Tech News Today 206
Recorded: March 24, 2011
Published: March 24, 2011
Tech News Today 206: OMG FYI LOL In OED
Text donations to Japan delayed by carriers, Google Music gets a little more real, the PlayBook gets Android apps, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Clayton Morris
- Hack Obtains 9 Bogus Certificates for Prominent Websites; Traced to Iran
- Delay in disclosing SSL theft put Iranian activists at risk, says researcher
- March 15 attack against Comodo Group (certificate authority) compromised a partner account (Registration Authority in Southern Europe) , requested 8 SSSL certs for six domains (mail.google.com, www.google.com, login.yahoo.com, login.skype.com, addons.mozilla.org, login.live.com)--- Attack has been traced to an IP address in Iran. Attacker created a ninth cert for a domain of her own.--only the yahoo cert was used, attackers tried to test it using a second Iranian IP. Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu said the certs would only be useful if you had access to DNS. State-sponsored attackers ar emost likely in that scenario. "By keeping this quiet for eight days, Comodo and others put lives at risk," said Appelbaum, referring to Iranian anti-government activists who may have been redirected to fake sites and thus revealed their identities and plans. "They were completely unable to protect themselves during that time. Users should have had this information sooner." - Jacob Applebaum
- Windows Phone 7 Update schedule arrives: stinks for AT&T users
- Unbranded handsets got it now, carriers in Europe, coming within ten days, US carriers, Sprint' HTC Arrive ships with it as will T-Mobiles's HD7S, T-Mobile within 10 days, AT&T? Who the heck knows.
- Wireless carriers delay paying Japan's text-to-give donations
- a text donation will take as long as three months to get to the relief agency. Change.org wants you to help put pressure on MGive.com and wireless carriers such as AT&T, Sprint and Verizon to speed things up. A petition asks these organizations to follow the precedent they set for Haiti and send the text donations to Japan immediately.
- Amazon Appstore’s Window of Opportunity Around In App Payments
- AT&T planning access to Amazon Appstore, sideloading still an open question
- Google said today that it will be launching in-app Billing next week, allowing developers to monetize by selling more chapters, episodes levels or virtual goods from inside the application.
- “The Amazon Appstore supports one-time, up-front purchasing for apps,” said Amazon spokesperson Anya Waring. “We recognize that downstream monetization features are important to developers’ business models, however, and don’t restrict their use in our developer agreement.” Google doesn’t vet apps before they land in the store and there are a myriad of security concerns, so the company’s decision to control payments is understandable. In contrast, Amazon takes the reverse approach: it vets apps but doesn’t control in-app payments.
- NVIDIA's dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 emerges, can't slay the Radeon HD 6990 titan
- Mac OS X may natively support "PC" Radeon graphics cards
- Wide reviews of NVidia's GeForce GTX 590 still give the slight edge to AMD's Radeon HT 6990. A MacBook Pro-specific update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 includes native support for several 5000 and 6000 series AMD Radeon GPUs. 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro contains native support for a range of Radeon HD 5xxx and HD 6xxx cards. The support brings full Quartz Extreme and CoreImage acceleration on these GPUs.
- Google begins testing Google Music internally
- Two weeks ago someone writing at the XDA Developers forum claimed to have accidentally discovered Google Music after installing the Honeycomb version of the Android operating system on a phone. - and apparently that was real. "Google is negotiating for the right to store users' existing music libraries on the company's servers", the sources said.
- Google faces possible antitrust probes by Ohio and Wisconsin over its business practices, according to Bloomberg. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is “evaluating the facts to determine if it’s something we want to review,” Dan Tierney, his spokesman, said. In Wisconsin, Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is weighing a probe of Google’s bid to buy ITA Software Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter. Google lawyer's have serious job security.
- RIM has bowed to the Senators over removing apps that identify DUI checkpoints but don't expect Android to follow suit! International Business Times reports a Google source said the company only removes apps that violate its Android content policies and the apps in question no not appear to violate these policies.
- GeoHot has not fled the country, he's just on spring break. After reports that Sony had accused him of skipping the continent, Hotz blogged "Factually, it's true I'm in South America, on a vacation I've had planned and paid for since November. I mean, it is Spring break; hacking isn't my life." He also promised to come back to the US to buy a Sony product, saying-- "it's hard to come by the Xperia Play down here."
- My BlackBerry PlayBook will run Android apps! RIM just announced that its forthcoming BlackBerry PlayBook will support both BlackBerry Java and Android apps. That includes native C/C++ development support, HTML5, Flash and AIR support, not to mention game engines from Ideaworks Labs (AirPlay) and Unity Technologies (Unity 3). YOu'll need an app player for the Android apps and 2 will be available from the BlackBerry App World at launch.
- So yesterday we re-enacted the spat between Oracle and Intel over Oracle's decision not to use Itanium processors for servers. Since that report, HP came out of their board-electing funk long enough to accuse Oracle of a shameless gambit to harm competition. Oracle has fired back calling HP liars and saying everyone knows Intel is about to kill Itanium and HP just won't admit it. And also something about cooties. And You're Mama.
- TheUnderstatement.com points out an intersting comparision when evaluating whetehr to pay for the New York Times as a tablet app. You can spend $455 on the NY Times most expensive everythign plan. Or you can get the 20 free NYTimes articles, plus The Wall Street Journal ($207/year) plus The Economist ($110/year) plus say The Daily ($39/year) for good measure, and still have ~$100 left over
- Worried about that robot the docotr says he'll use to assist in your operation? Stop it. according to research published in the journal European Urology (stop making pee jokes, RIGHT NOW) robot assisted surgery to remove cancerous prostate glands is safe over the long term, with a major complication rate of less than one percent. At least that's what they want us to think.
- If you get tired of 3D, Nintendo's 3DS has a slider that lets you tunr it off. And even if you're playing a 3D game, it shouldn't afect your gameplay. So sayeth an edict from Nintendo's Hideki Konno, one of Nintendo's veteran producers, who says the company wants all of its 3DS games to be playable in 2D, essentially reducing the 3D aspect to an esthetic enhancement.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Computing pioneer Jean Jennings Bartik dies at age 86
- iPad launches Internationally tomorrow Friday, March 25
- Duke Nukem Forever' pushed back to June
- Xperia Play to land at Verizon by early May
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