Tech News Today 338
Recorded: September 28, 2011
Published: September 28, 2011
Tech News Today 338: The Lady Package
Amazon may win the browser war, Samsung falls in the patent wars, cable fakes a la carte cable, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Scott Johnson
- Amazon Kindle Fire page
- Spec comparison
- TCTV: Hands On With The Kindle Fire
- Kindle Fire Newsstand announced, featuring Conde Nast magazines, DC Comics
- Amazon unveils $199 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, $99 e-ink Kindle Touch
- Is a 10-inch Kindle Fire coming? Amazon says 'stay tuned'
- Will Amazon’s Tablet Raise Any Patent Issues?
- Prepare to Pay More If You Don’t Want Ads on Your New Kindle
- Kindle Fire vs. BlackBerry PlayBook... Fight!
- Amazon Losing $50 Per Kindle Fire?
- Barnes & Noble: $25 Off the Nook Color if You Leave Our Stock Price Alone!
- 4 New Kindles announced
- $79 ($109) version has no keyboard, wiFi only, available today
- Kindle Touch: $99 ($139) version has infrared Touch screen. $149 ($189) version has built-in free 3G - Ships November 21
- Kindle Fire: $199 android-based, 7-inch, color, video, magazines, app store - ships November 15
- Fire comes with unlimited cloud storage. 8 Hour battery life. 1 GHz TI Omap dual core processor
- 8GB storage 512 MB memory
- 100 exclusive graphic novels” from DC Entertainment. Titles include Watchmen, Batman: Arkham City, Superman: Earth One, and Green Lantern: Secret Origin.
- Ars Technica reports it as Android 3.1 Honeycomb. TIMN said Android 2.3. Gina Trapani is pretty sure it's 2.3
- Microsoft and Amazon do have a patent deal covering the existing Kindle line and Amazon’s Linux-based servers.
- According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, “Amazon is likely losing about $50 per Kindle Fire.”
- Yesterday Analyst Ming Chi Kuo rerpoted a $180 BOM
- Amazon Silk Browser
- Amazon's Silk Web browser adds new twist to old idea
- Amazon’s Silk is more than just a browser: it’s a cloud OS for the client
- Amazon Silk: Weaving a new browser
- Kindle Fire comes with Webkit based browser called Silk
- "split browser" With EC2 providing part of the work: Silk can be run in “off-cloud” mode, where it functions like any other browser.
- EC2 acts as a sort of cache plus proxy for browsing, and it also can dynamically take over parts of the page rendering pipeline from the client.
- Uses aggregate behaviour to predict what next page may be and pre-render
- EC2 has optical connections so can fetch elements faster. Also EC2 hosts much content already
- Silk browser maintains a single persistent connection to Amazon's cloud (using Google's fast SPDY protocol) Depending on the amount of load on the client and the client’s network conditions, Silk can hand off most of the actual rendering pipeline to EC2."
- collected usage data is anonymous and stored in aggregate, thus protecting user privacy. It's also possible to completely turn off the split browsing mode and use Silk like a conventional Web browser.
- MeeGo is dead: Meet Tizen, another new open source OS based on Linux
- MeeGo rebooted as Intel and Samsung launch new Tizen platform
- The Linux Foundation will host the Tizen project, and Intel and Samsung will lead the development. Also joining the effort is the LiMo Foundation
- LiMo Foundation, a dedicated consortium with shared leadership and decision making consisting of ACCESS, Panasonic Mobile, NEC Casio, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung, SK Telecom, Telefonica, and Vodafone.
- HTML5 apps and support multiple device categories including tablets, handsets, smart TVs and in-vehicle entertainment.
- MeeGo apps will be compatible on Tizen
- Release targeted for Q1 2012, with first devices hitting the market mid year.
- Tizen REPLACES Meego although Jim Zemlin, the executive director of the Linux Foundation, revealed in a blog entry that some existing MeeGo technologies will be adopted in Tizen.
- Sort of confusing what happens to Meego. It may continue on life support alongside Tizen.
- Microsoft and Samsung cross-license patent portfolios, agree to Android royalty deal
- Microsoft Signs Mega-Patent Deal With Samsung, Will Get Royalties on Every Android Device It Sells
- Google On Microsoft’s Android Patent Tactics: It’s Extortion
- Microsoft Responds To Google’s Extortion Claim: “Waaaah.”
- Microsoft’s Brad Smith: We Haven’t Seen an Android Product That Doesn’t Infringe on Our Patents
- Samsung today agreed to a licensing deal with Microsoft for the intellectual property the latter claims to have in Android.
- HTC, Acer, and a group of six other Android device manufacturers have previously agreed
- Motorola Mobility (#3 Android seller) is the only major Android manufacturer left not to have signed a licensing deal.
- MS and Samsung also agreed to “cooperate in the development and marketing” WP7.5
- Microsoft will get royalty revenue on every Android smartphone and tablet that Samsung sells.
- Microsoft sued Motorola, as well as Barnes & Noble, over Android-related patent claims.
- Google: “This is the same tactic we’ve seen time and again from Microsoft. Failing to succeed in the smartphone market, they are resorting to legal measures to extort profit from others’ achievements and hinder the pace of innovation. We remain focused on building new technology and supporting Android partners.”
- Regarding Amazon Kindle Fire General Counsel Brad Smith said Wednesday “Ultimately we will see licensing regimes emerge,” “That doesn’t mean that there won’t be some dramatic events between now and the time that happens.”
- Secret memo reveals which telecoms store your data the longest
- Justice Department internal memo reveals the data retention policies of America’s largest telecoms. Thanks to ACLU of North Carolina
- “Retention Periods of Major Cellular Service Providers,” document, marked “Law Enforcement Use Only” and dated August 2010
- guide for law enforcement agencies looking to get information—like customer IP addresses, call logs, text messages and web surfing habits—out of US telecom companies, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.
- Verizon, for example, keeps a list of everyone you’ve exchanged text messages with for the past year, according to the document. But T-Mobile stores the same data up to five years. It’s 18 months for Sprint, and seven years for AT&T.
- Verizon stores the content of text messages for five days, while T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint don’t store them at all.
- Phones movement history Verizon keeps that data on a one-year rolling basis; T-Mobile for “a year or more;” Sprint up to two years, and AT&T indefinitely, from July 2008.
- Cable Companies Changing Tune On 'A La Carte'
- In switch, cable operators want to go "a la carte"
- An "a la carte" menu of programing would give consumers who are not sports fans the freedom to drop high cost sports channels such as Walt Disney Co's ESPN and ESPN 2 from basic packages.
- "We feel that some of those expensive channels should be offered a la carte so only those people who want to watch them actually pay for them," said Jerry Kent, chief executive of Suddenlink, which has 1.3 million cable customers.
- Craig Moffett, a long-time cable analyst at Bernstein Research. "It could be a la carte, but not as people imagine it now," he said referring to smaller packs of programing more akin to what Time Warner Cable Inc has tried. Last November, Time Warner Cable launched a three-city trial of a low cost TV Essentials pack with fewer channels. It now plans to expand that offer to other cities.
- Free Press, an ardent supporter of net neutrality, has filed a lawsuit to get the FCC's net neutrality rules reviewed. Free Press says the rules are simply not strong enough. The FCC's rules would provide exemptions for wireless carriers and Free Press says the distinction between wireless and wired operators is arbitrary and capricious. The FCC finalized its rules last week and they were to go into effect on the 20th of November.
- There's a new Humble Bundle out today (these are game bundling experiments that let users buy collections of DRM-free indie video games online in a "pay-what-you-want" manner, with proceeds going directly to developers and charities.) but this one's a little different. Called the "Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle," if you pay the average price for "Frozen Synapse," you'll get that one game. If you want a bunch more games, you'll have to pay more than the average price. A portion of your purchase price will go to the EFF and Child's Play, a charity that donates toys, games and more to children's hospitals in North America.
- 9to5mac has found some new inventory SKUs in the Apple Store that point to a couple of new iPhones and an iPod touch. The Apple Store may be a little lighter because rumors are swirling that Apple will discontinue the iPod classic and the iPod shuffle this year. Apple's killed the super-popular iPod mini in its prime. So what are the facts? Apple will have an event on October 4th.
- Why Apple is ready to kill off the iPod classic
- Last year, Google sued the US for awarding contracts to Microsoft unfairly, and won an injunction. Judge Susan Braden recently declared that there was a "justifiable basis" for dispute. Last week, however, Google decided to drop the suit altogether, after filing a motion in the US Court of Federal Claims. Google says the US Department of Interior has changed its ways. The Feds say they have no idea what Google is talking about.
- Watch out Silicon Valley, New York wants to be home to more than just excellent bagels. Five semiconductor-manufacturing giants including IBM, Samsung and Intel have promised $4.4 billion to work on developing chip technology in the state of New York, allowing them to share resources to advance chip manufacturing including making chips on 450-millimeter wafers.
- This is My Next points out that Android tablet-makers have a pattern of issuing 10-inch tablets then shrinking them and selling them as separate model for less. Although Amazon seems to be doing the reverse. In any case, Toshiba is following the pattern with the Thrive 7-inch. Pretty much the same specs as the regular Thrive and available in early December for $400.
- Today marks the one-year anniversary of The Document Foundation ( or TDF) and the LibreOffice project, a fork of OpenOffice.org. And LibreOffice is doing well. TDF estimates that there are now 25 million LibreOffice users worldwide. Ars Technica has an excellent write-up of the success of LibreOffice since Oracle essentially ended Open Office in April.
- T-Mobile Chief Marketing Office Cole Brodman is jumping up and down asking Apple to look at him. H published an open letter to customers on Monday explaining why T-Mobile won't have the iPhone. He wrote "Please know that we think the iPhone is a great device and Apple knows that we'd like to add it to our line-up." But he acknowledges unlocked iPhones. "Today, there are over a million T-Mobile customers using unlocked iPhones on our network."
- But T-Mobile *will* get the Samsung Galaxy Tab. The company announced on Twitter they're "adding" the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to their lineup. Unfortunately they didn't say whether it was the WiFi only or the model with a data connection built in. They also didn't announce price or availability. In fact they didn't annoucne much. Except that they have it coming. Which is more than they can say for the iPhone.
- HTC Rhyme, formerly the HTC Bliss, also known as the Plum Phone for the Ladiezz, coming tomorrow September 29th for $200 and a fashion-forward 2-year contract
I thought it was funny on yesterday's show that you were discussing how getting rid of the iPod Classic would make the iPod icon on the iPhone out of date. What about the picture of the telephone icon? How often does anyone even use a phone that looks like that anymore? Are future children even going to have any idea what that picture means?
Perhaps we've culturally decided on what the iconic image of a telephone will forever be, regardless of how technology shapes the physical form of it. Perhaps we can argue that the iconic clickwheel iPod image will forever be the image of a "digital music player?"
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