Tech News Today 446
Recorded: February 28, 2012
Published: February 28, 2012
Tech News Today 446: Wireless Love Triangle
Dear heavens the iPad announcement finally coming, Why Google + is a ghost town, Cisco wants to save wireless Internet, and more.
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- Apple sets media event for 10 a.m. PT March 7 - SF
- Apple developing new audio file format to offer 'adaptive streaming'
- Sources: New Apple TV launching in March, near-immediate availability hinted for new iPads
- Apple event will take place at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
- GUARDIAN: Apple is working on a new audio file format that will offer "adaptive streaming" to provide high- or low-quality files to users of its iCloud service.
- "All of a sudden, all your audio from iTunes is in HD rather than AAC. Users wouldn't have to touch a thing – their library will improve in an instant," said the source, who requested to remain anonymous.
- "It's payday for mastering engineers," he said. "There could be calls for thousands of albums to be remastered, and at over £1,000 to master a mainstream album, it's going to be a healthy boost for the recording industry."
- 9to5Mac sources say new Apple TV to launch alongside the next-generation iPad.
- Google’s Schmidt: If Google Gets It Right, There Will Be An Android In Every Pocket
- Schmidt: Don't let censorship hold back the Net's benefits
- Google’s Schmidt preaches tech utopia to the choir
- Forget About Android 4.0! Google Exec Hints Android 5.0 Will Launch In Fall Of 2012
- “We need to be realists about technology,” he said. The future, most easily, belongs to “ultra connected people” “If Google gets it right, there will be an Android in every pocket.”
- censorship could still create a "digital caste system" that will mean some people remain laggards in the global economy.
- mesh networks--peer-to-peer connections linking mobile phones to each other without central Internet access points--will make information leak faster.
- "So much of the infrastructure we grew up with is because of technical limitations which fiber simply eliminates," Schmidt said. "Ours should generate 300 to 500 megabits sustained," enough for "true holographic images." "A new intelligent infrastructure will emerge. By 2020, fiber networks will be deployed in nearly every city,"
- "Next year's $100 phone is this year's $400 phone," he said. "Many people are working on [smartphones] in the $100 to $150 range. When you get to the $70 point you get to a huge new market," especially because those phones are resold used for $20 or $30.
- On helping resistance in Iran: “In prison, it’s like, there’s no bandwidth.”
- Hiroshi Lockheimer, vice president of engineering for mobile at Google, suggested Android 5.0 will launch in the fall. He stated “In general, the Android release cadence is one major release a year with some maintenance releases that are substantial still.”
- Google+ Lags Far Behind Facebook, Twitter and MySpace in Latest Study
- We are not just building a social network,' Google ad exec says
- ComScore study shows G+ users spent average of 5.1 minutes/November, 4.8 min/December, 3.3 min/January. In same months FB users spent 6-7 hours.
- PCs only, mobile users not counted.
- Zynga COO told WSJ usage has been slow on the uptick at G+, they offer CityVille and Zynga Poker on G+
- Intel has a brand acct, 350k users, says brand engagement is not what they'd hoped. On FB 9M fans, thousands of comments
- A Google spokeswoman said comScore's data is "dramatically lower" than Google's internal data. "Google thinks about the service not as a site but as a deepening of its relationship to billions of existing users who are already committed to Google's services like Search, YouTube, Android, etc. By this measure, engagement is already enormous.
- Yahoo Warns Facebook of a Potential Patent Fight
- Yahoo Threatens Facebook With Legal Action Over Patents
- So It’s the Kodak Strategy for Yahoo — The Last Refuge of the Vaguely Patented
- Yahoo is seeking to force Facebook into licensing 10 to 20 patents over technologies that include advertising, the personalization of Web sites, social networking and messaging, people briefed on the matter told DealBook.
- Yahoo legal head Mike Callahan called Facebook yesterday asking the company to pay licensing fees or risk facing a lawsuit. a Yahoo spokesman said in an e-mailed statement. “We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be compelled to move forward unilaterally to protect our rights.”
- Barry Schnitt, a spokesman for Facebook, said in a statement: “Yahoo contacted us the same time they called The New York Times and so we haven’t had the opportunity to fully evaluate their claims.”
- Yahoo said that other unspecified Web technology companies have already licensed some of the patents in question.
- Kara Swisher says Facebook had known of the patent concerns of Yahoo for some months — but had not engaged formally on the topic, several sources said.
- Yahoo has done this before, of course, having wrangled with Google until right before it went public in 2004 over search patents from its Overture acquisition. The pair settled 10 days before the Google IPO, with Yahoo getting several million more shares of that stock (which it then, of course, sold too soon).
- MWC 2012: Cisco's Plan To Improve Mobile Internet
- Public Wi-Fi On Your Cell Phone Will Soon Stop Being Such A Pain To Use
- Cisco Service Provider Division senior director Murali Nemani says CIsco wants wireless devices to seamlessly roam anywhere, without having to be reconfigured to manually roam onto a new network.
- the majority of Cisco's currently installed Wi-Fi gear would only need a software upgrade to plug into the architecture that Cisco announced Tuesday at Mobile World Congress. Carriers and operators who are already running backbones based on Cisco's popular ASR5000 mobile multimedia platform would have less gear to buy and work to do as well.
- As a part of today's announcement of its Next Generation Hotspots (NGH) plan at Mobile World Congress, Cisco announced that it will be working with AT&T, BT, PCCW (Hong Kong), Portugal Telecom, Shaw Communications (Canada), and Smart and True in Thailand.
- Hotspot 2.0 is a specification that Cisco helped to write for the Wireless Broadband Alliance. But it's got bigger support -- for instance, Google and Samsung put it in Android phones for a trial.
- carriers like AT&T have been building out femtocell networks since 2009. AT&T now boasts the largest small cell network in the world, Cisco says.
- Sprint raising $2 billion, may throw some dough Clearwire's way
- Interview: Clearwire CEO Sees 4G Opportunities Where Rival LightSquared Stumbled
- LightSquared CEO Resigns as Company Runs Into Interference
- Sprint is issuing bonds to raise $2B (just another way to say Sprint is building debt)
- Where are the new funds going? Acc'g to Bloomberg: refinancing, network upgrades and possibly helping out Clearwire (Sprint's the largest investor in the company)
- Clearwire CEO interview w/AllThingsD at MWC: “Our spectrum is clean, it’s contiguous, it’s deep and it doesn’t suffer from interference issues,” CEO Erik Prusch said
- “We believe with the absence of spectrum available in the U.S. in the foreseeable future, ultimately we will be best served by serving a lot of wholesale partners,” Prusch said. AllThingsD suggests it could be T-Mobile, but Prusch wouldn't comment about who Clearwire is talking to
- LightSquared just lost its CEO Sanjiv Ahuja. The company named Chief Network Officer Doug Smith and CFO Marc Montagner named as interim co-chief operating officers"
- Google will pay you to hack Chrome, Adobe Flash, Windows or drivers - anything that would affect any web browser. Google is offering up to $1 million prize money up at Pwn2Own. The break down is: $20k for hacks in Flash, Windows or any browser, $40k for Chrome specific bugs, and $60k for bugs that affect only Chrome. The Pwn2Own contest begins next week at the CanSecWest conference.
- Sony announced it sold 1.2 million PS Vitas around the world. The Vita launched back in December in Japan. The European and North American versions arrived this month. Sony did not bother to disclose which region bought how many. Sony also announced that it sold more than 2 million games for the Vita.
- Samsung just introduced a web version of its messaging app, ChatOn. Think of ChatOn as Samsung's BBM or iMessage competitor. According to SammyHub.com, to access the web version, you must first install the ChatOn app on a phone to receive a verification code. Samsung currently offers apps for iOS, Android, and Bada.
- A Quantum Computer is still not practical, the headlines should read, but IBM got so damned close we're all excited. Big Blue announced today that it has created quantum bits (qubits) that can retain their properties for 100 microseconds at a time —2 to 4 times as long as previous records. They also have reduced errors and brought performance near the minimum required to create a practical quantum computer. Why do we want this? Because a 250-qubit quantum computer would contain more bits that there are particles in the universe.IBM will present its results at the American Physical Society meeting this week in Boston.
- Forget Linux on a thumb drive, how about a full Linux computer that IS a thumb drive. FXI is bringing out the Cotton Candy, a tiny computer in a thumb-drive sized case with USB on one end for power -- WiFi and Bluetooth inside for inputs and HDMI for monitor output. The device can run either Ubuntu or Android 4.0, has a dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a Mali 400MP GPU that allows it to decode high-definition video. Available for $199 preorder and shipping in March.
- Waiting for the cost of 3D printers to come down? The Timex Sinclair of 3D printers may be arriving soon. MakiBox is based on the open source RepRap 3D printer that fits a print head and motor inside a small sheet-of-paper sized box . The MakiBox kit will start at $350 and if you're lazy the assembled kit will run $550. The project is being built by Hong Kong hardware guy Jon Buford, who runs a hacker space.
- Going mobile won't get you away from promoted Tweets anymore. Twitter announced today that promoted tweets and accounts will soon show up in your timeline and searches when you're using the official Twitter client for iPhone or Android. Twitter says that you'll be able to dismiss promoted tweets and unlike the web client, promoted tweets won't always show up at the top of your timeline. Don't like it? Switch to a 3rd-party app, promoted tweets aren't arriving there yet.
- Microsoft to showcase Windows 8 Consumer Preview at MWC tomorrow, (Wednesday, 6 a.m. PT)
- DEMO Asia starts tomorrow the 29th-2nd in Singapore
- Microsoft Flight comes out tomorrow, online-based and free-to-play
- The Pirate Bay will remove most torrent files, with magnet links taking over
- Verizon will start selling the Galaxy Tab 7.7 on March 1st for $499.99
- In AT&T lineup news, the Sony Tablet P dual-screen tablet hits stores March 4th
- HBO Go is coming to the Xbox 360 on April 1st, coinciding with Game of Thrones season 2 premiere
- As for that report from yesterday that Intel was delaying their Ivy Bridge launch until June? "Reports of an eight-week delay to the Ivy Bridge launch are inaccurate and our schedule has only been impacted by a few weeks," spokesman Jon Carvill told CNET.
- Chattanooga, TN is sponsoring a summer program for students & entrepreneurs in Chattanooga's gb/second network for development, money,mentors, free room & board, cash prizes and seed capital. You can participate by tagging people on Twitter with the hashtag #geekhunt, or commenting on the FB video linked at geekhunt.com. If your recommended person gets accepted & you’re the first to tag him/her, you’ll get $1000. The application deadline is March 1, more info at thegeekhunt.com
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