Tech News Today 152
Recorded: January 6, 2011
Published: January 6, 2011
Tech News Today 152: 4G Virgin 3D Tablets
Why is Skype buying Qik, 4G phones gone wild on Verizon, Mac App store opens, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Brian Brushwood ( )
- Johnathan Strickland
- Ian Morris
- Apple Opens Mac App Store With 1,000 Items, big discounts
- Motorola offers first taste of Honeycomb with Xoom tablet
- CES: Verizon's CES keynote hails a 4G world
- HTC Thunderbolt and LG Revolution show up on Verizon site
- Live from CES 2011 4G Verizon LTE press conference
- Verizon's Samsung Galaxy Tab sprouts LTE, upgraded camera
- Samsung bringing 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot to Verizon
- Samsung sends Verizon an unnamed Android smartphone with LTE, Super AMOLED Plus display
- Sony aims to "redefine" TV with 3D tech, Internet convergence
- T-Mobile upgrading HSPA+ network to 42Mbps this year
- Avatar Kinect brings magic of motion-controlled chatrooms to 360
CES Las Fuseas
- Israeli company Powermat, which makes a pad that can power up most gadgets lying on top, is the other half of the pair. The automaker is investing $5 million in the company through GM Ventures, its venture capital subsidiary. The two also have an exclusive commercial agreement for GM to develop a way to embed the pad technology into the Volt initially and then into other GM models.
- Sprint's offering a 4G version of RIM's Playbook tablet as soon as this summer, while WiFi-only PlayBook users will be able to tether the device to their BlackBerrys. These announcements came out of the CES, where RIM revealed more—but not all—about its 7" entry into the tablet market.
- The Motorola Droid Bionic is the Verizon sister to AT&T's Motorola Atrix. Their both superhones but the Bionic has an 8 megapixel camera, but doesn't have the webtop software that lets it dock in the Motorola laptop-like dock. However it looks like you will be able to use it to make Skype video calls very soon on the Bionic.
- Boxee is announcing a deal with CBS (NYSE: CBS) that will allow it to stream full episodes through its over-the-top player as part of its appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The deal with CBS is a particularly important step for Boxee. However, the agreement will not allow Boxee users to stream all CBS shows automatically—they will only be able to buy individual programs directly and then view the stream. Boxee's also showing off an iPad app.
- As the connected TV battle continues to heat up, Panasonic is arming its Viera platform by bringing in allies. Dubbed Viera Connect, it builds on the old Viera Cast system by opening up the SDK to developers, and increasing the audience by opening up access to its middleware and market for other device manufacturers. Falling somewhere between Samsung's more closed Samsung Apps experience and the Google TV approach, Panasonic's 2011 TVs and Blu-ray players will come out of the gate with apps like MLB.tv., Hulu Plus, NBA Gametime, Asphalt 5, Tetris and more.
- New hardware news from Boxee, as Viewsonic was showing its new TV, featuring the Boxee software and requisite Intel CE4100 processor built in. It didn't appear to integrate live TV or other inputs into the Boxee software, instead of opting to run the software as its own app, giving you pretty much the same experience as the Boxee Box, minus the box of course. The TV should be available "early Q2,"
- According to South Korea’s Cyber Terror Response Center, the hard drives it seized from Google’s Seoul office last August were positively MAGGOTY with consumer data. “We unlocked 79 computer hard disks seized from Google Korea last summer and discovered e-mails, instant messages and other private data sent over Wi-Fi networks,” Response Center official Jung Suk-hwa told The Korea Times. “We are now working on an additional 145 hard drives, which were handed over to us later. These disks had previously been taken out of the country.” But whether those drives hold similar information or not, it’s already clear that Google violated South Korea’s law protecting telecommunications privacy.
- The botnet fingered for stealing a treasure trove of information last year has struck again, harvesting sensitive documents from dozens of government agencies and contractors, according to a pair of security experts. The botnet, dubbed "Kneber" by Alex Cox, principal research analyst at NetWitness, was behind a campaign of fake Christmas e-mails waged two weeks ago against government workers.
- Google Apps customers can now sign outgoing e-mail using a DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) that reassures your contact that you really are who you say you are. Google has been using DKIM since 2008 to show Gmail users when incoming mail really is from PayPal and eBay--two major brand names often caught up in spoofed e-mails used in phishing attacks. Now the technology is available more broadly and for the e-mail Google Apps users send.
- Thinking about developing a game involving a 'database driven online distributed tournament system?' Well, you had better talk to Walker Digital or risk a lawsuit, because Walker Digital claims to have patented that 'invention' back in 2002. The patent in question has resulted in some legal matters for the makers of 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 1 and 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: World at War, Blur, Wolfenstein, DJ Hero 2, Golden Eye 007, World of Warcraft and its expansions, Mafia Wars, and many others.'
- The amount of junk e-mail being sent across the globe has seen a dramatic fall in recent months. The volume of spam has dropped steadily since August, but the Christmas period saw a precipitous decline. One security firm detected around 200 billion spam messages being sent each day in August, but just 50 billion in December.
- Microsoft said today that it will release two security bulletins next week fixing three holes in Windows, but it is still investigating or working on fixing holes in Internet Explorer that have been reportedly exploited in attacks.
- AT&T selling iPhone 3GS for $50 starting tomorrow
- Star Wars Complete Saga Blu-ray news: release in September, 30 hours of special features, available for preorder now (video)
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