Tech News Today 179

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Episode 179

Tech News Today 179: HP Takes A Walk On The Lame Side

The biggest hots from MWC, LG's 3D phone, Microsoft's October surprise, how HP may have ruined Lou Reed's legacy, and more.


Top Stories

  • LG launches Optimus 3D, Optimus Pad
    • Optimus 3D - 4.3-inch glasses-free 3D display, 1 GHz dual processor, two 5-megapixel cameras allow recording in 3D, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), 1080p display for 2D, 720p for 3D, Share 3D videos on YouTube, 3D hot key switches between user interfaces8 GB internal, coming to Europe in Q2
  • LG Optimus Pad first hands-on! (video)
    • Optimus Pad (aka G-Slate on T-Mobile in the US) 3D recording and video (needs glases), two 5-megapixel cameras, 8.9-inch display (1280 x 768) 1 GHz dual core Tegra 2, 1080p with HDMI support. Coming spring to select markets.

Discussion Stories

  • Call it "3G" or "4G," America's wireless networks are still slow
  • US: Verizon LTE 5-12 Mbps, Sprint WiMax 3-6 Mbps, T-Mobile HSPA+ peaks of 21 Mbps (PhoneScoop found 2-5 Mbps in tests last summer) Non-US: TeliaSonera LTE Scandanavia average 20-80Mbps, Vodafone Germany LTE 50 Mbps NTTDocomo LTE Japan 37 Mbps, Vmax WiMax Taiwan 16 Mbps.

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science




"Hey TNT Crew,

The one thing you missed with the Nokia-Microsoft coverage is the huge shadow this agreement casts over Qt, the beloved development framework behind many open-source projects such as VLC and KDE. Nokia bought it's developer Trolltech a few years back to enable ""write once, deploy anywhere""-apps for their mobile systems. Qt will however not be ported to Windows Phone 7 [source1, source2], which leaves Nokia as the one company not allowing Qt on their phones and could mean strong cuts in Qt's development funding. Both desktop and mobile users are of course not amused [source1,source2] by Nokia's decision and see a similar situation looming as with Oracle and OpenOffice. Some are calling for KDE to fork Qt under it's Free Qt Agreement, while others would like Qt to be sold to Intel as to ensure a proper development budget.

Tom the Power Systems Engineer"

"Hi Tom and TNT Crew,

Thanks for the great show!

In TNT 178, while discussing Whisper System's new secure calling solution for Android, Sarah sounded surprised that Android has only a 3% market share. As an Android developer with a Hebrew-based application, I believe I can explain. Up through Froyo (and possibly Gingerbread), Google has not ""officially"" supported Right-to-Left languages such as Hebrew or Arabic. This can cause issues such as sentences displaying out of order if they contain numbers, text displaying backwards in some apps, and justification problems. Those interested in seeing much hue and cry can visit Android bug #8626 (URL below).

Not being able to reasonably communicate in your native language can certainly hold back Android adoption in a country. Hopefully these issues will soon be a thing of the past (and all older devices will be updated to fix the bug). Hey, at least I can hope!

-Sam in NJ"

"Hi TNT Crew,

I was listening to various netcasts regarding Nokia+Micosoft announcements, and most of netcasts seemed to ignored the fact Palm adopted Windows Mobile couple years before shipping Pre. After the pre announcement, I thought Palm really bought time before being able to announce web OS.

Could Nokia and Microsoft arrangement be the similar? Nokia let vast majority of engineers go, to focus its energy on their next ""ecosystem"". To buy sometime, they've made the deal with microsoft. I was extremely puzzled with this arrangement at first as Nokia becomes yet another OEM, but it seemed to make sense after reminded of Palm.

thanks and love the show!



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