Tech News Today 367

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Episode 367

Tech News Today 367: Apple Needs Charlie

Nobody wants WebOS, iOS app store insecure, self-checkout moves from groceries to Apple store, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Firefox 8 cracks down on add-ons
  • Firefox 8 Now Officially Available, Includes Built-In Twitter Search
  • Firefox 8 released with integrated Twitter search, other improvements
    • third-party add-ons will be disabled by default
    • A dialog box will appear once after the new browser is installed that lets people select which add-ons to enable or disable.
    • Twitter is now an option for Firefox's search bar, letting people more easily find Twitter hashtags (keywords beginning with the ""#"" character, such as #fail) and Twitter usernames.
    • updated Firefox for Android, which offers password management and support for saving bookmarks to the device’s homescreen.
    • load tabs on demand (via the Menu –> Options/Preferences, General Tab), a feature that makes it faster to restore windows with many tabs
    • support for Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS), which allows developers to load WebGL textures more securely.
  • iPhone Security Bug Lets Innocent-Looking Apps Go Bad
  • Apple kicks researcher out of iOS dev program for exploiting security flaw, Microsoft swoops in
    • Charlie Miller, research consultant with Accuvant, and former NSA revealed a security hole in iOS introduced with iOS 4.3 that allows running of unsigned code
    • Miller's Instastock app was used as an example. It contains no malicious code but can be used as a vector.
    • Keeping details under wraps until SyScan conference Nov. 17th in Taiwain in order to give Apple time for a patch
    • App has been removed from the app store and Miller has been struck from developer rolls
    • Only can get the unsigned payload at install
    • javascript code from the Web to run on a much deeper level in the device’s memory than. Apple created an exception for the browser to run unapproved code in a region of the device’s memory, which until then had been impossible. (Apple uses other security restrictions to prevent untrusted websites from using that exception to take control of the phone.)

Discussion Stories

  • Google's Schmidt: Android 'started before the iPhone effort'
  • Google's Schmidt Insists Android Will Remain Open
    • Re Jobs accusing Google of ripping off Android: "As a general comment, I think most people would agree that Google is a great innovator and I would also point out that the Android effort started before the iPhone effort."
    • Android Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin in 2003. In 2005, Google acquired the company and hired Rubin to lead the development of the operating system.
    • Regarding Motorola: "In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and we will run it sufficiently and independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android...we're not going to change in any material way the way we operate,"
    • News Conference on Tuesday in South Korea
  • Union: AT&T/T-Mobile merger will create 100,000 jobs
  • DOJ ready to take ATT to court: Attorney General
    • The Communications Workers of America says ATT-T-Mobile merger would create an additional 96,000 jobs, alongside the 5,000 outsourced jobs AT&T has pledged to bring back.
    • SprintNextel has their own study from David Neumark, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, saying there would be thousands of jobs losses.
    • CWA called such studies "sloppy research and the inability to distinguish between the change in the number of wireline and wireless jobs"
    • Sprint called the statement a distratcion from the main issue of "higher prices, fewer choices, and lower-quality products for mobile wireless services"
    • "CWA is simply trying to reheat stale leftovers," said S. Derek Turner, a director at media reform group Free Press. Claims it doesn't accoutn for T-Mobile losing jobs.
    • The Justice Department's antitrust division is prepared to take AT&T Inc to court to stop its acquisition of T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG, Attorney General Eric Holder told Seanators on Tuesday.

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"I think Tom is under estimating the value added for Nook buyers.

My father bought a Nook. When you go to B&N they have a nice big Nook display at the front of the store. Usually they have someone that can answer questions there as well and to the side is a lot of covers and such. Over all it is an almost Apple Store like experience for people.

As silly as it seems to you and I they also offer classes. All and all it is a very customer service oriented and friendly way for people to get into a tablet.

Yes the Kindle is available at Target and I think Walmart but it is usually behind glass. You can look at it but their is nobody to ask questions and no classes offered.

The Kindle Fire is for the Amazon user, it is for people that are comfortable with the online world. The Nook is for people that want a lot of hand holding and help."

"Hey Guys,

I was catching up on the shows and I wanted to chime in on the debate between the new Nook Color and the Kindle Fire from episode 365. I really don’t think the Fire will dominate over the Nook Color like Sarah predicted, because people still want the ability to touch and play with a device before they buy. It's important to have someone nearby in the store if customers have questions or problems with their device. What would be the process for Amazon? You would have to call their customer service number and go through the roll-a-dex of questions. Fun...Fun. Yes, the customer could go to Target for help, but the people there would not be able to get technical with the device.

We visit the local B&N all the time, and there is always a small class on the Nook devices or a representative is demoing them. I think most typical customers would be willing to pay $50 more to have the security of a physical person to help them out. Also B&N has in-store promotional items that you can download to the Nooks. I have a Nook Color and I love it.

In my opinion, the only real difference in the devices is the Kindle has Amazon App Store and the video rental option. I have to be honest, I don't use either service from Amazon. I only use the Amazon App Store for the free app of the day. So I guess it will come down to personal preference, but I think the sales for both will be almost even. My wife and I very territorial, so we will keep buying the Nooks.

Eric from Denver."

"Hello All,

Just a quick word about the Sony Limiting downloads to 2 machines , I work for a Video games retailer in the UK and think i know the main reason for this...

Map-Packs! not Games

On the 360 console Call of duty (example) map packs are locked to the account buying the maps, On the PS3 they are not, so say 20 friends play Call of Duty on the ps3, only 1 of them buys the map pack, then goes round all his friends and downlaods them to their machine's for free. I know this happens because we have customers come in gloating about how they have done so. This means Sony and say Activision has lost out on 19 sales of Map packs at £11.99 a time ....... Soon adds up! im sure Activision has been pressing for this change for years

Thanks Malforian"



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