Tech News Today 231
Recorded: April 28, 2011
Published: April 28, 2011
Tech News Today 231: Microsoft Madness
Microsoft beats the crap out of earnings estimates, iOS leapfrogs Android, and how to shut down any Facebook group.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Patrick Beja
- Microsoft beat the crap out of expectations in the its third quarter earnings with revenue of $16.43 billion, up 13 percent from last year and income of $5.23 billion or 61 cents a share up 36 percent. Strong performances from Office and 60 percent growth in Entertainment & Devices Division (home of the Xbox and Kinect) balanced out slowing PC sales. After-hours trading celebrated by dropping the price of the stock more than two percent. Apparently investors don't care about strong revenues if they don't come with the words tablet and smartphone.
- Microsoft announces record Q3 earnings: $16.43 billion revenue, $5.23 billion net income
- 350 million Windows 7 licenses so far
- Apple Leapfrogs Motorola and HTC to Become No. 3 Phone Seller in U.S.
- Apple rumored to have cut CDMA iPhone 4 orders by half as sales slow
- White IPhone 4 Creates Long Lines in Beijing
- Eager buyers line up for white iPhone in Manhattan
- RIM Slashes Guidance On Weak BlackBerry Demand; Trading Halted
- According to NPD, Apple #3 with 14% passing HTC and Motorola. Attribute rise to VZN iPhone
- Samsung #1 23 percent, LG #2 at 18 percent.
- For mobile OS Android’s fell to 50 % from 53 percent in last year’s fourth quarter. Apple’s iOS rose to 28% (was 19%) BlackBerryOS fell to 14% (was 19%)
- First time smartphones have accounted for more than half of all phones sold (54%)
- The iPhone 4 was the top individual phone model, followed by the iPhone 3GS, Motorola Droid X, HTC EVO 4G, and HTC Droid Incredible.
- Pegatron, which makes the CDMA iPhone, reported losses, and has cut estimates of shipping CDMA ipHones fro 10 milliont o 5 million"
- Q&A #1 for PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services
- PlayStation Network Hack: Who Did It?
- PS3 Hacker George Hotz Denies He’s Behind the PSN Breach
- Hackers run up debt for PlayStation user
- Sony Faces Lawsuit, Regulators' Scrutiny Over PlayStation Breach
- "The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted"
- Spokesmen for Wells Fargo & Co., American Express Co. and MasterCard Inc. said they were monitoring cardholder accounts and hadn't seen unauthorized activity relating to Sony. A coming update will prompt you to change your password when you log back into the PlayStation Network.
- Sony hopes to have PSN up and running again on May 3.
- Sony is moving network infrastructure and data center to a new more secure location..
- Tom received his warning email at 3:45 this morning.
- Ars Technica points out a couple hints that this could have been an inside job. A reference to physical barriers to the non-encrypted data and the note about moving to a more secure location.
- Kevin Poulsen from Wired suggests likely culprits, believes a for-profit thief the most likely.
- Attorneys General in the US, Officials in Ireland, UK step up demands for information.
"Subject: PSN Victim
I'll keep it short
Credit card stolen and in the hands of a crazy Canuck. $1600 fraudulent charges, $250 of that at 7/11 WTF!
- Facebook shoots first, ignores questions later; account lock-out attack works
- Anyone Can Take Down Facebook Pages with a Fake Email Address
- Facebook Copyright Policy
- FB taking down FB pages for copyright violations
- ArsTechnica, Neowin, Redmond Pie all had FB pages taken down
- Ars claims no prior notice before take down, just a form letter, no real details" "- To take down a site, fill out FB form
- ReadWriteWeb says FB doesn't' verify ID of submitter or Email
- Process to get rid of the complaint is to contact the complaining party directly
- Hamard Dar's Rewriting Technology: says he was targeted for money. "He wanted me to pay him...to get the page back"
- One person's workaround:
- 1. submit a claim against yourself.
- 2. Once it's taken down, ask Facebook for support in migrating your fans to a new page.
- 3. When the migration is complete, you can use the new page safely.
- 4. If anyone ever reports the page again, you can use your first complaint as proof that the page is yours
- 4G LTE up and running. Thank you for your patience. - @VerizionWireless
- Verizon Wireless says 4G LTE Network Back Up After Nationwide Outage
- Related to the outage: The Droid Charge (Verizon's 2nd LTE phone) has been delayed, with no details immediately available on the new launch date.“Our 4G LTE network is up and running.” the company said in a statement. “Our network engineers and vendors quickly identified the issue and solved it.”
- Why We Need An Open Wireless Movement - Peter Eckersley call to action
- But WiFi networks (especially modern 802.11N networks) turn out to make inherently much more efficient use of spectrum than systems of widely spaced cell phone towers. This results from a property of wireless protocols called area spectral efficiency: basically, if your data only has to travel to a nearby router, the same frequency range can be used for someone else's data around the corner or across the street. In contrast, if your data needs to travel all the way to a cell tower, nobody else in between can use that same portion of spectrum. The best solution to this problem is to have WiFi routers which make it very easy to share a certain amount of bandwidth via an open network, but simultaneously provide an encrypted WPA2 network that gets priority over the open network. Some modern routers already support multiple networks like this, but we need a very simple, single-click or default setting to get the prioritization right. There is currently no WiFi protocol that allows anybody to join the network, while using link-layer encryption to prevent each network member from eavesdropping on the others. But such a protocol should exist. There are some technical details to work through, but they are manageable.
- Gripe About the Cable Guys if You Want, but They’re Having a Very Nice Quarter
- Today’s snapshot, via three earnings reports:
- Discovery Communications: Revenue up 9 percent, profits up 20 percent.
- Viacom: Revenue up 20 percent, profits up 47 percent.
- Time Warner Cable: Revenue up 5 percent, profits up 50 percent. Time Warner lost a half percent of its TV subs, but added 208,000 subs for the quarter because of increases in broadband and voice
- Today’s snapshot, via three earnings reports:
- iCloud.com was a domain name and a storage-as-a-cloud service owned by Linkoping, Sweden-based desktop-as-a-service company, Xcerion. Xcerion’s iCloud service has just been rebranded to CloudMe, and the company acquired the CloudMe.com domain on April 5, 2011. According to a GigaOm source, Xcerion has sold the iCloud.com domain to Apple for about $4.5 million.
- Google is paying out $16,500 to people who helped the company squash bugs in Chrome 11. If you didn't know, Google has a bounty on bugs and pays anywhere between $500 and $3000 to devs reporting bugs. Google pays out this kind of cash because they want Chrome to be as unhackable as possible.
- You know how we saw all those purported cases for the iPad 2 before its official release? Turns out they were real. 3 Foxconn employees have been charged with violating trade secrets for leaking the iPad 2 design. They were arrested back in December and were formally charged in March, but the news broke today in a Chinese-language sznews.com report.
- Microsoft's NoDo update to Windows Phone 7 is almost available to everyone around the world! ATT's phones have been getting the updates already while Deutsche Telekom and Optus in Australia are also done testing the update. If you're on Telefonica in Spain or Telstra on Australia - bad news, you still have to wait.
- Sprint, that other major U.S telecom, is weathering the Verizion/ATT storm by adding 1.1 million subscribers in the first quarter of 2011. These numbers include Sprint brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost. Sprint also reported a loss of $439 million, but on the bright side, that loss is around a half of the loss they had in first quarter of 2010 and Sprint beat analysts' numbers on revenue..... Motorola Mobility also had an earnings report today and announced they too are losing money at a slower rate than last year.
- Panasonic is in the midst of a restructuring and will be shedding 17,000 workers around the world. That's a 4% reduction of Panasonic's entire staff. Last year, the company dropped 18,000 employees. So if you're looking for steady work, you might want to avoid Panasonic.
- Toshiba has created a write-once SD card. Now why on earth would anyone need something like this? The write-once SD card is actually meant for things like evidence photos and governmental use. That would mean less chances for tampering and more justice!
- Push Pop Press is aiming to become a big dog in the interactive book market, but it's got stiff competition since Adobe is already in the space and used by folks like Wired. However, the company was founded by two former Apple employees and has the backing of Al Gore, There's even a less than exciting video narrated by a sedate Al Gore explaining the platform.
- Canonical has announced the official release of Ubuntu 11.04, codenamed Natty Narwhal. This major update introduces the new Unity desktop shell, which is designed to improve ease of use and deliver a more modern user experience.
- Android 2.3.4 heading to Nexus S over the air, bringing video and voice chat to Gtalk
- Sprint, Google Voice tight integration is live for everyone now according to Engadget. (previously it was in limited rollout and beta)
- Department of Justice's long oversight of Microsoft to end May 12
- Valve's VP of marketing, Doug Lombardi said in an interview with Fast Company that new downloadable content for Portal 2 will arrive this summer. A formal announcement should come within the next couple weeks.
"Hey TNT crew,
I t looks like Yahoo Mail is suffering from some sort of outage. I’m sure you are probably well aware of this already, but I thought I’d sent you a note in case you weren’t. According to down right now it looks like it’s been down for a few hours http://downrightnow.com/yahoomail . What is going on that is causing so many major outages in such a short span of time? Looking forward to hearing more about this on today’s show. Keep up the good work!
"Hey TNT team, Everytime you talk Piracy you get me all fired up, but after yesterday I had to write in.
Tom said he didn't think is was true Hollywood was laying people off and "Hollywood is making more money."
Ok, Hollywood isn't exactly laying people off. Actually, the total number of movies being released each year has slowly been rising. However, Hollywood isn't exactly making more money either. This is a much more complex problem.
Ticket Gross has increased but so has ticket Price. Theater Attendance has actually dropped since it's peak in 2002.* Movie Budgets have also risen with studios trying to make more big 'Event' movies. This means fewer people are spending more money to see a select portion of films, so while a few films have huge grosses more end up severely under preforming. This gets more complicated when you break out how the gross pays out, but in actuality a lot of films don't even break even until they hit DVD. Some never do, and falling sales/rentals don't help.**
To stay relevant to Tom's comments we end up in a long conversation about runaway productions, residuals to pay for workers health and pension, and the state of the post-production end of the industry. That shortage in cash hits a lot of places.
What this comes down to is a complex problem that was simplified into a not so effective video :(
Eva S - a 'Hollywood' Visual Effects Artist (AngelMercury in chat)"
"Subject: Instagram geolocation, misinformation?
Can't you just tap that little map icon on the left, so it stops being colourful, to remove the geotag?
—Jenna / @Bluebie"
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