Tech News Today 520
Recorded: June 12, 2012
Published: June 12, 2012
Tech News Today 520: Dripping POS
Verizon shared data plans reviewed, Facebook is dying, Antivirus is dead, and more.
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- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Iyaz Akhtar ( )
- Jason Howell ( )
- Daniel Patterson
- Verizon announced shared data plans will come on June 28th, exciting lots of people. Customers pay from 10 to 40 dollars a month for each device in the plan, then buy a data plan that's shared amongs all your devices that also includes unlimited text and voice. The shared plans are an additional $50 for one GB a month up to 10 Gigabytes per month for $100.
- Amazon's introduced its Cloud Player app for iOS so anyone can play music stored in their Amazon Cloud Drive, or even their local library. For a limited time, Amazon will offer unlimited space for MP3 and AAC files if you purchase any of its storage plans, or 5GB of storage for free for all customers. At least for now, no ability to buy music through the app, because Amazon doesn't want to share with Apple.
- Sorry, HTC, the International Trade Commission says you cannot use those patents you borrowed from Google to defend yourself against Apple's complaint. Apple successfully argued that only Google had the rights to assert those patents and HTC didn't have proper standing since HTC did not acquire all substantial rights to those patents. The decision can be appealed if HTC chooses.
- Mike Elgan has uncovered a little link fighting between Facebook and Google. Elgan autposts his Google + posts to Facebook. Links in teh Facebook version bring users abck to G+ for pictures and comments. Today he posted that users are now seeing a Norton security alert when they click on the links in Facebook. The notice states "This Link May Not Be Safe". Apparently something in the link is falling afoul of an algorithm, but whether Facebook cares to fix it or not will be the question.
- New research from comScore suggests that if you marketing products on FB helps increase sales. Fans of Starbucks were 38% more likely than other Facebook users to make a purchase within 4 weeks of seeing an ad. Target. saw a 21% lift in the same time frame.
- PCWorld put together a list of some of the more interesting generic top level domains applied for by companies. We already knew about Google gunning for .LOL, but are you ready for .APP? Sarah Lane, how about .ROCKS? For those of you who hate things, how about .SUCKS? We'll find out which ones were approved by ICANN tomorrow Wednesday June 13th.
- Bing continues to add nifty tweaks to their search results in an effort to entice searchers to use Bing. Beginning Tuesday, Bing’s search engine will feature “qwikis,” machine-generated video presentations on reference topics, attached to Wikipedia page results. When a Wikipedia entry is surfaced in search results, the searcher can click to watch a video auto-created around the topic in question.
- Spokeo, a company that scraped social-media sites and other sources to compile profiles of consumers for potential employers agreed to pay $800,000 under a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which accused the firm of misusing the data it collected. The deal marks the first time the FTC has addressed the sale of Internet and social-media data for employment-screening purposes.
- At a Microsoft TechEd keynote, director of program management Linda Averett demonstrated Excel running on Windows RT. Microsoft called it a preview of "Office 2013 RT," which previously carried the codename "Office 15." So what did it look like? It looked like Excel - columns, numbers, data. What'd you expect? A talking paperclip?
- Blizzard is doing its best to clean up the DIablo III community before it launches the real-money auction house. Today the game company brought out its might ban hammer announcing that it recently suspended or banned several thousand Diablo III players "for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing." Also, if you survived the purge and want to use the real-money AH you'll need to use the Battle.net authenticator.
- Verizon's shared data plans won't save solo users much money
- Verizon's Share Everything data plans go live June 28th, let you add family (or a tablet) for a little extra
- Why Verizon's shared data plan is a raw deal
- Verizon's Calculator
- Current plan:
- 700 anytime minutes $70
- Unlimited messaging $30
- 5GB phone access $50
- 5GB phone access $50
- 5GB MiFi $50
- Total = $250
- Add Two tablets $50 each
- Total =$350
- New plan:
- 2 smart phones $80
- 1 MiFi $20
- 10 GB $100
- 4 more GB $20
- Total = $220
- Add Two tablets $10 each (but don't add more data)
- Total = $260
- Math from Casey Johnston at Ars Technica: taking the base individual $40/month plan with 450 anytime minutes, $20 for unlimited texts, and $30 for 2GB of data, plus $30 for 2GB of data on the tablet, the person who owns both devices is currently paying $120 per month for the two devices. With a shared plan that bumps them to unlimited minutes and shares the whole 4GB of data between devices, their monthly total now comes to… $120/month.
- Facebook audience growth is slowing, ComScore says
- Facebook Says the Facebook Ads It Didn’t Sell Work Great
- Comscore study: Facebook Inc.’s audience growth in the U.S., along with time spent on the site, is slowing because the market is saturated
- visitor #s rose 5% in April from a year earlier, down from a 24% surge in the same month of 2011. The average time spent on the site by each vistor climbed 16%, less than the 23% increase a year earlier.
- gets about half of its revenue from the U.S. and Canada. Seven in 10 Americans using the Internet in April visited Facebook.
- people are buying from brands that they're interacting with on FB - but that's via the messages that Facebook users share with each other, not the ones brands pay Facebook to promote.
- General Motors announced before the social network’s IPO that it would continue to spend money on its Facebook presence, but would stop paying Facebook for ad space.
- Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices
- How Garmin Failed to See the iPhone Threat
- Wired says Apple and Google have killed the dedicated portable GPS citing Apple's new built-in turn by turn directions in iOS 6 and Google Navigator
- Described GPS units as "superfluous"
- Garmin says “We think that there is a market for smartphone navigation apps, PNDs [Personal Navigation Devices] and in-dash navigation systems as each of these solutions has their own advantages and use case limitations and ultimately it’s up to the consumer to decide what they prefer.”
- Is that true? Are there use-case scenarios that call for a dedicated GPS for the general public? Is this like tablets/PCs/smartphones where use case scenarios keep each one viable or this the PDA/mp3 player situation?
- Yesterday, Garmin shares fell 8.5 percent to close at $38.20. TomTom shares rose more than 11 percent today in Amsterdam, trading on word of its relationship with Apple.
- When governments write malware, your security software becomes useless
- The Antivirus Era Is Over
- Tom Simonite writing in Technology Review.
- Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle wrote a blog post follow-up
- Flame operated for two years without being flagged by antivirus.
- Nicolas Christin, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University. “We need to move away from trying to build Maginot lines that look bulletproof but are actually easy to get around.”
- Is it time to demote antivirus?
- Dmitri Alperovitch, chief technology officer and cofounder of CrowdStrike "We need to focus on the shooter, not the gun—the tactics, the human parts of the operation, are the least scalable."
- Is a social response to malware the better option?
- Alperovitch: "Hacking back would be illegal, but there are measures you can take against people benefiting from your data that raise the business costs of the attackers," he says. Those include asking the government to raise a case with the World Trade Organization, or going public with what happened to shame perpetrators of industrial espionage, he says.
- Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, showed last year that income from most of the world's spam passes through just three banks.
- Can security companies raise the cost of malware?
- Sprint Reportedly Prepping Digital Wallet
- Android Central has gotten ahold of slides that detail Sprint's NFC-based Google Wallet competitor. only on Sprint network
- Touch Wallet will be unlocked by entering a four-digit passcode before a screen of options opens. If the phone is tapped on a credit card reader, get a list of available credit cards to use. When payment is complete, the wallet locks again.
- Slides suggest Sprint Sprint partnering with big companies: McDonalds, Starbucks, Target, and Macy's
- bank partners? release date? security for those wary of Google Wallet?
- How Google Wallet works: enter PIN, wave the phone at the reader, transaction is complete. phone gets stolen, thief still needs PIN to make purchases. Google Wallet locks down after 5 bad PIN guesses. vulnerability discovered in Feb lets that thief extract the Google Wallet PIN from a rooted phone without making any bad guesses.
- Visa's V.me launching this fall in the UK, France, and Spain;
- American Express will work with Isis, a joint venture by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, in US later this year;
- MasterCard's PayPass Wallet, coming to US this year
- PayPal Here is on the way
- PayPal to Offer E-Commerce on TV Sets With Comcast, TiVo
- TiVo and PayPal pair up for purchases through TV
- PayPal is working with Comcast and TiVo to let TV viewers purchase items and donate money via a remote control as early as the fall
- If you saw an ad, you could purchase a good, get coupons sent to you electronically, make a donation to a nonprofit or political campaign or have info texted to your phone
- This will work on TiVo Premiere 4-tuner DVRs
- Comcast's involvement is "in the very early stages" according to Tony Werner Comcast exec VP and CTO
- PayPal found in a survey of cable subscribers that about 49 percent of them are open to the idea of making purchases through their TVs.
- What do we think of this kind of interactive ad? Does this seem like something that'd interest you?
- What do you think of the business move for TiVo which has been floundering for a while now?
- Tomorrow is National Juggling Day and National Lobster Day
"Hello TNT peeps. I'm a full time college student (all online classes.. first semester pursuing a Computer Science degree... oy vey), working full time and full time husband and father of 2. If it isn't apparent to you.. time at this moment is at a permium in my life. I first heard about Britannica results in bing from your show and I was surprised to hear you all respond so "meh". I can tell you that this will ABSOLUTELY effect the way I use the internet. I am giddy with anticipation just imagining the possibilities of how much time will be saved by having britannica a few key taps away. As you know wikipedia hasn't gotten the love from educational establishments so having Britannica available... #Winning. - Brian"
"Hello Tom and TNT crew
I don't know if you missed this update or if you just had to cut it because of time constraints, but DELL updated their XPS line monday as well, introducing their new line of Ultrabooks with carbon fiber hull.
They have 13 and 15 inches displays and solid drive technology and the cheapest is at U$999 - clearly intending to be an Mac Book Air competitor
Claudia from Brazil"
"Power efficiency is the key to mobile, and Intel have been saying their next chips will be more efficient than ARM for as long as I can remember - back as far as the Acorn Archimedes PC in 1987 in the UK. Comparing Android multi-threading performance to Intel processors is meaningless, like comparing watching a video on YouTube to a Core i5 CPU. If Intel want to play catchup for another 25 years they should keep spouting this kind of marketing rubbish, and they'll never be more than a footnote in mobile.
Thanks for the show, its how I start my day.
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