Tech News Today 461
Recorded: March 20, 2012
Published: March 20, 2012
Tech News Today 461: Put The Money Where The Money Hole Is
Windows 8 coming this autumn? Can you bake with the iPad? Why you wish you were British, and more.
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- Windows 8 to debut on both x86 and ARM devices in October, report says
- Bloomberg reported last night that Windows 8 will be finalized this summer, and sales of both Intel-based PCs and ARM devices will begin ""around October.""
- 40 or so Intel-based devices. Fewer than 5 ARM devices.
- "Microsoft has tightly controlled the number and set rigorous quality-control standards." of the ARM devices
- Microsoft will talk about its release strategy in April at an event for partner
- RTM could happen at the WorldWide Partner's Conference in July
- Visualized: new iPad burns 10 degrees hotter than its predecessor
- Report: New iPad Burns 10 Degrees Hotter Than iPad 2
- Apple’s Chilly Response to iPad Heat Complaints
- Our test finds new iPad hits 116 degrees while running games
- Dutch site Tweakers.net ran GLBenchmark for 5 min on both iPad 2 and new iPad and the latter is 10 fahrenheit degrees hotter based on infrared camera data. New iPad reached 33.6 degrees centigrade (92.5 Fahrenheit), compared to 28.3 centigrade (82.9 Fahrenheit) with the iPad 2.
- On heels of official word that 3M new iPads sold in 3 days
- iPad slightly heavier, I've been resting it on my lap, lower left hand side definitely warmer
- Retina display 4x pixels as iPad 2. GigaOM points out the new iPad also probably has “at least twice as many” LEDs for lighting the display, according to experts at DisplaySearch. The iPad 2 has 36 LEDs, so it’s possible that the heat-emitting culprit is the possibly 72 LEDs that light up that Retina screen. Graphics chip most likelly to blame based on left-hand corner concentration." "Apple's response to ATD via Trudy Muller in PR dept: "The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."
- Spokesman for Consumer Reports James McQueen told Bloomberg it's too early to tell if this heat will affect their ultimate recommendation for the device. Preliminary test headline: "Our test finds new iPad hits 116 degrees while running games." DETAILS: When unplugged, the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It was only when plugged in that it hit 116 degrees. (after running Infinity Blade II for 45 min)
- BGR says some of its readers claim they're getting the message ”the iPad needs to cool down,” and then shuts off. No specific citations."
- Exclusive: Hewlett-Packard To Combine Printer and PC Groups
- HP folding printer group into PC division: AllThingsD
- ATD reports: HP Imaging and Printing Group, will move under its PC-making Personal Systems Group
- Vyomesh “VJ” Joshi, long the executive vice president in charge of IPG, will leave the company -- combined group will report to Tom Bradley
- IPG unit has seen its business decline in recent years. In its most recent quarter, HP reported that sales fell by 7 percent to $6.3 billion while the unit’s earnings from operations fell by 32 percent.
- Last quarter HP attributed the decline to currency 'headwinds' and Thai flooding
- New York Times cuts free reads in half
- New York Times Makes Its Paywall Harder to Jump
- 454,000 subscriptions have been purchased for access to The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune in the last year
- starting in April readers will be able to access 10 stories for free each month, down from 20
- The Times reported last year that it had 281,000 paid digital subscribers after its service was available for just three months, meaning it added fewer than 200,000 subscribers in the nine months that followed.
- The publisher will still let visitors who end up at the paper after following a link from Twitter or Facebook go over the 10-article limit as many times as they want. Google users have a similar but more limited system.
- In the last quarter of 2011, circulation revenue was up about 5 percent, driven by digital-subscription uptake.
- BBC iPlayer now available on Xbox
- BBC iPlayer launches on XBox 360
- BBC iPlayer comes to the Xbox, now on all major consoles.
- already carries content from Channel 4, Channel 5, Netflix, Love Film and Sky.
- Survey: Android programmers shifting toward Web apps
- Mobile Devs Interested in Google Over Facebook for Social Mobile Apps
- A survey by Appcelerator says that programmers are increasingly interested in HTML5 mobile development. 67% very interested in HTML5 development
- 79% say they plan to integrate some HTML5 into their mobile apps this year (not pure web-based apps)
- For the second quarter, the number of programmers who said they were "very interested" in programming for Android phones declined: 83.3% to 78.6%
- Same for Android tablets: 68.1% to 65.9%
- Appcelarator's principal mobile strategist Mike King said that he believes this drop off in interest is due to "fragmentation of the platform as well as the fragmentation of the monetization platform."
- Other platforms: 89% interested in iPhone, 88% in iPad
- The same study found that 39% of developers answered that Google's total assets (YT, Gmail, G+, Android) were more important to them than Facebook's social graph. (that still means 61% are picking FB over Google)
- First reported by Business Insider yesterday, AllThingsD reports that Beats will acquire music streaming service MOG citing multiple unidentified sources. Beats is controlled by HTC, its majority stakeholder. According to MOG CEO David Hyman, the service already has half a million active users.
- In an interview with Eurogamer, World of Warcraft Senior Producer John Lagrave said that WoW's decreasing subscriber base "certainly has to at least be attributable to (Star Wars:) The Old Republic." Blizzard rarely mentions things like the competition taking a piece of their market - this is like Apple saying, "Oh yeah, we'll lose some tablet sales to Windows 8 machines." WoW has over 10 million active players as of November 2011 - compare that to SWTOR's 1.7 million players as of February.
- SprintFeed reports Sprint could roll out a Windows Phone on its LTE network as early as the fall. SprintFeed also says it can confirm the device will be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon, but couldn't nail down the OEM - could it be Nokia? Stephen Elop has already confirmed that Nokia is building an LTE Windows Phone for AT&T back in January.
- AMD's seen the future and it's in the cloud! The company introduced its Opteron 3200 series of processors targeting servers for cloud computing and Web hosting. The 3200 series will range in clockspeed from 2.7GHz to 3.7Ghz and AMD says it'll use 19% less power per core -- it'll come in 4 or 8 core varieties.
- Hotfile is currently in hot water with the MPAA, which claims the file sharing site should be liable for copyright infringement. Well, here comes Google! The company filed an amicus brief with the court saying Hotfile should be within the DMCA safe harbor - which insulates service providers from the actions of their users as long as Hotfile removed infringing content when notified. Google's got all kinds of experience with the DMCA thanks to that little YouTube thing it owns. The MPAA has asked the court to reject the brief.
- Mozilla Chair Mitchell Baker and Mozilla CTO Brendan Eich are engaged in a public discussion about whether Mozilla should support H.264 via blog posts. The company hasn't supported the codec due to its lack of openness and the codec is subject to patent royalty fees. However both the Chair and CTO agree that Mozilla must deal with the reality that H.264 is now a part of the mobile web and Mozilla products like Boot2Gecko and Firefox need it to compete.
- The first quantum computer is up for sale. Sort of. D-Wave has announced a quantum computing system called the D-Wave One is on sale. The D-Wave One comes equipped with a 128-qubit processor. Critics claim it's not a true quantum computer but a normal processor that can do quantum annealing. While it is described as commercially available, there is no price and you have to contact D-Wave to discuss ordering.
- Seagate announced it has reached 1 Terabit per square inch which should pave the way for even more gigantic hard disks. The first generation of these drives will be 6TB for 3.5-inch drives and 2TB for 2.5-inch drives. Theoretically, this could lead to drives as large as 60TB (3.5-inch) and 20TB (2.5-inch). Seagate says we should see the first generation later this decade.
- Say farewell to the ad-free mobile Twitter experience. Twitter announced that you'll see ads from brands that you might not even follow in mobile apps. Companies will also be able to target your device - so if you're on an Android device, you might see a very special Android-related promoted tweet.
- tomorrow is the 6 year anniversary of Twitter. Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the message, which read simply "just setting up my twttr," - original name.
- Microsoft launches Windows Phone Tango in China tomorrow 3/21. The HTC Triumph (aka Titan) has been on pre-order for over 2 weeks, should see ship date.
- Tomorrow 21st- Federated Media's Signal: San Francisco: the yin and yang of audience: platforms and the independent web. At the Presidio in San Francisco
- Also the 21st, Business Insider's Ignition West at the Mission Bay conf center in SF. Sarah Lacy from Pando Daily supposed to interview Kevin Rose of Milk, he has since pulled out due to Google acquisition. Replaced by Kevin Systrom of Instagram.
- Over in NYC on the 21st and 22nd, GigaOm's Structure Data conference at the Chelsea Piers
- April 4th - Sprint and HTC are showing off a "new collaboration"
"Hey TNT Crew,
I do agree that the transition between Metro IE and desktop IE could be better but I feel like someone should come to Microsoft's defense on some of the Windows 8 UI. Changing UI and/or adding features presents the problem of having users getting used to the new setup. Case in point, the camera features in iOS 5 and pull down notifications in Android. The pull down notifications in Android aren't obvious to everyone. A friend of mine didn't realize it was there and my mother still doesn't understand what to do no matter how many times I explain it to her. Then there is the new camera features in iOS 5. I've shown 5 different iPhones users the double tap the home button to show the camera shortcut feature and that the volume up button is also the shutter button. That 1 is my favorite because people look at me as if I'm their own little personal messiah, especially the volume up button thing. The funny thing is, I don't own an iPhone and never have. I know these might not be apples to apples comparisons and I'm not a Microsoft fanboy trying to poo poo the other platforms. My point is changing UI and adding new features doesn't seem to be easy and with a little patience and a tech geek handy maybe, just maybe, things will work out.
Love the show Steve in Chicago"
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