Tech News Today 413

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Episode 413

Tech News Today 413: CES: Hide-and-Seek

From CES 2012: Intel finally breaks into phones, OnLive comes to Google TV and headphones that won't fall out of your ears and more.

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Top Stories

  • Motorola CEO: We’re Going to Release Fewer Phones This Year
  • Motorola CEO: Carriers Want Android Differentiation
    • Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said his company plans to release fewer new models this year, in an effort to concentrate its marketing dollars.
    • “A lot of products that are roughly the same doesn’t drive the market to a new place,” Jha said on Tuesday in a roundtable meeting with reporters.
    • Jha also said the company plans to pursue fewer new ideas in an effort to make more things stick.
    • Speaking to the Verge at CES, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha claims that Motorola can't make money selling stock Android phones.
    • "Verizon and AT&T don't want seven stock [Ice Cream Sandwich] devices on their shelves," he said. "The vast majority of the changes we make to the OS are to meet the requirements that carriers have."

Discussion Stories

Show Stoppers:

  • headphones that won't fall out of your ears
  • 4X4 offroader jeep ($16k for fully loaded model)
  • Boxee all-in-one OTA antenna/dongle for Boxee box

  • Game streaming service OnLive to be preloaded on all Google TVs
  • Vizio gets in the Google TV game, will support OnLive
    • Game streaming service OnLive announced today that its viewing service will be preloaded on the Google TV service.
    • Steve Perlman CEO OnLive: “But hang in there, OnLive is working closely with Google to enable full gameplay with OnLive gamers from around the world on Google TV, And more Google TV devices are coming, with OnLive built right in.
    • Vizio announced two Google TV products here at the Consumer Electronics Show: the VAP430 set-top box and the VBR430 Blu-ray. will support Google TV with OnLive
    • Vizio will be taking online preorders for the VAP430 in the spring for $99. The VBR430 Blu-ray player doesn't have pricing yet, but should be released in the summer.
    • The Online Viewer App will be available for Google TV starting today.
  • CES: Apple Is Scouting The Competition
  • Microsoft's CES floor space for 2013 sold in just 45 minutes
    • according to Tom Krazit at PaidContent Apple does have a presence here and it's iOS product marketing head Greg Joswiak. The two bumped into each other outside of Sony's booth and Joswiak said he wanted to collect information about booth layout and general product presentation.
    • CNET reports sold during the first day of 2013 space selection in an "amazingly quick" 45 minutes
    • Dish and Chinese electronics maker Hisense for the same price Microsoft would have paid had it opted to attend next year's show
    • CNET also reports 2013 opening keynote-- a company "that everyone has heard of and will generate a lot of excitement."

News Fuse



  • ICANN pushes ahead with launch for new top-level domains at midnight tomorrow 1/12




I thought I'd let you guys know that the reason there is a separate kinect for Windows is that the original kinect is designed to be used from ~6 feet away, whereas the new one has different optics and such to allow it to be used from a much closer distance.

Love the show!

Jake in Virginia"

"Hey TNT Crew

I love the show but every time I hear Tom or Sarah pushing geo fencing over NFC for payments I want to reach through my computer and scream nooooooo. Geo fencing just seems like such a bad idea. It may be convenient but I can think of so many ways it could be abused. It would be like walking into a coffee shop and giving the barista your credit card to hold until you leave. They can charge anything they want to your card while you are there. Unless you watch your bill very closely you are unlikely to notice an extra coffee here or there. Also GPS is spoofable. I can picture someone driving down the street in a van pushing out a bogus GPS signal. Your phone thinks it's inside their shop and they proceed to clean out your account. Personally I will never trust something that doesn't require my input to authorize a payment.




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