Tech News Today 347
Recorded: October 11, 2011
Published: October 11, 2011
Tech News Today 347: Denial In Motion
Zynga's doing something, we try to figure out what, RIM faceplants again, UK limply blocks porn, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Jason Hiner
- AT&T releases five new Android handsets
- CTIA kicks off, CEOs of the big three carriers shared a keynote again but played nice and asked nicely for spectrum
- ATT kicked off announcements adding 5 Android phones to its lineup
- SUPERPHONE: Motorola Atrix 2 - HSPA+ 21Mbps, 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 display, 8MP camera with front-facing cam and 1080p HD video capture, Compatible with Lapdock100 (more universal Webtop)
- SMARTPHONE: Samsung Captivate Glide October 16th $99- 4-inch Super AMOLED display, 21Mbps HSPA+, an 8MP rear camera, 1080p HD video capture and HDMI playback
- FIRST_TIMERS: Samsung DoubleTime is a clamshell QWERTY device with two capacitive touch screens (Android 2.2 )
- MID_END Pantech Pocket - candybar Android 2.3, 4-inch SVGA (800 x 600) , tentatively Nov. 6
- PREPAID: AT&T Avail, a ZTE device, prepaid 3.5-inch display, running Gingerbread, and offering a 5MP rear camera with 512MB of RAM."
- Biggest four UK ISPs switching to 'opt-in' system for pornography
- U.K. ISPs to make customers opt-in for pornography
- BT, Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin subscribers must opt-in to receive websites deemed pornographic by the government
- will only apply to customers who sign new contracts, and they will be given the option to sign a deal with ""parental controls"" or one without that clause.
- first proposed by the Mothers' Union, a Christian charity ""that seeks to support families worldwide.""
- a site called Parentport to complain about Web sites, products, services, or programming that they believe is not appropriate for children.
- BlackBerry service down again in Europe, Middle East, Africa: Twice in two days
- RIM details why BlackBerry users haven't had email for two days
- RIM: Sorry, BlackBerry Services Are Down Again
- BlackBerry services offline for some in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Again. (update: RIM confirms India, South America, too)
- Jaguar says support grows for a RIM shake-up
- "Some users in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, India, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina are experiencing messaging and browsing delays. We are working to restore normal service as quickly as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused.”
- Sources told ZDNet that a datacenter in Slough, near London, had failed due to a service outage.
- Second outage occurred hours after the first one had been resolved
- Jaguar Financial Corp said on Tuesday holders of at least 8 percent of the stock are behind its campaign for a shake-up
- Jaguar wants RIM to hire a new chief executive to replace current co-CEOs Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie, and to put itself up for sale, either as a whole or in parts.
- In a statement issued to Pocket-lint late on Tuesday night RIM said:
- "The messaging and browsing delays being experienced by BlackBerry users in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina were caused by a core switch failure within RIM’s infrastructure. Although the system is designed to failover to a back-up switch, the failover did not function as previously tested."
- Zynga’s Own Game Network Will Still Have Facebook Everywhere
- Zynga launches new games, platform
- Zynga branches away from Facebook, becomes more competitive
- Zynga's blog post
- Zynga Direct (play games without going through Facebook, but using Facebook Connect) Project Z ""social environment just for games, for your friends on Facebook.""
- New game: Castleville
- New genre: Hidden Chronicles - a Hidden objects game
- Mafia Wars 2 (now on Google +)
- 3 games for Facebook's HTML 5 platform - Words with Friends, Poker, Farmville Express (tomorrow) Mafia Shakedown, Dream Zoo (soon)
- Zynga Poker becoming Zynga Casino
- Here Comes Another Cloud: Hollywood Hopes “UltraViolet” Will Save DVDs
- Goes live today with "Horrible Bosses"
- With UltraViolet, Hollywood offers an alternative to iTunes
- UltraViolet 'digital locker' opens for business. Lets you buy once, play anywhere... eventually
- Today you can buy “Horrible Bosses,” the first UltraViolet-blessed movie, on DVD or Blu-ray, and it will come with a code that will let you stream and/or download the film on other devices, like iPads, Android phones and laptops.
- Digital access tethered to the Flixster app
- Harry Potter and Hangover coming soon. Tom saw an ad for Green Lantern touting Ultraviolet
- BlueStacks Ready to Test Its Android-on-Windows Software
- Android apps can now run on your PC via BlueStacks
- BlueStacks ready for testing alpha available at http://www.bluestacks.com/download.html
- Will eventually offer free and paid versions. Some games like Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds not available in free version
- The basic player lets you run several preloaded apps, install up to 26 others, and sync apps from an Android phone to your PC.
- To send apps from your phone or tablet to your PC, you'll first need to download the BlueStacks Cloud Connect App on from Google's Android Market
- The world's most powerful computer is currently in China, but the U.S. Department of Energy wants to reclaim the title. The Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee plans on building "The Titan" - a computer powered by 18,000 nodes - each node will pair an AMD CPU with an Nvidia Tesla GPU. It'll be able to handle 20 petaflops and will be used to model climate changes and be used in biology research amongst other things. The Titan will be implemented in two phases, with the second phase expected next year.
- Roku has introduced a new budget player called the Roku LT. It's priced at under $50 and will be available in November. So what got cut to make it cheaper? The LT doesn't have Bluetooth or an SD card reader. But both the LT and all Roku players will also get access to HBO Go by the end of October thanks to a new deal.
- Over at the Max conference, Adobe showed off a new "unblur" feature for Photoshop. There's a shaky video of the demo, but you can see a blurry shot be transformed into a clear one because of unblur. There's no release date when the feature will roll out, but it looks like soon you'll need almost no talent to take a good picture.
- The Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle has raised over a million dollars and has sold over 200,000 bundles. For this particular bundle, if you pay over the average price (which is around $4) you'll get all the games. If you pay the average, you just get one game. Turns out that Linux users are the most generous by contributing over $9 on average. There's about a day left - you get to decide how much of your contribution goes to game developers and charities.
- Twitter now owns the trademark rights to "tweet." The company worked a deal with Twittad, which already had a trademark to a phrase including the word "tweet." Twittad's pre-existing trademark led the US PTO to deny Twitter's previous attempts to trademark the word. The news was reported by the Wall Street Journal and the deal also ends the lawsuit between Twitter and Twittad.
- T-Mobile's introduced Bobsled apps for iOS and Android. Earlier this year, T-Mobile launched Bobsled for Facebook which allowed people to call their friends or leave voice messages on their walls. The mobile app does the same thing by tying in with Facebook. The app and calls are free. Group and text messaging features are available to a few T-Mobile Android devices, but are planned for all Android and iOS devices.
- Asus introduced its ultrabook today dubbed the "Zenbook." The super thin notebooks will come in two screen sizes: 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch. You'll be able to get an Intel Core i5 or an i7, a 128GB or 256GB SSD in a shiny aluminum alloy body. Prices range from $999 to $1450 and will be available starting October 12th.
- IBM has acquired Platform Computing, a Canadian software company that builds tools for managing large computing clusters used to crunch unstructured data. Platform uses Hadoop, the open source software platform based on Google's back-end infrastructure. IBM's famous Jeopardy-playing Watson computer was built on Hadoop. Platform gets IBM deeper into the unstructured data industry, which could be risky but also lucrative.
- Cnet reports that Amazon will let its customers preorder downloadable games starting this week. Amazon told Cnet that game prices may be discounted by up to 30% and may come with bonus items. Titles available for preorder include Battlefield 3 and Assassins's Creed: Revelations. Similar to other Amazon pre-orders, Amazon won't charge customers until the game is released.
- Apple released iTunes 10.5 with iTunes in the Cloud, & WiFi sync support today. Tomorrow is iOS 5 day, whee! And reportedly some German users already got their iPhone 4S shipments.
- Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is up for Pre-Order at J&R Electronics online- 16GB model for $399.99, 32GB for $499.99. Reminder this is a nice little WIFI-only 7-inch Honeycomb tablet.
- HP plans to hold a companywide meeting tomorrow where it may reveal whether it will sell or spin off the WebOS group, according to Apple Insider.
- HTC Amaze and Samsung Galaxy S II available from T-Mobile in stores tomorrow Wednesday 10/12
"I'm a bit late with this email, but in regards to the Oct 7th episode when you mentioned piracy I've pirated a lot of games in the past, and so have many others I know. The thing is, with the price of video games (dropping 50-60 bucks on one game) can get pretty expensive. I, and many others I know that do or have pirated do so in order to see if a game is worth buying.
I can't speak for everyone, but of the people I do know, we actually buy MORE games because we pirate them first before deciding whether or not to buy them. Terraria, Minecraft, and Dragon Age a few examples of games that I've pirated then later bought.
Do all pirates buy the games? No, but I like to think more buy than don't after pirating, especially if the game is worth the asking price.
"Some musicians are starting to experiment with new methods of music distribution. Noisetrade.com is a site where artists and labels can post samplers, or full albums, for free download. You have the opportunity to tip the artist if you so choose, but the only information required is your email address and zip code. This is collected so they know where people are listening to their music and can schedule tours accordingly. Since quite a few of the artists are indie, this is a great way to discover new music. More mainstream acts contribute material as well. The Civil Wars have a full live concert for download.
From personal experience, having the opportunity to listen to a few tracks in full allows me to get a feel for the music, and makes me more likely to buy an album. They're creating fans; fans who will continue to support them in future projects.
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