Tech News Today 412
Recorded: January 10, 2012
Published: January 10, 2012
Tech News Today 412: CES: This Time We Won't Fail
From CES 2012: Microsoft's hidden announcements, MySpace tries to be relevant, CES gadget bonanza, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Nicole Lee ( )
- Dan Patterson ( )
- CES 2012: Three Gems Hidden in Microsoft's Boring Keynote
- Mashup of Microsoft keynotes
- Starting February 1, 2012: Use the Power of Kinect for Windows to Change the World
- Tweet Choir at Microsoft Keynote
- Microsoft schedules Kinect for Windows launch
- Ballmer's bow at CES short on surprises (except for that Tweet Choir)
- 15th Microsoft CES keynote, hosted by Ryan Seacrest and featured mashup of previous keynotes and gospel choir singing tweets
- Interactive TV: Sesame Street choose your own adventure style with Kinect
- The Windows app store is opening for business late in February
- Kinect API for Windows on February 1 (if you want to create Windows Kinect apps, even freeware ones, you'll need to develop them with Windows-specific Kinnect hardware, pricing tbd)
- Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of CEA called Microsoft's absence "a pause"
- Qualcomm CEO Talks Windows, Tricorders, Sesame Street
- Qualcomm shows off Windows 8 running on an LTE-equipped Snapdragon
- Qualcomm Atheros unveils its first WiFi display technology, wants to share
- Qualcomm rolls out Snapdragon S4 MPQ8064 processor for smart TVs, digital media adapters
- Qualcomm shows off new Hanvon Mirasol e-reader, juggles video and text
- Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs joined by Grover --- Qualcomm-funded $10 million prize to spur development of a wireless medical tool for consumers, styled after the tricorders on Star Trek.
- Snapdragon S4 MPQ8064 processor for smart TVs 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, and will be featured in Lenovo's forthcoming Ice Cream Sandwich-laced K91 Smart TV. Adreno 320 graphics and WiFi connectivity
- Showed running Windows 8 - coming to market "early this year"
- WiFi connected displays - Wi-Fi Display is an industry standard devised by members of the Wi-Fi Alliance that enables sharing of the screen image or audio content of one device simultaneously on another nearby device
- Mirasol e-reader. Manufactured by Hanvon, headed to China
- Sony crams 6 million LEDs into prototype Crystal display
- Sony swallows its pride, supports both HomeShare and AirPlay on new speakers
- Sony keeps Google TV alive with new Blu-ray player, set top box
- Xperia ION, Bloggie Live, Crystal display
- Crystal Display uses LEDs as pixels, not as a backlight. Think a giant sports display
- 6 million LEDs, claim is great contrast ratio, wider color gamut and wider viewing angles
- Not meant as a consumer device
- GoogleTV, revised remote control w/ touchpad and backlight keyboard on back. Looks less like a game controller, more like a candy bar for factor
- Remote includes a mic for voice search. Gesture support also. Pricing, availability unknown.
- Digital Experience Package (recorded)
- HP Envy Spectre: Your move Apple
- Transformer Prime bites into Ice Cream Sandwich
- Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Tries to Save Battery in All Sorts of Different Ways
- Lenovo IdeaCentre A720: a Microsoft Surface for the rest of us (hands-on video)
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga: a Windows 8 laptop that bends backwards into a tablet (hands-on video)
- Tegra 3 devices (read: Transformer Prime) getting Ice Cream Sandwich starting today
- Hp Envy 14 Spectre - 20mm thin, $1,399, 2 SSDs up to 256GB, i5, 1,600x900-pixel HP Radiance LED display
- Transformer Prime Ultrabook running ICS, Tegra3 quad-core processor clocking in at 1.3 GHz, 1 GB of DDR2 RAM, and a 10.1-inch display, 32 GB and 64 GB models, priced at a respectable $500 and $600. Up pre-order. Docking Station $150
- Tegra3 -- reduce the amount of backlighting needed. It does this by looking frame by frame at what is being displayed and, when possible, opening up pixels and turning down the backlight where possible.
- Lenovo's IdeaCentre A720 $1299, 27-inch screen can be folded back to 90-degree angle, tilted back to 5-degree. 10 point touch.25.4mm thick, Avail: First Half 2012
- Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13.3-inch folds back into tablet, Windows 8, core i7, 10-point multitouch, Hoping for $1199
- Myspace reinvents itself as an “entertainment experience,” with help from Panasonic and Justin Timberlake
- Simple.TV is a next-gen DVR for the cord-cutting crowd
- Comcast lights up AnyPlay for in-home live TV iPad streaming, Xoom support 'coming soon'
- Samsung 2012 SmartTVs will access DirecTV without a set top box, minimalists rejoice
- Roku brings streaming devices to UK, Ireland, available for pre-order now
- Vizio introduces Google TV-powered VAP430 media streamer
- Panasonic and MySpace partnering on Myspace TV - lets you chat with friends, share shows and internet videos, and discover what’s popular among other Myspace TV viewers
- Myspace Companion App, which helps you discover videos you might want to watch, share them with your friends, and make them play on your TV, integrated into Panasonic Viera Launch Spring
- Simple.TV, DVR for your over the air antennae $150 avail Spring, streams the video to Roku, iPad, Boxee, and Google TV BYO USB Drive, five bucks a month gets you ""season pass""-like automated recordings, an extensive EPG with detailed metadata, plus Slingbox-like capability to stream to the device off your home network for up to five users.
- Comcast app for streaming while at home on an iPad (also Xbox and Samsung TV) Xfinity HD Triple Play customers in areas of Denver and Nashville. Any channel in your subscription.
- Samsung 2012 SmartTVs will access DirecTV without a set top box
- Roku brings streaming devices to UK, Ireland, available for pre-order now
- Vizio VAP430 Stream Player Avail: Spring Google TV a small Wi-Fi media streamer, connecting to your television via HDMI and providing access to Vizio's Internet App Plus ecosystem
- Google Ties Social Service Closer To Search
- Google Embeds Social Directly Into Search (But by Social, It Means Google+)
- Google’s Plans to Promote Google+ in Search Get a Poor Reception
- Twitter Complains About Google Giving Preference to Google+ Content
- Google Fellow Amit Singhal Google today announced “Search plus Your World.” will start highlighting private social network content in search results by default for logged-in users.
- Google search users will also be able to quickly locate Google+ profiles of people they’re interested in on the search service, as well as specific areas of interest
- only content that the searcher has permission to view based on per-item privacy settings. And it’s only Google+ posts and Google+ and Picasa photos for now.
- relevant and influential Google+ people and pages will now be highlighted at the top of the right side of the search results page, in a space is normally reserved for ad units.
- Google’s search box will now autocomplete Google+ usernames for people who are in the searcher’s network of friends and pages, as well as other prominent users.
- Live for English version today rolling out slowly to other languages afterwards --- Lots of people upset at the fact that it is promoting G+ over other services."
- In a statement, Twitter complained that “people, publishers, news organizations and Twitter users” would suffer from not being able to quickly see tweets in search results.
- “As we’ve seen time and time again, news breaks first on Twitter; as a result, Twitter accounts and Tweets are often the most relevant results,” the company said.-----Google Fellow Ben Gomes replied, “The key thing here is we only have access to content on Google. We’re open to other types of content, but in order to provide secure and consistent access, we can only provide what’s in Google, where we know the privacy settings and have the relevant graph and signals.”
CES News Fuse
- Razer unveiled its "Project Fiona" and it's a WIndows 8 gaming tablet… concept. The tablet is flanked by two controllers with analog joysticks. Spec-wise, you'll find an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 and a 10.1-inch screen. Razer says a finalized version would cost about $1000 and could come out at the end of the year. Last year's Switchblade concept ended up being the Blade laptop. It will be interetsing to see what this tablet ends up becoming.
- In Intel news, a prototype Lenovo tablet is running the Medfield processor. The beta hardare IdeaTab K2110 is an 8.9-mm thick 10.1-inch slate and runs Ice Cream Sandwich. It has front- and rear-facing cameras, a SIM slot, and the usual array of ports including microUSB, micro-HDMI, microSD. The Verge noted it had an NFC logo on the back too.
- Samsung CEO Choi Gee-sung let the world know that Samsung will displace Nokia as the world's largest cell phone maker this year. Nokia is currently enjoying its 14th year as the world's top phone maker. However, Samsung is already the number one smartphone seller and beat Nokia in revenue in its latest quarter.
- That Gorilla Glass in your favorite tablet is about to get Gorilla-i-er. Gorilla Glass 2.0. is 20% thinner, but still as tough as the original. The thinner glass cuts down on some of the weight. Additionally, the glass will allow for better touch response and brighter images. So future mobile devices will be thinner lighter brighter and touchier.
- The Dell XPS 13 has shown up to the ultrabook party, though a bit unfashionably late. It's got the usual ultrabook specs with an SSD, weighs around 3 pounds, and has a 13-inch display covered in Gorilla Glass. However, Dell says this is a 13-inch laptop crammed into the same footprint as a 12-inch laptop. The XPS 13 launches soon at under $1000.
- Bluestacks demoed its software to bring Android apps to Windows at CES. To keep things integrated, the Bluestacks software allows for Android apps to live side by side on the Windows 8 start screen. The company plans to launch its product when Windows 8 launches and is working with PC makers to preload the App Player on new machines.
- RIM showed off "PlayBook 2.0," the company's OS for its tablet. New features include an improved calendar and finally brings a native email app so everyone can stop make fun of the PlayBook. The apps also have social integration by pulling in data from LinkedIn, Twitter and others. The update will be available for download next month. Some people may even download it.
- OnLive, the cloud gaming service, is branching out by offering a virtual desktop service. You'll be able to reach a full Windows 7 machine via an iPad app. Basic service is free, but functionality is limited to Windows 7 with Office and you get 2GB of space for your documents. Paid tiers will also be available which allows for customization. The service goes live this Thursday, January 12th. Apps for PC, Mac, and Android are upcoming.
- Intel is facing some heat after fabricating a demo at CES. The company claimed it was showing off a DirectX 11 game running on an Ivy Bridge ultrabook. That wasn't the case - the demo was actually powered by a backstage computer. Intel admitted to AnandTech that the time constraints led the company to this measure.
- In an interview with AllThingsD, T-Mobile CEO Phillip Humm said, "There is no second AT&T deal around." Humm says that T-Mobile has to restart its business and details about its next steps will be detailed "probably by the end of the quarter." He indicated that T-Mobile does intent to move to LTE, but they don't feel they need to do so very fast. He also expects T-Mobile to emphasize value plans that separate the data plan from the device.
- Twitter's announced a new program that allows app developers access to Verified Account data. Its first partners are music data companies like Rara.com, Rovi and Echo Nest, which is building a music app that integrates tweets from musicians. The program would give Twitter's partners confidence that the tweets they collect are from legitimate sources.
- Blizzard community manager "Bashiok" said via Twitter that Diablo 3 is coming to consoles and the lead designer is Josh Mosquiera. Apart from taht tweet, there aren't any details. Blizzard had teased console gamers back in September saying it was experimenting porting Diablo 3.
- Nokia Lumia 710 has gone on sale in the US a day early, tomorrow Jan 11th was the original launch date
- Elop: Lumia 800 hitting Microsoft retail stores in February
"So everyone is talking about that unique little laptop (concept) called the Nikiski. I think they deserve much praise for thinking outside the box... however we should praise them to quickly.
This desktop from Sony is really similar to the laptop. It was introduced during the Apple all-in-one craze but was also Sonys attempt to enter the Media PC/TV market thanks to video inputs. The computer had a fixed keyboard that would hinge up onto the screen. You could only see a few inches of what wasn't covered on the LCD and Sony used this space to show beautiful artwork, the clock, and other nifty things like what show the built in DVR was recording, the weather, and calendar events.
It's primary market was small home office space, the kitchen, dorm rooms, and so on.
Just wanted to share this with you. :-D Have SOME fun at CES.
Cheers, Nathan in Vermont"
"Hi TNT crew,
Yesterday you mentioned that Intel was bringing NFC to Ultrabooks and that it will be really awkward to try and swipe your laptop across a terminal to try and pay for something. While I'm sure someone will give you the capacity to attempt this manuvure, i think most manufacturers will focus on the goals Intel and MasterCard announced back in November which was to have your Ultrabook become a contactless payment terminal, giving you the ability to make online payments by simply touching your paypass credit card or NFC mobile to your computer. No longer would you have to enter your credit card number, expiry date and the security pin When you buy online, just tap and go like you would in a brick and mortar shop.
Anyway, love the show and I'm looking forward to the rest of your CES coverage,
Brandon from Australia."
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