Tech News Today 476

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Episode 476

Tech News Today 476: Let Me Set My Scream Tone

Who needs a 13-inch tablet? The state of Yahoo's peanut butter, Chrome OS catches up with Windows 2, and more.

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Top Stories

  • It’s Official: Yahoo Reorgs Itself Just Like We Said
  • CEO sketches out new Yahoo, vows business refocus
    • "It’s time for Yahoo! to move forward, and fast. And as we do, I want every one of us to keep one thing top of mind: what we do is about our customers, not about us."
    • Effective May 1 Consumer, Regions, Technology. The core consumer groups will essentially be media, connections and commerce, led by Ross Levinsohn, Shashi Seth and person to be determined (but Kara Swisher thinks it is newly departed PayPal exec Sam Shraugher).
    • Sales is off by itself, split into regions; ad technology is off to the side, pending sale; corporate and operations remain the same; and the central product organization is blown up and moves back into the units.
    • Chief Product Officer Blake Irving is leaving.
  • Google gives Chrome OS a less alienating interface
  • Chrome OS gallery
  • FLASHBACK: Netscape Constellation beta due in June
    • Google's other OS, Chrome just got a new interface in version 19.0.1048.17 in a developer build
    • Instead of the full screen browser, Chrome OS now allows you have multiple browser windows, tabs can be torn off like the desktop version
    • There's a taskbar/dock on the bottom of the screen, autohides when you go fullscreen
    • Clicking a taskbar icon brings up an OS X launchpad-like grid of icons and bookmarks
    • There's a desktop with wallpaper
    • Technical stuff: Google calls the hardware accelerated window framework "Aura" and the window manager "Ash"
    • It’s only available for users who already own a Acer AC700 or Samsung Series 5 Chromebook–the first Chromebooks, the CR-48s, are not supported in this release
  • National Database Planned to Combat Cellphone Theft
  • Wireless carriers, US government join forces to lower phone theft
    • Tuesday, Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the F.C.C., is scheduled to join police chiefs from New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland and representatives of a wireless industry trade group announced plans to cerate and maintain a centralized database to track phones reported as lost or stolen.
    • Phones on the list will then be denied voice and data service. Ideally, this makes the stolen phone virtually useless and drastically reduces resale value.
    • Carriers will start their own databases within six months. Those will then be combined into a centralized list over the following 18 months. Small regional wireless carriers are expected to join the initiative within two years.
    • UK, Germany, France, and Australia have similar programs and it has lowered, though not eliminated the theft
    • In the US, electronics have recently begun surpassing cash as the most stolen property.
    • Also working to write legislation that would make it a federal crime to tamper with a phone’s unique identifiers

Discussion Stories

  • Iran denies has plan to cut Internet access
  • Iran expected to permanently cut off Internet by August
    • A supposed interview with Communications Minister Reza Taghipour published on April 1 alleged Iran planned to cut access to the Internet in August and replace it with a "clean" national intranet
    • AFP quotes Iran's ministry of communication and INternet technology as saying in a statement "The report is in no way confirmed by the ministry" and is "completely baseless,"
    • Iran does have plans to establish a "national information network" billed as a totally closed system that would function like a sort of intranet for the Islamic republic. That is due by March 2013.
  • Toshiba to make quad-core Android 4.0 tablets in 7, 10, and 13 inch sizes
  • Toshiba Set to Excite the Tablet Market with New 10-, 13- and 7.7-Inch Tablets
  • Toshiba announces Ivy Bridge-powered all-in-one PCs, the LX835 and LX815
  • Toshiba's Ivy Bridge laptop line revealed, will be available in Q3 2012
  • The Toshiba Excite 13 sports the largest tablet screen yet
    • Toshiba is launching a new line of tablets running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in May and June, the company announced Tuesday. The "Excite" tablet family will come in 7.7-inch, 10-inch, and 13-inch sizes, and all will have Tegra 3 quad-core processors. The Excite 10 will launch first on May 6, followed by the Excites 7.7 and 13 on June 10.
    • WiFi only - 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear cameras, and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras.
    • Excite 13: 0.4-inch thick, 2.2-pound, 1600x900 resolution display, 13 hours of battery life. $649.99 for 32GB. 64GB model will retail for $750.
    • Excite 10: 0.35-inch thick, 1.32-pound, 1280x800, 10 hours of battery life. $449.99 for 16GB
    • Excite 7.7: will start at $499.99 for 16GB of storage
    • The 23-inch Toshiba LX835 and 21.5-inch LX815 will come with the new Ivy Bridge CPUs, 1080p displays, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 3TB of magnetic storage, HDMI input to connect game consoles, virtual surround sound speakers, a folding stand, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, and optional extras like a Blu-ray drive, a TV-tuner with IR remote, and a Windows 8-ready edge-to-edge touchscreen. LX835 will start at $879.99 and the LX815 at $599.99 when they ship in Q3.
    • Satellite P800 laptop series, which (depending on configuration) puts an Nvidia GeForce 630M GPU, Blu-ray drive, and Harman Kardon speakers inside a sleek aluminum body with an Ivy Bridge processor. 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch screen Q3 2012 The P800 range starts at $799.99
    • The S800 series is the next step down, with a choice between Ivy Bridge and AMD processors, options for a Blu-ray drive and ATI graphics card, and a blue brushed aluminum case. 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch screen Q3 2012. Starst at $699
    • the Qosmio X875 and X875 3D. These both feature Ivy Bridge processors, 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M GPUs, Harman Kardon speakers, an HDMI port, a Blu-ray drive, four USB ports, and 17.3-inch displays. Coming June 24 - anywhere from $1,299 to $2,499 depending on your options.
    • L800 series and the budget C800 series. Both have the same 14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17.3-inch screen size options as the P800 and S800 ranges, but only the L800 machines will be able to take an Ivy Bridge processorQ3 2012. starting from $449.99 and the C800 range at $399.99.
  • Amazon’s Takes In-App Purchases Out Of Beta: Here’s How They Compromised On Revenue Share
    • based off Amazon’s 1-click buying experience and applies to digital content like in-game currency, expansion packs, upgrades and subscriptions from inside apps and games.
    • Amazon still has ability to discount in-app items (ala apps in appstore). But the developers will always earn 70% of the list price or what they wanted to charge for it
    • QUOTE Amazon appstore’s director Aaron Rubenson: “We’re just following the paradigm that’s out there with the 70-30 spli. This is a little bit different from the revenue share that we have for paid app sales. We looked at each purchase case separately.”
    • Amazon isn’t mandating that developers only use the company’s in-app purchasing service.
    • Google’s in-app purchasing technology won’t work on the Kindle Fire, devs must use Amazon’s system. But on other tablets and phones, devs can use any number of in-app purchasing systems.
    • appstore launched last year, developers would either earn 20% of what they wanted to charge or 70% of whatever Amazon charged — whatever was higher.
    • app store up to around 34,000 apps
    • Report by Flurry that measure revenue per user over a 45-day period, from mid-January through the end of February 2012: the average revenue/user from Amazon’s store is about 89% of what Apple iOS platform produces. Google's at 23% of iOS. Amazon’s userbase is still much smaller than Google Play's.

News Fuse






"Hey TNT,

On the topic of iPad becoming a generic term for tablets, Sarah didn't think that someone would refer to an android tablet as an iPad, unfortunately people do and it's worse than you think. When the first android tablets started to appear I heard more than one mainstream news outlet refer to the Galaxy tab as ""Samsung's new iPad"". I even recall some news outlets saying the same thing about the RIM playbook when it was released which is way more recent than the Galaxy tab. I'm sure it happens way more often than you might think so I think it is entirely possible that this could happen as frustrating as that sounds, maybe taking away the iPad numbering system isn't a good idea afterall.

Oh, also my daughter who is almost two refers to the attached image as her iPad. It is an apple though, she's at least on the right track so I'll cut her a little slack.

Keep up the great work. Listening to your show is one of my favourite parts of the day.


  • We received several emails like this saying HP Touchpads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs and even a Kindle Touch were being called iPads by others. One person said his girlfriend kept calling his Galaxy Nexus an iPhone.



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