Tech News Today 375
Recorded: November 18, 2011
Published: November 18, 2011
Tech News Today 375: Motorboat Your Phone
Strongest lightest material ever, Ultrabooks will take over CES, Starz might market direct to Internet users, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Ultrabook Conga Line Preps For CES 2012
- 30-40 Ultrabooks Are Expected To Launch At CES 2012, But Can They Break The CES Curse?
- Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist and Director of Research for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) told PC Pro “We expect to see 30 to 50 new Ultrabooks launched at CES,”
- Deluge of tablets expected to be around 100
- 2011: Tablets 2010: 3DTV 2009: Netbooks 2008: MIDs 2007:Mobile Content/Phones 2006: UMPCs
- Rain Falls On iCloud? Apple Could Lose Motorola Case To The Tune Of $2.7B
- Apple Says There’s $2.7 Billion at Stake in German Motorola Mobility Suit
- Samsung vs Apple trial dates set through March 2012 in Australia
- Motorola's ongoing patent case in Europe concerning iCloud and MobileMe.
- Preliminary injunction ruling against Apple earlier this month
- Apple stated it would be liable for €2 billion
- The purpose of such a bail is to ensure that an alleged infringer will be compensated if the enforced injunction is later overturned by an appellate court. - FOSS Patents
- Judge rejected many of Apple’s defense arguments and attempts to narrow the scope of the patents in question.
- Ruling is February 3, 2012
- “I am not yet entirely sure that amount adequately mirrors the commercial value of this dispute,” he said. “The technology isn’t a standard and there are alternative ways to provide the same services.”
- The judge overseeing the Australian case between Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this week to postpone the trial on Samsung's infringement allegations until March 2012. She's now released her scheduling order in the case, and there's a lot going on.
- Starz making streaming app, might not require cable subscription
- President Chris Albrecht announced yesterday that it would launch an application similar to HBO Go for various devices, likely including smartphones and tablets
- Albrecht said he would potentially offer Starz to people who don't pay for other cable television channels. One option would be to offer Starz as an add-on to people who pay for high-speed Internet.
- Starz is also supposedly in discussions for streaming deals with Netflix's competitors (ouch) such as Amazon and Blockbuster.
- Starz Netflix agreement ends February 2012
- Google+ traffic gets boost from Pages, wide rollout
- Punctured Google+ leaks bored users
- Google+ takes cue from Twitter with 'Trends'
- Experian Hitwise affirms that Google+ traffic is up--so much so that last week (the week ending November 12) was the third best week of traffic in the U.S. since launching this summer.
- Peak on September 20 when G+ went public. Peak again with the introduction of Pages.
- Hitwise told the LA Times that US traffic to Google+ had fallen in 11 of the 21 weeks since the company launched the network in June this year. It has seen regular dips in interest from users by as much as 10 per cent to 20 per cent depending on the week.
- Twitter-like 'Trends' added to G+ Now when Google+ users input a search, the results page's right sidebar displays the top 10 most-popular topics on the social network.
- Which tech companies support SOPA
- Nintendo, EA, Sony sponsor Internet censorship bill
- Online Piracy Act Dead? Nancy Pelosi, Darrell Issa Both Come Out Against (Updated)
- SOPA Becoming An Election Issue: Challengers Highlighting Reps Who Want To Censor The Internet
- Business Software Alliance backs SOPA, and is made up of big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple
- A Reddit user discovered a document [PDF] hosted by the Global Intellectual IP Center that shows Sony, EA and Nintendo are part of the organisation which urged the enaction of SOPA-like measures.
- Adding to Ron Paul and Nancy Pelosi, California Rep. Darrell Issa has told The Hill newspaper that the House of Representative’s anti-piracy act has no chance of passage.
- Karen Kwiatkowski is running for Congress in Virginia's 6th District... a position currently held by Rep. Bob Goodlatte. She is using SOPA in her campaign materials against Goodlatte.
- World's 'lightest material' unveiled by US engineers
- Light as a Feather, Stiffer Than a Board
- UC-Irvine and HCL Labs claim to have created the world's lightest material.
- tiny hollow nickel-phosphorous tubes arranged into a micro-lattice that is 99.99% air.
- 100 times lighter than Styrofoam and has "extraordinarily high energy absorption" properties.
- material has a density of 0.9 milligrams per cubic centimetre.
Potential uses include next-generation batteries and shock absorbers.
- tiny hollow tubes made of nickel-phosphorous are angled to connect at nodes, forming repeating, asterisklike unit cells in three dimensions.
- The research appears in the November 18 issue of Science. Funded by DARPA
- Professor Julia Greer of UC Irvine, Caltech postdoctoral scholar Jane Lian, as well as Alan Jacobsen, Adam Sorensen, and Bill Carter from HRL Laboratories, and Anna Torrents and Lorenzo Valdevit from the University of California, Irvine.
- Some shocking news in the Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility - the shareholders have voted and approved the deal! Wait.... that's not shocking at all. After all, Google offered a large premium to shareholders. How close was the vote? Approximately 99% of shareholders voted in favor of the $12.5 billion acquisition.
- Time to talk porn! Two companies behind lots of porn sites like YouPorn and PornHub are suing ICANN and ICM Registry saying that the two are engaging in "monopolistic conduct…arising out of the establishment of the .XXX" TLD. One of the companies alleges that the domain causes "an unnecessary cost on everybody." The suit was actually filed on the 16th and ICM has issued a statement saying it would "vigorously defend their position."
- Apple has filed an amended complaint against Amazon over its trademark to App Store. Apple claims that since Amazon announced the Kindle Fire, Amazon has changed the way it markets its own app store. Before the Fire, the store was called "Amazon Appstore for Android." After the Fire, Amazon dropped the "for Android" part in its marketing. Apple already tried to get Amazon to stop using the term, but a US District Court didn't buy Apple's arguments.
- A hacking attack wound up breaking a city water pump in Springfield, Illinois. Somebody managed to get access to the city water utility control system by first hacking into a vendor that provided software to the city's control system. From there, the pump was repeatedly turned on and off which caused it to break down. The IP address of the hacker points to a location in Russia. The attack was discovered on November 8th, but the remote access may have started as early as September.
- Google's freshly launched Google Music service now has arrived on a device that tens of you have anticipated. Google TV. The new Google Music app lets you stream music from the cloud service. It can even play music in the background as you navigate around the menus. You'll need Android 3.1 on your Google TV before you can download the free app.
- TechCrunch reports that Facebook has an interesting motivation for its eventual IPO - it wants to reward its employees who have stuck it out with them. When a company reaches over 500 shareholders, it is required to file public financial reports. Many companies decide to go public at that time since their information is now public as well. TechCrunch's sources also tell them that Facebook expects to go public early next year.
- Wolfram Alpha, one of the internet sources that powers Siri, has added a new feature. When you type in "flights overhead" Wolfram Alpha will attempt to locate you and then cross reference that with airline information. The site will give you the airline name, flight number, altitude angle and even the type of aircraft. Right now, this works with U.S. searches only.
- Charlie Demerjian over at SemiAccurate.com says that Apple had worked on an AMD-powered MacBook Air. He says that with the Llano based chip, users could have expected some serious graphics power at the expense of some CPU power. Ultimately, a supply issue was the reason Apple decided to go back to Intel, but Apple is apparently still interested in using AMD as a supplier.
- Apple may have received the patent on slide-to-unlock, but Google just received a patent on "touch gesture actions from a device's lock screen." That means that Android's default unlock mechanism is protected. So Android users, you don't have to worry that your lock screen will get some wacky new mechanism due to those silly patent wars. Google's actually got you covered.
- Sony launches PlayStation social network in Japan - The new site appears to have replaced the previous official PlayStation community sites in Japan, but with an additional social layer that allows users to create profiles and interact.
- Reddit Going For Guinness World Record With Secret Santa Game. Signups will end on November 25th, and users will be notified of their match. redditgifts asks that participants ship their gifts by December 12th.
- Amex Users On Foursquare Get Free Money ($25) On “Small Biz Saturday” - To get the credit, Foursquare users have to spend $25 at a local merchant and check-in using the mobile app.
- RED Scarlet starts shipping for $9,750, first customer took his home today, 2 weeks after the announcement. Tonaci Tran is a rental service owner
- heads up USA—net neutrality is finally hitting the Internet on November 20, 2011. it's been finalized and Sunday, it goes into effect.
- Nintendo's Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and golden Wiimote coming to North America on Sunday. Europe gets theirs today
- AT&T launching BB Curve 9360 & HTC Titan on Sunday 11/20
"Hey guys, on Thursday's show I heard a caller mentioning that the Kindle Fire is missing proxy support. As far as I know, this is actually a limitation of the Android platform in general. I bought the Samsung Captivate when it first came to AT&T, and was quickly frustrated to find out that I couldn't use wifi at work because we use a proxy server for all internet traffic. I did a quick Google search and saw that there's been an open bug report for the issue for years, and so far no word whatsoever as to if Google will ever build in proxy support.
I had an Android phone that couldn't use wifi, and since I was on AT&T I had TERRIBLE reception where I work, so basically I had a $200 brick for 40 hours of my week and quickly switched back to the iPhone, but that's another story...
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