Tech News Today 486
Recorded: April 24, 2012
Published: April 24, 2012
Tech News Today 486: It's Not A Beta, It's A Preview
Google Drive is real, so is Google selling phones again, so is Asteroid mining, and more.
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- Introducing Google Drive... yes, really
- Google Drive Apps
- Google raises storage prices with launch of Drive
- Gmail, now with 10 GB of storage (and counting)
- Google Drive vs. the competition: pricing plans and perks, compared
- Google Docs built in to Google Drive
- Install drive on Mac or PC, Drive app for Android. App for iOS coming soon.
- 5GB - free
- 25 GB $2.50/month
- 100 Gb $5/month
- 1TB $50/month
- New plans raise prices over old plans. Old plan subscribers are grandfathered in.
- Paid accounts expand Gmail to 25 GB. Free email storage raised from 7.5GB to 10 GB
- Attach photos from Drive to G+, soon you can attach files to Gmail.
- Drive can even recognize text in scanned documents using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology
- Image recognition: ex: Grand Canyon trip into Drive, you can later search for [grand canyon] and photos of its gorges should pop up. This technology is still in its early stages, and we expect it to get better over time.
- Working with 3rd party vendors on faxes, video editing, website mockups. Lots of other apps in Chrome store. Like Lulu!
- drive.google.com/start --- docs.google.com will redirect to drive.google.com
- Engadget's Dana Wollman laid out Google Drive vs Sky Drive vs Drop Box vs iCloud
- Windows 8 Release Preview Set For June
- Windows 8 release preview/candidate is set for the 1st week of June, according to Windows group Steven Sinofsky. He announced at a technology conference in Tokyo Tuesday and tweeted the news aftterward with an attached pic of himself on stage.
- Tweet reads: "Announce...Windows 8 Release Preview first week of June. Here's the announce from Japan's Windows 8 Dev Days #thankyou"
- If release preview is June, Microsoft may be preparing to ship a final version of Windows 8 by October, with Windows 8 devices on the market shortly thereafter.
- Windows 7 Release Candidate dropped in May 2009, and the final version of that OS was released in October 2009.
- Last week we got specifics about Windows 8 versions. 3 desktop editions (Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, and Windows 8 Enterprise) and a version built for tablets (Windows 8 RT) running ARM chips. Win8 RT preinstalled in tablets, Office 15 bundled in
- Windows 8 lineup represents a streamlining of sorts by Microsoft. By comparison, Windows 7 was available in six editions, including Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. Microsoft did not release pricing details of the various Windows 8 versions."
- Google back in the smartphone sales game: unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ (GSM) available for $399
- Why a $399 Galaxy Nexus from Google is a big deal
- Google Opens New ‘Devices’ Section In The Google Play Store To Sell The Unlocked Galaxy Nexus
- Device section of Google Play
- Google is now selling unlocked Galaxy Nexus HSPA+ (GSM) phones for $399 on its Play web store in the United States only. No contracts
- It'll run on AT&T and T-Mobile's networks
- This version will have Google Wallet with a $10 credit
- The price is significantly cheaper than the contract-free Vz Nexus at $649, but that has LTE, $299 on contract. $199 on Sprint, $549 off contract
- The Play Store now gets a new section called ""Devices,"" currently the GN is the only device available. It ships in 1-2 business days, two-day business shipping with a limit of 5 per customer.
- Google also has a phone number if you've got questions 1-855-83-NEXUS
- Kevin Tofel of GigaOm asked Google about any other devices it plans to stock in the Play store, but Google stayed quiet.
- Last time Google sold a phone it was the Nexus One in January 2010 for $529
- Tech Billionaires Plan Audacious Mission to Mine Asteroids
- Planetary Resources: the new asteroid mining project backed by James Cameron and Google executives
- Plans for asteroid mining emerge
- Planetary Resources, Inc., plans to send swarms of robots to space to scout asteroids for precious metals and set up mines to bring resources back to Earth, in the process adding trillions of dollars to the global GDP
- Co-founded by Eric Anderson (Space Adventures) Peter Diamandis (X prize Foundation)
- 9,000 asteroids (>150 feet diameter) orbit near earth. Some could have more platinum than is mined on Earth in a year.
- Backed by big names, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Charles Simonyi (MS chief architect), Ross Perot Jr.
- Advisers include James Cameron, astronaut Tom Jones, JPL engineer Chris Lewicki, planetary scientist Sara Seager
- LEGAL: Who has mining rights in space? Could be similar to international seabeds
- MONEY: platinum-group metals — which include platinum, palladium, osmium, and iridium 1 asteroid could yield $6 billion worth of platinum
- TIMELINE: 18-24 months hope to launch 2-5 Arkyd-101 space-based telescopes (few million each) to scout
- 5-7 years swarm of spacecraft for prospecting and mapping a valuable asteroid $25-$30 million.
- MINING: Robots to arrive mine and return. No plans made public. Up till now only the Hayabusa spacecraft by JAXA has returned a handful of dust from asteroid 25143
- Could nudge an asteroid into orbit (estimated to cost $2.6 billion)
- May also take water from asteroids and break it down into Hydrogen and Oxygen to make a fuel depot in orbit
- Live: Andy Rubin's testimony from the Oracle v. Google trial
- Google's Eric Schmidt defends Android in court
- Android chief Andy Rubin said java.lang APIs are copyrighted in 2006 email
- Google Challenges Oracle Copyright Claim
- Oracle technical expert struggles in Android trial, Andy Rubin begins testimony
- Android founder Andy Rubin grilled by Oracle lawyer on Java e-mails
- Final witnesses for API copyright part of Google-Oracle trial
- Andy Rubin
- Oracles David Boies. Brought up emails where Rubin expresses opinion that Google needed a TCK license and that java.lang APIs were subject to copyright. Pointed out that Rubin had written a clean room implementation was unlikely.
- Eric Schmidt
- Oracle's David Boies questioned him about emails regarding the need for a license for Java. Presented emails and presentations Schmidt did not recall.
- Google's Robert Van Nest asked about interaction with Sun employees who did not express concerns about Android.
- Schmidt said the "must take a license from Sun" referred to the coffee cup logo for Java. Congratulatory email from Jonathan Schwartz, CEO of Sun talks about Sun getting behind java development for Android.
- Schmidt was asked by Judge Alsup about API. Schmidt suggested in his testimony that APIs are not subject to copyright like an implementation of an API.
- Schwartz will be called as a witness in a few days.
- Both sides have submitted briefs on why or why not they think the APIs are subject to copyright. The judge not the jury decides that part of the case.
- Apple Q2 2012 earnings: $39.2 billion in revenue, net profit of $11.6 billion
- Apple reports Q2 2012 results: 35 million iPhones, $11.6 billion profit
- New iPad’s First Quarter Not a Blowout with 11.8 Million Tablets Sold
- New iPad sold 11.8 million, below expectations of over 12 million (151% increase over Q2 2011)
- Apple sold 35 million iPhones passing estimates of 31-31 million (88% increase over Q2 2011)
- Macs stayed largely consistent, up 7 percent to 4 million. iPods once again were in decline, 15 percent to 7.7 million units sold.
- $11.6 billion in profit from $39.2 billion revenue — a huge increase from the $5.99 billion profit and $24.67 billion revenue reported in Q1 2011.
- Tim Cook: “The new iPad is off to a great start, and across the year you’re going to see a lot more of the kind of innovation that only Apple can deliver.”
- "We expect Mountain Lion to be available in the Mac App Store in "late summer" of this year." On the convergence of notebooks and tablets: "You can combine a toaster and refrigerator, but those things won't be pleasing to the user." - Tim Cook
- AT&T announced first quarter earnings and it beat estimates. Monthly revenue per user increased 1.7% year over year, with customers paying $64.46 per month on average. AT&T moved 240,000 tablets, about 180,000 of which were sold with data plans. AT&T also sold 4.3 million iPhones.
- The International Trade Commission's been busy. An ITC judge ruled that Apple products like the iPad and the iPhone infringe on Motorola Mobility patents related to elimination of noise and interference. Motorola is also sitting pretty after the ITC found that Microsoft's Xbox infringed on four of Moto's patents - three of which are part of FRAND licensing obligations. Neither of these decisions are final decisions, so we'll see how this shakes out.
- CNBC reports that the Facebook IPO may be later than expected because Facebook's busy with acquisitions of things like Microsoft patents and Instagram. In particular, Mark Zuckerberg is more concerned with the day to day business than preparing for the IPO. The IPO was expected in the third week of May, but could be around mid-June. According to a person familiar with the matter, Facebook is currently looking at "Plans A, B, C, and D" for its IPO
- Starting early July, all Tor/Forge ebooks will be sold DRM free. Tor/Forge is the science fiction/fantasy imprint for Macmillan. Tom Doerty, president of the imprint, said its authors and readers are a "sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them." You'll also be able to find Tor/Forge books at DRM-free stores as well as its original distributors.
- Say goodbye to Firefox 11 and hello to Firefox 12. The Windows version of 12 brings autoupdates by installing a background service that once given permission will keep you on the most current version of Firefox. If that frightens you because you're afraid of your extensions breaking, fear not - you can opt to be notified about updates instead.
- If you've got a Samsung device and want to know if you're getting Ice Cream Sandwich, listen up. Samsung release a comprehensive list of which devices will get the upgrade. Let's try to cram in as much info as possible: AT&T's Galaxy S II, the S II Skyrocket, Note, Captivate Glide and the Tab 8.9 will get 4.0. Verizon's' Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 7.7 will get the update. WiFi versions of the Tab 7.0, 8.9, and 10.1 will get the update. Sprint's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch will get the update while the Nexus S's update is already out. T-Mobile users -- um.. Samsung says more info is coming. Whew.
- Skype announced an app for the PlayStation Vita. You'll be able to use Skype over 3G and WiFi and the app will run in the background. The product was not in the PlayStation store yet, but should be out today in the U.S. Tomorrow, April 25th, the app should be available to Asian and European markets.
- The AMD Radeon graphics card line known as the HD7000 series has three new memebers, the HD7700M, 7800M, and 7900M. AMD promises several new features from these updated GPUs, including smoother switching between integrated and discrete graphics. The chips shut parts of themselves down when not in use, and the GPU as a whole will consume virtually no power when idle, according to AMD.
- Proview Technology is "the legal registrant of the iPad trademark" according to Fu Shuangjian, a deputy director of China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce. "According to the ... provisions of the China Trademark Law, currently Shenzhen Proview is," Fu's statement was the first public comment from the Chinese government, and may indicate how the court might rule.
- NewsFlash uses high-frequency light to transmit data from iPad to smartphone, we go hands-on (video)
- The HTC One S hits the shelves tomorrow Wednesday April25th. What shelves you ask? How about the shelves at T-Mobile, Walmart, Costco, & Best Buy. Get your $200 ready because that's how much it costs, on contract.
- Then on Thursday April 26th Max Payne Mobile comes to Android phones. It's already available for iOS. The Mobile game promotes Max Payne 3 which comes to consoles May 15.
- Also on Thursday Amazon and Zynga both report their earnings, rounding out earnings week.
- And on Saturday April 28 at 7:30 PM Pacific time, Nvidia will make, what they call a 'special' GeForce announcement live from the Nvidia Gaming Festival in Shanghai. You can stream it from geforce.com if you want. The Verge guesses it will probably be the dual-GPU Kepler card.
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