Tech News Today 454
Recorded: March 9, 2012
Published: March 9, 2012
Tech News Today 454: Too Big To Fail Whale
Next Xbox will be disc-free, why FourSquare and Apple REALLY dumped Google, Twitter's making money, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Shannon Morse
- EXCLUSIVE: No disc drive for Next Xbox
- Microsoft's next Xbox coming in 2013 with no discs
- Next Xbox Might Not Have a Disc Drive (RUMOR)
- Video Game Sales Fall 20 Percent in February
- Nielsen report finds 56 percent of US households have a modern game console, total gaming time up seven percent
- Gaming site MCV reports the next Xbox will not have an disc drive.
- The briefings have been issued under what MCV’s source describes as “the strictest NDA” they have ever encountered.
- The next Xbox would have ome sort of interchangeable solid-state card storage, although it is not known whether this will be proprietary or a more standard format such as SD.
- MCV is also saying the next Xbox is coming in 2013.
- MS statement: says Xbox 360 is awesome, talked up Kinect and then said the standard "we do not comment on rumors or speculation.”
- NPD says US video game sales are down 20% in February, 3rd straight month of a decline
- Hardware sales down 18% compared to Feb 2011
- Xbox 360 is still the best selling game platform for the 7th consecutive month.
- A Nielsen report says 56% of US households have a current gen game console (that's the PS3, 360, and the Wii). 24% say they play on two or more devices (incl tablets, computers).
- Why Google’s Plan To Make Maps Pay For Itself Could Backfire
- Why are companies defecting from Google Maps?
- The fees to use Google Maps probably aren’t what’s starting to put off companies like Foursquare and Apple — it’s probably the ever-increasing reach of Google’s advertising efforts.
- At the beginning of March it began charging anyone pulling over 25,000 page loads a day $4, $8, or $10 per additional 1,000 loads, and also now offers Premier Tier.
- Google still requires users to allow ads to be pushed along
- All other map providers like NavTeq, TeleNav, Tele Atlas charge
- Foursquare is using a company called MapBox to improve data it pulls from OpenStreetMap, while Apple might use acquired companies including C3 Technologies to add 3D graphics.
- T-Mobile executive: Key to fixing industry is removing device subsidies
- T-Mobile exec: Subsidies are hurting wireless industry
- T-Mobile CMO would like to abolish phone subsidies, but won't actually do it
- T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman speaking at the GeekWire summit in Seattle
- “It actually distorts what devices actually cost and it causes OEMs, carriers — everybody to compete on different playing fields. And I think it is really difficult, especially from a consumer perspective, because it causes consumers to devalue completely the hardware they are using…. It is amazing hardware, but it has become kind of throw away. So, it is unfortunate, you’ve got dual-core, multiprocessor devices with amazing HD screens that get thrown away at 18 months.” Said if he were King for a day he would get rid of subsidies
- Mike McSherry of Swype quipped: “You are one of four kings in the country to do that, right?”
- Brodman says it's hard for T-Mobile to lead the way when other carriers won't follow.
- Relax, nothing has changed with Android’s Google Wallet in-app payments
- Google forcing Android developers to use Google Wallet for in-app payments, Reuters says (Google: same policy as before)
- Reuters "broke" the story that Google now requires developers to use Google Wallet.
- Except that has been Google's policy for quiteawhile
- The confusion may stem from the fact that Google's policy says developers must use an authorized Payment Processor. But doesn't naem Google Wallet in the policy.
- The only exceptions are for physical item purchases (from the likes of Amazon or eBay) and transferable digital goods like e-books.
- Twitter’s Ad Sales Are Booming, Says Gawker
- Twitter’s Secret History As the World’s Worst Tech or Media Business
- The $1 per month Twitter business model
- Gawker got their hands on some of Twitter's revenue numbers
- Twitter is the “biggest blown business opportunity in media or tech,” Tate says, because six years into it, it’s losing money, not minting it like Facebook.
- ATD points out: In 2010 it generated $28.5 million in revenue. In the first three months of 2011, it came close to matching all of the previous year’s revenue, with $23.8 million. If Twitter’s growth rate never budged after that, that would put it on track to do $95.2 million in 2011.
- The pace of Twitter’s losses appears to have ramped up, too. Tate says it lost $67.8 million in 2010, and another $25.8 million in Q1 2011. Not a huge surprise, given that Twitter has been on a multiyear hiring binge.
- It wasn't until Dick Costolo returned that Twitter started getting serious about ads. Probably not until Mid-2011
- And ad offerings have been continuously ramping up
- they’ve recently added a “self-serve” option for small advertisers. That’s a crucial step because it allows them to really pick up the pace of their ad sales"
- Survey: Google ranks high despite privacy fears
- Search engine users disapprove of data collection: survey
- Pew Internet & American Life Project found 83 percent of the respondents rated Google as their preferred search engine. Up from 47% in 2004
- Yahoo 2nd at 6% down from 26%
- 65 percent of users said it was a bad thing if a search engine collected information about searches and then used it to rank future search results.
- 73 percent said they would not be okay with a search engine keeping track of searches and personalizing future search results because it would be an invasion of privacy.
- 38 percent of Internet users said they were aware of how they could limit information about them that is collected by a website.
- The Solar storm we saw moving through this week turned out not to down any planes, explode any power grids or crash any satellites, but it was the most potent solar storm since 2004. The storm strengthened in early morning hours Friday before tapering off for good. But we're not out of the woods yet. The Space Weather Prediction Center observed another solar mass ejection Thursday night, meaning a milder storm expected to reach Earth early Sunday.
- Congratulations to Todd Park, you're the new U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Park was appointed by President Obama to replace Aneesh Chopra. Todd Park was the CTO of Health and Human Services since 2009.
- You might have heard murmurs of the Samsung Galaxy S II getting Ice Cream Sandwich on the 10th. Samsung said whoever gave that date was misinformed and when the company has information to tell, they'll announce on Twitter. So go back to waiting Galaxy S II-ers.
- iOS 5.1 brings 4G to the AT&T iPhone 4S - well that's what it says on screen. AT&T says that 4S users only see "4G" when their phones connect to its HSPA+ network. AT&T markets both LTE and HSPA+ as "4G" furthering making the term meaningless.
- Music video site Vevo unveiled its new look. Front and center is a search bar to find music and artists. Functionally, the site ties into Facebook better by scanning your newsfeed to create a playlist. It also can scan your iTunes library to create playlists of music videos based on what you listen to. The update also includes continuous video streaming.
- Yesterday at Pwn2Own, IE 9 on Windows 7 was the second browser to be exploited. Vupen Security managed to find two zero day exploits. One of those bugs is a heap overflow exploit that actually exists from IE6 up to IE10. The company also found exploits in Google Chrome, which was the first browser exploited at Pwn2Own.
- Marvel Comics announced that if you buy a printed issue of a comic that costs $3.99 or higher, you'll get a code so you can download the digital copy for free on iOS or Android. Major titles like Captain America, The Avengers, and Amazing Spider-man are already at that price point.
- Apple just out-Ultravioleted Ultraviolet. For a few years digital versions of iTunes movies have been included on some DVDs and Blu-Rays. Now customers who have iTunes Digital Copies of movies loaded on their iTunes will find that those movies are also available from iCloud on their other devices for streaming. Check out the Purchased tab in the iTunes app and hit the button with the cloud icon.
- Y'all won't believe this! DigiTimes that venerable resource for unconfirmed rumours from the SOuthEast ASia supply chain reports that Google and Asus are collaborating on a 7-inch tablet with a price tag of $199-$249. It's said to be the first tablet to run the Google Play store, and would debut in May.
- You can download Raspberry Pi Fedora remix which runs on ARM right now! It's a little under 600MB available via torrent or direct download. The full feature set and instructions on how to install the distro are up at RaspberryPi.org
- Sunday, March 11th you can get your hands on the ZTE Fury, a smartphone on Sprint, for $20 after you mail in a $50 rebate. For that price, you get a 3.5 inch screen so you can run Gingerbread on a 1Ghz processor.
- GDGT live at the Austin Music Hall on Monday, March 12th.
- Panasonic just vomited up details about the US availability for 25 of its 2012 HDTVs including the infinite Black Ultra plasmas we saw at CES. Some of the models start shipping this month and all of them should be in stores by May. No prices were mentioned.
- the Nikon D4 was set to come out in "mid-March" with the D800 following a week or two later, but if Amazon's listings are anything to go by it looks like both cameras will be available on March 20th. The retailer has placed both full-frame shooters back up for preorder.
- In an email to customers, Apple has announced that their iWork.com beta service will be shutting down effective July 31, 2012. USers must download all their doicuments before then and are urged to start using iCloud instead.
"Hey TNT Crew,
Regarding the grenade tossing / fire fighting robot you discussed yesterday:
Wouldn't SAFR be pronounced "safer"?... since it's designed to make the ship... safer?
Love the show. :)
"Hi, TNT team,
I am afraid you missed in my opinion the most interesting (and sad) part of the Pwn2Own 2012 story. The reason why Google left the contest is that the exploits are not publicized after the break-in. It changed the contest from the happy celebration of hacking and sharing the knowledge in the open source spirit to the something like WWE-like marketing drive of professional crackers (who's customers are whom? Governments breaking into our computer? Customers from ... I don't want to know where? who knows?). The bitterness in my voice comes from what I consider to be betrayal of the hacker (in good sense of the word) ethic both on the side of participants and organizers of the show.
Matěj Cepl (if you want to read the name on air, either just say Matthew, that's my name in English, or, I know Tom knows a bit of Russian, try Матей; I am Czech so we don't use Cyrilic, but this is probably a way how to suggest the pronunciation to English-speaking person via email)."
"Hey TNT Crew!
It appears that the AppleTV software update yesterday has a few annoying bugs. I thought your viewers/listeners might appreciate knowing about them. Hopefully, they'll be fixed in a future update.
1. TV Shows no longer list alphabetically but are sorted by the ""most recently"" modified/added (oldest at the top). If you have a large TV library on iTunes, this is a huge headache.
2. Podcast episodes listed in the ""Favorites"" section no longer show up as having been ""watched"" (the blue dot disappearing) once you actually watch them. This now has to be done manually.
3. Various media (movies, tv, podcasts, etc) will sometimes be missing icon art.
Item #1 appears to be the most problematic while 2 & 3 aren't as widespread. Lets hope these bugs get squashed soon.
LOVE TNT! Keep up the great work!
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