Tech News Today 393
Recorded: December 14, 2011
Published: December 14, 2011
Tech News Today 393: Conservation Of Galaxies
Nokia returns to the US with the Lumia 710, Louis C.K. self marketed video makes $$$, and an internet speed record is broken.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Nicole Lee
- Jon Strickland
- Galaxy Nexus launches December 15th on Verizon for $299.99
- Nokia Reentering U.S. Smartphone Market With a Low-End Windows Phone for T-Mobile
- Nokia Lumia 710 (T-Mobile) Hands On: Playful Design, Mango for $49.99
- Nokia Lumia 800 'Dark Knight Rises' limited edition revealed - Is Batman and Windows Phone 7 enough to sell Nokia phones?
- General listing of Windows Phones
- This is it - Nokia's WP entry to the U.S. and it's inexpensive.
- The Lumia 710, one of two models that Nokia has launched in Europe, is slated to go on sale Jan. 11 for $50 after rebate and with a new contract.
- Nokia US President Chris Weber on not launching in the holiday season “I think we can take advantage of the fact we are not launching in this noisy period."
- Lumia 710, it comes in white and black and features, a 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm processor, a 5-megapixel camera and 3.7-inch screen.
- T-mobile's third WP phone, joins HTC HD7 and Radar 4G
- Microsoft replaces veteran Xbox design boss
- Chris Ziegler at The Verge reports that Andy Lees's new role is a demotion. "He's been benched"
- Could seek a new role after Windows 8 comes out
- Doesn't mean they don't want to integrate across platforms
- Unrealistic marketshare predictions, tense relationships with OEMs, (anecdote blames Lees for Motorola becoming Android only)
- Danske Bank said the mobile-phone maker may sell its smartphone business to Microsoft Corp.
- CNET reporting Dan Coyner is no longer leading the design and experience group for Xbox. Replaced by Emma Williams, general manager of Xbox Experiences
- Danske Bank predicts that Nokia will sell its smartphone unit to Microsoft in a deal announced as early as the first half of 2012.
- Google pulls Android Market malware that exploits SMS hole
- SMS Fraud Is Not Unique to Android
- Google removes 27 apps from Android Market in response to RuFraud malware threat
- Microsoft Uses Android Malware Hysteria to Offer Free Windows Phones
- Google's pulled 27 malicious apps after two security firms (lookout Mobile Security) tipped them off that the malware was tricking users into sending SMS messages to premium-rate phone lines. Android.RuFraud
- poses as popular games like Angry Birds, Assassins Creed or Tetris
- Tony Bradley at PCWorld points out fraud exists over SMS outside the app store. So be vigilant!
- Ben Rudolph, Microsoft's Windows Phone evangelist, conducting a contest to give Windows Phones to the 5 worst Droid Rage stories.
- Mostly aimed at users in Europe, North American users somewhat protected
- Wake up, media moguls: Louis C.K. no-DRM video makes $200K
- Louis C. K. makes $200K in 3 Days
- "Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theater" on sale for 4 days. profit of about $200,000 so far, he said in a statement yesterday.
- Szekely's costs for the operation have included $170,000 to produce the video, $32,000 to build the Web site, PayPal charges, and a week of his own time to edit the video. But over the first four days of sales, the 110,000 copies sold have brought in revenue of more than $500,000.
- Scientists break world record for data transfer speeds
- Data was moved back and forth at a combined rate of 186Gbps (gigabits per second) breaking their previous record of 119Gbps set in 2009. (Fastest one way was 98 Gbps)
- Data was sent between the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Washington State Convention Centre in Seattle.
- an over a 100Gbps circuit, set up by CANARIE, Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network.
- two million Gbps per day, the equivalent of 100,000 full Blu-ray discs, extras and all.
- Tech CEO report card: Approval ratings drop for Ballmer, Bezos and others
- Facebook, Google, Apple And Rackspace Rated Best Places To Work in 2012
- Glassdoor.com issued new ratings for Tech Industry Report Card
- The approval ratings of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (49 percent to 35 percent) ; Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos (dropped from 85 percent to 81 percent) and T-Mobile CEO Philipp Humm (from 70 percent to 57 percent), each declined during 2011
- Only CEOs of Yahoo and Xerox ranked below Ballmer; Reed Hastings from 79 percent to 61 percent; AOL Tim Armstrong (71 percent to 55 percent.)
- Conversely, HP's Meg Whitman has a 76% approval rating compared to Leo Apotheker's 62%, so it's gone up!
- top five Best Places to Work in Technology, according to employees, are: Facebook, MITRE Google, Apple and Rackspace.
- Megaupload lodged a contract with Will.I.Am in federal court Wednesday as proof it had the right to include will.i.am singing, “When I’ve got to send files across the globe, I use Megaupload.” Kim Dotcom of Megaupload told a Federal Judge that he had spoken with Will. I. Am he said he absolutely had not authorized the submission of any takedown notice on his behalf.. Episode 391 of Tech News Today was removed by Universal Music Group from YouTube. We have filed a countersuit and UMG has until Dec. 23 to withdraw their objection.
- It's time for the rumor mill! According to Digitimes' sources, Apple will likely offer a new MacBook Pro in Q2 of 2012 that comes with a display capable of 2880 x 1800 resolution. This has display suppliers super-excited and should probably has display snobs like me salivating.
- Google's updated its Gmail iOS app with support for custom signatures, a new email notification sound and scribbles. So if you want to make a pictogram instead of writing out your thoughts, you should be able to do that with the Gmail app. The drawing will be sent as an attachment. There's still no support for multiple accounts however.
- A month after the Android app received a facelift, Netflix's iPad app has joined the makeover party. You'll see big thumbnails of movie and tv posters, but the revised interface shows you twice as many titles than the old one.
- After gaining the attention of Senators Ed Markey and Al Franken, the CEO and Sr. VP of Carrier IQ made a visit to the FCC and the FTC on Tuesday. The FTC is in charge of consumer protection in the U.S. and anonymously confirmed its investigation with the Washington Post. Carrier IQ says its not investigation and the meetings with the government were sought by Carrier IQ.
- Bloomberg reports that Sony and Warner Bros. are in talks with Amazon to bring Amazon into its UltraViolet system. UltraViolet is the movie studios' solution that would put your digital copy of a movie in the cloud. The studios hope that if Amazon offers UltraViolet movies for sale, people will actually buy them. Amazon was a member of the Ultraviolet group for a short time.
- Business Insider reports that there's a rumor going around that Google's Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora is on a short list to be the next CEO of Yahoo. Now, this is just a rumor at this point, but Forbes contributor Eric Jackson said way back in April that Arora never impressed him as CBO and Arora may not be in Larry Page's inner circle. Sounds like a perfect fit for Yahoo.
- Austrian Max Schrems decided he wanted to know exactly what information Facebook had on him, so he put in a formal request. He received a CD which contained over 1200 files. Data included friend requests, when Schrems logged in and out of Facebook, relationship changes and some GPS locations. Oh, and data Schrems thought he deleted was also on the CD.
- NASA is developing a cannon harpoon to collect comet samples
- Where landing a spacecraft would be impractical, NASA would be able to fire a harpoon system that can be fired into a rtock multiple times
- Testing already happening at Goddard Space Flight Center, the test unit looks like a giant metal crossbow which will be replaced with a cannon
- Fired into a 55-gallon drum containing an approximation of a comet.
- Closing arguments in the Novell vs. Microsoft trial are today. Now it's up to the jury.
- Humble Bundle 4 is out right now. Pick up games like "Super Meat Boy" and "Nightsky HD" without DRM that are cross platform, support charity and choose the price you want to pay.
- Rep. Lamar Smith, who drafted SOPA, has scheduled a committee vote on a slightly revised version of the controversial bill on Thursday. Rep. Daniel Issa says the bill cannot pass unless major objections are addressed. Silicon Valley execs sent an open letter opposing the bill. Newspaper editors also came out against the bill.
- Tomorrow December 15th - the white-ish Motorola Droid Razr will be available at Verizon. I say "white-ish" because there's still an awful lot of black and gray on it. $300 on 2-year contract.
- Verizon Wireless has confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus will be available starting tomorrow December 15th online and in stores for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement. The Verizon version has much of the same specs as the international GSM version but it supports Verizon's 4G LTE network and a purportedly larger battery.
- RIM's earnings report is tomorrow. No word on whether the executives will be drunk on a plane during the call.
- Also tomorrow, Star Wars Galaxies is set to close
- On Friday, December 16th - early adopters of the Nintendo 3DS can pick up 10 Game Boy advance games from the Nintendo eShop for free. Titles include F-Zero Maximum Velocity, Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Metroid Fusion, and a couple of Mario games.
- The ITC has delayed its ruling on whether HTC infringes on Apple's patents to Monday, December 19th. The ruling was to be today.
- Google extended free calling in Gmail in the U.S. and Canada until the end of 2012. Google still hasn't announced if there will be pay plans in the future.
"Dear iYaz and the bearded one,
As a Jayhawk fan and resident of the great state of Kansas, home of Smallville, I was appalled and enraged to hear KU referred to as the University of Kentucky! The University of Kansas, that school of red and blue Jayhawk, is the college referenced by Nicole as being smart enough to buy up the .xxx domains as seen in the video of your fine program! For Shame, Sirs! I blame Chad, because he was there.
Also, the rumor at the call center I worked at for T-Mobile in wichita, KS back in 2008 was that DT was trying to get rid of the American T-Mobile because of the massive losses in profit and churn of subscribers. My impression was that they regretted the purchase of Voicestream in 2001 about as fast as Daimler regretted merging with Chrysler and for the same reason. The AT&T merger was the first time anyone had bitten. In 2002 the rumor was T-mobile was buying Sprint, but five years later, the big rumor was the other way around. AT&T stepping up took everyone of my friends who still work there by surprise.
Best Wishes, Chatroom's kskryptonian"
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