Tech News Today 325
Recorded: September 9, 2011
Published: September 9, 2011
Tech News Today 325: You Are Eaten By A Kindle
Windows 8 boots in 8 seconds, why you can't trust the cloud, AOL starts dressing slutty, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Wil Harris ( )
- Watch Windows 8 boot in eight seconds, thanks to kernel hibernation
- Windows 8 to bring 10-second boot-ups to new PCs
- Windows 8 machines can boot 30-70% faster depending on specs. Video shows Windows machine booting in less than 10 seconds. (New PC with solid state disk)
- Windows program management director Gabe Aul said a hybrid cold boot and resume feature closes user-facing sessions but keeps kernel processes in hibernation mode.
- session 0 hibernation data is much smaller, which takes substantially less time to write to disk
- Microsoft Recovering From Hotmail, SkyDrive Cloud Outage
- Hotmail, MSN outage sparks doubts about Microsoft cloud
- Google explains its Google Docs outage
- Is the cloud safe?
- Microsoft's Hotmail, SkyDrive and other cloud services crashed on the night of Sept. 8. Services now appear restored.
- By 11:49 PT, he provided an update to his posting: “We have completed propagating our DNS [Domain Name System] configuration changes around the world, and have restored service for most customers.”
- In August, Office 365 and Microsoft CRM users were hit with downtime that a company spokesperson attributed to a “networking issue” at “one of our North American data centers.”
- Google Docs had an outage on Wednesday. The outage was caused by a change designed to improve real time collaboration within the document list. Unfortunately this change exposed a memory management bug which was only evident under heavy usage.
- 8/19, 3 hour outage of Microsoft Office 365 and Skydrive blamed on a networking interruption
- Sprint Said to Plan Unlimited Data With IPhone
- Sprint iPhone, unlimited data? Not for long
- Sprint to launch 'major device' by Oct. 15
- Bloomberg reports that Sprint will offer its iPhone next month with unlimited data service plans to distinguish itself from rivals
- Because of data volume, analysts think the unlimited plans would only be offered for a limited time. One analyst believes Sprint could offer the iPhone with an unlimited plan for another year, with others saying the window could be shorter.
- German court bans Galaxy Tab 10.1: looks too much like iPad
- Samsung is prohibited from selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany.
- judge Johanna Brueckner-Hofmann said that to an informed consumer, the Galaxy Tab looks like Apple’s protected design.
- “The court is of the opinion that Apple’s minimalistic design isn’t the only technical solution to make a tablet computer, other designs are possible.”
- Apple was granted a preliminary injunction against the 7.7 on September 2nd forcing Samsung to pull its demonstration models and ads from the show floor of IFA.
- Apple could potentially use the Germany case to bolster its arguments against Samsung in other European courts, or even in the US. A hearing for the US case is coming up in mid-October
- AOL Said to Discuss Deal With Yahoo Advisers
- THAT WAS FAST: Yahoo Says No Way Is It Merging With AOL - cites CNBC
- After AOL Rules Out TechCrunch Sale to Arrington, Tense Severance Negotiations Taking Place
- AOL's Armstrong pitches Yahoo merger, report says
- AOL may change. One way or another.
- Bloomberg CEO Tim Armstrong is talking with private equity firms and investment bankers from Allen & Co. working with Yahoo, to gauge its interest in combining the companies.
- AOL’s market value is about $1.6 billion, while Yahoo’s is about $18.2 billion. BI says CNBC reported that a "source close to Yahoo says no interest in a deal with AOL."
- Also negotiations are continuing over Michael Arrington's departure from AOL. Some reports suggest Arrington is attempting to buy back TechCrunch. The deal group interested in buying back the site includes TechCrunch’s top exec Heather Harde and editor/writers Sarah Lacy and Erick Schonfeld.
- Google announces Dart programming language
- On October 10, during the keynote speech of the Goto conference in Aarhus, Denmark, two Google developers will unveil Dart, a new programming language for “structured web programming.”
- designed to explicitly solve Googlecentric issues
- Ever type Facebok or maybe you wanted to go to us.company.com and accidentally typed uscompany.com. This could be dangerous according to a new paper by Peter Kim and Garrett Gee. Typosquatters can register the misspelled domain and intercept emails and other sensitive traffic. The researchers found that found that 30 percent, or 151, of Fortune 500 companies were potentially vulnerable. They're test domains received 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail over six months.
- The United States Senate passed a patent system reform bill yesterday. Next it heads to the President's desk for a signature. The new law awards patents to the first to file rather than the first to invent, thus shortening review times. It also streamlines the application process and sets new fees which should keep the US Patent and Trademark Office better funded. A 3rd-party challenge system is supposed to cut down on patents that shouldn't be approved int eh first place.
- Federal officials have told Congress that LightSquared's proposed LTE network will cause all kinds of problems for earthquake reporting, hurricane and tornado tracking, predicting floods and all sorts of things that rely on GPS. LightSquared's Executive VP said, "This is not a zero-sum game," meaning that both GPS and LightSquared's networks can coexist. LightSqured has already submitted a new plan altering the amount of power it uses in transmitting to mitigate interference.
- TechReport.com says that GPU benchmarks may not be as useful as they ought to be. Considering that these benchmarks are looking at frames per second, they are not necessarily looking at thing like stuttering. Averaging out frames per second can mask a GPU that has trouble rendering. TechReport suggests looking at frame time along with the FPS rate to get a better picture of what you're getting into before you start comparing graphics cards.
- The World Wide Web Consortium would like to make "Do Not Track" tools a web standard. So instead of having to use a browser option to opt-out of tracking, you would be able to do it on any browser via the standard. W3C has also started the "Tracking Protection Working Group," which will be in charge of standardization.
- AVG just got its Windows Phone app kicked from Microsoft's Marketplace for being spyware. The virus scanning app was found to be collecting user coordinates, email addresses and other information without alerting the user. A former Microsoft employee discovered the behavior and tweeted out his indignation. Looks like Windows Phone 7 will need a patch to stop apps from using location data without permission.
- In response to the DigiNotar hacks, Google has told its users in Iran to change their passwords and check their settings to make sure mail isn't forwarded in order to keep their data safe. Apple has also finally released a security update for both Lion and Snow Leopard to disallow DigiNotar certificates from Keychain Access, OS X's password management program.
- DigiNotar certificate fraud addressed with Snow Leopard and Lion updates
- After hiring Righthaven to defend its content from copyright infringement, The Denver Post has had a change of heart. Righthaven was hired a year ago, but the the parent company of the Denver Post has has new management which led to firing of Righthaven. The new chief executive called hiring the copyright troll a "dumb idea" and said if he were in charge last year, the company would never would have hired them. Righthaven hasn't filed a new case in two months.
- Apple may hate Flash on iOS, but there have been workarounds for viewing Flash content for a while. Yesterday, Adobe released its own solution called Flash Media Server 4.5 which will support iOS. If a site uses the product, Flash video will stream to iOS in the HTTP Live Streaming format, although it won't help with Flash games.
- Hark! Samsung's Galaxy S II now shipping for $100 in the United States... on Alaska's GCI network, which is HSPA+.
- Microsoft accidentally posted its security bulletins 4 days early and is scrambling to fix their mistake. Usually on Thursdays, Microsoft releases advance notifications of software affected by threats and upcoming patches, but the detailed info doesn't go public until the following Tuesday. Except that this week, they got posted today, in advance of patches being ready and possibly exposing software to vulnerabilities.
- Blackberry Internet Service 4.1 is arriving outside US tomorrow 9/10, and in the US 10/8, according to leaked documentation gathered by N4BB.com. improvements include 8 mb attachments, better security, and inbox priming where 1st 20 msgs of a newly added account download immediately.
- Monday 9/12 Star Wars Blu-Ray ships to the world
- Next Tuesday 9/13 begins Microsoft's BUILD conference, lots of tidbits about Mango and Windows 8 expected HTC to hold NYC press event on September 20th. What could it be about? Maybe more info on US versions of the Titan and the Radar? Maybe the Vigor, the phone that comes with a pair of Beats audio headphones? maybe the Bliss, which is supposedly targeted at women and might coincide nicely with NYC Fashion Week?
Loved today's show as always but can't resist commenting about the Google purchase of Zagat that you referred to on show #324 as being a 'premium service.' We studied Zagat as a case example in grad school as an example of how NOT to collect meaningful data. Zagat Rated has nothing to do with any curated reviews by any trained professionals. Ratings are based on restaurants providing ballots and a ballot box so that anyone who dines there can rate their meal. In fact, they can stuff the ballot boxes if they really want to. They have indeed been in the business for more than 3 decades and probably are a model of crowd sourcing before we had the term in that anybody at all can just add their opinion(s) and do so as often as they want.
Sorry, Zagat is not a PREMIUM service...it is no "Guide Michelin." This is not something people visiting google should ever be made to pay for when you look at other modern rating services like Urbanspoon that combine crowdsourcing along with links to professional reviews.
Keep up the great work with TNT!
"I just wanted to clarify something that has been coming up in the past couple shows.
Windows Phone 7 is coded on top of Microsoft's .NET platform (mainly in C# targeting Silverlight or XNA). One of the main advantages of .NET is that it's an abstraction layer like Java and will run code the same on different platforms. In fact, the Windows Phone 7's emulator is mostly a thin layer that uses the .NET installed on the computer. So basically, it would take almost nothing (mainly scaling or WP7 specific API) to make any app run on Windows.
So all in all, this is pretty much a non-story... (I just wish MS would open up .NET for other platforms so it could just replace Java... ~_~ )
Keep up the great work! ^_^
Sean Cornett (Sacrin Niobe on your brick wall)
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