Tech News Today 436

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Episode 436

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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Top Stories

  • 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."

Discussion Stories

  • 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.

News Fuse





"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"

"Hey TNT---

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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