Tech News Today 444
Recorded: February 24, 2012
Published: February 24, 2012
Tech News Today 444: Goatees Are Not Metro
Google rumours, how to successfully sue AT&T, Motorola stops email, and more.
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- Proview Takes a Shot at Apple in California Court
- According to Reuters Proview filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California in Santa Clara County against Apple's use of the trademark iPad.
- The suit was filed on Feb. 17, According to ATD, the very day Li Su, chairman of Hejun Vanguard Group, a consulting company representing Proview’s creditors, said it was “selecting from three American law firms to sue Apple in the United States for $2 billion in compensation.”
- the suit accuses Apple of fraud for using its IP Application Development subsidiary to purchase the iPad trademark from Proview. Apple acted “with oppression, fraud and/or malice,” Proview alleges.
- They sold the name for the equivalent of $55,000
- German iPhone users can no longer use iCloud's push e-mail—for now
- Motorola is now enforcing an injunction against Apple's iCloud push email notifications in Germany, meaning the service has been shut down for users in the region.
- "Apple holds the patent to be invalid and [plans] to submit an appeal," Apple said in a translated statement.
- Consumers have to return to the days of 2009 when they were required to set their email to check for new messages at a pre-defined interval.
- The patent at issue relates to older pager designs, but Motorola was able to convince a German court that it applied to Apple's implementation of push e-mail that syncs across devices via iCloud. The injunction went into effect on Thursday of this week, requiring Apple to disable push e-mail syncing in Germany.
- This not considered an essential patent and therefore doesn't involve FRAND
- Study: We're getting less friendly on Facebook
- As Privacy Concerns Grow, More Social Media Users Are “Unfriending”
- Pew Internet & American Life Project phone survey conducted in 2011 of 2277 adults show 44% respondents deleted comments from social profiles in 2011, up from 36% in 2009. Over 60% said they deleted people from their friends lists,
- 67% of women set their profiles to friends only. Men 48%. 62% teens and 58%of adults restricted access to friends only.
- 2% of social media users described privacy controls as "very difficult to manage."
- 56% of users 18-29 said they have deleted unwanted comments, 40% 30-49, and 34% 50-64.
- 15% of males said they posted something regrettable, 8% female. 15% 18-29 regrettable, 5% over 50 regrettable.
- Pew doesn't specifically name FB but with 850M users it's the biggest network
- The data about teens came from a separate phone survey Pew conducted with teenagers and their parents.
- Microsoft Office 15 apps to include 'touch mode' with easy typing and enlarged ribbon
- A closer look at Microsoft's Office 15 Technical Preview
- MS already announced that Office will be included with WOA and said they would be desktop apps - not Metro
- Mary Jo Foley reports that Office 15 will offer a touch mode button
- This image of the technical preview version of Word 15 — was shared by one of MJ's contacts with access to the Office 15 technical preview — shows off that button
- Images of Office 15 match ones posted on The Verge.
- Currently this button doesn’t really function, according to my contact, who requested anonymity.
- However, Microsoft’s intention is to enable the Office UI to switch to something more touch-friendly when Office 15 apps are used, my contact said.
- Apple Acquires Chomp; App Store Search And Discovery To Be Completely Revamped
- Apple looks to improve app search and discovery with Chomp acquisition
- TechCrunch reported yesterday afternoon and Apple has confirmed to WSJ that Apple has purchased Chomp
- The Chomp app searches the App store with a proprietary algorithm
- The app also allows users to see which apps their Facebook or Twitter friends have reviewed
- 9to5Mac cites sources claiming that Chomp CEO Ben Keighran and CTO Cathy Edwards are already working at Apple to help with an upcoming revamp of iTunes.
- CHomp does Android app search too and has a deal with Verizon
- " Google may enter tablet market with 7-inch design
- The Google Operating System blog reports the upcoming Google Drive release will add support for third party apps and Google will also include a SDK for developers.
- you'll be able to open the files stored in Google Drive using non-Google apps.
- BAsed on source code mentioning 'SDK' several times and "Say goodbye [to] email attachments and hello to real time collaboration. Drag anything shared with you to My Drive for easy access."
- ALSO: Speaking with CNET, DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim stoked the fire, noting that the Google slate will enter production in April and the initial run will yield between 1.5 million and 2 million units.
- 7-inch Nexus-branded device that will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet at $199.
- Shim also said that the Nexus Tablet will feature a high-resolution 1,280 x 800-pixel 7-inch display, besting Amazon’s 1,024 x 600-pixel panel.
- Google just released a new Chrome extension called "Keep My Opt-Outs" which would stop advertisers from tracking you while you browse the web. Google says as other companies adopt privacy standards, the extension will be updated to reflect that. Google warns that if you install the extension, "You may see the same ads repeatedly, or see ads that are less relevant to you."
- Google's selling its share of Clearwire, the wireless broadband company. Google bought 6.5% of Clearwire back in 2008 for $500 million and will be selling its entire share for $47 million. The sale of the stock will start on February 27th.
- AT&T just lost a whopping $850 to Matt Spaccarelli in California. Spaccarelli successfully sued AT&T for throttling speeds on his iPhone 4's unlimted data plan. His argument was he had only used 1.5 - 2.0GB in a billing cycle, while AT&T offers 3GB to tiered subscribers. Spaccerelli didn't run into AT&T's arbitration clause because this wasn't a jury trial or a class action. No word on whether AT&T will appeal.
- iMore.com reports Apple is going to ditch the 30-pin dock connector for a smaller version to free up space for other internal components like radios and a bigger battery. iMore.com points out Apple's history of shrinking things from MicroSIM cards to jumping to Thunderbolt for connectivity, so the idea isn't out of the realm of possibility.
- Netflix announced via Twitter that it has no "current plans to support BlackBerry devices, including Playbook." Netflix does have apps for iOS, Windows Phone and Android. Maybe if enough people put a protest, Netflix could try to use RIM's kit to port its Android app over.
- The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a defendant cannot be forced to decrypt a drive if the contents are not known on Fifth Amendment grounds -- entering a password would count as testimony. The legal landscape on this matter is mixed with other courts in the U.S. ruling no Fifth Amendment protection. The Supreme Court has yet to make a definitive ruling. For a more in depth discussion, check out this Friday's "This Week in Law."
- ExtremeTech reports Mozilla will show off its mobile OS, Boot to Gecko, in partnership with LG. The two companies will also introduce a device for developers. Mozilla's CTO mentioned that the company will be at MWC with "partners" - plural, so it might be more than just LG.
- It may be a small pond, but Nokia is now officially the biggest fish in it. According to Strategy Analytics, the Finnish company finished as the number one Windows Phone maker on the planet after just one quarter. Nokia moved 2.7 million units in Q4 of 2011. The losers in the Windows Phone market? HTC and Samsung.
- Docomo, Fujitsu, NEC and Panasonic are putting together a new cellular modem that can handle LTE, HSPA+, WDCMA, and GSM all on the same chip. This single chip design will also allow for better battery life - the companies say to expect up to 20% better power efficiency. The chip has already been tested and may be in devices soon.
- MWC kicks off Monday Feb 27th in Barcelona. Windows 8!
- RSA begins Monday the 27th, all week at Moscone in San Francisco. Security!
- Microsoft to launch Windows Server 8 and Visual Studio 11 betas on February 29th
- Hak5 Season 11 Episode 11 (1111 in binary = 15) PARTY at the Baltic in Point Richmond on May 3rd
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"Beside Brian Brushwood's humerous suggestion to wear Google glasses while driving in order to read email. etc., there is a potential use for them while driving that could be useful, even life saving. Paired via bluetooth to a capable phone. a heads-up display of the road ahead and any potential dangers would be a great help where weather or darkness hampers visibility.
I watch every show (except this Monday's. which was missing without explanation on Roku). Keep it up. Tony"
"Tom and Posse,
Is there any licensing restriction that would stop OnLive from creating a Desktop that goes to Mac OS X instead of Windows? Apple likes to lock down their OS, but if OnLive pays for it, would it be possible? I know you can't virtualize OS X on Windows, but could you have a server running OS X setting this up? Although since you'd have to have all Apple hardware running this might not be financially viable for OnLive, the thought is interesting to consider.
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Rich in Lovely Cleveland"
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