Tech News Today 508
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Recorded: May 24, 2012
Published: May 24, 2012
Tech News Today 508: I'm Not Me
Yahoo makes a browser, Facebook launches Instagram competitor, Jay Leno steals a video from YouTube, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Patrick Norton
- Yahoo Axis: A surprising fresh take on mobile browsers
- Here comes Yahoo's own Web browser -- Axis
- Yahoo Includes Private Key in Source File For Axis Chrome Extension
- Yahoo Axis launched last night, iOS (webkit based app) and extensions for Firefox, IE, Safari and Chrome.
- Searches and the last visited tab synced across instances
- Address bar is a also a search field, results appear as you type, visual and tile-like
- writer and hacker named Nik Cubrilovic found source file for the Chrome extension included the private key Yahoo uses
- Hence anybody could spoof the extension and validate as Yahoo
- Report details Tim Cook's changes at Apple, for better or worse
- How Tim Cook is changing Apple
- Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky (author Inside Apple) has a report on Tim Cook's first 9 months as CEO
- In his first 3 quarters as CEO Apple is up 42% from an already strong position. Comparison Steve Jobs first three quarters were up 21% from a very weak position
- One former VP Max Paley who left in 2011 after 14 years: "conservative execution engine" than an engineering-run organization. "I've been told that any meeting of significance is now always populated by project management and global-supply management," "When I was there, engineering decided what we wanted, and it was the job of product management and supply management to go get it."
- One former Apple employee described meeting a current engineer for lunch, and expecting his former co-worker to rush back to work after eating. Instead, he offered to take time to have a coffee."The outsider's conclusion: 'I think people are breathing now.' It's not necessarily a compliment," Lashinsky wrote.
- Cook eats with various workers. Jobs always ate with Sir Jonny Ive.
- Android, Apple iOS run away from pack: Can Windows Phone challenge at all?
- IDC Q1 2012 Numbers: ‘iOS and Android have successfully distanced themselves from the industry’
- Android- and iOS-Powered Smartphones Expand Their Share of the Market in the First Quarter, According to IDC
- IDC worldwide mobile phone tracker data: in Q1 2012, Android and iOS hold 82% of the smartphone market. Android’s AT 59%, iOS had 23%
- Big losers since Q1 2011: Symbian dropped from 26% to 6.8%, BB OS from 13.6% to 6.4%
- Linux market share fell to 2.3%, Windows (phone 7 and other) can't make it above 3%.
- Samsung accounted for 81.6 percent of all Linux smartphones." IDC: "Windows Mobile/Windows Phone has yet to make significant inroads in the worldwide smartphone market, but 2012 should be considered a ramp-up year for Nokia and Microsoft to boost volumes. Until Nokia speeds the cadence of its smartphone releases or more vendors launch their own Windows Phone-powered smartphones, IDC anticipates slow growth for the operating system." (AKA Nokia can't do it all)
- Facebook introduces own Instagram-like photo-sharing app despite acquisition
- Introducing Facebook Camera
- As Facebook Launches A Standalone Camera App, The Instagram Buy Comes Into Focus
- Facebook introduced a new free iOS app called "Facebook Camera" (iPhone)
- Immediately people will compare this to Instagram, which FB bought for $1B
- That deal hasn't closed yet, FTC is probing the deal.
- Dirk Stoop, Facebook Photos product manager talked to ATD and says the Instagram had nothing to do with the FB Camera app.
- When the Instagram acquisition was announced, Mark Zuckerberg said Instagram would remain independent.
- The actual app:
- Lets you take and share photos right to Facebook
- You can tag photos, crop, and apply filters
- Lets you see your friends' images and accompanying text. Links aren't clickable
- You can like photos and comment from the app
- Google Adds Subscription Billing To Its Android App Store
- Google brings in-app subscriptions to Android
- Google adding subscription billing to app store
- good for game developers and magazine publishers
- all auto-renew monthly or annually, developers set price, 30-70 split with Google
- API handles validation and cancelation coextend subscription beyond the device say to Web.
- An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It Removed From YouTube
- How Jay Leno Stole A Guy’s YouTube Video
- Brian Kamerer has a hilarious 'open letter' on splitsioder.com
- In 2007, Kamerer's friend Travis Irvine ran for Mayor of Bexley, Ohio. They shot a music video (with original music)
- In 2009 The Tonight Show used the piece in a bit about local campaign commercials
- Now the YouTube version of the original video is blocked on YouTube at the request of NBC Universal
- Kamerer clearly understands how the robot works but is holding Leno responsible
- Good news, everyone! The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship flew by the International Space Station today where it passed a series of tests to make sure crucial ship systems like navigation and flight control worked properly. If everything goes well, the Dragon will fly within 30 feet of the ISS on Friday for final tests.
- A German Court ruled that Motorola Mobility infringes a Microsoft patent that covers the sending and receiving of long SMS messages. Motorola must get a license for the patent, stop using the patented feature, or stop selling products using the feature in Germany. Motorola recently won an injunction in Germany against the Xbox 360 and Windows PCs as well as an ITC recommendation against Xbox 360s in the US. Time to get the rulers out and measure the stacks of patents.
- Oh yeah, Facebook - you got a fancy new app. Well Google will show them up with a new app! Not really, but it's an updated version of its Google+ app for Android. The update brings a very visual look to Google+ and makes it look more like the iOS app. Want more? Okay, Google made it easier to access hangouts.
- Blizzard announced that the Diablo III real money auction house is delayed. It was originally planned for May 22nd, then delayed to the 29th. Blizzard did not give a time frame for when the real money auction house will launch. However an update to the game fixes some bugs related to the Monk class to make it less powerful.
- AT&T has cleared the Nvidia Icera 410 LTE modem for use on its network. This is a multimode modem which means it works with LTE, HSPA+, 3G, and 2G networks. You'll first find the modem in tablets and clamshell devices and is capable of reaching speeds of 50Mbps.
- Remember that cool DVR feature that Dish introduced where it would automatically skip commercials? Well, Fox does and is suing Dish and in a statement said "We were given no choice but to file suit" and base its claim as a violation of copyrights and breach of contract. They described the auto-hop feature as "destroying the fundamental underpinnings of the broadcast television ecosystem.
- Hey programmers, your free ride creating Windows desktop programs is over. To further their goal of getting you to write Metro apps in Windows 8, Microsoft has decided that Visual Studio 11 Express, the free-to-use version of its integrated development environment, can produce nothing else. If you want to make desktop software you'll need Visual C++ 2010 Express and Visual C# 2010 Express products, or pay about $400-500 for Visual Studio 11 Professional.
- Sharp may soon have a hand in the screens for upcoming Apple products, whatever they may be. Reuters reports Japan's Sharp Corp will assist Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (the FoxConn folks) in building a plant in China that will produce panels for Apple Inc's iPhone and other consumer electronics products, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday. Hon Hai owns part of another Sharp plant and 11% of Sharp as a company.
- Europe's 2nd highest court will rule on a $1.1 billion Microsoft fine on June 27 - whether EU regulators were justified in fining Microsoft 899 million euros ($1.1 billion) four years ago for failing to comply with an antitrust ruling that was supposed to make the playing field more even for its rivals. Microsoft's lawyers argued during a court hearing in May last year that the fine was excessive and undeserved.
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