Tech News Today 315

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Episode 315

Tech News Today 315: Stretch The Nanotube

Apple's business model ripped off by Razer, Google kills popular apps, HP, GameStop and BN apologies to everyone.

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Top Stories

  • Razer bucks trends with $2,800 gaming laptop, complete with innovative UI
  • Razer Blade gaming laptop announced, features SwitchBlade multitouch display trackpad
  • Razer Blade: hands-on with 17 inches of gaming greatness
    • Razer took a full page ad out in the WSJ declaring the PC not dead -- Min-Liang Tan, the CEO and Creative Director of Razer, told Ars "the big PC guys just don't want to innovate anymore".
    • Razer introduced Blade laptop with "Switchblade UI" powers touchpad off to right that can be programmable. It's below 10 programmable LCD keys
    • 10 dynamic keys, LCD screen on the right of keyboard, also a multitouch panel
    • Q4 Launch with $2,799.99 price tag
    • They've been operating in stealth mode for three years, working on a number of projects that were ultimately canned for not meeting Razer's standard (sound like anyopne else's business model?)
    • "We bought an entire ODM recently in Taiwan because we wanted to be able to control all facets of design. " Tan said
      • Weighs nearly 7 pounds only .88 inches thick
      • 2.8GHz Intel® CoreTM i7 2640M Processor
    • 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 Memory
      • 17.3" LED Backlit Display (1920x1080)
      • NVIDIA GeForce® GT 555M with NVIDIA® OptimusTM Technology
      • 2GB Dedicated GDDR5 Video Memory
      • Built-in HD Webcam
      • Integrated 60Wh Battery
      • 320GB 7200rpm SATA HDD
      • Wireless Network 802.11 b/g/n Compatible
      • 16.81" (Width) x 10.9" (Depth) x 0.88" (Height); 6.97lbs (Weight)

Discussion Stories

  • Upcoming Amazon tablet to undercut Apple’s iPad
    • BGR citing NY Post - will cost "hundreds less" than $499 iPad 2
    • Take it with a grain of salt but BGR passes on NY Post report that Amazon’s upcoming Android tablet will soon launch for “hundreds less” than Apple’s $499 entry-level iPad 2 tablet.
    • Would launch in September or October
    • Two tablets have been rumoured to be in production the entry-level dual-core “Coyote” and the high-end quad-core “Hollywood”
  • The First Fully Stretchable OLED
    • Engineers at UCLA have developed a fully stretchable OLED
    • Rather than layer carbon nanotubes onto a surface (where nanotubes sliding off or past each other), the engineers were able to blend nanotubes and a liquid polymer on a glass backing.
    • The blend could then be peeled off to make a smooth stretchable transparent electrode
    • Have made a 2-centimeter square with a 1cm Square area that emits blue light.
    • Conductivity still lost if stretched too far or too many times
  • Gamestop giving customers a $50 gift card, other perks for Human Revolution flub
  • Barnes & Noble apologizes for canceled TouchPad orders with $20 credits
  • HP offers free apps to TouchPad tablet owners
    • GameStop is offering a "$50 GameStop gift card and a Buy 2 Get 1 Free pre-owned purchase" offer to those who bought the standard PC version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
    • Anyone who ordered the PC version of Human Revolution through GameStop simply needs to bring in the email and their store receipt or order confirmation
    • Barnes & Noble is apologizing to customers that had placed orders for the HP TouchPad only to later find out that the tablet was not in stock and their orders had been canceled.
    • Reports are on Twitter that B&N is sending $20 eGift cards which can be used to purchase items at the Barnes & Noble website or in stores.
    • "If you have an HP TouchPad...We've selected six apps that normally sell for as much as $14.99 and we're making them available at no cost to HP webOS customers for a limited time," HP said on its Palm Web site today. The promo codes below will expire on August 31, the company said.

News Fuse

  • Softbank to Sell Most of Yahoo Stake
    • Japanese telecom company Softbank decided to pay off a loan it had with Citibank by dumping virtually all of its 4% stake in Yahoo. Softbank now owns a measly 0.002% of Yahoo now. The deal between Softbank and Citibank turned out to be a great deal for Softbank. By paying in Yahoo stock, Softbank made a profit because the shares it gave to Citi were only worth $660 million - the loan that Softbank extinguished with those stocks was $1.135 billion. See? Yahoo stocks are worth something.
  • AT&T Now Charging You For Not Using Enough Long Distance
    • AT&T's trying to wring the last bit of profit from its landline business. The company has started to charge a $2 per month fee for customers who don't have long-distance calling plans. Let's say that again - customers will be charged for not using a service. The fee can be avoided if customers make $2 worth of calls. Maybe AT&T is just trying to get you to call your mom.
  • Verizon Wireless most reliable carrier, says J.D. Power
    • J.D. Power and Associates has crowned Verizon Wireless the most reliable carrier in the United States. The survey looked at delayed text messages, connection issues, and dropped calls. Verizon received the least complaints and was tops in all regions surveyed by J.D. Power except in the North Central area. U.S. Cellular was the North Central's best.




"Hello TNT crew,

On yesterdays episode you discussed how Lync and Skype could coexist the answer is simple Lync is Microsofts’ VoIP solution targeted at business and enterprise, Skype on the other hand is more consumer oriented and if Microsoft makes the right decisions they’ll keep it that way.

Keep up the great work, Michael"

"Hey Tom,

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