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Episode 467

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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Top Stories

  • 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.)

Discussion Stories

  • 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

News Fuse





"Hi all,

Quick response to Alan's comments in TNT #466: Alan is entirely correct to note all novel UIs 'roll their own' controls or layouts for things standard toolkits don't provide; but HTML5 lacks a standard UI toolkit to begin with, aside from the form element originating in HTML 1. As such HTML developers 'roll their own' for bits of UI that have been staples of other platforms since the 1980s -- menus, toolbars, tree lists, grid layouts, to name but a few. With a web app like GMail or Google Docs you're not seeing a few custom controls complimenting a standard HTML core, but oodles and oodles of JavaScript manufacturing an entire toolkit from very nearly nothing. Thankfully many toolkits are available as open source, but shouldn't HTML define common controls and layouts out of the box, like rival app platforms, instead of relying on browser specific JavaScript to replicate even basic functionality?

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)"

"Hey TNT,

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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