Tech News Today 468
Recorded: March 29, 2012
Published: March 29, 2012
Tech News Today 468: Good News Everyone!
Tim Cook visits a reformed Foxconn, Does Google make more on iPhone than Android? Spotify? How about SpotiFREE!?!
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- Apple and Samsung could make nice in patent wars
- Apple’s Tim Cook Visits Foxconn IPhone Plant in China
- Tim Cook visits Foxconn's newest iPhone production line in Zhengzhou
- Apple and Foxconn agree to drastically improve working conditions following Fair Labor Association report
- Could it be the Westphalia of our times? Bloomberg suggests that Apple and Samsung's top leadership could be looking to strike a settlement.
- "People familiar with the situation, however, note that top-level executives at both Apple and Samsung have communicated lately about potential settlement options," the report today says.
- "Apple CEO Tim Cook does not seem to share his predecessor's passion about laying all foes to waste," it adds. "Cook appears to view litigation as a necessary evil, not a vehicle of cosmic revenge."
- Meanwhile Tim Cook is still playing Nixon and going to China.
- He visited Foxconn Technology Group’s newly built manufacturing facility for the iPhone in Zhengzhou, China, as the U.S. company seeks to improve working conditions.
- Cook's visit marks the first time an Apple CEO has visited an actual production plant
- The Fair Labor Association has released its findings from the lengthy investigation of working conditions at Foxconn's Chinese plants where Apple products are made. The watchdog found that in the last year all three factories violated not just FLA code for hours worked, but Chinese legal limits of 36 hours of overtime per month. During peak periods, employees worked more than 60 hours a week on average and many more than seven days in a row. -- Foxconn has agreed to meet FLA and Chinese legal codes by July of 2013, including cutting the number of monthly overtime hours from 80 to 36. To compensate for the lost work hours the manufacturer will boost wages and plans to hire thousands of new workers to help maintain current production levels. A concerted effort is also planned to improve the safety and health conditions at the plants and their accompanying dormitories.
- Report: Google earns more revenue from iPhone than Android
- Has the iPhone earned four times as much as Android for Google since 2008? Probably not
- Stories about Google revenue from Android miss the point: How much it saves Google
- Reports are surfacing today that Google only generated about $550 million from Android since 2008, and that it earns far less from Android devices than it does from Apple handsets
- coming from a recent Google court filing that offers Oracle a percentage of Android revenue as patent damages, in which the $550 million figure is extrapolated from a percentage of total revenue it's willing to pay (0.5% + 0.015% of revenue, or $2.8 million)
- TC Sottek at The Verge notes t's likely that the company is minimizing the revenue for damages as a defendant. In this case, Google is looking at a small portion of the app or ad revenue and not giving the patents Oracle is complaining about credit for all of it
- And Chris O'Brien from SiliconBeat points out Google pays to be the default search engine on Apple’s Safari browser. Again, we don’t know how much. But imagine for a moment, as I wrote a couple weeks ago, if Apple and iOS had the same marketshare as the iPad. How much more would Google have to pay for that spot?
- Paper: the next great iPad app, from the brains behind Courier
- Former Microsoft Courier team members launch hot new apps for the iPad
- Former Courier team members are at Fifty Three. The Verge interviewed Georg Petschnigg
- Paper: Comes with fountain pen. For $1.99 each Write (ballpoint), Sketch (pencil), Outline (marker), and Color (watercolor paintbrush).
- To Rewind - place two fingers on the screen and move them in a counter-clockwise motion. Up to 20 moves. - invented by filmmaker (and FiftyThree designer) Andrew S. Allen
- Coincidentally: Jay Allard has been advising and financially backing the development of Tapose, a Courier-like application for the iPad.The Tapose team launched their app on the iPad on March 27. It is available for $2.99 in the iTunes store.
- Georg Petschnigg: Co-founder of Pioneer Studios
- Jon Harris: Designer who worked on Zune, Xbox and Pioneer Studios brands. Co-founder of the Courier project and of Pioneer Studios
- Andrew Allen: Filmmaker who worked on Courier
- Julian Walker: Engineer who worked on graphics and user interface technologies for Microsoft Seadragon, Photosynth, Bing Maps and Silverlight
- John Ikeda: Inventor who worked on Xbox accessories including the Xbox 360 game controller and Kinect
- Spotify Keeps the Free Music Party Going in the U.S.
- Facebook’s Big Freemium Funnel Helps Spotify Et Al Find The Pay In Free
- In US 10-hour/month cap supposed to happen 3 mo. ago, now being extended again indefinitely
- Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands and Spain no longer subjected to 5-song/month limit but still capped at 10-hour/month
- negotiating with the music labels, give users incentive to upgrade free accounts to premium ones, and/or buy music from Spotify or other sources.
- still need paying tier to access via mobile/tablet or get ad-free experience
- some artists hate the free terms, won't cooperate
- ATD speculates: Spotify is raising $, company’s “extraordinary” growth is a big plus. Less free listening=less growth, less interested investors
- PaidContent.org says this is due to FB frictionless sharing, big influx in usage on Spotify and other apps. Ppl curious about Spotify thru FB probably won't pay right away but developing a free relationship is essential.
- Half of US cellular subscribers own smartphones: Nielsen
- U.S. Mobile Phone Market Now Half-Smart
- Nearly 1 Billion Smart Connected Devices Shipped in 2011 with Shipments Expected to Double by 2016, According to IDC
- Android to oust Windows in connected gadgets (but there’s a catch)
- According to a new Nielsen report, 49.7 percent of mobile subscribers in the US owned smartphones as of February. That's up from 36 percent a year ago.
- Two-thirds of those who got a new phone in the last three months chose a smartphone over a feature phone, the research firm says.
- Android-based phones lead the U.S. smartphone market with a 48 percent share, while Apple's iPhone is at 32 percent, and BlackBerry is at 11.6 percent.
- The universe of smart connected devices, including PCs, media tablets, and smartphones, saw shipments of more than 916 million units and revenues surpassing $489 billion dollars in 2011, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).
- PCs running the Windows operating system on any x86-compatible CPU, slipping from a leading 35.9% share in 2011 down to 25.1% in 2016. The number of Android-based devices running on ARM CPUs, on the other hand, will grow modestly from 29.4% share in 2011 to a market-leading 31.1% share in 2016. --- “Android’s growth is tied directly to the propagation of lower-priced devices,” Tom Mainelli, research director of Mobile Connected Devices at IDC said of the forecasts."
- Dell Ends Smartphone Sales in the US
- Dell Gives Up On Selling Smartphones In The U.S. (For Now, Anyway)
- Dell to Stop Selling Venue and Venue Pro, but New Mobile Devices in the Works
- Dell says it will no longer make smartphones for the United States market
- In other news, Dell made smartphones for the US Market.
- Dell has been trying to crack the phone market since August 2010 and offered the Venue and Venue Pro phones based on Windows Phone. Those phones are discontinued.
- However, Dell will introduce more "mobile products" in the US, which sounds like a tablet. Dell also gave the axe to netbooks back in December 2011
- Dell's smartphones will still be available in emerging markets like India
Good News Fuse
- Good news for you folks who like their displays like their morals, flexible -- LG announced it is mass producing a 6-inch flexible e-paper display that can be bent up to 40 degrees. The display has a resolution of 1024 x 768 and can handle being whacked with a mallet without being busted.
- Good news for those of you who like your search engines like your stalkers, not tracking you -- Yahoo announced that its "do not track" tool will go live available worldwide in the summer. Yahoo didn't explain many details about the do not track tool, but said it will be simple.
- Good news for those of you who like your big box stores like your murder cases, closed -- Best Buy is closing 50 stores in the U.S. in 2013. However, those employees could be transferred to Best Buy Mobile's new smaller stores. The company is opening 100 of them - also in 2013.
- Good news if you like your RIM execs like your pottery, fired -- RIM CEO Thorsten Heins has decided to dismiss a whole bunch of high level people. RIM co-founder Jim Balsillie resigned from the board, CTO David Yach is retiring, and Jim Rowan, COO, Global Operations is out. Heins said on the call that they had a record number of subscribers, and most intriguing, he's open to partnerships and licensing. But RIM still missed expectations on shipments fell in a hot market. The AllThingsD headline? "RIM blows it again."
- Good news if you like your tablets like your dates, cheap -- DigiTimes reports Amazon is working on 2-4 new tablets for this very year. Citing industry sources, there will be a 10.1-inch model to be priced around $250 to $300. An 8.9-inch model may or may not happen. Oh, and Nvidia's CEO expects Tegra 3 tablets to cost under $200 this summer.
- Good news if you like the process of collecting money from your class action lawsuit like your eggs - over easy -- Apple iPhone 4 users who were affected by "Antennagate" can collect $15 at iphone4settlement.com. You'll have till the 28th of August to make a claim. All the details if you're eligible are at that site - iphone4settlement.com
- Good news if you like your wireless carriers like your deadbeat dad, abandoning things -- Sprint says it will no longer carry WiMax phones. Sprint is in the process of moving to LTE and is expected to introduce an HTC LTE phone next month. Its LTE service will launch midyear in several markets including San Antonio.
- Good news if you like your ultra-low-cost PCs like your gratification, delayed -- The Raspberry Pi will be delayed in the UK because the device needs to receive a certification mark from the European Community. The devices are in the country, but needs testing before customers can get their hands on it.
- Good news if you like your social network founders like you like your router, networking -- Mark Zuckerberg met with JapanPrime Minister Yoshihiko Noda briefly. The two discussed the tsunamis and how social networking could help those affected by facilitating communications. Noda also mentioned that it was strange to meet Zuckerberg after watching the movie, "The Social Network."
- HTC One X, One S, & One V handsets are expected to arrive in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on 4/2. One X is HTC's 1t quad-core smartphone (1.5GHz nVidia Tegra 3) will cost a steep 599 euro ($795). One S, dual-core Qualcomm S4 processor is 499 euro ($662). One V single-core CPU, 299 euro ($397).
- A source tells Android Central that an HTC One X variant will be unveiled at an event w Sprint on 4/4 & will be called the Evo One. Source also says 6/6 ship date, 4.7 inch, 720p LCD screen, dual-core processor, LTE ready.
- Google has announced it's rolling out Android 4.0.4 for GSM (not LTE) versions of the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones, & the Motorola Xoom wifi tablet. Says more devices will be included in the coming weeks.
- Tomorrow Facebook will will force all Pages to switch to the redesign of Timeline for Pages! Hooray for baby pictures of brands.
"If you've mentioned this, don't worry about it, but I wrote a post over at http://churchm.ag/is-hollywood-getting-it/ that I thought you guys might be interested in. Here's the back story. A couple of days ago I noticed the new ""Play"" category in the google bar. After poking around, I notice that ""Dark Tide"" was available for rent and said ""see it before theatres"" on the cover. I did some digging and found that it's coming out in early April, so this kinda surprised me since this isn't a ""direct to video"" horror flick, but one with some well-known stars (Halle Berry is an Oscar winning actor after all). What do you all think? Is this the beginning of a new model where they rent new movies for $9.99 (cheaper than two tickets to the theater), DVD/BluRay releases for $2.99-$3.99, and put old stuff on Amazon, Google, HuluPlus, Netflix, etc.? I hope so.
BTW, quick plug. My book "Podcasting Church" will be free on Kindle on 4/1 and 4/2 (not an April Fools Joke). I'd love a mention although that's not necessary at all. Love the show.
Paul Clifford Owner & Chief Creative Officer TrinityDigitalMedia.com"
I think Simon and I are in agreement, that HTML likes to keep it simple with basic text boxes, buttons, and checkboxes. I will point out that HTML5 does introduce some new controls for mobile which are more subtle, like date inputs (http://dev.w3.org/html5/markup/input.date.html#input.date) and number inputs (http://dev.w3.org/html5/markup/input.range.html#input.range).
But since UI standards move fast, I'd argue that what HTML has kept are the right building blocks while leaving the rest up to developers. Case in point: between Windows 8 Metro, OSX Lion, iOS and ICS (and Ubuntu, and ChromeOS, etc.), the "standard" toolbars and menus and folder trees with their little [+] buttons have been going out of style, in favor of simple search boxes, big buttons, and touch gestures. It's actually great that we get this kind of organic evolution of the interface, so I'm definitely in favor of "less is more".
I'm working with the producers of a documentary called War for the Web, the documentary that Tom Merritt had mentioned last Friday on Tech News Today. Tom had mentioned during the show that he liked the idea of demystifying the Internet, so I wanted to let TWiT know about a little preview clip that we released yesterday -- a little ""Internet 101"" type video on Packet Switching. We welcome you to share it with your viewers on TNT or elsewhere on TWiT: http://youtu.be/Zhs3kSMqtY4.
And just to show how much something like this is needed, we took to the streets to find out just how much the average person knows about the Internet. Our video is here: http://youtu.be/Zhs3kSMqtY4.
We would love to talk to you more about the film if you have a moment, please let us know if you want any more information.
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