Tech News Today 413
Recorded: January 11, 2012
Published: January 11, 2012
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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- Intel Gets The Mobile Partners—Motorola and Lenovo—It Badly Needed
- Motorola to make Intel-powered phones and tablets, first phone coming in the second half of 2012
- Lenovo K800 Intel Medfield smartphone hands-on (video)
- Lenovo K800 hands-on: first Intel-powered phone, with Android 4.0 and 720p display
- Intel Medfield chip on Motorola and Lenovo smartphones
- Lenovo and Motorola committed to releasing phones and tablets based on Intel’s mobile chips in 2012
- Mike Bell, co-general manager of Intel’s revamped smartphone project, said on stage that the company added some features to the references designs showcased using the Atom chips in order to ensure that Android applications written for ARM chips would run on Atom.
- Lenovo’s product, the K800 set to hit the market in China during the second quarter. 1.6GHz Intel Medfield processor, Android 2.3, a TFT display and an 8 megapixel camera with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 3200.
- Motorola will ship "later this year" ::Otellini is a longtime member of Google’s board of directors, Medfield, Atom Z2460 processor
- Intel homegrown tablet reference design to show off during the keynote running Windows 8
- Interl said more to come on mobile devices at MWC
- 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."
- 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.
- PlayStation 4 won't appear at E3 2012, says Sony's Kaz Hirai
- Nintendo Brings Wii U to CES, Doesn’t Answer Questions
- Kaz Hirai: according to The Wall Street Journal. "Andy (House) is absolutely right in that we are not making any announcements at E3. I’ve always said a 10-year life cycle for PS3, and there is no reason to go away from that,"
- Nintendo Wii U shows up at CES not sure why....
- 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."
- According to Reuters, Dell will give the tablet world another go. Dell failed tablets include the Dell Streak and the Inspiron Duo. Dell CFO Steve Felice told Cnet that Dell will be "very careful" in entering the tablet market again. He didn't specify which OS the tablets would have, but named Windows 8 and Android as possibilities. Best of luck, Dell.
- Google's personal search is one day old and it's already annoying lots of organizations like the Electronic Privacy Information Center. EPIC asked the FTC to investigate Google's move to see if it causes privacy or antitrust issues. EPIC previously complained to the FTC over Google Buzz regarding privacy concerns, which led to a Google/FTC settlement where Google would be audited for 20 years.
- You can't escape Patent Wars! Kodak is suing Apple and HTC claiming infringement of four imaging patents related to transmitting pictures. Kodak is currently try to avoid filing for bankruptcy. If Kodak wins, their patent portfolio will look pretty strong. However, it takes time for lawsuits to finish up, so this might not help Kodak save its business.
- At the CES Innovation Policy Summit, a panel including Congressional staffers and Hollywood folks spoke about SOPA and Protect IP. Ryan Clough, legislative counsel for representative Zoe Lofgren warned that even though there is opposition to those acts, they are far from dead. On the pro-SOPA side was the executive director of the Copyright Alliance Sandra Aistars who said the tech community hasn't offered proper alternatives to the proposed law and that the intentions of the these acts are being misstated.
- According to Reuters, Microsoft's plans to introduce an online video subscription service has ground to a halt. Apparently, Microsoft has been in "intense talks" with media companies to bring content to its service. Microsoft had demoed "Microsoft TV" to the program partners, but it was Microsoft that bristled at the cost of such a service. Microsoft will continue to bring programming via the Xbox platform.
- UltraViolet has regained Amazon's blessing. Amazon executive VP of digital Bill Carr announced Amazon will offer UV movies from one of the major studios, but didn't name which one. Also on the UltraViolet front, Samsung announced its 2012 Blu-ray players will be UV compatible.
- DeviceFidelity and Spring Card Systems introduced a new NFC-capable microSD card. That means if you've got an older phone that didn't include NFC, you could just pop in a Moneto card and add that functionality. The card will cost $30 and be available in a few weeks.
- Apple has confirmed that it bought Israeli semiconductor startup Anobit Technologies. The price is believed to be between $400 million and $500 million. Anobit is a fabless semiconductor company based in Israel which makes a key component that improves the performance of NAND flash memory chips, which are used in iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Apple will gain 160 chip engineers from the deal according to TechCrunch.
- The WikiPad does Exist! Engadget's Mat Smith found it on the show floor, but not in shipping shape yet. Wikipad is an 8-inch touchscreen gaming device with dual-analog controls and glasses-free 3D displaySmith reports the tablet is quite a svelte with a soft-touch backing running Ice Cream Sandwhich. While Avatar apparently looked great none of the games were running or able to be controlled byt he controllers.
- Sony just announced it will offer its Music Unlimited streaming service on iOS some time this quarter as a free app. There will be a version for the iPhone and the iPad.
- ICANN pushes ahead with launch for new top-level domains at midnight tomorrow 1/12
- Reddit's going offline! On January 18th, Reddit will self-impose a blackout to oppose SOPA for twelve hours from 8AM to 8PM EST
- Apple has started sending out press invites confirming January 19th as an "education event" at the Guggenheim Museum at 10am Eastern Time.
- The HDMI forum that launched in October 2011 says its working on a new standard later this year, that will likely increase bandwidth for higher resolution and introduce yet undetailed 'other features'.
- Razer Blade gaming laptop which showed up at last year's CES as the Switchblade and never hit stores, is now supposed to ship at the end of the month!
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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