Tech News Today 506
Recorded: May 22, 2012
Published: May 22, 2012
Tech News Today 506: Better Than A Kick To The Head
Amazon lets you test drive apps, AmEx wants to reward you with Farmville credits, Verizon wants to be your video portal, and more.
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- Google officially closes $12.5 billion Motorola Mobility deal
- What Google can do with Motorola
- Google completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility, CEO Sanjay Jha replaced by Dennis Woodside
- Larry Page announced Google now officially owns Motorola Mobility
- Dennis Woodside (President of the Americas region) as expected takes over from Sanjay Jha as CEO
- Motorola will remain independent - posted a wider first-quarter loss in its last report as an independent company.
- Rumour is that several manufacturers will get early access to the next version of Android
- Will Google make an "end-to-end" Android device with Motorola, a la the iPhone? or with the Google TV?
- Motorola's losses help Google's tax bill, but the good money is on an eventual sale. Split Set-top box and handset businesses? Sell handset to Huawei
- Amazon Appstore For Android Now Lets Users Test Drive Apps Right On Their Devices
- Latest update for the Amazon Appstore Android app includes beta of Test Drive on Android phones
- The service only works on some devices
- If it works for you, you should see a "test drive" button under the apps listing in the store
- an instance of the app starts running on EC2 server, with inputs being sent to the server and video/audio being sent back to the device.
- Not all apps yet either - Apps that require Java Native Interface (JNI), keyboard, multi-touch, microphone, camera, gyroscope, near-field communication or GPS are not currently enabled for Test Drive.
- Verizon announces 'Viewdini' video aggregator app for mobile devices
- Verizon Launches Viewdini with Xfinity, Netflix and More
- National Cable and Telecommunications Association's Cable Show in Boston, panel with CNBC's Julia Boorstin interviews actor and film director Ed Burns, Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff, Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead, and Neil Smit, CEO of Comcast
- Mead announced a new service platform called Viewdini, supposed to make finding and viewing video on mobile devices easier. Comcast's Xfinity is Verizon's 1st service partner, other launch partners are Hulu Plus, mSpot (samsung's cloud entertainment service), and Netflix.
- find and access TV and movies on a wide variety of services- TV sites, and from cable TV operators. search for titles, see whether it's available for streaming at no additional charge, by subscription, to rent, or for purchase.
- available on 4G LTE Android devices later this month. other device platforms available "soon". Download free app from Google Play.
- Sidecar dials up smarter smartphones
- Sidecar App Re-Imagines Mobile Phone Calls With a Flurry of Clever Features
- New app getting buzz: Sidecar
- Mobile app which allows you to call other Sidecar users for free
- Also lets you call North American numbers for free over WiFi, 3G/4G free calling to just Sidecar users
- So what's the gimmick: Sidecar allows you to share live video, photos, locations, and contact info while talking - all in one app
- How is this diff from skype? Free calls to any phone in North America (need Skype out for calls to non-skype).
- Video functionality is similar, however the default in Sidecar is to show the rear cam.
- Sharing contacts is simple, no need to copy and paste information
- Includes a "Whisper" function that lets you text w/in the call.
- No ads in the app
- Both iOS and Android. App is free.
- When you call the app sends an SMS invite to Sidecar, landlines don't hear any msg before connecting.
- App was once known as Socialeyes, a video conferencing app, and it pivoted
- Samsung Galaxy SIII Available June 1 from Amazon for $800
- Samsung Galaxy S III now on sale in Dubai
- Amazon is now taking U.S. pre-orders for the flagship Android device and bitter iPhone rival for $800 unlocked June 1
- 16GB SIM-free international version of the S III (blue or white), also known as GT-i9300, with a huge 4.8-inch display, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.0, quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos
- No LTE in the US, only ATT HSPA+, no 3G on T-Mobile
- Reddit user snapped picture of an 'available now' sign and reports the phone is on sale for $680
- AmEx to Offer a Prepaid Debit Card that Rewards Users in FarmVille Cash
- AMEX and Zynga team up for themed card, replace cash back with FarmVille rewards
- American Express and Zynga rolling out credit card that rewards users with virtual currency
- will first roll out in Zynga’s FarmVille game and then will expand to CityVille, CastleVille and other titles over time.
- FarmVille players the chance to visit a Serve-branded farm, where they can earn a virtual tiger. -- 50,000 people have liked the page and received the tiger
- The Serve farm will be prompted to plant a virtual Serve Money Tree on their farm. Then, they can register to receive a Zynga Serve co-branded prepaid card in the mail. Next, they’ll have to link the card to a bank account, debit card, credit card or cash using a GreenDot MoneyPak.
- In addition to earning points other partnerships can be used -- For instance, Starbucks could award consumers who have planted coffee crops a chance to redeem a coupon inside the store
- fee structure (which effectively translates to 2.9 percent of each transaction)
- Asus' new Ultrabooks, sold under the Zenbook Prime moniker, are headed to the U.S. and come with a starting price of under $800. Four models are upcoming. The lowest end notebook comes with a Sandy Bridge processor, but the rest offer up Intel Ivy Bridge processors. All four will be offered with 1080p IPS displays even on the tiny 11-inch model. Asus tweaked the keyboard and now offers increased key travel and backlit keys.
- The MPAA is coming after a British couple who were found to be running the streaming links site SurfThe Channel. The two were discovered in an MPAA sting operation. UK authorities did not pursue the case, but unusually, US authorities jumped into the UK case because one developer for the site was in the United States. His U.S. case was dropped in exchange for his testimony in the U.K. trial.
- Let's check in to the world series of IP cases. The jury in the Google/Oracle case is currently stuck trying to figure out technical aspects of Patent 104 about symbolic resolutions. Juicy stuff, huh? Judge William Alsup decided that he'd tell the attorneys his opinion on their performance, "Once again, the lawyers were zero help," he said. "You just don't agree on anything, so I have to figure it out on my own."
- After Sarah worked so hard to pick her speaker system, Sonos introduced a wireless subwoofer fittingly called the Sonos Sub. The speaker costs $700 and will be released in June in a high gloss finish. A matte version will launch in October for $600. Cnet called the demo "pretty impressive."
- In the world of brands, who's got the most valuable brand? According to Millward Brown's BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2012 survey, Apple has the most valuable brand worth over $180 billion. IBM was number two, Google number three. The first non-tech company on the list is McDonald's at number four.
- Online video network Machinima just raised $35 million in a funding round. MK Capital, Redpoint Ventures and Google were among the investors. Machinima said it will invest that money in expansion, global sales and content.
- The California Senate just passed legislation that could eventually lead to more autonomous cars on the road. SB 1298 lets the Department of California Highway Patrol adopt rules and regulations to "promote the safe operation of specific vehicles…" and authorizes the operation of an autonomous vehicle if certain conditions are met.
- Via launched a new Android-based PC that is under $50. It's called the APC and VIA's VP of marketing described it as "like a bicycle for your mind…" For specs, you're looking at a custom version of Android 2.3 running on an ARM-based VIA processor running at 800MHz, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of onboard storage. Ports include VGA out, HDMI out and four USB 2.0 ports. The product is expected to ship in early July.
- You know who we haven't talked about in a while? Apple rumors! MacRumors published images of what looks to be a new iPod touch front panel - but it'll have a 4.1 inch screen and something called a "home button." In the iPhone world, there appears to be a new design for its front facing camera suggesting an internal redesign. Another rumor says iPhone's getting a 3.95-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ration. So what do we know as a fact? Nuthin'
- SpaceX rocket carries the ashes of Scotty from 'Star Trek' and 307 others into space
- Almost two years after his death, approximately one-quarter ounce (7 grams) of Doohan's ashes were sent into space, as he had requested in his will. The ashes, along with those of Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper as well as almost two hundred others, were launched on the SpaceLoft XL rocket, on April 28, 2007, when the rocket briefly entered outer space in a four-minute suborbital flight before parachuting to earth, as planned, with the ashes still inside. The ashes were subsequently launched on a Falcon 1 rocket, on August 3, 2008, into what was intended to be a low Earth orbit, however the rocket failed two minutes after launch. The rest of his ashes were scattered over Puget Sound in Washington. On May 22, 2012, a small urn containing some of Doohan's remains in ash form was flown into space aboard the Dragon spacecraft as part of COTS Demo Flight 2.
- LG plans to preview its 55-inch OLED TV tomorrow at an event in Monaco, as part of the Grand Prix auto race. LG still says the TV won't go on sale until the second half of the year.
- Verizon Jetpack 890L hotspot goes on sale May 24th for $19.99 on-contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. 3G speeds in over 125 countries, and up to ten devices can connect to the hotspot at once.
- Tesla Model S Coming June 22nd - the car was announced over 3 years ago, the first wave of customers with reservations are finally getting their car.
"I can't believe you all didn't talk about how ""Anonymous"" hackers were taking credit this weekend for taking down the City of Chicago website and The Chicago Police Dept website in support of the protesters at the NATO Summit held in Chicago this past weekend. If I am correct both sites were down for approx. 1 hour. I just knew you all were gonna talk about it. I don't have a reddit account but I didn't fathom you wouldn't mention it. News reports in Chicago talked about it but I wanted to know what my favorite tech people had to say about it.
-- Sent from my mobile device
Renard Michael Mayfield"
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