Tech News Today 467
Recorded: March 28, 2012
Published: March 28, 2012
Tech News Today 467: Galaxy Note Gives You Baby Hands
Next PlayStation inspired by Simba, Everybody loves China! Spy on Google while it spies on you and more.
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- The Next PlayStation is Called Orbis, Sources Say. Here are the Details.
- Sketches of PlayStation Orbis Features Surface, Then Disappear
- Sony tries cutting off homebrew exploits, takes down Vita game downloads
- Kotaku says the next generation of PlayStation will be called Orbis and is planned for release in time for the 2013 holiday season.
- a reliable source who is not authorized to talk publicly about next-gen hardware but has shared correct information with us before.
- Kotaku points out Orbis Vita means Circle of Life
- AMD x64 CPU and AMD Southern Islands GPU - capable of displaying Orbis games at a resolution of up to 4096x2160-- capable of playing 3D games in 1080p
- No backwards compatibility also discouraging used game sales! - If you buy the disc, it must be locked to a single PSN account, after which you can play the game, save the whole thing to your HDD, or peg it as "downloaded" in your account history and be free to download it at a later date. You'll have to be online to start playing the game.
- used games will be limited to a trial mode or some other form of content restriction, with consumers having to pay a fee to unlock/register the full game.
- also: Coque Design had something on their site labeled "Illustrations & Sketches for new PlayStation Orbis features."
Everybody loves China
- Apple CEO in China mission to clear up problems
- Nokia Pins Smartphone Hopes on China
- Zuckerberg's China trip sparks Facebook frenzy
- Facebook Said to Halt Secondary-Market Share Trading This Week
- Tim Cook is taking his first trip to China since taking over as CEO. "Tim is in China meeting with government officials. China is very important to us and we look forward to even greater investment and growth there," said Carolyn Wu, China spokeswoman for the maker of iPhones, iPads and iPods.
- No meetings set with Proview according to Reuters
- China Telecom, with 126 million customers, will begin selling the Nokia Lumia 800C, a third-generation smartphone using the Windows operating system, in April. The operator will also begin selling the Lumia 610, Nokia’s least expensive Windows smartphone, by June.
- The Lumia 800C, which will cost 3,599 renminbi, or $571, without the operator’s subsidy, will have music, games, video and reading applications on its home screen. The 800C is being sold through Tianyi FlyYoung shops, China Telecom’s youth-oriented brand.
- Mark Zuckerberg is vacationing in Shanghai. Excited Chinese bloggers posted photographs of the Facebook founder and his girlfriend at an Apple store and in Shanghai's art gallery district on Tuesday -- "Does this mean... Facebook is preparing to be unblocked?" said Kelisisong on the popular Sina microblog service, a Chinese version of Twitter. (sidenote -- Facebook Inc. (FB) is halting the trading of its shares on secondary markets by the beginning of April as it prepares for an initial public offering, two people with knowledge of the matter said.)
- Google's latest brainstorm: Analytics for the common folk
- Google’s New Activity Updates Quantify Your Online Self
- Google's rolling out an opt-in dashboard service called Account Activity. Each month Google will send you a link to a password-protected report with insights into your signed-in use of Google services. Nothing you do when signed out will be included.
- works with Gmail or Google app profiles
- includes sign ons location/browsers/platforms, emails sent/received, most contacted, web history, most searched, YT data, most viewed vid, etc
- FB has an activity log & list of recognized devices with login date
- Andrew on Apple in Australia
- Apple to Issue New iPad Refunds in Australia Over '4G' Issues
- UK and Sweden may investigate 'misleading' iPad 4G advertisements
- Sweden may also investigate Apple over iPad 4G/LTE marketing
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said that by April 5, Apple will include the following statement on its promotional materials, website, and online store: "This product supports very fast cellular networks. It is not compatible with current Australian 4G LTE networks and WiMAX Networks." Apple will also distribute signage with the same wording to resellers, the ACCC said.
- The company will also email iPad Wi-Fi + 4G buyers with the same statement and give them the option to return the tablet for a refund if they are dissatisfied.
- ALSO: Marek Andersson of the Swedish Consumer Agency said "One may rightfully ask if the marketing of the new iPad is misleading," and is considering launching an investigation over whether the ads run afoul of consumer protection laws.
- ALSO: The UK's Advertising Standards Authority, meanwhile, has told Pocket-lint that it is currently assessing complaints from consumers to "establish whether or not there is a problem under the [Advertising] Code."
- How Has Samsung Shipped 5 Million Galaxy Notes?
- Samsung reports 5 million Galaxy Notes shipped, will launch in Japan on April 6th with LTE
- Samsung announced it has sold 5 million Galaxy note phones worldwide in 5 months. Initially introduced in October 2011
- That's sold, not shipped.
- The stylus-toting Galaxy Note has been dubbed the "phablet" b/c of its 5.3-inch screen
- A new version of the Note is expected on April 6th. This one is The "Docomo Next Series Galaxy Note SC-05D" - It's got 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 32GB storage, runs Gingerbread and will have LTE. Pricing not disclosed yet, but pre-orders start tomorrow. **The famous complaint of Emperor Joseph II about The Marriage of Figaro - "too many notes, Mozart"
- Sascha Segan at PCMag, "I'm also worried that the Galaxy Note's success will encourage more manufacturers to build giant beast-phones like the HTC Titan and Samsung Galaxy Nexus."
- European Lawmakers Reach Deal to Extend Caps on Roaming Fees
- EU acts to end 'rip off' roaming charges
- Under new rules agreed by the European Parliament, consumers will pay no more than 29 cents (24p) per minute to make a call and 70 cents (59p) per megabyte for data downloads across Europe.- extension of a cap on roaming fees for voice service and text messaging that have been in effect in the 27-nation European Union since 2007.
- The package, which requires approval from the European Parliament and Council of Ministers, was brokered by Neelie Kroes, the European commissioner responsible for telecommunications.
- By July 2014 customers will also be given the option to shop around for the best deal and sign up for a separate mobile contract using their existing number when going abroad.
- From July this year, people will get a warning text message, email or pop-up window when they are nearing 50 euros (£41) worth of data downloads
- Max Payne 3 isn't scheduled for release until mid-May, but video of its multiplayer mode is out there. The mode allows you and your partner Raul to fight folks or work with gangs. Slashgear says the difference between the multiplayer and oe-player mode "is the near-destruction of the storyline."
- Think a passcode will protect your phone from law enforcement? Of course not. Micro Systemation, a mobile forensics company, posted a video showing off its application called XRY that can successfully grab GPS location data, call logs, keystrokes, and more off of locked Android and iOS devices. XRY uses security flaws in the phone's software to obtain the data.
- Google+ Hangouts got some apps today. When you launch a hangout you'll see an "Apps" button, so when you're video chatting with your friends you can play poker or put on a virtual mustache or even be productive with SlideShare and show off documents. Developers can build apps and post a link in a hangout for other users to try out. Google says the new features are rolling out gradually.
- Box introduced a new version of its iOS app called Box OneCloud which allows users to view, edit and share a number of different file types. The app is also aimed at the enterprise. You'll be use Quickoffice to handle Microsoft Office files, but we'll let you guess what PDF Expert does.
- The European Union is putting together a new center to fight cybercrime. It will be alongside Europol. European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecillia Malmstrom said that this "will bring together some of Europe's best brains in the field of cybercrime." No mention if those brains will still be in people or if the EU just turned into zombies.
- Time to take a look at Google and Oracle's monstrously large legal spat. A court filing reveals that Google offered to pay Oracle a percentage of Android revenue if Oracle could prove patent infringement. Google would have paid Oracle 0.5% of Android revenue for one patent and 0.015% on a second patent. Oracle rejected the offer as too low. Presiding judge William Alsup said of the Oracle-Google lawsuit, "This is the World Series of IP cases." At least someone is having fun with this.
- What's in a name? Apple's personal assistant Siri was almost renamed by Steve Jobs. Siri co-founder Dag Kittlaus explained a meeting he had with Jobs which lasted for several hours. Kittlaus tried his best to persuade Jobs and Jobs couldn't come up with anything better. And now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
- Hasbro tried to stop Asus from selling its line of Transformer tablets including the Transformer Prime. Hasbro owns the rights to the giant robot variant of Transformers. Hasbro claimed the legal standard of confusion in the marketplace, but the judge declared that there wouldn't be confusion and that Asus' use of the word was descriptive since the device transforms from a tablet to a laptop.
- RIM has an interesting earnings call tomorrow. It's the company's first full reported quarter since CEO Thorsten Heins took over for Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis in January.
- PSA: Google taking student proposals for Summer of Code 2012 internships & hosting a hangout on 4/2 to answer q's. Since 2005 Google has sponsored paid internships to students to work on open source projects. about 1k students total will be accepted.
- Verizon's LTE hot spot, the Jetpack Hotspot MiFi 4620L, launches April 12. It's $50 after rebate and two-year contract. It handles up to 10 devices at once at speeds of 12Mbps down and 5Mbps up. Verizon also requires a minimum $50-per-month data plan for 5GB. Available via Verizon & Best Buy.
To be fair to Alan, because I build complex visualisation controls I'm surely more deeply exposed to HTML5's limitations than the majority of developers who create web pages with a just few basic interactive element. But even so, there's a difference between adding an extension onto your house, and building the whole house... ;) I know W3C working groups are looking at self contained web 'widgets', but I'm not aware of any effort to define a W3C UI markup standard, like those of other modern app platforms (Microsoft's XAML, Flash's MXML, etc, etc.) Unless someone knows otherwise..?
Simon (Liverpool, UK)"
The idea of using a "nutrition label" approach to privacy policies has actually been around for a while. Here is a link to a Carnegie Mellon research paper on the subject published a couple years ago.
Unfortunately, as the study found, many privacy policies are so complicated that even standardized labels can be difficult for the average user to decipher. Just thought you might want to know about this.
Thanks, Quinn, Computer Science Student from Pennsylvania
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