Tech News Today 510
Published: May 29, 2012
Tech News Today 510: Bring Out Your Devs
Facebook making a phone.... still? Worst malware ever attacks the Middle East, new Google Chrome machines, and more.
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- Facebook Tries, Tries Again on a Smartphone
- Facebook stock sinks to new low amid rumors of Opera browser acquisition
- RIM Halts Trading To Issue Business Update, Hires RBC And J.P. Morgan For “Strategic Review”
- NYTimes Nick Bilton reports employees, recruited engineers and other sources say Facebook plans to release a smart phone by next year
- Facebook has hired 6 former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on iPhone and one who worked on iPad
- TechCrunch and ATD have reported previously about a project with HTC called Buffy. Bilton says it's still on.
- Bilton points out Facebook took in $16 billion and RIM is valued at $6 billion and HTC at $11.8 billion
- Faceboook stock fell below $30 today
- Flame: Massive cyber-attack discovered, researchers say
- Super-powerful Flame worm could take YEARS to dissect
- Kaspersky uncovers massive state-sponsored cyber-attack
- Known as Flame but also Skywiper, Viper and Flamer, consensus most elaborate malware yet and likely state sponsored
- Research conducted in cooperation with UN International Telecommunication Union
- 600 targets (from individuals to businesses academic and govt institutions) from within Israel, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt (Key Logging, pacet sniffing, screen shots, audio recording…)
- Iran National Computer Emergency Response Team posted security alert
- Flame is 20 MB, made up of multiple files and multiple modules, including a SQLite library
- Kaspersky told BBC Flame has operated since August 2010 - Hungarian security researchers at the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security (CrySyS) told The Register Flame may have been active for somewhere between 5 to 8 years
- Symantec: "However, initial evidence shows the victims may not all be targeted for the same reason. Many appear targeted for individual personal activities, rather than their company of employment. Interestingly, in addition to particular organisations being targeted, many of the attacked systems appear to be personal computers being used from home Internet connections."
- Google updates Chrome OS computers with faster processors
- New Chromebooks: Google Tries Again to Make a Cloud-Based Computer Enough
- Google looks to security certifications in effort to become 'a bank for data'
- New Chrome computers from Samsung with Sandy Bridge processors, 16 GB hard drive
- IDC estimates 50K Chromebooks shipped in Q1, Gartner estimated 300K will sell this year
- Google claims runs 2.5 to 3.5 times faster than older ChromeBooks, can handle 1080p video
- Google Drive not yet enabled until future software update
- The Chromebook laptop is marketed for $449/£379 while the desktop Chromebox is $329/£279.
- 500 schools across 41 US states to ""deploy"" Chromebooks to their students.
- Newest Chrome OS handles multiple windows and shortcut-like icons
- Samsung says delay in some blue Galaxy S3 smartphone orders
- Samsung Music Hub: Samsung's streaming iTunes service debuts on Galaxy S3, has eyes on your TV and fridge
- Samsung Launches Music Hub, Offering the Ultimate Mobile Music Service
- Galaxy SIII launched today in Europe
- The "Pebble Blue" variant of the Galaxy S3 is delayed for 2-3 weeks - and when it is available it'll be in short supply, the white version isn't impacted.
- If you've got a S3, Samsung's Music Hub launched today
- Two versions, Music Hub Store - which lets you buy songs from a 19M song library. Purchased music appears on all your devices
- Music Hub Premium costs 10 pounds a month. Lets you upload and access your music anywhere and unlimited streaming of music in the Music Hub catalog and a recommendation engine
- Music Hub gives you 100GB for unmatched songs
- Web component - music library accessible at musichub.com
- Launching initially in the UK, France and Germany
- Hub is coming to other mobile OSs
- Will be available on Samsung devices moving forward and to older Samsung devices like the S2 and Note "very soon," but it won't stop there.
- Samsung SVP of Media Services TJ Kang told Pocket-lint that MusicHub will also be available on its SmartTV line and Samsung wants it on audio docks, fridges and as many places as possible.
- Apple’s new iOS 6 Maps app with 3D mapping is coming this summer, and we have photos
- Duh: Apple doesn’t want Flattr money flowing through its apps if it can’t take a cut
- Black and white next-gen metal iPhone backs, mini-dock, taller screen, moved earphone jack present
- BGR got photos of Apple’s Maps app from a source: new navigation bar (silver, not blue). is apple shifting toward silver color scheme in iOS 6?
- floating "locate me" button in bottom left. 3D mode (via C3 Technologies) flip back lower right corner to enable. switch in and out of 3D by tapping a 3D icon in lower left.
- 9to5Mac posted photo of reported new back plate for iPhone 5, + black and white versions of the next-generation iPhone backs. Heavy metal use on back with color trim.
- metal antenna band appears molded into the metal backplates, likely to create a unibody enclosure. thinner, lighter, stronger
- smaller dock connector, headphone jack moved to bottom corner, speakers redesigned, new opening between the camera lens and the LED flash. possibly the 2nd mic for video recording.
- apple rejected a new version of Instacast HD (podcatcher) for Flattr integration
- Flattr allows people to donate to sites, blogs, apps they like through clicking a Flattr button on page
- Apple rules: The collection of donations must be done via a web site in Safari or an SMS
- TNW notes: micro-payments could become the preferred method of commerce and mask itself as a tip. A company could then turn on features for a tip of a certain amount, thus replacing the in-app purchase model completely.
- How Flattr works: you want to spend $5/month. see Flattr button on a blog or website that you like, click it. Flattr count up all of your clicks at the end of each month and distribute your monthly spend.
- Dell launched 3 new All-in-one PCs today
- Dell Introduces Three New All-in-One PCs
- Goos screen shot
- Dell XPS One 27 - 27-inch WLED screen, 2560x1440, widescreen, optional Nvidia graphics card, Infinity speakers, metallic silver, "clutter free" cord design, Intel core i5 or i7 Ivy Bridge quad core, USB 3.0, HDMI -- $1399 available today in Asia coming weeks in US
- Inspiron One 23 - Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 or i7, 23-inch 1080p WLED screen, USB 3.0 -- $749
- Inspiron One 20 - Pentium dual core or Sandy Bridge Core i3,, 20-inch WLED 1600 x 900 screen -- $529
- A post at the Official Microsoft blog says Xbox is moving "beyond the box" and the Xbox brand will become the "premium entertainment service for Microsoft." So that means you'll find it on Windows 8 and a "all families of devices." Microsoft plans to show off some of this at E3.
- Let's take a trip to the rumor mill. According to VG247.com, Sony is bringing cloud gaming to the PlayStation from either Gaikai or OnLive. An announcement is expected at Sony's press conference on June 4th.
- Link shortening service, Bit.ly, is redesigned and is introducing "bitmarks," its name for bookmarks. You'll be able to group and share your bitmarks. Bitly has also added a quick search feature so you can search the URLs you've shortened or bookmarked. Oh, like any redesign, people are upset about the change and are voicing their opinion on the bitly blog.
- According to TechCrunch, Facebook is putting the finishing touches on purchasing Face.com for $100 million. Face.com bills itself as "the world's largest and most accurate face recognition platform." A Russian newspaper says the deal may be different -- Facebook may purchase Russian search engine Yandex's 18.4% stake in Face.com instead of an acquisition.
- Deciding not to wait on the European Union parliament's opinion, the Dutch parliament officially rejected ACTA and adopted a motion that would prohibit the government from singing off on similar treaties.While the EU and 22 EU member states signed ACTA in January of this year for the EU to be a party all of its member nations must sign off on it. With the Netherlands opting out, this should be a major setback for ACTA.
- Blizzard is trying to find balance for players of Diablo III. The company pushed out updates which altered the powers of characters and abilities. Blizzard said it changed things like Lingering Fog and Force Armor because it thought "these skills were simply more powerful than they should be," but tried to calm players and said if a skill is strong but not breaking the game, it'll leave things alone.
- Amazon Instant Video just landed on the Xbox 360. If you're a Prime member and a Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you'll get streaming videos on your Xbox. You'll also be able to watch purchased movies on your Xbox, but not buy content via Xbox. Along with that - you'll be able to keep a "Watchlist" so you can queue your content. Amazon's thrown in WhisperSync functionality so you can start on one device and continue on another.
- Remember those rumors of an iPad with two dock connectors? Looks like they were true because over the weekend a prototype iPad with dual dock connectors was sold on eBay for over $10,000. The description said Apple scrapped the design at the last minute and that both connectors on the prototype are functional for syncing and charging.
- GameStop is now selling Android tablets from manufacturers including Samsung and Asus. For better or worse, the devices are pre-loaded with a digital copy of Game Informer magazine and some free games. GameStop already sells used iPads as well.
- Apple announces WWDC keynote for June 11th - 10 am PT.1:00 PM ET. Event runs through the 15th
- Fedora 17 Released - latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system's Desktop Edition.
- Nokia Discontinuing Ovi Share 5/30 - tomorrow is last day to download user content
- Sprint Plans to Shut Nextel Network as Early as June 2013, needs to make room for its LTE network
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Just a note about the 80 inch and Windows 8
We sell the Sharp PN-L702B 70 inch touch screen with Windows 7 (soon an 80 inch) I was the fortunate one in our IT department, and got to setup the first one, also after going through all features and touch screen software to come up with a training class for our sales department. Of course I installed Windows 8 customer preview on the included PC and Windows 8 worked flawlessy with the touch screen, very cool experience. It had no driver issues, no screen resolution difficulties. Unfortunately, I had put back to Windows 7, which works just as well.
I am very surprised TWIT does not have the Sharp PN-L series monitors to use on-set.
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