Tech News Today 371

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Episode 371

Tech News Today 371: Thanks For The FLOP Adjustment

Google working on space elevators, iTunes Match launches, T-Mobile teams with Google for Music, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Developers’ Interest Growing in Windows Phone, Waning in BlackBerry
  • Reviewers May Find Faults, But Developers Say Kindle Fire Is Big Big Big
    • Developer's are interested: IDC and Appcelerator Kindle Fire is now the most-interesting Android tablet for developers in North America, edging out the Samsung Galaxy Tab, with the Xoom trailing in third and the Nook tablet, launched last week, in fourth.
    • Before the iPad’s launch, some 53 percent of developers surveyed by IDC and Appcelerator said they would like to develop for the platform, compared to the Kindle Fire’s 49 percent.
    • Regarding OS: Apple solidifed its lead; No. 2 Android, though slipped a bit. No. 3 Windows Phone passes Research In Motion, which is seeing waning interest for both current and QNX software.

Discussion Stories

  • Leaked Screenshots Show Off Rumored Google Music Service
  • Google Music launching without Sony and Warner
  • T-Mobile May Headline Google Music Event On Wednesday
    • Wednesday event at 2 PM. TecnoDroidVe has published what it says are leaked screen shots from the music service.
    • Android Police say TecnoDroidVe blogger uncovered the music store on his HTC Inspire 4G. It wasn't operational, but included features like a "free song of the day" and recommendations for similar artists.
    • One screen shot shows a page for Green Day music, which is available for $1.29 or $0.99 per song
    • CNET has learned that Google has signed a licensing agreement for the new service with Universal Music Group but does not have deals in place with Sony Music Entertainment or Warner Music Group. Unclear about EMI
    • “Experience The World of T-Mobile & Google”, complete with guest appearances by several big-name music artists: Drake, Maroon 5, Busta Rhymes, Dirty South, and R3HAB. at 9 PM. (also T-Mobile sign in picture on Google event invite) T-Mobile event will also be streamed on Android music channel
  • Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams
  • Google X: A Secret Lab for Future Products Revealed
    • NY Times reports: Google running a secret lab called Google X in a top-secret lab in an undisclosed Bay Area location, run by Sergey Brin
    • two offices, a nondescript one for logistics, on the company’s Mountain View campus, and one for robots, in a secret location.
    • space elevators, a longtime fantasy of Google’s founders and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, could collect information or haul things into space. (In theory, they involve rocketless space travel along a cable anchored to Earth.)
    • Driverless car, fleets of robots,
    • Web of Things: a garden planter (so it could be watered from afar); a coffee pot (so it could be set to brew remotely); or a light bulb (so it could be turned off remotely).
    • Google spokeswoman Jill Hazelbaker would only tell the Times, "While the possibilities are incredibly exciting, please do keep in mind that the sums involved are very small by comparison to the investments we make in our core businesses."
  • Japanese supercomputer first to clear 10 petaflops
  • Cray supercomputer taps AMD 16-core processor
  • Barcelona readies hybrid ARM-based supercomputer, uses NVIDIA GPUs for heavy lifting
    • No. 1 Supercomputer still number 1 but faster The K Computer, at the Riken Advanced Institute for Computational Science in Japan, moved up from 8.16 petaflops, the score it used to reach the top of the twice-yearly supercomputer ranking last June, to 10.51 petaflops )or 1.05 exaflops).
    • The University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has contracted with Cray to provide the supercomputer for the National Science Foundation's Blue Waters project. Blue Waters will be composed of more than 235 Cray XE6 cabinets based on the AMD's Opteron 6200 Series processor (formerly code-named "Interlagos") and more than 30 cabinets of a future version of the recently announced Cray XK6 supercomputer with Nvidia Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs), Cray said.
    • NVIDIA has announced that it'll be providing CUDA GPUs for Barcelona's Supercomputing Center, with the facility looking to substantially boost its energy efficiency with these later this week at the SC11 Conference in Seattle.

News Fuse





"Hey TNT Folks-

The last several days, even on TWIT last night, there's been a lot of talk about Adobe killing off mobile Flash, and focusing their attention on Adobe AIR and HTML 5 powered-apps. While I agree that the Flash we all know (and sometimes loathe) is probably on the way out -- like other browser plugins. Anyone remember such gems as VRML and Java applets? What's been overlooked and hardly mentioned is Flash's relationship with Adobe AIR. Yes, like the new Windows 8 runtime (which supports development in HTML/JavaScript or Silverlight), AIR supports both development in HTML/JavaScript or Flash. So, what we'll probably see in the future is Flash content running inside it's own container rather than inside the browser. Is that going to resolve the bugginess, the battery life concerns, the security implications? That ball in in Adobe's court, but what you are seeing here is not the death of a product, but rather its repackaging because they know they'll never win in the mobile browser.

Later... Ryan Heldt Zearing, Iowa"

"Hey TNT Crew, I was recently listening to CNet's Reporters Roundtable Ep #100 with special guest Tom Merritt and I very much enjoyed the predictions of tech and tech companies for the next 11 months to 11 years (or so).

I do have one question concerning the AT&T/T-Mobile merger. Though I agree with you that the merger is most likely to go through. If it does not, T-mobile is pretty much dead in the water. People seem to forget that there is a part of the agreement that stated if things fall through, AT&T will pay T-Mobile 3 billion dollars in cash and give it a small portion of AT&T's spectrum. So my question is: If the merger does not go through do you think T-Mobile will get into the LTE race and create more competition with this cash and spectrum infusion, or are they just sunk no matter what they do?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Christopher Copping Portland, Oregon."



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