Tech News Today 311
Recorded: August 22, 2011
Published: August 22, 2011
Tech News Today 311: Cut Me A Slice Of Cyberloaf
Microsoft steals WebOS developers, then sues Motorola Mobility. Ford and Toyota partner up, and more.
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- Skype Buys GroupMe, Looks To Ramp Up Its Group Messaging Services
- Skype buying GroupMe a price reported to be between $50 million and $85 million.
- iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and (most recently) Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7
- After launching lat year at TechCrunch event GroupMe has picked up just under $11.5 million in funding
- GroupMe co-founder Steve Martocci notes that GroupMe will be integrating with Skype.
- The $99.99 TouchPad phenomenon, in your words
- HP TouchPad tops Amazon US sales, rumored for UK price drop
- HP: webOS Still Coming to PCs and Printers, Pre3 Launching in “Limited” Markets
- How Much Did HP Lose on the TouchPad? Here’s a Good Guess.
- Pre 3 not coming to US; deep discounts in Europe
- How to install Ubuntu Linux on an HP TouchPad
- HP sold an estimated 300,000 TouchPads, price dropped to $99.99 for 16GB $149 for 32 GB
- Lines at Best Buy, difficulty buying online, Top seller in electronics on Amazon
- Dixons in UK £89 ($146) and £115 ($189) for the 16GB and 32GB v
- webOS chief Stephen DeWitt told AllThingsD “At the end of the day, webOs is going to be a popular platform on a variety of connected devices,”
- “We are continuing with our webOS-on-Windows work,” Sid intend to still bring it to PCs and printers HP also plans to issue further **Pre 3 not coming to US; Should be around $75 in Europe
- Using iSuppli numbers and shipping estimates, Arik Hesseldahl at ATD estimates HP lost between 139 and 300 million on the Touchpad.
- Microsoft courts webOS developers; 1,000 make the leap
- Microsoft woos webOS developers with free phones, training
- Microsoft's Brandon Watson tweeted on Friday "To Any Published WebOS Devs: We'll give you what you need to be successful on #WindowsPhone, incl.free phones, dev tools, and training, etc."
- This morning: Oops...@winrumors runs another article...@engadget too...email flood begins anew for Monday. Closing in on 1K #webOS dev emails.
- Only applies to developers who have had their app accepted for publication in WebOS App Catalog.
- Watson also is responsible for Scot Adams getting a Windows Phone and offered one to GeoHotz "
- Microsoft-Moto Patent Case Opens With Obligatory Smack Talk
- Microsoft’s patent infringement case against Motorola Mobility kicked off before the International Trade Commission in Washington today.
- MS accuses Motorola Mobility of infringing 7 patents and asks for a ban on certain phones
- “We are vigorously defending ourselves against Microsoft’s patent attack business strategy,” Motorola said in a statement. “We have also brought legal actions of our own in the U.S. and in Europe to address Microsoft’s large scale of infringement of Motorola Mobility’s patents.”
- An initial determination in the case is set to be issued in November and a final judgment is expected in March 2012.
- Ford partners with Toyota to share technology, create new hybrid system for trucks and SUVs
- announcing a "memorandum of understanding" today that will see them acting as "equal partners" to create a new rear-wheel drive hybrid platform intended for light trucks and SUVs
- That platform is expected to be completed by sometime next year, but the two will also be sharing data to advance infotainment and in-car technology systems, meaning someday your Entune might talk to your Sync
- Apple reportedly testing 4G LTE in iOS 5 beta builds
- Claimed iPhone 5 parts surface, suggesting minor changes in store
- Reference to LTE found in iOS 5 developer builds
- a property list (.plist) file found on the GSM iPhone 4 and CDMA iPad 2 shows that Apple has incorporated LTE testing into its Fieldtest application
- Forbes reported job postings at Apple requiring LTE expertise. Pictures of LTE equipment installed in Apple stores
- TVC Mall, a Shenzhen-based electronic parts wholesaler, is already listing replacement camera module, battery, and audio jack cable parts for what is labeled as "iPhone 5."
- battery 5.3 Whr
- iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens confirmed to MacRumors that the part numbers seem plausible
- Good news/bad news time for MP3Tunes. The good news is that a judge found that music locker service is protected under the DMCA's safe harbor provision, so the service is not liable for infringement by its users. The bad news is that its founder, Michael Robertson was found personally liable for uploading music without getting the consent of the rights holders. MP3tunes and Robertson were also both found liable for contributory infringement because the service did not remove songs that EMI had identified as copyright violations.
- Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former Wikileaks spokesperson, has deleted 3,500 documents from Wikileaks. These deleted documents were unpublished and Domscheit-Berg says that the batch included the US no-fly list. A Wikileaks statement confirmed the deletion and said that the files also included Bank of America information and neo-Nazi organization communications.
- According to Facebook's algorithm, environmentalists are spam! Recently, environmental activists and animal rescue activists were being blocked by Facebook and could not post for 15 days. It turns out that Facebook doesn't have a vendetta against these folks - it was just an error in its spam program. Facebook has sent out apologies and will be modifying its spam filters so this doesn't happen any more.
- The RIAA is appealing some decisions in its ongoing and seemingly never-ending legal battle with Jammie Thomas-Rasset. The RIAA will be looking to have several decisions changed and it is going back to cases from 2008. Here's the thing, Thomas is already on the hook for $62,500 to the RIAA. The RIAA wants the court to award the organization more because more money would be "well within the range of damages awards authorized by … the Copyright Act."
- A new study titled the "Impact of Cyberloafing on Psychological Engagement" from the researchers at the National University of Singapore says you should goof off at work by browsing non-work related sites. Apparently, the break actually increases productivity compared to people who did not "cyberloaf." So the next time you get caught on Reddit, say you're doing it for the good of the company.
- Apple's going to be building in a new feature in iOS 5 that will give users access to notifications of early earthquake warnings. This feature will be available to iOS users in Japan. Warnings should appear anywhere from one to two minutes before an earthquake. If you opt into the service, iOS will keep checking with Japan's earthquake warning system, which in turn will reduce battery life. That's a small price for safety, though.
- Facebook announced a new partnership with Miramax to offer streaming movie rentals. The Miramax eXperience goes live today with 20 titles available in the United States and 10 in the UK and Turkey. France and Germany will get the service soon. Miramax already has deals with Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and Apple. Movies cost 30-Facebook credits, or about $3. Your rental lasts up to 30 days but you only get 48 hours to finish it once you start.
- AMD announced today that it’s releasing updated versions of its C and E series APUs.(Accelerated Processing Units- advanced hybrids of CPUs and GPUs) Both series will feature DisplayPort++ support, and an extended battery life. The C series now has a resting battery life of up to 12 hours, while the E series is now up to 10.5 hours. The E series will also feature DDR3 1333 support for enhanced memory bandwidth. The processors are available in builds starting today.
- Google+ began verifying the accounts of high-profile users and publicly flagging them over the weekend. They made the official announcement today. A grey checkmark will show up next to verified accounts. The verifications will only appear on the profiles of public figures, celebrities, and "people who have been added to a large number of circles," said Wen-Ai Yu from the Google + Team.
- Verizon strike is set to come to an end tomorrow, August 23rd. 45,000 union workers have been out over 2 weeks. A statement from the union said it had reached an agreement with Verizon, but that "The major issues remain to be discussed."
- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet will be available for monetary purchase Tuesday 8/23
- Nyko Zoom - that cool idea to give Kinect users with limited apartment space 40% more room to make wild gestures with their body, goes on sale Tuesday 8/23
- Nokia will most likely announce the Symbian Belle update on Wednesday, August 24 (that's the next version up from Anna). I say most likely because Nokia put up a cryptic countdown clock on its Facebook page as a teaser for something new on Symbian, but forgot to change the filename from "belle_fb_TeaserMain"... so it's probably that.
- Verizon Wireless' LTE expansion is not messing around and will launch service in 15 new markets on September 15th- including Reno, Fargo, and Mansfield Ohio to name a few.
- get yer free iphone 3gs at Best Buy... TODAY ONLY!... and only with a new, two-year contract or upgrade, and only in-store, and only with the 8gb version. But still... free!
"Hey TNT crew,
Wanted to respond to the Randomizer story on the new "holograms" being unveiled in Paris. When it comes to bad holograms, we (Yanks) had it here first.
Below is the link to the video voicemail that shows you one set up across the street from my apartment, right in the heart of Wall Street, New York at the new flagship Duane Reade (famous New York drug store chain). Hopefully the audio works well (towards the end it gets a bit noisy in the store, but I pretty much say "Not working properly but when it comes to bad holograms, we had it here first."
Love the show, Derrick"
in your episode #310, you guys talked about a Intel's Project Tomorrow, and talked about a way to create crowd sourced content, I believe that Bar Karma deserves a citation. It is a sci-fi drama developed by a community.
The show was created by Sim City's Will Wright, and it is a pretty entertaining.
Gilberto ""Knuttz"" Soares Filho"
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