Tech News Today 449
Recorded: March 2, 2012
Published: March 2, 2012
Tech News Today 449: Million Dollar Racks
The new Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Hackers pwn NASA, mutually assured cyber-terrorism, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Darren Kitchen
- Catherine Hall ( )
- Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III: A first look
- Canon EOS 5D Mark III launches in March for $3,499: all-new sensor, faster CPU, improved video (hands-on preview)
- New DIGIC 5+ processor, 17x performance boost over Mark II's DIGIC 4. can now shoot at 6 fps in RAW mode.
- 22.3-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor: new gapless microlens lets in more light, improves photodiodes, has on-chip noise reduction.
- dedicated video capture / Live View button, Mark II confused ppl
- 2 memory card slots (SD & CompactFlash)
- 3.2-inch display on the back, plus viewfinder now offers 100% coverage with a .71x magnification factor, up from 98% coverage in Mark II.
- Cam now automatically starts new file when 4GB video hits
- 1st EOS cam with headphone jack
- 1080p footage can be shot at 24, 25, or 30 FPS, new 720p mode that offers 50 or 60 FPS.
- AF for stills- 61pt autofocus system, up from 9 in MII
- Compare to Nikon D800:
- $3500 vs. $3000
- both available in March
- D800 36.3 mp to MIII's 22.3
- MIII ISO range 50-102400 is superior, D800 100-25600
- both support H.264 video, MIII also supports MPEG4
- MIII has multiple card slots
- Broadcasters Sue To Stop $12 Streaming Service Aereo
- Broadcasters don't like "tiny antennas," sue TV streaming startup
- Actually 2 lawsuits
- Aereo Responds To Broadcasters’ Lawsuit: Your Position Does Not Have “Any Merit”
- Broadcasters Sue New York ‘TV Anywhere’ Startup Aereo
- You knew this was coming - Aereo just got itself sued twice for copyright violations
- The Lawsuits:
- The first suit, filed by ABC, CBS and NBC, among others, states that “Aereo has no rights, under any license, statute or case law, to any of the copyrighted programming that is the basis of its subscription only internet service.” Aereo is not paying to rebroadcast --> infringement
- Second: case against Aereo was filed by PBS, Fox Television Stations, Univision Television Group, the Univision Network, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., WNET and Thirteen. This case seeks to block the Aereo service, damages, as well as any lawyer or court fees." **Aereo responded publicly: "Aereo does not believe that the broadcasters’ position has any merit and it very much looks forward to a full and fair airing of the issues."
- "Aereo provides technology that enables consumers to use their cloud DVR and their remote antenna to record and watch the broadcast television signal to which they are entitled anywhere they are, whether on a phone, a tablet, a television or a laptop."
- ArsTechnica talked to James Grimmelmann, a copyright scholar at New York Law School who thought that Aereo has a "non-laughable case" and compared the situation to the Cablevision remote DVR case where the case hinged on whether Cablevision stored individual recordings for each customer (they did, so they won).
- Quick background: Aereo uses tiny OTA antennas combined with cloud DVR. 1 to 1, req's NYC billing and IP address
- Apple Pushing Ahead with Plans for Subscription TV Service by Christmas?
- Apple still trying to negotiate more content for Apple TV
- Parsing the latest rumor about Apple’s TV plans
- iPads using iOS 6, high-res displays showing up in Ars server logs
- iPad 3 Rumor Roundup: iPad HD, Higher Prices, and New Apple TV?
- The New York Post reporting Eddie Cue is negotiating for deals to launch an Apple TV service by the holidays.
- One source described Apple's stance as "We decide the price, we decide what content." Another unnamed media executive claimed that "[t]hey want everything for nothing."
- Want to convince cable to adopt Apple hardware as a settop box. Still pressing forward with AT&T and Verizon. GigaOm interprets it to mean that Apple wants it to work exactly like it does for all apps now.
- ALSO: 365) visits from a device with a screen resolution of 2048x1536 -- Apple appears to be surfing the Web using iPads running what looks like iOS 6.0.
- And it might be called iPad HD and ther emight be a new Apple TV since all the existing ones are gone
- TOM THINKS: Apple will announce the iPad HD with a retina display and a form factor similar to the iPad 2. It will also come with Siri and an improved camera. It will go up for preorder this Friday and be available March 16th. It will sell for the same price as the current iPad 2 and iPad 2 will get a price break. Apple will also announce a new version of the Apple TV possibly integrated with an app on the iPad.
- Yelp Shares Pop Over 60 Percent In Early Trading; Valued At $1.3 Billion
- Yelp surges in early trading past $24 a share
- Yelp Closes 5-Star IPO Day With $1.47 Billion Valuation
- Yelp offered 7.15 million shares, aiming to raise about $107.25 million. IPO was $15 a share. Closed at $24.58. Peaked at $25.97. Markt as a whole was slightly down.
- The Yelp review of the New York Stock Exchange held steady at 4 stars
- Hackers had 'full functional control' of Nasa computers
- NASA inspector general Paul K Martin told House Committee on Science, Space and Technology's Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight in a statement that in 2011 hackers took over Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) computers and "compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users," giving them full system access
- The attack involved Chinese IP addresses.
- "5,408 computer security incidents" between 2010 and 2011.
- Nasa said it had "made significant progress to protect the agency's IT systems".
- investigations had resulted in "arrests and convictions of foreign nationals in China, Great Britain, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, and Estonia".
- FBI Director: Cybercrime will eclipse terrorism
- NSA builds Android phone for top secret calls
- Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board
- FBI Director Rober Mueller stated at RSA "we anticipate that the cyberthreat will pose the greatest threat to our country"
- FBI now has a dedicated cybersecurity squad of over 1000 dedicated agents and analysts focusing on terrorists, organized crime rings and state-sponsored cyber espionage
- Mueller advocates Congress enacting stiffer disclosure rules for breached businesses
- NSA discloses Mobility Program, a specification for building inexpensive Android phones that complies with the agencies infosec rules.
- Assurance Directorate division head Margaret Salter says the solution "uses solely commercial infrastructure to protect classified data"
- Users of the device can install trusted defense applications from the US Defense Information Systems Agencies App Store
- Implements secure voice communication by using SRTP (Secure Real-time Transport Protocol) over a standard VPN using IPSec (Internet Protocol Security) so calls are double-encrypted and routed through a trusted authority
- The "Mobility Capability Package" for Secure VoIP is published at nsa.gov
- Apple is touting that it has created over half a million jobs in the United Sates. According to its estimates, Apple "created or supported" 514,000 jobs. 210,000 of those are iOS app economy jobs. No word on how many jobs were created for churning out Apple rumor posts, though.
- Patent Wars! A German court had enough of Apple and Samsung as it dismissed a couple lawsuits the two had filed against each other. Samsung sued Apple over 3G patents, Apple sued over the unlock screen. A Samsung rep says the company will appeal. Those two should get a room already.
- MetroPCS and Verizon will have their case against the FCC's Net Neutrality rules heard in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The FCC released its rules back in December 2010 and it set up separate rules that would apply to wireline and wireless internet providers, but both would have to provide transparency in how they manage their networks
- Google's being sued by a man because a Google Street View camera snapped a pic of the fellow urinating in his front yard. The gentleman says that he has become a laughing stock in his village in France and requests 10,000 euros in damages.
- Let's go to the rumor mill again! Someone from Samsung has confirmed with ZDNet Korea that the Galaxy S III is coming in April! The unnamed Samsung worker didn't bother to give any specs, but the prevailing thought is the phone will ship i the UK first as a part of Samsung's sponsorship of the London Olympics.
- Bitcoins may be laughed at by some as a real currency, but they certainly are attractive to thieves. So they must be worth something. Ars Technica reports thieves took 46,703 BTC worth about worth about $228,845 after exploiting a vulnerability in a widely used Webhost that gave unfettered access to eight victims' digital wallets. More than 43,000 of the stolen coins belonged to a Bitcoin trading platform called Bitcoinica. Another 3,094 BTC were stolen from Marek Palatinus, a freelance programmer from the Czech Republic.
- Scandinavians are cementing their reputation for high speed INternet. This April, The Gathering LAN party wants to take back the world record for the fastest internet connection, by bringing 200Gbps access to the Vikingskipet Olympic Arena in Hamar, Norway. The Swedish Dreamhack party stole the title from The Gathering in November with a 120Gbps connection. Cisco, Huawei, Level 3, and ISP Altibox are all helping provide the infrastructure.
- Don't know who uses Google Wallet? Soon the answer will mostly be Sprint customers. The LG Viper, coming out this spring, leads the way in a parade of 10 Sprint phones that will feature Google Wallet. The wireless payment service lets you pay for items with your phone using an NFC chip. Goolge Wallet has only appeared on the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus up until now.
- With a new version of Windows comes a new guessing game on how many versions of Windows there will be. There were six versions of Windows 7, and it looks all those are returning plus maybe two more. The blog, Windows 8 beta, uncovered references to 8 versions of Windows in the Conusmer Preview registry. The two new ones are Enterprise Eval, which may not really count and Professional PLus, which sounds a lot like Office 2010 Pro Plus.
- Samsung Rugby Smart coming to AT&T on Sunday 3/4 for $100. "waterproof," meaning it can be submerged for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water, but running Gingerbread with a single-core 1.4GHz Snapdragon S2.
- Tues 3/6 the CeBIT conference begins in Hanover, Germany, runs through the 10th. This year's themes are Big Data, Cloud Computing, Mobility, Social Media, & "Managing Trust"
- Hak5, May 3rd!
"Hi TNT crew You talked about mobile networks with unlimited data plans and trafic congestion in episode 448. I live in Finland where unlimited data plans are the norm with mobile data customers. People either don't use a phone for data at all or they have an unlimited data plan.You could get a metered megabyte plan, but it is horribly expensive compared to unlimited plans. The thing is, that unlimited here means data amount. Plans have an unlimited data amount, but you pay different for speeds. There are cheap plans, which limit speed to around 512 kb/s. This costs around 5€/month. Unthrottled high speed LTE connection costs around 40 €/month.
I think this is better way to price plans, than metering data and selling everyone full speed connection. Many people will use phone for email, using social networks, IM and checking news sites, so speed is not critical for this customer group. On the other hand there are people who want to use it for high speed critical services like video streaming. If you try to sell full speed to everyone, you are selling an overkill to the people just wanting to check email and you lose potential customers, who can't afford expensive highspeed connection, but would want to have some kind of mobile internet connection.
if you are willing to dish out the cash, you can get totally unlimited in every possible way connection. It just won't be cheap.
Ari from Finland"
"Tom, Sarah, Iyaz, Darren, Jason, and crew,
Thursday you requested some engineer speak on mobile spectrum as related to data charges. I posted some recent links on this issue to the TWIT wiki back in December, which could help: http://wiki.twit.tv/wiki/TWiT_330
At 15:12 of my linked audio recording I discuss spectral efficiency correlated to capacity theorem. So you can infer, as much as I'd love for phone companies to be entirely BS'ing with upping data rates, it is a real concern. Likely not nearly as much of a concern as they're charging us for! And certainly not nearly enough of a concern for app, OS, and hardware developers!
Jay Armstrong, B.ENG, SEMAC"
Seeing all the discussion over how new high end phones seem to be getting bigger and bigger, I thought i'd shed some more light on why.
The screen size is generally not a design goal as a result of consumer response, it is a symptom/side effect of other design issues. What I mean is that new high end SOC's and tech like LTE are not only battery hogs, they take up more physical space. This means that more room is needed to fit everything in, and add in the need for bigger batteries and a desire for thin devices, the only solution is a larger footprint and thus: bigger screens.
So we should expect future devices that use current tech to get smaller, but the bleeding edge will remain oversized, for good or ill.
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