Tech News Today 215
Recorded: April 6, 2011
Published: April 6, 2011
Tech News Today 215: Tech Nudes Today
YouTube gets more TV-like, Toyota gets more Ford-like, Motorola Xoom sales not Apple-like enough, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Toyota will use Windows Azure to power a new generation of in-car systems, known in the industry as telematics.
- Microsoft and Toyota partner on smart-grid tech [Details at 1PM]
- The first incarnation of the service will show up starting next year on hybrids and plug-in electrics. Examples of the possibilities, Ballmer said, are that car owners will be able to use their PC to turn on heat or air-conditioning while the car is charging or use a smartphone to remotely check maintenance information.
- Dish Buys Bankrupt Blockbuster
- Dish buys Blockbuster for $320 million in Bankruptcy Auction
- Blockbuster locations to market Dish TV Service
- Dish to continue the video rental chain
- Dish was owned by Echostar until 2008. Echostar owns Sling and still maintains satellites for Dish"
- Motorola Xoom A Flop, Just 100,000 Sold So Far
- Motorola Xoom Not Zooming Off Shelves
- Suppliers delivered 2.4M-2.6M iPad 2 units to Apple in March - report
- Samsung Tablet Price Cut to $200 by Carriers in Rising Challenge to IPad
- That’s in line with its estimates of 50,000 units in the company’s first quarter and 150,000 in its second--- iPad sold 300,000 in first day last year. Mark Sue at RBC Capital Markets lopped 25% off his current quarter forecast for the Xoom to 300,000. Deutsche Bank pegs the number of Xooms sold at just 100,000. It arrived at this estimate by checking the Android developer web site and tallying the number of devices using Android 3.0 Honeycomb.
- Galaxy Tab price cut on Sprint and Vz: $199 w/2 year contract
- Google to Revamp YouTube With 'Channels'
- WSJ reporting Google spend up to $100M for original content
- YouTube to get 20 or so premium channels
- Changes to be phased in
- Next New Networks was bought up by YouTube in March "
- Bashing Microsoft 'like kicking a puppy,' says Linux Foundation chief
- With the one glaring exception of the desktop computer, Linux has outpaced Microsoft in nearly every market, including server-side computing and mobile, Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin claims.
- "I think we just don't care that much [about Microsoft] anymore,"" Zemlin said. ""They used to be our big rival, but now it's kind of like kicking a puppy."
- The next Napster? Copyright questions as 3D printing comes of age
- Ulrich Schwanitz printed a Penrose Triangle in 3D.
- Arther Tchoukanov figured out how to print the same thing, pub's the instructions to Thingiverse
- Schwanitz sues the site over copyright, claimed DMCA, then rescinded complaint.
- Brought questions of 3D copyright
- Bigger questions of what happens when we can print anything?"
- Leaks sent radioactivity into ocean at Fukushima, cleanup to take years (updated)
- Tepco plugs Fukushima radioactive water leak
- The Long-Term Impact of Fukushima
- Currently, it seems that a lot of it is leaking out, creating highly radioactive pools of water on-site and having made its way into the ocean through a damaged area of concrete. The high levels of radioactivity mean that humans can't work directly on the crack,
While officials have said the crack in a maintenance pit plugged early Wednesday was the only one found, they have not ruled out that radioactive water is leaking into the sea from another point. "Right now, just because the leak has stopped, we are not relieved yet," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano. "We are checking whether the leak has completely stopped, or whether there may be other leaks." Fortunately, indications are that the contamination is largely a short-lived isotope of iodine that will decay to background within a matter of months. The sheer volume of the Pacific will also ensure that it will be diluted out to low levels relatively rapidly.
- Cisco has been slow to make decisions” and “been surprised where it should not. I'm not being harsh, those are excerpts from a memo sent by CEO John Chambers to Cisco employees. Chambers went on to say that the company needs to refocus, especially in five areas that seem to target recent acquisitions like Flip cameras and Linksys.
- Mad Men is off the air until 2012, but you'll be able to watch Don Draper and the gang online. Netflix has just secured exclusive streaming rights for all seasons of Mad Men. Variety is reporting that Netflix is paying around $1 million per episode. The first four seasons will be available starting July 27th.
- Google announced that Chrome is getting a new safety feature - protection from malicious downloads. If you download an EXE file and Google thinks it's a no-goodnik, then you'll see a warning and can cancel the download. The new feature will be in the dev version of Chrome and should be integrated into the next Chrome release.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation has discovered that there are more than 37,000 legitimate certificates issued by CAs for unqualified names such as "localhost" or "Exchange," a practice that could simplify some forms of man-in-the-middle attacks. If an attacker got names like 'mail' or 'webmail' they could perfectly forge the identity of your organization's webmail server.
- The next time someone tells you that hackers are all bad, you'll be able to point to a new article approved by the Vatican! Father Antonio Spadaro views hackers as a "form of participation in the 'work' of God in creation." Spadaro also made a point to distinguish hackers from crackers, saying "hackers build things, crackers break them." You can find the article at Civilta Cattolica magazine.
- For the folks who use both an iOS device and Outlook on a Mac - you will be excited to hear that Microsoft is releasing a service pack that will allow you to sync your calendars, notes and tasks. Calendars and tasks will also be sync-able to MobileMe, but not the calendar.
- 8-core processors aren't cool. You know what's cool? TEN core processors. Intel announced some new Xeon processors with 10 cores. The E-series Xeon processors are destined for mission-critical applications - so don't expect them in your next machine. These processors will also have new power management tech so it'll provide a bit of energy savings too.
- Around "90 percent of private and corporate internet users in Armenia" were without Internet access for about 12 hours. Why? Was it a government oppressing the people? Nope. A 75-year old Georgian woman claims to accidentally have cut a fiber optic cable that resulted in the outage, which, by the way, took out some connectivity in Georgia as well. And now she's facing 3 years of jail time.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Samsung confirms WiFi-only Galaxy Tab: April 10th, $350
- Samsung announced its cheapest pair of active shutter 3D glasses will cost $50 (previously $130) beginning May 1st. Additionally, all of its 3D-capable 2011 HDTVs will come with two pairs of glasses packed in
- Toshiba expected to launch glasses-free 3D notebooks in 2H11, say sources
- Isis NFC payment system gets its first market in Salt Lake City, Utah, launches in 2012
- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's appeal against extradition from the UK to Sweden on sexual assault allegations is to begin on 12 July.
- Apple Insider reports Apple has ordered 12 petabytes of storage equipment from Isilon Systems. Cloud-based something or other, anyone?
"Tom & the gang,
In all this discussion over dropped calls I rarely hear one of the biggest reasons mentioned: the CDMA technology is simply less prone to dropped calls than GSM.
Using iPhone 4 as a brief example (since that's always the hot topic), the CDMA version has a more robust dual antenna design. With the consistency you mentioned call drops between Verizon & AT&T on episode 214, I'm guessing the same is true of CDMA & GSM versions of most phones. Also, in reading a few CDMA vs. GSM articles I saw it stated that CDMA is usually better at handing off between towers.
Love the show,
Tom Schmidt, New Hope, MN"
"Ryan pointed us to an odd Facetime bug.
Over at the Apple discussion board: FaceTime shows random, old pictures when initiating a call
My boyfriend and I have both recently experienced this problem several times - when one of us is calling the other via FaceTime, an old picture freezes on our screen, while the person receiving the call only sees a black screen. It's kind of creepy, because it brought up photos of both of us at work, where I have used FaceTime a few times but he never has. We're just wondering how/why this is happening, and if there is a fix. It's not terribly inconvenient, but it's definitely unsettling, where is seems that even if we haven't taken a picture or used FaceTime, the camera is keeping images. If anyone else is experiencing this, we'd love feedback. Thanks!"
"Though I am sympathetic to your argument that it is your music and you should be able to stream it, I think you will hurt me. Right now I would think the music labels are pricing their albums with the assumption that they sell you a copy for your device and another copy to stream it elsewhere. If they get forced to sell one copy that can be used everywhere, they are going to include that in the price of the original sale - and you know whats going to happen? Morons like me who buy a copy and can afford only one device are going to subsidize all you rich streaming guys with a 100 devices. Pay your own bills. And that argument applies to unlimited data on your wireless and wired networks.
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