Tech News Today 233
Recorded: May 2, 2011
Published: May 2, 2011
Tech News Today 233: Download The Hoff's Kiss
Sony hacked again, Live-blogging bin Laden takedown, now you can kiss online, and more!
- Sony gives more PSN attack details, details "Welcome Back" packages
- Sony promises 'phased restoration' of PlayStation Network and Qriocity starting this week
- Sony Online Entertainment Services Follow PSN Down
- PlayStation Network Security Update
- Sony Declines to Testify at Congressional Hearing
- Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
- All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
- Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days of free service."
Patrick Syebold on the PlayStation blog says he is unaware of any attempt to sell credit card numebrs back to Sony. Also clarifies that passwords were stored using crypto hash, not in cleartext. "SOE down. No DC Universe: Dear Valued SOE Customers, We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday). We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your patience."
- Local man apparently live-tweeted Osama bin Laden mansion raid
- Mashup of some local posts on Twitter
- Sohaib Athar is a 33 year old guy from Lahore, Pakistan. He has 18 years of programming experience and 7 years of parenting experience. His site was infected with malware according to malware was installed as a drive-by-download without the visitor having to do anything, said Patrik Runald, senior manager of security research at Websense Security Labs. "Image searches and items labeled as video are proving particularly problematic as people are drawn to visual images of the terrorist leader."
- Malware exploits bin Laden death in search, Facebook
- Cybercriminals Using Osama Bin Laden's Death to Spread Malware
- All Time Inc. iPad Magazine Apps Now Free for Print Subscribers
- Reached a deal to give print subscribers access to iPad version of all its publications. People magazine was the only one so far to offer this. Starting Monday. Digital-only readers must buy issues one at a time. Fortune, Time, Sports Illustrated among the pubs.
- Twitter buys TweetDeck
- BlackBerry Bold 9900 / 9930 gets official, finally touch and type
- BlackBerry PlayBook to get Video Chat and Facebook apps in May
- RIM announces BlackBerry 7 OS with better browser and BlackBerry Balance, but no legacy support
- RIM unveils shiny new BlackBerry 7 OS, only for shiny new BlackBerrys
- RIM to Extend BlackBerry Enterprise Server to Android, iOS
- BlackBerry PlayBook Updates Could Come 'Every Two Weeks'
- Two new BlackBerrys Bold 9900/9930 (adds touchscreen, supports NFC)
- BlackBerry OS 6.1 now called 7 and not backwards-compatible (VGA screen, Balance)
- FaceBook and video chat coming to PlayBook
- BlackBerry Enterprise Server to support Android and iOS
- BlackBerry Balance divides phone into personal and work
- 1.2GHz processor, 2.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB of onboard storage - ---9900:Tri-BandHSPA+,Quad-BandGSM/EDGE o 9930:Dual-BandCDMA/EV-DORev.A,Dual-BandHSPA+,Quad-Band---- both available summer
- Apple's White iPhone is not thicker than black version
- Consumer Reports used calipers and tested 4 cases, did not find the .2 mm thickness difference that has been reported. So what causes the discrepancy seen in photos. Photos can't lie can they!!!??!!!??
- Engadget picture showing the difference
- Google brand reputation tops all others in U.S.
- According to Harris Interactive Google secured a reputation quotient (RQ) of 84.05, easily besting the second-place company, Johnson & Johnson. Harris Interactive's reputation quotient is determined by surveying more than 30,000 Americans on their opinions of the top 60 "most visible companies" in the U.S. Harris Interactive groups the responses into six categories that matter most to a firm's reputation, including emotional appeal, products and services, social responsibility, vision and leadership, workplace environment, and financial performance.
- Aside from earning the best reputation, Google secured the top spot in financial performance and workplace environment. Intel earned top honors in products and services. --Amazon, Sony, and Microsoft all made it into the top 16. (Back in February Millward Brown reported Amazon was the 'most trustworthy' brand-- in April Reputation Institute awarded Amazon as the most reputable)
- Carriers crack down on Android tethering apps, rain on our mobile hotspot parade
- T-mobile and AT&T have been blocking tethering apps from their Android Marketplaces and now Verizon has joined the party. Only Sprint remains.
- According to AllThingsD, New Corp will pick up UGO.com from Hearst. The plan is to bundle UGO.com with News Corp's IGN.com before spinning IGN off as its own company that focuses on videogame news and reviews. Plans for the acquisition were hammered out over the weekend and a formal announcement is expected this week.
- After TiVo won a DVR patent case over EchoStar, EchoStar has decided to play nice with TiVo. In a press release, TiVo announced that Dish and EchoStar will settle all patent litigation for the sum of $500 million. Like a lot of patent settlements, the companies have also agreed to license patents to each other.
- A new piece of malware calling itself "MacDefender" is taking advantage of Safari users. This is a fake MacDefender - as there is a real Mac anti-virus app called MacDefender. Safari users will see a warning that their system is infected and then they must download MacDefender. After installation, the app asks users to pay to be protected. TheNextWeb.com has details on how to remove the malware if you've been affected.
- AT&T is sending out software updates to the Motorola Atrix 4G and the HTC Inspire 4G. Both will get faster upload speeds using HSUPA. The Inspire 4G will also get streamlined email setup. The Atrix 4G will get a whole lot of fixes for lots of things including Bluetooth headset compatibility, battery life, and the ability to turn the Atrix into an EDGE hotspot.
- Apple has unseated Nintendo by becoming the #2 purchaser of micro-electro-mechanical sensors (MEMS). What's MEMS? That's a blanket term for things like microphones, gyroscopes, and accelerometers. Samsung is currently the world's largest MEMS buyer, but if Apple's crazy sales numbers continue it may overtake Samsung some day.
- Courtrooms are routinely closed off to the press, however a Massachusetts court will now encourage people to report live from courtrooms using things like Twitter and Facebook. This is part of a pilot project allowing citizen journalists to stream proceedings as they happen. The courtroom will allow laptops, tablets and smartphones to be used and bloggers will even get special seating and Wi-Fi.
- Microsoft wants to grab some developers, developers, developers from iOS to create apps for Windows Phone 7. This time Microsoft has released an API mapping tool so iOS devs can make Windows Phone from their iOS apps easier. MS also has plans to make the same kinds of tools available to Android developers soon.
- Cisco has decided to roll out Containerized Data Centers (CDC). That means you can giant shipping containers full of servers and all kinds of networking gear brought to you from Cisco. They're even designed to handle lousy weather in case you needed to keep your CDC outside.
Kickers and Weird Science
- Finally, You Can Kiss People Over the Internet [VIDEO]
- The Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications has created a device which consists of a hardware receptacle which is placed into the mouth, and software that remembers the movements of your tongue and sends them to the other connected device, which moves accordingly.
- Samsung Sliding PC 7 up for pre-order at Amazon, price set at $650. hybrid 10-inch, 720p touchscreen display that slides open and includes a QWERTY keyboard. no shipping dates yet
- On May 5th, Samsung and AT&T are holding an event in NYC for a "special announcement." People are guessing this will be about the Infuse 4G Android phone or the Galaxy II
- Share Gears of War 3 beta invites beginning May 8- a few ways to get tokens: Every person who has played a game in the Gears beta gets one. purchasing any Gears content off the Xbox Live Marketplace or by adding a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription to your account. Or playing 20 hours or more of the Gears 3 beta -- time already spent does count -- or by playing more than 100 hours of "any Gears of War title, lifetime to date."
"Hello Iyaz and TNT crew.
I put together a video response to Iyaz's dismissive comments about Natty Narwhal and Tom's subsequent comment that Linux users in Maine would take special offense.
It's all meant in good fun and I hope you enjoy it, whether or not you use it on the show:
-Jason Brown Damariscotta, ME"
"Hey TNT Crew! You had asked for some illustrations/sketches last week, so here you go!
I hope you like them, sketched on my Tablet PC in Artrage whilst watching the podcast. Keeping it techie :)
Love the show, makes me look forward to the week :) Masha"
"Hey TNT crew
I'm a network engineer in the Midwest and I have been having issues with some of the Verizon LTE cards, in that some of them are getting a private IP address in the range of 10.x.x.x
I'm sure this is due to the fact that we are running out of IPv4 addresses so I understand why this is happening, but the problem is that the subnet mask these cards are getting is class A - that being 255.0.0.0. This means that when people use a VPN client to connect to another private network in the 10 dot range, the routing does not work, resulting in them not being able to get to anything on the network they are trying to connect to. I have tried multiple things to force the tunneling of the traffic but nothing helps.
I have spoken with Verizon and they are aware of the problem and are promising a long term fix in a few weeks, but for now the short term fix is to force the card back to 3G, which apparently is handled differently for addressing.
Just curious how many others out there are seeing the same thing. Love the show!
Kevin in KC"
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