Tech News Today 572
Recorded: August 24, 2012
Published: August 24, 2012
Tech News Today 572: One More Fruitful Year
What's Amazon cooking up? Facebook forces Android on employees, Post PC era gets Post-PC-ier.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell
- Guest: Darren Kitchen
- The Apple - Samsung patent case has a decision... in Korea. I know, it's hard to keep track of all the Apple-Samsung patent cases. But in KOREA, Apple has been found to violate two of Samsung's WiFi patents and Samsung found to violate Apple's bounce-back patent. Samsung was not found to be copying Apple's design. Under the ruling, Apple must stop selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 in South Korea, while Samsung must stop selling 12 products including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab.
- Amazon's set a press conference for September 6th, and sources say it's a "big announcement". New Kindle Fire, anyone? Rumors have also started that Amazon is building a smartphone with Foxconn. In any case, we at TNT will be on the story, and we're gonna do it live!
- So let’s talk about the non-existant next iPhone and iPad mini. John Gruber posted his idea that it would make more sense for Apple to introduce the products at two separate events. The iPhone in September and the iPad mini at Apple’s usual music event. Well known Apple journalist Jim Dalrymple [DAL-RIM-PLE] wrote a response to Gruber’s theory saying “Oh that Gruber is a smart fellow.” People are taking this to mean that Gruber’s theory may be on the nose.
- Bad news if you’re Joel Tenenbaum, a federal court in Massachusetts upheld a $675,000 damages award against Tenenbaum. He was accused of illegally downloading 31 songs and distributing them, which got him sued by music labels. The Judge presiding over the case said that “a rational appraisal of the evidence before the jury… supports the damages award.”
- Yesterday Facebook released a new iOS app that got everybody talking about how much faster it is now that it's written in native code. Brian Chen at the New York Times reports Facebook is now making its developers use Android phones in order to help them better overhaul the app for that platform.
- The FCC has approved Verizon’s $3.9B dollar acquisition of 4G spectrum from a consortium of cable operators, another hurdle down for Verizon to build the LTE network it always wanted. The deal still has to pass a federal judge, but since the US Department of Justice lifted all of its objections to the deal last week, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House.
- The International Telecommunication Union approved NHK’s 8K Ultra High-Definition TV standard. The standard, which NHK calls Super Hi-Vision, means a resolution of 7680 x 4320 with framerates of 120 fps. If that resolution didn’t mean anything to you - think of it this way: it’s over 33 megapixels, with 16 times the amount of pixels in a 1080p HDTV.
- Kodak is in dire straits. The company announced it’s selling its film, photo kiosk, and commercial scanner businesses. After the sale of these businesses and its digital imaging patents, Kodak plans to focus on printing products and commercial packaging as a part of its reorganization plan.
- The Associated Press reports that the 8 judges of South Korea's contitutional court court rule unanimously against a 2007 law that required Internet commenters use their real names. The court stated it found no evidence the law helped decrease libel or the spread of false information, but that the law did discourage people from voicing dissent for fear of punishment. Security breaches that leaked personal data also contributed to the decision.
- LG's keeping pace with Qualcomm with a teaser site (in korean) for its next LTE smartphone. Promising a 2nd-gen quad-core experience, the new device will promises better power management and graphics performance thanks to the Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset inside. The site has room for five more videos, which should give us more of an idea of what to expect than FCC filings alone.
- What if Microsoft's new logo style was applied to other famous brands?
- Amazon throwing press conference September 6th
- VM World starts Monday the 27th, runs through the 30th in SF
- US presidential campaign trail winds its way to Xbox Live on August 27th with Election 2012 Hub
Your discussion today regarding the interview with Nintendo big wig Satoru Iwata reminded me a great deal of the kind of posturing that went on with Sega in the early Dreamcast days. Back then, Sega assured their fans that they were going to remain both a software and hardware developer; and we saw how that ended up. When Mr. Iwata says that 'real' gamers still want dedicated hand held devices I can't help but think what he's really saying is: "if you want to play Mario, Pokemon and Zelda games, you better stick with us and support us." In my opinion, Nintendo's exclusivity with these properties are the only strong suit they have left at this point. Time will tell, but I won't be surprised if in the future we see people playing Nintendo licensed games on other company's hardware.
Love the show,
Hello TNT Show!
In response to your segment about people being underwhelmed with 4G.
I'm a savvy guy, I've only had iPhones, and I don't feel like I'm missing anything. Websites load plenty fast, and I have no problem streaming video.
My impression of 4G so far hasn't been too inspiring after seeing several of my co workers various android devices. I usually charge my phone every other day, they are constantly worried about making it through a single day (and sometimes they don't). The phones that claim to have "solved" the battery issue feel like bricks and they tend to run hot.
I am more than willing to wait for technology to advance before getting 4G. Maybe that will be September? ;)
Love the show!
Rob in Phoenix
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