Tech News Today 345
Recorded: October 7, 2011
Published: October 7, 2011
Tech News Today 345: Piracy Of Mouth
Sprint goes LTE, Samsung postpones Nexus announcement, Malware takes down US drones, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Sprint's 4G shift to be 'aggressive'
- Sprint's LTE plans detailed: phones, tablets and modems coming by 2012
- Sprint planning ‘aggressive LTE rollout’ by 2013
- Sprint: WiMAX support will continue through 2012, ‘nothing to announce’ beyond that
- Sprint plans to roll out LTE by end of next year -- 800 and 1900MHz spectrum in addition to 1600MHz bandwidth in partnership with LightSquared
- 120 markets and 15 different devices will have access to the network by the end of next year.
- Sprint plans to completely change from Wimax to LTE by the end of 2013, with 260 markets and 250 million people covered by that time.
- WiMax support guaranteed through end of 2012. Hotspots that support WiMax and LTE may be sold next year.
- First LTE device tentatively targeted to release summer 2012
- Samsung and Google postpone Galaxy Nexus launch
- Samsung, Google Cancel Launch Event Out of Respect for Steve Jobs, Sources Say
- Galaxy Nexus video shows Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0)?
- Samsung issues better-than-expected profit forecast
- “Samsung and Google decide to postpone the new product announcement at CTIA Fall. We agree that it is just not the right time to announce a new product. New date and venue will be shortly announced.”
- CNET and All Things D Samsung spokesperson has confirmed the widespread supposition that Steve Jobs’ death is the cause for the delay.
- Rumours event may take place October 27th in London
- New Ice Cream Sandwich video on Galaxy Nexus
- Samsung said it expected an operating profit of 4.2tn won ($3.5bn; £2.3bn) a 14% dip from a year earlier, but better than market projections of 3.5tn won.
- Exclusive: Computer Virus Hits U.S. Drone Fleet
- A keylogger has infected the systems used to control unmanned drones flown by AF pilots from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada
- AF techs first followed Kaspersky instructions for removing the malware, but it kept coming back
- Eventually they used BCWipe to completely erase internal hard drives then rebuild from scratch
- Malware was first detected two weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System
- Does not seem to be doing any harm, may be common malware."
- Confirmed: Nuance has acquired Swype for ‘approximately $100 million’
- Update: Nuance’s Swype Buy Could See The Text Input System Go Large
- Nuance that the company has acquired Swype for “approximately $100 million,” as originally reported at Uncrunched.
- Nuance is probably best known for its voice recognition technology. It makes the popular Dragon suite of products for PCs and Macs, as well as iPhone and Blackberry devices
- Nuance also makes T9 predictive software for feature phones
- It's suspected that Nuance is behind Siri on the iPhone 4S"
- Removal of restrictions can decrease music piracy
- Marketing professors Dinah Vernik of Rice and Devavrat Purohit and Preyas Desai of Duke used analytical modeling to examine how piracy is influenced by the presence or absence of DRM restrictions.
- restrictions make piracy more costly and difficult, the restrictions also have a negative impact on legal users
- the study shows that piracy can actually decrease when a company allows restriction-free downloads.
- "By analyzing the competition among the traditional retailer, the digital retailer and pirated music, we get a better understanding of the competitive forces in the market."
- "Decreased piracy doesn't guarantee increased profits," Purohit said. "In fact, our analysis demonstrates that under some conditions, one can observe lower levels of piracy and lower profits. "
- Preorder problems trip up iPhone 4S sales in U.S.
- AT&T confusing some iPhone 4S buyers about unlimited data
- Unlocked iPhone 4S coming in November
- AT&T ‘working with Apple’ to show 4G indicator in iPhone 4S status bar
- iPhone 4S: Even Unlocked, You Won’t Be Network Swapping This Phone
- ATT and Sprint had pre-order issues
- ATT mobile site wouldn't allow unlimited upgrade
- Unlocked iPhone prices out, coming in November in US, available now in other countries like UK
- ATT wants iPhone 4S to show a '4G' symbol
- The rumors were true - the European Commission has officially approved Microsoft's purchase of Skype because he deal won't run into any issues with the EU Merger Regulation. The EC in a press release said that the "deal would not significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area..." and that there are a number of competitors out there including Google.
- Robert Iger will step down as CEO of the Walt Disney Co in 2015. He'll be 65 at the time. While no successor has been named, this kind of advanced notice is pretty standard for big companies. So if you're looking for a job out there - there's going to be an opening soon.
- nAndroid or iOS - you might not need to choose. Alien Dalvik 2.0 from Myriad Group allows you to run Android apps on iOS. Myriad Group says that for the user, the experience is transparent. You just click the Android Package (APK), and Myriad's software takes care of the install. The official unveiling of Alien Dalvik 2.0 will be during next week's CTIA.
- In a speech, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said that he wants more broadband access all over the country. That's an admirable goal, but how will it be funded? Genachowski has it covered - he wants to reallocate money raised by the Universal Service Fund, which currently subsidizes bringing landline phone service to far off places. He'll propose his ideas to the FCC commissioners on the 27th of October.
- Windows Phone 7.5 apparently doesn't work too well with Microsoft Exchange. Over at the Windows Phone Feature Suggestions Forum, people are upset that original email text is not included in the reply when using an Exchange 2003 inbox. So if you look for context to a one word reply email, you might be a little confused. Some users say that this wasn't a problem in the NoDo days or if you're using Exchange 2010, things are fine.
- Netflix just added a couple of shows, but the biggest may be the exclusive rights to "Walking Dead." It also picked up the non-exclusive rights to "Portlandia" and "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret." One of the biggest knocks on Netflix's offerings was quality. By picking up the exclusive rights to those high profile AMC shows, maybe Netflix can change its image.
- Some time ago, some HP TouchPads were delivered to customers running a version of Android instead of HP's webOS. People trying to port Android to HP have asked for the source code since Android has an open source license. HP says they don't have the code to release and the company will launch an investigation to see how this happened in the first place. HP's director of open source program office, Phil Robb, said it was done without the authorization of the company. The plot thickens.
- Woe to those, including the FCC, hoping to defend the recent guidelines on Net Neutrality. the DC Circuit was chosen at random to be the court where challenges to the new rules will be heard. The DC Circuit appeals court does not have a history of ruling in the FCC's favor regarding Net Neutrality.
- Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day for commemorating women's contribution to science and technology
- Bonjour, Amazon. Kindle Store Debuts In France With Its First French Kindle
- Blackberry Internet Service 4.1 arrives in the US tomorrow 10/8, it's already out in the rest of the world
- Google will announce DART programming language at the Goto Conference in Aarhus Denmark Monday 10/10
- Also on Monday, HTC's Amaze and the Samsung Galaxy S II will be available at T-Mobile's website.
"JK pointed out he could access FB on his Kindle web-browser, even from China.
When on 3G, the Kindle proxies web requests. I found this out by accident during a recent visit to Tenerife, where Amazon 3G web traffic is routed through to Ireland. I had to jump through extra security hoops on the Facebook website, confirming I was in Ireland (even though I wasn't) before it would let me in!
Great show blah blah etc. etc.!
"Hi Tom & Co For all your UK followers could you, just once, pronounce Nokia as N-okia Thanks Mike R"
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