Tech News Today 432
Recorded: February 7, 2012
Published: February 7, 2012
Tech News Today 432: Android Doesn't Have Chrome?
VeriWho needs a 36 megapixel Nikon D800? Google Chrome now on Android, Apple iTV might arrive through ISPs like a phone, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Derek Colanduno
- Trey Ratcliff
- Nikon D800 full-frame DSLR official: 36.3 megapixels, video-friendly features for $2,999.95 in March
- Nikon D800 1080p sample leaves videographers giddy
- First Nikon D800 Test Film: So Far, So Good
- Nikon announced the D800 dSLR available in March for $2,999.95
- 36.3-megapixel FX-format (35.9 x 24mm) sensor
- Can output uncompressed HDMI
- Google (finally) brings Chrome to Android
- Google Chrome browser arrives on Android (video)
- Chrome, Meet Android: Google Releases Beta Version Of Chrome For Mobile OS
- Chrome for Android won't support Flash, Adobe confirms
- Beta of Chrome browser in Android market for users of Android 4 (ICS). Does not replace standrad browser though can be used as default. Chrome leader Sundar Pichai confirmed that Chrome will take over as the default browser on Android eventually.
- Looks like desktop on tablet, compressed on phone - remember what you were last looking at on your desktop Chrome browser, and sync it across to your mobile device
- Contains advanced HTML rendering engine
- support for modern Web features such as WebSockets, IndexedDB, and Web Workers.
- hardware-accelerated rendering for the HTML5 Canvas element and a built-in remote debugging tool that works over USB.
- Jason' s been using it. Jason's favorite features:
- Chrome sync for bookmarks/passwords/etc without requiring Chrome to Phone anymore
- Automatic sync of open pages on desktop to Phone
- Preload webpages for faster browsing
- Tab switching is dead simple: Swipe left or right from the edge. Very intuitive and better than managing actual tabs at the top
- Card-like swiping to navigate through and get rid of pages you no longer need... Similar to WebOS
- Hackers wanted $50,000 to keep Symantec source code private
- Symantec offered hackers $50k to delete stolen code in alleged "sting"
- Symantec expects Anonymous to publish more stolen source code
- AnonymousIRC Twitter post
- Anon Lets Fly With Symantec Code After Ransom Talks Collapse
- AntiSec leaks Symantec pcAnywhere source code after $50k extortion not paid
- Email exchange posted to PasteBin shows a conversation between Symantec employee Sam Thomas and Yamatough to prevent the release of PCAnywhere and Norton Antivirus code. $50,000
- "However, we need assurances that you are not going to release the code after payment. We will pay you $2,500 a month for the first three months. Payments start next week. After the first three months you have to convince us you have destroyed the code before we pay the balance. We are trusting you to keep your end of the bargain."
- Symantec says that law enforcement was conducting the conversation. "Given that the investigation is still ongoing, we are not going to disclose the law enforcement agencies involved and have no additional information to provide."
- After several weeks the talks broke down. Last night AnonymousIRC twittered. #Symantec software source codes to be released soon. stay tuned folks!!! #Anonymous #AntiSec #CockCrashed #NortonAV
- Conversation ends with an ultimatum to post the code ""in ten minutes""
- Yamatough of Lords of Dharmaraja, told Reuters' Frank Jack Daniel they never wanted the money but only wanted to embarrass Symantec. On Twitter Yamatough announced that the Norton Antivirus code would be released today." Source for PCAnywhere has been released on The Pirate Bay
- Wolfram Alpha Pro democratizes data analysis: an in-depth look at the $4.99 a month service
- Siri accounts for 1/4 of Wolfram Alpha queries as search engine goes 'Pro'
- Wolfram Alpha will open up its ""Pro"" service on the 8th
- Dieter Bohn from the Verge has a great write up and video showing the features of the new service.
- For $4.99/month (or $2.99 for students) Pro users get an account with a complete history of their queries, uploads, and downloads.
- Pro Users have the ability to generate Wolfram Alpha reports using image files, spreadsheets, 3D geometry files like pLY and STL, audio files from AIFF to FLAC, and more.
- Pro can analyze images to build a report with histograms, EXIF data, lists of colors with the HTML identifiers, edge detection, optical character recognition for text
- Reports are interactive. Charts within reports are exportable - in formats like vector graphics, Excel spreadsheets, and more
- It'll also be available for a trial period if you want to test it.
- Rogers and BCE Already Have the Apple iTV in Their Labs, Controlled with Voice and Hand Gestures
- Rogers, BCE vying for a bite of Apple’s iTV
- Apple eyes ISPs to sell 'iTV'
- The Globe and Mail reports Apple negotiating a partnership with Canada's Rogers Communications and BCE Inc. for an Apple TV
- Can control with voice and gestures and call up an onscreen keyboard without hardware
- “They’re not closed to doing it with one [company] or doing it with two,” said one source who is familiar with the talks. “They’re looking for a partner. They’re looking for someone with wireless and broadband capabilities.”
- Apparently ISPs have protypes in their labs
- Those Millions on Facebook? Some May Not Actually Visit
- Those Millions On Facebook? They Actually Visit, And It’s Not A Huge Deal Anyway.
- Facebook’s prospectus: monthly active users=845M..daily active users=483M
- not all visiting fb.com. includes like buttons, sending tweets to fb, commenting on a blog w fb ID, etc
- problem is marketing to those in ecosystem but not seeing ads
- Nielsen counts 153M unique users/month on the Facebook site in the US, though Facebook says in filing 161M. NYT says if US market is only about 19% of its business, the numbers are off by 40M users from the 845M Facebook says are active.
- FB in quiet period, isn't commenting on this but prospectus says numbers “will differ from estimates published by third parties due to differences in methodology.”
- 425 million of the 845 million monthly active users are mobile users — don't see any advertisements yet.
- TC: comScore showed that Facebook.com actually had 162.5M uniques in December. Nielsen & comScore use similar types of methodologies like tracking user samples, so if NYT went by comScore’s numbers FB is undercounting site usage.
- comScore also says average Facebook user worldwide spent 11.6 minutes on the site per visit in December and visited 32.6 times. maybe not daily but multiple times per day.
- Facebook also uses likes to target ads and give data to developers. Likes fill in news feed.
- Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg helped build Adwords Adsense at Google - Facebook could sell ad inventory on other sites on behalf of publishers, and give them a cut
- At BlackBerry DevCon Europe, RIM's VP for Developer Relations Alec Saunders told the audience that the BlackBerry App World is doing well with over 6 million daily downloads and said that it generates 40% more revenue for developers than Google's Android Market. RIM also showed off PlayBook 2.0 along with BlackBerry Bridge 2.0 that lets your BB act as a remote for PlayBook. It'll land later this month. Last bit of RIM news -- Haliburton did confirm that it will switch 4,500 of its employees from BlackBerry to iPhones over two years.
- 9to5Google.com reports that its source has seen a prototype of Google's augmented reality glasses. The glasses feature a heads up display and apparently look a bit like the Oakley Thumps MP3 player/sunglasses along with a frontfacing camera. The display only appears on one side and is not transparent. The glasses can also handle input data via voice. The specs are supposedly equivalent to a previous gen Android phone. Google may be looking to offer the glasses in a pilot program similar to the CR-48 Chromebook.
- Want to know the first games you can get in the new Windows Store in Windows 8? Well listen up, then. TheVerge's sources tell it that the Store in the Consumer Preview edition will include Hydro Thunder, Toy Soldiers, Reckless Racing, Full House Poker, and what store would be complete without Angry Birds! Solitaire and Pinball will be preinstalled. In other Win8 news, the Building Windows 8 blog mentions both a metro interface and a desktop on ARM-based systems. Rumors have run rampant that the ARM version would drop the desktop and this looks like MS will keep it.
- Big shake up at Yahoo. 4 board members have left including chairman Roy Bostock. Yahoo picked up former CEO of Rovi Fred Amoroso and former eBay COO Maynard Webb. A new chairman of Yahoo has not ben announced.
- Apple's having issues with using the iPad name in China again. This time, Proview Technology (Shenzen) filed a temporary restraining order in Shanghai court to stop Apple from using the iPad name in China. Apple had perviously sued Proview saying that Apple owned the "iPad" name; Apple lost that challenge. Yang Rongshan, chairman of Proview says, "I understand even lots of Chinese people think our company is playing dirty here or trying to blackmail Apple, but we are doing everything completely under the laws and rules…"
- A thesis by Tristan Schaap is making headlines because in it, Schaap talks about porting Darwin, the base of Mac OS X, to ARM chips. People shouted that Apple would introduce ARM notebooks and such because Shaap is now part of the COreOS team. OSNews dug into the thesis and found that Schaap wasn't bringing the full OS X experience to ARM and that he worked on having Darwin work in products like Time Capsule.
- EMI was denied an injunction that would have stopped ReDigi from reselling digital music. EMI claimed that ReDigi makes unauthorized copies of the music files. ReDigi scans a user's PC for music, grabs the file and deletes the copy the user is selling. District Court Judge Richard Sullivan said that the case should go to trial due to the technological and legal questions raised.
- Developer Arun Thampi found out that Path 2 for iOS sends a copy of a user's address book to Path's servers as a plist. Path CEO Dave Morin posted a comment on Thampi's blog saying that the address book upload is necessary to "help the user find and connect to their friends and family…" However, Morin also noted that the address book upload will be opt-in starting with Path 2.0.6 once the app is approved by Apple. The opt-in feature is already available in the Android app.
- Remember Ramona Fricosu, the woman who was ordered to decrypt her laptop? Well, her attorney Phillip Dubois said that she might have forgotten the password. Dubois also told Wired.com that, "It’s not clear to me she was the one who set up the encryption on this drive. I don’t know if she will be able to decrypt it.” Well now what happens if she can't actually comply with the court order? Contempt?
- Nokia has released the Belle software upgrade to its Symbian phones one day ahead of schedule, bringing features like additional home screens & better notifications to keep up with the Androids and the iOSes.
- Verizon Launching Motorola Droid 4 on Friday Feb. 10 with a 2-year contract. LTE support, 8mp camera, and a chiclet keyboard!
- Also on Friday, new or existing Verizon customers signing new contracts can double their data plan to 4 gigabytes--when they purchase a 4G LTE smartphone and sign up for a $30 data plan with accompanying voice and text
- The Raspberry Pi team has announced the first manufacturing run of the $35 Linux machines will be finished on 2/20 and you can expect them by the end of the month. Initial production is 10,000 units. A $25 model with half the memory and no Ethernet is coming soon.
- The Xbox 360 Kinect Star Wars game & bundle will begin shipping April 3, Microsoft has confirmed.. It's available for pre-order now for $449 and includes white Kinect sensor, a C-3PO-themed wireless controller and an R2-D2 Xbox 360.
Allen your friendly web developer here. You guys were talking about Facebook's inability to delete photos on Monday, and I wanted to give a little technical insight.
I used to work for a startup that competed with Facebook, using a very similar technology stack (for reference, that would be PHP, MySQL, and memcache). One of the first things the database engineers tell you is to never delete, for a number of reasons: Users will want to undo their actions. There are many caching layers, from the database to app servers to the CDN. Deleting a row in databases like MySQL locks the table; that is, nobody else can add or change photos in that table while it's deleting. For Facebook it'd probably affect a few million photos for every delete. Most importantly, other things that depend on that photo to exist will also need to be deleted - things like comments and tags and photo metadata. It's this cascading delete that really affects performance in a bad, bad way. Of course, if there's a tech. company that can figure it out, it'd be Facebook. But it's certainly not easy. :)
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