Tech News Today 269

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Episode 269

Tech News Today 269: Dagnabit Tabbit


Top Stories

  • 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"

Discussion Stories

  • 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.

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