Tech News Today 436
Recorded: February 13, 2012
Published: February 13, 2012
Tech News Today 436: Fear The Normal People
Google almost done buying Motorola, MySpace is back, PS Vita might become a phone OS, and more.
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- Google's purchase of Motorola approved by EU
- Google wins EU okay for Motorola buy
- US regulators approve Google's $12.5 billion bid for Motorola, hours after EU clearance
- Reuters: US approves Google's buyout of Motorola
- Statement of the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division on Its Decision to Close Its Investigations of Google Inc.’s Acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. and the Acquisitions of Certain Patents by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd.
- European Commission has just cleared Google's $12.5 billion buyout of Motorola Mobility.
- US apparoval expected this week.
- Google now needs the consent of China (expected by 3/20), Israel, and Taiwan to close the deal.
- EU Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia says that "this transaction does not itself raise competition issues," but that the Commission is keeping a close eye on "the increasingly strategic use of patents."
- MySpace to Announce One Million New Users
- MySpace lives? Site signs up 1 million new users in a month
- Timberlake announces MySpaceTV at CES 2012
- Last June Specific Media run by Tim and Chris Vanderhook bought the site for $35M from News Corporation, with partner Justin Timberlake — which paid $580M for it in 2005. MySpace's peak was in 2008/75.9 million unique visitors/month. They bought 33 million uniques and falling, according to comScore.
- Launched new music player in Dec. & has signed up $1M new users. comScore shows monthly traffic on MySpace rose in Jan, 1st increase in about a year; at 25.1 million, 4% increase from December. average of 40,000 new registrations daily.
- Chris Vanderhook says Facebook and Twitter integration paying off + a big music library for that music player, full licensing deals with thousands of record labels and indie artists, 42M tracks overall.
- at CES Justin Timberlake announced MySpaceTV, joint venture with Panasonic thru Viera Connect platform running on TVs. MyspaceTV not out till later this year but aims to be hybrid of Myspace, TV sets and mobile apps. Share shows w friends, chat live, etc.
- Initial channels on Myspace TV will be music-focused
- Will the PlayStation Vita OS land on smartphones, tablets?
- Playstation Vita review
- Sony's incoming chief executive Kazuo Hirai said that the operating system running on the PlayStation Vita was intentionally designed to be "expandable," and could work on both smartphones and tablets.
- The PlayStation Vita's official U.S. launch date is February 22. However, those who pre-ordered the Vita First Edition Launch bundle will receive it on Wednesday.
- "If you're asking if we've made it in a way that's expandable, so that it's possible to apply to smartphones and tablets on top of achieving the high responsiveness we need for gaming devices--it is possible," Hirai reportedly told reporters, according to Japanese Web site AV Watch. "That doesn't mean that we're applying it to smartphones and tablets at this point in time, but it's been designed with expandability in mind."
- Fair Labor Association begins independent audits of Foxconn factories
- Apple's new Foxconn inspections could start chain reaction
- Apple orders Foxconn Labor Inspections
- Today Fair Labor Association investigating FoxConn factory in Shenzen at Apple's request
- Foxconn, Quanta, and Pegatron will be inspected by a team led by FLA President Auret van Heerden.
- interview employees, inspect safety equipment and worker dormitories, and examine all available documentation on worker safety, wages, and working hours.
- In January, Apple became the first technology company to join the Fair Labor Association (FLA).
- Apple forcing contract manufacturer Pegatron to choose sides, give up Asustek Zenbook orders
- Apple's iPad outselling Samsung's own tablets in Korea
- Apple Shares Climb Above $500 as Earnings Ignite Advance
- Apple Captured a Fifth of U.S. Consumer Electronics Revenue in Holiday Quarter
- Chinese-language Commercial Times article claims Apple asking Pegatron to drop new Ultrabook orders from Asustek or else it will lose orders for iOS devices.
- AsusTek Zenbook the culprit for the demand
- If Pegatron stops manufacturing them by end of March Asustek will have to outsource the Zenbooks to either Compal Electronics or Wistron.
- Sales of the iPad are estimated to have topped 1 million in Korea since the tablet debuted in the country in November 2010, according to the Korea Herald. About 70-80% of market.
- Shares of Apple Inc. rallied above $500 for the first time after a two-week gain spurred by the iPhone maker’s first-quarter earnings report approached 20 percent. Closed at 502.60
- NPD says Apple captured 19 percent of all sales dollars of consumer electronics in the U.S. in the holiday quarter of 2011.
- Coming in 2012: Firefox for Windows 8's Metro
- Mozilla Wiki
- Mozilla announced it will work on a Metro version of the Firefox browser for Windows 8.
- In its Wiki, Mozilla says to expect the Beta this month with a RTM version to hit in the second half of 2012.
- The team said its goal is to create a Gecko based browser along with touch support.
- the Browser will support three 'snap' states, including full screen, 1/6th screen, and 5/6th screen, which will all depend on how the user docks two full screen apps
- Contacted WW host Paul Thurrott to find out if third party metro browsers can support plugins
- he talked to MJF and it's not clear if this is answered anywhere. The guess is no. [but it's not clear still].
- My gut feeling is it won't be allowed. There's a new sandboxing model, etc. for Metro-style apps aimed at keeping them self-contained. Firefox on Metro will bring all of the Gecko capabilities to this new environment and the assumption is that we'll be able to run as a Medium integrity app so we can access all of the win32 Firefox Gecko libraries avoiding a port to the new WinRT API for the bulk of our code.
- Guess what? Patent Wars! Apple is suing Samsung over the Galaxy Nexus asking for a preliminary injunction to stop sales of the phone in the U.S. The patents cover things including slide-to-unlock, "data tapping" and Siri. Apple had success with the "data tapping" patent before against HTC in the ITC.
- Samsung just announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Tab 2 - its first Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet. For specs it's got a 1GHz dual-core processor, a 3MP rear cam with a VGA cam in the front. It also comes in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi + 3G. It's set to launch in the UK next month. Apple hasn't sued Samsung about this tablet… yet.
- Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 2, Ice Cream Sandwich and all
- The Telegraph ran an article saying that ITV's CEO Adam Crozier wrote a letter to Apple regarding the usage of the term "iTV" -- the rumored name of Apple's television set. If you're unfamiliar with the other ITV, it's a UK TV network that stands for "Independent Television." Speaking to The Verge, an ITV spokesperson said "The Telegraph's piece is entirely speculative… ITV has no further comment on the matter."
- VideoLan unveiled VLC 2.0 RC1 available for download right now. For OS X users, you'll see a brand new UI that matches the Mac aesthetic; it also adds Blu-ray support and extension support. The RC is available in a 32 or 64 bit variety for Intel Macs and 32-bit only for Windows. Surprisingly, those of you still rocking PowerPC-based Macs can also get the RC.
- The AP reports that people using the Internet in Iran can now access Gmail, Hotmail, and Yahoo. The sites were blocked for four days and affected more than 30 million users. Iran's national telecommunications company says it had nothing to do with the outage.
- Apple's currently embroiled in a fight for the iPad name in China and reports from Hebei Youth Daily say that iPads are being removed from retail stores in China by the Chinese Administration of Industry and Commerce. Some store owners have hidden their stock for fear the iPads will be confiscated. However, Apple stores still are selling the iPad. It isn't clear whether the removal of iPads is part of a larger nationwide sweep or just the actions of local authorities.
- A group calling themselves "Evil Shadow Team" is taking credit for defacing the online home of the Microsoft Store in India. The group also obtained usernames and passwords from the site on Sunday, February 12th. Passwords were stored in plaintext. Microsoft has taken the site down for the time being.
- Google announced that its YouTube app for GoogleTV is getting a makeover. The app will soon be able to browse channels. You'll also be able to leave comments or give a video thumbs up from the new app. The new YouTube app will be live in the Android Market "in the next few days."
- In response to reports that Google Wallet's PIN could be cracked on rooted Android phones, Google has asked users not to root their phones because "the product is not supported on rooted phones." Google has also disabled the usage of prepaid cards from Google Wallet since a simple trick would allow access to prepaid funds. Google is working on a fix to bring back support for prepaid cards.
- Zynga's earnings report is set for tomorrow, Valentine's Day
- The Pirate Bay will remove most torrent files on February 29th, magnet links taking over to take up less bandwidth and makes the site easier to archive, which could be helpful if the site's ever taken down.
"Hi TNT crew,
Last week you discussed how Tivo was back with DirecTV, but how the hardware couldn't match what DirecTV was offering anymore. I agree, but I won't fault Tivo for this. It looks like DirecTV decided to go with previous-gen hardware and software. You can get much better standalone Premiere boxes with the updated interface.
As a former ""DirecTivo"" user, I would never go back for another reason: DirecTV was always about 2-4 years behind the standalone Tivo boxes with feature updates, and even then many features were disabled.
Matt Vienna, VA"
Please find a word to describe folks who use tech but have little or no idea what's under the hood. And maybe a different word for folks who don't even care how it all works.
How about ""normal""? Statistically, that group is the norm, eh?
Anyway, point is, the ""mom"" bit got old, ya'll went to ""gramma"" and dang if both of those aren't a bit annoying.
My gramma kicks ass.
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