Tech News Today 191
Recorded: March 3, 2011
Published: March 3, 2011
Tech News Today 191: Undercover Cover Lover
WordPress under attack, Time Zone database calls it quits, iPads kill PC sales, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- MG Siegler ( )
- RIM preparing to bring BBM to iOS and Android, change everything again?
- Will (or Can) RIM Take the Road IBM Once Traveled?
- BGR reports BBM is reputedly all set to make its debut as a messaging app on both iOS and Android. Android coming this year, iOS later. Stripped down version. No word on cost. Darrell Etherington at GigaOM proposes this is a similar moment as when IBM got out of the hardware business. RIM may look to become an enterprise software maker for mobile.
- WordPress.com Suffers Largest DDoS Attack In Its History
- WordPress comes under 'extremely large' web attack
- WordPress.com under the largest DDos attack its seen in its six years. Suspect it could be politically motivated against a non-English blog.
- Android Bests iOS, BlackBerry For Smartphone Lead
- Visualized: US smartphone market share, by manufacturer and platform, made pretty
- Nielsen report - smartphone platform and smartphone maker penetration between November 2010 and January 2011 - Google's Android platform rose to hold 29% of the U.S. smartphone market. That puts it just ahead of Apple's iOS and RIM's BlackBerry OS, each of which holds 27% of the market. Android 29% iOS 27%, BlackBerry 27% Microsoft 10% HP's webOS 4% Nokia's Symbian 2% of the market.For Smartphone OS Lead - Among manufacturers Apple and RIM with 19% HTC 12% Motorola 11% Samsung 7%. HP 4% Nokia 2%.
- T-Mobile offers Sidekick owners half off Samsung phones or waived ETFs
- Fifty percent off "select" Samsung phones purchased on a new two-year contract, or a waived early termination fee between March 31st and May 31st
- Google Pimps Out Personal Profiles
- photo in the top left corner, essential information about you below, while a scrapbook of photos and more detailed info about your occupation, employment, education and whereabouts dominates the biggest part of the page.
- AT&T confirms iPhone hotspot feature support and pricing
- AT&T customers must subscribe to the $25 data plan that gives them 2GB per month, plus the extra $20 tethering charge that gives them an extra 2GB. In all, that will make it $45 per month for 4GB of data plus hotspot sharing when the feature arrives in iOS 4.3.
- AT&T adds new post-paid twist to iPad, tablet data plans
- The new postpaid plan offers the same $15/250MB and $25/2GB options, only the charges will be added to your current AT&T monthly bill instead of being charged directly to your credit card. Users on the lower 250MB-per-month tier will still be charged an extra $15 for another 250MB. However, users on the 2GB per month plan that go over their allotment will be given an additional 1GB for the month for just $10—similar to the overage charges for AT&T's smartphone data plans.
- The iPad Strikes Again: Gartner Cuts Its PC Market Forecast
- Gartner now says that PC shipments will grow by 10.5 percent, down from a previous forecast of a much more robust 16 percent. It doesn’t get much better in 2012. Gartner now expects growth of 13.6 percent down from 14.8 percent previously. If the new version of the iPad launched Wednesday is as successful as the original version, these component makers (like Samsung and LG Display) stand to benefit from an increase in sales, analysts say. But their profit margins could slip in tablets given their late entry into the market and because more devices are being launched this year, intensifying competition.
- New iPad Could Help, Hinder Asian Players
- Thousands of Owners Ditch Old iPads for Newer Model
- Apple giving $100 refund on recent iPad purchases
- Walmart, Best Buy advertise availability of Apple's iPad 2
- Gmail should be back up and fully restored for the thousands of users who lost messages or were unable to log in to their accounts over the last four days, Google said late Wednesday night. Google did caution that there was a chance that some users could still be having Gmail problems and should contact and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org if so.
- Also back up, is the Windows Phone 7 software update for Samsung smartphones, which Microsoft had suspended after reports of technical glitches and stalls. The software patch is being sent out on a rolling schedule. You’ll see a message on your phone when it’s available. Hopefully the future updates that bring actual functions like copy-paste will go smooth as silk now.
- The Spam King is free! After nearly four years in prison, Robert Soloway, who has admitted sending more than 10 trillion spam e-mails in his career, was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon. He told Wired his spamming days are over. Probation officers will monitor every e-mail Soloway sends and every webpage he visits for the next three years. I so want his email adress.
- In what would make for a great Saturday morning cartoon for patent geeks, Microsoft and Google have joined forces to fight patent crime! Their filing suit against a company that holds a geotagging patent and sued 397 companies last year. The Wonder Tech Twins want the patent declared invalid and seek an injunction to prevent further lawsuits over it. Oh and right when the patent troll was filing an IPO too. Curses foiled again!
- Demand Media has made its first acquisition since its initial public offering in January, purchasing popular live blogging tool CoveritLive. The purchase will bolster Demand Media’s Pluck social media platform, which lets customers add online forums, photo galleries, and other social tools to their sites. Demand had invested in CoverItLive in 2009 and started integrating it into Pluck then.
- Engadget reports on a few reviews of Inte'sl Core i7-990X calling it the best performance ever, but far from best value. It has a screaming 3.46GHz default speed that can be Turbo Boosted to 3.73GHz 12MB of L3 cache and three channels for DDR3 memory. So fastest chip ever tested possibly but still not enough to justify the $999 price say most reviewers.
- TechCrunch reports Disney has acquired an HTML5 gaming engine startup called Rocket Pack, based out of Helsinki, Finalnd. A spokesperson said Rocketpack provides an integrated solution for plugin-free browser game development. No Flash required. No APP store required.
- Two Senators teamed up on the hunt for spectrum for wireless Internet. Sen. Olympia Snowe and Sen. John Kerry introduced legislation aimed at solving some of the biggest threats to the mobile Internet. Among promoting innovation and all that good stuff, the act will take an inventory oif who owns what spectrum. Something that incredibly does not exist.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Tractor beam' is possible with lasers, say scientists
- As the atoms or molecules of the target absorb and re-radiate the incoming light, the fraction re-radiated forward along the beam direction can interfere and give the object a "push" back toward the source.
- Bing Launches Deals
- Apple iOS 4.3 GM available now to developers
- Motorola Xoom 3G arrives in UK for £600, gets enigmatic listing on Amazon.de for €700
- LG Optimus Pad listed on Amazon.de for a slightly less crazy €899
- Julian Assange sets out bid to appeal extradition to Sweden
- Sony's PSP Go officially drops to $150
- SXSW coverage Saturday and Sunday 3/12 and 13
"Geez, Tom. I know the Apple smart cover (as they call it) is a little overpriced but doesn't feel like just a piece of cloth, to me at least. I own a case (which I only use when I go outside, to protect the screen) and then a Griffin Loop stand when I am in bed to prop up the ipad to use it to read and watch stuff. Apple's cover can do both for me now, hopefully. I am optimistic that it will but what's with all the yelling?
"I have a theory about the ""cover, not a case"". Everyone thought it was strange when Apple announced the bumper case for the iPhone 4. The reason for that became clear when the antennae problem cropped up.
With the dual core processor and 9x faster graphics, I the iPad 2 likely gives off a lot more heat. I bet covering the back with a traditional case creates an overheating problem. So having just a cover for only the front (which even puts the device in sleep mode when used) may be meant to avoid heat issues.
- Edited by: Jason
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