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Episode 509

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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Top Stories

  • "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)"

  • 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.

Discussion Stories

  • 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."

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  • geek pride yo



"Hi guys,

I thought we were already all born with unique personal barcodes. They're called fingerprints.

Take care,

George Wood back at Radio Sweden"



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