Tech News Today 522
Recorded: June 14, 2012
Published: June 14, 2012
Tech News Today 522: Karma Conga Line
What is Microsoft planning next week? Can anyone save Nokia... or Sony? How does free data help a new mobile company?
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Veronica Belmont
- Microsoft sent out invites to the media today to a big announcement in LA Monday afternoon. The odd part about that is it comes two days before the Windows Phone Summit in San Francisco, where we expect to get details on the next rev of Windows Phone OS. Best guesses are an Xbox Music servoice or some kind of Windows RT tablet announcement.
- Nokia will cut 10,000 jobs, which is 19% of its workforce by the end of 2013. The company will also close a factory and research centers in Finland, Canada, and Germany. Nokia says the changes will help the company save 1.6 billion euros by the end of 2013. Nokia also told investors that it expects greater second quarter losses than previously announced.
- If you use Internet Explorer 7 to buy something at Australian electronics dealer Kogan, you'll be subject to an extra 6.8% charge. Kogan calls it the Internet Explorer 7 tax and justifies the cost by saying Kogan has to spend extra time to make sure its site is viewable in IE7. Don't want to pay the tax? Kogan provides links to "better browsers" like Opera and Chrome.
- Net Neutrality is all well and good outside your home, but a home network is your castle, and you can prejudicially manage packets however you want! Western Digital wants to help with that. Their new line of My Net routers automatically determine the most important packets and prioritize bandwidth usage for things like gaming, Netflix, or Skype The combo routers and network hard drives range in price from $79.99 for the My Net N600 to $349.99 for the N900 Central with 2 TB of storage.
- Acer announced its Aspire A5 will be available in the last week of June. The A5 is powered by an Ivy Bridge processor and is the first ultrabook to sport a Thunderbolt port. Acer says its the world's thinnest ultrabook and weighs 2.65 pounds.
- Bloomberg reports Microsoft is negotiating to acquire Yammer, an enterprise social network for about a $1 billion and the deal could be official as soon as tomorrow. Yammer is used by over 200,000 companies. Neither company gave an official statement on the report.
- It only took a couple years, but Time Magazines and Apple have worked out their differences and magazines like People, Sports Illustrated and good old Time itself will now be available for subscription in the Apple Newsstand. Previously iOS users could only buy single copies. Magazine publishers have resisted Apple's insistence that they share subscriber revenue and forego subscriber data.
- T-Mobile has been one of the worst offenders in watering down the meaning of 4G, calling their fast HSPA+ service by that name. But that's all about to change. Engadget reports T-Mobile USA plans to begin trials of LTE this summer with the aim of deploying LTE-Advanced by summer 2013. Yes Tom, you heard that right. Freaking 3GPP Release 10 LTE-Advanced. The one true 4G! (If you don't count 802.16m or WirelessMAN-Advanced).
- After the Flame malware used a spoofed Microsoft certificate, Microsoft on Wednesday released an automatic updater for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2. The updater will keep track of evil digital certificates and should allow for revoked certificates to become publicly untrusted much faster than previous methods.
- Twenty-year-old Ryan Cleary was indicted Tuesday in US District Court in Los Angeles on conspiracy and hacking charges for attacking websites operated by Fox, PBS, and Sony. Cleary ran a LulzSec IRC server and was arrested in the UK a year ago where he faces charges of running botnets and mounting DDoS attacks.
- Microsoft Schedules LA Event For Some Windows Tablet Talk
- Mysterious Microsoft media event coming June 18
- Microsoft holding mystery event in LA on June 18th, may be for Windows RT tablets
- Google + thread on Microsoft announcement
- Mary Jo Foley suspects it could be an Xbox music service since it's in LA, but the invite came from the PR agency that handles Windows and Windows Phone, not the PR company that handles Xbox.
- Scott Michaud on G+ pointed out that MS just made Xbox announcements at E3. so "They also said shockingly little about Windows 8 at E3... so it's almost definitely a Windows 8 announcement."
- All Things D suspects it's a Windows RT tablet announcement. But then why in LA?
- It’s Not Just About Price: Nokia’s Elop Says They’re Not Getting The Retail Traction They “Prefer”
- Nokia: Cheaper Windows Phones will take on Android “aggressively”
- Nokia to make even cheaper Windows Phones to compete with Android 'aggressively'
- Nokia's Deadline Is Now December 2012
- 5 blunders that put Nokia in the hot seat
- Sascha Segan at PC Magazine gives Nokia until the end of the year.
- The company risks going out of business in as little as two years unless it reduces expenses, said Alexander Peterc, an Exane BNP Paribas analyst in London.
- the company needs to stabilize its business to attract suitors, said Lars Soederfjell, an analyst with Bank of Aaland in Stockholm.
- Nokia shipped more than 2 million Lumia smartphones running Windows Phone last quarter, while Apple sold 35.1 million iPhones.
- In a call with investors, Elop stressed going after the low-cost phone market aggressively.
- Nokia laid off head of Asha phones unit (Mary McDowell). Killed Meltemi OS for low-cost phones.
- “The challenge in all of this is breaking through the strength Android and Apple have in a retail environment,” Elop said. “We aren’t getting the traction we prefer.”
- Need a multi-carrier phone superstar a la GS3 or iPhone
- Need a killer experience. Is PureView enough?
- Can the Xperia Ion get Sony out of its mobile rut?
- Flashback to the Android fragmentation visualized chart
- ComScore numbers for Apr 2012
- Aug 2011 #s
- The Sony Xperia Ion is hitting ATT on June 24th for less than $100
- This is the first Sony-only branded device (Sony bought out Ericsson from its JV)
- Phone itself: LTE, Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread - modified to include some features found on ICS, 4.6-inch screen, video engine from Sony's Bravia TV line, 12MP camera with image sensor from Sony's camera line, NFC, dual core processor 1.5GHz, 1080p video,
- The Xperia Ion isn't considered a "hero" or flagship phone, according to a person familiar with AT&T's launch plan. Rather, it fills a slot in the mid-tier level.
- Sony worked with ATT on the design and Sony is going to put marketing money behind the Ion
- Sony's not in the top 5 smartphones as of Apr 2012 acc'g to ComScore, last year it had 5% in 2011 making it the #7 smartphone maker
- What do we think of the phone, the all-Sony approach and what would be a win for Sony here?
- What would it take for Sony to be a name in phones? (Why does Sony struggle when Samsung succeeds?)
- Karma: a 4G provider that rewards users for sharing their data plan with strangers
- Karma just graduated from the TechStars NY accelerator program, raised almost $1M in capital
- The Karma hotspot costs $69 and is powered by Clearwire's network, which provides WiMax 4G service in 80 major US cities. Users pay $14 per gigabyte of data they use, with no monthly fee or minimums. The twist is that Karma makes your hotspot into an open Wi-Fi network. When a new user joins, they are taken to a personalized page about the owner of the hotspot. Strangers can then sign in with their Facebook account and get 100MB of free browsing. For every user who does that, the owner of Karma gets 100MB of free data credited to his account. The company calls this "social telecom."
- Earlier this week, Verizon introduced its shared data plan, which provides unlimited talk and text, and also lets users purchase a single package of data they can share among their devices.
- A recent study from research firm Analysys Mason found that the average smartphone user consumes 221MB of data per month. On Karma, that would work out to a monthly cost of $3.09. Verizon charges $50 for 1GB on its new shared plan and it charges users as much as $40 for each device they want to use beyond the first one. AT&T's mobile data plans charge $20 for 300MB of data and require a commitment of $50 for 5GB in order to enable the tethering that turns a device into a mobile hotspot.
- Samsung boasts about its Galaxy S III developement secrecy
- Don’t Bring Your Work Home..Ever!
- Samsung is bragging about secrecy
- The company published a blog post on Samsung's official global blog explaining the measures taken to keep the Galaxy S3 a secret
- The post tells the story of how parents couldn't tell kids what they were working on
- The GS3 was a top-secret project, prototypes were in security boxes, prototype deliveries were done in person
- No pictures allowed (photos or drawings), so if there was a problem with a part of the phone, Samsung R&D had to explain it in words
- Samsung made three different working GS3s prototypes and each one was inside of a "dummy box" to disguise it
- Microsoft takes aim at Google+ Local as more detailed Yelp content comes to Bing Local search
- Yelp will deliver review snippets, photos, business details for Bing users in the US and will be placed prominently on Bing Local pages, helping users connect with businesses and companies that are in their local area. Initial rollout begins today, but Microsoft will implement Yelp fully across the US in the coming weeks.
- Google+ Local rolled out. The new, more social, offerings replaced the Google Places pages and brought the importance of its Zagat acquisition to light.
- Yelp was named as the provider of business listings and reviews in both Apple’s Siri voice-assistant and its new custom 3D mapping service in the company’s new iOS 6 operating system, with data also supplied by mapping giant TomTom.
- Pizza Vending Machines Coming to the U.S. - Let’s Pizza, an Italian creation, has already proved successful after three years in Europe and now A1 Concepts, the machine’s Netherlands-based distributor, has announced it will inaugurate the first Let’s Pizza box in Atlanta later this year.
Since I was called out by name, I thought I would give a quick analysis of why I think iOS and Android users fight. Three basic reasons:
1. For years, Android fans have endured a certain degree of smug condescension and even ridicule from iPhone users. The iPhone was just better. But, as Android has come to equal and, some would argue, surpass iOS, there is a certain degree of “getting their own back” by Android users and a bit of defensive hostility by iOS users.
2. I think there is a underlying belief in “zero-sum-ness” going on. The idea that the extent to which one platform dominates will impact the quality of that platform’s experience. The app development issue, for example.
3. BUT, I think most of it is simply the “rivalry” phenomenon in human nature. Why do Cubs fans trash-talk the Cardinals, and vice-versa? Going back to ancient Rome, when there were brawls in the street between supporters of the Blue and the Green chariot teams, there is a deep-seated enjoyment we derive from supporting our “club” and bashing its rival.
All silly? Sure. Can’t we just all get along? Sure. But where is the fun in that?! :0)
Have you ever thought that the reason only Android users care or get pissed off when the Iphone gets feature late is because APPLE is always suing the s**t out of everyone for copying them. Also for whatever reason, the features are acknowledged and tout as innovation only when Apple introduces it.
-- Sincerely, George"
"Hey TNT crew,
I can understand the internet community being upset with the new ads in Skype, but getting rid of those ads is actually a cheap and easy thing to do. I added $10 to my Skype credit 3 years ago and still haven't used it all. This means I will not be seeing ads in my calls. I wish there were more ""free"" services I could pay a few dollars to remove ads from.
Another perspective is that paying Skype users have been subsidizing the free users for a long time, maybe this will help reduce costs for the paying users.
Love the show!
Sean Ontario, Canada"
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