Tech News Today 378

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Episode 378

Tech News Today 378: Interlocking Directorates

Microsoft to buy Yahoo? Apple TV in production? China passes up US in smartphones, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Confusion Center: Feds Now Say Hacker Didn’t Destroy Water Pump
  • DHS denies report of water utility hack
    • Department of Homeland Security asserts that information released by the Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center earlier this month about the water pump was based on raw and unconfirmed data, implying that it should never have been made public.
    • Joe Weiss, a control system expert told Wired “This smells to high holy heaven, because when you look at the Illinois report, nowhere was the word preliminary ever used,” Weiss said, noting that the fusion center — which is composed of Illinois state police, as well as representatives from the FBI and DHS — distributed the report to other critical infrastructure facilities in that state. “It was just laying out facts. How do the facts all of a sudden all fall apart?”
    • DHS is investigating a claim by a hacker who goes by "pr0f" who claimed to have compromised a Texas water utility last week.

Discussion Stories

  • Apple’s iTV Could Have a Sharp Picture
    • Jeffries, analyst Peter Misek suggests that Sharp is retooling a production line at its factory in Sakai specifically to manufacture modified amorphous TFT LCD panels that will be used by Apple in a TV
    • “Based on our discussions, interestingly other TV manufacturers have begun a scrambling search to identify what iTV will be and do,” says Misek. “They hope to avoid the fate of other industries and manufacturers who were caught flat footed by Apple.”
  • Microsoft embraces Kinect hacks, readies PC hardware
  • RIP mice and keyboards: Kinect for PCs incoming
  • Is Microsoft planning to integrate Kinect with next-gen TVs?
    • In a blog post, Craig Eisler, general manager of Kinect for Windows, said the company is shortening the USB cable and adding a dongle so that multiple devices can tap into the same USB port. New Kinect hardware for PC.
    • They're also working on a firmware update that will support recognition from 50 cm called ""near mode""
    • "'Near Mode' will enable a whole new class of 'close up' applications, beyond the living room scenarios for Kinect for Xbox 360," Eisler wrote.
    • Kinect PC hardware will be available in early 2012 when the Kinect for Windows commercial program launches.
    • The BizSpark Kinect Accelerator will select 10 tech-oriented companies using Kinect on Windows or Xbox360 for a $20,000 award each. Submissions for Kinect Accelerator are open until 25 January, 2012.
    • Microsoft plans to integrate the Kinect into next-generation televisions, according to The Daily's anonymous sources.
  • Strategy Analytics: China leapfrogs US to become world's top smartphone market
  • US Probes Huawei, ZTE Spying Link
    • Q3 figures from Strategy Analytics, China is now the world's largest smartphone market by volume, overtaking the US for the first time.
    • smartphone shipments in China reached a record high of 23.9 million units during the third quarter of this year, up 58 percent from Q2. US, saw shipments decline by seven percent over the quarter, to 23.3 million units.
    • Cheap Android phones led by ZTE helped increase the numbers.
    • Nokia leads the way within the People's Republic, accounting for 28 percent of all quarterly shipments, followed by Samsung, with an 18 percent share.
    • Congressional probe into the spying threat posed by Chinese telecommunications equipment makers including Huawei and ZTE.
    • look into “the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the United States, and the government’s response to that threat”, citing “serious national security concerns” about Huawei and ZTE in particular. ---- Huawei said its products have been deployed by 45 of the world’s 50 largest telecommunications service providers, including BT, which chose Huawei to supply a new network backbone.

News Fuse





"I loved the story about the microwave that shows youtube video for the length of time that you are cooking your food. I think I may be the target audience. In my house we call the microwave the "magic tea machine" because my wife and kids keep finding cold cups of tea in it. Apparently my attention span is somewhat less than the minute or two that it takes to heat water.

- Chris Christensen"

"From website comments: Richard Hauser

Great show, but shocked by your dismissal of the Novell/Wordperfect anti-competitive practices. It is a bit tough to remember now, but at the time Wordperfect was a significantly better product than Word. 1-2-3 was debateably still a better product than Excel. I know people who did not upgrade their Win version because they couldn't loose WP. Office is now a significant portion of M$ profits, so if this is true, M$ owes Novell billions. I worked at Fortune 500 company who switched Office suites much because we needed better OSs and the Lotus Suite just didn't exist.

And it's not like M$ is beyond pulling something like this, as they did just this to IBM over OS/2."

"Hey TNT crew, I have a simple solution on what to call a touch screen device of any size...

Take a cue from the media that inspired the tablet: Star Trek!

They are PADDs (Personal Access Display Device)

Thanks and I love the show.

Albert Deschesne (Pronounced Deh-shane) or you can just call me Albert. =) Comicraft (Andy knows who we are. =) )"



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