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Episode 455

Tech News Today 455: The Heart Of LTE Is In Cleveland

Twitter buys Posterous, CNN may buy Mashable, homeless people as hotspots anger SXSW attendees, and more.

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  • CNN in Talks to Acquire Mashable, Sources Say
  • Pete Cashmore Denies CNN Acquisition Rumor To Mashable Staff
    • CNN may be trying to acquire Mashable. Or maybe just thinking about it really hard.
    • three people with knowledge of the talks say so according to Brian Stelter of the NY Times
    • Reuters, Felix Salmon, reported on Sunday night that a CNN acquisition of Mashable could be announced on Tuesday. Early Monday CNN denied such an announcement would be made.
    • Monday morning Pete Cashmore sent an email to staff: “rumor going around on Twitter that Mashable will be acquired this week” is not true.
    • Adam Ostrow, the executive editor of Mashable, “liked” on Facebook Mr. Salmon’s story for Reuters.

Discussion Stories

  • IPhone Fails to Gain China Share as Samsung Lead Triples: Tech
  • China Will Not Issue 4G Licenses for Another 2 to 3 Years, Says Official
    • China Telecom began selling the iPhone last week. Second partner for Apple in China
    • According to Gartner Samsung has 24.3% of the market, Apple 7.5% (phones that can play videos and games)
    • China Mobile is the biggest operator and Apple does not have a deal with them. 655 Million subs. 2/3 of the market.
    • shipments of smartphones in the country are projected to jump 52 percent this year to 137 million units, overtaking the U.S. for the first time as the world’s biggest market.
    • The 16.8 percentage-point gap in China between Cupertino, California-based Apple and Samsung almost doubled from the third quarter. While Samsung is No. 1 and Apple No. 5 in China
    • China Mobile uses TD-SCDMA. Apple may wait for TD-LTE. It was expected by the end of this year but today it was announced that China will likely wait another two or three years to issue 4G licenses for LTE TDD networks, a top government official said.
  • Khan Academy Enters Next Era With iPad App
  • TED moves toward the classroom with the launch of TED-Ed
    • Khan Academy launched free new iPad app
    • time-syncing between devices--no Internet connection required--an interactive transcript of the lectures for easy searching, and a handy scrubber for moving between parts of the lectures
    • could replace/supplement textbooks
    • a pilot program in the Los Altos school district in California has started using Khan's online lectures for a substantial portion of the learning.
    • The initial version of the iPad app doesn't include the visualization tools and exercises necessary for a Khan Academy classroom, Rosoff says, but once the tools are part of the app, schools may adopt the Khan lecture series as a electronic textbook replacement.
    • TED rolled out the Ted-Ed channel on YouTube. "a dozen short videos created for high school students and life-long learners." According to Chris Anderson
  • The Damning Backstory Behind “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSWi
  • Human 4G masts assemble roaming hobonet for pennies
  • Homeless hotspots plan causes controversy for BBH ad agency
  • Organizers Defend “Homeless Hotspots” at SXSW
    • Homeless Hotspots is “a charitable experiment” by BBH Labs, run by marketing firm Bartle Bogle Hegarty. BBH Labs partnered with Front Steps, a homeless shelter in Austin, to outfit people who Front Steps are working with, with 4G MiFi devices that act as hotspots SXSWi nerds who need internet. Participants wear T-shirts reading: I’M [FIRST NAME], A 4G HOTSPOT, SMS HH [FIRST NAME] TO 25827 FOR ACCESS www.homelesshotspots.org
    • It's pay-what-you-want, recommended donation is $2 for 15 minutes. Entire donation is paid to the homeless MiFi manager — cash or PayPal. BBH Labs gathers data for how the project could scale — next-gen newspaper selling, etc. “We’re believers that providing a digital service will earn these individuals more money than a print commodity,” writes BBH Labs’ Saneel Radia.
    • Backstory- BBH Labs interns created Underheard in New York, which gave four homeless men mobile phones, Twitter accounts and unlimited texting for 60 days to share their lives and tell their stories. Very successful, well-received, BBH indicated it wanted to do more

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"Hey TNT crew!

I wanted to throw in a few thoughts to your conversation on the rumoured disc-less Xbox console. In terms of backwards compatibility, both Sony and Microsoft have been moving away from physical backwards compatibility. In recent iterations of the PS3, PS2 games no longer work with the system. As for the Xbox 360, Microsoft has stopped Xbox Live service for Xbox games. The UMD transfer program for the PlayStation Vita Iyaz mentioned will not be carried outside of Japan due to what Sony claims to be a lack of demand. Instead, all three companies have been pushing digital (re-)purchases of games through their virtual storefronts (PSN, XBLA, WiiWare, etc.).

Backwards compatibility doesn’t bother me as much; that’s more of an issue in the initial years of a console’s release when the library of games may be light. What interests me more is how a disc-less console would impact the gaming industry’s relationship with GameStop, which is still by far the largest retailer for gaming Used game sales is still a huge issue for the gaming industry. Digital distribution seems to be one solution, at least to publishers and developers. Problem is, the used game market also makes a huge part of GameStop’s profits. It would be interesting to see how GameStop would respond should Microsoft (and Sony) go down this route.

Keep up the great work!

Cheers, Derrick"


"Hey y'all,

Just wanted to clear up the voice dictation issue. If you put your phone in airplane mode, then go into notes and try to dictate something with your voice you can't, the microphone is missing from the keyboard. I'm pretty sure this indicates that voice dictation needs the Internet to work.

Love the show!

Josh Johnson Greenville, SC"


"Hei (Hi)

When I listened to your show TNT 454 for Friday March 9 2012 at my phone, I thought my FM-radio had activated itself. It had not. It was the “feminine voice” of Tom Merritt which had spoken in Norwegian :-) Your pronunciations and choice of words was perfect and no Norwegians will be offended.

Med vennlig hilsen (literary translated: “With friendly greetings”) Einar Baggerud - Norway."

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