Tech News Today 374
Recorded: November 17, 2011
Published: November 17, 2011
Tech News Today 374: PlayBook Just Got DOS-some
Galaxy Nexus's British Invasion, Is Amazon working on a Kindle Phone? Microsoft Surface table up for pre-order, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Tricia Duryee
- Galaxy Nexus on sale in the UK today: First Galaxy Nexus sold in the UK came loaded with an older Android 4.0 developer ROM
- Galaxy Nexus on sale in the UK today
- Ice Cream Sandwich Prompts Users To Join Google+, Enter Credit Card Information
- Google confirms Verizon's LTE Galaxy Nexus dimensions and specifications
- Samsung Galaxy S2 Ice Cream Sandwich update confirmed
- Alex Ioannu was first in line in the UK to get a Galaxy Nexus but it had a 4.0 developer ROM
- unable to sync his Gmail account had lots of developer options, he has successfully managed to exchange his device for a new one. S
- the Oxford Street Phones4U store will be the only one to have the Galaxy Nexus on launch day today --- Galaxy Nexus will be available "pretty much everywhere" from Monday, November 21st.
- In ICS, when you enter account info it asks you to sign up for G+ --- also prompted to enter credit card info for Market
- Google's specifications portal just went live for Verizon's looming LTE version of Galaxy Nexus
- Samsung UK, which tweeted, "Good news - the Galaxy S2 will be receiving ICS."
- Nokia happy with Lumia 800 pre-orders in the UK, carriers less impressed
- AT&T exec: Carrier in talks for Nokia's Windows Phone
- Dear Nokia: Time to step it up in the U.S.
- Nokia CEO Vows to Pump Up the Volume
- Nokia's Lumia 800 made its world debut yesterday in the UK
- UK spokesperson Ray Haddow said that Nokia's "very positive about the launch of the Lumia 800," and that "the public were in store in abundance today
- Financial Times that pre-orders had fallen well below Apple's iPhone 4S launch and even lagged behind recent high-end Android handsets.
- Orange was slightly more positive, saying that it had been the most successful Nokia launch ever.
- Glenn Lurie, head of AT&T's tablets unit, revealed to Bloomberg ATT is in negotiations with Nokia to sell its Windows Phone smartphones in the U.S. next year.
- Speaking at Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media and Telecoms Conference in Barcelona Stephen Elop said: “We want to see volumes begin to move,” he said. “We need to get developers recognizing there is a growing opportunity here, so that we attract applications.”
"London is buzzing with the Nokia Lumia launch. There was no way one could avoid a Nokia promotion yesterday. There were promotional stalls set-up on almost every side walk. The rickshaws, that normally charge you for a ride, started offering free rides (ofcourse, they were disguised as a big Nokia phone). A big building in the City has been leased for a few weeks, and yes, you guessed it, has been painted to look like a Lumia. They even offered free coffee yesterday for those who chose to get a hands-on.
I am only on a holiday and it's almost as if I chose the wrong time to come here. All in all, they don't sound desperate, do they?
- Hisham Abdul Majeed"
- Skype announces Facebook to Facebook calling with new clients
- now debuting a new beta for both Mac and Windows which will allow you to make Facebook to Facebook calls from within the Skype client.
- Skype 5.4 Beta for Mac and Skype 5.7 Beta for Windows, and will allow you to connect your Skype account to your Facebook account, enabling a host of social features including calling, reading friends' status updates, and instant messaging.
- Amazon KindlePhone for 2012?
- Kindle Fire Costs About $203 to Build, Teardown Finds
- “Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst, believes an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12. FIH is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon. -- the device and multiple components will actually be manufactured by Hon Hai’s TMS business group
- We believe the smartphone will adopt Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor and is very likely to adopt QCOM’s dual mode 6-series standalone baseband given QCOM has been a long-time baseband supplier for Amazon’s E-reader.
- guess that Amazon’s phone may cost it $150 to $170 to build, and it’s conceivable that the company will sell it for something close to that price. IHS iSuppli says Kindle Fire costs $203 to build.
- Doesn't spell out Android but indicates royalty to Microsoft
- Got $8k? You may now buy a Microsoft Surface from Samsung
- Latest Microsoft Surface table available for preorders: Will you notice?
- Samsung's 40-inch SUR40 for Microsoft Surface tablet on pre-order
- Microsoft's table-sized tablet Surfaces for pre-order
- PREORDER NOW: Samsung SUR40 has a 40" 1,920 x 1,080 pixel display, a 178° viewing angle, and an Athlon X2 Dual-Core CPU. It's just over 1m wide by 71cm, and weighs 39.5 kg, and comes with Windows 7 Professional x64, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive.
- Samsung's Jason Redmund told the LA Times: Pricing is $8,400 USD for just the display unit and $9,049 with the legs as shown in the photo. It is sold without the legs for customers who are building a tabletop or display furniture around the SUR40. We will start shipping to customers in early January, not long after CES.
- targeted at businesses and large organizations. Dassault Aviation, Fujifilm, and Royal Bank of Canada are planning to deploy some of the first units.
- Microsoft predicts use cases will span the automotive, education, finance, healthcare, hospitality, retail
- The Surface, at least the original version, is already being used by the Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas and other cities, Microsoft Retail Stores, the Sheraton Hotel chain, MSNBC, Disney, and others.
- Security researcher defeats Windows 8 secure boot
- Upcoming MalCon security conference in Mumbai, Austrian independent developer and security analyst Peter Kleissner is scheduled to release the first known "bootkit" for Windows 8
- able to load from a hard drive's master boot record and reside in memory all the way through the startup of the operating system, providing root access to the system.
- Allegedly defeats Windows 8's secure boot loader that has caused so much controversy among Linux users.
- Kleissner previously developed the Stoned bootkit, a proof-of-concept exploit that could attack Windows XP, Vista, and 7, as well as Windows Server 2003.
- new bootkit, called Stoned Lite, has an infector file that is only 14 kilobytes in size, and the bootkit can be started from a USB drive or CD.
- Kleissner may not be able to get a Visa to visit Australia as he is due in court Dec. 15th on charges related to the bootkit
- The European Parliament came out against laws like the Stop Online Piracy Act currently being considered by the US House of Representatives. The resolution was adopted in preparation for the November 28th EU-US summit and contained comments many issues beyond the Internet. Article 25 though stressed the need to "protect the integrity of the global internet and freedom of communication by refraining from unilateral measures to revoke IP addresses or domain names."
- Rdio, Simfy, Spotify, and Napster just lost over 200 independents music labels because one distributor has decided to take down its offerings from those services. STHoldings, the distributor, clams that the streaming services generate "poor revenues" and have a "detrimental affect on sales." This decision was influenced by an NPD Group study that shows that music streaming services discourage music sales.
- In its continuing mission to streamline its properties, Google has folded Google Checkout into Google Wallet. Google Checkout has been around since mid 2006 and it let you store your credit card information for easier purchases, but it was far from a hit. Google Wallet is Google's mobile payment system that has much higher visibility due in part with its partnership with MasterCard and Visa.
- Canadians, you can help out your fellow countrymen, RIM and save money at the same time! For a limited time, Canadian retailers will cut the price of the BlackBerry PlayBook by $300 (Canadian). So that means that you can get a 64GB PlayBook for less than the regular price of a 16GB model. The 16GB model on sale will cost less than $200. Quebec gets the price from the 16th to the 22nd of this month while the rest of Canada gets the deal from the 18th to the 24th.
- PayPal just introduced a new Facebook app called "Send Money" that lets you - guess what? - send money to your Facebook friends or anybody with an email address. And since this is a peer to peer payment there's no transaction fee. If you want, you can include an ecard along with your payment so you can gift money to people.
- DLNA added Wi-Fi direct to its guidelines! Not excited? Well it's cool and here's why - by adding Wi-Fi direct, your electronics that support the revised DLNA standard will be able to talk to each other without the need for a network. There won't be a need for an intermediary like a router to get your content from - let's say your phone - to your TV.
- More good news for Canadians - and some for the UK. Roku will introduce its line of super-simple set top boxes to those areas in early 2012. The company lined up some new content deals, so those countries will be able to get some region-specific channels. Netflix is already in Canada and will hit the UK next year - so maybe they'll help each other get market share.
- By now you've heard about the Occupy movement, now prepare yourself for "Occupy Flash." A group of web developers want to banish Adobe Flash player plugin from the face of the Internet. The groups Manifesto proclaims that "Flash Player is dead. … It's buggy. It crashes a lot. … It's a fossil." In tiny print, the site says that Flash as a platform is fine, just not on the web.
- Angie's List, a paid service that provides verified consumer reviews, had its well-received IPO today. The company made $75.6 million by offering 8.8 million shares. The site's founder made a million bucks by offering 72,000 of her shares. The stock opened at $13/share and reached a high of $18.75 before closing at $16.26. Also today, Yelp also filed for an IPO that it hopes will raise $100 million.
- Legend Of Zelda Skyward Sword comes to Europe tomorrow 11/18
- The Active Authentication proposers day meeting will be held tomorrow 11/18 in Washington DC - Darpa's goal of the Active Authentication Program is to advance research in the area of new software biometric modalities for the purpose of eventually using those biometric modalities for computer system authentication.
- PlayStation 3 turns five years old (in North America)
"Hi TNT Crew,
I'm from Australia and like my Aussie compatriot whose voicemail was played on yesterdays show, I am seriously concerned with the progress of SOPA through the American Congress.
Yesterday Tom explained how ISPs may be forced to block foreign websites but the site itself could not be completely pulled down allowing for access outside the U.S.. What happens though when payment network providers, search engines and advertising services are also forced to prevent blacklisted websites from accessing their services? Will Visa, Mastercard, Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Paypal etc. be forced to blacklist the website or will they also have the liberty to only block those requests which come from within the United Sates.
Either way, I hope this terrible piece of legislation is defeated as one way or another, SOPA will have wide reaching implications for the rest of the world. Once America has been conquered I have no doubt the film and recording industry will start pushing out localised versions to other countries.
Anyway, love the show. Keep fighting the good fight.
Brandon from Australia."
"Hey Tom, Sarah, Iyaz, and Jason,
I just wanted to make a comment on the SOPA brouhaha going on in Congress right now. We just need to look at this for what it really is, DRM for US internet. And just like all other attempts at DRM it can and will be circumvented by those in the know. Like just typing in IP addresses instead of URL’s into a browser or perhaps adjusting your DNS settings to point to a root server located outside the US, or even using an overseas proxy. Bottom line is that even if this bill becomes law it will only really damage legitimate users of the internet and do nothing to pirates, just like every other form of DRM ever invented. It’s just like the time when Patrick Norton disabled a music cd’s DRM with a magic marker on an episode of the Screen Savers. Love the show, makes my morning commute that much better.
"Just writing to let you know about a correction to your story about Apple offering replacement current model Nanos for 1st gens who fall in the category of "spontaneous combustion" haha. According to an update on The Guardian, Apple is offering 1st gen replacements. Wonder how they are doing that?
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