Tech News Today 220
Recorded: April 13, 2011
Published: April 13, 2011
Tech News Today 220: Pinch To Sexy Zoom
Does Steve Jobs hate Eric Schmidt?, iPhone supply chain indicates delay, Libyan rebels roll their own cell network, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Nilay Patel
- Microsoft Offers Mea Culpa for Slow Windows Phone Updates, Promises “Mango” Update This Fall
- Microsoft's Joe Belfiore confirms: Skype coming to Windows Phone 7 'this fall'
- Windows Phone adds multitasking, deep phone integration, and sensor access to dev platform
- Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore kicked off his keynote speech on Wednesday offering yet another apology for the slowness with which the company has rolled out the first couple of updates for Windows Phone 7.
- Cut and Paste scheduled for January of this year, not all customers have it yet
- Discussed Mango update with multitasking, upgraded IE9, plans for motion control
- Mango to hit this year (possibly Fall)
- Angry Birds for WP7 coming May 25
- Final Cut Pro X announced at NAB, $299
- Apple outs 64-bit Final Cut Pro X, more pro video updates to come
- Apple Announces Final Cut Pro X
- [Available June via the Mac App store for $299. More info coming about Final Cut Studio and Motion, Soundtrack Pro, Color and other apps.]
- What To Make Of The Wisdom Of Crowds: Motorola Tops Brand Survey
- Harris Interactive EquiTrend Poll of Top Mobile Brands in US
- Mobile Brand of the Year"" goes to Motorola
- Moto "satisfies a much wider audience [than Apple]."
- 2. HTC, 3. Sony Ericsson, 4. Nokia, 5. Apple
- poll conducted over 2 weeks in January, sample size: 25,099, US consumers age 15 and older
- Covered all mobile phones, not just smartphones
- Libyan network hijacked for rebel cause
- How to Hack Qaddafi's Cellphone Network
- Lybian mobile network now hijacked by rebels
- Cell phone communications had been taken over by Col. Moammar Gadhafi
- Explanation of Hijack from Yahoo News
- Enlist the support of wealthy neighbors like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates to buy the very expensive machinery needed to build a wireless telecommunications network.
- Transport the equipment along with engineers and bodyguards through Egypt to the Libyan border. Try not to get caught.
- Steal a bunch of phone numbers from Libyan General Telecommunications Agency, the existing network run by Qaddafi's son.
- Plug the new equipment into Qaddafi's network, route it around Tripoli.
- Hit up the U.A.E. for a satellite feed, take the new ""Free Libyana"" network online and start thinking about pricing plans.
- NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law
- Guilty until proven innocent: New Zealand rushes ahead with P2P bill
- Berners-Lee: Web Access Is a 'Human Right'
- NZ is rushing to put a 3-strikes anti-piracy law into effect.
- It's called ""The Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amdendment Bill
- A person could be disconnected from the Internet for up to 6 months, based on infringement claims form © holders.
- ISPs req'd to send warning letters at © holder request
- Similar laws in UK and France
- "Tim Berners-Lee (WWW creator) at MIT symposium:
- "Access to the Web is now a human right," he said. "It's possible to live without the Web. It's not possible to live without water. But if you've got water, then the difference between somebody who is connected to the Web and is part of the information society, and someone who (is not) is growing bigger and bigger."
"Hi TNT gang,
I just thought I would inform you about some developments in the Netherlands regarding (illegal) downloading.
To keep it short the Dutch government is drafting legislation to make the downloading of films and music illegal, which is legal right now. There is a lot of discussion about it. If you care to know more about it I wrote a somewhat lengthy description of the events below and some of my own opinions at the end.
Maybe it is interesting to see this topic from a different perspective.
Keep up the good work at the show and I’ll keep listening!
Randy Semeleer Rotterdam The Netherlands"
- Apple not yet released production roadmap for iPhone 5, say touch panel
- Digitimes is reporting that Apple hasn't released a production roadmap for iPhone 5
- Source is Taiwan-based touch panel makers
- Touch panel shipments for iPhone 4 are steady
- Fueling speculation as to what the next iPhone will be like (3GS or major revamp) and its release date."
- Someone managed to get root access to Wordpress's servers at Wordpress.com. Founder of Wordpress Matt Mullenweg posted a blogpost saying that "potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed." Mullenweg suggests that users use a strong password and to use different passwords for different sites.
- Are you a T-Mobile customer? Do you want to be? Either way, the company's rolling out some new plans. For $59 or $79+subsidized device on contract, you'll get unlimited everything - voice, data, and texting. There is a catch though - if you go over 2GB of data usage, expect to get "reduced speeds" (read: throttled) until the next billing cycle.
- Intel, Microsoft and eBay all agree on something - it's a privacy bill authored by Senators John Kerry and John McCain. The bill would make opting out of tracking a requirement of sites along with clear notice that you can opt-out, data minimization (companies should collect only what they need per transaction) and safe harbors for companies amongst other things.
- RIM Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis sat down for an interview with the BBC. When pressed about the problems RIM has had in India - particularly turning over some BlackBerry network traffic - Lazaridis abruptly ended the interview saying "Please. You can't use that, Rory, that's just not fair. It's not fair. Sorry, it's not fair: we've dealt with. Come on, it's a national security issue, turn that off."
- Want to unlock a Sony product? Well, Sony Ericsson has now made it possible for you to unlock the boot loader for some of its Android phones. The Sony Ericsson blog does warn that this is only for advanced users. So if you want to try out custom ROMs on your phone, go for it. If you want to try the same thing with a PS3, Sony might not be as helpful.
- Twitter app maker, UberMedia is apparently looking into creating its own social network designed to compete with Twitter. This new social network would solve issues people have with Twitter like length of messages. The new venture would be helpful to UberMedia since it would't have to worry about running into terms of services issues with Twitter like it has in the past.
- PreCentral has an in-depth look at webOS 3.0 thanks to a beta emulator. Since the OS is running on an emulator, they couldn't make any definitive statements on performance. However, the OS looked quite polished which looks like good news for those waiting on an HP TouchPad.
- The Razer Switchblade 7-inch ultraportable multi-touch gaming machine might actually be a reality. First seen at CES this year, Razer just announced that China will be first country to get the Switchblade. Now all we need to know is the price, release date and specs.
Kickers and Weird Science
- PSP owners rejoice! Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service comes to you tomorrow April 14th
- Nintendo cutting Wii price to $150 on May 15th? That's what a trusted source is telling Engadget. But why not wait until E3 in June?
- Want to be a Kinect hacker? Not a problem after May 16th, when the Kinect SDK will be released and you can hack it to your heart's content and bring us closer to Minority Report Land
- tickets go on sale May 21 and May 25 for $175 a piece. Ticket prices were $100 the 1st 3 years, with the price going up to $125 in 2009 and $150 in 2010.The show takes place in Anaheim October 21 and 22.
- Acer expected to launch 7-inch tablet PC in late April or May called the Iconia Tab A100, according to sources from component makers, and expected to be cheaper than the A500
"I was watching Tech News Today episode 219 and thought about something missing from the discussion on how Bing got it's numbers.
Besides the points that were mentioned in the show, I believe the default search engine for Internet Explorer is Bing. At least it seams to be that way in my copy of Windows 7... which I use infrequently enough it's almost a fresh default install.
Just as Windows has high numbers because it's what comes with most PCs when you just buy a PC, and Internet Explorer comes with a copy of Windows giving it a high share as the default ""browser"", the fact that Bing is the default search engine in IE likely contributes significantly to the number of searches made through Bing.
The average person who doesn't know what an OS is, doesn't know what a web browser is, and doesn't care that there is more than one search engine, and will just use what is in front of them is a very large group of people. The average person probably just wants to find something and doesn't care what search engine finds it for them.
-- ~Daniel Friesen (Dantman, Nadir-Seen-Fire"
"Hi guys, A couple of episodes ago, you talked about Adobe's new subscription plan for their Creative Suite software. Iyaz commented that it was a great idea as the subscription fee would go toward the purchase price for the software, so in essence it was a rent-to-own model.
I was intrigued by that comment, so I went to the Adobe website to find out more. Sadly, it's not true. The new subscription model is just that: you pay a monthly fee to access whatever Adobe software you're renting. You stop paying the monthly fee, you lose access to the software.
The fee does not go towards purchasing the software, so (for example), even if you paid $1300 in monthly fees for the Design Premium subscription, you don't own the software. You have to keep on paying the monthly fee to access the software, or pay the full purchase price of $1300 to own the license.
I for one am very disappointed, as I was really looking forward to upgrading my aging Adobe CS3 software. Thanks a lot Iyaz for raising my hopes :-P
- Edited by: Jason
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