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Episode 374

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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Top Stories

  • 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.

Discussion Stories

  • 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

News Fuse





"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?

Will Kievit"



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