Tech News Today 254
Recorded: June 1, 2011
Published: June 1, 2011
Tech News Today 254: Two Beards, Tiny, And The Tall Guy
HP to license WebOS?, Twitter tweaks search and photos, Microsoft locks down tablet OS, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Screenshots of Twitter’s New Photos Product
- Twitter Blog post: Search + Photos
- Twitter Partners With Photobucket On Photos And Firefox On Search
- Speaking at D9, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo showed off Twitter's new photo-sharing service
- Rolling out over the next few weeks to web, mobile to follow after
- Photos hosted by Photobucket. Carriers will enable texting of photos.
- New search will include photo and video results
- if you use this new version of Firefox with Twitter, you can type a #hashtag or @username directly into the address bar to go right to a search results page
- Mac OS Update Detects, Kills MacDefender Scareware
- Apple's malware detection update circumvented in 8 hours
- Apple upodate for Snow Leapord released Tuesday ""warns users if they've downloaded fake Mac security software and scrubs already-infected machines""
- Within 8 hours MacDefenders developers issued a variant that eludes detection, new variant comes as a download called ""Mdinstall.pkg""
- In addition to a malware definition update, security software now checks for new definitions daily, so updating will not require a software update
- Bug in security settings means if you leave the pane open for more than 30 seconds you cannot save changes to your settings.
- HP CEO: we would be ‘open’ to licensing webOS to companies like HTC
- HP CEO Léo Apotheker Says He Won’t Ship TouchPad Till It’s Perfect
- HP webOS TouchPad tablet makes surprise appearance at Computex
- The HP Touchpad Gets A Video Demo Thanks To SanDisk
- Josh Topolsky asked Apotheker if HTC came and said they wanted to make a WebOS phone, is that something you would ..."That is certainly something that we would entertain."
- Apotheker talked a lot about licensing WebOS to enterprise, SMB and embedded systems like appliance makers.
- Asked about RIM's PlayBook: "The one lesson I have learned from this, and I’m driving my engineers crazy with this, is that we will not release a product that isn’t perfect."
- SanDisk booth rep showed off HP's TouchPad at Computex taking a 16GB version of the tablet through tasks including e-mail navigation, the multitasking card display, and watching a movie
- SanDisk made the memory, said HP will make 16GB, 32GB, 64GB versions
- Over 4 minute demo video, showed off webOS's multitasking, synergy, browser
- two stereo speakers along one of the long sides of the TouchPad
- Unrelated retail leak says June for $499
- AMD confirms tablet-friendly Z-series APU, next-gen Trinity APU for bigger devices
- Tablet chip: Z-series Fusion APU (Desna) official (ARM competitior) can run Windows 7 right now.
- Integrated dual 1GHz Bobcat chips and Radeon HD 6250 graphics.
- Uses less than 6 Watts
- MSI will use it in WindPad 110w
- Announced high-end quad-core A8 and new Trinity APU
- Trinity will succeed the forthcoming A-series Llano.
- Microsoft will talk about 'the next version' of Windows at Computex tonight
- Microsoft incentivizing chipmakers and tablet manufacturers to form 'sole alliances'? (updated)
- Microsoft Said to Limit Device Makers’ Chip-Partner Choices. Under the plan being proposed by Microsoft, a given chipmaker would have to ally itself with a single PC manufacturer in order to qualify for certain incentives.
- Steve Sinofsky hitting the stage at D at 3:15 PM Pacific. May show Windows 8.
- Partner preview at 7 PM Pacific from Computex will definitely show off Windows 8
- Following up on Acer's complaints form yesterday, Microsoft is encouraging partners to tie exclusively between one chip maker and one device manufacturer for tablet OS.
- Chip suppliers will be able to select a second company to produce a clamshell-style laptop
- Plan is not mandatory and does not apply to desktop, only to a special mobile-oriented variant of Windows. In return for complying with these rules, the chip companies will receive certain incentives, such as richer features or lower software prices.
- DigiTimes claims that chipmakers Intel, AMD, TI, Qualcomm and NVIDIA have been invited by Microsoft to choose manufacturers from a first-round list of participants limited to Dell, HP, and Samsung. Not sure I buy this.
- Google Discloses China-Based “Hijacking” of Gmail Accounts
- Google 'disrupts' Gmail phishing scheme in China
- hundreds of users of its email service were tricked into sharing their passwords with “bad actors” based in China
- Google, which has blamed China for a previous attack on the company’s computer networks, said its security and abuse detection systems recently discovered that users of its popular Gmail service had fallen for what are called “phishing scams."
- The goal of the hijacking campaign "seems to have been to monitor the contents of these users' emails, with the perpetrators apparently using stolen passwords to get in-bound emails to be forwarded to accounts of their choosing," wrote Eric Grosse, an engineering director on Google's security team, in a post on the company's blog,
- Gmail has over 190M users as of Nov 2010
- Schmidt Says Google’s Social Networking Problem Is His Fault
- Google’s +1 Button Is Finally Ready for Publishers
- Eric Schmidt’s “Gang Of Four” Doesn’t Have Room for Microsoft
- Google's Eric Schmidt spoke at D.
- Eric Schmidt says there are four companies dominating consumer technology today: His own, Apple, Amazon and Facebook. Called them Frenemies.
- “Facebook’s done a number of things which I admire,” Schmidt said during his Tuesday evening D9 interview. “It’s the first generally available way of disambiguating identity. Historically, on the Internet such a fundamental service wouldn’t be owned by a single company. I think the industry would benefit from an alternative to that…
- He said he recently looked up memos he wrote four years ago about Google needing to address online identity. “I clearly knew that I had to do something, and I failed to do it,” he said. “A CEO should take responsibility. I screwed up.”
- More buttons to clutter websites: Google's +1 button for websites rolled out today.
- Partnered with Mashable, HuffPo, Rotten Tomatoes, Nordstrom, O'Reilly, Reuters, Washington Post, Best Buy, TechCrunch, Bloomberg
- You'll see them on Google Properties too, Android Mkt, Blogger, YouTube, Product Search
- An Amazon of illegal drugs? In these days of seized websites for MP3s, it would be shut down in seconds, you think? Nope. Silk Road is a website only reachable using TOR that only takes payments in the untraceable bitcoin currency, and uses user reviews to separate scammers from legitimate businessmen. If there's a weak point, it's that the good old postal system is still used for delivery.
- A Motorola website redesign may have leaked a bunch of Moto's future products including the Xoom 2, several slim phones, and some kind of watch device called the Tracy XL (named after Dick Tracy). Screengrabs of the site were posted on PocketNow. Motorola has since asked PocketNow to remove the pics which means maybe those pics were the real deal.
- Today, Hulu Plus just added 27 Miramax movies like "Pulp Fiction," "Scream," and some Kevin Smith flicks. The movies will stream ad-free and cannot be viewed without Hulu Plus for now. Hulu plans to offer a rotating selection of 15 movies on a monthly basis for the free version of Hulu complete with ads. The Miramax collection will grow by the hundreds in the next several months.
- What does the future hold for OpenOffice.org now that Oracle will no longer develop the office suite? Oracle is proposing that itsg code be contributed to the Apache Software Foundation's Incubator. As the name suggests, Incubator would be a temporary home for the software suite (if accepted at all) before reaching a project or subproject status. The Document Foundation, which develops LibreOffice which forked off of Open Office issued a statement saying it believes that Apache would be a good home for OpenOffice.org
- Netflix CEO Reed Hasting sat down at the D9 conference and revealed that Netflix service is due to roll out to a second country in the second half of the year. He believes that fiber networks and Wi-Fi enabled TVs are key for Netflix's expansion. Hastings also addressed Netflix's lack of social features by saying that there is a 5-year plan in place to integrate Facebook services.
- FoxNews.com reports that military contractor Northrop Grumman Corp may have been subject to a cyber attack. On May 26th, Northrop Grumman shut down remote access to its network. According to Fox's source, the military contractor had never done that kind of shut down without warning before. Officially, Northrop Grumman neither confirms nor denies an attack occurred.
- A draft report to NATO Parliamentary Assembly says the hacker group Anonymous could be a threat to member nations based on attacks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and HBGary Speaking about Anonymous, the report states "The longer these attacks persist the more likely countermeasures will be developed, implemented, the groups will be infiltrated and perpetrators persecuted." The draft also asks NATO members to build international treaties like the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime which harmonizes cyber crime laws between nations.
- Yesterday, Lodsys filed patent infringement lawsuits against seven independent mobile developers and blamed Apple. Lodsys said they felt forced into filing the suits after a letter from Apple's head of legal caused them to worry about keeping their legal options open. According to a copy of Apple's own iOS developer agreement, Apple's limit of liability to any developer is a maximum of $50, so Apple is not under any contractual obligation to assist developers or assure that their use of Apple APIs doesn't infringe third-party patents or other IP.
- Pew Internet found that 13 percent of online adults now use Twitter, compared with just 8 percent of those polled for a similar study last November
- One out of eight people now use Chrome
- World Internet Traffic To Top 966 Exabytes In 2015
- Wi-Fi to Overtake Wired Network Traffic by 2015
- Google released a limited number of Samsung ChromeBooks for sale on Gilt today starting at 12 Eastern to select users who received an email. Since Tom didn't get the email until 1:24 PM, they were all sold out by the time he tried to buy one.
- OTA Gingerbread 2.3 update now available for Droid X
- Google Offers rolling out in Portland, Oregon tomorrow, SF and NYC this summer
- HTC Sensation 4G hitting T-Mobile stores ‘by June 15′ for $200
- Roku brings casual gaming to its internet TV platform starting with Angry Birds this summer
- August 1st: Google Apps will no longer support Safari 3, Firefox 3.5 and IE7
"You recently discussed the recent announcement of WHO changing their classification of cell phones. One of the types of cancer you mentioned was an acoustic neuroma. I perused the WHO press release and it does indeed mention this type of tumor. I currently have a larger acoustic neuroma, about 3.7 cm, and am about to undergo surgery. Both surgeons I’m dealing with assure me they are always benign and all the resources I’ve looked at on the web seem to agree. Just thought I’d let you know since every resource seems to imply it’s cancerous, even the WHO announcement.
"Hi Tom, Sarah and that Linux Hater iYaz (I tease!)
Just think, it's been 365.25 days since Tom and Sarah started at TWiT officially. It's also been 365 days since ""The Beard And The Blonde""--that's right! Episode 1 of the BEST tech news..today!
Just wanted to wish you all a happy anniversary and to say here's to many more years of the Beard, the Blonde, and the Linux Hater (I smell a show title ;) )
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