Tech News Today 235
Recorded: May 4, 2011
Published: May 4, 2011
Tech News Today 235: Beating The Crap Out Of Moore's Law
Apple fixes the tracking thing, CNET gets sued by FilmOn guy, Intel gives Moore's law a whoopin', and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Ina Fried
- Apple Updates iPhone OS to Reduce Amount of Location Data Stored on Device
- iOS 4.3.3 reduces the amount of location info to about a week, no longer syncs with iTunes, gets rid of it if you turn off location services
- Intel will mass produce 3D transistors for all future CPUs, starting with 22nm Ivy Bridge (video)
- Intel unveils 22nm Ivy Bridge processor
- Good breakdown of Intel's stats
- Intel's New Tri-Gate Ivy Bridge Transistors: 9 Things You Need to Know
- Ivy Bridge will be 22 nm and use Tri-Gate transistors
- Expects to begin commercial production later this year
- Improves power efficiency
- Planar conducting panel replaced by "fins", more surface area,more conductive
- About twice as many transistors as can be fit in same space on 32 nm
- Next up 14 nm and 11 nm. Atoms are .5 nm wide Intel estimates that Tri-Gate transistors are 37 percent faster than those used in the current 32nm process and will effect an active power reduction of more than 50 percent, but will only add 2 to 3 percent to the cost of a finished wafer.
- Latest GPU market numbers spell bad news for NVIDIA
- NVIDIA shipping volumes down 28% from a year ago
- AMD posting 15.4 percent growth in GPU shipments and Intel posting 9.4 percent growth
- on-die GPU with AMD's Llano is rumored to be some three times the performance of Intel's Sandy Bridge.
- IvyBridge rumoured to threaten mid-range discrete GPUs
- NVIDIA will increasingly rely on a combination of ARM mobile products and HPC-oriented coprocessors
- CNET Accused of Copyright Infringement for Distributing LimeWire
- How to find legal files on Limewire
- CBS Interactive being sued for distributing Limewire software.
- “The CBS defendants received massive amounts of revenue from P2P providers on a ‘pay per download’ basis and also from advertising revenues generated by advertisements placed on the download screen for P2P software,” (.pdf) according to the complaint, lodged in Los Angeles federal court late Tuesday.
- The case against CBS accuses CNET of offering “videos, articles and other media that instructed how to use P2P software to locate pirated copies of copyrighted works and remove electronic protections placed on digital music files.”
- Among others, the plaintiffs include Detron Bendross, of 2 Live Crew, Trisco Smith-Pearson of The Force MDs and Eric Jackson and De’Angelo Holmes, both of the Ying Yang Twins. Alki David
- Spotify Unveils MP3 Download Service, iPod Syncing
- Ten tracks will set you back £7.99, 15 tracks will cost £9.99, 40 tracks will be £25, and 100 tracks will be £50.
- Sync to iPods and the Spotify apps on iOS and Android
- Playlists sync wirelessly
- House hearing blasts Sony's "half-hearted, half-baked" hack response
- Sony: Anonymous provided cover for PSN attack
- Sony’s Response to the U.S. House of Representatives
- Kazuo Hirai's Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives
- DC Universe Online players get credit, mask for downtime
- Good timeline of events
- April 19 Sony noticed 130 servers had unscheduled reboots.
- April 20 found evidence of an attack and stolen info
- Security team was defending agains the Anonymous DDoS and didn't noticed the sophisticated intrusion
- Claims they found files on the servers called ""Anonymous"" with text ""We are Legion""
- Continues to state major credit card companies have not reported fraudulent transactions as a result of this attack
- Chair of Subcommitte of Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade Mary Bono Mack:
- "I am deeply troubled by these latest data breaches, and the decision by both Epsilon and Sony not to testify today. This is unacceptable."
- "Yet for me, the single most important question is simply this: Why weren’t Sony’s customers notified sooner of the cyberattack?"
- Says Sony should have notified customers instead of putting up a public message on its blog.
- AOL: The revenue slide continues, but display ads show signs of life
- HuffPo purchase weighs down AOL earnings
- AOL display advertising improves, shares jump
- AOL Touts New, Bigger Display Ad Format as Hearst Digital Signs On
- AOL reported first-quarter display advertising revenue grew 4 percent to $130.5 million thanks to better pricing of ad units and stronger activity from automakers, consumer packaged goods, and telecommunication advertisers.
- "It's the first encouraging quarter since the Time Warner spin," said Clayton Moran, analyst with the Benchmark Co. "It's the first evidence they might be able to achieve a turnaround in the advertising business."
- Overall advertising revenue fell 11 percent to $313.7 million on declines in search and third-party network advertising.
- Total revenue at the company fell 17 percent to $551.4 million. Analysts on average expected total revenue of $536.4 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
- Revenue from dial-up subscriptions dropped 24 percent to $215.4 million.
- For the quarter ended March 31, the online service watched its profits fall to $4.7 million from $34.7 million in the year-ago quarter. (due to acquisition of HuffPo)
- Warner Bros. to Acquire Rotten Tomatoes Owner
- US DVD sales plummet 20%
- Vudu adds TV shows to its rental catalog, but only some are in HD
- Warner Brothers has bought Flixster (owners of Rotten Tomatoes) for somewhere between $60-90 million
- Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group will use the Flixster brand and its technical expertise to launch a number of initiatives to grow digital content ownership, including a recently announced consumer application called Digital Everywhere.
- Flixster will continue to operate independenty
- consumer spending on streaming and subscription services such as Netflix rose 33% to $695m.
- Digital Entertainemtn group reports DVD sales fell 20% year-over-year in the 1st quarter of '11
- Vudu adding new TV titles, though not all in HD
- If you clicked "Delete cookies" in certain browsers, you'd still have to do another step to remove Flash cookies. Adobe's next version of Flash will allow IE and Chrome users to get rid of Flash cookies without that extra step. Increasing security while removing a step? Good on you, Adobe.
- Pandora is about to get hilarious because its added 10,000 comedy clips from over 700 comedians. Pandora is using its Comedy Genome Project which will analyze jokes kind of like how the Music Genome Project analyzes music. So now if you're looking to discover new jokes similar to your faves, Pandora can help out with that. In place of a thumbs down if you don't like what it serves up, I suggest a cane animate out of the side of your browser to pull you onto the next joke
- Isis was developing a stand-alone system NFC payment system powered by Discover. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Isis is rethinking things and the system would let Visa and MasterCard accounts be usable. By getting along with these credit card giants, payments by NFC in the United States might be closer to reality.
- The next time you board an American Airlines plane, you might be able to order more than just food. The company is testing a service that would allow you to stream on demand video content to your Wi-Fi enabled device. The system is powered by Aircell which will provide content from the ground beamed to the plane. Pricing has yet to be determined, but expect to see this by the Fall
- AppleInsider is reporting that Mac users will be able to get OS X Lion via the Mac App Store. Dev versions of Lion are already available this way, so it isn't that far a stretch. Pair that with Apple's tendency to get rid of things like optical drives on MacBook Airs, and our little rumor gains even more credibility.
- A new comScore report says that Facebook serves almost 1/3rd of online advertisements in the United States. In just the first quarter of 2011, Facebook served up 346 billion ads of the 1.1 trillion ads to U.S. users saw. That's double the amount of ads Facebook served in Q1 2010. Maybe that little company Facebook is going to make it.
- Apple announced new iMacs yesterday and tear downs show that there's something special inside. There's an Intel Z68 chipset in there that's not scheduled to debut to the rest of the world until next week. Apple started shipping the new iMacs with the chipset yesterday once again confirming that Apple sits at the cool kids table at the lunch room.
- Google TV's less than spectacular debut has Mountain View reevaluating its approach to its web video box, meaning Google TV will probably get an overhaul, and it's possible we'll find out more at Google I/O next week. The plan is to get the new Google TV out by this year's holiday season.
- HP Pavilion dm4x with Sandy Bridge is on sale now, starts at $730, upgraded models available
- 16GB Zune HD drops to $169, 32GB version for $199.99 -- the same price you would have paid for the 16 gig before the drop
- Microsoft has started shipping a security update for Windows Phone 7. fixes SSL certificates that were issued by Comodo after one of its resellers was hacked in March.
- NoDo is version 7390; the new security update brings the operating system up to version 7392. but people who didn't upgrade through their carriers are SOL...
- Nintendo Cuts Wii Price to $150, Throws in Mario Kart
- The HP Veer 4G will hit ATT on May 15th for $100, Engadget has confirmed that the phone will support HSPA+ in areas with upgraded cell towers, so they can call it a 4G phone
- HTC Sensation up for pre-order at Vodafone UK, with a delivery date by May 19th
- Star Wars on Blu-Ray update: US release on Sept. 16th, rest of the world 4 days earlier on the 12th. and it will include 40 hours of special features
- Mass Effect 3 delayed to Q1 2012
"Not finding a story anywhere on this, and I don't have time for a blog post. But thought you might want to help spread the word...
People are panicking when, after upgrading their iCal to the new mobile.me version, their iCal calendars disappear.
Don't upgrade to the Mobile.Me Calendar unless you are running Snow Leopard: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4330
If you do, the primary calendar becomes the one on mobile.me and your local calendar won't sync.
Luckily, that same page has instructions for fixing the sync in the section: "If you need to sync a computer with Mac OS X Leopard with the new MobileMe Calendar, follow these steps:"
Just talked a client down off the ledge. :)
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