Tech News Today 447
Recorded: February 29, 2012
Published: February 29, 2012
Tech News Today 447: Touch The Guts Of A Computer
Just how fast and fluid is Windows 8 Consumer Preview? Facebook pulls a Twitter, Verisign can apparently seize any .com, and more.
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- Windows 8 beta folds in 100,000 code changes (live blog)
- Microsoft shows off ARM-based Windows 8 tablets
- Microsoft demos Windows 8 on an 82-inch, pen-friendly Perceptive Pixel PC
- Introducing Windows 8 Consumer Preview
- Good summary from Don Reisinger
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview now available to download
- Windows 8: system requirements for the Consumer Preview
- Windows 8 Consumer Preview hands-on
- Windows 8: a closer look at how the new Start button works
- Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft's president of the Windows Division led the two-hour showcase highlighting the 'Fast and Fluid"" Windows 8 Customer Preview
- company says that it has made over 100,000 code changes.
- Microsoft conducted its entire presentation on the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. However, that installation was running on a USB drive connected to a Windows 7 PC. That was made possible with a new Windows 8 feature, called Windows to Go.
- Showed off tablets and desktops
- During comnsumer preview all apps are free
- Preview available right now for free at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview
- System requirements
- Biggest hardware: giant, 82-inch, pen-friendly PC that the company used to demo some Windows 8 features. It's a Perceptive Pixel PC: Gorilla Glass display, and is also touch- and pen-enabled
- Windows 8 will be capable of running on four "system-on-a-chip" sets: the Nvidia Tegra 3, the Qualcomm Snapdragon, the Texas Instruments OMAP, and the Intel Cloverfield. The same code can be used for both X86- and ARM-based devices.
- Windows Store launches for Windows 8
- Introducing the winners of the First Apps Contest
- Microsoft releases Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5
- Windows Consumer Preview: The Fifth IE10 Platform Preview
- Windows 8 on ARM Tablets, PCs Ships to Developers
- Microsoft Won’t Support Some Business Features on ARM, but Will Offer “Windows to Go”
- Windows Store for Windows 8 is live in the Consumer Preview: Metro versions of Kindle, Vimeo, Cut the Rope, and for the duration of the Consumer Preview all of the apps are free
- MS also announced the winners of its First Apps Contest, which includes Elements (a weather app), PuzzleTouch (a jigsaw puzzle app), and Cookbook (duh, a cookbook app).
- Microsoft released Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 5 in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which is available now. (available to devs before)
- Microsoft posted a video shows IE10 showing some whiz-bang HTML5 animation at a significantly higher framerate (between 30 and 40 FPS) compared to the same animation in Chrome (which runs at about 5 FPS).
- In fairness, other browsers have been more HTML5 friendly for a while. Expect them to catch up soon enough.
- PCWorld reports that developers are getting ARM based Win8 Tablets
- MS is sending Tegra 3 machines to software devs and Qualcomm is sending the Snapdragon S4 based ones.
- More WOA news in a "Windows 8 Consumer PReview Product Guide for Business" document
- WOA won't have the same manageability features avail in the 32-bit and 64-bit versions, but MS explained "Windows To Go" which allows businesses to offer workers access to Windows 8 and corporate apps on a thumb drive.
- A worker could boot from the Windows To Go drive and the PC's OS cannot access the WTG installation. Works on Win7 and Win8 machines.
- iPhone photo-slurping loophole sparks app privacy fears
- iPhone Security Flaw Gives Developers Access to Photos (REPORT)
- Fix reportedly coming for iOS photo uploading loophole
- NY Times: Once an iPhone user grants permission for an iPhone or iPad app to access location information, the app can copy their photo library without any further notice or warning
- Same bug we already knew about: following the Path address-book-uploading controversy, 9to5 Mac pointed out that iOS developers not only have access to your entire contacts database—they also have access to your photos, music, movies, calendars, and more with their associated geotags.
- Message asks for “access to location information in photos and videos,”-- "but really what it is doing is accessing your entire photo library," said John Casasanta, owner of iPhone app development studio Tap Tap Tap. "The message the user is being presented with is very, very unclear."
- Android users who give permission for an application to modify or delete SD card contents are equally opening up their photograph albums, along with everything else, often without the user realising it.
- The Verge reported on Tuesday evening that its sources said Apple is aware of the bug and is "likely planning a fix" as part of an upcoming update to iOS.
- Settings > Location Services and turn off location services for the Camera app
- Tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer causes big stir on launch day
- Raspberry Pi launch so popular that retail partners collapse under load
- Sold Out! The $35 Raspberry Pi Mini-Computer.
- uncased circuit board with 700MHz ARM11 CPU , 256MB RAM Ethernet, two USB ports and an SD card port and is powered by a standard USB mobile charger. -- can plug into any TV and can power 3D graphics and Blu-ray video playback.
- $35 version sold out (crashed Farrell, RS websites, Raspberry website stayed up by providing static web page)
- $25 version is going into production within the next several weeks. No ethernet but WILL have 256 MB RAM
- Facebook launches Timeline for Pages
- How To Use Facebook Timeline For Brand Pages: New Feature Details
- NYT's Facebook Timeline
- Facebook will put ads on mobile news feed and logout screen
- pages for companies/brands now have option to update to Timeline, will become mandatory 3/30
- Opinion site Sodahead polled 1327 ppl on 1/27, 70% said they hated new Timeline
- Covers may not display calls to action or features like “Like this Page”, deals like “40% off” or “Download at our website”, or contact info. FB Product Director of Ads Gokul Rajaram says too much promo is a turnoff
- Pages can no longer set default landing tab for non-fans when first visiting Page, must show main timeline. Like-gates are still permitted but users can't be taken directly to them.
- "Offers," new story type that lets businesses share discounts and promotions directly through pages. FB says this business tool can reach 50% of page's fans on a weekly basis as opposed to 16% without them.
- Private msgs allowed if user initiates, new customer service channel without discussing publicly on your Page’s wall / Timeline.
- You can select to pin one of your best new or old posts to the top left spot of the Timeline feed for seven days at a time.
- Starting today, ads bought through "Premium on Facebook" can show up in mobile news feed; ads also displayed on desktop logout screen starting April. Previously ads on the sidebar and the desktop news feed.
- Verisign seizes .com domain registered via foreign Registrar on behalf of US Authorities.
- Bodog.com Domain Name Seized by U.S. Government
- Warrant issued to Verisign
- Canadian Calvin Ayre and partners have been indicted in Baltimore for gambling violations
- Bodog.com was only a redirect but WhoIs shows it was registered by DomainClip
- State of Maryland simply issued a warrant to .com operator Verisign
- According to EasyDNS Verisign updated the root zone for .com with new NS records that redirect to DHS takedown
- the authoritative registry for the .com, .net, and .name generic top-level domains and the .cc and .tv country-code top-level domains, and the back-end systems for the .jobs, and .edu top-level domains.
- Activision Blizzard will cut 600 jobs worldwide. The company said that no "World of Warcraft" developers will be affected and 90% of layoffs in the Blizzard division are not related to game development. Activision Blizzard also said that its schedules for games will not be affected by the layoffs. Blizzard claims efficiencies in automatic account management has greatly reduced the needs in the customer service department.
- Let's see where we are in the Proview/Apple iPad trademark battle. Yesterday, a Chinese court began a hearing concerning Apple's appeal. No decision was announced, but the Wall Street Journal says the decision is pending.
- UK video games retailer "Game" will not stock EA's March releases, including Mass Effect 3. The retailer posed a message on its website apologizing to customers about this development and said that those who preordered Mass Effect 3 will be contacted with more information. Eurogamer got its hands on an internal Game memo that says the company could not get the right credit terms, which led to its decision.
- Seth Godin reported that his book, "Stop Stealing Dreams" has been rejected by Apple's iBooks Store because it contains "multiple links to [the Amazon store." The book contains links to buy the hardcover versions of books mentioned in the bibliography using Seth's referral ID. Godin understands there are workarounds for this kind of thing, but takes issue with the principle of the matter.]
- Microsoft's cloud platform, Azure, experienced an outage for 12 or more hours. An Azure customer told Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet that " 6.7, 28 and 35 percent of users are experiencing problems in the three data centers. Report says they’re investigating the cause of the problem.”
- HP is shuffling its employees. The company removed more than 270 employees from its webOS because "it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before." HP announced it is trying to move those employees to other roles in the company.
- Kim Dotcom is going to stay free to play with his blow-up tanks. The US Government unsuccessfully called for Dotcom to be put back in jail during an appeal hearing. Dotcom was let out on bail on the the 22nd of February. The US argued that Dotcom had access to bank accounts in the British Virgin Islands and the Philippines which held about $2000, making him a flight risk. Dotcom's defense said he's not going anywhere - because his wife is going to have twins!
- Digitimes reports that Apple is considering a 14-inch MacBook Air and could introduce it to the Asian PC market. Why that size? 14-inch panels are the standard in the Asian market whereas 15-inch ones are standard in the west.
- Time Warner Cable will reintroduce usage-based pricing, but on a voluntary basis. TWC is testing this out in some cities in Texas and if you stay under 5GB, you'll save $5 on your monthly bill. Time Warner will even provide you with a meter to keep track. If you go over your self-imposed cap, you pay $1 per GB.
- A bit of poor timing- a day before the iPad event, Toshiba Excite 10 LE drops. March 6th. Android Honeycomb, $529 for the 16gb version, $599 for the 32.
Google made a switch to require every user of an android phone to sign up for a Google account (including +). I know because a ton of not-tech friends of mine have been showing up on Google+ (NOT a welcome thing, as I was enjoying the tech-exclusivity of it) for no good reason. If their only interaction with + is the auto-upload of their photos and the occasional search, that might explain it. Google managed to boost their subscriber base substantially, but by including so many non-using users, diluted the engagement numbers.
Just a though,
Rob Maxwell Damascus, MD"
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