Tech News Today 245

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Episode 245

Tech News Today 245: Jaya!



  • We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page. Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved. In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed.
  • Consumers who haven’t reset their passwords for PSN are still encouraged to do so directly on their PS3. Otherwise, they can continue to do so via the website as soon as we bring that site back up."
  • Intel: Windows on ARM won't run 'legacy apps'
    • At Intel's Investor Meeting 2011 in Santa Clara, California, Renée James, Intel Software and Services group GM says Windows 8 will be available in versions for both x86 and ARM.
    • "Windows 8 traditional" will run on x86 chips and handle "legacy applications", meaning existing x86-based Windows apps, and will include Windows 7 mode
    • there will be a separate version of the OS that runs on ARM, but without legacy app compatibility.. meaning anything pre-Win8 won't run
    • Of course, Intel was glad to share this info since the x86 version of Windows will be able to handle old and new apps."On ARM, there'll be the new experience, which is very specifically around the mobile experience, specifically around tablet and some limited clamshell, with no legacy OS," she said. "Our competitors will not be running legacy applications. Not now. Not ever."
    • What's more, James is not at all convinced that users will flock to an ARM-based, non-legacy PC experience. "People do not change their usage models that frequently," she said. "We've done a lot of studies – you go back and you look, and on average it's about 10 years between people changing their usage patterns."

Discussion Stories

  • More App Devs Sued Over Patent Claims
  • iOS apps with in-app purchasing being approved by Apple [u]
    • MacroSolve is suing 10 app dev companies over patent infringements
    • The patent covers the collection and transmission of data for questionnaires and puts them online.
    • Lawsuits were filed in Texas Eastern District in Tyler which has a reputation for favoring patent-holders
    • Company shouldn't be confused with Lodsys
    • MacroSolve, a US-based company claims they infringe a patent 7,822,816, entitled "system and method for data management", which covers the collection and transmission of data for questionnaires and puts them online.
    • The patent was filed in August 2003 and awarded in October 2010, and the discussion specifically relates to "handheld computers" – a category that has now come to include smartphones.
      • in-app purchases were problematic for some iOS developers for a week now, the issues in the system have reportedly been addressed, holdup not related to the patent infringement suit.
  • “Hulu For Magazines” Opens Its Android Newsstand
    • Consortium includes Hearst; Meredith; Conde Nast; Time Warner’s Time Inc., News Corp.
    • magazine titles include Esquire and Popular Mechanics; Fitness, and Parents; the New Yorker, Fortune, Time
    • Starting Wednesday, some Samsung Galaxy tablet users will be able to buy app versions of these magazines, need to be Verizon customers and purchase through the VCast app store
  • YouTube's new 'Town Hall' feature puts 2012 candidates head-to-head
  • YouTube Town Hall
    • YouTube introduced a new channel called ""Town Hall""
    • On the top of the page you'll see an issue, underneath that 2 video answers from candidates.
    • Users can pick which opinion they support
    • YouTube does not reveal the party of each candidate until after a user makes his or her choice (although some descriptions may give away that info)- surprisingly flashy looking channel for YT

News Fuse

Kickers and Weird Science



"Hi TNT crew, You guys were asking why developers don't develop for HTTPS all the time. I work full time doing professional web development and there are 2 major reasons.

1) Processing power. To encrypt and decrypt every request takes processing power on the server side. By using HTTPS, the developer is shrinking the level of requests their server can handle before they have to start worrying about scaling.

2) HTTPS requires SSL certificates and those certificates have limitations. In order to operate a HTTPS site, it requires a SSL certificate. A fake unofficial certificate can be created for free, but that sort of negates the whole point of the certificates if that becomes the norm. Official SSL certificates cost money every year and require a dedicated IP address.

That is why developers don't go with HTTPS by default.

Sincerely Jonathan West from"

"I watched Tuesdays show and am a bit surprised nobody mentioned that although Sony is giving away older games, they are doing so because a FREE service was down. Have we really come to expect hand outs when absolutely free services are down?

I don’t think the package is an insult or a mistake in any capacity for the free PSN users, but maybe they should provide the Playstation Plus paying members a better additional bonus.

Love the show.

Mark @ Texas"



Production Information

  • Edited by: Jason
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