Tech News Today 509
Recorded: May 25, 2012
Published: May 25, 2012
Tech News Today 509: Strange Days
Guess who's buying Opera, Google buys Palm sort of, an 80-inch Windows tablet, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- "Hi TNT crew,
With the release of the new Facebook 'Camera' app, I started thinking about my iPhone and the main standard apps and functions on that ... Facebook pretty much has them all covered. The easy ones are iPhone 'Messages' = Facebook Messenger and iPhone 'Camera' = Facebook Camera. Once you start to think about the other 'standard' functions on a smartphone such as contacts, calendar, photo gallery then Facebook has equivalents "in-built" that easily could become standalone functions (the backend is all there). Didn't they have a deal with Spotify (possible iPod replacement)? They've even opened up the app-store. They're even getting cosy with Bing on search (possible Skype integration)? They've also got apps now. You already have your own Facebook email address. They've got an ecosystem. Only thing they don't have directly is a dedicated FB browser.
My guess within a year Facebook will partner with HTC or similar and gut Android (a'la Kindle Fire) and produce a smartphone with their own apps. It'd be one way to 'monetize' mobile now that they've IPO'd.
Hey, worth a shot.
Steve Edwards (Sitting on the Beach, Worthing, UK, Europe, The World)"
- Is Facebook about to buy Opera to create own Facebook browser?
- Facebook wants to buy Opera to create own browser, source tells Pocket-lint
- Anonymous source told Pocket-lint that Facebook is looking to buy Opera.
- A source told The Next Web that Opera has a hiring freeze and is talking to potential buyers
- Adi Robertson at The Verge notes this fits with rumors of a Facebook-centric phone with Opera Mini supplanting the default Android browser.
- HP's core webOS Enyo team is going to Google
- RIP WebOS: Again and for Good this Time
- Google Nabs Key Members Of HP’s Enyo Team, But Open WebOS Is Still “On Schedule”
- Last night the Verge reported that Google hired away members of HP's Enyo Team including its senior director, Matt McNulty.
- Enyo is webOS's HTML5-based application framework, first seen on the Touchpad, that lets developers create apps that can run on any platform and could create either mobile apps or for the web
- ATD reports Google had picked up the team person by person
- If you're concerned about the future of the HP's open sourced webOS project - HP told TheVerge that The Open webOS project is on schedule
- The team's role at Google isn't known yet, but Android or ChromeOS is the likely home for these guys. "
- SpaceX Dragon capsule successfully captured by the International Space Station
- SpaceX Dragon berths with International Space Station
- The SpaceX Dragon capsule has become the first commercial craft to berth with the International Space Station.
- Early this morning the Dragon performed several engine burn and hold maneuvers, both planned and unplanned, until it reached just 33 feet from the Earth-facing side of the station.
- From there the capsule was grappled by astronaut Don Pettit using the Canadarm2 robotic arm (the Canadian ISS accessory with kung-fu grip) and delivered to the Harmony module's common berthing mechanism.
- The Dragon will hang out at the ISS for about a week while astronauts unload supplies and load up Earth-bound cargo for the return trip, where the spacecraft will splashdown in the Pacific about 250 miles off the coast of California.
- This marks the second test flight of the Dragon and third overall flight of the Falcon 9 rocket.
- If all mission objectives are successful the Falcon 9 / Dragon system will be certified for regular ISS cargo deliveries, otherwise a third test flight will be scheduled for later this summer.
- Google takes down 1.2 million search links a month over piracy, copyright issues
- Google Transparency Report - Copyright Removal section
- Odd That Microsoft Demands Google Take Down Links That Remain In Bing
- Microsoft asked Google to remove search results that remain alive and well on Bing
- New section of Google's regular Transparency report show's who is asking for links to be removed from search
- Google takes down 250,000 search links each week over copyright concerns. More than the total number it took down in all 2009.
- Average response to a takedown notice is 11 hours
- Google’s senior copyright counsel, Fred von Lohmann, stressed in an interview that the vast majority of the takedown requests are legitimate and come in response to sites offering unauthorized copies of software, entertainment or pornography.
- Google responds to 97% of requests using a combo of algorithms and humans to validate requests.
- Microsoft led the way among copyright owners with 536,716 requests
- TechDirt found a link to an infringing copy of an Xbox game that was taken down on Google but not on Bing
- First video sample from Google's Project Glass
- Google's Project Glass... it's spreading (sample video)
- Google+ album of Google Glass Walk
- 15 sec trampoline vid, 720p. still don't know if prototypes are self-powered
- at Google+ photographer's conf, Vic Gundotra repeated that glasses are designed to not interfere w convos, images appear to be floating in front of your eye.
- This is Dell's Windows 8 Tablet
- Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 tablet in his office
- NeoWin got ahold of some leaked specs for a Dell Tablet
- The Dell Latitude 10 is a 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet with Dual core Clover Trail, a 128 GB SSD, 1366x768 resolution, and optional fingerprint reader. A removable battery too
- NeoWin says they hear it will be available in late Fall/November
- ALSO: That pales in comparison to the 80-inch Windows 8 tablet Steve Ballmer has in his office which WILL be up for sale
- Microsoft's Frank Shaw told Wired UK that Steve Ballmer
- got rid of his phone, he's got rid of his note paper. It's touch-enabled and it's hung on his wall
- "It's a device we're going to sell," says Shaw, explaining that Ballmer uses it as a whiteboard and email machine.
- Microsoft clarified to the Verge that: "it won't be selling 80-inch Windows 8 displays itself, but that vendors will have a wide range of use cases for Windows 8 hardware."
- Tim Cook's such a nice guy, he eats with random employees and Apple just announced that Cook has declined $75 million dollars in dividends. Apple's CEO owns over a million shares and would receive $2.65 a share.
- According to an FCC filing, there are 36 entities interested in purchasing Verizon's 700-MHz spectrum. The sale of the spectrum is part of Verizon's acquisition of spectrum from the consortium of cable networks called SpectrumCo. The acquisition is currently awaiting approval from regulators.
- Apple's trying to put the spotlight on certain apps in its Mac App Store and iTunes by introducing "Editor's Choice" picks. Apple is also offering up paid apps for free as a part of its "app of the week" promotion. No word if that practice will be ongoing.
- Adweek reports that NBC is looking into buying out Microsoft's share of its joint venture, MSNBC.com. NBC already owns the majority of the MSNBC television network, but the site is still shared. The deal could be set by the summer.
- Last fall, Eric Simons needed a new place to live after getting kicked out of his posh place known as AOL's Palo Alto campus. Simons had been living in AOL offices after he was granted access to buildings via a mentorship program. He'd managed to stay fit using the building's gym and eat free food for two months.
- The Chronic Dev Team released an untethered jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1, which means new iPad users and iPhone 4S users can do more with their devices. However, the jailbreak does not work on iPad 2s which use a 32-nanometer chipset.
- Nvidia is bragging that its Tegra 3 processor will power 30 smartphones this year. Last year, Nvidia's Tegra 2 powered 15 devices. The company also said its working on "Grey," its next generation processor that combines its Tegra processor with its LTE tech, Icera on one chip.
- When's that 7-inch Google/Asus tablet going to launch anyway? Digitimes says shipments will begin next month and puts the launch date in July. Originally, the tablet was to be released in May, but the product needed tweaks. None of this has been confirmed by Asus or Google.
- Giant human beings, this tablet could be for you. ViewSonic released a teaser for its 22-inch "smart business tablet monitor." It appears to run Ice Cream Sandwich. Viewsonic will demo the tablet and other new multi-touch monitors at Computex, which starts on June 5th.
- AllThingsD D10 Conference kicks off Tues 5/29 - Tim Cook is the opening speaker. Aaron Sorkin will be there too, expect lots of Apple movie q's
- Twitter will end Summify service on 6/22- email digest highlighting the top stories pulled from Twitter, Facebook and Google Reader accounts. Best of Twitter digest is replacement
- geek pride yo
I thought we were already all born with unique personal barcodes. They're called fingerprints.
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