Tech News Today 327
Recorded: September 13, 2011
Published: September 13, 2011
Tech News Today 327: Then End Of WinTel?
Windows 8 brings MS mojo back, Yet Intel's hugging up on Android! And what science actually says about WiFi sickness, and more.
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- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Dr Kiki Sanford
- Microsoft's Build keynote: 5 key takeaways
- Samsung tablets running Windows 8 Developer Preview given out at BUILD
- Microsoft releases Windows 8 Developer Preview, announces Windows Store
- Windows 8: pictures, video, and a hands-on preview of the developer build
- Windows 8 can run on an Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM
- What We Just Learned About Windows 8
- Windows 8 getting ‘tap to share’ capability with NFC support
- Windows 8 Store to sell both Metro-style apps and conventional Win32 programs
- Xbox LIVE and Windows 8
- NVIDIA opens Windows 8 developer program with support for Kal-El tablets
- Windows 8 Features
- NFC 'tap to share'
- Lock screen, can log in with picture and gestures combo
- Start screen, tiles for every program, semantic zoom,
- Desktop has an app to get you to typical Windows desktop. Windows button in left corner takes you to start screen
- Search uses "contracts" between apps. "if you type in, say, “Batman,” you not only find superhero-related files and apps, but also pictures, status updates, music, videos and who knows what else by connecting to an installed app."
- Share also uses contracts
- Sinofsky claimed Windows 8 can run on an Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM
- Antivirus built into OS
- Personal settings can roam with you, "Sync PC" if you sign in with Windows Live ID.
- Touch navigation
- Left side lets you navigate through apps (can snap two apps side by side)
- Top or bottom swipes bring up contextual menus
- Right side brings 'charms' (search, Share, Devices, Settings, Start button)
- Windows Store
- Available close to launch
- Both Metro and Windows apps
- Each app can install on up to 5 Windows 8 machines
- Transparent app submission system
- each app has a field for Supported Architecture, including x86, x64, and/or ARM.
- Microsoft Certification for apps in the Windows Store
- Wants to make process transparent, you'll see where your app is (""Like ordering pizza"")
- Metro apps written for Windows 8 will be able to be ported to Windows Phone via one line of code in XAML
- Write your app in whatever language, it'll run on Windows 8 (x86 and ARM)
- Windows 8 Developer preview
- Update available at 8 PM PT at dev.Windows.com (no activation required)
- "Refresh your PC"
- files don't change, Metro apps stay, malware removed
- What about non-Metro apps? Command line tool sets baseline for refresh image
- If you want to reset PC to donate it, your files will be removed, will return to out of box mode
- Demoed Hyper-V, setting up VM via ISO
- Dual monitor mode, new options for taskbar. Can see everything on both taskbars or make each taskbar unique (relates to apps running on that display). Start screen w/ desktop (can be on either side).
- Can start typing from start screen, initiates a search. Keyboard shortcuts still a priority.
- Windows 8 Features
- Samsung Slate given out running Windows 8 Developer Preview 2 pounds, 12.99 mm thick
- Series 7 tablet, 1.6 GHz Core i5
- 11.6 inch super PLS display, USB, HDMI, microSD, ATT 3G modem 9with a year 2GB / month service)
- external dock charging station has USB, HDMI, ethernet
- Sensors Gyroscope, compass, GPS, NFC
- Windows 8 build has IE some demo apps, a few widgets like stock ticker RSS
- NVIDIA opens Windows 8 developer program with support for Kal-El tablets
- Hardware demo, UEFI boot in under 5 seconds, UEFI also protected against root kit-infected USB
- Windows8 on SoC will have "connected standby," Win will update apps in the background occasionally. Very little power usage (power spikes when connected). MS also showed an Intel 32nm Atom SoC
- Win8 will boot from 256TB drive (Win7 boots on up to 2TB drive)
- Win8 has hardware accelerated graphics, NFC support
- Tablets for all devs and the crowd goes wild. "Samsung Windows Developer Preview PC" Core i5, 4GB RAM, 64GB SSD, 3D Sensor, NFC, USB Port, MicroSD, Micro HDMI, Pen digitizer, dock, 1 year 2GB/month ATT data
- Intel Ivy Bridge roadmap: production in Q4 2011, on sale in first half of 2012
- Intel announces Haswell processor for 2013 with improved power efficiency
- All future Android versions to be optimized for Intel as well as ARM; Medfield-based tablet and phone teased
- Intel hypes Ivy Bridge, leaves poor old Sandy in its wake
- Intel CEO touts Ultrabooks and 'Haswell' chip
- With Help From Intel, McAfee Links Security to the Chip
- Paul Otellini made a lot of noise about Ultrabooks and how awesome they are
- Haswell announced for 2013
- 22nm just like Ivy Bridge
- 30% reduction in active power consumption over Sandy Bridge Core i5
- aiming for 20-fold improvement in standby
- Demoed Haswell running off a tiny solar cell
- Ivy Bridge stuff - production is set to begin at five different plants in Q4 of this year
- AnandTech is reporting a claimed 60 percent boost in 3DMark Vantage scores from the next-gen integrated graphics compared to Sandy Bridge,
- Quick Sync, which is ""privately"" said to deliver video encoding at twice the current speed" "Android will optimize for Intel in all future releases
- Andy Rubin appeared at IDF
- Intel teased a tablet and phone running Android on the Medfield chip (reference design)
- Promised Medfield phones in early 2012
- Intel "Pair and Share" software for notifications and media syncing
- McAfee showing off security outside OS using chip-level hooks
- DeepSafe is McAfee's answer to advanced hacking technologies, such as rootkits
- The first of these products will be an add-on to McAfee Endpoint Protection that will focus on rootkit detection for the enterprise.
- The product will work in VMware installations, but Microsoft and Citrix customers will have to wait a bit longer.
- Wi-fi refugees' shelter in West Virginia mountains
- Dozens of Americans who claim to have been made ill by wi-fi and mobile phones have flocked to the town of Green Bank, West Virginia, a radio quiet zone meant not to interfere with radio telescopes
- World Health Organization, while acknowledging that the symptoms are genuine and can be severe, says: "EHS has no clear diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF (electromagnetic field) exposure. Further, EHS is not a medical diagnosis, nor is it clear that it represents a single medical problem."
- Dr Andrew Marino, a neurology professor led a study at Louisiana State University and published by the International Journal of Neuroscience, claims to show that EHS can be caused by low frequency electromagnetic fields found in the environment.
- Nintendo presser: 3DS analog add-on, and possible 100 hour Zelda
- Nintendo launching 'Misty Pink' 3DS handheld on October 20th
- Nintendo 3DS slide pad add-on is official, ships December 10th in Japan
- the 3DS add-on that adds a second circle pad, called the 3DS Expansion Slide Pad, will be coming to Japan on December 10. It will cost ¥1,500, approximately $20, and is powered by a single AAA battery
- a pink version of the handheld that will be available in Japan in October
- a software update that will let 3DS owners capture 3D video footage will be available for both North America and Japan in November.
- Both Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land will be coming to both Japan and North America later this year, with Super Mario 3D Land set to hit North American store shelves on November 13 and MK7 on December 4. Other Nintendo titles primed for release in 2012 include Mario Tennis, Paper Mario, Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion, Kid Icarus (which was originally supposed to launch this November), and a new Fire Emblem.
- According to a tweet from Nintendo of America, Skyward Sword "could have" between 50-100 hours of gameplay, and its story will include more than 100 minutes of cut-scenes.
- Kid Icarus has been pushed back to next year
- Google Travel Search Takes Flight With First ITA Travel Product
- Google slips to lowest search share in 2 years
- Google launched Flight Search today. google.com/flights Result of their controversial acquisition of ITA
- Flights filter shows up in left side nav during flight related searches
- No one ways yet, no international outside US yet. Takes you to airline site to book
- Google's share of the U.S. search engine market has dropped below 65% for the first time in two years, according to Comscore. from 65.1% of the U.S. market in July to 64.8% in August - Bing went from 14.4% of the U.S. search market in July to 14.7% in August.
- Time for continuing coverage of patent wars. Monday Samsung filed a complaint in France against Apple for infringement of three technology patents. Samsung just lost a design infringment case to Apple in Germany, but they are appealing that decision. Apple has filed to stays in suits with Motorla, arguing Google is now responsible for the patents, even though Google's purchase of Motorola hasn't finalized. And Rambus had two patents invalidated. Pour a little out for the dead soldiers.
- The iPhone 4, now over a year old, is showing no sign of losing steam. Sales, which typically slow at this point in an iPhone's lifecycle are strong has heck... a record 20 million units last quarter. But obviously that doesn't mean folks aren't interested in the iPhone 5. ChangeWave conducted a survey of 2200 potential smartphone buyers and 33% were eager to buy an iPhone 5 compared to 25% who wanted an iPhone 4 before its launch last June.
- The University of California system, Cornell, and other libraries are being sued by the Authors' Guild. These universities partnered with Google to digitize their paper books and then pooled their scans. The Authors' Guild says these scans are derivative works and thereby infringe on copyrights. The Guild is also trying to stop HathiTrust, an organization set up to help archive digitial works, from distributing "orphaned works" when a copyright holder cannot be found. Authors' Guild does not want the scans destroyed, but wants the computers that house the digital copies offline.
- Facebook officially launched a Smart Lists feature that will automatically build lists for your work friends, family and acquaintances. Facebook will create, but not populate, a "close friends" list. While this will draw comparisons to Google Plus' circles, Facebook's VP of Engineering Mike Schroepfer says this is the evolution of Facebook's friend lists.
- Twitter announced "Twitter Web Analytics" today - guess what it does? It'll allow website owners to track how much of their traffic originated from Twitter. The new Web Analytics uses technology from BackType, which Twitter bought earlier this year. Only a select few will have access to Twitter Web Analytics, but it will become available to all in a matter of weeks.
- A new service called Bitcasa will charge its users $10 per month for unlimited cloud storage. Announced at TechCruch Disrupt, the company says it can offer this kind of service because 60% of user data are identical, so the company can store one copy. All data uploaded to Bitcasa is encrypted and the company claims that it will not be able access the files. All data is stored in the cloud and streamed to the user - so it's not too useful if you're offline. Bitcasa is currently available for free as a private beta.
- While visiting a high school, Russian President Medvedev wound up getting a presentation about ReactOS from a student. The student, a developer for the OS which can run Windows apps, also asked the president for 1 million euros to fund the project. Medvedev gave a very diplomatic response saying, he'd think about it.
- Big processor news from AMD - it has set a Guinness World Record by overclocking an 8-core AMD FX processor to 8.429 gigahertz back on August 31st. The processor won't be available until the fourth quarter of this year and if you want your FX to reach the same speeds, you'll have to void your warranty. AMD overclocked using liquid helium which is only a few degrees higher than absolute zero.
- File sharing site Hotfile is suing Warner Bros. for fraud and abuse. In 2009, Warner Bros. contacted Hotfile about files that infringined on its copyrights. Hotfile gave WB access to a "Special Rightsholders Account" that allowed for the company to delete files directly. The lawsuit claims that Warner was abusing the tool by deleting files that it had no claims to since Warner was deleting things based on keyword searches.
- Happy Programmer's Day! It is officially recognized in Russia & observed in several other countries including the US, the UK, Germany, France, China. It's celebrated on the 256th day of the year- or 2 to the 8th power.. chosen because it is the number of distinct values that can be represented with an eight-bit byte
- On this day in 1985 the original Super Mario Bros. was released for the NES.
- The first version of Firefox for tablets has appeared in "nightly" builds for developers to try out. More specifically, Firefox for Android Honeycomb. Windows Phone 7 doesn't have the necessary low-level access to permit Firefox to run, and iOS only allows browsers based on Apple's WebKit browser engine.
- Verizon Wireless announced today the launch of a new $50 unlimited plan for pre-paid customers. Starting this Thursday, you can get the unlimited talk, text and web at Verizon stores, Walmart, Best Buy and Target. Before you get too excited there's a catch. You have to choose from a selection of four feature phones from LG, Samsung and Pantech.
- Motorola Electrify coming to US Cellular this month as a rebranded Photon 4G, without Wimax. Same price at Sprint's Photon, $200 with a rebate. Last month US Cellular announced LTE plans in November, so keep that in mind.
- Sony Android Walkman release date and price official: launches December 10th in Japan. 28,000 yen for the 16gb version. Android 2.3 and Android Market access included, along with FM radio, micro-HDMI, and active noise cancellation included
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"Hey Tom and Crew,
In episode 326, I thought you guys missed one of the most important aspects of the Amazon ""Netflix for Books"" story. If they bundle it with Prime accounts and each Kindle tablet gets a free Prime account, then every tablet purchased will come preloaded with this service. It may not be a killer service, but it's another way for Amazon to differentiate the Kindle tablet from the Nook in particular.
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"Hello TNT crew!
The AT&T merger is our fault. Yes I said it. With all the tech pundits and backseat CEO's claiming that AT&T has horrible coverage in New York and San Francisco, this is AT&Ts only option.
As you know trying to get a tower up in san francisco and new york takes literally YEARS to accomplish.
With this purchase AT&T is now gaining almost twice as much towers in most areas which will improve coverage and service as a whole.
This is good for the consumer who has been complaining about service ever since the iPhone was released.
Everyone who goes against the merger does not see the whole picture. T-Mobiles parent company is trying to get rid of its American business which should be a tall tell sign that T-Mobile is not in a good place. If T-mobile goes out of business then EVERYONE loses.
I for one am for this merger and I hope it goes through. Im not even in a affected area (hawaii) and still think its a good idea.
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