Tech News Today 269
Recorded: June 22, 2011
Published: June 22, 2011
Tech News Today 269: Dagnabit Tabbit
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Lance Ulanoff
- Lytro: The Camera That Lets You Shoot Now, Focus Later
- Meet the Stealthy Start-Up That Aims to Sharpen Focus of Entire Camera Industry
- Lytro camera sensor eliminates the need to focus, can focus on parts of a picture later in software
- "Light field picture" taken with "light field camera"
- Can get 3D with a single lens
- Lytro’s camera works by positioning an array of tiny lenses between the main lens and the image sensor, with the microlenses measuring color, intensity, and vector direction of every individual ray. . Regular digital cameras only record the sum total of light rays hitting the image sensor.
- Lytro plans on making cameras, not licensing its tech.
- Light-field technology was developed back in the 1990s, and initially required 100 cameras attached to a supercomputer. It's the technology used for the Matrix's "Bullet time"
- To fund the effort, Lytro has raised roughly $50 million in funding over the past couple of years, most recently in a Series C round led by Andreessen Horowitz. Early investors include Intuit’s Scott Cook, VMware’s Diane Greene and venture capitalist Charles Chi, who is now working at Lytro.
- Apple iPhone Patent a Huge Blow to Rival Smartphone Makers
- Apple granted patent on webpage scrolling behaviors, media granted patent on crazy
- Broad multitouch patent granted to Apple seen as 'huge blow' to rivals
- Shocker: Samsung not allowed to see iPhone 5 and iPad 3
- Apple on Tuesday was awarded U.S. patent number 7,966,578 "Portable multifunction device, method, and graphical user interface for translating displayed content." for "[a] computer-implemented method, for use in conjunction with a portable multifunction device with a touch screen display, [that] comprises displaying a portion of page content, including a frame displaying a portion of frame content and also including other content of the page, on the touch screen display."
- Filed December 2007
- Patent experts told PCMag Apple has been awarded an incredibly broad patent that could prove to be hugely problematic for other makers of capacitive touch-screen smartphones.
- Seems to cover capacitive multitouch, and any finger-based navigation of an interface like pinch to zoom, or sliding around a web page
- Apple could use this for revenue or to bully competitors
- Also no suprise Samsung will not be allowed to see the iPhone 5 and iPad 3 -- " Apple’s seriously considering filing for a preliminary injunction to keep various upcoming Samsung products off the market while the case is decided"
- Yahoo approaches Hulu about possible acquisition
- Is someone leaking Hulu news to jack up sales price?
- Source: This Hulu/Yahoo Story Is BS
- Yahoo? What sense does that make?
- LA Times reported yesterday evening that Yahoo! was the suitor for Hulu
- Michael Arrington at TechCrunch reports Hulu is actively looking for a buyer and has hired Morgan Stanley to represent them.
- tweet from Peter Kafka at AllThingsD (also Julia Boorstin of CNBC) corroborates TC claim: "Yup. Hulu has hired bankers: Morgan Stanley and Guggenheim Partners, run by former Bear Stearns CEO Alan Schwartz."
- Best Buy soft-launches a partially functional cloud music service
- Can Best Buy’s Music Cloud Beat Apple To The iPunch?
- Best Buy Expands Cloud-Based Online Music Platform to U.S.
- Best Buy Music Cloud Android Market link
- Best Buy's Music Cloud: Skip It, For Now
- Service is named Best Buy Music Cloud
- "Soft" launch available on website and desktop apps
- Based on software called PlayAnywhere by Catch Media which also powers Carphone Warehouse's "My Music Anywhere" service in the UK
- iOS apps not available yet, but Android is (Mark Hachman at PCMag says only the HTC EVO 4G Android phone could install it), also coming to BlackBerry
- Free version gives you 30 seconds, $3.99 or $29.99/year gives you full access and the ability to save songs to mobile devices.
- Amazon tablet with TI processor shipping as early as August?
- Four million Amazon Tablets' ready for autumn - report
- DigiTimes reports Quanta Computer will be responsible for assembling the tablet with a supposed TI (not NVIDIA) processor and Wintek (not EIH) touch panel among its components.
- Amazon hopes to move some four million units in 2011 alone with plans to launch the new tablet as soon as August.
- Still rumoured to be able to stream movies
- New Bill Would Require Mobile Carriers to Detail 4G Speeds
- Next Generation Wireless Disclosure Act sponsored by Anna Eshoo (CA)
- Would require mobile carriers to offer potential and existing customers information on pricing, including caps on so-called unlimited data plans, and it would require carriers to disclose what technologies they use to deliver 4G service.
- Would require the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to compare the prices and speeds of 4G data service at the 10 largest U.S. mobile carriers and provide consumers with a side-by-side comparison.
- LEAKED: UK copyright lobby holds closed-door meetings with gov't to discuss national Web-censorship regime
- Premier League joins group lobbying for web blocking, proposing confused "voluntary" scheme - overseen by the courts
- similar to PROTECT IP law that was put on hold in the U.S. [Talked about that on 5/26/11, ep 251]
- Proposal would target "websites that are substantially focused upon infringement of copyright"
- System that would be in place in the UK ""the Proposed Voluntary Scheme
- System would require notice to operators of websites, again is a voluntary code, ensures that a court order is obtained in respect of each website
- According to James Firth of the website SROC Minister Vaizey reportedly said, "If it's a voluntary scheme, go and do it." In other words, stop pestering the government and get the relevant bodies to agree on things between themselves.
- Open Rights Group were locked out, despite hearing of the meeting in advance and putting in a request to attend. Yet the paper trumpets the involvement of "consumers/users" in 5th paragraph
- James Firth says the one consumer representative allowed at the meeting was the statutory consumer watchdog Consumer Focus.
- Way back in April, Nokia announced that it would transfer 3,000 Symbian employees to consulting firm Accenture. What are these workers going to do at Accenture? Work on Symbian, of course. Accenture and Nokia have officially signed a deal where Accenture will continue developing and support Symbian starting this October. Nokia has previously announced that Symbian would be supported through 2016.
- Intel's got new competition in the server space. Yesterday, Tilera announced a bunch of new processors ranging from 36 to 100 cores. Tilera believes its processors will do better on servers when compared to Intel's Sandy Bridge processors because Tilera's are aimed at specific server applications. The 100 core Tilera processor is expected in early 2012.
- If you're a WordPress.org user, listen up. There were some suspicious commits to some popular plugins such as AddThis and W3 Total Cache which contained backdoors. WordPress noticed the problem, rolled back changes on the plugins, but as a security measure passwords are being reset for all users of WordPRess.org, bbPress.org and BuddyPress.org.
- These days, if you're going to introduce a portable hard drive, you better have a hook. Hitachi has announced the "G-Connect Wireless Storage with Internet Access for iPad." It has a 2.5-inch 500GB hard drive with the ability to stream content to iOS devices via Wi-Fi. Not cool enough for you? Well, it's also got an ethernet port so it can act as a router, works with DLNA players, supports iTunes Sharing and acts like a regular hard drive via USB.
- Used to be that if you wanted government-approved net neutrality, you'd have to move to Chile. Now, you have a 2nd option because the Netherlands, also known as Holland, home of the Dutch, has become the 2nd country in the world to adopt a net neutrality law - it's also the first country in Europe to do so. The Netherlands - come for the coffee shops, stay for the neutrality.
- The MMORPG "City of Heroes" will undergo some changes later this year. The game will be renamed "City of Heroes Freedom" and will have a different pricing system including a free-to-play option. If you're already a subscriber, you'll become a VIP and receive more features, services and rewards.
- Another day, another bunch of Apple rumors - this time they are from Bloomberg. The latest on the iPhone 5 is that it's coming with a dual core processor and an 8MP camera this September. On top of that, Apple is apparently developing a cheaper version of the iPhone 4 aimed at emerging markets. Bloomberg also says the iPad 3 will have a better display, but didn't mention when it is will be released.
- Kleiner Perkins, Institutional Venture Partners and others are making it rain by pouring $32 million into Shazam. Shazam execs say they're looking to expand their presence on television -- the company's already had deals with MTV, SyFy, and Old Navy. But with this new cash infusion expect to see that "Shazam" graphic to pop up on a lot more ads and television shows.
- Samsung Series 5 lands in Europe June 24th, starting at 399 euros (574 US dollars)
- HuffPo’s UK Edition Launches July 6, 10 More international Editions Planned
- Verizon's next big LTE push coming July 21st - Coverage will be expanded in Seattle, Louisville, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Las Vegas, to name a few
- Nokia N9 to ship in Sweden on September 23rd... the press release was written in swedish... and if you use Google translate to convert to English, apparently the N9 includes a very exciting feature called gorilla ice cream.
- What're you gonna be doing in the year 2018? i'll tell you- enjoying Exaflop computing from Intel. yep, in a press release the chip maker set its goal of a supercomputer capable of 1000 petaflops to be unveiled by the end of 2018.
After all my talk of "Final Cut Pro X" being pronounced "Final Cut Pro Ex", it turns out that's wrong. Apple told me today at its London HQ it's pronounced "Final Cut Pro Ten".
So there you have it, they're skipping version numbers like Winamp used to back in the day.
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