Tech News Today 479
Recorded: April 13, 2012
Published: April 13, 2012
Tech News Today 479: Redundant Array Of Crabs
RIM fired it's best ideas, Windows 8 on an iPad, why CISPA is worse than SOPA, and more.
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- Exclusive: Former RIM boss sought strategy shift before he quit
- Balsillie wanted Apple and Android to run through BlackBerry servers
- The forecast for RIM: cloudy, with a chance of success
- Reuters reports that Jim Balsillie suggested a shift for RIM
- RIM would allow major wireless carriers to use its private network
- Currently, RIM's network serves only BlackBerry devices.
- The strategy was ultimately vetoed by new CEO Thorsten Heins and the board
- This led to Balsille resigning from the board and leaving RIM entirely
- Balsille talked with Verizon, ATT, Vodaphone, Deutsche Telekom, and at least one major Canadia carrier
- Those wireless carriers would offer inexpensive data plans -- limited to social media and IM
- RIM's network services is a high margin business for it earning $1B per quarter
- The RIM network is integrated with cellular networks across the world. Managed from a string of data centers, RIM encrypts and compresses massive amounts of data it then pushes out to BlackBerry devices.
- It charges carriers a monthly subscription fee per user for the service.
- Allows for RIM's devices to use less bandwidth
- Designer Starck reveals 'revolutionary' Apple project
- Philippe Starck allegedly working with Apple on 'revolutionary' project for later this year
- Apple Says It’s Not Working on Anything With Philippe Starck
- AFP is reported that legendary designer Philippe Starck said “have a big project together that will be out in eight months,” He also called it “fairly, if not very, revolutionary”
- New TV? Apple Store design? Something on Apple's new campus?
- an Apple spokeswoman said the company is not working on a new product with Starck.
- Prior to his death, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was working with Starck on a yacht.
- To be built by luxury superyacht builder Feadship, the yacht is believed to have a very minimalist and sleek design with a main feature being 40 foot long glass walls.
- Apple: E-book price-fixing accusation 'simply not true'
- Apple Fires Back at the Feds, Amazon
- Apple: we broke "Amazon's monopolistic grip" on e-book industry
- Apple says e-book price fixing charges 'simply not true,' Macmillan also responds
- Developments in an antitrust case against Apple and book publishers over e-book pricing
- "Hey TNT crew,
I have some thoughts on the recent talk about the DOJ's case against publishers that you discussed in episode 477. A friend of mine spent some time working for one of the publishers accused in the case, and she insists that the accused collusion was a necessary evil to combat Amazon's business model.
However, my personal belief is that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the monetization of books. I've seen several people compare this case to when music transitioned into digital - musicians can't monetize their music via selling CD's so they have to make money in other ways, usually by selling merchandise and touring.
Two thoughts that come to mind are ad supported ebooks, which I personally think people might find annoying, but could be a source of profit for authors, or a spotify-esque service provided by the publishers.
For some monthly fee, you get access to some number of ebooks from a publisher's catalogue. This may allow for publishers and authors to still make money from writing, yet still allow for Amazon to price books cheaply for consumers.
There may even be other ideas for monetization that require thinking outside the box, I just feel like publishers aren't trying to do that and are instead clutching to a dying industry.
Thanks guys and keep up the good work.
Matt From Lawrence, KS"
- Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told several news outlets: "The DOJ's accusation of collusion against Apple is simply not true. The launch of the iBookstore in 2010 fostered innovation and competition, breaking Amazon's monopolistic grip on the publishing industry."
- "just as we've allowed developers to set prices on the App Store, publishers set prices on the iBookstore."
- How developers can test Windows 8 apps on an iPad
- Intel's Windows 8 tablet: Checklist goes public
- Run Windows 8 on your iPad
- Splashtop iPad App Could Affect Windows 8 Tablet Sales
- Microsoft Needs Your Help: Promises Free Software In Return For Windows 8 Feedback
- On Thursday, remote desktop software maker Splashtop is opening up its new iOS app, the rather clunkily named Win8 Metro Testbed, which will allow app developers to test their apps before the official launch in a Windows 8 environment on an iPad.
- The regular price is $49.99, though it will be discounted for a limited time at $24.99. Expensive for an app, cheaper than buying a Windows 7 tablet
- It's the Splashtop VNC built specifically for Win8. The app gives Windows 8 full run of your iPad's screen except for a small icon in the lower right. Tap it once, and a virtual keyboard pops up. Tap it twice, and a Splashtop toolbar appears with options to access the Hints Control Bar, enable a mouse cursor, lock the screen rotation, display navigation keys, and sever the connection.
- IN BEIJING: Intel lined out two Windows 8 tablet designs implementing Clover Trail
- Microsoft today announced that it is looking for volunteers to join its invite-only feedback program for active Windows 7 and Windows 8 Consumer Preview users in the U.S. In return for providing feedback to Microsoft – both by sending the company data or by filling out surveys – participants who stay in the program for more than four months will be eligible for “free software and Xbox games such as Microsoft Office 20120, Kinect Disneyland, and Forza Motorsport 4.”
- 'hello' to CISPA, it will remind you of SOPA
- Facebook supports horrible proposed Internet bill CISPA
- CISPA: The rhetoric vs. the reality
- Expert: New CISPA Bill Isn't SOPA, But Still Attacks Constitutional Rights
- Activists fight "cyber-security" bill that would give NSA more data
- 4 BIlls proposed in Congress, but CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) by Rep. Mike Rogers getting the most attention.
- It focuses on facilitating information sharing, both between the government and the private sector, and between private network operators. It exempts ""cyber-security"" information-sharing from other legal restrictions, and it immunizes network providers from liability for failing to act on information they receive under the provisions of the act.
- By granting firms who share information broad immunity from other provisions of law, Congress may be effectively changing any number of other statutes.
- Dempsey: This is about government monitoring. [SOPA] is about the First amendment, [CISPA] is about the Fourth, but they both take a legitimate problem and try to tackle it with an overbroad solution.""
- Rogers argument is that the government has info than can help private companies stop hackers but it's confidential and so illegal to share. CISPa would make it legal. But it also make it legal for the companies to share info, voluntarily, back with the government.
- The bill doesn't technically require companies to share data with the government, but it also doesn't require the government to share cybersecurity secrets with the companies.
- EFF worries that the language allows private companies to share data with anyone even other private companies in the name of cybersecurity. That's where the SOPA comparisons come in. "The term ‘cybersecurity purpose’ means the purpose of ensuring the integrity, confidentiality, or availability of, or safeguarding, a system or network, including protecting a system or network from–‘(A) efforts to degrade, disrupt, or destroy such system or network; or ‘(B) theft or misappropriation of private or government information, intellectual property, or personally identifiable information."
- Privacy-protective ISP raises over $43,000 in donations in one day
- Calyx Institute Donation page
- yesterday Cnet profiled Nicolas Merrill, who's raising $$ to launch a national "non-profit telecommunications provider dedicated to privacy, using ubiquitous encryption" that will sell both mobile phone & Internet service.
- Idea is to resell wireless service like 4G WiMax broadband, and add end-to-end encryption for browsing & encrypted e-mail. If there's a legal court order, Calyx couldn't help. "The idea that we are working on is to not be capable of complying," Merrill says.
- story got picked up by Reddit and donations are now at $45k of $1M goal. 63 days left.
- travel grant from the Ford Foundation, Merrill is heading to the San Francisco Bay Area later this month to meet with venture capitalists and individual angel investors.
- Merrill: "The Calyx Institute is named after my former Internet Service Provider (Calyx Internet Access) which I started in NYC in 1994, and which became the plaintiff in the original challenge against the constitutionality of National Security Letters in the USA Patriot Act". In Feb 2004, the FBI sent Merrill a secret "national security letter" (not an actual court order signed by a judge) asking for confidential information about his customers and forbidding him from disclosing the letter's existence. He enlisted the ACLU to fight the gag order and won. A federal judge barred the FBI from invoking that portion of the law, saying it was "an unconstitutional prior restraint of speech in violation of the First Amendment."
- Merrill's identity was kept confidential for years during litigation. In 2007, the Washington Post published his anonymous op-ed which said: "I resent being conscripted as a secret informer for the government," especially because "I have doubts about the legitimacy of the underlying investigation." He wasn't able to discuss his case publicly until 2010.
- The game is afoot at Valve - the company recently posted a job listing that mentions Valve is developing hardware. In other Valve news, Apple CEO Tim Cook was recently spotted at Valve HQ. Maybe Cook's got some ideas cooking about gaming on Macs.
- Time to check the Patent Wars: A German regional court affirmed a lower court ruling that Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services are infringing on Motorola Mobility patents. The patents relate to push email notification. In the US, a district court granted Microsoft's temporary restraining order which stops Motorola from exercising whatever relief it gets from a German court.
- Gramfeed reports that in ten days, Intstagram has racked up 10 million more users, bringing its total userbase to 40 million. A lot of that growth can be chalked up to the recently released Android app.
- Wolf! I mean Google Drive! Online diagramming tool LucidChart published a control panel page touting Google Drive integration. LucidChart would allow you to automatically sync your documents to your Drive account if you want.
- Sharp televisions are about to get thinner and more power efficient. The company has been producing LCD panels that use indium gallium zinc oxide semiconductors for the past month and has ramped up production due to increased demand.
- Netflix will release the source code for its cloud software which have monkey-based nicknames. Netflix says the plan is to "release pretty much all of our platform, including the Monkey infrastructure, over the rest of this year." The company hopes the move will help it find talented people to join it.
- A Twitter post by Boxee says that Boxee has two million users total, but only 200,000 Boxee Box users. For some comparison, the Apple sold 1.4 million Apple TV units last quarter and Google TV has about 1 million units out there.
- FastCompany reports that Amazon's touted "17,000 movies and television shows" for its Prime Instant Video service is massively inflated. Amazon counts individual episodes of television shows because it offers about 150 television series and around 1700 movies.
- Oracle and Google's battle continues and the court wants to know the positions on the following "are computer programming languages copyrightable?" Google says, nope. Oracle on the other hand says that a computer language may "qualify for copyright protection if it is sufficiently original."
- An org called Groupees is offering the Be Mine 2 bundle: 5 indie games and extra content for a minimum donation of $4. 1. Beat Hazard, Madballs in Babo: Invasion, Plain Sight, Sol Survivor, The Baconing, and FPS Killing Floor. Every $2 goes to Feed Them With Music (organizes concerts and other events aimed at feeding the hungry) and pays for a meal. $10 covers 5 meals. more info at http://groupees.com/bemine2
- Sprint will replace iDEN network with LTE by 2014. Sprint says the 800MHz network will provide additional coverage alongside Sprint's 1900MHz LTE rollout and Clearwire's 2500MHz service, which will launch at 5,000 TD-LTE cell sites in June next year, and cover 250 million by the end of 2013.
- Monday 4/16 Ultraviolet in-store disc conversion service begins in Wal-Mart. Bring in your DVDs and Blue-rays, get them converted into digital UltraViolet files hosted with Vudu.
- [http://thetechnolon.com/2012/03/14/walmart-announces-in-store-disc-to-digital-conversions-powered-by-vudu-and-ultraviolet/ Standard definition digital copies of DVDs and HD digital copies of Blue-rays will cost 2 dollars each. Walmart will also allow customers to get HD digital files of their DVDs for five dollars.
- Jury selection for the Oracle vs. Google trial is set to start 4/16 in SF federal court. Oracle claims Google's Android operating system violates patents related to the Java programming language. Google says um no.
"Hey guys, love the show.
The manufactured story of the week seems to be the outrage over white space on the new Google+ page. It got me thinking, is there really more white space than any other website? So I did some measuring. I have a 1920x1080 display, so I do get a lot of white space, but it turns out the big block of white space on the right side of Google+ is about 650px by 770px or 500,500 square pixels.
Compare that two Facebook white has two blocks of white space, the left one measuring 380x900px and the left 500x900 pixels for a combined 792,000 square pixels. So Facebook actually has more white space. I think the whole problem would be fixed if Google would just centered the content between the left pane and the chat section, like the image attached.
Just my two cents. Thanks!
-- Jacob Bodnar"
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