Tech News Today 192
Recorded: March 4, 2011
Published: March 4, 2011
Tech News Today 192: Border Gateway Patrol
- Samsung Chief Calls Galaxy Tab 10.1 ‘Inadequate’
- Samsung admits iPad 2 will be tough to beat
- Samsung’s mobile VP Lee Don-Joo told the Korean Yonhap news agency. about Galaxy Tab - “We will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,” Also considering lowering the price of the forthcoming 10-inch tab
- Unlimited music re-downloads may come as part of MobileMe revamp
- Apple Negotiating Unlimited Usage of Music Downloads
- Unnamed music industry sources speaking to Bloomberg - Apple in talks with 4 major labels, allow multiple downloads of purchased songs - could be done by mid-year. Bloomberg also repeated rumor that Mobile Me will become free.
- Updated Windows Phone 7 update isn't updating some Samsung phones for March update
- WP7 updater update still not updating some Samsung handsets
- Microsoft blows Windows Phone update, again
- Seems that owners of the Samsung Omnia 7 are OK as long as they've got 4GB of memory free, but any less than that and the updating process chokes with an error numbered "800705B4". Microsoft is aware. Current advice is to refrain from making repeated attempts to install the update if it fails to install properly the first time.
- Windows Phone 7 Twitter account
- Microsoft tablet OS not coming until fall 2012?
- Microsoft Is Said to Plan Windows Release for Tablets in 2012
- Bloomberg's anonymous sources report that Microsoft won't release a tablet operating system until the 2012 back-to-school season, and will only begin to publically test the OS at the end of this year. If 2011 is the year of the tablet wars, Microsoft will be awfully late suiting up for that battle,” said Michael Gartenberg, a New Jersey-based analyst for research firm Gartner Inc. “It’s not a good position to be in.”
- Web Video Rivalry Sparks U.S. Probe
- Report: DOJ investigates Web video group
- Wall Street Journal reports the DOJ is looking into whether the actions of patent licensing group MPEG LA are stifling a Google video encoding technology called VP8 -The question that regulators apparently are interested in is whether MPEG LA is essentially quashing VP8. MPEG LA says it's neutral, offering patent pools for the convenience of those who want to implement the technology without the hassle of negotiating license agreements with multiple patent holders.
- Libya removes itself from the net
- Not-so-great Firewall of Libya Is Switched on
- Libya blocked Internet traffic -- and then quickly restored it -- two weeks ago. That time they merely removed themselves from the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). This time they've erected a firewall. Allowing some computer's (perhaps a certain colonel's) to be allowed access while all others are blocked. Putting up a countrywide firewall is a relatively simple thing for Gadhafi's government because the nation's Internet connections have a single choke point, the state-owned Libya Telecom & Technology (LTT).
- The semi-annual J.D. Powers and Associates survey is out and 26,000 subscribers have spoken: Verizon Wireless has the best wireless service in terms of phone call quality! In many parts of the U.S., anyway. Quality is based on things like dropped calls; static/interference; failed call connections; voice distortion; voicemail problems; and texting issues.
- WordPress engineers must have migraines by now - the popular blog service was hit with its 2nd DDoS attack this morning after an original attack yesterday, which disrupted almost 18 million hosted blogs. Wordpress parent company Automattic was able to press back against today's attack quickly, and say they're continuing to monitor the situation closely.
- Google's released technology to fix Android's fragmentation problem, which has plagued developers who want Android to run on many different devices. Google's new "Fragment" library is built into Honeycomb and offers tools to get around issues like different screen sizes for those using the brand-new Android 3.0, already running in devices like the Motorola Xoom.
- Google Blogger has been outlawed in Turkey over a few football game. Yes, A court has banned the service after satellite TV firm Digiturk complained that some Blogger profiles were turning up streaming media feeds of local games. No word on how long the 600,000 Turks affected by the ban may have to wait for their service restored. It took Turkey 2 years to unban YouTube.
- Yasir Afifi, the college student who found a GPS tracking device on his car during an oil change two days before FBI agents stopped him outside his home and demanded it back, has filed a lawsuit against the Bureau. Afifi maintains that he's never done anything to warrant being monitored secretly.
- Tom's old boss Neil Ashe has finally been replaced at CBS Interactive by an Acquire-hire. CBS just announced the acquisition of Clicker, the Internet video guide website, and they'll install Clicker's CEO and co-founder Jim Lanzone as President of CBS Interactive. Expect some new combinations of TV.com and Clicker in the future.
- The rocket carrying NASA’s Glory satellite, an observation spacecraft designed to study the effect atmospheric particles have on the planet’s climate, has failed to reach orbit due to an engineering glitch with its nose cap. he rocket’s “fairing” — an aerodynamic cone designed to separate during the trip into space — didn’t come off as planned. Let the climate conspiracy theories begin!
- The Khronos Group has released the final WebGL 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins. WebGL has the support of major silicon and browser vendors including Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera, with multiple browsers already shipping with WebGL implementations. Get ready for 3D HTML 5 games!
Kickers and Weird Science
- Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace returns to theaters in 3D February 12, 2012
- This Sunday March 6 AT&T will start selling Kindle 3G e-reader in its retail stores.
- WiFi-only Motorola Xoom appears at Sam's Club, bearing $539 price?
- The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown
"Hey TNT crew
Here's a story from yesterday in the UK: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/03/o2_blocker/ O2 (one of the big mobile networks over here) has begun filtering traffic on it's network to block supposedly over 18 content, which kicked up a bit of a Twitter storm (search #o2fail). The filter not only blocks sex education charities but there's been quite a few reports of personal blogs being blocked too. Plus O2 are making customers pay to unblock their service. This unfortunately seems to have been ignored by quite a few news outlets, perhaps because Vodafone and T-Mobile (O2's main competitors) already do it. I think it's a very bad step down the anti-net neutrality road, and one that could easily be fixed by making the filter opt-in, not opt-out.
Love the show, keep it up :)
Ali (aka fortythieves in the chatroom)"
- Edited by: Jason
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