Tech News Today 456
Recorded: March 13, 2012
Published: March 13, 2012
Tech News Today 456: When The Pig Hits The Foam
New ARM design has years of battery life, is the Apple TV set in production? Most backwards digital upgrade scheme ever, and more.
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- Yahoo sues Facebook for infringing 10 patents
- Yahoo Sues Facebook In A Web Patent Shakedown
- Facebook: Yahoo’s patent suit ‘puzzling’
- Yahoo! Crosses The Line
- Why It's Mathematically Impossible To Avoid Infringing On Software Patents
- A Patent Lie: How Yahoo Weaponized My Work
- As we mentioned briefly in News Fuse yesterday Yahoo has made good on their threat to sue Facebook, filing in San Jose, California federal court over 10 patents, most of which focus on advertising
- Facebook spokesman Jonathan Thaw said Facebook found out through the media: "We're disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation,"
- As we discussed previously, Pre-IPO companies are vulnerable and Yahoo got Google to settle in their pre-IPO days.
- Yahoo has over 3,300 patents and published patent applications, while Facebook has 160.
- Yahoo asks the court for triple damages, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest on those damages, all court costs, and — ka-boom — that Facebook be “immediately, preliminarily, and permanently enjoined from further infringement of the patents-in-suit.”
- “Yahoo! has broken ranks and crossed the unspoken line which is that web companies don’t sue each other over their bogus patent portfolios,” writes venture capitalist Fred Wilson. “I don’t think there’s a unique idea out there in the web space and hasn’t been for well over a decade. Pretty much everything useful is based on prior art going back before the commercial web existed.”
- Apple TV Production Starts In May, Goes On Sale At Year End, Says Jefferies
- Production of Apple television expected to begin in May/June for late 2012 launch
- Samsung to Supply Apple With IPad Screen After LG, Sharp Miss Requirements
- Samsung may have let slip Apple's iPad Mini plans
- After taking a trip to Asia, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek wrote a note to investors talking about the mythical Apple television
- "Evidence of commercial iTV production is starting"
- "We expect commercial production in May/ June with 2M to 5M builds likely. We still expect a CQ4 launch."
- Vinita Jakhanwal, a senior manager at iSuppli, says Samsung is actually the sole touch screen provider for the new iPad b/c LG and Sharp's displays didn't meet Apple's standards.
- Bloomberg contacted Apple, Samsung, Sharp, and LG to verify the claim, but all declined to comment
- Meanwhile an unidentified Samsung official tells the Korea Times that Apple will release a 7.85-inch iPad by the end of the year. Why would that official know anything about this? B/c Samsung would also provide the displays for that other iPad and possibly the next iPhone.
- http://www.pcworld.com/article/251752/apple_sued_over_siris_shortcomings.html [Apple hit with Siri suit over what the program can really do]
- So Sirious: iPhone User Sues Apple over Voice-Activated Assistant
- Frank M. Fazio has launched a class action suit against Apple over Siri.
- claiming the feature can't understand directions, locate nearby stores, and often produces incorrect answers.
- The lawsuit, which asks for unspecified damages, says Siri is “at best, a work-in-progress.”
- In many of Apple’s television advertisements, individuals are shown using Siri to make appointments, find restaurants, and even learn the guitar chords to classic rock songs or how to tie a tie. In the commercials, all of these tasks are done with ease with the assistance of the iPhone 4S’s Siri feature, a represented functionality contrary to the actual operating results and performance of Siri.
- Why Twitter Bought Posterous: Talent And Apple
- Twitter bought Posterous for undisclosed amount (Posterous raised $10 in venture capital), FC dug into employee details to draw conclusion this is all about Apple, iOS, & OS X
- Posterous CEO/Founder Sachin Agarwal is now Twitter Product Manager. Worked at Apple almost 6 years, held "senior software engineer" title. Video background, helped build FCP. At Posterous he oversaw product, engineering, and operations. QUOTE: "It's fitting to be going to the only company Apple chooses to integrate deeply with. Apple has definitely picked a side in social networking, and it's Twitter."
- Chief Product Officer Brian Frank now Mobile Partnership Product Manager at Twitter, "working with OEMs, Operators & Platform providers to build high-quality Twitter experiences." Could mean working with Apple, or anyone else
- Dir. Mobile Engineering Adam Huda now iOS Engineer at Twitter. Used to work at Apple, worked on iOS 2.0 & OS X Leopard, also led iOS teams at Posterous. Knows mobile, knows Apple.
- ARM Cortex-M0+ targets low power tech
- Arm's latest processors aim to stretch internet's reach
- ARM unveiled update to pdate to the ARM Cortex-M0 MCU called the Cortex -M0+: "world's most energy-efficient microprocessor"
- NXP Semiconductors and Freescale have already licensed it
- 1mm x 1mm 32 bit draws 1/3 less energy than 8-16 bit predecessors
- Draws virtually no power when in sleep mode
- will sell for around 13-20 pence per device
- Lots of talk about Internet of Things
- Walmart in-store disc to digital UltraViolet conversion gets official
- Starting April 16th, in more than 3,500 Wal-Marts, you'll be able to bring your DVD or Blu-ray discs in and have 'em added to your Vudu movie collection.
- Will cost you $2 or $5 to make it HD
- you can now buy UltraViolet movies via Vudu and watch them via other UV supported sources
- Five major studios are participating in the service: Paramount, Universal, Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox.
- No Disney
- Someone at the Vietnamese forum Tinhte got a new iPad early, ran Geekbench and found the tablet comes with 1GB of RAM. The processor appears to have a clockspeed of 1Ghz, which is the same as the previous generation of iPad. Apple doesn't list memory or processor specs for the new iPad on its site.
- According to an EU document, Motorola tried to get Apple to license Apple's entire patent portfolio to Moto in exchange for access to Motorola's standard-essential patents. The two companies also discussed settling their patent beefs after Google finished up its acquisition of Motorola. According to that same EU document, Apple says its refusal led to Motorola suing Apple.
- Dell is going to acquire security company, SonicWall. Not that you need any introduction to SonicWall, but it specializes in antispam, network security and firewalls. Dell also gets its hands on 130 registered and pending patents.
- Sony's new Xperia sola includes some new tech Sony calls "floating touch." The phone can detect your finger before you click on an item. Websites and apps will recognize your finger like a hovering mouse. When you want to select something, tap. Maybe it could be good for flash games?
- It must be makeover season because Rdio just unveiled a new design. The LA Times calls it a "iTunes-meets-Facebook." You'll be able to drag and drop music to playlists and see what your friends are listening to amongst other things. The new look was unveiled at a launch event at SXSW.
- Both Google and Mozilla are working on Metro versions of their browsers. Google told Mashable that the Metro version of Chrome with touch support would be based on the desktop version and not the Android one. Mozilla announced that the Metro version of Firefox be as powerful as the desktop one. Mozilla also says Metro versions of browsers will only work if that browser is set to the default.
- Samsung announced on Facebook last night that Ice Cream Sandwich will begin rolling out to the Galaxy S II. Folks in Poland, Hungary, Sweden, and Korea, have access to the update. Samsung told Pocket-lint that UK customers will get the update next week. The Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II LTE, Galaxy Tab 8.9, and 10.1 "will be getting Ice Cream Sandwich soon."
- The Wall Street Journals reports Google and Facebook are facing a trial in the Indian courts today after earlier hearings failed to resolve complaints that the companies are not taking responsibility for user-posted content. India put in place regulations in 2011 that made web hosts responsible for the content uploaded by their users. The firms say that the regulations are incompatible with India's Information Technology Act 2008, which should protect them from liability where user-posted material is concerned.
- The world will soon be a little safer for movies like 21 Jump Street and Green Lantern. 23-year old Richard O'Dwyer from Sheffield Hallam University in the north of England is being extradited to the US over copyright infringement charges for running a "linking site" called TVShack. The site never hosted content but the US claims Dwyer personally promoted links to infringing content. Home Secretary Theresa May agreed to O'Dwyer's extradition despite a 20,000-person strong petition urging her to refuse consent.
- Firefox 11 is available for download a day early, though Mozilla is warning it's not a final build and early FTP downloads are a server strain for them. Mostly incremental update that includes importing from Chrome, cloud sync, and a Growl bug fix.
- The signs are up at Apple retail stores- it's an 8 AM launch for "the new iPad" on Friday March 16
- Nokia CEO Stephen Elop says Lumia's are coming to China on March 28th. No official word on which model/s, but regulatory approvals point to the Lumia 800 and 710, Engadget says the 610 can't be far behind. Nokia is apparently partnering with both China Telecom and China Unicom in a big post-Symbian push.
- Registration for Google's IO developer conference in San Francisco starts at 7 a.m. PT March 27th. Last year, it sold out in under an hour. General ticket is $900, Student/faculty ticket is $300. One ticket per person.
I have emailed the show before about using podcasting etc in class. Your discussion yesterday about the notion of watching lectures in the students' time and then having discussions etc during class piqued my interest.
Like most profs I have had a problem with people using social media tools in class while I am lecturing. So, in a recent neuropharmacology class I had the powerpoint slides on one screen, and on the other screen I had a live twitter feed with the hashtag #PSY3506. I would lecture, and, now and then check out the twitter stream. Now, most of the comments were standard snarky ones (which I quite enjoy) and I wondered if this was not a great idea. After class the people who were using twitter talked to me about the experience. They all said roughly the same thing. They paid more attention than usual (one assumes, in order to come up with good snarky lines). So, I may do this again in some classes.
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