Tech News Today 453
Recorded: March 8, 2012
Published: March 8, 2012
Tech News Today 453: Holey Optochip!
Chrome pwned and made more secure, PC sales falling and/or rising, Apple ditches Google Maps, and more.
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- Chrome Succumbs to Pwn2Own Contest Hack
- Chrome hacker wins $60,000 for finding "full" exploit
- Google Chrome's winning streak fades at annual hacking contest
- After the pwnage: Critical Google Chrome hole plugged in 24 hours
- Sergey Glaznov pocketed $60,000 in the "Pwnium" contest by exploiting a previously unknown critical vulnerability in Google Chrome
- Company developers have released an update removing the security threat.
- Chrome also fell for the first time in 2 years in the venerable pwn2own contest
- "We pwned Chrome to make things clear to everyone," said Chaouki Bekrar, CEO of Vupen Security, which wielded the Chrome zero-day an hour or so after the contest began on Wednesday.
- Yesterday was the first of three days for the "Pwn2Own" contest -- now in its fifth year -
- pwnium - Google had promised it would pay up to $1 million -- in $20,000, $40,000 and $60,000 awards -- for hacks that exploited unknown, or "zero-day," vulnerabilities.
- PC market plods as smartphones, tablets take control
- Former Microsoft exec Ozzie: 'Of course we're in a post-PC world'
- Tim Cook's post-PC iPad domination dream crushed by reality
- Gartner forecast: Global PC shipments will hit 368 million in 2012 up 4.4%
- 2013 with Windows 8 looks better 400 Million +8.5%
- Growth area is in emerging markets just over 50 percent in 2011 to nearly 70 percent in 2016
- Ray Ozzie: People argue about "are we in a post-PC world?" Why are we arguing? Of course we are in a post-PC world. That doesn't mean the PC dies, that just means that the scenarios that we use them in, we stop referring to them as PCs, we refer to them as other things.
- Apple in antitrust crosshairs over e-book pricing
- The U.S. Threat To Sue Apple And Publishers: What It Means
- WSJ reports The Department of Justice plans to sue Apple & 5 publishers for allegedly colluding to fix the prices of e-books, claiming they violated the Sherman act
- Simon & Schuster Inc, Hachette Book Group, Penguin Group, Macmillan, & HarperCollins. Some already talking to DOJ on settlement
- Apple "agency pricing": Pubs sell book at chosen price, Apple takes 30%. Can't sell to another retailer for less. Amazon uses wholesale model: publishers sell to retailers for a price, retailers sell e-books at whatever price they liked, often at a loss to build market share. Pubs complain ppl start expecting unreasonably low priced books.
- Usually in US anti-trust cases, companies agree to a “consent decree” out of court that lays out a code of conduct & fine. Talk of lawsuit may mean a "consent decree" wasn't successful. If the government sues, a federal judge will have to rule Apple & the pubs violated the Sherman Act by price fixing and impose a penalty. Unlikely the case will go to trial if Apple fights because of bad publicity, $.
- Amazon wants the wholesale model so ppl buy more books thru Kindle Fires, other devices
- Pubs want agency model so they can charge higher prices over Apple's 30%
- Apple has the $$ to lose, but paidcontent points out, if they lose this battle, are music/app models at risk?
- Apple switches from Google to OpenStreetMaps in new iPhoto…but forgets to give credit
- Apple begins using OpenStreetMap data, to OSM Foundation's surprise
- Apple introduced iPhoto for iOS the other day and within the app, Apple is using OpenStreetMaps instead of Google Maps
- Apparently the Open Street Map Foundation wasn't aware of Apple's usage, and on its blog said that Apple forgot to give necessary credit to the OSM contributors.
- The blog post also noted that the map data Apple is using is from April 2010
- Apple hasn't announced a move away from Google Maps (Google still powers iOS's Maps app)
- Microsoft: OnLive's Windows-on-iPad service violates license
- Is OnLive Desktop running Windows illegally?
- Microsoft in dispute with OnLive over Windows desktop-on-iPad licensing
- In a blog post Microsoft's Joe Matz, VP of worldwide licensing and pricing: "We are actively engaged with OnLive with the hope of bringing them into a properly licensed scenario, and we are committed to seeing this issue is resolved,"
- Microsoft has licensing options for partners who want to provide Windows in virtual desktop settings, but those options apparently don't cover the OnLive service as it exists today.
- Microsoft does offer Services Provider License Agreement "SPLA does not support delivery of Windows 7 as a hosted client or provide the ability to access Office as a service through Windows 7. Office may only be provided as a service if it is hosted on Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services." - that requires the end user to have a Windows license
- Path 2.1 update brings music matching, improved camera, Nike+ integration, and an API for developers
- Path CEO vows stricter protection of user data
- match music you're listening to ala Shazaam and then share it on Path. (Powered by GraceNote)
- Private API shared with limited partners like Nike, but will be shared more widely
- The new features are available on both iOS and Android
- iOS only: improved camera functionality with exposure and focus controls as well as updated custom lenses.
- Dave Morin said "We will do hashing of the data," he said. "We're very committed. We care a lot." They are working with Trustee
- The MPAA is gunning for yet another file sharing site - this time it's Hotfile. In court papers unsealed this week, Disney, 20th Century Fox, Universal, Columbia and Warner Bros claim that more than 90% of files on the site infringe copyright and "nearly every Hotfile user is engaged in copyright infringement." Hotfile says it removes infringing works and should fall within the DMCA safe harbor.
- Heavy Rain developer Quantic Dream put together a demo showing the latest in performance-capture tech. In a video, an android is constructed which gains sentience. There are some really subtle things going on in the animated android's face including muscles moving beneath the skin. Quantic Dream used over 90 markers to get this performance.
- Facebook is introducing a new feature called Interest lists, which will let you subscribe to topics like tech news, football, or recipes. Each list is made up of public profiles and pages - Facebook's calling it a way to create a "personalized newspaper."
- Want to make a faster optical chip? Drill some holes in it! That's what IBM did with a prototype optical chip that can move a terabit of data per second. Optical chips move data using light, not electrons, so IBM drilled 48 holes into a CMOS chip to move light faster than before. The chip's called the "Holey Optochip" and will likely make its way into supercomputers.
- Everyone's favorite $25 Linux machine, the Raspberry Pi, will be delayed due to a manufacturing error. A parts substitution led to non-working networking on the device. The company says it knew of the error for four days, but wanted to test the entire device before announcing anything.
- Remember those rumors of a Steam console? Forget it for now. Talking to Kotaku, Valve's VP of Marketing Doug Lombardi said there are no plans to ship a console in the near future. Valve did build boxes, but only for testing. However, your dreams aren't dead - because Lombardi didn't outright deny that Valve is working on a console.
- Google's application to provide video services to Kansas City, Missouri has been approved. Google will be able to build a video service network along public rights of way. However the company is still awaiting approval to offer TV services to residences.
- Talking to Bloomberg West, Michael Dell said that the day Windows 8 is released, you'll be able to buy a Dell with Microsoft's newest OS installed. Dell also said that his company will offer Windows tablets because there is a growing demand for tablets in general. He believes that businesses will lean on Windows for security.
- Irrational Games revealed more about what players will encounter in the first-person shooter BioShock Infinite, set to be released Oct. 16 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. In a return to the sky city of Columbia, players will confront new heavy hitters like the Motorized Patriot, an armed and dangerous Hall of Presidents-like enemy with the face of George Washington. See more int he video they released online.
- Motorola's MOTOACTV, the wristband you fitness fanatics wear to track activity, gets software update tomorrow March 9th with cool settings for stuff like yoga, handball, skiing and dancing, so you can track all your fitness endeavors individually.
- Beginning May 9, 2012, the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available. It's all Windows Phone, all the time.
- SXSWi kicks off tomorrow. I will be there.
I wanted to send in a quick comment regarding your commentary in ep. 452 about Siri on the new iPad. I would actually be surprised if Siri ever came to the iPad. The reason is that Siri requires an active internet connection to work. This makes the iPhone the ideal platform for Siri as it presumably will have a 3G connection when not connected to wifi. However the iPad still has several variants without 3G as an option, and the versions that do have 3G don't require the user to have a service plan with the device the way the iPhone typically does. IMO, it would be too confusing for Apple to introduce Siri on the iPad and then try to explain that it only works when on wifi or with an active 3G connection etc. I wondered what you thought about this. Thanks for the great show!
Joseph Ward Kalispell, MT"
So I am doing an experiment, we are about to have our second child (literally any minute now my wife should go into labor). We have picked a first and a last name but we can't decide on the middle name, thus I've created a Public facebook poll to help us name our child,
I'd be trilled if the TWIT staff answered and or shared. (PS: I've neve done this before so I am not sure the question will work, although I shared it publicly)
PS: It is worth noting that the first name of child is Lennox because my wife and I being both Tech ppl and we started calling the baby Linux as a JOKE before we knew the sex, well it turns out that when you call something a name for 4 months, it tends to stick, my wife and I didn't feel comfortable with sticking with Linux directly since it isn't a name, so we found the closest thing.
Love the show!!!
Jose C Gomez"
"I was just listening to yesterdays podcast #452 and you were discussing Amazon creating original content. The information is not easy to find on the Amazon website but I know that Amazon is creating movies and with my prime membership, I'm "beta testing" their movies. I have not seen any original series. Here is a link to the Amazon original content. www.amazon.com/testmovies
I thought this might be of interest to you. Thanks for the great show.
Jennifer from VA"
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