Tech News Today 335
Recorded: September 23, 2011
Published: September 23, 2011
Tech News Today 335: How Would A Wii Render A Grue?
Amazon tablet coming next week, Dish takes on Netflix, PC games to crush consoles, and more.
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- Darren Kitchen
- G+ thread on what people think Amazon will announce
- Wednesday September 28th at 10 AM EDT (1400 UTC)
- Ready, Steady.... SPECULATE!!
- Blockbuster Movie Pass offers Dish Network customers streaming videos and discs by mail for just $10 a month
- Here Comes the Next Bump for Netflix: A Blockbuster/Dish Streaming Service
- Blockbuster Movie Pass program will begin on Oct. 1.
- Existing Dish subscribers can sign up for the package for an additional $10 a month. New customers who sign up for Dish's America's Top 200 package for $39.99 a month get access to the service for a year.
- DVDs and Blu-rays in the mail, 3,000 games in the mail, and 3,000 streaming movies to your TV — as well as unlimited in-store disc exchanges and 20 premium movie channels on your Dish Network box.
- Streaming integrated into Dish set-top box. Facebook app coming soon.
- Can return DVDs at Blockbuster locations
- Streaming library stats:
- Dish will offer a much smaller selection of titles for on-demand streaming than Netflix: 3,000 movies available for streaming to TVs, and 4,000 for streaming to PCs; Netflix has roughly 20,000 movie and tv titles.
- Netflix Inc: more than 20,000 movies and shows available to stream,
- Wal-Mart's Vudu service tops 30,000.
- Amazon.com Inc. over 100,000 options available for pay-per-view streaming, and subscribers to its Prime Service can choose to stream for free over 9,000 titles.
- Diablo 3 coming in "early 2012," more beta invites coming
- Activision had hoped for a 2011 release but now Blizzard says Diablo III will come in ""early 2012""
- "we look forward to making the most of the extra time we're taking to deliver an experience that lives up to our vision for the game and the expectations of our players. Next year is going to be an incredibly busy one for Blizzard, and we hope an incredibly fun one for Blizzard gamers."
- "Additional testing phases, as well as further details regarding the launch plans for the game, will be announced on the company's Diablo III community website: www.Diablo3.com."
- PC games to outsell console software in 2014
- During a conference call with analysts, Nvidia claimed that, come 2014, more money will be spent on PC games than on games for consoles.
- Nvidia quoted data from market watcher DFC Intelligence.
- Numbers do take into account subscription games like WoW but unclear whether next-gen console unveilings are counted.
- by 2015, packaged software will continue to sell, DFC reckons, despite being dwarfed by download sales.
- Nvidia reckons PC graphics cards now deliver 8-9 times the performance of an Xbox 360.
- DOTA 2, Diablo III and Star Wars: The Old Republic are all set for PC exclusivity, while others such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Battlefield 3 and Skyrim are graphically superior on a PC.
- Support for quad-core ARM CPU shows up in Apple's Xcode, but why?
- LLVM-based compiler Clang—the default compiler in Apple's Xcode developer tools
- A developer who works on low-level ARM assembly coding for security products alerted Ars Technica that support had been added for Armada's Cortex A9-compatible processors in the latest version of Xcode
- only Apple's internally built Clang binaries can target code compilation for the Armada XP.
- Scenario 1: Marvell Armada could be an answer Nvidia Kal-El used in Android tablets.
- Scenario 2: Apple could be considering the Marvell as a possible low-power, battery-life-enhancing processor for the MacBook Air.
- Scenario 3: Apple is using the Marvell chip in prototypes of future iOS device designs for testing purposes.
- Apple, Dropbox join Electronic Privacy Act fight
- Apple and Dropbox have joined the Digital Due Process coalition
- The coalition publicly noted their disapproval of the treatment of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) on the part of law enforcement officials.
- The 1986 ECPA fails to address location-based services, doesn't provide guidelines on whether the government needs a warrant to track cell phones, and fails to adequately protect folks from the seizure of personal e-mails and instant-messaging chats.
- A UBS survey of 500 smartphone users says iPhone users are the most loyal with a whopping 89% likely to buy the next iPhone to replace their current one. Android users don't have the same kind of loyalty to hardware, but they like the OS. 55% of Android users wills tick to Android. A year and a half ago, RIM had a 62% retention rate, this time 33%.
- Spotify's free service is now open to everyone without an invite! To get in, you'll have to go through Facebook. If you're alright that, for 6 months, you'll get unlimited access to Spotify's catalog before reality sets in. After the 6 months, you'll be knocked back to 10 hours per month.
- Microsoft says that Windows 8's reliance on using UEFI secure boot is not aimed at shutting out other operating systems - it's to keep Windows 8 secure! Red Hat developer Matthew Garrett and Microsoft are going back and forth via blog posts about the matter. Garrett is convinced that Microsoft is trying to solidify its marketshare. What say you?
- There's a snag in iOS in-app purchasing - developers say the verifyReceipt function isn't functioning. They are receiving an error message which means they cannot be sure if payments are valid or faked. The function has been broken since Thursday night. This bug is not affecting all apps, so it could be due to programming errors as well.
- New Yorkers mark September 27th on your calendars because you'll be able to use your cell phone in four subway stations in Chelsea. You'll have to use use AT&T or T-Mobile to connect and wireless access does not work in tunnels. This part of a pilot program by the MTA that will hopefully lead to an expansion.
- Mac malware pretending to be a PDF has been found by F-Secure. The malware is called "Trojan-Dropper:OSX/Revir.A" which installs a backdoor. So far, the backdoor doesn't do anything - there is no communication to the outside world. F-Secure is not sure how this malware is spreading, but thinks it's probably via email attachment.
- It's time for Patent Wars! Via is suing Apple saying the iPad, iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV all infringe on Via's patents. Those patents cover a "method and apparatus for double operand load" and an "instruction set for bi-directional conversion and transfer of integer and floating point data." Sounds like an open and shut case!
- The head of Samsung's global marketing says the company will become MORE aggressive in taking on Apple on their patent-squabbles. Lee Younghee says that Apple has been "freeriding" on Samsung's wireless communications patents. "We'll be pursuing our rights for this in a more aggressive way from now on." How is that even possible?
- Perhaps part of Samsung's more aggressive stance, Samsung has sued Apple in the Netherlands. There are four different suits revolving around 3G technology in the iPhone and iPad. The cases are scheduled for September 26th.
- Monday, September 26th - President Obama will get social with a LinkedIn Town Hall in Mountain View, CA. It'll be live streamed at WhiteHouse.gov/live at 11AM Pacific
- Also on September 26th, Cellular South will rebrand itself "C Spire" to bring personalized wireless services whatever that means.
"Hi Guys I live in Germany and the word Apotheker means Pharmacist in Deutsch If you Google translate it and click the speak button the pronunciation is quite correct
Cheers Dave in Germany"
"Hi TNT crew
Yesterday you discussed if Amazon might be interested in buying Netflix. As you know we dont have Netflix here in the UK but a similar service called Lovefilm (which also operates in other countries in the EU). Interestingly Lovefilm was bought by Amazon earlier this year
If Amazon would buy Netflix they would be the major player in movie streaming both in the US and here in Europe. Maybe this would also give it more leverage in negotiations with the movie studios. Just a thought
Keep up the good work
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