Tech News Today 205
Recorded: March 23, 2011
Published: March 23, 2011
Tech News Today 205: Chumby Part 8: The Reckoning
Government wants control of app store, Japan's earthquake affects tablet wars, fighting file-sharing may kill music biz, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Don Reisinger ( )
- Firefox 4 soars, thanks to Microsoft's Luddite customers
- Firefox 4 cleared 4.7 million in the first 24 hours, according to the Mozilla Glow site that logs downloads. Firefox 3 topped 8 million downloads in its first 24 hours. IE9 clocked in at 2.35 million downloads in its first 24 hours.Johnathan Nightingale, the Firefox engineering director, said that their metrics say 40-50% of the Web uses Windows XP, so it's too big to abandon. IE9 does not run on Windows XP.
- Firefox 4 doubles IE9's 24-hour download tally
- Microsoft uses IE9 promoted Tweet to infiltrate Firefox 4 Twitter search results
- Senators to Apple: Ditch the DUI Checkpoint Apps
- Apple Yanks 'Gay Cure' App
- RIM says it will pull drunk-driving apps
- In a letter to Scott Forstall, Apple’s senior vice president of iPhone Software, Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Tom Udall (D-NM) stated: "We write today with grave concern regarding the ease with which downloadable applications for the iPhone, iPad, and other Apple products allow customers to identify where local police officers have set up DUI checkpoints. With more than 10,000 Americans dying in drunk-driving crashes every year, providing access to iPhone and iPad applications that alert users to DUI checkpoints is harmful to public safety."
- "Exodus International. It comes from a Florida-based organization of the same name that describes itself as "the world's largest ministry to individuals and families impacted by homosexuality." ---- The application disappeared from the App Store Thursday evening. "We removed the exodus international app form the App Store because it violates our developer guidelines by being offensive to large groups of people,"" an Apple spokesperson told PCMag."
- Father of Mac OS X Bertrand Serlet Leaves Apple
- Mac Daddy Serlet’s Surprise Departure More of a Planned Transition
- New York Times Asks Twitter to Shut Down Paywall-Evading Account
- New York Times advances weird, self-destructive trademark theory to prop up its paywall
- "We have asked Twitter to disable this feed as it is in violation of our trademark,"" a Times spokesperson said.
- @freenyt fired back: ""Dear NYT: if you don't want people following your stories on Twitter then you probably shouldn't, you know, post 'em on Twitter,"" said a tweet posted on its feed."
- EA free-to-play exec: $60 games are 'exploitative'
- Ben Cousins, general manager of Electronic Arts' Easy Studios, told Rock, Paper, Shotgun it's simply awful that consumers must shell out $60 for a game they may or may not like. "I can't think of anything more exploitative than gating all of your content behind having to pay someone $60," Cousins told the U.K.-based gaming blog in an interview posted yesterday. "That's a really harsh business model if you think about it objectively."
- Silicon wafer and NAND flash supply could determine smartphone and tablet PC markets in 2011
- Tech analysts cite lingering impact of Japan quake
- Apple considering accepting price hikes to secure supply of touch panels, say Taiwan makers
- Adobe Warns of Japan Weakness
- With wafer supplies likely becoming tight, major chip suppliers' intentions to give priority to the long-term contracts from first-tier brands, production is likely to be impacted by tight supply of components and materials used to produce memory chips. There is growing concern about possible interruptions in the supply of blank wafers, photoresists, polishing slurries, target materials and nitrogen gas, because major suppliers of these upstream parts locate their production lines within the earthquake-ravaged areas.
- Did file-sharing cause recording industry collapse? Economists say no
- Creative Destruction and Copyright Protection, a paper by the London School of Economics' Bart Cammaerts and Bingchun Meng. Copyright enforcement won't bring back consumer spending on music -- but it will strangle new business models built on file-sharing, robbing the next generation of musicians without paying the current generation.
- A 2004 US Consumer Expenditure Survey showed that even spending on CDs by people who had no computer (and were therefore unlikely to download and use BitTorrent) dropped by over 40 percent from 1999 through 2004. In 2009, for the first time, earnings from live music events outstripped music sales in the UK. The music recording industry was worth £1.36 million (about $2.21 million); the live music scene was estimated around around £1.54 million. Ticket sales rose by 5.8 percent, "secondary ticketing revenues" shot up 15 percent, and receipts for related services at concerts came to £1.54 million.
- UK ISPs Hatch Plan To Block the Pirate Bay and Other File Sharing Sites
- Did Piracy Drop When Limewire Vanished?
- Facebook this week said that it removes about 20,000 profiles from the site per day for various infractions, including spam, inappropriate content, and underage use. Facebook chief privacy advisor Mozelle Thompson appeared before the Australian Parliament's cyber-safety committee on Monday to discuss Internet-related security issues and quoted the number, leading to headlines about mass child-bannings.
- Here's my imitation of what happened between Oracle, Intel, and HP today. Oracle says, "HP is the only other place using Intel's Itanium processors, and we hate them, so we're going to stop. They are going to be so mad! Besides, Itanium is so over anyway." And then INtel says "Hey who are you calling over, we just announced a next generation 32nm 8 core based Itanium chip. Screw you Oracle!" And HP's new board members quietly argued with themselves in a corner.
- Want 100 Mbps symmetrical data in your home? Move to Wilson, North Carolina. That city is among 133 US municipalities who have tired of excuses and price hikes and rolled out their own city-owned broadband at betetr speeds and better prices. A a comprehensive new map developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance at muninetworks.org shows off 54 city-wide fiber networks and 70 city-wide cable nets.Sadly many states prohibit cities from setting up their own networks.
- Some Indian consumers are a little miffed that Apple hasn't rolled out iPads to them as quickly. India is not on the list to get the iPad2 with other countries this Friday. TG Daily reports that some citizens are so miffed that they refuse to buy even the first gen iPad in protest. Apple took awhile to roll out the first iPAd to INdia, apparently because sales volumes are not high there.
- The FCC has cleared an LG 920 smartphone, also known as the LG Optimus 3D, for use on the AWS 3G bands, also known as that weird flavor of 3G that t-Mobile uses. That means AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile all have a 3D smartphone in the works. You're up next Verizon.
- While we bemoan the loss of a competitor if AT&T does buy T-Mobile, we can at least welcome a new one in the mobile data space. Lightsquared just signed Best Buy up for it's LTE service to power Best Buy Connect. Lightsquared wants to build LTE infrastructure and sell it to others to market, thus keeping them far away from conflicts of interest. Leap wireless also has a roaming agreement with LightSquared for Cricket Wireless users.
- Sony has filed a new document arguing that the legal action against the noted hacker George Hotz should proceed in California, based on evidence they say confirms GEoHotz had a PSN account, which would mean he agreed to terms of service, which means he agreed fort the case to happen in California. Sony has a New Jersey IP address associated with one of Hotz's PS3's linked to an account called blickmanic, a username also used to discuss jailbreaking on several forums. According to the console maker, Hotz has removed components from his impounded hard drives and can't deliver the needed hardware to the courts due to his current location in South America.
- A report by Bloomberg, which cites anonymous sources, says Apple is weighing a licensing program for the video component of its AirPlay technology that would let gadget makers incorporate the wireless streaming into televisions and set-top boxes. Currently only Apple's Apple TV can take advantage of AirPlay for video. Device makers can license the audio portion of AirPlay already.
Kickers and Weird Science
- H-P shareholders approve director slate
- NVIDIA's next flagship graphics card to be unveiled at 9AM on Thursday, bring your own popcorn
- Chumby 8 set to ship on April 5th for $199; pre-orders open today
- Wi-Fi HTC Flyer Tablet Coming exclusively to Best Buy late March or early April (dates according to Taiwan parts manufacturers). (Sprint's WiMax version was announced yesterday and called the HTC EVO View)
- Verizon says its LTE network will cover 'at least' 147 US cities by the end of 2011
David Hansberry: A way to use that iPad 2 cover
Alex: Amazon Android AppStore outside of US
I was excited to install and use the new Android App Store earlier today on my Epic 4G. I downloaded and installed the app store application and entered in all of my Amazon account information. From the main menu on the phone app I clicked the ""Games"" category and wanted to filter the list by user reviews so I attempted to click the ""Refine"" button. Apparently I inadvertently clicked the ""Buy App"" button directly under the ""Refine"" button for the first game in the app list and the application immediately started installing. I had a gift card balance on my account from the holiday season and the purchase was deducted with no confirmation screen! I sent an e-mail to Amazon and they were good about refunding my money (less than 8 hours to respond) but I think the application interface is laid out poorly and this could happen to other people. Amazon told me that purchases in the app store require 1-Click (even though I had it disabled in my web account settings) and this can not be disabled in the app.
Keep up the good work on the show!
-Steve from O'Fallon, IL"
"Hi, guys (and girl)!
I'm from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I'm writing just to rant about the new Amazon Android App Store (covered in TNT 204) being ""US-Only"". I can't play the new Angry Birds Rio because... I LIVE in RIO!!!!
Come on! I can order a physical, real, volume-and-weight-owning object in Amazon, and they will charge my credit card, put the thing in a package and send it to me via some UPSish company - but I can't order (or download for free!) a virtual, byte-only, 5 seconds downloadable app fro the App Store?
Thanks for the great show!
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