Tech News Today 360
Recorded: October 28, 2011
Published: October 28, 2011
Tech News Today 360: Units Shipped Is Not Units Sold
Samsung beats Apple, or did they? Has Google fixed Google TV? Do we need another Flipboard? And, of course, more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Samsung Overtakes Apple as World’s Biggest Smartphone Shipper
- Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone shipments
- Samsung's profits down 23% due to fall in chip prices
- Samsung Will Sell Bendy Screen Phones Next Year. Why?
- Strategy Analytics reports Samsung shipped 27.8 million smartphones Q3 2011 up from 7.5 million in 2010
- Apple shipped 17.1 million in Q32011 up from 14.1 million 2010, Nokia is third, shipments fell 16.8 mill from 26.5
- In total handsets Nokia still leads, Samung 2nd LG third
- Samsung reported record revenue from its phone division that helped mask a slump in earnings from computer- memory chips and panels.
- Samsung profits fell 23%
- Samsung Electronics said Friday that it is aiming to launch mobile phones with flexible displays next year, with tablets and other portable devices to have these displays soon after.
- Google TV updated to Android 3.1, adds apps and Market
- Google TV Software Update Ready; New Hardware Postponed
- The New Google TV: 4 Demo Videos Including Looks At The New Apps
- Google TV being upgraded to Android 3.1 Honeycomb, bringing redesigned UI and app store (1800 apps)
- new TV and Movies app that functions as an integrated program guide with the ability to aggregate content from multiple sources, including live TV, HBO Go, Netflix, and YouTube
- YouTube features dynamic “channels” that begin playing related videos as soon as you type in a search term—think Pandora for YouTube
- Sony Google TV devices on Sunday -- Logitech Revue sometime after that.
- New partners include CNNMoney, Flixster, Fox Business, Amazon’s IMDB, Khan Academy, Motor Trend, NPR and The Wall Street Journal
- New devices not coming until after the first of the year
- Tablets an “Interesting Opportunity,” Says Nokia CEO
- Stephen Elop interview: US Lumia launch, Nokia tablet, and criticism of the Android experience
- in an interview with the Financial Times, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop
- “One of the things that we are excited about in terms of support for the Windows Phone are the announcements made around Windows 8 for tablets and personal computers,” Elop said. “When you see the user experience from the Nokia Lumia environment appearing on hundreds of millions of tablets and PCs in the future, you can see that there is a clear synergy between all those environments. So that presents an interesting opportunity for Nokia.”
- Told Thomas Ricker of TIMN “The user experience of Windows 8 is essentially a supercharged version of the Nokia Lumia experience that you saw on stage today. And you see the parallels and opportunity for commonality from a user perspective.” Elop added that Microsoft’s bet on HTML5 “is another big clue” to how the platforms may be interrelated over time.
- Google's Maps Street View service pilots indoor photos
- Google giving users a look inside shops
- London, Paris and a number of cities in Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the US
- Business are invited by Google to request a visit.
- must warn their customers and employees about the photoshoot before it begins. Google has promised it will blur out or refuse to publish any images that include bystanders.
- Google will invite restaurants, hotels, shops, gyms and vehicle repair workshops. -- Ruled out big-brand chains for the time being. Hospitals and lawyers' offices have also been excluded.
- Anthony Rose’s Social TV Startup Zeebox Is Now Live
- Zeebox co-founded by ex BBC iPlayer chief Anthony Rose launched on Thursday evening
- gained Apple’s coveted “App Of The Week” status inside iTunes Store.
- shows users information, apps and further downloads about shows they are watching, creates live hyperlinks out of material discussed in shows and lets users both follow show-based social network chat and see what their friends are watching.
- If you’re outside the UK you can still happily use zeebox, but for now you’ll only get a list of UK TV channels – we’re working to bring zeebox to the US and Europe shortly.
- Spooking Flipboard: Yahoo’s Livestand and Google’s Propeller Set to Launch Next Week
- Sources tell AllThingsD next Wednesday Yahoo will officially unveil its offering, called Livestand. (Announced back in Feb. by Carol Bartz)
- Next week or soon after Google will launch Propellor (or maybe called Currents) HTML5 reader for iPad and Android
- According to sources, Propeller will launch with a plethora of media partners, as well as integration into the Google+ social network.
- Hating the battery life on the iPhone 4S? Apple's taking notice. The Guardian reports that Apple engineers are contacting some iPhone 4S owners to try to solve battery life problems. One owner told The Guardian that a senior Apple engineer had contacted him and asked him to install a file to collect data that the engineer then asked for a day later. Theories on the bad battery life involve bad contact lists from Google and MobileMe. Deleting and reinstalling the lists sometimes fixes the problem.
- In an attempt to appease the Indian government, RIM has set up a facility in Mumbai to handle surveillance requests from the government according to the Wall Street Journal. If RIM receives a request to spy on a certain person, RIM will provide the government messages from that person. The Indian government is not 100% pleased with this arrangement as it wants the technology to decode information on its own.
- Hulu will soon be streaming content from CW like "America's Next Top Model" and "90210." Hulu Plus will get programs the day after they air on television and the free version of Hulu will get the episodes eight days after original broadcast. CW content won't be exclusive on Hulu - you'll still be able to access it on the CW website. The CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. and CBS - Hulu's racking up the broadcast networks. Maybe CBS proper is next?
- Reuters reports that the Yahoo sales talks have ground to a standstill. Private equity firms haven't seen Yahoo's financials since Yahoo requires each party to sign a confidentiality agreement which prohibits the firms from joining bids. The sale is also perceived as a "half-hearted auction" since the board is split on what to do with the company.
- The Guardian reports that HP will kill the webOS division, which could lead to over 500 job cuts at HP. "There's a 95% chance we all get laid off between now and November, and I for one am thinking it's for the best," said one webOS employee talking to the Guardian. HP has yet to officially decide the fate of the webOS division.
- According to AndroidPolice.com, the very popular Dolphin browser sends every URL you type in its browser to a website owned by the makers of the browser. Contents of the website are not sent. The developers of Dolphin explained that the URL is sent to their site to check if Dolphin already has a customized "Webzine" version of the site available. Android Police and the Dolphin team have been in communications about the matter. The Dolphin developers say they've fixed it with 7.0.1, Android Police doesn't agree.
- Apple's lossless audio codec, ALAC, is now open source. Apple made the announcement on Mac OS Forge and it's available under the Apache license. ALAC can compress audio 40-60% without audio degradation. So if you wanted an alternative to FLAC, you've got one.
- The Onion Router, AKA TOR helps keep your identity secret online, a must-have for dissidents in authoritarian regimes. Which is why a recently discovered flaw was unsettling and dangerous. The Tor Project has released an upgrade to its software that blocks some critical vulnerabilities. Tor no longer sends the TLS certificate chain as part of connections over the Tor network. It also changes the router code to block probes to test them for clients that are still transmitting TLS certificates.
- A federal judge says that cell phone retailers in San Francisco will not be forced to place posters, placards or stickers warning of cell phone radiation around their stores. The CTIA had sued the city after San Francisco had passed an ordinance that would require retailers to post notices that cellphones emit RF energy. The judge also concluded that the retailers must hand out pamphlets to inform consumers. San Francisco attorney Dennis Herrera said the city will appeal the decision.
- Kindle makes for heavy reading
- RIM’s PlayBook Push: Buy Two, Get One Free
- Engadget Distro Issue 10: It's alive! And ready for download featuring "a look into Tech News Today host Iyaz Akhtar's geeky upbringing
- Supplanted By Facebook Messenger, Beluga Will Stop Swimming On November 11
"Hi TNT crew. On 10/27 you mentioned the maiden commercial voyage of the Boeing 787 and some of its in-cabin technology. Most articles about the 787 focus on the passenger technology, but miss the story of how technology helped design the 787. Boeing used high performance computing (aka supercomputers) in the process of designing the cabin, including improving airflow and reducing noise, reducing fuel consumption, and in the process of designing the wings. On the 767 Boeing had to build 77 full-scale wing models for wind tunnel testing, which is very expensive and time consuming. By modelling the 787 wings in software, they cut this number down to 11 . Boeing says they used some 800,000 hours of processing time on their Crays went into the 787 design , and I think that's WAY cooler than USB chargers in my seat. =)
Thanks for the great show! -Jeff, Knoxville, TN"
Long time listener. I'm just writing so i can give a little perspective on the iPhone Sales. I have been working at an Apple Store for a while now. and have worked a few launches. Never have i seen so many resellers coming into the store to buy iPhones. In the past Apple would try to limit this with reservation systems and limiting the amount an individual could buy, Example max 10 per person.
This launch was different, least for our stores in eastern Canada. Apple seems to have to given the ok to sell these iPhones to individual resellers who later seem to export these phones elsewhere (Example, Asia and the MIddle East.
These individuals buy on average 300 iPhones per day (stock permiting) and easily account for 50% of our total sales, if not even more.
Thanks Apple Employee 101"
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