Tech News Today 445
Recorded: February 27, 2012
Published: February 27, 2012
Tech News Today 445: The Needs Of The (HTC) One
Nokia's huge camera sensor, Intel assaults the cheap hone market, Andy Rubin says fun stuff about Android things, and more.
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- Nokia announces 808 PureView: Belle OS, 4-inch display, 41-megapixel camera(!) -- we go hands-on (video)
- How Nokia's 41-Megapixel Smartphone Works
- Hands On With Nokia's Lumia 610 and New Asha Phones
- Windows Phone 7.5 update will support 256MB RAM and slower processors in April
- The Inside Story of Nokia’s 41-Megapixel Camera Phone: Five Years in the Making
- See What A 41MP Camera Can Do: Nokia Releases 808 PureView Sample Shots
- 808 PureView Europe May 450 Euros - Symbian Belle; 1.3GHz single-core chip; 4-inches, 360 x 640 (nHD), Pentaband modem HSPA 14.4Mbps.
- 41-megapixels when shooting stills -- or 34-megapixels for 16:9 images: condenses four or five pixels into one pixel, to produce a smaller file size
- Ina Fried at ATD reports it was five years in development (hence Symbian) and uses the huge sensor to provide quality digital zoom options.
- Microsoft will introduce an SDK update with a 256MB emulator so developers can see how well their apps work on such devices, and tweak them if desired.
- Lumia 610, first Windows Phone based on the lower-cost Qualcomm MSM7x27 chipset, Looks to be first phone with Tango. 189 euros Q2. Also three new Asha feature phones.Asha 202 and 203 are coming out in about six weeks and will cost 60 euros unsubsidized; the Asha 302 will cost 95 euros, and it's shipping now.
- HTC announces three Android 4 smartphones for next quarter
- AT&T's HTC One X Flashy Smartphone: Quad-Core Everywhere But the U.S.
- Hands On With the HTC One X, S, and V
- Hands-On With The HTC One V: This Little Guy Feels Great
- HTC: New Windows Phones with Apollo
- The "One" series: Android 4.0 ICS, Sense 4, 1 model with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
- One X: 4.7-inch 720p resolution screen and a quad-core 1.5GHz Tegra 3 processor. (except in US where it will have a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor because of LTE constraints) 8mpxl camera, record 1080p video
- One S: 1.5 GHz dual-core S4, 4.3-inch screen, the One S, 7.9 millimeters thin (1mm thinner than Samsung Galaxy Nexus). A casing option: "ultra-matte black Ceramic Metal" 4X harder than anodized aluminum.
- One V: 3.7-inch 480x800 screen, 1GHz processor, 4GB of storage. a curved, jutting bottom end like the old G1
- ALL: take photos in 0.7 seconds, have a 0.2-second autofocus, and offer Beats-certified audio. 2 free years of Dropbox with 25GB
- One X will definitely launch in Europe and in the US on AT&T, while the One S is set to debut on T-Mobile in the coming months. The One V is set to launch in the second quarter of this year, but has no confirmed regions or carriers.
- Samsung: 'We're not doing very well in the tablet market'
- Samsung Shows Off Galaxy Tab 2 Series
- Samsung announces Galaxy Note 10.1 at MWC (update: hands-on photos!)
- Samsung Announces Galaxy Note 10.1 And Projector Smartphone
- Samsung Galaxy S III to have 1080p screen, quad-core processor
- MWC, Samsung introduced its new line of tablets
- Galaxy Note 10.1
- Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with the S-Pen, Runs ICS, but with Samsung's Touchwiz interface
- Specs: 1.4GHz dual-core CPU with 1GB of RAM, 1280×800 res display, HSPA+, WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0, GPS and Glonass [the Russian gov't operated satellite navigation system], 16, 32 and 64GB Models, Cameras: 2MP on the front, 3MP cam on the back
- Unlike 5-inch version the Note 10.1 is not a phone. Comes pre-installed with Photoshop Touch and Ideas
- No pen holder in the Note 10.1
- Price and availability not given
- Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
- Galaxy Tab 2 Series with two models: Galaxy Tab 7 (introduced on the 13th of Feb) and 10-inch models (Tab= no S-Pen) coming to UK in March, ICS installed w/TouchWiz, HSPA+ and WiFi version (no LTE), no US pricing or release dates given
- 10.1 Tab 2: 1Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, front and rear cameras (VGA and 3-megapixels, respectively) and 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity if you opt for the 3G model instead of WiFi.
- The 7 has the same specs but with a lower res screen at 1024 x 600.
- "Honestly, we're not doing very well in the tablet market," Hankil Yoon, a product strategy executive for Samsung, said today during a media roundtable here. "The best thing to survive in the market is to kill your products," Yoon said. "We want to stay competitive in the market."
- Galaxy Beam smartphone has a built-in projector that can go up to 50 inches (allegedly) Android 2.3.It has 1GHz dual-core processor and 8GB memory.
- BGR reports LEAK (not an MWC announcement) on Galaxy S III quad-core processor, 1080p screen, and a ceramic case. LTE capable."
- Android Activations Hit 850,000 Per Day
- Google to 'double down' on Android tablets in 2012, says Andy Rubin
- Google coyly hints at Jelly Bean Android codename with... jelly beans
- Home in the clouds: Google's home automation platform to have major services integration
- Google building 'firewall' between Android and Motorola after acquisition
- "At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Enjoying watching the ecosystem at work. 850k activations a day now!" Andy Rubin tweeted Clarified to reporters later that Google only counts activations once per device ID, bringing 300 million device activations to date.
- meeting with reporters: "12 million Android tablets sold thus far" not insignificant, but less than I'd expect it to be if you really want to win," and said that "2012 is going to be the year that we double down and make sure we're winning in that space." - He thinks consumers now think in terms of Apple, Microsoft, or Google ecosystems. Says devs have to do the work to write apps for Android tablets, they already do for iOS
- On Motorola: he "sponsored" the acquisition but now has "nothing to do with it.... I don't even know who's running it." Google has "literally built a firewall" between the Android team and Motorola. "I don't even know anything about their products, I haven't seen anything," he said. "They're going to continue building Motorola branded devices and it's going to be the same team doing it."
- "Even if I was completely insane, it wouldn't make any sense for me to think that we could get Motorola to be 90 plus percent marketshare," and compete with the huge field of Android vendors, he said. "It just isn't gonna happen."
- Home automation announced last May, not much since: "Google's been studying what consumers want from home automation and working up use cases." All devices connected in the cloud as single ecosystem.
- Google's now has a big bowl of jelly beans in the middle of its private meeting area.
- Intel Announces New Smartphone Partnerships With Lava, ZTE, And Visa
- Intel details Medfield plans, announces a trio of phone-friendly Atoms
- Intel lays out its plan for Android, will cut chip size in half by 2014
- Intel Announces More Phone Customers, Plans For Speedier Chips
- New Processors: Z2460 now up to 2GHz HSPA+ (Lenovo, Orange, Lava and ZTE), Z2580 doubles performance over predecssor +LTE chip and the Z2000 Budget 1GHz HSPA+ that can be sold in $150 phones unsubsidized..
- Lenovo K800 is back. That's the one we saw at CES, 1.6GHz Intel processor, a 4.5-inch 720p HD
- Santa Clara - from Orange on sale first in France and the U.K. this summer.1.6GHZ, updated to ICS after launch
- Lava International - Xolo X900 running 1.6 GHz Medfield in India
- ZTE - bringing Medfield device to China 2H 2012
- Visa: Intel’s current reference design packs support for Visa’s payWave contactless mobile payment system." Long term: 22nm next year, and to just 14nm by 2014. --- Intel's planned adoption of FinFETs next year, which allow a single transistor to act as a multi-gate device. This means that one transistor can perform far more calculations than in a traditional setup, with far fewer electrodes needed and therefore greater space efficiency--- coming up against 10 nm silicon limit
- iOS 5.1 code hints at simultaneous A5X and A6 processor development
- iPad 3 report suggests pricier models on the way
- Why You Shouldn't Buy iPad Right Now
- rumours have indicated a quad-core "A6" or an improved dual-core "A5X"
- iOS 5.1 are references to two unreleased mobile processors, suggesting Apple is actually working on both at the same time.
- 9to5 Mac has the explanation: Apple's A4 S5L8930X, A5 S5L8940X. differ by a value of 10. iOS 5.1 model numbers S5L8945X and S5L8950X.
- MacRumors points to a pricing sheet (registration required) that made its way to popular Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo
- Apple would keep the iPad 2 around at its existing prices, while offering the iPad 3 at a beginning price of $579.
- Joanna Stern rounds up the rumours at abcnews.com
- WikiLeaks has begun publishing over five million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence firm. Anonymous hacked Stratfor back in December, and members of Anonymous told Wired that the group is WikiLeaks' source. A WikiLeaks press releases says, "The emails show Stratfor's web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods..."
- Patent Wars! The Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court in Germany just ruled that Motorola cannot stop Apple from selling devices that Motorola claims infringe on its standard-essential 3G-related patents. Motorola had won an injunction to made Apple remove iPhones and iPads from its online store due to the patents. However, Apple appealed which led tho the Karlsruhe Higher Regional Court ruling. Motorola would not be able to use its injunction until after the appeal process is over.
- Let's check what Facebook is up to. First off, it's currently testing some new features for its Android app that would give the social network access to your text messages. Also, the company announced it is now part of the W3C Core Mobile Web Platform Community Group, a group trying to accelerate standardization of mobile browsers. The group also includes Microsoft and Mozilla. And lastly, Facebook is working with a bunch of wireless carriers to let app purchases be billed through the carrier directly.
- Elpida Memory filed for bankruptcy. It is $5.6 billion in debt which makes it the biggest bankruptcy by a Japanese manufacturer since World War II. Elpida designs and develops DRAM and is a semiconductor foundry. The company was formed by a merger of Hitachi, NEC and Mitsubishi's DRAM businesses.
- The FBI will turn off roughly 3,000 tracking devices, in light of the Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. v. Jones, which held that placing a GPS tracker without a warrant was an illegal search. The FBI has also revised its guidelines when it comes to privacy and GPS usage.
- Mozilla demoed its Boot to Gecko project at MWC today. The Verge's David Pierce tested it out and was impressed even though the OS is "not totally smooth." Mozilla reps explained that "this is a project, not a product. Mozilla also announced it is partnering with carrier Telefonica to bring its OS to devices this year.
- The LG Optimus Vu is now official. The 8.5mm thin phone comes with a 1.5GHz Dual-core Qualcomm processor, 5-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio, 8MP camera and can handle LTE. The Vu can also support a stylus for those who want a Galaxy Note alternative.
- The Asus Padphone made an appearance at MWC - it's the phone that can be docked in a housing to make it act like a 10.1-inch tablet. The phone itself has a dual-core S3 chip, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and runs Ice Cream Sandwich. Asus says to expect the phone to ship in April, but didn't give any info as to pricing. Asus also rebranded its line of "Eee Pad Transformer" tablets to "Transformer Pads," while announcing two more tablets - the high-end "Infinity" and the budget friendly "Pad 300." Both will ship with ICS in the second quarter of this year.
- While Nokia was making news with a non-Windows 41-megapixel camera phones it also dropped a tasty morsel for current Windows Phone users. Skype is finally coming to the phone OS made by its parent company. Skype for Windows Phone beta is out today and allows to call uadio and video to Skype contacts over 3G, 4G, and WiFi. You can also make audio calls to landlines and mobiles with the application. A non-beta version is expected in April.
- Sony announced two new handsets, the Xperia P and the Xperia U. They're lookers, as you might expect from the Sony Style mavens who brought you the Xperia S. And the first big announcements since Sony and Ericsson split up to pursue solo projects. The Xperia P is a mid-range phone, with a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 Mpxl camera, 1080p video capable and a 4-inch screen expected to ship in Q2 this year. Also Q2 is the Xperia U which is similar to the P but with a 3.5 inch screen and available in 2 colors.
- Android fans can finally yawn at an iOS release. They've had Adobe's Creative Suite Touch apps for awhile, but Photoshop Touch is just today arriving in the iTunes Store. Photoshop Touch for iPad is pretty much the same as the Android version, runs $9.99 and requires an iPad 2 running iOS 5.
- Huawei announced a couple of smartphones that turned some heads. The D Quad is a quad-core phone based on Huawei's own 1.5GHz K3V2 processor. It boasts a 1280-by-720, 4.5-inch screen as well. The Chinese firm also annoucned the Ascend D1, which is similar to the D-Quad but with a 1.5 GHz dual core processor. It works on the HSPA+ 21 on AWS networks so is probably headed to T-Mobile USA.
- The Search Marketing Expo starts tomorrow in San Jose, runs through Thursday the 1st.
- Starz Play movies disappear from Netflix streaming this week, Thursday March 1st to be specific. Get your starz marathon in now!
- Intel's Ivy Bridge launch has been delayed until June - if you're in the market for an ultrabook with lower power consumption that's up to 70% faster than a Sandy Bridge processor, I hope you're a patient person.
- Tokyo Game Show 2012 will include a Live Video Feed for the first time ever in its 22-year history for anyone who can't make the trip, & an Asia Sports E-Tournament for top players, and a larger Cosplay section. The show runs September 20-23
"In TNT 444 (at about 29:05), Darren Kitchen mentioned that a version of Torbutton for Google does not yet exist. To expand on what he said, the Tor Project is no longer developing Torbutton as a separate extension for any browser because it's just too hard to track and patch all the changes which send out identifying information in the general releases of Firefox and Chrome. Instead, they recommend you install the Tor Browser Bundle from the torproject.org site which contains Torbutton and a separate version of Firefox called Aurora maintained by the Tor Project.
Milton Scritsmier Boulder, CO"
"Hey TNT panel
Thought the caller who thought Microsoft office would be showcased at the iPad 3 was fascinating. However what would this mean for apple's iWork suite of apps on the iPad ? Currently they're among the top 10 grossing app on the app store. Would apple want to risk cannibalizing their own productivity apps?
Keep up the great work Thanks guys
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