Tech News Today 455
Recorded: March 12, 2012
Published: March 12, 2012
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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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Tim Stevens
- Twitter acquires Posterous blogging platform
- Twitter snatches up Posterous, microblogging field about to get a little bit smaller
- Posterous Finds a Home in the Arms of Twitter
- Nokia likely to launch Windows 8 tablet PCs in 4Q12, say sources
- Nokia to launch Windows 8 tablet later this year, says report
- Nokia Windows 8 tablet rumored for Q4 2012: 10-inch screen and dual-core Qualcomm chip
- Digitimes reports Nokia's getting into the Windows 8 tablet game citing sources at upstream component suppliers
- This is Windows 8 (not Windows Phone)
- Expect a 10-inch ARM-based device, it's a Qualcomm dual-core. The Verge thinks it'll be a Snapdragon S4 based on Qualcomm's roadmap.
- It would launch in the fourth quarter of this year (MS still hasn't announced a release date for Win8)
- Nokia will outsource the device to Compal Electronics and the first batch of shipments will be over 200,000 units
- 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.
- 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
- Instagram announced at SXSW that they have passed 27 million users. Cco-foudner Kevin Systromstressed that of all the users who have been active in the last week, 67 percent of them used the app yesterday. Systrom also waved around an Android phone running Instagram saying “In some ways, it’s better than our iOS app. It’s crazy." The app is still not ready for a public walkthrough and does not yet have a release date.
- The Wall Street Journal reports Intel is working on a web-based TV service which would work on Intel-powered set top boxes. Intel is courting media companies to stream their content entirely over the internet and wants to launch the service by the end of the year. That might be an issue because Intel still doesn't have any content deals locked up yet.
- Nokia's financial service "Nokia Money" is shutting down. The service, launched last year, let subscribers deposit money and pay bills. According to a Nokia spokesperson it is being shut down because it "is not core to Nokia." The service will remain active for 3-4 months so subscribers can use up any money deposited on those accounts.
- Google's getting more secure by enabling SSL encryption by default on its search pages globally. However, only users who are signed in to their Google accounts will be switched to SSL in the coming weeks. So sign in if you want your searches encrypted people!
- Patent Wars! Yahoo is officially suing Facebook over patent infringement in California. Facebook publicly responded by saying "We’re disappointed that Yahoo’s effort to engage with us was limited to a few short phone calls" and called Yahoo's move "puzzling."
- Apple announced iCloud movie support last week, but there was a snag - no Fox or Universal movies due to deal those studios have with HBO. The Wall Street Journal reports that that Fox is "within weeks" of a deal and Universal is "near a resolution," which should bring their movies to Apple. HBO had already lifted some restrictions to allow Warner Bros movies to be accessed via iCloud
- Please sit down, I have some bad news. Gowalla is officially dead. Facebook bought the company three months ago and if you go to the Gowalla site, you'll be welcomed with a goodbye message that lets you know that you can download your data soon.
- BioWare is trying to clear up the Mass Effect 3/DLC controversy. DLCs are game add-ons people buy for enhanced game experience. Someone claimed to have found DLC on the Mass Effect 3 disc, which led people to believe that BioWare stripped out part of the game to make more money on DLC. Mass Effect producer Mike Gamble took to Twitter explaining BioWare wasn't doing that at all and the DLC and the game were developed together, but content was never removed from the game.
- After a six month competition sponsored by UK intelligence agency GCHQ, the UK has a "Cyber Security Champion" in 19-year old Jonathan Millican. The competition involved six five-person teams going head to head and challenges included reconfiguring a network during a 15-minute attack. Millican is currently a first-year computer science student at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
- NCAA fans on either iOS or Android 4.0 have a new app that streams every live game for $3.99. The app itself is free and includes statistics, clips, and updates too.
- The six-month delay of Pottermore coming out of beta is almost over, the site will launch in April! Let's see if the server can handle the load.
- AT&T's expanding 4G LTE coverage to 12 more cities following iPad announcement. Cleveland will be the first, ATT says the other cities such as St. Louis, New Orleans, and St. Island are will roll out between April and early summer.
"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!
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"
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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