Tech News Today 366
Recorded: November 7, 2011
Published: November 7, 2011
Tech News Today 366: Tablireader: The Announcening
Google+ opens up to non-humans, RIAA hints at something stronger than DMCA, a way to make sure nobody can control the Internet, and more.
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Top Fun Stories
- Google+ Pages Now Open For Businesses, Brands, Places & More
- Google+ Pages - official blog post
- Differences between Google+ Pages and Google+ Profiles
- Brand pages accessible from Search by putting a + before name, like +TWiT. Called Direct Connect
- Pages will have to wait until a user adds them before they start showing content.
- Limited release. Rolling out over the next few days.
- 5 categories, Local Business or Place, Brand or product, Company Institution Org, Arts Entertainment Sports, other
- Only one admin at launch, sp pick who you want to create the page wisely
- Nook Tablet announced: $249, available November 17th with 1080p video and Nook Cloud storage
- Nook Tablet vs Kindle Fire vs Nook Color vs iPad 2: tablet comparison
- Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet: pictures, video, and hands-on impressions
- B&N Sold “Millions” Of Nooks, Nook Color Is “A Top Selling” Low-Priced Tablet
- Barnes & Noble launches in-store Nook stations
- Nook Tablet as expected pre-order now, available Nov. 17th. $249
- 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, IPS display with 180-degree viewing angle, 1080p video, 16GB storage, up to 32 with SD card
- Netflix (unprecedented integration) and Hulu Plus pre-loaded
- Storage available in Nook Cloud service
- Available at BN, Best Buy, Target, Walmart, RadioShack, OfficeMax, Staples, and others.
- Launched in-store Nook stations today
- HTC promises Ice Cream Sandwich for 8 devices
- Leaked HTC Edge could be world's first quad-core phone
- HTC announces specifics on Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades, includes Rezound
- HTC confirms Ice Cream Sandwich tablet for 2012
- Which devices will get Ice Cream Sandwich?
- HTC identified 8 phones to get ICS in early 2012
- PocketNow reports HTC Edge will have an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 1.5GHz quad-core processing
- 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, an 8-megapixel camera with a backlit sensor and 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens, It's also reputed to have 1GB RAM and measure about 0.4-inch thick.
- Pretty much the Rezound with quad core
- HTC CEO Peter Chou will do an ICS tablet he company wants "to see whether we can make ourselves stand out" by creating a tablet that isn't just another "me-too product".
- Engadget has a nice artilce summing up which phones are getting ICS"
- HTC Amaze 4G
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Rezound
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Vivid
- Schmidt sees Siri as a 'threat' to Google's search business
- Siri for everyone, with Pioneer's Zypr API
- Apple is preparing Siri for older devices
- Watch Siri Work on the Old, Old iPhone 3GS
- Using Siri to talk to a Mac 512K
- It's been awhile since Good ol' ES spouted off, but something he said back in September is making the rounds again. He told the Senate judiciary committee: "Apple's Siri is a significant development--a voice-activated means of accessing answers through iPhones that demonstrates the innovations in search,"
- Pioneer today launched Zypr, a free-to-use Web service platform providing voice-controlled access to online services such as mapping, navigation, social media, calendars, weather, and more.
- Pioneer mostly known for in-car but they hope developers will implement it in other devices like samrtphones and desktops.
- The service and API are all free to use. Rather than charging for access, Pioneer is hoping to monetize Zypr through revenue sharing from paid search, advertising, coupons, and subscription services.
- "Source close to Apple" told JailbreakNation Siri is being tested on devices other than the iPhone 4S. Apple has given employees access to a special software version that incorporates Siri’s features on to older devices like iPhone 4.
- RIAA Lawyer Complains DMCA May Need Revamp
- RIAA lawyer says DMCA may need overhaul
- RIAA lawyer Jennifer Pariser during a panel discussion at the NY Entertainment & Technology Law Conference says."The DMCA is just not providing the kind of protection against online piracy that Congress intended"
- complaining the the DMCA makes them responsible for policing their own content at their expense. Blames courts for this interpretation.
- Might have to go to Congress
- Courts have not supported the 'red flag' provision. ISPs must not have knowledge or a reason to know of direct infringement.
- YouTube has always said that it is impossible for the company to determine whether a clip of a movie or TV show was uploaded illegally by some teen in his basement or it was posted for promotional reasons by a studio business managers and completely legal.
- Complain most that even after infringing clips are removed new ones show up immediately
- The Darknet Project: netroots activists dream of global mesh network
- Ars Technica's Ryan Paul has a great story on The Darknet Project (TDP)
- Met on IRC last week, coordinating through Reddit.
- a decentralized web of interconnected wireless mesh networks that operate independently of each other and the conventional internet.
- Influenced by Operation Mesh set up in reaction to ACTA
- Paul reports meeting short on technical solutions for rolling out a practical implementation.
- The US State Department seems to view decentralized darknets as an important area of research for empowering free expression abroad." "Basically, the goal of the darknet plan project is to create an alternative, more free internet through a global mesh network," explained a TDP organizer who goes by the Internet handle 'Wolfeater.' "To accomplish this, we will establish local meshes and connect them via current infrastructure until our infrastructure begins to reach other meshes."
- Dish seems serious about getting into LTE services. DailyWireless.org reports Dish just submitted a filing with the FCC to allay any fears that its proposed network would cause interference with existing systems. Dish purchased satellite operators TerreStar and DBSD North America after the companies went bankrupt. The Dish LTE network would use the 2GHz spectrum. LightSquared uses the 1.6GHz frequency which is close to the GPS band.
- Let's check in on the Patent Wars - Google's Tim Porter, one of Google's patent patrol people, told the San Francisco Chronicle the usual stuff about overbroad software patents. And he also engaged in the becoming usual Microsoft bashing. Porter said, "When their products stop succeeding in the marketplace… they use the large patent portfolio they've built up to get revenue from the success of other companies' products."
- What's this? More Patent Wars! Motorola Mobility won a German patent injunction against Apple. But don't get too upset slash excited yet. The Verge's Nilay Patel explains Apple runs two operations in Germany: Apple, Inc. and Apple Germany. Apple, Inc. lost its case, but it doesn't actually sell anything in Germany. Apple Germany sells Apple products in the country and it is still in the middle of its lawsuit against Motorola - which means you can still get Apple products in Germany. Hooray for fictional corporate entities!
- YouTube just signed a $10-$15 million deal with Disney Interactive Media for original short-form Web videos. You'll find the Disney content on a co-branded channel on both YouTube and Disney.com. Disney Interactive hopes this will replace some of the $300 million it lost in the last four quarters. For YouTube, this expands its plans to offer more professional content.
- Prepare to be inundated by a marketing campaign designed to get you to realize that Windows Phone exists. This year, Microsoft is working along with vendors and wireless carriers to provide an advertising blitz for Windows Phone. Last year, only Microsoft bore the burden of advertising. As a part of the campaign, Microsoft held an event today promoting the latest Windows Phones like the Samsung Focus S and the HTC Radar. The company even built a 6-story Windows Phone in New York's Herald Square.
- Investment bank Barclays Capital has cut its estimates for PC growth in the fourth quarter citing a weak PC market and a shortage of hard drives after the flooding in Thailand. For the year, the forecast has also been lowered from 4.4% to 3.4%. A DigiTimes report also mentions due to the shortage of hard drives, manufacturers are turning to a gray market since their orders aren't being filled.
- HP's still making computers and it just announced its newest all-in-one called the HP TouchSmart 620 3D, which has - you probably guessed it - 3D capabilities. This TouchSmart has a 1080p display, Beats audio, comes with a pair of 3D glasses and even has a 3D webcam. It'll launch on the 15th of November at $1900 after a rebate.
- The Verge reports that Motorola will launch the Corvair, a tablet aimed at the living room. Content from the tablet would be beamed to a television by communicating with a cable box. The Corvair would run Android 2.3 Gingerbread and would also act as a remote control using RF and IR. Otherwise, there aren't a whole lot of details on specs unfortunately.
- Charlie Rose recorded an interview with Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Already, notable snippets are making the rounds such as Zuckerberg calling Google Plus a "little version of Facebook" and Facebook would not build games. The Facebook Founder also mentioned that while people like to talk about "war" in the tech industry, companies like Amazon and Apple are actually complimentary to Facebook.
- Ex-IBM CEO John Opel has passed away at age 86 last Thursday November 3rd. Mr Opel spent more than 3 decades with IBM and retired from his CEO post in 1985.
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 readies its big launch tonight at midnight, which officially is November 8
- ...but you might know someone who either got a lucky advance unit, or maybe one that was stolen off a truck. In France, two different delivery trucks carrying the game were held up by gunmen and thousands of copies were taken.
- Verizon's running a promotion that doubles the data cap for 4G LTE users - promotion begins on Tuesday, Nov. 8, conveniently right ahead of the Droid RAZR launch, and hasn't announced and end-date yet
- Verizon confirms RAZR's launch date: November 11th at 11:11AM. So is Skyrim.
- Firefox 8 is available for FTP download now, goes officially official tomorrow November 8th
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-3D1 camera announced, and will be available in December for $499.99
- Asteroid 2005 YU55, which is the size of an aircraft carrier, will get within the moon's orbit tomorrow, but it isn't going to hit us. If it was coming straight for Earth, however, scientists says they could still avoid impact by launching a robotic probe to alter the asteroid's course through gravitational pull.
- Video voicemail from Kian Kashani of Vancouver, Canada wanted to add a comment regarding Sony reducing the PSN games to only 2 devices.
"I stumbled across an online retailer based in London that allows you to "trade-in" downloadable games purchased through them in exchange for credit toward a new digitally downloaded game. They offer a client similar to Valve's Steam.
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