Tech News Today 477

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Episode 477

Tech News Today 477: DoJ Throws The eBooks At Apple

Ebooks about to get cheaper, will Google sell Motorola to Huawei? Google+ gets white, and more.

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Top Stories

  • Nokia issues fix and $100 for bug in Lumia 900
  • Nokia issues Q1 profit warning, moves 2 million Lumia units
    • "As a gesture of good will, every individual who has already purchased a Nokia Lumia 900 — or who will purchase one between now and April 21st – will receive a $100 credit to their AT&T bill from Nokia," the company wrote on their blog.
    • a memory management issue that can cause a drop in data connectivity.
    • Software update due on or about Monday
    • Nokia said that its first quarter results for its mobile phone and smart device unit will fall short of expectations largely due to weakness in emerging markets.
    • The company did say that it sold 2 million Lumia devices.

Discussion Stories

  • Major Google+ redesign puts focus on discovery, lets users customize layout
  • Google+ updates its user interface, refines navigation and photos
  • Toward a simpler, more beautiful Google (official google post)
    • Google's redesigned Google+
    • There's an icon-based menu on the left for Home, Profile, Explore. Wise or not, Google calls it a dynamic navigation ribbon. The applications for Hangouts, Circles, Games can be customized by dragging and ropping
    • To see posts by your particular circles, there is a top navigation bar for those
    • Posts are to the right of that - now posts appear as stylized speech bubbles
    • To the right of posts is a ""Trending on Google+ section, People you May Know or things you might like.
    • To the far right is a buddy list of folks you can hang out with
    • Hangout app changes -- when you launch one: big pictures of online folks.
    • Hangouts in the left navigation ribbon: tells you about which Hangouts to Watch or Join
    • Explore App: it's the what's hot section,
    • Profile pages revamped as well. You can move to a banner image (like the FB cover)
  • Spotify's Play Button for Websites Streams Music Free
  • Spotify Moves Beyond Facebook With a “Play Button” for the Rest of the Web
    • with Spotify’s Play button embed songs, albums & playlists on your website. visitors click on the play button, they can listen to the tracks without leaving the page.
    • licensing catch- need Spotify desktop app running in the bg. will launch on play. If you’re not a registered user, you’ll be prompted to dl the app and sign up. free ad-supported version is fine
    • right-click in Spotify to get URL, then paste into to get embed code
    • search integration in Tumblr dash (tracks only), along with Soundcloud. Tumblr has over 50M blogs. Huge conversion potential.
    • artists are paid for plays
    • users still have to sign up for Spotify via FB
  • BlackBerry BBM integrated with Facebook, Twitter and more
  • Is RIM’s Hardware Division in the Red?
    • BlackBerry BBM service will be integrated with Twitter and Facebook, RIM has announced, allowing users of the encrypted IM system to quickly share tweets or Facebook status updates directly from the app
    • The new social networking integration is part of RIM’s enhancement of BBM connected apps set to roll out over the next two weeks, with new versions of BlackBerry Travel, BlackBerry App World and BBM Music all hooking into the service.
    • A new version of BlackBerry Messenger itself, v6.2, now gets animated avatars, along with BlackBerry Tag integration.
    • The updated Twitter app is available to download now. The other apps – Facebook, Travel, App World and BBM Music, along with BBM version 6.2 – will arrive over the coming ten days.
    • RIM’s latest regulatory filing implies that its flagship hardware division

News Fuse




"Greetings Twit Group,

In episode #475, you had a discussion about smart phones being stolen and your wish for remote wipe. As it turns out, the Windows Phone has the ability to remotely find, ring, lock, and erase the Windows Phone. All you need to do is go to the web site, click the ""My Phone"" link, and select one of the options on the left hand side.

Have a great day!


"You said you wished there was a way to remotely wipe the data on your android phones, you can. You have to download an app called lookout mobile security. It backs up contacts, and is an anti virus and if you pay monthly you can back up pics and remote wipe your device.


"A 13 inch tablet may not be for everyone, but I have been using an 11.3 inch Windows 7 tablet (currently running Windows 8) daily for over a year and would like a larger one. I am a 65 year old man but do not have particularly poor eye sight and would still like a larger tablet, especially if ran windows (millions of applications) and was not limited like the iPad. I paid $699 for my current tablet last year and would pay the same or more for a larger tablet with newer tech.

Sandy Oliver"

"Hey Twit team,

Loved the show today, but I have a second perspective on your Central IMEI Database story from today:

Have you considered the possible repercussions that a centralized IMEI database may have on the second-hand phone market? Such a database may have a chilling effect on second-hand buyers of mobile devices. Perhaps there is a secondary motive behind this effort to establish such a database.

Worth a discussion.





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