Tech News Today 175
Recorded: February 8, 2011
Published: February 8, 2011
Tech News Today 175: Sinner? There's An App For That
Secret of the Verizon iPhone, Dell's big ten-inch, the Catholic church's new confessional app, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Nate Lanxon
- Jason Howell
- Wil Harris
- Sony lawyers now targeting anyone who posts PlayStation 3 hack
- Sony v. Geohot litigation heats up, SCEA demands YouTube give up Hotz and Fail0verflow's personal info
- Sony is going after not just George Hotz but the entire fail0verflow team. Today they filed a very broad motion for discovery.
- Asked Youtube to hand over information on Hotz account where his jailbreak video was posted.
- How many users accessed the video/ usernames of of anyone who accessed the video/usernames and IP address of anyone who posted or published comments
- Asked Twitter to hand over the personal info of every member of the fail0verflow team (fail0verflow first unveiled a limited version of the hack in December)
- Hotz must surrender computer gear to Sony by Thursday, his lawyer is objecting.
- Norway to probe Sony's PS3 Linux 'downgrade'
- Sony Accused of Patent Infringement With PS3
- iFixit finds a world phone hidden (and disabled) inside the Verizon iPhone
- iFixit found a Qualcomm MDM6600 chip in the Verizon iPhone - same chip in the Motorola DROID, and capable of GSM and HSPA+ along with CDMA and EVDO
- Would have needed SIM and some other engineering tweaks to work
- implies Apple could be making future iPads and iPhones world capable.
- The Kindle Will (Finally) Get Page Numbers
- Page numbers based on print version (assume hardback) added to top 100 bestsellers and tens of thousands of others. will be displayed when users hit the "menu" button, based on the text in the top left corner
- also added ability to publicly share notes and highlights, as well as new layout for magazines and newspapers to improve scannability
- Before You Go: When you reach the end of the book, you'll now be given the option to immediately rate the book, share a message about the book with your social network, get personalized recommendations for what to read next, and see more books by the same author.
- Smartphone Usage Jumps 60%, Android Gains Major Ground
- Comscore December 2010 U.S. Mobile Subscriber Market Share. 63.2 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones during the three months ending in December 2010, up 60 percent versus year ago.
- Android Reaching for RIM in Smartphone Market: comScore
- IDC says 100.9M smartphones sold in fourth quarter, PCs outsold for first time
- IDC's new global smartphone sales numbers for the fourth quarter of 2010 where we learn that some 100.9 million units were pushed in the three-month period -- up a whopping 87.9 percent year over year. That figure compares to 92.1 million PCs sold during the same quarter
- ComScore Says You Don’t Got Mail: Web Email Usage Declines, 59% Among Teens!
- Operators To Nokia: Use MeeGo, Or WP7 If You Must. But Please, No Android
- Nokia heading to Silicon Valley? And the ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo
- ‘Standing on a burning platform’ memo allegedly written by Stephen Elop. The memo ends with the metaphor of a man jumping off the platform into the unknown to avoid certain death.
- Facebook readies room to grow, Google eyes LA
- Facebook Makes It Official: We’re Hiring! (And We Bought The Old Sun Campus In Menlo Park)
- The world's largest social network will shift its corporate headquarters starting this summer to a 1-million-square-foot campus in Menlo Park, California, making its second move in less than two years. (old SUN campus) Google got Frank Gehry-designed office building near beach. The iconic former headquarters of the Chiat/Day advertising agency -- whose giant binoculars-shaped facade is a fixture of travel guide books -- in Venice, California
- Dell’s Got a 10-inch Windows 7 Tablet in the Pipeline
- The Windows 7 Business Tablet, which will run on an Intel processor, could be available by the middle of the year . No other price or release details. Will also come as an Android tablet. Dell announced 39 new products.
- Dawnmarie Souza, who sued her former employer for firing her after nasty comments about her supervisor showed up on Facebook has won her day, though not in court. Souza made to disparaging posts on Facebook, from home, and soon found herself fired. The National Labor Relations Board sued Souza's employer. The case has now been settled, and the company has agreed to revise its policies on workers communicating with one another.
- Steve Ballmer is turning against his own, by reportedly expanding a push to install engineers in executive positions currently occupied by people who came up through the sales ranks. Bloomberg reports Ballmer plans to extend a management shake-up aimed at adding senior product executives with an engineering background and the moves could be made later this month. Obviously Steve has decided that the future of Microsoft is developers, developers, developers!
- HTC is investing $40 million into cloud-based, gaming-on-demand provider OnLive. MocoNews received a hint that this may indicate a tablet launch possibly coming as soon as next week. HTC indicated it would buy 5.33 million OnLive shares at $7.50 each.
- Intel has two ways to get SandyBridge chipsets back in the supply chain. The company said it has started manufacturing a new version of the flawed support chip. It now expects to begin shipping the new parts in mid-February. In addition INtel will allow some of the flawed chipsets to be used as parts in devices that would be unaffected, such as laptops that only need two SATA ports. Maybe no MBP delay after all?
- Congratulations Verizon iPhone fans. The Chronic Dev Team has rolled out Greenpoison RC5_4 for both the Mac and Windows platform, which can bring untethered jailbreak for the Verizon iPhone. Before you rush right out and download, bear in mind this note from the dev team. "If you happen to own a Verizon iPhone and are willing to give it the jailbreak treatment using Greenpois0n RC5_4, we wish you best of luck for that and hope you could share your end result with us. Thanks in advance.
- China is building a city-sized cloud computing and office complex that will include a mega data center, one of the projects fueling that country's huge growth in IT spending. The entire complex will cover some 6.2 million square feet, with the initial data center space accounting for approximately 646,000 square feet, says IBM, which is collaborating with a Chinese company to build it.
- In 2010 the number of identity fraud victims decreased by 28 percent to 8.1 million adults in the United States, three million fewer victims than the prior year, according to Javelin Strategy & Research. Total annual fraud decreased from $56 billion to $37 billion, the smallest amount in the eight years of the study. Successful fraud has become more costly though, and perpetrators are more often known by the victim. Watch your friends.
- Ken Olsen, the founder of minicomputer and client/server company Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) died on Sunday. He was 84 years-old. sen worked on and received patents for a switch, a line printer buffer and magnetic core memory in the 1960s. His first product was the PDP, a 12-bit machine that used ribbons of paper tape to control and had a colourful front switch panel for setting register values.
Kickers and Weird Science
- BBC iPlayer app landing on UK iPads this Thursday, US in June
- Gogo plans to expand into in-flight movies, possibly gaming
- Study: Expect a billion 802.11ac Wi-Fi devices in 2015
- HP WebOS announcement tomorrow at 10 AM Pacific]
- Verizon iPhone preorders start tomorrow from non-Verizon customers
In response to Justin from Oklahoma's bad gaming experience with hacked PS3 owners abusing the system, I think Sony should look to Microsoft for the right way to go;
Ban hacked PS3's from getting onto the PlayStation Network.
I don't believe Sony should have any right to dictate what people can and can't do with THEIR PS3 that they paid for, but they'd be well within their legal and ethical rights to say that only unmodified PS3's are allowed to access their service.
English John, from England."
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