Tech News Today 87
Recorded: October 1, 2010
Published: October 1, 2010
Tech News Today 87:
EA bans Taliban, Microsoft sues Motorola, Antarctica and Ireland show different vistas, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jonathan Strickland
- Jason Howell
- Microsoft's taking aim at Android by picking on Motorola. Microsoft alleges Motorola infringes on nine smartphone patents involving such things as syncing and notifying apps of changes in signal and battery strength. In addition to the lawsuit in US District court, Microsoft also brought a complaint before the International Trade Commission. Microsoft justifies charging a license fee for it's mobile software as a way to protect the licensee from patent infringement.
- Cellphones, Wireless, Mobile Peripherals, Mobile Handsets, Verizon scoop extravaganza: Motorola Venus with portrait QWERTY, Stingray LTE tablet, and more?
- A study by security researchers PSKL found that 68% of popular iPhone applications transmit the unique identifier of your phonem the UDID, to servers under the application vendor’s control each time the application is launched. 18% of the applications tested encrypted their communications. 14% of the tested applications appear to be clean. PSKL also confirmed that some applications are able to link the UDID to a real-world identity.
- Sky launches Europe's first 3D TV channel in the UK. Early tests of the technology were performed in pubs where viewers got to watch football matches in 3D. Viewers said it looked like the hooligans were chucking bottles straight at their heads.
- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will only get half of his bonus this year due in large part to the failure of the Kin and the decrease in mobile market share. That means that poor Mr. Ballmer will only get a bonus equal to his yearly salary instead of a bonus equal to double his yearly salary.
- If you like to follow Microsoft Personnel moves, perhaps for your fantasy tech executives league, today was a killer day for you. Filling the departures of Robbie Bach and Stephen Elop (who left for Nokia), Microsoft has promoted Andy lees to President of Mobile Communications, Don "Mr. Xbox and now Zune" Mattrick to President of Interactive Entertainment and Kurt Delbene to President of Office Division. Plus a player to be named later,... or something
- Ars Technica reports that Canonical is preparing to add a new music streaming feature to its Ubuntu One cloud synchronization service. Users will be able to stream songs to their phone from their Ubuntu One account. Initially during beta, the feature will work with MP3 files on Android devices.
- Acoustic processing specialists Input Dynamics has developed software which can tell exactly where you tap on a screen by listening to the sound it makes. The developers say the software could allow for cheap touchscreen devices and even allow current phones without touchscreens to behave as if they had them. He claims the software can pinpoint the sound of a tap within a square centimeter and could be indistinguishable from current touchscreen devices when used.
- Privacy concerns for Google's Street View may now extend to penguins, following the service's extension to a seventh continent - Antarctica. The Antarctica imagery is so far limited, showing panoramas of the coast and penguins of Half Moon Island. Google Maps Ireland went live yesterday, and it took the cream of Ireland's media just minutes to find the first pic of a pair of Dubliners baring their hairy arses to Mountain View's all seeing eye. It also launched in Brazil
- According to Google, the Android Market is coming to 18 more countries--including Brazil, India, Mexico, Russia, and Sweden. Developers who made their applications available to "All Locations" will be available to the new customers. Also developers in 20 more countries will be allowed to sell paid apps int he marketplace, including Canada, Switzerland and Taiwan.
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Kickers and Weird Science
- Happy 7th birthday 4Chan
- iPad on sale at Target Sunday October 3
- Microsoft brings back Windows 7 family packs on Sunday October 3
- Medal of Honor PC multiplayer beta starts Monday Oct. 4
- Panasonic teases a 13.2MP 'Lumix phone' for October 5 unveiling
Alex in Austria: Disputes the translation of Zuckerberg
"Tom, I'd love it if you could pass this along, we need all the publicity for this that we can get.
Basically, they want 100,000 people to pledge to pay between $10-20/year for Xmarks Premium. If they can get that many people to pledge to do that, they will try to get the people to make it happen.
Also on their Blog they've mentioned that they've gotten interest from many parties interested in continuing the service. http://blog.xmarks.com/?p=1945
Derek T. Schaumburg, IL"
"One point you've missed on why so many smart phone owners don't download apps is not that they DON'T: Many users with smart phones CAN'T download apps. Many companies that use BlackBerry, for example, lock down the phone so that downloading ANY application is blocked.
I was in that situation at work, finally to the point where I got so frustrated that I bought a Droid on my own just to finally have a smart phone that wasn't crippled. I finally complained to the right person and explained why downloading certain applications WAS a good idea, particularly when I was stuck using the crappy BlackBerry browser instead of an app that would actually save me time. After that, I was granted access to downloading and installing applications.
Anyway, I think that's a big reason why the numbers have been skewed towards users not downloading apps. I'd like to see what the numbers are for iPhones and Android phones over other smart phones. I'd bet you'd see a much different picture.
Love the show! :-)
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