easily extend to exploiting criminal connections to obtain false travel documents." Dotcom will be in custody until his extradition hearing on February 22nd.
- Netflix's Q4 numbers are in, and they're not terrible! Earnings of $0.73 per and revenue of $876 million beat Wall Street estimates, but Netflix also ended the year with 24.4 million US subscribers. That’s up 25 percent from last year, and up from last quarter’s 23.79 million subs. Have subscribers forgiven Netflix for a rough 2011? Looks like the beginnings of a truce.
- Nokia's made some announcements ahead of its earnings report tomorrow: 1.5 billion sales of Series 40 feature phones, a buyer for a plant in Romania Nokia closed down in November 2011, and a re-casting of its quarterly results for the three quarters preceding tomorrow's.
- Macworld starts tomorrow! We'll be streaming live from the floor starting at 12:30 pm PT.
Love the show! I listened to your discussion of cell phone subsidies in TNT #422 with interest, since I also prefer to buy my phones unlocked. But I think the main reason that it hasn't taken off in the US is that there is no real financial incentive for the consumer. With very few exceptions (T-Mobile Even More Plus plan), postpaid plans will not give a monthly discount for bringing your own equipment. I think that there are enough people who would be willing to spend an extra $200 up front if that allows them to save $10/month for two years. The problem is that such a pricing structure would go a long way towards making the carriers into ""dumb pipes"", which none of the major carriers seem to want.
-Sam in NJ"
"The news that phone subsidies are not highly successful did not come at much of a surprise.
In Canada, the situation is different in an interesting way:
Here, all subsidized contracts are 3 years (the rebate on 2 contracts are negligible), which you would think would be worse, and in some ways it is. But on the other hand, we now have NO cancellation fees; The popularity of high priced smartphone plus some provincial regulation means that you only have to pay back the fraction of the subsidy that you owe.
Its a kludge that results from the fact that 3 year contracts are ridiculous, but we've worked our way around it. Which I think was made easier because a 3 year deal is so much worse than a 2 year.
"Salut les amis
You guys were discussing the notion that course credit could be gained through iTunes U or something similar. While my lectures are not available on iTunes U per se, they are available on iTunes as a straight up podcast. I have had people, if they meet the requirements, listen to archives of my classes, old lectures etc. All of the notes are available as well. I have then sent them writing assignments that they have completed. They were then given a grade etc. We are doing this here at Algoma University (go Thunderbirds) on a case by case basis, and frankly, on an um, me by me basis. However, I have had great success with it. (Of course these people pay tuition to the school etc).
Oh, and in the late 90s I washed a series of Pam m505 PDAs….
Dave -- David R Brodbeck, PhD Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology Algoma University"
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