Tech News Today 470
Recorded: April 2, 2012
Published: April 2, 2012
Tech News Today 470: Cesspool Of Unprotected OS
Hot iPad not too hot, Dell goes all 1960 on computing, Microsoft conquering all, and more.
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- Even if New iPad Is Hot, Consumer Reports Decides It’s Not Bothered
- New Apple iPad tops our tablet Ratings
- ChangeWave: 82% of new iPad owners are 'very satisfied'
- Consumer Reports says it can recommend the new iPad: “Responding to consumer comments on the new device, and to coverage from other reviewers, we also carried out further tests that confirmed the new iPad is warmer in its hottest spots than the iPad 2. But we didn’t find those temperatures to be cause for concern.”
- iPad now tops their ratings. Also recommended by the magazine were Sony’s Tablet P and Pantech’s water-resistant Element.
- surveyed last week by ChangeWave Research were practically unanimous.
- 98% were either satisfied (16%) or very satisfied (82%) with their new toy
- What they liked best ""by a landslide"" (75%) was the high-res display
- 89% said the much-publicized heat issue was either not a problem or something they had never experienced
- Only 74% of iPad 2 owners surveyed in February pronounced themselves "very satisfied."
- Dell Agrees to Buy Thin-client Company Wyse Technology
- Dell To Acquire Virtual Desktop Player Wyse Technology
- Dell has agreed to acquire thin-client hardware and software company Wyse Technology, to expand its desktop virtualization offerings
- The T10 uses Wyse's own OS, ThinOS, which has been tailored for use on thin clients. Its small size results in a quicker start. The client can be used with a number of different platforms for virtualized desktops, including those from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware, the company said at the time.
- Wyse also offers management software that can control Apple's iPads and iPhones, Android-based devices and its own clients.
- The company is also working on Stratus, which will allow IT administrators to manage any device -- including smartphones, tablets, thin clients, zero clients, and PCs -- regardless if that device is owned by the company or by the individual employee using a cloud-based console.
- Brian Marshall of ISI just issued a note to clients pegging the price at between $350 million and $400 million.
- Global Payments says Visa drops it after breach
- 1.5 million credit cards "exported" in hack of payments processor
- The network intrusion that hit Global Payments was confined to its North American operations and "exported" data for about 1.5 million holders, the credit card payments processor said Sunday evening.
- The exported information included Track 2 data. Cardholder names, addresses, and social security numbers were out of reach of the attackers, the statement added. So no ability to clone cards.
- In a conference call on the morning of April 2, Global Payments CEO Paul Garcia revealed that Visa has dropped the company from its registry of providers that meet the PCI credit card processing security standards.
- Garcia reiterated the breach had been "absolutely contained," and said that he expects Visa will reinstate Global Payments to its registry once the company demonstrates it is in PCI compliance.
- The breach itself was limited to a "handful" of servers in Global Payments' payment processing center, and did not involve any other parthers,
- working with third parties, regulators, and law enforcement to assist in the efforts to minimize potential cardholder impact. Was self-discovered and self-reported.
- Nokia’s Smartphone Beta Test campaign takes shot at iPhone
- Nokia kicks off US advertising campaign with a Beta Test, takes on the iPhone
- Nokia site
- Nokia's ramping up its US advertising with its "Smartphone Beta Test" campaign
- It's aimed at making people excited for the Lumia 900, its flagship Windows Phone
- The campaign says "The Smartphone beta test is almost over" and features several videos of three people in a meeting room talking about a death grip on a phone, the screen being washed out in the sun and how fragile the phone is.
- Site features a countdown clock which actually ends two days before the 900 launches in the US
- The site itself is unbranded. What looks to be a Nokia logo is crossed out using a marker
- WPCentral.com did some digging - it noticed the color scheme matches Noka's Amazing Everyday campaign and the site's image directory shows AT&T and Nokia items.
- I went through the code: you'll find "NOK" in filenames for videos, CSS references font-family: CustomNokia
- Internet Explorer Usage Share Is On the Rise in 2012
- Windows XP won't give up top spot without a fight
- Internet Explorer is back! Not by much- 1.2% net gain global useage over the past 5 months, 0.99% in March. a time period where both Chrome & Firefox have dropped in user numbers.
- Why? Windows 7 loves IE 9. In a post on its Exploring EI blog, Roger Capriotti says "We continue to see great strides made against our core metric: IE 9 share on Windows 7." According to the Net Applications numbers published by Microsoft, IE 9 is responsible for 48.8% of US-based web traffic from Windows 7, followed by 14.6% for Google Chrome & 11.6% for Mozilla Firefox.
- Guess who else is gaining? XP- 46.86% share of the OS market last month, up from 45.39% in February. Windows 7 dipped a little, capturing 37.53% in March, down from 38.12% in February.
- Looking long-term, Windows 7 is gaining, XP is losing market share.
- In 2014 Windows is discontinuing extended support for XP, security patches, bug fixes, general updates will stop, making XP the unprotected operating system begging for hacking issues.
- Windows 8 beta got d/l 1 million times over the first day. Market share of 0.11% in March, according to Net Applications, up from 0.03% in February when only the Developer Preview was available. Windows 8 Release Candidate -- may be ready in June, final version in October.
- Joint entertainment-ISP effort unveils copyright center
- "Six Strikes" Copyright Alert system names surprisingly good advisors
- The country's top Internet service providers, along with major film and recorded music companies, announced that they have hired Jill Lesser as executive director to oversee their joint antipiracy efforts, scheduled to begin this summer whihc will be called the Center for Copyright Information.
- Lesser is currently managing director of the Glover Park Group, a lobbying and public policy firm. Previously advocacy group People for the American Way and time as an executive at AOL Time Warner. In a statement, she pledged to focus on "education and deterrence, not punishment."
- CCI's advisory board will include a large number of privacy and technology advocates, including Jerry Berman, chairman of the Internet Education Foundation and founder of the Center for Democracy and Technology; Marsali Hancock, president of iKeepSafe.org; Jules Polenetsky, director of the Future of Privacy Forum; and Gigi Sohn, president and CEO of Public Knowledge.
- CCI's six-member board of directors, which holds all the power, includes only representatives from the entertainment companies or ISPs.
- That independent review process will be overseen by the American Arbitration Association. The AAA will train independent reviewers who will, in turn, hear appeals by individual users.
- iOS app "Girls Around Me" is no longer in the app store after Foursquare cut off access to the app. "Girls Around Me" received a bunch of buzz after Cult of Mac did a piece on it suggesting the app could be used for stalking capabilities. The App developers pulled the app because without Foursquare data, the app does not work properly. If you were wondering, the "Girls Around Me" app allowed a user to see the location of girls around them using Foursquare data. The developer maintains that the app used only publicly available data.
- Privacy backlash over Girls Around Me mobile app
- Listen up, you new iPad users. Both Facebook and the Barnes & Noble Nook app have been updated with support for the iPad retina display. What does that mean? Sharper images. The Facebook update also takes care of a bug where the wrong profile pic of a user was being displayed.
- Ashton Kutcher is set to play Steve Jobs in a movie called, "Jobs." Now while this was reported on April 1st, the news is not a joke. The "Jobs" film will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern and will not be based on Walter Isacson's biography of Jobs. Sony is still working on the adaption of that work.
- More news from the App Store front, this time it's Amazon's appstore which according to a new Flurry study earns more than the Google Play store. Flurry compared the Android stores to Apple's App Store and found for every$1 spent on an iOS app, Amazon Appstore users spent 89 cents. Google Play users spent 23 cents.
- The three most important things in real estate is location, location and patents. Due to a patent dispute over H.264 with Motorola in Germany, Microsoft has decided to move its European distribution center from Germany to the Netherlands. A ruling to the MS/Motorola dispute is expected on April 17th. An injunction in Germany could stop Microsoft from shipping products in Europe, hence the move.
- Kimberly Hester, a teacher's aide at an elementary school was suspended for not giving up her Facebook password to her bosses and is now suing the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District. The school wanted access to Hester's Facebook page because she posted a photo in April 2011 that got parents upset. The image showed a picture of a co-worker's pants around her ankles and a pair of shoes along with the caption "Thinking of You."
- Apple and Samsung, you two should high five because the two of you account for 95% of smartphone handset profits for the fourth quarter according to Canaccord Genuity. Apple makes up 80% of the profits in the market. The other 5% are huddled crying in the corner trying to figure out what to do because Canaccord expects Apple and Samsung to increase its share of profits.
- It's almost official, Samsung has spun off its display unit, which will be called "Samsung Display Co." The company will be independent from Samsung Electronics and will be incorporated this week. Samsung Display's assets already make it the world's largest display manufacturer. In other display news, Phillips is distancing itself away from HDTVs by completing its transfer of 70% of its HDTV division to a joint venture it maintains with Hong Kong's TPV.
- Philips Completes TV Business Transfer Into Venture With TPV
- 25 years ago today, IBM announced OS/2 along with its new line of 4 PS/2 computers. OS/2 didn't ship until December 1987 though. It was intended to replace DOS before Microsoft Windows brought life back to DOS.
- Verizon's Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX to get Android 4.0 on April 4th, Rezound to follow on the 6th. This is according to Best Buy's website, but both Android Police & TechnoBuffalo say they've confirmed with sources.
- HTC One X & One S Launch in Europe and parts of Asia today. They're coming to the US eventually, but will be different models.. European/Asian One X is a GSM phone with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor. The AT&T model will have a Qualcomm processor instead, and the Sprint model will be a CDMA phone.
I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in MS and uses Cspire for his cell phone carrier. Cpsire is a regional carrier that is popular in MS, AL, and Floribama. He was telling me that they are going to start charging a separate fee on top of data for streaming data i.e. Pandora, netflix, etc. I about fell out of my chair when I heard this. I'm sure this will ruffle Tom's feathers as I've heard his soap box about net neutrality and data is data. I sure hope this isn't going to be a trend. This is probably related to them getting iPhone soon. Makes me grateful for being on an unlimited Sprint plan, even if I can't get a 4G signal at the light rail station in front of the largest hospital in UT. Thanks for providing such a great show.
Jason Sandy, UT"
"Hi TNT Crew,
You've probably heard about the UK Government's plans to introduce monitoring on innocent UK citizens:
We are a small service provider hosting virtual servers to customers throughout the world. Civil Liberty issues aside, how is this going to work for the small providers like us? Have the government considered that many people/businesses host their own email servers? Do we have to monitor our customer's email servers, even though we are not hosting an email service for them? Also, how do we do this, and where is the money coming from? Have they consulted with industry on the matter? Since the internet is an ""open"" system (i.e. anybody can plug a cable in and go), there are many other technical issues that need to be considered outside of the standard cable/DSL "ISP" context, as small providers like us will loose out otherwise!
Love the show guys, keep up the good work
Jonny from Northern Ireland"
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