Tech News Today 234
Recorded: May 3, 2011
Published: May 3, 2011
Tech News Today 234: Conservation of Judicial Idiocy
Judge determines IP addresses are not people, PC rental store spies on renters, NVIDIA forces Mac users to use PCs, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Mark Turpin
- Bing meets BlackBerry; Microsoft’s baby will be default search engine on RIM devices
- RIM Pulls Oprah, Gives All BlackBerry World Attendees a Brand New PlayBook Tablet
- Microsoft-RIM caveat: Deals with former rivals haven't worked so well
- BlackBerry will integrate Bing and Bing Maps on BlackBerry phones at the OS level. Microsoft will begin pushing BlackBerry Enterprise Server. (Back in March Microsoft stopped chargin Exchange Online customers to sync with BlackBerry)
- Asked to clarify the difference between being the "default" vs. "preferred" provider, the Microsoft spokeswoman said that Bing would be the default search and maps provider on new RIM devices when they are presented to carriers but that "the carrier can change the default," which means Bing is still preferred by RIM but customers will have other choices for mobile search.
- PREVIOUS DEALS: It made peace with America Online, a one-time competitor in Internet access that also bought browser rival Netscape. It settled with RealNetworks, a company it once battle with in the emerging digital media business. Microsoft courted Yahoo, eventually striking a deal in which Yahoo replaced its search engine on its site with Microsoft's technology. And more recently, Nokia agreed to used Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system instead of its own Symbian software.
- Sony warns of almost 25 million extra user info loss
- press release
- Sony attacked again, 12,700 non-US CC numbers feared stolen
- Ontario woman suing Sony for $1B over PlayStation hack
- Statement on SOE's site, hackers obtained personal customer info of 24.6M accounts.
- Similar language to PSN issues - identity theft boilerplate
- An "outdated database" from 2007 compromised
- 12,700 non-US customer CC or debit card #s and expiration, 10,700 direct debit listing bank acct numbers
- Sony is notifying each customer
- SOE will grant customers 30 days of additional time on their subscriptions, in addition to compensating them one day for each day the system is down.
- IP-Address Is Not a Person, BitTorrent Case Judge Says
- After botched child porn raid, judge sees the light on IP addresses
- John Steele requested expedited discovery so that he could turn his list of allegedly infringing IP addresses into names. Federal Judge Harold Baker says: "Could expedited discovery be used to wrest quick settlement, even from people who have done nothing wrong?" asked Baker. "The embarrassment of public exposure might be too great, the legal system too daunting and expensive, for some to ask whether [plaintiff porn company] VPR has competent evidence to prove its case."
- Quanta receives tablet PC orders from Amazon, say upstream sources
- Amazon tablet shipping later this year according to new tattle
- E Ink: No successor to Pearl this year
- Amazon tablet to hit market next year?
- Taiwan's Quanta computer has orders from Amazon to build a tablet PC with screens produced by Hydis (an E Ink subsudiary), according to DigiTimes.
- Screen will use Fringe Field Switching panels - whісh аrе actually produced bу E Ink subsidiary Hydis – аrе similar іn technology tο IPS displays such аѕ used іn thе iPad 2 аnԁ Eee Pad Transformer, wіth boosted viewing angles аnԁ better color accuracy.
- Ships 2nd half 2011, monthly orders 700,000-800,000
- Quanta makes PlayBook and also works with Sony
- E Ink says they're on a 2 year product cycle, so no new e-ink screens this year
- PC rental store accused of using webcams, keyloggers on customers
- A Wyoming couple is filing class-action lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania against rent-to-own chain Aaron's. The couple accuse Aaron's of spying on them at home using their rented computer's webcam as well as using a keylogger and taking screenshots of the couple's activities. "PC Rental Agent" installed and used to lock out folks who don't pay.
- According to the complaint filed on Tuesday, Aaron's has been using a product called "PC Rental Agent" on its rent-to-own machines since at least 2007
- Ownership of TV Sets Falls in U.S.
- Ready alternatives indicate TV ownership is poised for decline
- According to Nielsen, 96.7 percent of American households now own TV sets, down from 98.9 percent previously. Nielson cites two causes: poverty and technology.
Should Internet viewers count as a TV household? “We’ve been having conversations with clients,” said Pat McDonough, the senior vice president for insights and analysis at Nielsen. “That would be a big change for this industry, and we’d be doing it in consultation with clients if we do it.”
- NVIDIA settlement forcing Windows replacements on Mac buyers
- Order overruling objections to settlement
- COURTS: Judge Ware reprimanded by his peers
- Last year Nvidia came to a settlement in which it agreed that it would repair or replace computers that were affected by flaws, where some of its GPUs overheated and failed due to semiconductor packaging defects. NVidia could not repair some computers so offered a Compaq CQ-56 as a replacement. US District Court Judge James Ware overruled their objections, writing that they were "without merit".
- Outlining the reasons for his ruling, Judge Ware wrote, "the [Compaq] CQ-56 meets or exceeds nearly all of the specifications of the original computers", adding that "it comes with an advanced operating system, new warranty and other programs". As for missing peripherals, Judge Ware said, "the Court finds that they can be easily and inexpensively added".
- Seagate hasn't given up on platter based hard drives - in fact, it's breaking records! The company has introduced a 3.5-inch hard drive that has 1TB per platter, which means Seagate has broken a density record by packing in 625 gigabits per square inch. If you want one of these monsters, you can expect them mid-2011.
- Ubisoft is getting into the TV and film business. The maker of games like "Assassin's Creed" and "Red Steel" has started a division called "Ubisoft Motion Pictures" that will help translate its games to movies or TV. Don't expect Ubisoft to make the movies themselves - the division will likely just work with production studios.
- There are more rumors about Nintendo's successor to the Wii - this time, hardware specs. Inside the console will be 8GB of internal flash storage (no hard drive in there) and it will pump out HD graphics. Games will be on 25GB optical discs. We'll find out more solid information next month when Nintendo shows off the console at E3.
- Apple updated its iMac line today. The outside of the all-in-one looks virtually identical to the last edition, but inside you'll find Quad-core Sandy Bridge processors and a new HD Facetime camera. On the back, you'll fid two Thunderbolt ports. Looks like Apple is committed to Thunderbolt, expect to see it on the rest of the Apple line soon.
- Intel isn't happy just being in PCs and Macs, it wants to be in iOS devices, too! At least that's what a Piper Jaffray analyst says. Considering Apple is having issues with Samsung - you know, those little patent suits - this could be Intel's chance. Intel still hasn't made any headroom in the mobile market, but getting a deal with Apple could be a huge jump.
- Sirius XM announced its first-quarter financial numbers. While revenue wasn't as great as hoped, it turns out Sirius XM is racking up subscribers. How? Is it because people don't want Internet or FM radio? Nope, it's because of something more shocking - strong automobile sales helped the company gain subscribers.
- If you wanted to buy Australian mobile game maker Firemint, you're too late. EA has announced a deal to buy it. Firemint makes some big games for iOS like Flight Control and is also developing for Android and Windows Phone 7. The official deal is expected to close in about four weeks.
- Up against the wall Googlers! for the second time in a year Google's offices in South Korea experience a "raid" meaning the good folks of the Seoul Metro Police Agency stopped by and, perhaps gruffly, asked for boxes of information. This time Google's under scrutiny for their mobile ad business. In August of last year the "raid" was because of loose women and booze... oh wait no... it was just Google StreetView data.
Kickers and Weird Science
- XYDO launches today. social news site that Prioritizes & Organizes News Shared on Twitter & Facebook based on user's interests. co-founder Cameron Brain: “We want to take what Digg and Reddit started and bring the idea into the modern generation.”
- The Limewire/RIAA trial begins today. The RIAA is looking to win a judgment of over a billion dollars.
- Nexus One gets Android 2.3.4 over the air, but no Gtalk video calling fun
- Adobe today released Creative Suite 5.5, which offers, among other things, the ability to use tablets and smartphones to interact with PhotoShop.
- Microsoft to release Windows thin PC in late June, formerly called Windows Fundamentals - the machines that'll use it on often have less disk space than brand new machines and WinTPC helps to ensure they will have adequate space
"Didn't You know, 6.1 is the new 7?
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The use of twitter overtakes Canadian Election laws. The story below pretty much covers the whole story. But in a nutshell Canadian Election laws do not allow sharing of results from timezones where polls have closed and those in the west that have not.
Twitter and other social media will most likely cause a revamp of the law with simultaneous or delayed results being implemented.
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