Tech News Today 282
Recorded: July 12, 2011
Published: July 12, 2011
Tech News Today 282: Beware The Cloudpocalypse
Netflix raises or lowers prices depending, AT&T really has LTE devices, Comcast has no mercy, cuts off Seattle man, and more.
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Lance Ulanoff ( )
- Netflix officially separates DVD, streaming pricing; $15.98 and up for both
- DVD-only and streaming-only Netflix plans now $7.99. Each.
- Official Netflix blog post
- Netflix's vanished Sony films are an ominous sign
- Is Netflix Doomed?
- Netflix separates unlimited DVD and unlimited streaming
- DVD only or streaming only $7.99 per month EACH or 15.98 together
- New Netflix subscribers will be subject to this pricing structure right now, the change for current subscribers will go into affect September 1st.
- offers some info on streaming: Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities predicts Netflix's streaming content licensing costs will rise from $180 million in 2010 to a whopping $1.98 billion in 2012.
- Disney/Starz deal may run into issues like Sony/Starz
- could tie into the plan change
- AT&T reveals first two 4G LTE devices, but neither are phones
- AT&T to unveil first two 4G LTE products
- HP TouchPad 4G announced for AT&T with faster processor
- AT&T to unveil first two 4G LTE products
- ATT's announced 2 new LTE devices, no release date
- Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G ($69.99), the other is an LTE modem called the USBConnect Momentum 4G ($49.99)
- both have $50 mail in rebates
- ATT says they will release 20 "4G" devices by the end of the year some of which will be LTE
- ATT LTE will go live by end of Summer in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.
- TouchPad 4G which will run on ATT , 1.5Ghz processor (compared to WiFi only version at 1.2Ghz)
- TIMN thinks the TouchPad will be on the HSPA+ network, not LTE
- Comes with 32GB of storage & GPS
- Pricing and timing info not specificed "available in time for back to school"
- Apple’s Lawyers Used To Be Samsung’s, And Samsung Doesn’t Like It
- Apple hires lead patent counsel; Samsung alleges conflict of interest
- HTC tells Apple to try competing, rather than suing
- Apple Loses Senior iPhone Patent Attorney
- Reuters reports that Apple's Senior Patent Attorney, Richard Lutton Jr is leaving Apple. He was in charge of iPhone-related properties and will leave soon - possibly in the next month.
- BJ Watrous will replace him. Watrous was once the deputy general counsel for HP
- Samsung has asked the court to remove Apple's outside legal team Bridges & Mavrakis who worked with Samsung previously
- B&M claims that technology evolves so quickly that the time spent on Samsung’s side of the battle line is basically irrelevant now, and that “prior representation of Samsung was not substantially related to the current matter.
- Samsung argues that the “prior representation” Bridges & Mavrakakis is referring to was actually early 2011. Back then, Samsung was in the trenches with Sony Ericsson over a patent that has since been added to the Apple countersuit. Bridges & Mavrakakis lawyers investigated said patent. --- Additionally, Samsung believes all current attorneys who have worked B&M< should be let go as they must have shared info.
- Windows operating system share slides in June while OS X, iOS continue to climb
- Microsoft Plans to Say Goodbye to Windows XP
- June 2011 data from Net Applications shows MS market share down to 88.29%. OS X 5.37% ---- followed by iOS with 2.63%, Java ME with 1.12% and Linux with 0.95%
- August 2010 MS was 91.34%. OS X was 5.0%. Each month Windows marketshare shrunk a bit. Windows’ OS share dropped below 90% in January of this year for the first time since it climbed above the threshold. Stephen Rose, the IT community manager for Windows, stated that the 10-year old XP will end support April 8 2014---- Windows XP is the operating system with a market-leading 51 percent of personal computers.
- Xbox 360 pops up in Win 8 code, console game compatibility coming to the PC?
- Windows 8 Code Points to Xbox 360 Game Support?
Microsoft sees unified eco-system for PCs, Phones, and TVs of tomorrow http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/41010/microsoft-eco-system-pc-phones-tv
- WinRumours reports references to "XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH" AND "XBOX_360_SYSTEM_CRASH_RESERVED," have been found in the Windows 8 kernel code
- Could mean remote control of Xbox, could mean Xbox games coming to PC....
- Yesterday Microsoft merged GamesForWindows.com with Xbox.com, and has indicated Live would be built into the PC in some way.
- Microsoft’s president of its phones division, Andy Lees, has told delegates of the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference that Microsoft is working towards a unified eco-system for all its products moving forward as continues to align its PC, phone, and gaming businesses together.
- “We are bringing together of all the devices into a unified eco-system,” said Lees at the conference. “If the core of the device itself is possible to be common across phones, PCs, TVs and other things, there will be a single eco-system will all come together.”
- “Our strategy is that these new form factors are within a single eco-system rather than different eco-systems.”
- The Day Comcast’s Data Cap Policy Killed My Internet for One Year
- Mirrored link in case main link is down
- 15 MB down/3 MB up Comcast broadband service had been shut off due to exceeding their 250 GB/month data cap policy.
- Had been suspended month before and got a wartning. Took measures to reduce bandwidth but was cut off again and suspended for a year
- Cap applies to upload and download, Andre is a photographer, attributed excess to carbonite and Amazon uploads for backups and music storage
- Explained and asked to be reinstated and was told no ( to add insult to injury he was sent through 'customer retention' to cancel his account.
- Andre Vrignaud has worked in the interactive entertainment industry for over 20 years at companies such as Intel, Microsoft Xbox, and Amazon. He currently works as an independent game industry consultant doing game, platform strategy, and media/PR consulting for a variety of firms.
- HP's doing some streamlining. Stephen DeWitt is now the Senior VP of webOS. He's replacing Jon Rubinstein, who helped create webOS for Palm and the iPod for Apple. Rubinstein will become Senior VP of product innovation in HP's Personal Systems Group. And some bad news for you Palm fans - the Palm division has been renamed. It's the "webOS Global Business Unit" now.
- It's good news/bad news time for file sharing website Hotfile. The good news: a federal judge dismissed direct copyright infringement charges against the site because direct infringement requires a "volitional act." The bad news: secondary liability charges haven't been dismissed, and the case will proceed to see if Hotfile induces its users to commit copyright infringement.
- Facebook just launched its "Facebook for Every Phone" app aimed at feature phones. The free java app will be compatible with over 2,500 phones. Facebook partnered with carriers around the world to get free data access to the app for 90 days. So you'll have access to your News Feed, photos and more on your non-smartphone.
- We know you're sick of the constant attention that Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference gets, but Microsoft showed off four Mango phones from Samsung, Fujitsu, Acer, and ZTE. The Samsung model featured a front facing camera while the Fujitsu model was dashing in a pink number - it's also waterproof. Nokia's Sea Ray prototype didn't make an appearance, but MarketingMagazine reported a rumour that Nokia plans to spend £80m on advertisements for Windows phones starting in October.
- The Associated Press reports that Amazon filed a petition for referendum with the California Attorney General's office on Friday. The petition asks voters to overturn the California law that forces online retailers to collect sales tax. Amazon decided to kill its affiliate program for California after that particular law was passed. According to the Performance Marketing Association, of 200,000 affiliates in the United States, California had 25,000 of them. Maybe that affiliate program will return.
- AT&T has seen the future, and it's in fuel cells! AT&T will install Bloom Energy servers to run 11 sites in California. Bloom Energy servers are low-cost fuel cells that got national attention on a "60 Minutes" piece. AT&T will begin installations this year. This move will cut carbon dioxide emissions in half and virtually eliminates smog emissions like sulfer oxides and nitrogen oxides.
- Get Ready for Madden Bejeweled and Sims vs. Zombies! Electronic Arts has agreed to acquire PopCap Games for $650 million in cash and $100 million in stock. We talked about TechCrunch's report that this might happen, even though EA had told everyone they were done making big acquisitions. PopCap had indicated it wanted to go IPO in October... so take that one off your calendar.
- Sprint & AT&T have been subpoenaed by 9 states including New York, Texas and Florida. The states want Sprint to provide them with the same documents that Sprint has already submitted to the FCC related to AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. It's not clear what the states want from AT&T, yet. Sprint was also subpoenaed by the DOJ's Antitrust division. The states can't block the merger, but can make recommendations to the FCC.
- Google teased at its IO conference that changes were coming to the Android Market on phones, well that's gone live today. The UI has undergone a radical redesign, the app market now includes books and movies. The redesign is also meant to help users discover apps. The roll-out is coming to phones running Android 2.2 or higher and is expected to hit all users in the weeks ahead. Nice tiles, Google - looks right at home on Windows Phone 7.
- Julian Assange's extradition hearing has begun - he's arrived the Royal Courts of Justice on the first day of a High Court bid to avoid extradition.
- Amazon Prime For Students Now 50% Off at $39
- Android 3.2 hits Wi-Fi Motorola Xooms today. After the update that SD card slot should be working.
- Google has launched Offers in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York
- AT&T has launched Sony Ericsson Xperia Play with Gingerbread and an option to buy it in blue, like Tom Merritt's eyes
- Neptune discovered one Neptunian year ago today - that's 165 of your earth years long.
- Nintendo Video arrives on Japanese 3DS tomorrow, Netflix 'later this summer', which is the same time the American version should hit
- Sony S1 tablet up for pre-order in the UK on September 1st
- Netflix Europe debut set for January 2012
"Hi TNT crew
This is Chris from Sweden
I live,in Sweden and we have awesome broadband, I have 4 laptops in the house one of which is about a foot away from me right now. However I use my android phone to access the internet probably 75% of the time. Maybe I'm lazy but I can't be bothered to open up my laptop to surf.
I use apps like reader, G+, Twitter, Facebook, and my6sense for news and blogs. Doggcatcher and the Twit app for podcasts, my gmail is always logged in and there, and so on.
My main usecase for my laptop is for Slingbox and netflix.com/twit and the like.
Just wanted to point out that it's not due to a lack if access to broadband but due to the convenience of surfing on my phone.
Love the show,
A quick bt of news from New Zealand today. Our own "Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Act" (with 3-strikes) is due to come into force on Sep 1 2011. Today we have learned that the fee for rights holders to make an accusation/complaint will be at least $20 per notice, and possibly $25 (there's a little confusion in the media - a PR differes to a govt website). Furthermore, it looks like there will be a fee of $200 to take the complaint to the Tribunal. Also of note is that while the act starts on Sep 1, anyone can get notices for infringing from 21 days before that date - so, kiwis need to behave after August 10th!
Here's a link to a govt paper with regulation proposals for practical implementation of the scheme, http://www.med.govt.nz/templates/MultipageDocumentTOC____46116.aspx
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