Tech News Today 514
Recorded: June 4, 2012
Published: June 4, 2012
Tech News Today 514: Be a Smart Glass
The crazy world of Computex Windows 8 tablets, Xbox brings back WebTV, Facebook for kids coming soon, and more.
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- Microsoft showed hours of trailers for new games in series like Madden, Call of Duty and Halo today, but the centerpiece of their E3 announcement was updates to the Xbox itself. Software updates. Sorry Xbox 720 hopefuls. Live sports expands with the NBA, NHL and ESPN's app goes 24 hours adding SportsCenter. Univision, Paramount and Machinima will also add video content to the platform. Xbox Music replaces Zune. But the big deal was Xbox Smart Glass which lets you use a smart phone and tablet as an extra controller, a keyboard for the new Xbox version of Internet Explorer, a second screen while watching videos, and even comes with airplay like functionality. Smart Glass will obviously work on windows Phone and Windows 8, but it's coming to iOS and Android too.
- In a pre-E3 presentation, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata revealed new details on the Wii U's newly designed tablet controller called the Wii U gamepad, with built-in NFC and a universal remote, a companion social network called the Miiverse, & the Wii U pro controller, which looks a lot like an Xbox controller.
- According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is working to open its social network to people under the age of 13. Facebook for those under 13 would have limited access and that person's account may be linked to a parent's. Parents may also have the ability to control who can friend their child.
- The Samsung Galaxy S II will finally arrive in the US in a big way, mostly on June 21. ATT, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile AND US Cellular will all carry the phone and it will be named the Samsung Galaxy S III on all platforms. Finally! Dates and prices are not as unanimous. T-Mobile and Sprint say they'll sell the new phone June 21. Sprint has the price at $200 for the 16 GB and $250 for the 32 GB. Sprint's taking pre-orders June 5 and Verizon on June 6. ATT and US Cellular haven't given any details yet. As expected the US version of the phone will be dual-core in order to acommodate the LTE chips needed.
- Asus announced 3 new product lines running Windows 8 at Computex -- a dual-screen ultrabook called the Taichi, a semiportable all-in-one desktop called the Transformer AIO, and a convertible laptop called the Asus Transformer Book with removable keyboard. No word on pricing or availability yet.
- At Computex, Acer showed off its Windows 8 machines. There's the 13.1-inch Aspire S7, that Acer says is the thinnest full HD ultra book out there. Acer also introduced the Aspire 7600U, a 27-inch all in one system that has a 64-point capacitive multitouch screen and is just 35mm thin. Then there's the Acer Iconia W510, which is pretty much Acer's take on Asus's transformer. A Windows 8 tablet with a keyboard dock.
- Sony Vaio's got a refresh at Computex. The Vaio T is the company's first ultrabook starting at less than $800. Other letters in the Vaio alphabet like the E, S, and Z series get updates as well most notably version Core i-series Intel processors, AKA Ivy Bridge. Expect the new laptops to be available later in June.
- 2 new ultrabooks from Lenovo are available starting today: the 13-inch IdeaPad U310- base model has an i3 processor, 320gb HD and 32gb flash memory for $749 with i5 and i7 options, and the 14-inch IdeaPad U410, with 8GB of RAM, Nvidia GeForce 610M graphics card with 1GB of memory starting at $799 for the i3 version.
- Microsoft issued a patch over the weekend after finding that Flame malware was signed by unauthorized digital certificates. The Windows update revokes a certificate from Microsoft Enforced Licensing Registration Authority and one from Microsoft Enforced Licensing Intermediate PCA.
- Web IM service Meebo announced today they've agreed to be acquired by Google. No word on how much Google will pay, but the best guess from All Things D was around $100 million. Meebo has lately been pushing itself as a good way to ad social features and ads to websites.
- Xbox announcements
- Microsoft Doubling Down on Video and Music for the Xbox
- Internet Explorer for Xbox 360 arriving this fall, includes Kinect and Smart Glass controls
- Microsoft unveils Smart Glass, a multiscreen entertainment platform
- Xbox 360 “Kinects” You With Media With New Voice Features
- SmartGlass ought to scare Nintendo
- SmartGlass will serve as a secondary screen, providing additional content related to whatever video or game is playing on the 360
- Support iOS, Android as well as MS Windows and Phone
- enhanced video applies only to Xbox Live content
- Game functionality extension showed on Win8 tablets and WP, but will also be on iOS and Android
- Microsoft setting up content deals bolsters the aging system
- Xbox Music service 40M tracks
- unifying under the right brand
- browser finally on 360
- Nintendo finalizes Wii U: revised Gamepad, new Pro Controller, and 'Miiverse' online services
- Wii U's gamepad (the tablet looking thing) new NFC reader and writer, motion and gyroscope sensors, and fully-independent infrared TV remote functionality.
- Wii U Pro controller looks al to like the Xbox 360's controller.
- Wii U supports all older Wii accessories, smart move
- Miiverse - your mii lives there, miss on your system, your friends miss and miis who speak your language. Gives devs API access so games can have social elements built in
- Online component: can post your mood on your Wii U gamepad. Ask questions to others playing the same game.
- Can see those posts on a phone b/c it's browser based, other devices will have access, but not at launch
- Gamertags instead of numbers
- Video chat via the gamepad's built in camera
- Is the the Pro controller a sign that Nintendo will make a push for serious gamers?
- What about Nintendo's online strategy: bringing a social element into gaming isn't something Nintendo's been very successful at, but the move to what looks like gamer tags looks promising as well as the fact it's browser-based.
- With the Wii U gamepad fully formed, is this going to win over gamers (esp in light of MS's announcement)?
- Computex roundup
- Asus unveils 'world's biggest tablet' ahead of Computex
- Acer unveils 10.1-inch Iconia W510 Windows 8 convertible tablet
- Asus Transformer AiO dual-boots Windows 8 and Android 4.0
- Asus Taichi: a dual-display Windows 8 laptop / tablet hybrid (hands-on video)
- Computex, day one: the search for the perfect Windows 8 form factor
- Windows 8 Machines like crazy at Computex. We wanted to know how Metro works on a tablet, these are our first looks at lots of real machines running it.
- Do we like any of these crazy form factors?
- Asus Taichi has the double-sided display
- Asus Transformer AiO dual-boots Windows 8 and Android 4.0
- Aspire S7 1080p touchscreen laptop 13.3 and 11.6-inch versions, 12 mm thick
- Iconia W510 Convertible (detachable keyboard) $600-$800
- Facebook Explores Access for Younger Kids
- Should 11-year olds join Facebook?
- Mark Zuckerberg said at a public forum a year ago that he believed that children under 13 should be allowed to use Facebook at some point. sources tell WSJ that FB is testing ways of connecting under-13 kids' accounts to their parents'. help parents control whom their kids can "friend" and what apps they can use.Facebook and its partners to charge parents for games and other entertainment accessed by their children
- Facebook bans users under 13. kids lie about their ages to get accounts. federal law requires sites to obtain verifiable parental consent before collecting personal data from children.
- Facebook's concerned of regulatory issues from children already using the service despite its rules, better to establishing controls for the inevitable
- of FB's 900m, Consumer Reports last year said 7.5 million children under the age of 13 were using the site, including more than five million under the age of 10.
- Microsoft Research released last fall found that 36% of parents were aware that their children joined Facebook before age 13 and that a substantial percentage of those parents helped their kids in the effort.
- some child-advocacy groups are concerned: "We don't have the proper science and social research to evaluate the potential pros and cons that social-media platforms are doing to teenagers," said James Steyer, chief executive of Common Sense Media, a child-advocacy group based in San Francisco. "The idea that you would go after this segment of the audience when there are concerns about the current audience is mind boggling."
- Yahoo May Settle With Facebook On Patents, But CEO Levinsohn Has Another Legal Wrangle On His Hands
- Facebook, Yahoo Reportedly Near Deal To Settle Patent Spat
- ATD reports execs at Yahoo and Facebook are moving forward with a deal end their patent infringement litigation with a settlement coming in the next few weeks.
- details: huge cross-licensing of patents, deeper integration of Facebook into Yahoo and Yahoo into FB, which Yahoo needs for engagement
- FB may be interested in buying some of Y patents, but already paid Microsoft $550 million to both buy and also license key patents Microsoft acquired from AOL, and sources said it is unlikely to do the same for Yahoo.
- patent war started by Y under Scott Thompson... now that he's out, interim CEO Ross Levinsohn & board members including newly appointed Dan Loeb, look to be trying to wrap it up
- FB incentive to get some good momentum after the IPO bad press
- Apple rumours abound one week out from WWDC
- Apple to bring full Siri voice-assistant to the iPad with iOS 6: mockup and details
- After Years Of Flirting, Facebook And Apple Set To Achieve Relationship Status In iOS 6
- What are the best bets on what we'll hear about at WWDC next week?
- Apple TV OS?
- Meant for set-top box or TV too?
- Maps from Apple?
- Siri coming to iPad according to 9to5 Mac. (not full screen)
- How much detail will we get, how much will they hold until the next phone announcement?
- MG Siegler reporting on TechCrunch that we'll get Facebook Integration.
- Mountain Lion
- Not much left to talk about except release date, no?
- Twitter integration?
- Big companies make the switch to IPv6 on Wednesday. Parts of Yahoo's network, Google, Microsoft, Facebook all on board!
- Firefox 13 arrives with major new features - redesigned home and new tab pages, support for “tabs on demand” loading of pages on restoring the previous browsing session to speed up startup, and a new Reset Firefox feature for attempting to fix major problems with a single click.
- Sony will be presenting its traditional pre-E3 press conference on the evening of Monday, June 4 at 6:00pm PDT
- HP Envy Spectre XT pre-orders now open, starts at $999.99 and ships June 22nd
- Microsoft promises a 'sneak peek' at the future of Windows Phone on June 20th
"Hi TNT show,
I got a little scoop for you, at least I think so.
I recently reconnected with an old friend from high school and in doing so, I learned they now work at AT&T. In shooting the breeze, they told me that AT&T has shared data plans coming and is pretty sure they will be here by the end of the year. I confirmed they were referring to all the devices on a single account can use one single data plan. Its about time!
Keep up the great work!
Chris -- South Bend, IN"
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