Tech News Today 484
Recorded: April 20, 2012
Published: April 20, 2012
Tech News Today 484: Lon Done 20. 12 O' Limb Pics!
Apple admits 4G is meaningless, why I call them Oh! Limb pics, 500-mile electric vehicles, and more.
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- Apple says 4G labeling is legit
- Apple on Australian 4G: You’re Branding It Wrong
- Responding to a complaint from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Apple said Thursday in an Australian federal court that its decision to tout the tablet as 4G was not deceptive
- Apple reiterated that its website makes it clear what networks it will work on in Australia.
- Technically only LTE Advanced and WiMax Release 2 are 4G BUT International Telecommunications Union allows apply the 4G branding to HSPA+ networks because they provide a “substantial level of improvement in performance...with respect to the initial third-generation systems now deployed.”
- “The iPad with WiFi + 4G is a device which performs in accordance with the descriptor ‘4G’ in terms of data transfer speed,” Apple argued in its brief,
- “The descriptor ‘4G’ … conveys to consumers in Australia that the iPad with WiFi + 4G will deliver a superior level of service in terms of data transfer speed (consistent with accepted industry and regulatory use of that term), and not that the iPad with WiFi + 4G is compatible with any particular network technology promoted by a particular mobile service provider in Australia.”
Germany: YouTube must improve monitoring of copyrighted content http://arstechnica.com/business/news/2012/04/german-court-youtube-must-prevent-upload-of-copyrighted-content.ars
- YouTube ordered to filter uploads by German court
- The Hamburg State Court ruled that Google, YouTube’s corporate parent, will need to prevent users from re-posting flagged copyrighted material without express consent.
- The court ruled that once a YouTube post has been flagged, the company must use its monitoring software to make sure that further copyright infringement does not occur, which would include live recording and alternate mixes.
- The suit was filed two years ago by GEMA, the German royalty agency, and other music rights groups, who alleged that the video-sharing site had infringed on the copyright of seven particular pieces of music
- The German court said that YouTube doesn't need to conduct proactive searches, but does need to act in a timely manner once the rights holder took action.
- Samsung Galaxy S III revealed on video, with a twist
- Did the Samsung Galaxy S III just appear in Vietnam? (video) (updated with statement)
- Report: Samsung Launching Cloud Service on May 3
- The next version of the Galaxy seems to have leaked to Vietnamese site Tinhte
- Tinhte made a video which has since been taken down, but Engadget has it.
- The site says that the housing of the device is not the final one b/c Samsung is testing the device
- The smartphone pictured carries the model number i9300, which a trusted BGR source has confirmed belongs to the next-generation Galaxy S smartphone.
- Specs sound familiar: ICS, Quad-core processor, 4.6-inch 720p display, 8MP Camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage, and NFC in the battery.
- Engadget reached out to Samsung for a response, it said: "We will be able to tell you more at the 2012 Samsung Mobile Unpacked."
- Also , Maeil Business reported Samsung will introduce ""S-Cloud"" on May 3rd as well.
- How much cloud space? Not clear.
- Samsung already has a cloud service called Kies which moves content from a Galaxy Tab to a PC
- Three things are clear in Oracle vs. Google
- Florian Mueller's Oracle-Goolge List
- Oracle v Google round-up: The show so far
- Googler who said "we need a license for Java" says he didn't really mean it
- Google's chief Java architect: it's 'likely' I copied Sun code found in Android, 'I'm sorry' if I did
- Google's Tim Lindholm faces off with David Boies on Java license
- Android, Java, and the tech behind Oracle v. Google (FAQ)
- Florian Mueller has a great list of Journalists tweeting form the courtroom
- Stephen Shankland has an excellent breakdown of the info
- Olympics 2012 bans people from posting on YouTube and Facebook.
- London Olympics 2012 wants to make sure brands who pay up get exclusive coverage
- Locog says they must secure the contracts that have paid for the Olympics, but some say smaller businesses don't have resources to walk the line of legality while also benefiting economically
- Since the Sydney Games in 2000, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) requires bidding governments to commit further layer of legal sanction. while bidding in 06, parliament passed the London Olympic Games & Paralympic Games Act. Together with Olympic Symbol (Protection) Act of 1995, offers a special level of protection that outlaws unauthorised "association". This bars non-sponsors from using words/imgs suggest too close a link with the Games. for example any two of the following list: "Games, Two Thousand and Twelve, 2012, Twenty-Twelve".. A breach of these acts is a criminal offence.
- Crowd ticketholders/athletes can't upload event videos. Locog (games organizers) will have branding "police", the Games organisers Locog have acknowledged, to check bathrooms for unauth company branding/stickers/logos.
- A photoshoot for airline easyJet was interrupted by a Locog monitor because athlete Sally Gunnell had a union flag over her shoulders. According to reports, Locog felt this associated with her famous pose after winning Olympic gold in Barcelona in 1992 (British Airways, rather than easyJet, is the airline sponsor of London 2012).
- so-called "ambush" marketing is where businesses creatively try to circumvent branding rules. At the 2010 World Cup, 36 female Dutch fans were thrown out of a match for wearing orange dresses without logos. organisers called it ambush campaign by the beer company Bavaria. (Fifa also requires bespoke branding legislation).
- Twitter has already agreed to barr non-sponsors from buying promoted ads with hashtags like #London2012.
- athletes can't Tweet about a brand that isn't an Olympic sponsor. (During "Games Period" - 18 July to 15 August - advertising rules become much stricter for athletes, banning all non-sponsor endorsements.)
- can be disqualified, but reality is a famous athlete won't be
- Locog says images can be used only for private purposes. G+ circle, FB group, etc could work
- IBM speeds push for 500-mile EV battery
- Two companies join IBM's quest for a long-range, air-powered electric car battery
- IBM today announced two partners for the Battery 500 project aimed at building a lithium air battery able to propel an electric car 500 miles.
- Scientists from Asahi Kasei and Central Glass with expertise in membranes and electrolyte chemistries will join IBM researchers on the initiative.
- will use oxygen from the air to drive a chemical reaction with Lithium and, in the process, deliver a big jump in EV range potential.
- Want a working demo by end of next year (Project has existed since 2009)
- The approach IBM is pursuing now would actually use two electrolytes, with one on the anode side and another on the cathode side. Because IBM has chosen a battery design with two electrolytes, membrane technology to control the movement of lithium ions is an important part of the research.
- primary technical barriers are cost and energy density
- Over in Australia, its high court ruled that ISPs do not have a duty to act on copyright infringement notices they receive from rights holders. It was a unanimous decision and it also means that Internet users will not be disconnected for piracy without a court order. The case started in 2010 and centered around ISP iiNet refusing to cut off its users after receiving notices from content companies. The studios lost in that court, appealed twice and lost each time.
- The antitrust case against Pixar, Lucasfilm, Intel, Intuit, Google, Adobe and Apple will continue. The companies are charged with setting up deals between themselves to not poach employees without talking to their current employer first. The companies asked the suit to be thrown out, but the California district court found that it is "reasonable to infer that such significant policies would have to be approved at the highest levels."
- I feel like stretching my legs. I'll take a walk to the rumor mill. According to Digitimes, the next iPhone will be even thinner because it will include in-cell touch panels by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display -- that means there won't be a layer over the screen to register inputs. So Apple's looking to make its next phone thinner and lighter? Doesn't sound like the company at all.
- First noticed by Enconnected.com, Microsoft's job postings board is telling the world that Skype is coming to Xbox. The job listing says it's looking for a software engineer to be a part of the Skype Xbox Engineering team in London. Microsoft says it wants a person who loves software and has passion for writing code - if that's you, there's a job waiting.
- According to Brazilian blog Ztop, the first smartphone running on Mozilla's Boot to Gecko OS will be unleashed to the world in late 2012. The device will first be available in Brazil on the Telefonica Vivo mobile network. No hardware partners were mentioned in the post.
- Maybe the FBI just doesn't understand how servers work. While investigating bomb threats sent to the University of Pittsburgh, the Bureau seized an entire server from a co-lo facility in New York. The server is used by anonymous remailing service Mixmaster, the target of the investigation, but also shared by many other companies. More than 300 e-mail accounts went dark, as wella as 50 to 80 e-mail lists, and several websites. The best part, Mixmaster keeps no logs, making it little use in uncovering the identity of the bomb threatener.
- According to ComputerWorld Ma Dongxiao, a lawyer representing Proview, said the company started talks with Apple to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark. The Higher People's Court of Guangdong Province is revieweing the dispute and has recommended the two parties take advantage of mediation procedure under Chinese law to settle out of court.
- Lightsquared's plan to use spectrum adjacent to GPS to launch a satellite-based LTE data service may be dead int he water due to the FCC's disapproval, but the company itself is not going down yet. LightSquared got itself two more years to carry on the fight by reaching a deal with satellite provider Inmarsat to delay payments until after March 31st, 2014. Lightsquared previously paid off an outstanding debt of $56.25 million to Inmarsat. They still don't have approved spectrum to use though.
- The Wireless Power Consortium wants to free you from the shackles of current wireless charging technologies by introducing a revised standard for Qi so 5watt devices can charge from 40mm away from the charger. Current tech requires devices are a maximum of 5mm away from the charger. The consortium also introduced 12 new transmitter designs for greater flexibility of design.
- Blizzard is offering the Diablo 3 open beta access this weekend. Started at noon Pacific today, goes thru Monday, April 23 at 10:00 a.m. PDT,” Participants won't have access to post in the beta forums or Beta Bucks for the currency-based auction house. Download the client via your Battlenet account or Forbes has steps for non-battlenet players
- Show us the money! Netflix announces earnings on Monday April 23, Apple announces earnings on Tuesday April 24, and both Amazon and Zynga announce earnings on Thursday April 26
- Sony is launching photo and video cloud storage called PlayMemories Online," on May 25th in Japan, the U.S., Canada, Germany, France, and the U.K. Manage via Windows & Mac software. Photos taken with Sony cams can be uploaded from Android phones & tablets. Viewed online, Sony Bravias, digital photo frames.
"While I was listening to you talk about the frequency of people sending a sexting message to the wrong person, I had to cringe. You see, my husband and his father have the same name. My husband is not even a junior. They just chose not to give him that suffix. Every time I send my husband a text or an email that's the least bit risqué I'm terrified that I'll accidentally send it to my father-in-law. I've never done it, but I can imagine the embarrassment. Even though I have added the suffix ""Sr."" to his record in my contacts, it's still too close for comfort. I wonder if this is the case in some of those accidental sextings.
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