Tech News Today 179
Recorded: February 14, 2011
Published: February 14, 2011
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.
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 official: Tegra 2, Honeycomb, dual cameras (hands-on with video)
- 10.1-inch screen (1280 x 800), Android 3.0 (Stock-Honeycomb) 1 GHZ Dual Core Tegra 2, 16 or 32 GB, WiFi 3G (GSM), 1.23 pounds (less than Xoom or iPad) --Launching March Asia, Europe (Vodafone), no US details.
- Samsung Galaxy S II official: dual-core 1GHz CPU, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus, coming this month (hands-on with video)
- dual-core 1 GHz, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen (800 x480), THIN at 8.49mm, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread - Custom TouchWiz), NFC, coming Europe and Asia this month
- 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.
- Windows Phone 7 update with copy and paste, CDMA support coming in 'early March'
- Microsoft shows off WP7's future with multitasking, Twitter integration, support for cloud-stored Office Docs and IE9, all coming later this year (rumour is October as WinPho 7 2.0 along with new Nokia device)
- Windows Phone 7's multitasking uses zoomed-out cards to check on your apps
- Video of WinPho7 and Xbox Kinect integration
- Microsoft to pay out 'billions' as part of Nokia deal
- Nokia hints we'll see first Windows Phone 7 device this year - Nokia's Jo Harlow, said that her boss would be "much happier" if the timing of the initial launch was in 2011.
- The Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro
- Sony Ericsson Xperia Play available in March, on Verizon in 'early spring'
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Available in Select Markets starting in March.
- Sony Ericsson touts Xperia Play multiplayer gaming, promises 50 titles at launch
- Sony Ericsson Reveals Game Plan With Xperia Play
- Xperia Play final hardware hands-on!
- Sony Ericsson Neo first hands-on!
- WSJ corroborates the mini-iPhone, says Apple may make MobileMe free
- More Detail On Apple’s iPhone Nano
- 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.
- Apple just became Samsung's biggest customer. Reports indicate the two companies are finalizing a $7.8 billion deal believed to include liquid-crystal display panels for the next iPad, as well as mobile application processors and NAND flash memory chips for iPhones and iPads. Wonder if the deal includes Super PLS panels with their wider viewing angle, and better outdoor visibility.
- The MPEG standards body, one of the grandparents of video compression has announced plans for its own royalty-free codec. At a meeting in March the organization will accept proposals for a new video-compression technology designed to provide better performance than MPEG-2 under a royalty-free license. Looks like Google's WebM attempt has another threat to deal with.
- That Friendster thing didn't work out so well. But Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers figured they'd give investing in a social network another go. VentureWire reports today that Kleiner is buying as much as $38 million of stock from Facebook shareholders at a valuation of $52 billion - a bit higher than the $50 billion price tag that Goldman Sachs and DST Global set recently.
- Qualcomm's had some big announcements at MWC, touting their forthcoming 2.5 GHz snapdragon family available in single, dual or quad-core. The new chipsets are codenamed Krait and feature among many other things a power consumption drop of 65%. Separately, Qualcomm announced future chips would support Netflix streaming DRM, paving the way for Netflix on Android.
- In other big MWC chip announcements, Marvell unveiled their 1.2GHz PXA978 chip combining 3G UMTS and China's popular TD-SCMA on one 'world phone' chip PLUS their own Android-based platform called Kinoma Play. Intel announced its next-generation phone chip codenamed Medfield, and trumpeted their Valentine's Day love for Meego, even if Nokia has abandoned them.
- RIM added two more PlayBooks to their lineup. LTE and HSPA+ versions will come along in the second half of 2011. The previously announced WiFi only and WiMax versions are still on track for a March or April release and Jim Balsillie told Engadget that they should be priced less than $500 and less with carrier subsidies.
- Spammers would be well-advised not to steal pictures from ImageShack to use in their spam messages. ImageShack has been replacing pictures, known to have appeared in spam, with warnings such as "Do not buy". ImageShack's system is capable of swapping thousands of the spammers' images for warnings within an hour of them being reported.
- If The Graduate happened today, instead of plastics, young Benjamin might be advised by Mr. McGuire to get into Data Analytics. And that's just what HP is doing, announcing Monday morning that it has signed an agreement to acquire analytical database provider Vertica for an undisclosed amount. That gives HP a competitor for IBM's Netezza, EMC's Grrenplum and one-time partner Oracle.
Kickers and Weird Science
- AT&T adding $35 3GB plan, cutting 5GB plan to $50 for LaptopConnect devices
- Netflix arrives on Boxee today
- Motorola Xoom coming to Europe Q2 2011
- HTML5 spec set for Q2 2014 completion
- IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Set to Take On Jeopardy Champs - tonight through Wednesday
"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!
- Edited by: Jason
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