Tech News Today 482
Recorded: April 18, 2012
Published: April 18, 2012
Tech News Today 482: Don't Tip The Bellman In The Face
Who has the fastest 4G, is there really a spectrum crisis? Hope for the Internet's future, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Danny Sullivan
- AT&T’s 4G and T-Mobile’s 3G found to be nation’s fastest wireless services
- 3G and 4G Wireless Speed Showdown: Which Networks Are Fastest?
- Either AT&T or Verizon Has the Faster LTE Network, Depending on Which of Two New Studies You Believe
- Survey finds AT&T fastest for 4G downloads, Verizon best for 4G uploads, Sprint's 4G slower than 3G
- PCWorld conducted their 2012 Mobiel Speed Test, comparing the various versions of 4G
- ATT LTE had the fastest download speeds
- Verizon LTE fastest upload speed
- T-Mobile HSPA 21 fastest 3G service (up and down)
- T-Mobile HSP 42 - close to speed of LTE networks from ATT and Verizon
- Sprint WiMax lagged behind
- The “real-world speed tests” were conducted in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle and Washington DC.
- Meanwhile RootMetrics conducted a study of its own - didn't materially differ
- Verizon had best performing LTW network
- ATT had best pure download, but Verizon won average download and upload. Verizon more consistently delivered speeds of 5 mbps or more
- Is there really a spectrum crisis?
- Verizon Plans to Sell off Some Mobile Spectrum
- AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint say they need more radio spectrum for phone calls and wireless data & they need the govt to help.
- next few years they may not have enough of it to meet the exploding demands for mobile data. spotty connections, bad service. Recent study but Cisco shows mobile data usage more than doubled in 2011.
- inventor of the cellphone, former VP Motorola, chairman at Dyna LLC (tech co. incubator)Martin Cooper says the wireless industry has technology to fix networks. says we go thru this every few years.
- TECH EXAMPLE: the smart antenna. A traditional radio antenna on a cell tower sends energy out in all directions, but only some goes to the right phone. smart antenna would direct energy straight at the phones, current spectrum used more effiently. 4th gen LTE networks are supposed to adopt smart antennas, but most carriers haven’t started installing them yet. new antennas should ship inside phones in next 2 years too.
- F.C.C. divides up the spectrum by bands of frequency to keep certain frequencies interfering with one another, then gives licenses for each frequency band to entities like the military, TV stations, astronomy researchers, phone carriers.
- When a company gets the license for a band of radio waves, it has the exclusive rights to use it. Once a company owns it, competitors can’t have it. (ATT wanted T-Mobile for spectrum) spectrum licenses come with obligations where carriers had to agree to serve the public interest, but those agreements have significantly weakened.
- FCC spokesman Neil Grace says “No single action is a silver bullet when it comes to meeting mobile capacity needs,” “More efficient use of spectrum, new technologies, and unleashing new spectrum are all important parts of the mix.”
- David P. Reed, SVP at biz software co SAP Labs & former prof. comp sci/engineering MIT, says electromagnetic spectrum is not finite, says there's tech for transmitting and receiving signals so that they do not interfere with one another. Separating the frequency bands shouldn't even be required, spectrum can be shared
- Microsoft Breeds Windows Phone 8 Update Confusion
- All Windows Phones to get upgrade to 'next major version,' according to Microsoft developer evangelist (update)
- Sources: current Windows Phone devices will not get 'Apollo' upgrade
- Apollo to Offer Customization & Differentiation to OEMs
- Windows Phone marketing manager quits after five months
- All current Windows Phones will/won’t get WP 8
- Portuguese website Zwame interviewed Microsoft developer Nuno Silvo: Current installed base of smartphones would get "next major version" of Windows Phone
- The Verge's Dieter Bohn reported a trusted source told them there will be no upgrade path from Mango to Apollo. This matches with what Mary Jo Foley has previously reported.
- MS comment: "We have stated publicly that all apps in our Marketplace today will run on the next version of Windows Phone. Beyond that, we have nothing to share about future releases."
- Coincidentally marketing manager Gavin Kim, who left Samsung to join Microsoft in November, has now left Microsoft.
- netbooknews.com reports the agenda of the upcoming Apollo Mo Summit in Reading UK indicates OEMs will get options for customization and differentiation of WP
- In Facebook Deal, Board Was All But Out of Picture
- Zuckerberg did $1 billion Instagram deal on his own
- With Instagram Deal, Facebook Shows Its Worth
- WSJ reports - Negotiating mostly on his own, Mr. Zuckerberg had fielded Mr. Systrom's opening number, $2 billion, and whittled it down over several meetings at Mr. Zuckerberg's $7 million five-bedroom home in Palo Alto.
- Later that Sunday, the two 20-somethings would agree on a sale valued at $1 billion.
- 3 day deal started April 5th, By the time Facebook's board was brought in, the deal was all but done. The board, according to one person familiar with the matter, "Was told, not consulted."
- Mr. Zuckerberg owns 28% of Facebook's stock, and controls 57% of its voting rights, giving him the freedom to act independently if he wants. Mr. Systrom, similarly, owns about 45% of his company.
- Amin Zoufonoun, Facebook's director of corporate development, helped hammer out details later in the talks
- Zuckerberg had been interested in acquiring Instagram since the previous summer
- Zuckerberg's motivation: concerned when he saw millions of people signing up for the Android app, people familiar with the matter said. One concern: Facebook was falling behind in mobile as younger start-ups were innovating more quickly.
- Coming up with a sale price: Zuckerberg told Systrom to value Instagram as a %age of Facebook. Systrom said FB could be a $200B company and Instagram could go for 1% of FB --> discussed FB being valued at $104B
- Mr. Zuckerberg also offered Mr. Systrom assurances that Instagram could remain independent under Facebook
- NYT reports the $1b is broken down as 70% stock, 30% cash
- Google: Oracle, Sun blew it on a Java smartphone
- Google's legal slides paint Oracle as a gold digger, Java as free and open software
- Ellison, Page both take the stand as Google argues "Java language is free and open"
- Larry Page: Android isn't critical, it's a delivery vehicle for Google services
- Google had their own slides and used a "failed" stamp on Sun and Oracle efforts to build a java smartphone platform.
- Google's 'Key points of evidence'
- Sun gave the Java language to the public
- Google built Android using free and open technologies
- Sun publicly approved Android's use of Java (Quotes from CEO Jonathan Schwartz praising Android's utilization of Java)
- Google made fair use of the Java language APIs in Android
- It all comes down to whether the APIs are open or not, as we know
- Googlequotes the 2011 depositions, this time turning to the chief architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, Mark Reinhold:
- "Well, if there were no APIs, we would only have a language. You would be able to write basic computations that never did any IO, had any communication with the outside world or the underlying platform."
- Google thinks Oracle is trying to get money where they failed to before: APIs constitute a dramatically small portion of Android's 15 million lines of code. Oracle lawyers have found exactly nine lines of code that are the same as Sun's code
- Google CEO Larry Page took the stand again this morning
- spent much of his testimony claiming not to know things or to be an expert
- Was unable to identify a piece of evidence which caused a legal tussle between the two teams of lawyers, if another witness can identify it, Page may be called back.
- Tim Berners-Lee: demand your data from Google and Facebook
- Sergey Brin: I Didn’t Actually Conflate Government Censorship With Apple and Facebook
- In an interview with the Guardian, Berners-Lee said: "My computer has a great understanding of my state of fitness, of the things I'm eating, of the places I'm at. My phone understands from being in my pocket how much exercise I've been getting and how many stairs I've been walking up and so on."
- "One of the issues of social networking silos is that they have the data and I don't … There are no programmes that I can run on my computer which allow me to use all the data in each of the social networking systems that I use plus all the data in my calendar plus in my running map site, plus the data in my little fitness gadget and so on to really provide an excellent support to me."
- Google now offers users immediate access to all data it holds on them and Facebook will send users their data, though it may take as long as three months to recover all of it. But the data needs to be standardized.
- It's interesting that people throughout the existence of the web have been concerned about monopolies. They were concerned [about] Netscape having complete control over the browser market until suddenly they started worrying that Microsoft had complete control of the browser market. So I think one of the lessons is that things can change very rapidly.
- Was also critical of locked down systems like smartphone apps and surveillance and control fo the Net by governments
- Part of The Guardian's week-long "Battle for control of the Internet" series. "Here are the three key sentences from Brin’s defense of himself today: “The primary threat by far to internet freedom is government filtering of political dissent.” “I certainly do not think the problem of "digital ecosystems that are not as open as the web itself" is on a par with government based censorship.” “While openness is a core value at Google, there are a number of areas where we can improve too.”
- Writer Brent Schleneder found about three dozen tapes which contained interviews with Steve Jobs held over a 25 year period. The interviews suggest that Jobs' success was due in large part to his "Wilderness Years" - the period when Jobs was no longer with Apple. His experiences at NeXT and Pixar was like an 11-year business school that helped him return to lead Apple. The contents of the tapes are summarized at Fast Company.
- During the Yahoo earnings call, CEO Scott Thompson says that Yahoo's going to be changing. At least 50 Yahoo properties will be shutting down. “Yahoo has been doing way too much for too long and was only doing a few things really well,” Thompson said. Yahoo will focus on Sports, Finance, Mail and personalizing content for users.
- Spotify's announcement was.. drum roll please … it has a new advertiser! Coca-Cola will offer up a Spotify App. So all of you who wanted your music influenced by Coca-Cola, you've finally gotten your wish. CNet's Greg Sandoval reports that the first question asked at the press conference was, "When are you going to release the iPad app?"
- HTC released an over the air update for the One X that fixes unresponsive on-screen items and helps battery life. The 30MB update also generally improvs performance. SlashGear says after the update the One X's benchmark scores were better.
- Fresh on the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed how Windows 8 will manage memory, specifically with Metro apps. You can reclaim all of the memory dedicated to Metro apps when that app isn't at the forefront. If there is memory pressure, suspended Metro apps will use less memory than before. The memory will be reallocated to active apps. If that's not enough detail for you, can read Microsoft's over 2000-word post.
- Did you forget it's earnings season? Qualcomm announced its Q2 earnings and it's breaking records. Qualcomm makes lots of chips for phones and tablets. Q2 revenues were $4.94 billion, which is up 28% year over year. Net income was also up 21%, but that was helped by the $1.2 billion sale of Qualcom's 700MHz spectrum.
- Asus is offering a free GPS fix for it Transformer Prime tablets - a dongle that attachess to the same port that is used for the keyboard dock addresses poor GPS performance. However, the dongle isn't free for everyone. According to a translated Asus Italy Facebook page, Transformer Primes sold outside of of the US, Taiwan and certain European Countries will not be offered the dongle because the Prime was never marketed as having full GPS.
- According to Symantec, there are still approximately 140,000 Macs infected with the Flashback trojan. Apple has released patches to address the Java vulnerability as well as a malware removal tool for Flashback, which infected over 600,000 machines. Symantec projects that the number of affected machines will drop to 99,000 by Tuesday.
- After a dismal 4th quarter that saw RIM's first revenue decline in 7 years, the company has a plan! Sell more BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, license its mobile software, and find strategic investors! RIM gets 60% of its revenue from the U.S., U.K. and Canada, but analysts say Asian countries including China, India and Indonesia offer new growth opportunities for RIM, with a large working population who still want and need a BlackBerry device.
- North Korea Spent a Whole $15 Making Its Website
- Michael DiTanna, a Fordham student, dug intoNorth Korea's webpage source and found out that the template costs a whopping $15.
- He was doing a project for his Korean history/political science course
- A keyword search for “envatowebdesign” will turn up a prompt comment from the site’s theme seller telling the person who bought it how to customize.
- DiTanna did some investigation which brought him to the $15 template
- AT&T confirms HTC One X to land May 6th for $199, pre-orders start April 22nd - first Android 4 phone to grace AT&T's network
- HTC One S launches on T-Mobile for $199.99 on April 25th
- can sign up to be notified when available
- Also first Android 4 phone on T-Mobile
- Are you an Xbox 360 owner but don't have a Live Gold account? April 19 through April 23, Microsoft is running a special promo dubbed "Entertainment Unlocked," to give you a taste of free music, TV shows, and movies. from SyFy, Crackle, Epix, YouTube, Vevo, and other entertainment sites. Netflix and Hulu Plus are kicking in free 30-day trials. And other online providers will offer streaming music and movies. just no free access to online gaming.
- Microsoft, Nokia, and Verizon all have earnings calls tomorrow 4/19
"Dear TNT Show,
In regards to your discussion on near field payment systems replacing cash, all I can say is that until I can tip a Stripper with Bitcoins, no digital currency will replace cash.
There will always be perfectly legal transactions that a person would prefer that a payment processor not know about. It could be a guy's night out, how much junk food you buy, or the amount you tithe at your house of worship.
Until a micro payment system combines convenience with the desire for anonymity, cash will still be king.
Warm Regards, McKinley Tabor"
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