Tech News Today 309
Recorded: August 18, 2011
Published: August 18, 2011
Tech News Today 309: HP's Birthday Surprise
HP bails on the computer, IBM's brain chip, Windows 8 secrets revealed, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar
- Jason Howell ( )
- HP to follow IBM, ditch its PC business
- HP Confirms Discussions with Autonomy Corporation plc Regarding Possible Business Combination; Makes Other Announcements
- HP: ‘We are not walking away from webOS;’ exclusive details from inside
- We’re liveblogging HP’s Q3 conference call — TouchPad sales, possible PC spinoffs, and more
- Markets confused on what to make of HP announcements
- Autonomy Confirms In Talks With US Giant Hewlett-Packard
- HP considering spin off PC business to focus on enterprise services (a la IBM)
- acquiring the Cambridge, UK-based data analysis company Autonomy for about $10 billion - sells software that analyzes documents and media files (voice memos) to extract information and make it available via a search function.
- PC sales is low margin, Personal Systems group brought in the most revenue but only %500 million earnings (last quarter)
- PCs are becoming commodities, uninteresting to tech giants?
- Hp announces they are discontinuing WebOS
- specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.
- "Regarding the future of webOS, we are looking at all of our strategic options regarding the software. The software has been received very well, everyone likes it. We will be looking at all possible business models, from licensing to any other possibility, to look at how to extract value from webOS."
- "WebOS would require significant investments over the next five years, generating risk without clear rewards."
- "...today is all about driving shareholder value, and transforming HP for the future."
- Lenovo's profit nearly doubles on higher overseas sales
- Net profit was $108.8m (£65.8m) for the three months to the end of June, a 98% surge compared with the same period last year
- The surge was driven by emerging markets, with a 46% jump in shipments.
- Now world's 3rd largest PC vendor by total shipments
- IBM's cognitive computing chip functions like a human brain, heralds our demise
- IBM produces first 'brain chips'
- IBM DARPA project called SyNAPSE (Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics)
- 2 prototype "neurosynaptic computing chip" 256 cores, One chip has 262,144 programmable synapses, while the other contains 65,536 learning synapses
- integrated memory directly within its processors, wedding hardware with software in a design that more closely resembles the brain's cognitive structure. This severely limits data transfer speeds, but allows the system to execute multiple processes in parallel
- prototypes have already demonstrated the ability to navigate, recognize patterns and classify objects"
- New AT&T texting plans: unlimited or nothing
- Engadget published a leaked document showing AT&T plans on changing text message plans August 21
- Eliminate all limited plans.
- $20 for an individual unlimited messaging plan or $30 for a family unlimited messaging plan
- Without a plan - 20¢ per text and 30¢ per multimedia message.
- Microsoft starts to talk Windows 8, all but confirms App Store
- Windows 8 build locked down to prevent leaks?
- Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky posting again to B8 blog
- High-level view of how Win8 team is organised
- Mentioned App Store team
- Hyper-V team
- No Media Center team
- Separately: An internal e-mail allegedly from Intel and published by WinRumors announced that generic product keys previously included with the builds would no longer be supported or available. Instead, people working with the new build would have to obtain new, special product keys
- Does not compute: court says only hard math is patentable
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected a patent on a method of detecting credit card fraud
- the court ruled that you can't patent mental processes—even if they are carried out by a computer program.
- The court ALSO ruled that the no-patenting-math rule doesn't apply if the math in question complicated enough that "as a practical matter, the use of a computer is required" to perform the calculations.
- 1994 Federal Circuit In Re Alappat case allowed a patent on anti-aliasing....but that could be done by humans, tedious, yes, but could be done
- In Tuesday's opinion, the court argued that the half-toning patent was different from the fraud-detection patent because the half-toning algorithm "required the manipulation of computer data structures"
- Everyone is acquisition-crazy these days including Evernote. The company just picked up Skitch, a drawing app for OS X. Skitch used to have a $20 price tag, but Evernote has made it freeware. Considering Evernote is cross-platform, expect Skitch drawing tools to be integrated into mobile and desktop versions soon.
- More free stuff! The CEO of Sledgehammer Games, the current developers of Call of Duty games, announced via Twitter that Modern Warfare 3 will get free dedicated servers. That means that anyone can run their own server but that also means expect all kinds of exploits and cheats. Modern Warfare 3 is available on Steam in case you had an itch to download a war game via Steam.
- The PS3 just got a price cut, but there's another reason it just got more attractive. For a fee, PS3 owners will be able to watch NFL Sunday Ticket via the PS3 without needing a satellite or cable subscription. The package costs about $340 and gives viewers access to out of market games in HD. So if you wanted to cut the cable, but couldn't because of live sports - here's your chance. The PS3 also has access to the MLB, NHL, and a bunch of Internet video services.
- To the Rumour Mill! The Nexus Prime is rumored to be available to all in October. This would be the third-generation of Nexus phones and it would ship with Android 4.0 a.k.a. "Ice Cream Sandwich." Why would anyone wait until October for this phone? Maybe its 4.50-inch 720p HD AMOLED display and 1.5Ghz dual-core processor will entice you.
- There have been rumors about the iPhone entering China circulating, but it looks like it's going to happen. China Mobile says it has had several in-person meetings with Steve Jobs to bring an iPhone to its network. The iPhone would work on China Mobile's 2G network, but would require a redesign to work on China Mobile's 3G network.
- Because it worked for Nokia, RIM is reportedly talking with the music industry to introduce a music service. The RIM music service would run on top of BlackBerry Messenger. According to CNET, RIM has already signed one of the big four and is close to landing two others. When can you expect this to launch? Testing could begin as soon as a few weeks.
- Active Wikimedia editors in good standing are voting on a referendum deciding whether to implement a system for readers to conceal pictures that they would prefer not to view, via preference settings. Under the referendum proposal, potentially upsetting pictures would not be deleted, just "shuttered". Violent and sexual images could be shuttered by any user. Other controversial images would require registration to shutter.
- People use Google Maps to figure out how to get places. Now you can use it to figure out what to wear there as well. Google added a weather layer, accessible from the upper right corner of Google Maps, that provides users with current weather conditions and five day forecasts for locales all around the world. Users can zoom in or click on a weather icon to get a more detailed report for a specific area.
- The BART police officers association website has been hacked. Not too suprising, considering the go-rounds BART has had with the group Anonymous. SFWeekly reports that the hack was perpetrated by a French woman who goes by Lamaline_5mg. Reportedly she figured out how to get into BART's website by a one-page PDF tutorial and googling 'site:bartpoa.com inurl:.asp. Info on 102 police officers was released.
- Hewlett-Packard incorporated on this day in 1947 (8 years after it started in a garage)
- HP TouchPad 64GB model available in France with dual-core 1.5GHz dual core snapdragon processor and white finish - €599 ($864) price
- Nokia released a major software update to Symbian today! Enjoy a revised UI, new keyboard in portrait mode, and other improvements.
- Anonymous Planning Another Live BART Protest Monday August 22 5 PM
- Google Gives Itself Until February 15, 2013 to Get Motorola Deal Done
"Listening to Wednesday's episode I can shed some light on why hp is ranked so high is web visitors. Working in the tech industry I am always going to hp.com to get to the printer drivers section. I'm sure that tech support driver downloads account for most of those hits. I manage printers for an enterprise and I hps website easily a hundred plus times a month- and we are a relatively small company too.
Just a thought. Paul DeArment Jr"
"In #305 (and other times as well, I'm sure) Sarah Lane mentioned trying to move away from email.
So my question is, what would you have it replaced with? You mentioned Facebook messenger, but that is a closed system - not to mention the fact that you need to be logged in so they can track your every move.
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