Tech News Today 303
Recorded: August 10, 2011
Published: August 10, 2011
Tech News Today 303: You Say SATA, I Say SATA
Kindle cloud reader, wireless data hacked, DARPA goes Mach 20, and more.
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- Apple is also suing Motorola in Europe over the Xoom tablet's design
- Apple Sues Motorola Over Xoom Design
- Deep inside Apple's complaint against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Prior to or simultaneously with the motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung, Apple also filed a complaint with the same court over the design of the Motorola Xoom tablet
- Kindle Cloud Reader Web app rebuffs Apple
- Hands-on with Kindle Cloud Reader: can it replace a native iPad app?
- Kindle Cloud Reader, Vudu iPad site help avoid Apple tax
- Vudu Avoids Apple Payday, Launches iPad Mobile Site
- Researchers Hack Mobile Data Communications
- Security flaw found in feds' digital radios
- 4G and CDMA reportedly hacked at DEF CON
- a full man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack was successfully launched against all 4G and CDMA transmissions in and around the venue, the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas
- Apple, publishers conspired against $9.99 Amazon e-books, says lawsuit
- five major publishers allegedly acted together to increase e-book prices and compel Amazon to abandon its discount sales strategy. That's the gist of a new class action antitrust lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Northern District of California by the Hagens Berman litigation group.
- The essence of the claim is that these publishers, in coordination with Apple, conspired to nix the low price e-books that Amazon launched in 2007.
- Scoop: Sprint to launch cloud services in 4th quarter
- Sprint Nextel plans to enter the cloud services business in the fourth quarter, an executive told CNET today.
- Sprint will offer small and medium-size businesses and large corporations "hosted collaboration services" such as software, security applications and Internet hosting, and also will sell its infrastructure as a service, which can be purchased on an on-demand model, according to Paget Alves, head of Sprint's business markets.
- Sprint is following Verizon Communications, which this year acquired Terremark for $1.4 billion to get into the cloud business, and AT&T, which has partnered with a number of companies to offer similar services
- Motorola is open to Windows Phone 7 -- When questioned on the subject CEO of Motorola Sanjay Jha said, "I think we're completely open to the notion of Windows as a platform"
- Motorola CEO: 'Completely open' to Windows 8
- Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha talks Ice Cream Sandwich, future tablets in Oppenheimer keynote
- Yesterday, news made the rounds that Anonymous would be attacking Facebook on November 5th. ZDNet wanted to get to the bottom of this and is reporting that the group that wants to take down Facebook does not speak for Anonymous as a whole. A message on the GroupAnon Twitter account says "No one can speak for the whole of #Anonymous. There are some anons who support #OpFacebook whilst others do not. | #AnonOps." AnonOps has also tweeted that OpFacebook is a fake, "we don't kill the messenger, that's not our style."
- When Microsoft announced it was acquiring Skype, people immediately thought about how Skype would be integrated into MS products. Skype's VP Neil Stevens is shedding some light on details. He says that Skype will be integrated tightly with Windows Phone in a way that Skype couldn't accomplish on other mobile operating systems like Android or iOS. Stevens suggested that Skype wouldn't even be an app on Windows Phone, but something built into the device so you can access Skype from anywhere including a browser.
- Verizon is reporting that some of its services have been sabotaged with some fiber-optic lines cut around the East coast. This has led to problems in Verizon's telephone, Internet and television services. Also, equipment has been stolen in New Jersey which affected service to a police department. Verizon is offering a $50,000 reward to find the perpetrators. If you think the striking unionized workers are to blame, a union rep said, "We don’t do that, and nobody in the union leadership supports any of that."
- Sure, the world's moved onto all kinds of iPhone 5 speculation, but there's still iPhone 4 fallout. Remember that whole iPhone 4 leak where Gizmodo bought a prototype iPhone 4 and there were doors busted in, computer seizures, etc? The San Mateo County DA has filed misdemeanor charges against 2 people for the stolen iPhone 4. Named in the release were Brian Hogan and Sage Wallower. The DA's statement also said that "After a consideration of all of the evidence, it was determined that no charges would be filed against employees of Gizmodo."
- Mary Jo Foley found out some details about the upcoming Windows Phone Tango. According to Foley's source, Tango, the successor to Mango, is "all about Nokia" and the OS is meant to bring about lower cost Windows Phone devices from Nokia. Other murmurs have Tango being focused on the Asian market. So is Tango more like "Windows Phone Starter Edition" or a very optimized version of the OS? We'll have to wait and see.
- We know you're sick of hearing us talk about advances in SATA every single day, but there's exciting news. SATA-IO, the organization behind SATA, has announced two new standards. SATA Express brings speeds of 8Gbps to 16Gbps and is coming later in the year. The other standard is SATA µSSD (microSSD?) that introduces another connector which allows for stacking single-chip drives directly onto a motherboard.
- Apple is not pleased with the displays LG is providing for the iPad 2 and is looking for other vendors. According to Boy Genius Reports, Apple may actually turn to its current legal enemy, Samsung. Samsung was previously Apple's go-to display maker, but the current litigation between the two make this seem less likely. The big winner could be Chimei Innolux.
- Ladies and gentleman, there's a blue light special on some spectrum in the U.S. The FCC has announced it is making the 650 MHz frequency available as a part of its "Broadband Acceleration Initiative." This move is supposed to help with 4G rollouts and the FCC hopes this will also spur job creation. Save the economy with job creation and faster wireless speeds? Good idea!
- The Associated Press did some number crunching and found that eight of the nine largest subscription TV providers in U.S. lost over 195,000 subscribers in the second quarter of this year alone. To put that in some perspective, that's only a 0.2% loss. Analysts disagree with the AP's numbers citing a quarterly loss of closer to 400,000. Time Warner thinks that Internet video has very little do with the "cord cutting" phenomenon and signs point to the economy as a reason for the diminishing number of subscribers.
- Anybody know how fast Mach 20 is? 13,000 miles per hour, or 20 times the speed of sound. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency- known as DARPA- showed off the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 for its second and final launch this morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. According to the DARPA site, the aircraft went into the atmosphere via a rocket, and flew around 30 minutes. it's still in proof of concept phase but imagine getting from JFX to LAX in around...12 minutes!
- PS3 users, there's an updated firmware available today - go grab firmware 3.70 for cloud save uploads, trophy sync and other goodies.
- The Samsung Conquer 4G is available for pre-order. Normally the Android phone costs $100, but Walmart is offering it for $0 on contract.
- Over the weekend, HP ran a promotion lowering the price of the TouchPad by $100. The price cut is now permanent, so now TouchPads cost $400 for the 16GB version and $500 for the 32GB version.
- SETI Institute's telescopes have gone back online, resuming hunt for alien life! This week the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute announced that it had raised more than $200,000 from about 2000 people in a fund-raising effort that started this Spring. the money will help the institute put its Allen Telescope Array back online.
- Samsung Galaxy R officially announced for Europe and Asia, nobody surprised
- Hulu announced via its blog that it is rolling out service to Japan "later this year."
"Just to say – the US shortage of bandwidth is because you have two competing and conflicting standards operating – CDMA and GSM. Most of the rest of the World has just GSM so there is less redundancy and more free spectrum.
Many many years ago I was trained as a radio traffic analyst by the U.S. Army. Without knowing anything at all about the actual context of a message, you would be amazed how much you can ascertain about an established or ad hoc communications network just by looking at who sent a message to whom, where it was sent from and received, and the time and frequency (how often, not radio frequency) of the transmissions.
In my day the analysis was performed by people. In these times, a reasonably fast computer with the appropriate algorithm would be able to spec out a communications web in a very short time. If you can identify just one person from this web as a participant in the riots, you would know who his friends are and where and when they talked to each other.
All this without needing to know what was actually in any of the messages.
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