Tech News Today 434
Recorded: February 9, 2012
Published: February 9, 2012
Tech News Today 434: A Kodak Moment Of Silence
New iPad, Google takes on Dropbox, what Windows on ARM will and will not have, and more.
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- Apple to Announce iPad 3 First Week in March
- First week of March fingered for iPad 3 announcement
- Leaked iPad 3 Components Reveal New Internals, But No New Design
- ATD reports Sources tell them Apple will hold an iPad event in the first week of March in SF
- similar in form factor to the iPad 2, but running a much faster chip, sporting an improved graphics processing unit, and featuring a 2048×1536 Retina Display — or something close to it.
- This is the same week iPad 2 was announced in 2011. It was released a week later.
- The Verge on Wednesday claimed the iPad 3 won't have a quad-core processor after all, though it will have an improved GPU.
- Cult of Mac has images provided by iPatch, a leading iPhone, iPad, and iPod repair specialist here in the U.K.
- Windows On ARM, Complete With Next Version of Office, To Arrive With Rest of Windows 8
- Building Windows for the ARM processor architecture
- Microsoft unveils Office 15 Metro design look and feel
- In an interview, Windows unit President Steven Sinofsky said that the first ARM-based machines running Windows 8 should show up around the same time as the first Windows 8 machines running traditional PC processors from Intel and AMD.
- No time frame given
- 8000+ word blogpost on Building WIndows 8 blog, Windows on ARM gains the nick "WOA"
- WOA Apps
- Office: WOA *includes* desktop versions of the new Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
- The apps were shown in the preview video. The ribbon is gone and interface looks streamlined. They look like Metro apps, but they run in the desktop.
- Other Desktop Apps: WOA supports the Windows desktop experience including File Explorer, Internet Explorer 10 for the desktop, and most other intrinsic Windows desktop features
- But Sinofsky said that, although those applications will run in the traditional Windows desktop, they will be the only programs allowed to do so
- WOA will not be available as a software-only distribution
- WOA won't be available on the 29th
- WOA Misc
- "Some have suggested we might remove the desktop from WOA in an effort to be pure, to break from the past, or to be more simplistic or expeditious in our approach. To us, giving up something useful that has little cost to customers was a compromise that we didn’t want to see in the evolution of PCs."
- MS included photos of WOA running on an Asus Windows Phone device - but noted "This is not a product plan or even a hint at a product."
- WOA PCs will be serviced only through Windows or Microsoft Update, and consumer apps will only come from the Windows Store, so you never have to worry if a program will run because you are not downloading or installing from a DVD outside of the store experience.
- "While not the topic of this post, we do want to assure you that, when a consumer buys a WOA PC, it will be clearly labeled and branded so as to avoid potential confusion with Windows 8 on x86/64."
- Noted Metro style apps support WOA and Win8 on x86, reiterated that WOA won't support emulation or porting of x86 desktop apps
- GDrive at last? Google reportedly ready to launch online storage service
- Google Drive cloud storage service launching soon, says WSJ
- WSJ reports Gdrive is finally weeks/months away, now named "Drive"
- would compete against established dropbox, box.net
- Google Docs cheapest- 1gb free, 20GB/$5 a year, or 80GB/$20 a year. Dropbox $10/month 50 gb
- WSJ reported this back in 2007. At the time Google had 1 gb Picasa storage,10gb/$20 per year, to 400gb/ $500 per year & wasn't even shared via Google Docs yet. competitors were Microsoft's SkyDrive, AOL's Xdrive, and Apple's iDisk.
- Google has strength in numbers, look at Google+. also could offer attractive biz bundles
- in January error msgs on drive.google.com changed, suggesting work being done. Techcrunch noticed
- Google I/O dev conference isn't until June"
- WSJ: Google working on a home entertainment center
- Google building "home entertainment system" for wireless music streaming
- WSJ reports Google working on a home entertainment center that would "stream music wirelessly throughout the home" and be marketed under Google's name.
- This would be the first big consumer-oriented device to carry the Google brand.
- Would fit in with Project Tungsten described at Google I/O last year. This being integrated with Android.
- The system "would let people download digital media such as music and stream it to Google-made speakers or other Web-connected devices in people's homes," and could be operated using a smartphone or tablet
- Facebook Details Bonuses for Top Executives
- Zuckerberg Takes Control, You Get $100
- Facebook Value Tops $100 Billion Based on Private Market Trades
- Facebook execs. twice-a-year bonuses of up to 45 percent of their base salaries and other earnings, according to a Wednesday regulatory filing.
- Zuckerberg, 27, a base salary of $500,000 per year. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will receive a base salary of $300,000.
- Facebook Inc.'s privately traded shares have risen 10 percent since filing for IPO
- SharesPost managed the auction of 150,000 shares of Facebook's Class B common stock at $44, compared with $40 Feb. 2.That values Facebook at $102.6 billion
- Zuckerberg paid early contributors like Sean Parker $100 to cede their voting rights to Zuck
- Kodak to Stop Making Cameras
- Eastman Kodak Company has said it will stop making digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames in the first half of 2012
- They hope to save $100 million
- expand its current brand-licensing program instead, and that it will continue to produce retail-based photo kiosks, inkjet printers, online photo gallery and apps, and camera batteries and accessories.
- Kodak filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy Jan. 19
- A group called Swagg Security posted private information belonging to Foxconn on the Pirate Bay. The group posted a message on Pastebin explaining that it was protesting Foxconn's working conditions. The Pastebin message also said that "The passwords inside these files could allow individuals to make fraudulent orders under big companies like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Intel, and Dell."
- Subscription music seems to be helping sales. Warner Music says revenue stayed flat at $780 million. Digital revenue jumped 17 percent, and now accounts for 28 percent of the company’s sales While Downloads accounted for $205 million in music revenue last quarter, payments from streaming services like Spotify and Deezer generated $15 million. And streaming revenue is growing at a 36 percent clip, compared to 15 percent for downloads.
- The FBI released a file it had on Steve Jobs, which it had put together because Jobs was a candidate to serve as a White House council on exports. Unsurprisingly, the FBI found that Jobs could "twist the truth and distort reality," was "stubborn," and not a communist. AllThingsD dug into the file and found that Jobs was granted Top Secret security clearance by the Defense Industrial Security Clearance Office between 1988 and 1990.
- Intel announced more details about the 2013 Haswell processor. Haswell will use transactional memory, which Intel calls Transactional Synchronization Extensions. TSX implements a new thread locking mechanism that results in fewer memory locks meaning higher performance on multicore processors while keeping the programming familiar for developers. Intel has already promised that the 22 nm processors will deliver a 30 percent power savings.
- Bloomberg reports that the Google acquisition of Motorola will get the Department of Justice's blessing citing "two people familiar with the matter." Those two people also said that the DOJ will "probably approve" the plan by a consortium which included Apple and Microsoft to buy those Nortel patents.
- Yesterday we told you about Michael Doyle and his patent on interactive web goodness. A jury in Texas deliberated today for a few hours and concluded the patents were invalid. Many companies including Google, YouTube, Yahoo, and Amazon, were named as defendants but they're off the hook now. Trials are cancelled.
- Craig at Deep Field Networks, deepfield.net, did an analysis of traffic on file sharing networks after the takedown of Megaupload. The analysis attempted to eliminate legitimate file sharing and focus on infringing uses. So did the raid strike a blow against copyright infringement? According to DeepField, file sharing didin't so much decrease as become staggeringly less efficient. Instead of terabytes of North America MegaUpload traffic going to US servers, most file sharing traffic now comes from Europe over far more expensive transatlantic links.
- Wireless Goodness dissected the Lytro camera and found some hidden potential in the Marvell Avastar 88W8787 system on a chip - it has Bluetooth and wi-fi capabilities. Lytro said that its first camera does not have Wi-Fi is not enabled and "connectivity is important to us, and we're working on it." Also inside the Lytro was an image sensor that wasn't much larger than the iPhone's.
- A new Nielsen report says that cord cutting is increasing in U.S. homes. 4.5% of U.S. households are using a combination of broadcast only and broadband to watch their content. The number seems small, but it increased 22.8% over the year. Subscriptions to wired cable dropped 4.1%.
- The DirecTV-branded TiVo is now available in the US, just 4 years after the original partnership agreement. Trial markets started back in December and now they're ready for full deployment. 100 hours of HD programming or 400 hours of standard-definition shows, with the ability to record two shows at once or access 7,000 movies on demand.
- Nvidia sent out press invites offering sneak peeks at "quad-core firsts" during Mobile World Congress- all signs point to Tegra 3 Android devices!
- Late last year, HTC promised ICS to a bunch of handsets by early 2012 — but the company just posted an update on Facebook saying that most models won't receive it until "later this year." HTC says that the Sensation, Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, and Sensation XL will receive the upgrade in March. The rest of you are SOL.
"At the time of this email Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert of Double Fine Entertainment have raised over $300,000 on Kickstarter in a single day in to create an old school point and click adventure game.
I can't think of a single tech angle to this story but how awesome is that?
- The Moke"
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