Tech News Today 466
Recorded: 27 March 2012
Published: 27 March 2012
Tech News Today 466: Smack The Magnet
Google Drive on its way? Sony stops hating itself, Xbox no longer just for video games, and more.
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- Google to launch third-party commenting platform to rival Facebook
- Google Drive: Finally coming this April
- OM Malik reports Google may finally launch the long-awaited GDrive some time during the first week of April
- Google is going to offer 1 Gb of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage.
- Google’s product will come with a local client and the web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive.
- Google is about to launch a new commenting system that will tie into the search giant’s Google+ platform, web services and web search, a source close to the product’s development confirmed with The Next Web -- also Google + vanity URLS
- Sony Shakes Things Up Under New CEO, Reorganizes For The Post-PC Era
- Sony reorganizes into 'One Sony', prioritizes digital imaging, gaming, and mobile
- Sony Establishes New Management Structure
- April 1 Kazuo Hirai will replace Sir Howard Stringer as Sony’s president and CEO.
- New corporate organization called One Sony: Sony sees digital imaging, gaming and mobile devices to be the three cornerstones of its electronic business.
- Hirai will be in charge of Sony’s home entertainment division including HDTV. Separate medical-related divisions within Sony will be consolidated into one unit.
- Kunimasas Suzuki, currently Executive Deputy President of Consumer Products. & Services Group, in charge of UX and Product Strategy group . unifying Sony products and creating a better user experience across the company’s product and service line. He's the guy talking up Vita as a cross-device OS.
- Shoji Nemoto will be in overall charge of technology strategies. R&D
- LulzSec Reborn Claims Military Dating Site Hack
- Hackers steal passwords from military dating site
- Pastebin ASCII art
- A group identifying itself as "Lulzsec" & "Lulzsec Reborn" broke into the database for a military dating Web site called militarysingles.com, stole passwords, e-mail addresses, etc from around 171k accounts, dumped email db & 13mb user data file to Pastebin. Tweeted by Operation Digiturk (@odigiturk, anonymous news Turkey)
- ESingles owns militarysingles.com commented in an article of the breach on databreaches.net "We at ESingles Inc. are aware of the claim that someone has hacked MilitarySingles.com and are currently investigating the situation. At this time there is no actual evidence that MilitarySingles.com was hacked and it is possible that the Tweet from Operation Digiturk is simply a false claim."
- Databreaches.net response: "I compared the database in the .rar file to the 'online members' pictured on your home page and the entries in the data dump correspond to those usernames."
- LulzSec Reborn tweeted Monday: "Stupid Administrator 'There is no evidence militarysingles is hacked' Well guess what?" and linked to a page on the MilitarySingles.com website which read: "lulz is sb."
- on Tuesday Operation DigiTurk tweeted: You will see the full database of military singles which includes priv messages etc soon :) follow @lulzboatR
- photos weren't loading on site for a time, error said "Slideshow data cannot load due to security issue."
- users should change p/w on militarysingles.com & anywhere else it's also used
- some confusion over the group's plans, a 3/8 video posted to YT showed activity, another claimed 4/1 would be the "launch date" of the group's return, twitter account repping Lulzsec Reborn disputed that
- Tuesday another Pastebin dump, 500-k zip file of CSS Corp website files, surveys, contact information for CSS media relations personnel, & a "users" file w u/ns, email addresses, p/w for 9 CSS employees.
- Xbox Live Update Adds HBO GO, Comcast Xfinity, MLB.TV
- HBO Go for Xbox 360 unavailable to Comcast and Time Warner Cable subscribers
- Microsoft: entertainment overtakes multiplayer gaming usage on Xbox
- XBox live update added on-demand entertainment apps from HBO GO (unless you're on Comcast or TWC), Comcast Xfinity, and MLB.TV.
- total number of apps available on Xbox Live to 36,
- total hours spent on Xbox Live have increased 30 percent year over year, while entertainment app usage has more than doubled in the same period. Gold members in the U.S. also average 84 hours every month on Xbox Live, Microsoft said.
- entertainment apps available, entertainment usage has actually surpassed multiplayer game usage for the first tim
- Video game sales may have dipped 20 percent during February, but that hasn't stopped the Xbox 360 holding onto its 14 months of best-selling console in the US
- After Alpha Attracts 1M Users, BlueStacks Goes Beta To Bring 450K Android Apps To Your PC
- Latest BlueStacks ARMs your PC
- BlueStacks launched its Android App Player as a beta today
- This is the software that lets you run Android apps on your Windows PC
- New to the beta: "LayerCake" technology (patent pending) that allows apps written for ARM processors to run on x86
- LC: Graphics intensive apps run using hardware acceleration
- LC: can handle pinch to zoom on trackpads and accelerometer functions like tilting are possible using arrow keys or mouse.
- Apps are directly downloadable from BlueStacks' software. Apps can be synced to your device and texts are receivable.
- Apps can run in full screen or windowed version
- BlueStacks App Player is available now for download at BlueStacks.com
- Apple faces Australian legal challenge over 4G label
- Apple's iPad '4G' advertising labeled misleading by Australian watchdog, may be banned
- New Wi-Fi iPad Cleared for Sale in China
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released Tuesday, the agency will seek orders against Apple in federal court this week for “alleged contraventions” of Australian Consumer Law.
- promotion of the new iPad as a tablet with “WiFi + 4G.” The agency said that it alleges this label is “misleading” because the iPad cannot connect to the 4G networks in Australia.
- CNET notes that the Australian version of the Apple store notes that the iPad is not compatible with Australian 4G networks.
- “The iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G model can roam worldwide on fast GSM/UMTS networks, including HSPA, HSPA+, and DC-HSDPA. When you travel internationally, you can use a micro-SIM card from a local carrier,” the site says.
- The China Quality Certification Center recently approved the Wi-Fi version of the new iPad for sale in the country, granting it the Compulsory Certification necessary for Apple to sell it in China."
- Ramping up to its IPO, Facebook is trying to clear its legal landscape. The company filed a motion to dismiss in its case against Paul Ceglia - the man who claims he owns a big chunk on Facebook due to dealings with a college-era Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook produced a whole bunch of evidence to support its motion and calls Ceglia's suit a "fraudulent shakedown."
- The music industry is not dying - revenue from subscription based music services was $241 million in 2011 compared to $212 million in 2010. Will the RIAA believe it? Well they better because those revenue numbers are from the RIAA! Total U.S. music shipments were up the first time since 2004 - the increase was 0.2%, but an increase nonetheless. Physical sales were down 7.7%, but digital was up 9.2% in 2011 compared to 2010.
- Huawei's having a bad week. After being rejected by the Australian government to provide network equipment, Huawei just lost Symantec as a partner. The two had started a joint venture four years ago, but Symantec is ending the business by selling its stake in the JV to Huawei. The New York Times reports that the move is because of concerns that Symantec would be denied U.S. government classified information about cyberthreats if the joint venture continued.
- Following on the update of the Card Case app to the jauntily named "Pay with Square," the Jack Dorsey venture is upping its security by introducing a new Square reader that encrypts credit card data between the reader and the app. All Square readers shipping will now have the ability to encrypt and existing users will be able to get new readers.
- You know, we're in an election year here in the United States there is a nonpartisan issue i think affects all of us - PATENT WARS! TiVo is taking on Time Warner and Motorola saying those two are infringing on its DVR patents. TiVo is taking on Moto because Moto sued TiVo over DVR-related patents it owned via a subsidiary. Time Warner is stuck in litigation because it uses Motorola DVRs.
- Alright, let's check in on the ongoing nano-SIM not-so-nano-battle. Nokia told IDG that it isn't aware of any Apple patents that would be essential to the nano-SIM standard. Apple proposed royalty-free licenses of patents if its version of the nano-SIM won out over at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. PatentlyApple.com reports that Apple was granted a patent related to nano-SIM cards just today related to a tray-based contraption.
- AT&T is testing out a new loyalty program called "AT&T Plus." With it, eligible subscribers get a special customer service line, 25% off non-Apple accessories and some fees waived. AT&T calls it a pilot program, is looking for feedback and says the program could be rolled out widely eventually.
- First Rovio took over space with Angry Birds, now it's taking over Futuremark Games Studio. Well, it's not really a takeover, but Rovio is acquiring the game developer division of FutureMark which is more known for its benchmark software. FutureMark Games makes games like Shattered Horizon and Unstoppable Gorg.
- Remember that spectrum crunch in the U.S.? The National Telecommunications and Information Administration recommended that private telecoms and governmental agencies go with a time-share approach in the 95 MHz block. Currently, the 95 MHz block is used by the Department of Homeland Security amongst others. Sharing the spectrum would also be more cost and time effective than having to clear blocks entirely.
- Happy 1 year in North America, Nintendo 3DS!
- Harry Potter' ebooks finally available for all major e-readers at Pottermore.com
- Nokia Lumia 800C and Lumia 719C are coming to China Telecom, the country’s third largest carrier, tomorrow 3/28
- Starting April 27th, the Amazon Kindle Touch hits European markets. No word on when the Fire is coming, however.
- HTC Shutting Down Sense Backup Services on April 30th
Listening to your Incoming tonight, Simon said that HTML5 couldn't keep up with native apps as it's still centered around documents and not UI elements. While that's technically true, pretty much all interesting UI in apps - web, mobile and desktop alike - build their own UIs. For example, Path's great icon menu was custom-built - and somebody ported it to CSS3 just a few days later! (http://lab.victorcoulon.fr/css/path-menu/)
The truth is that no platform, whether it's governed by a standards body (like the web with W3C) or a company (like Apple with iOS) moves fast enough to keep up with UI conventions and innovations. This isn't just a mobile thing either: back when Microsoft introduced Office 2007 with its new Ribbon interface, that was something the Office team built which was not provided by Windows (and still isn't!). HTML5 does have some inherent limitations compared to native apps, but UI ain't one of them.
"Hi T.N.T. Crew,
I work in engineering for a major cable company/ISP in Canada and wanted to mention why the exclusion [of Comcast's VOD traffic against your bandwidth cap] would make sense even in the face of congestion.
The cost of routing data through the internal network is next to nothing, however routing traffic though foreign (external) networks is not, especially if you are on the far side of the route to the servers of a company like Netflix, which throws off the balance of peering arrangements that are in place. The idea of keeping both data, and revenue, in-house are reasons enough to make it an attractive solution... Not to mention when customers call about the video stream being poor, it's not about Netflix which we can usually do very little about, but we would be supporting our own potential service and connection troubles.
-Additional sort-of related info FYI The Video on Demand server equipment is typically located in the ""hub site"" (analogous to a phone company's Central Office) which is also where the equipment that provides the modems connection (CMTS) resides as well. The ""Nodes"" (where the optical network converts to coaxial) is where the congestion primarily takes place.
Tim in Canada"
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