Tech News Today 368
Recorded: November 9, 2011
Published: November 9, 2011
Tech News Today 368: Ultraheroes: Thinner And lighter
Adobe kills off Flash, NVidia's Kal-el chip reveals its secret identities, what HP plans for WebOS, and more.
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- RIM Says Investigating Delays, but Insists No Wide-Spread Outage
- Adobe ends Flash development for Android and PlayBook, will focus on HTML5
- Adobe to lay off 750 workers, restructure around digital media, marketing
- Why Flash didn’t work out on mobile devices
- Adobe guts mobile Flash player strategy
- It’s not just mobile — Adobe is abandoning Flash on TVs as well
- Microsoft may halt development work on Silverlight plugin after next release
- Adobe ending development on Flash for Android and BlackBerry, will continue to ship bug fixes and security support. Flash PLayer 11.1 will be released but be the last.
- HTML5 is the "best solution for creating and deploying content in the browser across mobile platforms."
- continue to support AIR on mobile so developers can package Flash content as mobile app
- plans to eliminate 750 full-time positions
- continue offering the Creative Suite as well as expanding "tablet-based touch apps" and cloud-based software. It's also promised to invest further in HTML 5 through tools like Dreamweaver, the recently announced Edge and PhoneGap,
- The company confirmed through a statement to GigaOm that like mobile, it will no longer focus on porting the Flash plugin into web browsers on CE devices, but believes developers should build native apps on those devices instead.
- Mary Jo Foley reports sources tell her Microsoft will stop developing Silverlight after the release of Silverlight 5
- ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime: 10-inch Super IPS+ display, 12-hour battery and quad-core Tegra 3, ships in December for $499
- Nvidia Tegra 3 official: a 1.3GHz quad-core chip with five times the performance of Tegra 2
- Nvidia’s Quad-Core Tegra 3 Ready, Asus’s Transformer Prime Almost Ready
- HTC adopts Nvidia Tegra 3 processors
- First quad-core tablet: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime: 10-inch Super IPS+ display, 12-hour battery and quad-core Tegra 3, ships in December for $499
- $599 for 64 GB model. Keyboard dock $149 --- 12 hour battery life, get additional 6 from the dock
- Ships Anroid 3.2 gets ICS in early December
- Kal-El is officially Tegra 3 and officially out. Quad-core and the famous "5th core" for low power standby ops. 1st core 1.4GHz, other 3 1.3 GHz, 61% less power use on 720p video than Tegra 2
- Digitimes reports HTC will use Tegra 3 in the HTC Edge coming in March-April
- road map shows a chip code-named Wayne due next year, with roughly double the performance; follow-on chips “Logan” and “Stark” are due in 2013 and 2014, respectively, and promise logarithmically better performance.
- Barnes & Noble asked Justice Department to go after Microsoft in response to Android patent lawsuits
- B&N Sought Microsoft Inquiry
- Barnes & Noble: Microsoft using patents to cripple Android competition
- In a letter to Gene Kimmelman, the DoJ's chief counsel for competition policy Barnes & Noble has asked for an antitrust investigation
- Microsoft's willingness to bully small players with expensive litigation raises a substantial barrier to entry
- MS tried to get BN to license patents for Nook. Barnes & Noble refused, claiming that the license would restrict its ability to upgrade the software on its tablets. MS sued in March.
- claims also that the fees Microsoft was demanding were equal to or greater than those it demanded for an entire operating system, Windows Phone, even though the patents covered only "trivial and non-essential design elements"
- It also noted that there is only one patent common to the the five patents it is being sued over and the six that Microsoft was offering to license.
- Barnes & Noble also raised concerns over deals that Microsoft has entered into with Nokia and MOSAID
- Eric Schmidt: Google supports Android OEMs against patent lawsuits
- Google vows to support Android vendors in lawsuits
- Google To ‘Support’ Android OEMs Facing Lawsuits As LG Makes A Deal With IV
- Eric Schmidt: Google still has 'growing and profitable business in China'
- Eric Schmidt Asian press tour continues in Taipei
- Google will continue to support Android OEM against patent lawsuits, and specifically called Apple's case against HTC "not correct." According to Schmidt, Google's support comes in the form of information and access to expertise, and — perhaps more importantly — access to Google's patent portfolio
- "We tell our partners, including the ones here in Taiwan, we will support them," Schmidt told reporters today, according to Reuters."For example, we have been supporting HTC in its dispute with Apple because we think that the Apple thing is not correct."
- one more licensing deal signed between Android partner LG and patent holder Intellectual Ventures.
- "the Chinese government is unhappy with our unwillingness to support censorship."
- "very happy" with Android's growth within the country, explaining that Google still enjoys "a growing and profitable business in China."
- Exclusive: Silver Lake Signs Yahoo NDA, as Talks Proceed With Bidders
- Alibaba, Softbank Said to Seek Partners for Yahoo Purchase
- Kara Swisher reported that Silver Lake is indeed in negotiations with Yahoo and has signed that NDA
- Silver Lake’s accepting the NDA is a big deal, since it had been considering hooking up with China’s Alibaba Group in a possible bid for all or part of Yahoo.
- NDA-ready PE firms include TPG Capital and KKR.
- Bloomberg says Alibaba still trying to find PE funds about making a bid for Yahoo
- Alibaba and Softbank aim to work with partners that haven’t signed non-disclosure agreements circulated by Yahoo
- Private-equity firms are reluctant to sign Yahoo’s NDA because it prohibits talks with other funds or strategic partners aimed at forming a larger bid, the people said.
- Exclusive: HP's Meg Whitman on webOS 'it's not obvious exactly what to do here'
- HP Has Meeting to Say It Still Doesn’t Know What to Do With webOS
- "It's really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision," she told those gathered with her on the HP campus, adding that a decision would come in the next three to four weeks.
- "If HP decides [to keep webOS], we're going to do it in a very significant way over a multi-year period," she said, adding that "it's a very expensive proposition, but HP can make that bet."
- The U.S. Senate introduced a new bill called "Marketplace Fairness Act," which would authorize states to require online retailers to collect and remit sales taxes even if that retailer does not have a physical presence in the state. There's an exception for small businesses that make less than half a million dollars in sales - so if you make a few bucks on eBay, you won't have to worry. Unsurprisingly, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which includes eBay and Google, wasn't pleased with bill's introduction. Best of all, Amazon supports it.
- Not to be left in a cloud of Nook dust, Amazon's latest press release is reminding the world that the Kindle Fire will support apps including Netflix, Pandora, Facebook and Zynga games. What about those beautiful in-store Nook displays? Amazon says starting on November 15th Best Buy, Radio Shack and other chain stores will have the newest Kindles if you like brick n mortar rather than perusing Amazon.com. Interest for the Fire is pretty high according to a ChangeWave and RBC Capital Markets survey, 5% said they had preordered or were very likely to buy the Fire - the iPad in 2010 only reached 4%.
- Kindle family goes retail, coming to a store near you on November 15th
- iPad Buyers: Sure, We’ll Take a Kindle Fire, Too
- BlackBerry users, please sit down. I have some bad news. Google says it will no longer support the Gmail app for BlackBerry as of November 22nd. If you already have the app, it'll keep working, but Google won't be updating it. Google suggests using its web app. We even received an email about it, Ed Godbois says "I can't say that I'm surprised or care much personally…. but this might make things more difficult for me."
- A new Pew Internet & American Life Project study concluded that most American teens are "mostly kind to one another on social network sites." Only 20% of those polled said their peers were mostly unkind. The most frequent bullying actually was in person(12% of teens) followed by text messaging (9% of teens).
- The AP is reporting that "all major cable companies" will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to households with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The program, called "Connect-to-Compete," will begin next summer and promises a minimum of 1Mbps download speed. PCs will also be available for $250 from Microsoft and $150 by Redemtech. If those prices are too much for a family, Morgan Stanely is working on a microfinance lending program.
- Michael Steeber, a Cult of Mac blogger, filed a bug report with Apple asking for Siri support on more devices. Apple dashed hopes by responding with "Siri only works on iPhone 4S and we currently have no plans to support older devices." Looks like the only way you'll get Siri on a non-iPhone 4S will be through hackery.
- “Rascatripas” the moderator of a popular Mexican social network Nuevo Laredo en Vivo has been murdered, allegedly for tipping off the authorities about the local drug cartel. Wired notes this is the fourth social media networker killed in Nuevo Laredo within the last three months.
- AOL, Microsoft, and Yahoo are now BFFs since their ad deal is official. The companies held a press conference via phone to make the announcement that the three would share portions of their unsold inventory through their collective networks. If this sounds familiar, rumors of the deal floated around in September.
- The Atlantic reports that Yap, a voice-to-text company, was purchased by Amazon two months ago. Amazon's name isn't on the SEC filing for the merger, but CLT, a Charlotte-based blog, did some detective work by tracking the address of the surviving company to an Amazon-owned building. Of course, this is fueling speculation that Amazon will build in some kind of voice command into its Kindles one day.
- ICANN Began "Land Rush" For .XXX Web Domains yesterday - it's accepting applications during the land rush until the 25th of November.
- Nintendo is turning Times Square Into Mushroom Kingdom for its Super Mario 3D Land Launch on Sunday, November 13th. That should make avoiding hordes of camera-wielding tourists more impossible than usual.
- The Windows Phone-powered HTC Titan will hit AT&T stores November 20th for $200. It's the phone with a 4.7-inch screen, 1.5Ghz Snapdragon processor, and an 8MP rear cam.
- CEO of AT&T Labs, Krish Prabhu, announced that AT&T will bring LTE Advanced to its network in 2013. When in 2013? He didn't specify. That's also the same year that Sprint promised the same technology. Back in June, Ericsson achieved 1 gigabit per second speeds with LTE Advanced. So 2013 could be a great year for wireless speeds - in theory.
I can't help but think that you missed the point on the removal of Charlie Miller from the developer program.
The general public outside the geek community will see this while story as one of someone allowing malware to be risked being introduced to their phones. Their fears ought to be respected.
However, far more important is that Miller was in breach of the terms of service of the dev program and therefore it was right to be punished in any appropriate contractually permitted manner. Even though he did not release precise details of the hole, any programmer with 3/4 of a brain now knows where to look until the hole is patched. That just increases the risk completely unnecessarily and is one of the reason such programs have such tight contractual terms.
The real point of this story, and the one you missed on this occasion, is that Apple must put in place a robust system whereby devs can report security threats, which are then acted on quickly. Bug reporting is insufficient for this. If this hole was in fact reported to Apple by Miller and they did not acknowledge it sufficiently quickly, his recourse ought to have been to publicise that he had found a serious hole without providing any details at all and offering to demonstrate it to reputable journalists on a strictly confidential basis.
Just my £0.02.
As ever, love the show!
"Hey TNT Crew,
I just had one point of contention regarding your story about Charlie Miller getting kicked from the developer program. He wasn't booted because he found a vulnerability, he was booted because he violated the Terms and Conditions of the iOS Developer Program. By publishing the App in the App Store, he violated the terms regarding distribution of malicious software. Apple can still remain in contact with him, and probably is, but he is no longer allowed to publish apps.
Otherwise a great show, keep it up!
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