Tech News Today 472
Recorded: April 4, 2012
Published: April 4, 2012
Tech News Today 472: We Geek Rock Stars
Google reveals augmented reality glasses, Nokia Lumia 900 rocks the world, Alaskans get cheap iPhones, and more.
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- Google Begins Testing Its Augmented Reality Glasses
- Google X Labs: First Project Glass, next space elevators?
- Project Glass
- Wednesday, Google made public its secret initiative called Project Glass. Yep. augmented reality!
- See the video and post at g.co/projectglass
- NOT A PRODUCT: "So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable you to do."
- Babak Parviz, Steve Lee and Sebastian Thrun, asked people for input about the prototype of Project Glass.
- Nick Bilton reports: arviz, who is also an associate professor at the University of Washington, specializes in bionanotechnology, which is the fusion of tiny technologies and biology. He most recently built a tiny contact lens that has embedded electronics and can display pixels to a person’s eye.
- It’s Big, It’s Blue, It’s Windows, but Can It Beat Rival Phones?
- Lumia 900 is out of stock
- Nokia’s Lumia 900 is the best $100 smartphone yet (review)
- Lumia 900 review
- Nokia Lumia 900 teardown reveals mediocre hardware, reasons for great price
- Windows Phone Marketplace Growth Keeps Up The Pace, Tops 80,000 Apps
- Nokia TV adds to Lumia-only Windows Phone apps
- Why Nokia's Lumia 900 screen looks so darn good
- Jason Mick from DailyTech, who pre-ordered reported the 900 was out of stock according to ATT -- quick search on Amazon shows unlocked and subsidized versions as in stock
- Tech Republic did a teardown -- Good, not great, display - Single-core processor, average amount of RAM - Less storage than competitors --Less battery life than competitors:
- Windows Phone Marketplace tops 80,000 aps (BlackBerry app world 70K - Android 450K - Apple 500K)
- According to Jessica Dolcourt at CNET: Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies Nokia's Lumia 900 screen uses "circularly polarized" glare-suppressing optics.
- $100 on Contract Around $699 unlocked, LTE, 480x800, 4.3 inch screen, 1.4GHz single core processor
- Yahoo to lay off 2,000 workers to 'reshape' company future
- Yahoo! Statement
- Read Yahoo CEO’s Letter to Employees About Layoffs
- Yahoo’s Layoffs Tomorrow Morning of up to 2,000 Will Only Be the First Move of a Larger Purge to Come
- A look at Yahoo's employment levels by year
- Yahoo currently employs about 14,000 people around the world, so the layoffs will affect about 14 percent of its workforce.
- Yahoo said that it can realize approximately $375 million in annualized savings through the terminations.
- However, it also plans to take an estimated $125 million to $145 million pretax cash charge related to severance.
- Yahoo plans to share more details on which divisions will be most affected by the layoffs and what its plans are at its first-quarter financials call on April 17.
- Yahoo Statement: "Our goal is to get back to our core purpose – putting our users and advertisers first – and we are moving aggressively to achieve that goal,” said Scott Thompson, CEO of Yahoo!. “Unfortunately, reaching that goal requires the tough decision to eliminate positions. We deeply value our people and all they’ve contributed to Yahoo!.”
- Google's Page: Apple's Android Pique 'For Show'
- Larry Page’s First Year As Google CEO: Impatience is a Virtue
- Larry Page sat down with Bloomberg Businessweek to discuss his first year
- Google Plus going better than expected
- "We have somehow been successful without suing other people over intellectual property."
- "I think the Android differences were actually for show. I had a relationship with Steve. I wouldn’t say I spent a lot of time with him over the years, but I saw him periodically. Curiously enough, actually, he requested that meeting. He sent me an e-mail and said: “Hey, you want to get together and chat?” I said, “Sure, I’ll come over.” And we had a very nice talk."
- He also arranged to have his top lieutenants work in the same room for a few hours every week to make sure everyone was on the same page. - credits Mayor Bloomberg as the inspiration
- Steven Levy author of 'In the PLex' wrote a column about Page's 1st year as well
- Broad Rollout of iPhone to Small U.S. Carriers Coming on April 20
- iPhone 4S goes rural with regional US carriers on April 20
- CDMA: nTelos Wireless (Virginia), Alaska Communications (Alaska), Appalachian Wireless (Kentucky), Cellcom (Wisconsin), Matanuska Telephone Association (Alaska) -- GSM: GCI (Alaska),
- The carriers will have the iPhone 4S and 4 and the price will be $50 less than what Apple charges
- GCI gets the 3GS as well - free on contract
- April 20
- Fisker Atlantic unveiled at New York Auto show
- Can Fisker's Atlantic EV drive it to profits?
- New York Auto Show started today, Fisker Automotive unveiled the Atlantic, its affordable luxury electric car. 4-door sedan for $50k. Formerly known as Project Nina, this is Fisker's attempt to get a realistically priced car in consumer's hands.
- 2nd vehicle for California-based Fisker. 1st was Karma, released in 2008 for $108k. Both are plug-in hybrids, gasoline & electric power-based. Both tout extended-range travel using only electric power.
- Fisker is still choosing where to build the cars, depending on the investor. Has taken $1B from private sources but needs more $ to build the Atlantic since a Department of Energy loan was frozen after Fisker didn't meet production milestones says CEO Tom LaSorda (formerly CEO at Chrysler). When they were still counting on the loan they were set to start prod. in a Delaware plant this summer." **Karma reviews are mixed. Consumer Reports tested the Karma earlier this year & wouldn't start due to production glitch in batteries. Customers have complained the weight takes away from performance. The company expects to sell about 4,000 Karmas worldwide this year.
- Next Issue Media launched its all you can read magazine app. For a flat fee of $10 or $15 you'll be able to read 32 titles including Fortune, Sports Illustrated and the New Yorker. The app works on Honeycomb or Ice Cream Sandwich with displays at least 7-inches. The company expects to have an iPad app submitted in a few weeks and to add more titles later this year.
- Google just signed a deal that will bring it nearly 500 Paramount movies to YouTube and Google Play in the U.S. and Canada. Quite the change for Paramount as its parent company, Viacom, sued YouTube for $1 billion five years ago. Google now has deals with Warner Brothers, Universal, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate. Fox is still a hold out.
- China's firewall that blocks out all kinds of sites just got updated. Swedish researchers have found that it is now more difficult for its citizens to stay anonymous via Tor. However, the researchers say tools like obfsproxy can workaround the firewall's updated methods.
- The Web 2.0 summit will not be held this year. The event was held annually since 2004 and is now "on hiatus." Host of the event, John Battelle announced that he could not put together a conference this year because he is currently working on a book and his partners at O'Reilly and UBM TechWeb are also incredibly busy.
- Leaked earlier today, Sprint and HTC officially launched the HTC Evo 4G LTE, which is pretty mucah a rebranded HTC One X, but with a kickstand. The phone runs Ice Cream Sandwich, but that is under HTC's Sense 4.0. It's powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm dual-core Snapdragon S4 and has a 4.7-inch screen. It will cost $200 and is available in Q2. Pre-sale starts on May 7th.
- Minecraft developer Notch revealed his next game will be called 0×10^c and it's an MMO set in a parallel universe in the far future (around the year 281 trillion) and it takes place in spaaaaace. The game continues even if you're not logged in. The game itself is about managing a ship that has a generator with limited wattage. Everything on your ship needs power and you'll have to manage what gets powered and for how long.
- A law that would make attacks on IT systems a criminal offense in the EU was approved by the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee on Tuesday. Distributing or possessing hacking software is also an offense. These crimes are punishable by jail time of at least two years. The law also makes companies liable for cyber attacks committed for their benefit.
- The Internet's abuzz with the hottest app that's come to Android. Nope, not Instagram - we're talking about SwiftKey3 Beta, a keyboard app. Rafe Needleman called SwiftKey's predictictive typing abilities "uncanny" as it uses both dictionary words and your typing history to guess what you'll type. If you're one of the company's VIP users, you can try it out for free. Both tablet and phone versions are available. The app normally costs about $4.
- A new online university is on the horizon and it plans to be on the level of elite schools like Harvard and Yale. The Minerva Project is building Minerva University which will be staffed with "the world's most inspirational and engrossing professors" (so if you're a sucky professor, forget it). If you want to be a student there, you'll have to meet "the world's most demanding intellectual standards" (so if you're dumb, forget it). So far the project has raised $25 million and plans to launch in 2014.
- On this day: Bill Gates and Paul Allen form a partnership in 1975
- Dropbox wants you to spread the word about cloud storage! you'll now get 500MB up to a maximum of 16GB for referring a friend. Pro users will get 1GB per referral up to a limit of 32GB.
- The Gathering, Norwegian LAN party extravaganza starts today 4/4 and runs through Sunday 4/8 at the Vikingskipet Olympic Arena in Hamar, Norway. plans to set a new world record for the "fastest internet access in the universe" with a 200Gbps connection. Current record of 120Gbps was achieved by the DreamHack festival in Sweden.
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