Tech News Today 316

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Episode 316

Tech News Today 316: Amazon Is A Unicorn

Samsung aims to wipe out SMS, Eric Schmidt redefines Google + and television, Android coming to HP TouchPad, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Samsung Announces LTE Versions of Galaxy S II & Galaxy Tab 8.9
    • ChatOn is set go live at IFA and roll out slowly in over 120 countries across 62 languages
    • Samsung says Android, BlackBerry and shows a picture of an iOS version. Reportedly coming to Bada too according to SammyHub. Possible web client for desktop as well.
    • Feature phones will have access with limited functionality
    • group chat and messaging, as well as video and voice messages and contact, location, and calendar sharing.
    • user profiles (and Facebook-like wall posts) and interaction ranks. There are also Animation messages, which are a combination of text scribbles and audio, and the Trunk feature, which is like a repository for files shared across a user’s ChatOn messages.
    • Also at IFA: Samsung has announced LTE variants of Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 8.9.
    • The Android 2.3-based Galaxy S II LTE will have a humongous 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen and an 8 megapixel camera.
    • The Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE will be one of the most portable tablets around, being 8.6 mm thin and weighing only 455 g. Both devices will feature a 1.5GHz dual core processor.
  • Eric Schmidt: If you can’t use your real name, don’t use Google+
  • It’s official: Google wants to own your online identity
  • Schmidt: TV makers to adopt Google TV within 5 years
    • Edinburgh International TV Festival, NPR's Andy Carvin asks Google Exec. Chairman Eric Schmidt how he justifies Google's apparent "real names or go home" stance, given that real identities could put people at risk?
    • Schmidt says G+ is primarily an identity service
    • Regarding people who are concerned about their safety, he said G+ is completely optional. No one is forcing you to use it. It's obvious for people at risk if they use their real names, they shouldn't use G+
    • He also said the internet would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person.
    • "Virtually all the television manufacturers on their very high end will eventually adopt Google TV...or perhaps one of the competitors that will emerge. We know this space exists. The issue is getting that started, getting the applications built and so forth, and that's taken quite a while."

Discussion Stories

  • Run Linux And Android On iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G, iPad [Upcoming]
    • An open letter and video from CyanogenMod posted on the RootzWiki Web site yesterday show that developers have so far been able to run a Cyanogenmod version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on an HP TouchPad.
    • No touch screen support
    • "Our ultimate vision is to create a multiboot solution where the end user will be able to boot into WebOS, Cyanogenmod, and/or other" OSes
    • ALSO A team of developers have begun work on porting the Linux operating system to newer iDevices with an A4 chip. Meaning you will soon be able to run Linux and maybe even the Android operating system on your iPhone 4, iPod Touch 4G and iPad.
  • Next on Facebook chopping block: Deals
    • Facebook abandoning the Deals market
    • "Check-In Deals are still an important part of the marketing solutions Facebook provides. We’re still testing Check-In Deals and they are now available in 12 countries. They are not being phased out."
    • Although they killed Facebook Check-in... apparently it will have a place int he new geo-tagging system that replaces check-in
    • After testing Deals for four months, we’ve decided to end our Deals product in the coming weeks. We think there is a lot of power in a social approach to driving people into local businesses. We remain committed to building products to help local businesses connect with people, like Ads, Pages, Sponsored Stories, and Check-in Deals. We’ve learned a lot from our test and we’ll continue to evaluate how to best serve local businesses.

News Fuse




"Hi guys. My travels today took me to Best Buy where I saw the most unbelievable thing. Flip cameras on sale. Many months ago, Cisco discontinued the product for many of the same reasons Palm did. What I am curious about is the difference between Cisco and Palm's philosophy regarding their inventory. Cisco seems content to draw down the flip camera inventory, while HP seems desperate to get rid of their touch pads. Why do you think that Cisco is willing to take a loss on their products to get rid of them, yet Cisco is content selling Flip cameras at whatever pace the market will bare?

- John M."



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  • Edited by: Jeff Stewart
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