Tech News Today 451
Recorded: March 6, 2012
Published: March 6, 2012
Tech News Today 451: Hold On To Your Faces
Google gets rid of Android Market, Anonymous beheaded, or was it!?! Music industry making money, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
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- Android Market Becomes “Google Play,” Reflects Google’s Multiplatform Content Aims
- Android Market morphs into Google Play Store in effort to spur more sales of digital content
- Introducing Google Play: All your entertainment, anywhere you go
- Google Play
- Google Increases Android App Cap from 50MB to 4GB
- Android Market now named Google Play. Google Music and the Google eBookstore will become part of Google Play. YouTube movie rentals DO NOT join.
- Jamie Rosenberg, Google’s director of digital content: “This is really an acknowledgement that these experiences are relevant not just for a mobile environment but across the web.”
- On Android four different apps, called Play Store Play Music, Play Movies and Play Books
- Google this week announced that it's lifting its 50MB cap on Android Market apps and replacing it with a much more roomy 4GB cap. APK still must be 50 MB but two 2 GB extension files can be appended.
- Play is launchednow on the web; on Android devices, the change will happen over the coming days.
- US: Apps, Movies, Books, Music
- UK & Canada: Apps, Movies, Books
- Australia: Apps & Books
- Japan: Apps & Movies
- Others: Apps
- Top Lulzsec hackers' arrested in FBI swoop
- All the latest on the unmasking of LulzSec leader "Sabu," arrests
- FBI names, arrests Anon who infiltrated its secret conference call
- Report: LulzSec Leader Was Snitch Who Helped Snag Fellow Hackers
- Anonymous Reacts to Sabu’s Betrayal of LulzSec
- Seven alleged hackers based in the US, UK and Republic of Ireland have been charged with crimes related to computer attacks. five of the men were involved in the group Lulzsec, while a sixth was a "member" of Antisec.
- Lulzsec's "leader" Hector Xavier Monsegur AKA Sabu pleaded guilty in August to 12 criminal charges, and subsequently cooperated with the FBI in secret. He accidentally logged in to IRC with his own unmasked IP address.
- Ryan Ackroyd, aka “Kayla” of Doncaster, United Kingdom; Jake Davis, aka “Topiary” of London; Darren Martyn, aka “pwnsauce” of Ireland; Donncha O’Cearrbhail, aka “palladium” of Ireland; and Jeremy Hammond, aka “Anarchaos”of Chicago.
- Hammond is believed to be the main actor behind the hack of U.S. private intelligence company Stratfor in December
- AnonymousIRC Twitter: "We're sailing close to the wind, our crew is complete and doing fine."
- YourAnonNews Twitter: "Anonymous is a hydra, cut off one head and we grow two back."
- Barrett Brown told the New York Times that he received advance warning of the FBI raid on his home in Dallas, and that he hid his laptops to avoid them being found. Brown promised that "Anonymous will go forward as usual. So will I. We hired an army of lawyers last January. We are prepared for a big slug-out."
- Google, Motorola Ordered to Give Android Data to Apple
- Apple wins right to Android development details in patent lawsuit
- Apple seeks up to $15 per Samsung, Motorola Android phone sold in proposed settlement
- Apple extends olive branch to Motorola, Samsung?
- Yesterday U.S. Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner in Chicago ordered Google Inc. and a Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. to turn over details related to the Android development process and Google's acquisitions of Android and Motorola.
- Patents at issue: "method and apparatus for distributing events in an operating system." and an object-oriented multitasking system. Posner has scheduled back-to-back trials before separate juries starting June 11.
- According to Dow Jones Newswires, Apple has proposed settlements to Samsung and Motorola of royalties of between $5 and $15 for each Android handset sold.
- Apple had previously offered to license its technology to Samsung, and has licensing agreements with Nokia and IBM.
- Exclusive: Microsoft Office 15 features and improvements
- Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO
- How to: bring back the Windows 8 Start menu and Start button orb
- Microsoft Touts Windows 8 Management Power
- The Verge posted a bunch of screenshots from its sources along with fresh details about of Microsoft Office 15
- Overall Design: very crisp and minimal. super clean look to everything. easy to see how it will be ready for tablets as well as the desktop
- Screenshots are in full screen mode.
- These are desktop apps, but they look Metro
- Word 15:
- includes a Read Mode which removes distractions. The mode also as a Resume Reading function that automatically bookmarks your spot
- object zoom: double click an object like an image or chart and it'll zoom
- expand and collapse: lets you collapse paragraphs under its paragraph heading
- Touch Mode: enlarges ribbon along the way, provides navigation
- Excel 15:
- Quick Analysis Lens feature lets Excel 15 users quickly access ways to visually represent data, and
- Recommended Charts and PivotTables helps surface the best way to visualize certain information based on data patterns.
- PowerPoint 15 makes 16:9 the default aspect ratio
- Outlook 15:
- Peeks: see schedules, details about people you're emailing on the same screen, Weather Bar and Inline replies
- MS CIO Kevin Turno at CeBIT says Metro will be good for companies b/c it's relatively distraction free.
- Turno also pushed the "no compromise" angle since Win8 runs on tablets and traditional PCs
- For those of you not fond of Win8's lack of Start Orb, Microsoft MVP (most valuable professional, it's a thing) created ViStart that gives you a Win7 start menu. Some have reported issues with orb overlapping the taskbar buttons
- Music Buyers’ Numbers Increased In 2011.
- back in January, a Nielsen Soundscan report showed digital sales accounted for just over 50% of all U.S. music purchases in 2011. sales only, not revenue.
- today data from NPD shows the # of buyers is increasing too. 78M Americans bought music in 2011, up 2% more than 2010. 2 years in a row the number has risen.
- NPD says 45M people paid for music downloads through iTunes and Amazon, up 14% from 2010.
- direct purchases only, doesn't account for streaming revenue
- As of today's earnings announcement, Pandora has 47 million active users in its most recent quarter, up 62% year-over-year. In Feb MySpace claimed 25M registered users. in 2010 Spotify claimed 10M, # likely much higher now
- it might have just been a good year for downloads, in 2011 Adele sold most albums since Usher in 2004
- Verizon warns demand will outstrip LTE capacity 'as early as 2013'
- Verizon launches faster-than-wired wireless broadband for homes; starts at $60/mo
- T-Mobile, Sprint and DirecTV file with FCC to halt Verizon's AWS acquisition
- Why Verizon is killing DSL & cheap broadband
- Verizon made a joint filing to the FCC with SpectrumCo last Friday in defense of their proposed sale of AWS spectrum
- Verizon claims it will be out of breathing room "in some areas" by next year with wider-scale exhaustion by 2015; femtocells and refarming CDMA 1X spectrum will not be sufficient to meet the need.
- T-Mobile, Sprint, DirecTV, in addition to the Rural Telecommunications Group and six others, have filed a request with the FCC to halt its 180-day review of Verizon's AWS acquisition and freeze all pending spectrum transfers until full legal disclosure has been achieved.
- Verizon also announced HomeFusion, a wireless service in the home that requires the installation of a cylindrical antenna, about the size of a 5-gallon bucket, on an outside wall. The hardware costs $200, but the work is free.
- Service starts at $60 per month for 10 gigabytes of data and speeds of 5-12 Mbps
- Dallas, Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala., will be the first areas to get the service, later this month.
- OK look Apple rumours won't stop and someone wants to hear them so really quickly. 9to5 Mac reports their sources tell them the next iPad wil go on sale March 16th coinciding with the launch of new Apple stores in Houston and London. Their source also says a second launch event will happen a week later. The Verge reports that a new iPad and a new Apple TV will both have a new chip called the A5X. There. We'll find out for real tomorrow morning. NEXT!
- Well TOM the other big event tomorrow is the release of Mass Effect 3 but wait, PANIC! There's a bug that stops the importation of faces. NOBODY IN MASS EFFECT 3 WILL HAVE FACES!!!! Actually, it's not that bad. If you created a custom face for Shepard in Mass Effect and imported it in Mass Effect 2 there's a bug that prevents that face from being recognised in ME3. Bioware is aware and working on a fix. PC users can try the fan-made fix at masseffecttools.99k.org.
- Nintendo announced that the 3DS has sold over 4.5 million units - and that's just in the United States. The handheld was launched in late March of last year, so it took Nintendo under a year to reach that sales figure. The 3DS is outpacing the original DS which sold 2.3 million units in its first year.
- Verizon's announced a bunch of devices are getting Ice Cream Sandwich, but didn't bother to give any dates or time frames. Moto fans should be happy to know that Droids like the Razr and the Droid 4 will get updated. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 and 10.1 are getting updated as well. The full list is available in our show notes.
- Ubisoft released the trailer for Assassin's Creed 3 complete with a cameo from George Washington. Get ready to take on red coats when the game launches on October 30th. Over at Xbox.com, the game's description briefly said the sequel will be able to handle up to 4-player online co-op. That data was removed, but Eurogamer grabbed a screenshot as proof.
- Want to know what's in ACTA? Rep. Darrell Issa wants to give you a peek. ACTA was originally negotiated in secret which had many irked because of the implications it could have on intellectual property and the internet. The full text of the treaty is available at KeepTheWebOpen.com/acta - the site provides its own commentary about the agreement calling it unconstitutional - but you can read it for yourself now.
- Congratulations, world - Adobe just gave you Lightroom 4. This version of Lightroom brings video cataloguing and some editing functionality. Adobe also simplified the UI and editing controls to make your phot0s pop. Adobe cut the price in half too! The app now costs $150 (or $80 for an upgrade) and is available now. Want to know more? Check out this week's ep of TWiT Photo for an in-depth discussion.
- Apple and Google representatives have agreed to meet with Senator Charles Schumer over privacy concerns. On Sunday, the senator said he was going to send a letter to the FTC to investigate Apple and Google over data being transmitted without the user understanding the situation. After contacting both companies, Schumer said, "They were friendly and open ot the idea that this ought to be changed."
- Maybe Zynga's got some competition. Alex St. John's got a new social gaming company and site at Magi.com. St. John used to be the president of social gaming network Hi5. The new site is already available as an open beta and can match you with anonymous friends if you want to play a social game without really being social.
- Samsung's new smart LED TV, the ES8000, will begin shipping today
- The Zynga Platform is in open beta starting today! - play games away from the evil Facebook!
- TWiT's live coverage of Apple announcement starts tomorrow at 9:30 am PT
- Also tomorrow, the Geekwire Summit is being held in Seattle, WA
- And tomorrow and Thursday the Launch Summit happens in San Francisco, focusing on startups
- Nokia World 2012 has been announced and will be held September 25-26 in Helsinki
Just an FYI. I have a touchsmart which was truly a pain to use. I got it as a way for the kids to kind of have a giant iPad, but it wasn't very intuitive and the interface was cloogy at best.
The new operating system changes a bad windows touchscreen PC into an incredible 25"" windows tablet.
You can get these really cheap on craigslist and I truly recommend it.
When you were taking about Steam's possible hardware in episode 450, you were referring to it as a ""Steam Box"". Surely it should be called the Sauna or kettle, both could be considered boxes of steam... Maybe not.
On a more serious note, a box by Steam would be an interesting way of levelling the playing field in the console vs PC gaming, but would the PC gaming elite feel that this would be a betrayal?
Love the show guys. I should be visiting at the end of May/beginning of June and I am really excited to meet you all.
Fred from Glasgow, Scotland (3Cubed on Reddit)"
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