Tech News Today 568

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Episode 568

Tech News Today 568:I Like My Newspaper

Everything about to change for Hulu, OnLive replaced by OnLive, Why everyone's all excited about Synaptics.


News Fuse

  • A July internal memo between News Corp and Disney and obtained by Variety include information about future exclusivity, ad counts, selective content access, and a plan to "Outline transition plan for new CEO. Discuss potential candidates and process." A management buyout of Hulu stakeholder Providence Equity Partners, expected to close in September, plus this memo, point to a gamechanging future for Hulu.
  • People are excited about a new trackpad. Yeah, I'm serious. Synaptics is showing off its new ForcePad, which is a new pressure sensitive trackpad that has no moving parts. It can detect 64 levels of pressure from your fingers. The company also is offering new keyboards called ThinTouch which drop the scissor mechanism for a slider mechanism. Both the Forcepad and the ThinTouch are thin and are expected in laptops next year.
  • According to someone familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg, Samsung and Apple are meeting today in an attempt to resolve their smartphone patent dispute before a U.S. jury begins deliberating. The companies’ lawyers will report to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in federal court in San Jose, California, on the outcome of today’s telephone discussion between Apple’s Tim Cook and Samsung’s Kwon Oh Hyun.
  • In the fallout from the Oracle Google World Series of patent trials, Judge Alsup ordered both companies to disclose any payments made to bloggers to write about the trial. Google and Oracle both deny retaining anyone to write specifically about the lawsuit. Oracle disclosed it hired Florian Mueller as a consultant but denied any connection to the case. Oracle also accused Google of running a network of influencers, which Google denied.



  • Dell's earnings report tomorrow 8/21
  • LG's Optimus Vu — a smartphone-tablet hybrid with a 5-inch screen — will be available in select markets across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America from September, according to a company press release. The international model will feature an Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-chip, replacing the Snapdragon S4 processor which powers the Korean and Japanese versions of the device, and will lack LTE connectivity.


Voicemail #1

Voicemail #2

E-mail #1

Hey TNT crew,

On episode 567, you guys discussed the use case for buying the Windows 8 tablet over a Windows RT one. I think a lot of people can't get passed the term "tablet", and thus consider their usage to be limited. However, if a keyboard is to be included with the Windows 8 tablets, it actually becomes a MacBook Air competitor, rather than iPad. Personally, as a web developer who likes to travel, this one device can cater for both of my needs.

Love the show, and keep up the good work.





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