Tech News Today 255
Recorded: June 2, 2011
Published: June 2, 2011
Tech News Today 255: Sarah The Blog Tickler
AT&T promises shared data plans for multiple devices, Sony hacked again, Windows 8-a-palooza, and more!
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- AT&T confirms its 'working on' a shared data plan, won't commit to a time frame
- AT&T Wants the Nation’s Biggest Network. But Is It Competent Enough to Run It?
- Ralph de la Vega just confirmed at the D9 conference today that the carrier is ""working on"" a shared data plan
- Why should we believe that AT&T is competent enough to control what will be the biggest network in the U.S., when it’s consistently rated as providing the worst service?
- “We’re not happy with the status of customer satisfaction and we’re working to improve it,” he said onstage at D9 today. “Our customers are happier than they were before….When we overlay our network with T-Mobile’s you’ll see a dramatic improvement….Our customers will be able to use any cell site, AT&T or T-Mobile, and that will give them an immediate benefit….We are pulling every lever humanly possible to improve our service.”
- Windows 8 shown at D9
- Previewing ‘Windows 8’
- Windows 8 Tablet OS Is Just Windows 7 With a New Skin
- Microsoft gives the first official look of Windows 8 touch interface
- Metro UI with tiles overlays normal desktop and is built for a touch interface
- Will work on x86 and ARM, will have a new version of IE
- Snap an app to side of screen, fast switching between apps, live tiles
- Live tile indicated an application store of some kind
- Microsoft reveals ARM-powered Windows 8 prototypes (eyes-on)
- Microsoft details specs for Windows 8 tablets, shows off hardware
- Texas Instruments announces multi-core, 1.8GHz OMAP4470 ARM processor for Windows 8
- Qualcomm announces dual- and quad-core Snapdragon processor support for Windows 8
- Microsoft delays Windows 8 program after vendor outrage
- Foxconn, Wistron and Quanta all unveiled early hardware for the new OS, with chips from Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA (including Kal-El)
- Qualcomm's dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon with integrated 3G/LTE modem capable of speeds up to 2.5GHz, followed in early 2012 by the quad-core Snapdragon APQ8064.
- TI announced a 1.8GHz OMAP4470
- Microsoft has postponed its Integrated Development Program (IDP) for Windows 8. Plan to issue a revised version after consulting with partners. Probably Acer will be among those partners, Im guessing. To get the new interface, tablets will have to offer a resolution of at least 1024x768. Anything lower and they will be stuck with a derivative of the classic Windows 7 shell. Increasing the resolution from the 4:3 1024x768 to the 16:9 1366x768 will additionally enable the "snap" side-by-side multitasking view that was demonstrated.
In the abstract, dressing up like an indian and tossing boxes of tea into the Boston harbor was a juvenile and criminal act. Hacktivism is in part about the natural human desire to fight injustice. While no one should live under the threat of mob-cyber-violence, people and organization should understand that when they step far outside the realm of socially acceptable behavior (i.e. Sony suing GeoHot or the US Government's treatment of Bradley Manning and Wikileaks) there are repercussions.
Not So Anonymous, McKinley H. Tabor (yes, you can use my name)
P.S. Please don't read any modern political slant into the Boston Tea Party Reference"
- Tenn. passes Web entertainment theft bill
- Stealing "entertainment services" now a crime in Tennessee
- Text of Amendment
- Bill that is modified
- Would make it a crime to use a friend's login - even with permission - to listen to songs or watch movies from services such as Netflix or Rhapsody.
- bill, which has been signed by the governor, was pushed by recording industry officials
- Stealing $500 or less of entertainment would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Theft with a higher price tag would be a felony, with heavier penalties.
- Disney’s Bob Iger at D9: New Disney.com Streaming Site to Launch in the Next Year
- The site will have gaming and streaming video content, and will be monetized by a subscription service, advertising, pay-per-view, and even micropayments, according to Iger.
- Iger said of sites like Netflix and Hulu, “The more distributors the merrier–it keeps them all honest.”
- Iger played down Disney’s loyalty to Apple. “We treat the relationship at an arm’s length. We’ve not said yes to everything that Apple’s offered and vice versa.”
- Is Apple ready to play cat and mouse with malware developers?
- Apple strikes back at Mac Defender malware (again) - cat & mouse part 2
- It took Apple at least 24 hours to respond to the new variant of Mac Defender, dubbed OSX.MacDefender.C, judging by the publication time of an article about the update by Italian blog Spider-Mac. We were able to verify that the definitions had been updated by checking the file online, but our local machine had not yet updated the definitions file locally. (The actual timestamp of the file can't be checked unless your machine has updated the file locally.) One consequence of the way Apple's 24 hour automatic updating is that depending on when your machine checks for an update and when Apple publishes it to its servers, you might have to wait until 23:59 before you have the updated definitions on your machine.
- Take it from Congressman Anthony Weiner, you want to be careful with picture posting services. Flickr and yFrog, among others, allow users to send a photo to a special email account for automatic posting. Thing is the format is easy to guess. Yfrog's is user id followed by a 5-6 letter word. If you can brute force guess the word, you can post to anyone's Twitter account. Even pictures of underwear as the good congressman has sadly learned for himself.
- We'll get official details about Apple's iCloud service on Monday but CNET reports that Apple cut a deal with Universal Music, meaning all four major labels are signed up for the new cloud service, whatever it may turn out to be. The service is rumoured to store only music from iTunes at first with streaming and the ability to store music from outside iTunes coming later. LA Times reports it will cost $25 a year.
- A freelance researcher, Efim Bushmanov, has reverse engineered the Skype protocol and has also made the source code available for download. While that's not illegal in the US or Europe, it is agains Skype's terms of service to reverse engineer its software. So the clock is ticking, how long before Microsoft speaks up on the matter?
- Paul Ceglia claims that he owns 50% of Facebook based on past dealings with Zuckerberg and is suing to prove ownership. Facebook and Zuckerberg asked the court to have Cegila turn over the original contract and e-mails. Facebook's court filing was full of moxie saying, "This discovery will bring this case to an immediate end by establishing that the purported contract and e-mails are forgeries… and this entire lawsuit is a fraud.”
- Groupon has filed for an IPO with the SEC with a goal to raise $750 million. The filing disclosed some solid numbers like Groupon's 83 million subscribers over 43 countries. No word on whether Groupon will offer free shares if three of your friends buy shares, too.
- Yesterday we reported that a number of GMail accounts including some belonging to U.S. officials were the subject of a phishing scam. Google blamed China for the hack, but China has since denied responsibility for the attack. U.S. Secretary of State Clinton said that the FBI will launch an investigation to find out the truth.
- Eurogamer reports that the NGP (or will it be called the PS Vita?) will be compatible with existing downloadable PSP games The site says that it has seen "Resistance: Retribution" demonstrated on the handheld, and that all PSP games are run via a software emulator that lets you turn upscaling on or off. Games will also be able to take advantage of the NGP's dual analog sticks.
- Google, Yahoo, and Bing are joining forces to create Schema.org. The site is meant to be a one-stop destination for site developers so they can learn about structured data and improve their search rankings using more than 100 new forms of markup. The idea is that a site developer wouldn't have to optimize for three different search engines if they used the info at Schema.
- FoxConn reopened its iPad plant. As we expected they blamed aluminum dust for the explosion that killed three workers.
- The PlayStation Store is up as of last night. Welcome Back packages will be available "soon" according to Sony's blog post.
- EVO 4G getting Gingerbread on June 6th (or Friday if you're if you're willing to manually check for its availability)
- Nintendo 3DS eShop to launch on June 6 -previously they had said the 7th- will be a full internet browser that you can launch without exiting a game, and free copy of the NES classic Excite Bike!
- Pre-order your 10.1-inch LTE Galaxy Tab on June 8th at Verizion or if you're in NYC, you can pick one up only at the Best Buy in Union Square. In stores everywhere on June 17th
- HTC EVO View 4G (Flyer) headed to Sprint on June 24th
- Toshiba Thrive tablet with Android 3.1 ships in July, starts at $429
"This is a follow up on the email below regarding the VPN issue with Verizon’s LTE cards. There has recently been a update to their software. We are still getting private addresses in the 10 dot range, but now we are getting a 27 bit subnet mask rather than an 8 bit mask. For my purposes, this has fixed the problem because the issued subnet is outside of the range of addresses we use. I’m sure though, that there will still be conflicts with some corporate networks.
Kevin in KC"
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