Tech News Today 277
Recorded: July 5, 2011
Published: July 5, 2011
Tech News Today 277: Ride That Sony Pony
Japan finds Rare Earth bonanza! Sony launching a PlayStation 4? Next iPhone sounds really boring, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Microsoft to Partner With China’s Leading Search Engine
- Baidu and Microsoft tie-up for English search in China
- Microsoft signs search pact with China's Baidu
- Bing will appear on Baidu Web pages by the end of the year
- Baidu has 75-84% market share (depending on who does the ranking) Google is number 2 despite operating out of Hong Kong
- English search queries will be directed from Baidu to Microsoft's Bing search engine
- The two firms have already co-operated on mobile platforms and page results.
- "Microsoft respects and follows laws and regulations in every country where we run business. We operate in China in a manner that both respects local authority and culture and makes clear that we have differences of opinion with official content management policies."
- Apple orders millions of iPhone 5s for September release
- Report: Apple orders 15 million iPhone 5s
- iPhone 5 order: 15 million for Sept. launch, report says
- Why a 15M iPhone 5 order placed now makes sense
- Digitimes reports Pegatron Technology has received orders for 15 million iPhones
- The iPhone 5's body reportedly resembles the iPhone 4, but may receive several internal revisions, including a dual-core A5 processor, 8-megapixel camera, and an edge-to-edge 3.7- or 3.8-inch screen
- Could be called iPhone 4S according to Digitimes
- GigaOm suspects a worldwide simultaneous release could require a large order like this.
- Sony to launch PlayStation 4 in 2012, say moles
- Sony finally brings PlayStation Network fully online in Japan
- Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp
- Big Day for Sony - Sony has finally brought its online gaming network, the PlayStation Network (PSN), and its associated services online in Japan — the last region where the network was still partially offline after being taken down in the wake of a hacker attack.
- The Register reports that Sony is working on a big UI revamp of PSN ditching the blue color and making the interface less text heavy
- But while we're at it DigiTimes reporting that Sony will suprise launch the PS4 in 2012
- Foxconn and Pegatron will build it and it will include Kinect-like motion control
- The leak contradicts recent comments from Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), who said Sony wouldn't begin discussing a next-generation PlayStation for "quite some time". That standpoint was reiterated last week by Sony Computer Entertainment International's CEO-to-be Andrew House.
- Could it be a revamped PS3 with a Kinect accessory?
- Tabloid accused of hacking slain teen’s phone
- Britain Shocked by Hacking Into Slain Girl's Phone
- Nearly all of Britain’s papers reported Tuesday — citing unnamed sources — that a private investigator hacked into the cellphone of 13-year-old Milly Dowler in 2002 after she was reported missing. The investigator reportedly worked for News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling Sunday tabloid.
- The accusation is the latest installment in a long-running saga here over News of the World intercepting the voicemails of public figures, including celebrities and politicians. In April, the tabloid apologized for the scandal and set up a compensation fund. Several alleged victims are pursuing cases through the courts.
- Rebekah Brooks, then editor of News of the World and now chief executive of Rupert Murdoch’s News International “I hope that you all realise it is inconceivable that I knew or worse, sanctioned these appalling allegations.”
- Reportedly the investigator accessed voicemails and deleted some to make room for possible new ones. Police were not informed and may have taken the deleting of voicemails as false evidence.
- Japan finds rare earths in Pacific seabed
- Rare Earths Discovery Won't Solve U.S.-China Tensions
- Japan discovers 'rare earth' minerals used for iPads
- Japanese geologists estimate that there are about a 100bn tons of the rare elements in the mud of the Pacific Ocean floor in International Waters
- At present, China produces 97% of the world's rare earth metals.
- 5-7 years to start a typical Rare Earth mine, underwater could take longer.
- a team of scientists led by Yasuhiro Kato, an associate professor of earth science at the University of Tokyo, found the minerals in sea mud at 78 locations.
- Just one square kilometer (0.4 square mile) of deposits will be able to provide one-fifth of the current global annual consumption.
- the sea mud was especially rich in heavier rare earths such as gadolinium (used for green phosphors), lutetium (lens material in high refractive index immersion lithography.), terbium (Dopant in calcium fluoride, calcium tungstate and strontium molybdate, materials that are used in solid-state devices as well as an alloy for some sensors) and dysprosium (used for making lasers).
- Google to Retire Blogger & Picasa Brands in Google+ Push
- Google shuts down Realtime search feature for now
- See You Later, Realtime: Google Ends Twitter Search Deal, For Now
- Goodbye to the names of Blogger and Picasa, and the reality of real-time search.
- Mashable reports Google intends to retire several non-Google name brands and rename them as Google products within the next 6 weeks
- according to two sources familiar with the matter, Google intends to rename Picasa “Google Photos” and Blogger will become “Google Blogs.”
- YouTube will not be rebranded
- Picasa was acquired in 2004 and Blogger (co-founded by Evan Williams of Twitter) was acquired in 2003 and is one of the top 10 most visited websites in the world.
- An agreement between Twitter and Google has expired without renewal and Google has shut down its real-time search. "We've temporarily disabled google.com/realtime. We're exploring how to incorporate Google+ into this functionality, so stay tuned." Yahoo, Bing, NTT Docomo and others still have access to the Twitter firehose.
- Toshiba Shows Off Glasses-Free 3D-Sporting Qosmio F750 Laptop
- Toshiba reveals the Qosmio F750 glasses-free 3D laptop, we go hands on (video)
- Set for August release £1300 ($2100)
- Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Geforce GT540M graphics
- 2D and 3D simultaneously in separate windows, HD webcam tracks your face
- Head tracking has improved since CES (couldn't see Tom for instance) but the 3D adjustment to movement is till slow
- Cell phones - do they give you cancer or not? According to a new study published in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, the "evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults." The study analyzed trends in cancer between 1970 and 2008 and found that cancer instances were relatively static during that time period. The researchers admitted that there is still a degree of uncertainty and future research is still necessary to determine the effects of cell phones on children.
- Evildoers beware, there is a brand new global entity that aims to fight cybercrime. Eight companies including McAffee and Trend Micro have joined to form the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance! ICSPA will focus on countries where a high number of cyberattacks originate like Russia and Brazil. The alliance will also work with Europol, the EU's criminal intelligence agency.
- Google employee Erica Joy posted some interesting news on her Google Plus account - the Google Plus iOS app has already been submitted to Apple's App Store and is waiting on approval. Right now, if you wanted Google Plus on iOS, you'd have to use Google's web app (which is pretty snazzy). Of course, if you're on Android, you don't care - you already have a Google Plus app.
- Are you sick of us talking about Netflix because you live in a country with no Netflix access? Later this year, Netflix is launching its streaming service in 43 new countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The service will be available in Portuguese, Spanish or English. Netflix hasn't stated specific dates, but you can sign up at Netflix.com to get an email reminder when it launches in your neck of the woods.
- Over the weekend, the Twitter account of Fox News was hacked. The hacked Fox News Twitter feed was responsible for spreading misinformation - several tweets falsely reported that the President of the United States had been killed and wished Joe Biden good luck as the new president. Fox News and the Secret Service are investigating the situation.
- Facebook has blocked a Google Chrome extension called Facebook Friend Exporter. The extension lets you grab information about your Facebook friends so you can import that info to another service. Facebook Fried Exporter has been around since November 2010, but apparently it became very popular around the time Google Plus was released. The extension violates Facebook's Terms of Service because it scrapes the data using automated means.
- Patent-rich Microsoft is making bank using some patents that it says are related to Google's Android operating system. Microsoft just announced a licensing deal with Wistron where Wistron will pay Microsoft for access to Microsoft's patents related to Android or Chrome. There are a number of other companies that have made this kind of deal with MS related to Android, but this is the first one that involves Chrome. Considering Google didn't get Nortel's patent portfolio, how long before Microsoft announces a royalty deal with Google?
- As if RIM needed more to fret about, ComScore just releaesed their latest US marketshare report, and Apple has officially passed RIM in the USA. For the three-month period ending May 2011, Google’s Android ranked as the top smartphone OS claiming 38.1 percent of U.S. smartphone subscribers. Apple rose slightly to 26.6% and RIM fell to 24.7.
- The Pringle’s Can Antenna Is Now 10 - back in 2001, 12db Pringles Can antennas were created, allowing hax0rs sniff Wi-Fi back in the good ol days
- the HP Pavilion dv6z Quad laptop with an AMD Llano processor is on sale at HP's site...this base model starts at $650... the Intel-based dv6t will run you $999
- The Linux Foundation will be announcing today that Toyota is joining the Foundation. There's a lot of Linux embedded in cars these days, and Linux is one of the most popular systems for dashboard computing.
- Facebook's "awesome" announcement happens tomorrow morning at 11 AM Pacific. We'll cover it live right here on TWiT. - the rumor seems to be leaning heavily toward a Skype integration
- reminder: The first Twitter townhall with President Obama will take place tomorrow, July 6th at 2 pm eastern, 11 pacific. Use the hashtag AskObama to ask questions
- Verizon is killing unlimited data plans on Thursday July 7th, four new pricing tiers from $10 to $80 will replace them - they ARE saying that customers currently on unlimited plans will be able to keep them as they upgrade devices.
- AT&T will offer new standard iPhone insurance beginning July 17th - Protection will now cost $4.99 per month after an expected $125 deductible, which covers all models of the iPhone for loss, accidental physical or liquid damage, theft, and mechanical or electrical failure.
"Hey TNT Crew,
Just finished watching TNT #275 and saw the bit towards the end where it was suggested that Achievements could print out certificates or 3D print physical trophies. I actually did something like this last year for an NHL 11 tournament that my friends had on the Xbox.
(and if you're interested, you can see some more things I've printed at http://techknight.imgur.com/makerbot/all)
-- Derek Quenneville"
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