Tech News Today 364
Recorded: November 3, 2011
Published: November 3, 2011
Tech News Today 364: The New Spitproof Motorola Xoom
Amazon is now a library, piracy not doing a thing to dent media, RIM worth less than parts, and more.
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- HTC Rezound for Verizon unveiled: Beats Audio, Ice Cream Sandwich-ready, 4.3-inch 720p display available November 14th for $299
- Meet Verizon’s New HTC Rezound:
- HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless (AKA Vigor) Verizon Wireless or Best Buy on November 14, with a $299 pricetag.
- Gingerbread, 4.3 inch 1280×720 pixels resolution display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera, LTE radio, and Beats audio support. 16GB internal storage
- Expected to get ICS early next year
- red accents and the translucent red body under the battery cover.
- Amazon bypasses library, lends Kindle books directly to Prime users
- Kindle Lending Library Takes A Chance With Borrowing Books
- Amazon’s Free Digital-Book Loans Will Boost Costs, Analyst Says
- Kindle Owner's Lending Library available to Amazon Prime subs. who use an Amazon device
- 5,000 e-books at launch
- 1 book per month, return it whenever you like
- None of the “Big Six” publishers are participating
- a Macquarie Capital analyst will increase short-term cost
- Motorola Xoom 2: Second time's the charm?
- Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition official, hitting the UK and Ireland in mid-November
- New Xoom 2s coming to UK and Ireland mid-November - £329.99 ($528) in Media Edition flavor and £379.99 ($609) for the standard Xoom 2
- 10-inch - The edges have been designed with a flattened edge that's supposed to make the tablet easier to hold, preloaded with VPN and data encryption support, activeSync USB and ethernet
- 8.2-inch "Media Edition" - 178-degree viewing angle, virtual surround
- dual-core 1.2 GHz processors, run Android 3.2 Honeycomb, and offer Wi-Fi connectivity, .3-megapixel camera in front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back, both with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash. gigabyte of RAM and 16GB of storage, MotoCast
- Carphone Warehouse in the U.K. and Ireland, as well as Best Buy, PC World, Dixons, and Currys in the U.K.
- "Splash-guard" coating
- Piracy problems? US copyright industries show terrific health
- EMI Music to Developers: Take My Music, Please
- OpenEMI, An Innovation Files Case Study
- Spanish Judge Gets It: Pirated Copies Not Necessarily Lost Sales, May Boost Purchases Later
- International Intellectual Property Alliance unveiled the new report today in association with the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus at an event in Washington, DC
- Dropped estimates of 'lost dollars' to piracy
- Pays better than most American jobs
- Has outperformed the US economy through a horrific recession
- Sells record-setting amounts of product overseas, earning more foreign revenue than the entire US food sector or US pharmaceutical companies
- EMI Music is offering developers a way to leapfrog onerous licensing - likely used at first for artists apps
- 12,000 precleared songs that can be brought ot market with easy licensing. label takes 60 percent of net revenue and uses that to pay rights holders; 40 percent is split between developers and the Echo Nest, a Boston-based music tech company that helped cobble the deal together
- ‘Wounded Puppy’ RIM Trails Book Value
- Bloomberg reports RIM fell below book value ($18.92 a share)
- worth less than the net value of its property, patents and other assets
- $18.37 at 10:27 a.m. New York time
- Back above $19 at 12.
- John Goldsmith, a money manager with Montrusco in Toronto says book value may inflate patent worth.
- RIM last traded below book value in 2002
- Barrett Brown Says Anonymous Attack on Drug Cartels Still Alive
- Barrett Brown is Anonymous
- "Face" of Anonymous quits -- exclusive interview with Barrett Brown
- Why Brown would make the video unmasked
- Barrett Brown, writer and oft-times informal spokesperson for Anonymous Ops posted a YouTube video explaining that some Anon members will carry out #OpCartel after a vote.
- "The fact of the matter is that this operation is going ahead whether or not I get involved," Barrett Brown said in the video (below).
- When asked why he made a video in which he showed his face and directly challenged a cartel, Brown said it was "because I was asked to do so by several Mexicans who are risking their lives for this, too."
- Brown tweeted this morning that the data includes the name of a U.S. district attorney who allegedly cooperated with the Zetas.
- Anonymous has threatened to release data about members of Zeta, as well as those who cooperate with the cartel, unless they release a member of Anonymous who was allegedly kidnapped during a recent protest in Veracruz.
- AT&T has another court battle. U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle ruled that Sprint and C Spire Wireless can pursue part of their antitrust lawsuit against AT&T Inc's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The judge agreed to allow the competitors to pursue their injury claims about the effect the deal would have on the market for wireless devices, but threw out other claims involving spectrum and backhaul.
- Digitimes reports Apple will “completely overhaul” its product portfolios this year — everything from the iPad and iPhone to the iMac and MacBook Air. Digitimes whihc sometimes rather uncritically reports whatever suppliers tell them, also says the next generation of iPad will have an inventory of twoo million unites by December and the next iPhone will go into production in June 2012.
- Financial Times not only opted out of Apple's in-app payment system, but pulled their app altogether in favor of a Web app. How'd they do? The Financial Times’ digital subscriber base grew by eight percent in the period. FT stopped offering its iPad and iPhone apps for download on August 30 and claim that 1/5 of their web traffic comes from the Web app.
- As of the next St. David's Day, March 1, 2012, Apple will require all apps submitted to the Mac App Store to implement sandboxing. Apple says sandboxing your app is a great way to protect systems and users by limiting the resources apps can access and making it more difficult for malicious software to compromise users' systems. May critics worry this could dumb down apps and even kill of AppleScript.
- The iOS 5.0.1 Beta came out to developers Wednesday, and developers are claiming the forthcoming update will fix the iPhone 4S battery issues. It also seems to fix the security flaw on the iPad involving the cover that allowed people to bypass the lock screen to see whatever app was in the foreground.
- HP's got a new tablet. No, sorry, it's not WebOS and it's not $99. It's a successor the the all-but-forgotten HP Slate 500. The Windows 7-based Slate 2. comes with an 8.9-inch capacitive multi-touch screen, an Intel Atom Z670 CPU, 32 GB of storage space and a 3-megapixel back camera, as well as a front-facing VGA camera for video calls. The HP Slate 2 starts at $699 and is expected to be available worldwide later this month.
- Amazon Flow is a new iOS app that they call augmented reality, but is really just a fancy version of Red Laser. You point the app at any product with a bar code, and Flow will bring up how much the product costs on Amazon, as well as offering reviews and possibly some video or audio (handy for DVDs). Whether you choose instant gratification of buying what's in front of you or ordering for cheaper on Amazon is up to you.
- Twitter is testing a new feature that highlights a link labeled as “top news” or a profile labeled “top people” at the top of its search results. A small percentage of users will see a link to a news story or if they're searching a person, an influential Twitter account at the top of search results in addition to relevant tweets.
- The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project plans to drop their inexpensive touchscreen computers from helicopters near remote villages in developing countries. The devices will be left for the villagers to find, distribute, support, and use on their own. The computers will have olar powered batteries that will allow them to be used in regions without access to electricity.
- Lomokino ‘Video’ Camera Shoots Lo-Fi Movies on Film
- Lomokino, a 35mm movie camera with a low framerate and non-full-frame capture, fits 144 frames onto a single 36-exposure roll, giving the film a very old-school, light leaky and retro feel.
- You need a Lomokinoscope to view the film, handcranked of course.
- The camera is $79, and the camera and viewer bundle is $99.
- OpenBSD 5.0 o has launched offering OpenSSH 5.8, more hardware compatibility and fewer bugs. Get it at an FTP server near you.
- The Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is supposed to be released November 13th, but The Verge reports that it seems like Amazon's decided to go ahead and start shipping Sammy's reworked 7-inch tablet with Honeycomb now.
- Google Offer issued it's first nationwide offer int he US, $25 worth of outdoor gear at REI for $15. They also launched an Offers app for Android.
- we finally know what the Canon's Hollywood event is announcing: the Canon EOS c300 film cam: Chairman and CEO of Canon, Inc. Fujio Mitarai says films "should be an extention of human lives" and that one of the most important factors of the new camera is accurate color reproduction, particularly skin tones.
- Also RED is announcing all the changes to its Scarlet camera as well as shipping info.
"Grand Theft Auto "started" in Liberty City (a fake New York City), but the first game way back in the 1990s also swung through Vice City (fake Miami) and San Andreas (fake Los Angeles).
- Rockstar confirms a "Los Santos" (Los Angeles-ish) setting, as well as the return of online multiplayer.
"Hey TNT crew!
It was announced this week that the CRTC here in Canada is making Rogers test the viability and popularity of an a la carte TV model, and they’re going to be testing it here in my home of London Ontario! It starts November 8th and will run until March.
I’m definitely going to sign up, since right now our household is paying Rogers $130+ per month for our cable/Internet package and we have plenty of channels we don’t want and are missing some we’d like that are bundled in with ones we dislike. With this we’d pay a $20 base price for our basic channels, and then another $26 for 15 extra channels of our choice, then incrementally more if we’d like more channels.
I really hope that this goes well here in London, as Rogers is probably hoping the opposite happens so that they can tell the CRTC that consumers didn’t want it. That would suck.
Amy London Ontario"
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