Tech News Today 349
Recorded: October 13, 2011
Published: October 13, 2011
Tech News Today 349: There Will Be A Culling
Google makes bank, Samsung Android announcement back on, Apple's next revolutionary product, and more.
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- Patrick Beja
- RIM Says Service Back Globally, Vows to Win Back Lost Trust
- Mike Lazaridis apologizes for BlackBerry outage: 'We've let many of you down' (video) (Update: full services restored)
- RIM put out a video apologising and giving a ststus update
- Later ina press conference announced service had been restored and only minor issues limited to Canada and latin America.
- If you're still not receiving messages, RIM suggests pulling your battery and rebooting the phone.
- Apple Gains Patent Ground On Samsung As Sides Square Up On U.S. Soil
- Apple wins preliminary Galaxy Tab 10.1 ban in Australia
- Steve Jobs patent enables Apple to shut down any new Android product in Australia
- U.S. judge says Samsung tablets do infringe Apple
- An Australian court has awarded Apple a preliminary injunction preventing Samsung from marketing or selling its Galaxy Tab 10.1
- Australia case revolves around a patent on touchscreen heuristics
- Florian Mueller told PaidContent: “Apple owns those two patents in most major jurisdictions. If other courts also conclude that the patents are valid, they will almost certainly find them infringed by Android. Invalidation is Google’s only realistic chance to fend off this threat,”
- Apple is seeking nationwide injunctions in the US on four different Samsung devices—the Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, Droid Charge, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1
- There's no overlap between the preliminary injunction motions in Australia and California in terms of the asserted intellectual property rights.
- The motion for a US-wide preliminary injunction is based on three design patents and a list scrolling patent
- Apple prepping cloud-based movie streaming, report says
- Apple reportedly trying to add movie streaming to its iCloud
- Valve chief says Apple will own your living room
- LA Times & the Wall Street Journal report Apple's meeting with studios - buy once on iTunes, access on any Apple device
- Apple & DIsney both aren't part of Ultraviolet
- Engadget: according to "people familiar with the matter" it could allow Ultraviolet access on iThings via app, while also bringing its usual media lock-in magic by also throwing in streaming copies of any flicks purchased on iTunes
- Valve Software chief Gabe Newell speaking at the WTIA TechNW conference this week in Washington DC. "I suspect Apple will launch a living room product that redefines people's expectations really strongly, and the notion of a separate console platform will disappear."
- Google announces Q3 earnings: $9.72 billion in revenue, $2.17 billion net income
- Larry Page's remarks
- Google earnings rock in 3rd quarter
- Larry Page: Mobile Revenues At $2.5 Billion Run-Rate, 190 Million Android Phones
- IRS Auditing How Google Shifted Profits Offshore to Avoid Taxes
- Google Music wants to open MP3 store (report)
- Google’s Page: Still Crazy After All These Years
- $2.73 billion net income - up from $2.17 billion a year ago
- $9.72 billion in revenue, a 33 percent jump compared to the third quarter of 2010
- Google+ just passed the 40 million user mark
- Google is now up to an astonishing 31,353 employees, up from 23,331 a year ago.
- Business Week: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service is auditing how Google Inc. avoided federal income taxes by shifting profit into offshore subsidiaries
- Page addressed criticisms about taking on Facebook.
- 135 million Android devices activated, up from 100 million two months ago.
- You Probably Won’t Change That Dial, Because You’re Busy Checking Email
- 40% of Tablet and Smartphone Owners Use Them While Watching TV
- Nielsen report: Roughly 40 percent of tablet and smartphone owners in the U.S. used their devices daily while watching TV
- Looking at Q2 2011
- About a third of multitaskers use their smartphones or tablets to check out something related to something on TV.
- Tablet & Smartphone users are checking email both during programs and commercials, surfing for unrelated info, social networking,
- 14% of eReader owners said they watched TV while using their device
- 21% looked up products for an ad
- Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011: Computer scientist, Unix co-creator, C programming language designer
- Dennis Ritchie, Father of C and Co-Developer of Unix, Dies
- How did Dennis Ritchie's work affect your life?
- Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system passed away on October 8 at the age of 70
- He was awarded the Turing Award in 1983, and the National Medal of Technology in 1999.
- James Grimmelman "His pointer has been cast to void *; his process has terminated with exit code 0."
- Started a Google PLus thread about Ritchie
- Google launched a new version of Google Translate for Android that handles up to 14 languages including Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Czech and German. You can now talk to the app and if it mishears you, you'll be able to correct the app before it translates. The new Google Translate is also optimized for tablets, but Google warns that the app is technically in alpha.
- The latest data from Gartner and IDC says that HP is still the leader in the PC market and actually gained a bit of market share year over year. Lenovo passed Dell to be the number 2 player in the worldwide PC game; Dell fell to third. Where's Apple? Apple wound up being third, but only in the US market.
- Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar want to end the confusion about 4G by introducing a new bill that would require wireless carriers to disclose a guaranteed minimum speed and conditions that could affect those speeds. If the bill is passed, the FCC will review speeds of the top 10 U.S. carriers. Maybe one day, you won't have to keep track of HSPA+, LTE, or WiMAX.
- In these tough economic times, it's hard to be a startup. Entrepreneurs are looking for "bridge" financing to keep their companies going in periods of slow cash flow. Start-up financing is also getting increasingly difficult. AngelList, a community of startups and investors, is funding 1-2 businesses for ever 50-100 startups applying. Speaking of startups, Venture capitalist George Zachary says "There's going to be a culling."
- Don't get used to Google+ the way it is right now. Speaking to AllThingsD, Google+ VP Bradley Horowitz said that "We are absolutely in a feature race..." Horowitz also said to expect new features in Google+ every week this year and that the current version of Google's social network is just the "very basic foundation."
- Pegatron received orders to build another 5 million iPhone 4S units according to the Commercial Times citing supply chain sources. The company already was contracted to build 10 million, but now it's up to 15. The iPhone 4S sold 1 million units on its first day and pre-orders on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon have all sold out.
- LightSquared announced that the company has found a way to minimize interference with GPS so it can launch its LTE network. In the company's press release, LightSquared said the GPS industry claimed it would take years and billions of dollars to fix the issues, but LightSquared's fix only took weeks and millions of dollars. CNET reports that it will cost the GPS industry as much as $400 million to protect its gear from interference.
- iOS 5 officially launched yesterday aaaand it's jailbroken already. You'll have to tether to install the latest Redsn0w jailbreak. Apple may have added in some favorites of jailbreakers like WiFi Sync and a decent notification system in iOS 5, but there are always apps Apple will never allow. The Redsn0w jailbreak won't work on iPad 2 or iPhone 4S and you'll need a Mac to set it all up.
- The CyanogenMod Team released the "Lower Your Expectations" edition of Android for the HP TouchPad. It took a bit over a month and the team warns that this version of Android is in Alpha and there may be issues with the camera, sound, WiFi and other things. However, multiboot is near completion, so it may be stable enough for you to jump back to webOS if the experience is just too buggy for you.
- Samsung confirms Ice Cream Sandwich event on October 19 (10:00am HKT, which is conveniently 7:00pm PDT on October 18th.)
- Opera 12 Alpha available today code-named "Wahoo," which brings hardware acceleration to Opera. It's available for OS X, Linux, and Windows XP and higher - that's right - Windows XP support.
- Go download Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot because it's available today
- Pacificon 2011 10/14-16 (Amateur Radio Convention - Leo will be there Sunday for The Tech Guy)
"subject: I support Tom's complaining
Just wanted to weigh in my support for Tom's complaint - changing the Windows 8 Start screen from a jumble of tiles to a jumble of icons does not make me feel any better. It's the same thing, just in a smaller form. How is that an improvement from keeping my hands on the keyboard, pressing the Windows key, and typing in what I wanted to run while still seeing what is currently running? I like to keep a nice clean almost icon-free desktop, so seeing that screenshot of a jumble of icons gave me a panic attack and the urge to sweep that clutter of icons into a trash can somewhere.
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