Tech News Today 408
Recorded: January 4, 2012
Published: January 4, 2012
Tech News Today 408: Roku's Streaming Stick
Yahoo names new CEO, Microsoft prepping Windows Phone marketing blitz, Roku tries to worm inside of TVs, and more.
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- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Wil Harris
- Yahoo Names PayPal Boss Scott Thompson as CEO
- Roy Bostock, Chairman of the Yahoo! Board and Scott Thompson AUDIo BITE
- Liveblogging the New Yahoo CEO Call: You Might Want to Refrain From Cussing, Scott!
- Yahoo hiring Thompson may aid Andreessen Horowitz bid
- New CEO: Yahoo will reclaim its tech leadership
- Meet Scott Thompson, the New CEO of Yahoo
- New Yahoo CEO (and BoSox Fanboy) Scott Thompson Speaks: It’s Still “Early Innings”
- eBay’s John Donahoe Expresses “Shock” on Executive’s Departure to Yahoo (Internal Memo)
- Ebay Boss John Donahoe To Serve PayPal’s Interim President
- Scott Thompson, the president of eBay’s PayPal business, Takes over Monday as Board Member and CEO of Yahoo!
- was hired at the online payment service by then-PayPal President Jeff Jordan. These days, Jordan is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz and reportedly among those working on the firm's bid for a Yahoo stake.
- Yahoo will help the Net mature by "returning to a path of industry-leading innovation," Thompson said.
- 700 million unique users visiting each month
- Thompson told ATD: “Its potential is still enormous, but the dialogue has not been about what the company is. “I want to get this wonderful brand to where it could be again … so, as a starting point, this is a great starting point.”
- Meanwhile here's what Paypal is up to: PayPal: if you don't like the violin you bought, smash it and we'll give you your money back
- But those old violins aren't really worth all that much anyway
- Erica sold a violin (authenticated by a top luthier) for $2500 through paypal. The buyer took issue with the label. Paypal said they would refund the money if the purchaser destroyed the violin.
- Paypal is looking into the matter
- 21 experienced violinists took part in research published in Proceedings National Academy of Sciences indicating antique valuable violins like a Stradivarius did not seem to play or sound better than new violins.
- Exclusive: Microsoft and Nokia's Plans for Marketing Windows Phone in 2012
- Windows Phone partners bet $100M on Nokia Ace
- Microsoft, OEMs Pledging $200 Million For Windows Phone Marketing Push
- Microsoft and Nokia will spend in the neighborhood of $200 million on marketing in the US alone including money from hardware partners like Samsung.
- one goal and one goal only: Convince consumers to purchase millions of Windows Phone handsets in the first half of 2012.
- Payments to retail workers of $10 to $15 for selling WinPhones
- Three LTE-based Windows Phone handsets--the Nokia ACE, HTC Radiant, and Samsung Mendel--will ship on AT&T Wireless before the middle of 2012. The ACE is due March 18, 2012.
- Roku to Launch Cordless Streaming Stick for TVs
- Mobile High Definition Link
- Roku Streaming Stick, a flash-drive-sized dongle that plugs into HDMI port on TVs
- HDMI ports that are enabled for Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL).
- CEO Anthony Wood said it would likely cost between $50 and $100, and will ship in the second half of 2012.
- sold individually, as well as alongside Insignia brand TVs from Best Buy.
- Apple television gamble the talk of CES
- Scott Martin at USA Today has a writeup about what to expect from TVs at CES -- And it has a lot to say about Apple ----an iTV is at least a year away, according to analyst Paul Gagnon at DisplaySearch,
- an Apple entry into TV in 2013 could bag it $19 billion in sales.
- looking at a 42-inch or larger LCD TV with built-in Wi-Fi. Inside the locked-down studio of Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, there's a slick 50-inch TV
- At CES, Samsung may show voice and motion technology to interact with its TVs, similar to Microsoft's Kinect.
- Re: Google TV "They're among the best-selling TVs we have. Media has done a real good job of beating it up," says Brian Siegel, Sony TV vice president.
- TiVo, AT&T patent settlement will send at least $215 million TiVo's way through 2018
- Meanwhile TiVo stays in business by winning patent lawsuits.
- They'll be getting $215 million from AT&T through 2018
- Additional license fees are possible based on AT&T's U-verse DVR subscriber base
- TiVo previously got $500 million from EchoStar/Dish
- In litigation with Verizon
- Ice Cream Sandwich landed with the Galaxy Nexus in the U.S. and is now on 0.6% of devices according to Google's developer site. Google looked at 2 weeks of data and also found Gingerbread still owns the lion share of the Android world with over 55%.
- Distimo, an app store tracker, says the Android Market reached over 400,000 active apps over the weekend. Overall, Distimo says that over half a million apps were submitted. According to the same data, 68% of apps in the market are available for free.
- The WSJ reports Kodak could be filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy "in the coming weeks." The company is looking to avoid going into bankruptcy by selling off patents and raising $1 billion in financing. If those measures fail, Kodak could be looking at auctioning off its 1100 patents in bankruptcy proceedings. Kodak did not make a statement when contacted by the Journal.
- Cult of Mac reports that a story of a Canadian entering the U.S. using a photograph of his passport on his iPad is exaggerated. U.S. Customs Field Branch Chief Jenny L. Burke told Cult of Mac that the Canadian in question had a birth certificate and Candians would be required to show more than a photograph to get into the country like a birth certificate or driver's license.
- Developers at xda-developers published the "viperMOD Primer" that will let you root the Asus Transformer Prime. You'll need to use a Windows machine to get this to work, but a Linux version is promised by viperboy, a developer. Asus announced it would offer an official unlock tool the other day, but didn't give a timetable.
- More good things coming from XDA - Electronista reports that the Amazon Silk browser has been ported to several Android devices thanks to developer TyHi. To use the Silk browser, you'll need a rooted Android device, Root Explorer and an apk. There isn't a full list of compatible devices, but forum members report it worked on the Atrix, Droid X, and the Galaxy Tab.
- Vox Media which runs the SB Nation blogs as well as tech news source The Verge, is getting into gaming. Vox has hired three former editors-in-chief Chris Grant formerly of Joystiq, Brian Crecente, late of Kotaku, and Russ Pitts once of SuBBrilliant Television and TechTV but more famously just left his post as EIC at The Escapist. They've also hired several top notch writers. Josh Topolsky wrote that The Verge will be taking advantage of all that talent to expand game coverage there as well.
- Bad news for the few of you using Cisco's Umi video conferencing solution - it's kind of dead. A Cisco spokesperson told Business Insider that Cisco no longer sells the product to consumers. If you're unfamiliar with Cisco Umi, for $600 and a $10 monthly service fee, you could video conference with other Umi in HD. If you already use the service, Cisco says the service will continue.
- Over at the Building Windows 8 blog, Microsoft detailed its Refresh and Reset features in Windows 8. The tools are included in the developer preview, but the post provides details. Refresh is similar to System Restore in that it will keep your settings and data while effectively giving you a new Windows installation. Microsoft says you can use Reset if you're looking to start all over or you're about to get rid of your PC.
- Razer has just posted a video titled "Project Fiona" to the promo site pcgamingisnotdead.com that promises "PC gaming on an all-new form factor." We'll find out what it actually is at CES on January 10th.
- Apple announced that it would launch the iPhone 4S in China and 21 other countries on January 13th... CEO Tim Cook says Apple's growth in China is "growing at a feverish pace," and that the country has now claimed Apple's number two spot in the list of top revenue countries.
- Apple is also set to announce their 1st quarter 2012 earnings in an analyst call on Tuesday, Jan. 24th. This fiscal quarter includes the iPhone 4S release back in October.
- A pretrial order from the California courts has set the dates for the forthcoming trial between Oracle and Google over the rights and wrongs of Java’s intellectual property rights for March 19th.
I did an additional research on this issue. This is what's really happening.
According to this doc (linked from the Forbes article to the Belarus government website) http://pravo.by/main.aspx?guid=71393 and local news http://telegraf.by/2011/12/v-belarusi-budut-shtrafovat-za-prosmotr-zapreschennih-saitov starting Jan 6th, 2011 in Belarus will be introduced two policies:
1. All internet providers should block access to some 35 websites providing pornographic or violent content. It's 35 specific (mostly porn) websites, not the whole Internet.
2. Companies that doing business in Belarus should registered their websites in Belarus.
Let's take a look at their Amazon example. You cannot buy any physical goods from Amazon.com even in Canada! You have to use local Amazon.ca that provides very limited amount of goods for bigger prices. Also being in Canada you cannot use zappos.com, hulu.com, spotify.com How is it different from Belarus?
Thank you, Andrey Tochilin
- Turns out these emails are not incorrect in that we oversimplified the story, but it is not as innocuous as they make it sound. All businesses must have a .by address. All ISPs must register with the government and record all devices connected to the Internet. All shared Internet resources, including WiFi in cafes and sharing an Internet connection in a home must report any websites visited that were not within .by.
- Belarus makes it a crime to visit foreign websites
"Hello TNT Crew, Concerning the new EPUB format to be introduced: I teach physics and physical science. At the beginning of every semester the copy center is inundated with course pack submissions and requests. A course pack is supplemental material for the course that includes text and images with a relatively low cost (~$5). If this new EPUB format allows for the creation of interactive materials the course packs could undergo a fundamental shift. No longer will links be included to videos and demonstrations of fundamental concepts, the videos can be imbedded in the book. Lab demos can be included to show students what to expect in the lab and how to analyze their data. This would be wonderful.
The key factor would be that an ordinary person is allowed to create the interactive document and ""publish"" it to a site where the students could download it to their electronic device without having to go to Amazon, Apple or any big vendor. The school would be the host. Pricing then is a function of the school (low).
-- Roderick Pearson"
"Hey TNT crew, I wanted to comment on why Netflix may be pushing all eight episodes of Lilyhammer at once rather then weekly. It may be that they want to set up a scenario that gets them the best analytical data about the show itself. This way they can see how many people watch all eight episodes consecutively.
A steep drop off from episode one to two or to three could be a great indication of what we thought of the show. This also would reduce the possibility that the drop off of viewership was due to the fact that people forgot about the new episodes week to week, I know I do with the inconsistency of all the other streaming sites.
Just my thoughts, great show!
Travis, Vancouver WA."
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