Tech News Today 328
Recorded: September 14, 2011
Published: September 14, 2011
Tech News Today 328: Blue Face Of Death
Facebook crushes Twitter, Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo team up, Sony hoardes the Vita, and more.
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- At Long Last, Facebook Adds Twitter-Style Following, Calls It “Subscribe”
- Introducing the Subscribe Button
- Starting today people can 'subscribe' to public postings on Facebook, without being 'friends'
- any visitor can choose to subscribe to receive one of three options in their Facebook news feeds: all updates, most updates (what you’d see normally) or important updates (like getting married or having a kid).
- option to migrate the people who’ve “Liked” their Pages to become subscribers
- Subscribe button is only for people
- Intel pitches netbook-cum-tablet 'hybrids'
- IDF brings more Thunderbolt peripherals, cheaper controllers next year
- Cedar Trail-based Classmate PC hands-on at IDF (video)
- pitched the notion of a hybrid device, skinnier than a netbook but thicker than a tablet by bringing the latter a built-in keyboard. (sort of like Inspiron Duo)
- It expects hybrids to sit above tablets, pushing into the low-end notebook space, though well below pricey Ultrabooks. Hybrids will typically have Atom CPUs - specifically 'Cedar Trail', Intel's next-gen platform due Q4 2011 - and 10in or 11in touch-sensitive displays. They may even come with a stylus, and certainly USB and networking ports at the very least. They'll also sport all the usual sensors familiar to tablet users: accelerometers, gyros, GPS, user proximity and such.
- New Thunderbolt controllers will ship alongside Ivy Bridge in Q2 2012
- two new Thunderbolt controllers next year, called Cactus Ridge four- and two-channel versions, and both will be available in a 12x12mm package that looks to be roughly about the same size as the SFF Eagle Ridge package used in the MacBook Air.
- Belkin has announced a new Thunderbolt port hub with three USB ports, a Thunderbolt port, a Firewire 800 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port.--- Thunderbolt port-powered video breakout box dubbed Intensity Extreme. Like its UltraStudio 3D, it connects to a Thunderbolt port and allows sucking in or spitting out 10-bit HDMI HD or analog SD video
- Classmate PC updated with Cedar Trail
- Ballmer: 500,000 Downloads of Windows 8 Since Last Night
- Steve Ballmer: We are "reimagining Microsoft"
- Ballmer woos developers on 'reimagined' Microsoft
- AMD Fusion tablets running Windows 8 at Build 2011: hands-on with video
- Windows 8 Has A Friendlier Blue Screen Of Death
- Windows 8 on ARM tablets: reference designs from Qualcomm, TI and Nvidia shown
- Windows Server 8 and Azure platform introduced, Metro-style app building starts today
- Ballmer showed up - 500,000 copies of Windows 8 downloaded
- “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” - Ballmer
- AMD was showing off the Acer Iconia Tab W500, running on the company's C-50 APU, and MSI's WinPad 110W, sporting the Z-01 APU with Windows 8. This is the first the company's seen of the Metro UI running on its chipsets.
- New kinder gentler Blue Screen of Death
- Microsoft today made the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview available to MSDN subscribers, and it will be available to the public on Friday. The developer preview of Windows Server 8 is also now available on MSDN
- Windows Server 8 can handle more virtual machines, and the GUI is now optional
- Reference design tablets running the Developer Preview from Nvidia, TI, and Qualcomm are now on display at the show, but sadly, most of them are behind glass
- Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL to sell one another's ads
- AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo start selling ad inventory on each others’ sites
- Executives from all three companies briefed a group of top Web publishers and ad buyers about the plan at a dinner presentation last night in Manhattan.
- figure they'll take in more money collectively than if they turned over the ads to a third-party network, Kafka noted.
- Sony takes aim at Nintendo for Christmas
- PlayStation Vita release date official for Japan, NTT DoCoMo to provide 3G service
- Sony shows off PlayStation Vita's initial setup process and user interface (video)
- PS Vita launches December 17 in Japan, battery life and data plan pricing revealed
- Sony adds two new colors to PS3 slim lineup
- PlayStation Vita, its next-generation portable game machine. It will go on sale in Japan on Dec. 17, pre-orders starting October 15th.
- The Vita will have Wi-Fi and 3G network models.
- Service plans for the ¥29,980 3G model (about $389.80 in US currency, as of this writing — but $299 when it does launch stateside) will be provided by NTT DoCoMo, with pre-paid options of ¥980 for 20 hours of use and ¥4,980 for 100 hours. (Speeds are about 128kbps down / 64kbps up, if we’re understanding correctly.) The first 500,000 Vita units in Japan will get a free pre-paid 100 hours.
- a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB RAM, 128MB VRAM, and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU. Powering that hardware and 5-inch screen will be a 2200mA Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, which is expected to only give you 3-5 hours between charges for games and 5 hours for video playback.
- Linux Game Devs Upload Their Own Game on Pirate Bay, Strangely It Increases Sales
- Tiny Build Games who released NTTE few days back, uploaded their own version of game on Pirate Bay. But there is a difference in this version and the original game that you can buy from the game website.
- All in game characters wear Pirate hats and entire game is Pirate themed basically making it No Time to Explain 'Pirate Edition'.
- “We saw very positive WTF REALLY feedback from users, and saw reactions that people bought it simply because they liked the joke. So we don’t see it hurting sales in any way,” Alex said.
- A new IDC report says that Apple's iPad is the current tablet-king, but the market is growing. The report looked second quarter data and saw overall shipments rose by 88.9% between quarters. During that same time, Android lost marketshare. IDC also projects webOS to be 4.7% of the tablet market in the third quarter. Looks like Microsoft may not be too late to the game.
- Intel is offering millions of dollars to universities to host Intel Science and Technology Centers.. with some stipulations. Any resulting inventions or software that come out the centers cannot be patented, any patentable inventions must be published and any software created must be open sourced. If the schools agree with the conditions, they'll receive $2.5 million in funding each year for 5 years.
- The Department of Justice is conducting an investigation to determine whether eBay executives Craigslist's trade secrets while those executives were on Craigslist's board from 2004 through 2007. During that same time, eBay launched its own classified services which made it a direct competitor to Craigslist. eBay has already made a statement that the company's execs have done nothing wrong, but will fully cooperate with the investigation.
- The webhost for uTorrent was hacked this morning with no one claiming responsibility yet. The .EXEs for both the uTorrent and BitTorrent programs were replaced with scareware. If you downloaded these programs between 4:20AM and 6:10AM Pacific, BitTorrent suggests you run a security scan.
- Details behind the Google/Motorola deal are trickling out. Apparently, Google had been talking to Motorola in July to discuss patents. On the first of August, Google offered $30 a share which was rejected. After some negotiations, they settled on $40/share. Also, Motorola wasn't shopping itself around; it was only speaking to Google.
- Privacy fanatics rejoice. Google will allow users to opt out of location data collection if they use wireless access points. Google isn't doing this out of the goodness of its heart, the change is in response to European regulatory authortiies. Wireless access points were being used by Google to supplement GPS location data.
- VMware updated a couple of its products today. Fusion users - Windows in a VM ought to be faster thanks to some tweaks to Fusion. More interestingly, you'll finally be able to run OS X in VMs as well. Workstation for Windows and Linux gets better integration with vSphere, a hypervisor software, that ought to make IT professionals quite happy.
- Music streaming service MOG is launching a free service called Mog FreePlay. The service will let you play songs as long as you have enough play credits in what Mog calls your "virtual gas tank." If you share and explore music using Mog, you'll be able to refill your tank so you can keep listening. Mog also says if you're really influential, a tastemaker, you could easily get a lifetime of free music.
- Twitter has expanded its paid tweets program - this is the update that starts letting brands you AREN'T following show up in your stream. Expect to start seeing promotions from the likes of AMC Theatres, American Express, Best Western, Disney, HP, Lexus, Lionsgate, Movietickets.com, Pepsi, Red Bull, Salesforce.com, Sephora, Xbox, and Yahoo in your timeline real soon.
- Nyko's $30 Zoom for Kinect- you know, the add-on that reduces the physical space needed to play, is now shipping to tiny-roomed gamers worldwide.
- AT&T has announced its $25 monthly GoPhone plan beginning September 18th - 250 anytime minutes and unlimited messaging
- Feedback Segment Ideas:
- Different Perspective
- The Comeback
- Closing the Loop
- Another Point of View
- Tie up loose ends
- Full Duplex
"I thought I'd offer info from someone who visits the public library at last twice a week (once for city, once for county).
The Kindle does not work with Overdrive; most other e-readers do. I get annoyed when reviews comparing the Kindle and Nook fail to point this out. This was one of two deciding factors that tipped me to buying a Nook.
You don't have to go to the library to get e-books. Once you have a library card, you can download the books from your browser. Annoyingly, the library has a limited number of ""copies"" available; usually fewer than the paper copies.
I admit the Amazon library sounds intriguing, but I doubt I'd use it even if I owned a Kindle. I'm not willing to buy another subscription when my taxes already pay for the services I get from my local library.
"Tom and Posse,
Do you think with Windows 8 supporting ARM that we will see more ARM based servers and HTPCs/set-top boxes? I know traditionally ARM has dominated in the mobile space, but with a major OS player like Microsoft turning to the architecture, could we see a further diversification of Windows devices?
Love the show,
Rich in Lovely Cleveland"
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