Tech News Today 443
Recorded: February 23, 2012
Published: February 23, 2012
Tech News Today 443: Ride My Champagne Buffalo
How the President plans to protect privacy, Sanjay Jha out at Motorola? How to get Windows 7 with MS Office for cheap, and more.
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- Google Said to Plan Replacement for Jha as Motorola Mobility CEO
- Dennis Woodside's LinkedIn
- Exclusive: Susan Molinari to head Google’s D.C. office
- THREE people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg Google is close to naming Dennis Woodside to run Motorla after the acquisition is approved.
- Woodside led Google’s ad sales in the Americas before leaving that job to oversee the merger
- Sanjay Jha would be out
- Christy Wyatt, Motorola Mobility senior vice president, and Chief Strategy Officer John Bucher were also considered
- Also Former congresswoman Susan Molinari was named head of Google’s Washington office. vice president of public policy and government relations for the Americas. She will manage policy advocacy and government outreach in North and South America.
- Big Tech, Obama And The Politics Of Privacy
- White House announces new privacy "Bill of Rights," Do Not Track agreement
- Obama unveils Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights
- President Obama announced a framework for new US privacy regulations white paper that will lead to legislation giving the Federal Trade Commission further tools to oversee companies’ use of consumer data.
- "Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights" is the centerpiece
- ALSO the Digital Advertising Alliance was Voluntarily signed by a group of web advertising networks and "leading Internet companies," including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL. Account for 90% of the behavior-based activity.
- The companies entered into the agreement voluntarily, but will become subject to the Federal Trade Commission's oversight and enforcement of its terms.
- will let consumers opt out of tracking “cookies,” Mozilla says "welcome to last year bitches"
- Individual Control: Consumers have a right to exercise control over what personal data organizations collect from them and how they use it.
- Transparency: Consumers have a right to easily understandable information about privacy and security practices.
- Respect for Context: Consumers have a right to expect that organizations will collect, use, and disclose personal data in ways that are consistent with the context in which consumers provide the data.
- Security: Consumers have a right to secure and responsible handling of personal data.
- Access and Accuracy: Consumers have a right to access and correct personal data in usable formats, in a manner that is appropriate to the sensitivity of the data and the risk of adverse consequences to consumers if the data are inaccurate.
- Focused Collection: Consumers have a right to reasonable limits on the personal data that companies collect and retain.
- Accountability: Consumers have a right to have personal data handled by companies with appropriate measures in place to assure they adhere to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.
- T-Mobile Announces LTE, Blames iPhone for Subscriber Losses
- T-Mobile takes $3 billion AT&T breakup fee, builds 4G-LTE network
- T-Mobile USA Announces Reinvigorated Challenger Strategy
- “Challenger Strategy” conference call today, CTO Neville Ray announced a "$4 billion network modernization pave the way for long term evolution (LTE) service in 2013." T-Mobile expects to cover "the vast majority of the top 50 markets."
- $1.4 billion investment in “network modernization,” which will include building 37,000 new cell sites and converting some of its GSM and HSPA+ to LTE.
- New expansion possible based on spectrum and cash T-Mobile USA got from ATT
- They will be "refarming" underused 1900 MHz PCS spectrum used for GSM for HSPA+ 4G services.
- lost more than 700,000 customers in the most recent quarter. Blamed iPhone
- OnLive Desktop Puts Windows 7/MS Office on the iPad
- OLD (free) released in Jan. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint,Adobe Reader for PDFs, & 2GB of cloud storage. Access from Onlive.com on PC
- OLD Plus $4.99/month, adds gigabit-speed IE browsing with Flash capability.
- OnLive isn’t sending you all of the data from your browsing session, only a stream the size of your screen. hi-def video, OnLive sends only the data the iPad can show. If someone is off-screen, you've scrolled past it, data not sent
- OnLive says it needs 2mbps connection on your end. 4G and healthy wifi good.
- tap for mouse clicks (stylus handy for small buttons), on-screen keyboard, bluetooth keyboard capable
- David Pogue notes: "On a real Windows PC, you could open the Control Panel to enlarge the controls for touch use — but OnLive’s simulated PC is lacking the Control Panel."
- when switching between apps, doesn't remember your spot, have to continously log in. Onlive working on a fix.
- Coming soon, OnLive Desktop Pro $9.99/month- 50 GB cloud storage, ability to customize with additional PC apps
- working on Android version, iPhone/iPod Touch
- Court says Apple can still sell iPads in Shanghai
- Chinese Court Rejects Injunction Against Apple's iPad
- Proview creditor Bank of China may push to settle with Apple over iPad trademark
- Pudong District People's Court in Shanghai said in a written statement Thursday that it rejected a request by the mainland China arm of computer-monitor maker Proview International Holdings Ltd. for a temporary injunction that would have halted sales of the iPad
- Next Wednesday a court in China's southern Guangdong province is expected to hear an appeal in another case between Apple and Proview.
- APple has three stores in the Shanghai area that would have had to pull the iPad if Apple had lost the case. Proview plans to appeal.
- The Bank of China and Minsheng Bank have controlled the company since 2009 because they are the main creditors.
- Proposed web standard would allow copy protection on HTML5 video, but is it 'unethical?'
- "Unethical" HTML video copy protection proposal draws criticism from W3C reps
- A proposal by developers from Google, Microsoft, and Netflix would add copy-protecion from streaming and downloadable video as part fo the HTML 5 standard
- The structure would rely on a "content decryption module" or CDM that could operate independently of the browser, possibly through hardware or firmware. With the CDM in place, a company could then send a key to decrypt a given portion of HTML.
- Google's Ian Hickson, for example, called the proposal "unethical," and said that in any case, it did not provide enough content protection to make it worth implementing.
- Mozilla's Chris Pearce, meanwhile, asked how the proposal would affect open source browsers, which could theoretically be patched to allow people to capture streaming video or audio.
- Netflix's Mark Watson said that while hardware solutions could solve some of these problems, such browsers would need to stream the content through a "protected media pipeline."
- LG's showing off their Mobile World Congress plans ahead of time. What could they add to the L3, L5, the L7 and the Vu. How about a new flagship phone -- the Tegra 3-powered Optimus 4X HD which will ship with Ice Cream Sammich. There's also the 3D Max with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and NFC capabilities. And that's not all they also talked up the Optimus LTE Tag, which runs Gingerbread, but its hook is NFC that interacts with programmable stickers.
- LG's huge Optimus 4X HD will have Tegra 3 processor, Android 4
- Nvidia is rebranding its "variable symmetric multiprocessing" technology within the Tegra 3. Don't know what that is? It was the technical way of saying the Tegra 3 has four cores along with another lower powered core. Its new name is "4-Plus-1" and Nvidia says the move is due to requests from its customers.
- Let's talk about one of my favorite sites, YouPorn. Oh wait I thought that said YOuTube. Anyway. Over 6,000 YouPORN usernames and email addresses were exposed on Wednesday. On the bright side, no credit card data was compromised. The breach occurred at YP Chat which provides chat abilities to YouPorn. The president of YouPorn suggests users change their passwords and usernames at other sites if they used similar credentials. YP Chat is currently disabled on YouPorn.
- Samsung announced it has sold 20 million Galaxy S II phones worldwide since April 2011. Samsung was the world leader in smartphones according to IHS Suppli for 2011 by selling 95 million units.
- After 10 YEARS WIFI MIGHT FINALLY GET FASTER. In andvance of Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm Atheros announced ecosystem support of 802.11ac. The company expects that access points and user devices that use 802.11ac will launch around the same time later this year. Qualcomm's president of internet services Rob Charndhok says that he expects adoption of this standard to be faster than previous iterations of wireless tech. 802.11ac will be capable of 1Gbps - in theory.
- The Wireless Broadband Alliance completed trials to make connecting to WiFi hotspots a lot easier. A new class of WiFI hotspots will use SIM cards to connect to the access points. That also means no more inputting usernames and passwords to join a network. This will also allow wireless carriers to offload traffic onto its existing system of WiFi networks.
- The peering wars are heating up in Korea. Kim Taehwan, vice president of KT, Korea's largest ISP, said that his company is tired of "free riding" Internet streaming services that consume huge amounts of data and don't pay it a dime to do so. Of course like many carriers KT ignores the fact that these streaming providers are paying big bucks to get on the INternet in the first place, and provide the value that makes people subscribe to KT's services in the first place. KT has blocked access to applications available on TVs like those form Samsung. Expect Korean Internet users switch to Hanaro, Thrunet or Dreamline in droves.
- Video is what everyone wants to use on mobile though. Mobile analytics firm Bytemobile announced in their quarterly report that Mobile video now accounts for half of all mobile traffic; and on some networks, that number is as high as 69 percent. Also Android's hoarding the ad money pulling down 75 percent of ad-generated data across all platforms.
- So is that data throttling that's all the rage among wireless carriers effective? A company called Validas took data from more than 55,000 cell phone bills from 2011 to find out. They found that there is virtually no difference in data consumption between those in the top 5% of usage of unlimited plans and those on tiered plans. In other words being tiered doesn't slow anyone down. Of course the carriers will argue they make more money ont he tiered plans with which to build more capacity.
- Behold The USB of the Future, No More Fumbling To Put It In Right-Side-Up
- What sets this USB hub apart is that you will be able to connect your USB cord facing either way (upwards or downwards).
- Apple Shareholders Meeting: No News. Shareholders reelected the company’s board of directors, with each member garnering more than 80 percent approval. And the company did not announce the dividend or share buyback for which some investors have been calling. “I’d be the first to admit we have more cash than we need to run the daily business,” said Tim Cook.
- Asus Transformer finally gets Android 4.0 update - the OTA update is rolling out starting today
- Samsung Rugby Smart officially coming to AT&T March 4 for $100
- Microsoft announced new product life cycle policy changes!
- Windows XP will be supported until 4/8/2014
- Windows Vista 4/11/2017
- Windows 7 1/14/2020
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