Tech News Today 344
Recorded: October 6, 2011
Published: October 6, 2011
Tech News Today 344: Thank You, Steve
Sony may dump Ericsson, Rdio offered for free, Nexus Prime rumors flare, the passing of Steve, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Danny Sullivan
- Listener Feedback:
- "I think that in this age of corporate “risk avoidance”, AKA “buck passing”, leaders like Jobs are a vanishing breed." - Rodney
- "Apple will find it hard to replicate Steve's uncanny instinct for knowing when something was 'just right'." - Simon
- "He was able to get this ordinary, old house wife excited for technology." - Ozzy
- Steve Jobs’ death sparks 10,000 tweets a second - eclipses the previous biggest event, Beyonce's performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, where it was revealed that she was pregnant, which generated a record 8,868 tweets per second.
- @instapaper: The revenue from today's sales will be donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in memory of Steve Jobs: http://twitter.com/#!/instapaper/status/121960495690420224
- Sony Nears Deal to Buy Out Ericsson From Joint Venture
- Ericsson's stock jumps after Sony mobile phone story
- Sony Corp. is nearing a deal to buy out Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson’s stake in their mobile phone joint venture, according to people familiar with the matter.
- Sony Ericsson, a 50-50 joint venture created in 2001 that is the world’s sixth-largest cellphone manufacturer,
- Sony wants to integrate phones closer with tablets and handheld game consoles
- Sony may pay its partner up to 1.25bn euros ($1.7bn, £1.1bn) for its 50% stake.
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus full specs revealed; Verizon Wireless exclusive
- BGR reports from a "trusted source" specs on Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Codenamed “Nexus Prime,”
- Samsung Galaxy Nexus will be a pure Google Experience device without any third-party UI or modifications, so no TouchWiz
- hearing that the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon Wireless exclusive
- HTC announces the Sensation XL with Beats Audio, we go hands-on
- HTC announced Sensation XL (similar to HTC Titan and Sensation XE)
- 9.9 mm thick, 4.7-inch screen, 800x480 Super LCD, Beats audio, Android, 720p video
- Qualcomm MSM8255 1.5GHz processor is only single-core
- 1.4 mm thinner XE
- the 16GB of onboard storage (alongside 768MB of RAM) is non-expandable
- available from early November -- we've already confirmed it will be coming to Vodafone in the UK.
- Rdio launches free, non-ad-supported streaming for US users, meter to keep you in check
- Rdio has announced the launch of its free service that will give you access to a library of over 12 million songs without being interrupted by pesky Spotify-esque advertisements.
- a "customized meter" that will let you know how much music you can access monthly.
- Phone access will still cost. $10 a month
- 60 Internet users in France could lose internet for a month. Apparently, the 60 have ignored letters telling them to stop infringing copyright. Before they are disconnected from the web, they will receive a visit from a friendly government advisor for an interview. If any of the 60 are guilty, they face a fine of up to 1500 euros or they could potentially lose internet for a month.
- The $79 Kindle has an eye-catching price, but if you ever get sick of those ads, it turns out you can get rid of them. If you've decided you're sick of Amazon's "Special Offers," you can upgrade your Kindle from the Amazon website under "Manage your Kindle." It costs $30, which makes the price equivalent to the unsubsidized Kindle.
- The Financial Times reports that the European Union competition commission will approve the Microsoft purchase of Skype without any conditions. The deal already got the go ahead in the United States from the FTC. The Microsoft purchase is still under review in several other countries including Russia and Taiwan.
- The time server that pretty much every Linux distro uses has been shut down. The maintainer of the timezone database, Arthur David Olson, sent out a message explaining that a civil suit was filed on September 30 where he was named as a defendant and this required the time zone database to be shut down. Details are sketchy, but comments at Slahshdot say it's a copyright infringement case.
- Facebook introduced a new feature where you can translate Facebook pages using inline tools. The translation technology is powered by Bing, however if you find the translation isn't accurate, you'll have the ability to input your own. The translation tools are only available on public pages, not personal profiles.
- Not that this needed saying, but texting and emailing while driving can be dangerous. Texas A&M conducted a study of 42 people between the ages of 16 and 54 and found that their reaction times were doubled when they texted or emailed. Without the distraction, drivers responded to a signal in 1-2 seconds. With the distraction 3-4. Don't drive distracted, people.
- And now for continuing coverage of patent wars! Motorola Mobility is getting sued for patent infringement by… Intellectual Ventures. Ever heard of them? Intellectual Ventures is suing saying that Motorola will not license six of its patents. One of those patents cover a "portable computing, communication and entertainment device with central processor carried in a detachable handset." Kind of sounds like the Motorola Atrix there. Or every cell phone from the 1980s.
- Here's some progress on the HP TouchPad - it's still discontinued. But, a developer who goes by the name of Chomper has gotten the TouchPad to run the Android OS as an app running on top of WebOS. The application package is available for download at PreCentral's forums. It's a limited version of Android as audio and multitouch do not work. If emulation isn't you're thing, CyanogenMod is still working on its dual boot solution, but it's not available for all to test yet.
- Nokia hasn't officially launched a Windows Phone yet, but another one has been spotted. "Mon Windows Phone" has sighted the Nokia Sun which would have an 8MP camera, AMOLED screen, and Micro SIM slot. Whether it's a real phone or not, we're likely to find out at the Nokia World conference scheduled in a few weeks.
- iPhone 4S goes up for pre-order tomorrow, but Sprint is already taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4, which hasn't been available on Sprint up to now. Remember this is NOT the one with the "S"
- Simon & Schuster announced Walter Isaacson's book about Steve Jobs, called 'Steve Jobs' will be published earlier than planned. You'll be able to get the book October 24 release
"Hi Tom, Iyaz, Sarah and gang,
In episode 343 you talked briefly about how a court ruling now makes Autodesk able to enforce non-resaleability of its software.
Not too long ago, I made a business of buying and reselling software on E-Bay and Autodesk always managed to get E-Bay to cancel my auctions. Here is an interesting thought though: if I, as a reseller, simply purchase the software from one party and sell it to another without installing it along the way, I haven't agreed to any EULA. How can this case be enforceable?
Love the show and I'll be pouring one out for Mr. Jobs tonight.
If you are a Windows user who has found that launching apps by typing the name is much quicker than searching through Start Menu popup menus, then Windows 8 will continue to work the same. Just close your eyes, type WindowKey + search term + Enter, open your eyes and you’ll never know that the Start Menu was not there! Even though the UI looks completely different, the same functionality is still there.
But I agree with Steven Sinofsky. Most users only use a certain number of applications, and those can be pinned to the taskbar. For the odd utility that you might occasionally use, WindowKey-type-Enter works great.
Robert Howell Richmond, VA"
Just to comment on the Kindle experimental web browser, yes it is clunky, but it works worldwide with no charge. When I was in China, I was able to access Facebook on my kindle w/o making use of proxies etc.
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