Tech News Today 396
Recorded: December 19, 2011
Published: December 19, 2011
Tech News Today 396: Naughty Naughty HTC Phones
AT&T and T-Mobile call it off, Apple TV getting vocal, Eric Schmidt says more crazy tablet stuff, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Lauren Goode
- Breaking: AT&T Dropping its T-Mobile Bid
- Breaking: AT&T, T-Mobile Kill Merger
- AT&T cancels plans to acquire T-Mobile USA (has press release)
- AT&T admits defeat on T-Mobile takeover, will pay $4 billion breakup fee
- AT&T stops shopping T-Mobile assets as death of merger seems inevitable
- AT&T said in a statement that it and T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom have agreed to drop the merger bid.
- The Wall Street Journal reports that sources "familiar with the matter" say AT&T's talks with potential buyers (Leap wireless) of parts of T-Mobile have "gone cold," and AT&T is exploring alternatives—such as purchasing a minority stake in T-Mobile or creating a joint venture to share technology.
- AT&T says it will "recognize a pretax accounting charge of $4 billion"—a breakup fee AT&T agreed to pay its rival if the deal fell through. AT&T will also "enter a mutually beneficial roaming agreement with Deutsche Telekom."
- Journal's sources warn that the asset divestiture deal (or deals) could still go ahead, as nothing is being ruled out at this stage
- Have until Jan. 18 to come up with something, or go back to court
- AT&T are slipping less than 1% in after-hours trading. Sprint shares, however, are spiking about 7% in after-hours trading.
- ITC bans U.S. import of multiple HTC devices that infringe Apple patents
- Victory for Apple: US trade body bans infringing HTC phones starting in April
- HTC responds to ITC ruling, says it has a solution ready to address Apple patent violations
- Apple wins ban of HTC devices at US International Trade Commission
- BT Sues Google Over Android-Related Patents
- Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(
- A judge with the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled today that HTC is guilty of infringing Apple’s patents in several devices.
- The ITC also ordered a ban on the import of several of HTC’s smartphones although it us unclear which models are affected.
- The decision now goes to the desk of the president, who has 60 days to issue a rarely-used veto; the ban itself will go into effect on April 19, 2012 to provide HTC with a transition period.
- HTC said in a statement sent to BGR via email. “While disappointed that a finding of violation was still found on two claims of the ‘647 patent, we are well prepared for this decision, and our designers have created alternate solutions for the ‘647 patent.”
- In a suit filed in Germany, Samsung charges Apple with violating a pair of patents relating to the implementation of the WCDMA 3G telecom standard and another two patents relating to smartphone utilities, one of which involves the display of emoticons.
- British Telecom (BT) has filed suit against Google, arguing that the search giant's Android operating system infringes on six of its patents.
- The suit covers a variety of Google services, including Google Maps, Google+, Google Music, and more.
- Eric Schmidt: 'Google tablet coming within six months'
- Eric Schmidt says improved Google tablet coming within six months
- Google Is Planning An Android Tablet
- Eric Schmidt told Italian publication Corriere Della Sera that his company will market a competitive tablet within the next six months.
- calls Steve Jobs the Michelangelo of our time
- Google politely declined to comment on Schmidt's remarks
- "Within the next six months we plan to market a high quality tablet," Schmidt said, I think. "As with the smart phone market, you will see brutal competition between Apple and Google Android."
- Voice-controlled Apple TV, other services being pitched to TV execs
- WSJ: Apple working on a TV, new interfaces, myriad content partnerships
- WSJ reports Apple revealing more TV details to execs
- Apple workign on TV prototype but new services might end up in current Apple TV
- voice- and movement-controlled interface, and the ability for new devices to pick up a video stream where the user left off on another device.
- Talks are about strategy: could be a TV, it might be a way for mobile devices to stream content without a set-top box, or it may be something that already works with current Apple technology.
- Touchless smartphones and TVs could be on sale in 2012
- Apple experimenting with iPhone peripherals for "wearable computing"
- Apple and Google reportedly testing wearable computing devices
- XTR3D developing software that uses existing 2D cameras for 3D motion control "And it can be installed into any consumer electronics device," adds spokesperson Mr Roy Ramati.
- NYTimes: wrist display connects wirelessly to a user's iPhone,like a curved glass display device that fits on the wrist and is controlled via Siri.
- Apple hired wearable computing expert Richard DeVaul in March 2010 to serve as the company's "senior prototype scientist." DeVaul hired away by Google in June to work on similar wearable computing ideas in its "X Labs" skunkworks.
- Google's reportedly hiring designers from Apple and Nokia who specialize in miniaturization, and its recent purchase of Motorola could certainly bolster these efforts.
- BBC article notes: Apple has also filed patents that involve allowing users to touchlessly "throw" content from one device to another, for example from a tablet onto your TV screen.
- Galaxy Nexus signal problems acknowledged by Verizon, update being 'developed'
- Want Google Wallet? No need to root your Galaxy Nexus.
- Users report Galaxy Nexus multitouch issues
- @VZWSupport twitter post
- @VZWSupport today wrote that reported signal issues are "currently being investigated" and that a software update is in the works, but there's no release date yet.
- Various reviews have sporadically reported problems both with LTE performance and calling (which would be on CDMA)
- Get Jason's report on usage
- Updates out of the Bradley Manning case: Special Agent David Shaver said he found over 10,000 diplomatic cables on Manning's Army computer. Under cross-examination Shaver also admitted that none of those cables found matched the ones released on WikiLeaks. Investigators did find chat logs on Manning's computer with a user identified as "Julian Assange" and Assange's Icelandic phone number.
- Jolt in WikiLeaks Case: Feds Found Manning and Assange Chat Logs on Laptop
- Google introduced some new Google+ features today. Notifications will have more information with a preview of comments. Pages can be administrated by up to 50 people instead of just 1. Most importantly, you'll have greater control over what shows up in your main stream by dialing in how much information shows up from each circle.
- First promised back in September, Samsung launched its 3D YouTube app for its line of smart TVs. The catalog is a little sparse at 8,000. 3D YouTube content is availabe in Japan, the UK, and North America, but the Samsung app should work worldwide.
- Over at Reddit, user sipowits found that when a Kindle Fire user tries to reach Google's official Android market that the Fire redirects to Amazon's AppStore for Android. The culprit is MarketIntentProxy.apk. Disabling the Silk cloud proxy doesn't undo the redirection either. According to XDA-Developer forum member foxdog66, the fix is to rename that apk to "MarketIntentProxy.apk.bak."
- Saudi Prince Alwa-leed Bin Talal has announced he's purchased a $300 million stake in Twitter. Fortune reports the Prince purchased shares from existing insiders which means that Twitter didn't raise any new money. TechCrunch reports the investment was part of the previously announced $800 million financing Twitter closed last September, according to a source with direct knowledge of the deal.
- Microsoft unveiled a new login system for Windows 8 that lets the user place an image on the screen and create a gesture-based password based on that picture. So instead of moving around from dot to dot like in an Android lock screen, you could gesture on a family picture from nose to nose. The picture-based login won't replace text-based passwords, it's another option for the user.
- Just in time for the holidays, Seagate and Western Digital announced they are cutting down their warranty periods. Starting in 2012, Seagate drives like the Momentus XT and the Barracuda XT will have a three year warranty - it used to be five years. WD's Caviar Blue and Green drives drop to a two year warranty, down from three.
- According to metric company AppData, the Android version of the Facebook app has 1.2 million more daily users than the iOS version. This is the first time the Android app's come out on top. On a side note, Facebook updated its iPhone app to include Timelines. The iPad app update is still upcoming.
- Facebook brings Timeline to iPhone in free update, iPad support ‘coming soon’
- The court battle of Novell and Microsoft has ended with a hung jury. Jurors could not come to a consensus with a vote of 11-1 in favor of Novell. Novell's attorney, Jim Lundberg said the company will likely seek a retrial.
- Google's improving Ice Cream Sandwich with version 4.0.3 - better graphics, database, spell-checking, and Bluetooth, as well as other items.. in "the weeks ahead"
- the House of Representatives has Delayed Taking Action on SOPA Until Dec. 21st. you still have time to write your congressperson
- Are you traveling in the US this holiday season? are you bummed about that? Well, Skype wants to ease your pain just a tad with Free Skype WiFi! So while you're delayed at the airport for 6 hours, you can call the people you're not actually with
- Star Wars: The Old Republic, will launch tomorrow Dec. 20 in North America
- PROTECT IP - the Senate version of SOPA has been scheduled for a vote at 2:15 Pm ET Tuesday January 24th. The vote is on whether to put a timeframe on debate of the bill, an attempt to prevent Senator Ron Wyden's threatened fillibuster
You guys have been talking a lot lately about possibly banning cell phone use while driving and it was mentioned how this would affect people that spend a lot of time driving such as truck drivers.
I'm 26 and have been a truck driver for four years now with a major over the road company and I'm here to tell you this has already happened. In January 2011 the DOT banned all texting while driving in a commercial motor vehicle. Sometime at the end of November it was announced that all phone use is banned in a cmv. I am unsure if this includes hands free or not. I read in one place that it does another said it doesn't and another said you can but only if the phone is within reach while still sitting back.
As a truck driver I can tell you that so far no one is following it and its hard to enforce because police can't normally see what we are doing. Now some may say this is good but truck drivers are some of the best drivers out there. Most truck accidents are either not our fault or the driver has less then a year of experience. As comparison most people average 13k miles a year we average 100k. Also please be nice to truckers our job sucks enough already.
Love the show
James from Detroit"
"Good day TNT,
I'll preface my comment with saying that I agree that the Universal Music Group "takedown" of TNT on YouTube was an unjustified action and casualty of the constant battle of copyright protection.
However, it's ironic that TNT says someone was interfering with the distribution of the show's content and intellectual property. Isn't that the same argument Universal could make? Aren't pirates interfering with the distribution control that the RIAA and MPAA want to have over how their content gets to the public? We could stop having a discussion about "good actors" and"bad actors"" in this debate and try to come up with a solution for copyright protection that protects content right-holders and the distribution of media but doesn't interfere with legitimate end-user access.
-- Duane Fitzgerald Andrews New York City"
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