Tech News Today 523
Recorded: June 15, 2012
Published: June 15, 2012
Tech News Today 523: Reach Out and Grab a Puppy
Windows rumors get more interesting, Dropbox changes everything, make a Skype call go to jail for 15 years, and more.
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- The Microsoft Monday announcement rumours turned up a notch last night as The Wrap, a Hollywood blog, reported they had inside information that Microsoft would not only announce a tablet, but a tablet made by Microsoft, a la the Xbox. Mary Jo Foley suspects it might be more of an entertainment-oriented Kindle competitor than an iPad competitor, given the announcement is in LA. Good job generating geek hype this time, Microsoft!
- Back in Feb when Facebook filed its pre-IPO S1 Registration, the SEC had some concerns about...mobile. "Assuming that the trend towards mobile continues and your mobile monetization efforts are unsuccessful, ensure that your disclosure fully addresses the potential consequences to your revenue and financial results rather than just stating that they 'may be negatively affected" said the SEC. clarification like this is fairly common with the SEC, but just serves as a reminder that FB is in the mobile hot seat.
- Dropbox has a couple of bits of news today. An iOS app update lets Dropbox users manually or automatically upload photos and video from the phone directly to the cloud using Wi-Fi or cell connection. However the Public Folder will go away as of August 1st for new users. Dropbox recently made it so any file can be linked to publicly. Current users will get to keep their Public folders.
- Vizio, the TV maker, is getting into the computer game. They've made tablets but now the company has announced three distinct lines of Windows computers: ultrabooks, mid-size laptops, and all-in-one desktops, starting at $898. The new systems mix high-end components with slick designs, including unibody construction, hidden hinges, and full HD displays. CNET's Dan Ackerman calls the computers MAc-like and he's not the only one.
- Judge Richard Posner in the U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois has changed his mind. Apple and Motorola can go at each other next Wednesday. The judge ordered that "Each party may argue that it would be entitled to injunctive relief as to its patent or patents were the other party found to have infringed." The dispute centers on patents related to mobile devices such as the iPhone and Motorola's Droid.
- According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI, who provided a tip to Apple Insider, Apple is looking to launch a 13-inch Retina MacBook either this September or early October. Kuo has previously correctly predicted that Apple would drop the 17-inch MacBook Pro and sell the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display along with a previous-generation without Retina.
- Early adopters take heart. That impulse to be first can sometimes pay off. An original and operational Apple 1 computer motherboard sold this morning at Sotheby's for $374,500. The auction house originally estimated the item would sell for $120,000 to $180,000. Fewer than 50 Apple 1's are thought to exist with only six in operating condition.
- ICANN is not so good at the keeping secrets sometimes. You know all those new cool top-level domains like dot-unicorn? ICANN, said it accidentally published the addresses of top-level domain applicants, but has since taken them down.
- ICANN posted a notice yesterday indicating that it temporarily disabled viewing of the application details to remove the postal addresses of some primary and secondary contacts for top-level domain, or TLD applications. Oops!
- NPD's numbers brought disappointing news to the video game industry. May U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware, software and accessories fell 28 percent, dropping for the sixth consecutive month in May. The study tracks sales of new physical products, excluding used, rental and digital. Diablo III unsurprisingly topped the charts, the first time since July 2010 that a PC game has done so, when Blizzard's last PC title, Starcraft II hit the shelves.
- New data from Hitwise: Google accounted for 65% of all U.S. searches conducted in the 4 weeks ending June 2, 2012, which is down 3% over the same period last year. In the Bing corner, Bing-powered searches were up 5% to 28.12% of all searches, though direct Bing searches were at 13.17%. Yahoo’s share was 14.95%. Another interesting stat? One-word searches are up, way up, on longer strings — they saw a 19% increase while all others went down. People are indeed into the whole brevity thing.
- Microsoft Is Doing Its Own Tablet. How Do You Like Them Apples?
- Microsoft Manufacturing Tablet to Rival Apple iPad, Says Insider (Exclusive)
- That rumored 'Microsoft tablet' - what if it's not a Windows tablet?
- Xbox tablet? I don't think so
- The new rumours
- Microsoft designing its own tablet (ATD, The Wrap)
- Mary Jo Foley suspects it might be Windows Embedded or WinPhone Ereader (but like the Fire, with Movies and TV shows)
- Recently B&N and Microsoft settled a patent dispute made a lot of mention of Windows Phone
- ZDNet's David Gewirtz believes it could be an Xbox tablet
- Doors open Monday at 3:30 PM Pacific, announcement probably at 4.
- Dropbox updates iOS app, ditches public folders
- iOS update lets Dropbox users manually or automatically upload photos and video from the phone directly to the cloud using Wi-Fi or cell connection
- also be able to move and delete sets of files at once and upload files of any size. There's also the option to earn up to 3GB of extra free space for uploading photos, in 500MB increments.
- In February, Dropbox debuted its new photo features on Android phones, following up in April with a new version for Windows and Mac users.
- in an email to registered developers, Dropbox announced that as of Aug. 1, new user accounts will be built without the Public folder, which apparently became repetitive after Dropbox added the ability to share any file or folder with a simple link back in April.
- Those Public folders already embedded in current users' accounts will continue to function as before
- people are mad.
- is this a mega upload type scare? or just dropbox way to cut down on server load by keeping ppl from embedding direct links on blogs/sites?
- A Skype call in Ethiopia will now get you 15 years in prison
- Why Does Ethiopia Want to Give People 15 Years in Jail for Using Skype?
- Legislation in Ethiopia criminalizes use of all VoIP services, including Skype, Google Voice and others.
- Law was passed last month and goes into effect now to combat "Security threats". Penalty for using an illegal phone service can be up to 15 years in prison and heavy fines.
- Making a phone call over the Internet is punishable by 3 to 8 years in prison plus fines.
- State-owned Ethio Teleco is the only telecom provider in the country
- Law gives the telco the power to prohibit video chatting, social media, e-mail, and any other data transfer service capable of communicating information.
- Ethio Teleco blocks Tor, which implies deep packet inspection
- Ethiopia is the world's fifth fastest growing economy over the past decade. 8.4% growth 2001-2010
- Apple Gives Podcasts a Gentle Push Out of iTunes
- Peter Kafka at ATD reports Apple may push podcasts out of iTunes in iOS6
- According to Kafka, Apple will give podcasts its own app
- Laptop and desktop versions of iTune swill still have access to podcasts there
- AppDevice reports Apple will also move its iTunes U and audiobooks out of iTunes, too.
- Apple sued after Time Capsule backup loses photos
- A Surrey, B.C., man is suing Apple for $25,000 after his Time Capsule backup drive crashed, taking with it a year of photographs including those showing the birth of his first child.
- In his suit filed in B.C.'s small claims court, Perminder Tung says he bought the Apple Time Capsule in June 2009 and used it to back up two MacBooks and an iPhone.
- he took it back to the Apple Store, he was told the data was lost and irretrievable. also says he was also told at the store that the product had numerous issues related to defects in the design and the power supply.
- was told Apple had issued a recall notice for the Time Capsule, but his particular model was outside of the recall's time frame.
- Tung, who is a lawyer, says he's since learned of many other Time Capsule failures
- NeverSeconds blogger Martha Payne school dinner photo ban lifted
- UK council reverses ban decision, will allow nine-year-old girl to blog about her school meals
- NeverSeconds blog
- In May nine-year-old Martha AKA VEG (for Veritas Ex Gustu, truth from tasting in Latin) started a blog where she posted a picture of her school lunch a brief explanation of what she thought of it and some ratings.
- She had permission and support from the school and some obvious help and support from her father who's mentioned a lot in the blog.
- Children arpoudn the world started senfing pictures of their school lunches. The blog became very popular.
- She has raised £45,719.46 pounds for Mary's Meals, which sets up school lunch programs in impoverished areas.
- The Argyll and Bute council which funds the school decided to ban the blog and June 14th (yesterday) VEG posted a goodbye post.
- The tenancy said they made the decision because the staff fear for their jobs and the blog misrepresented the choices available.
- Today on BBC Radio 4' The World at One, Roddy McCuish, leader of the council said he has "instructed senior officials to immediately withdraw the ban on pictures from the school dining hall." Saying that there's no room for censorship in his council and "there never will be." And will meet with VEG's father
- A new post has not yet been made on NeverSeconds
- Argyll and Bute Council wholly refutes the unwarranted attacks on its schools catering service which culminated in national press headlines which have led catering staff to fear for their jobs. ... this escalation means we had to act to protect staff from the distress and harm it was causing. In particular, the photographic images uploaded appear to only represent a fraction of the choices available to pupils.
- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos will announce the global launch of the Kindle Mobile Learning Initiative on Wednesday, June 20 at a press conference in Washington, D.C.
"Hello TNT Crew.
I just wanted to comment on episode 522 on what Nokia could do as a come back in the United States. I think Nokia should look at what made them popular in the first place in the States in the late 90s- The Nokia 5100 series. They should make a mid-range Windows 8 smart phone priced at $149 that has removal face plates (or back plates) and include Snake on every phone. The 5100 series was on all the major US carriers (even Sprint) was inexpensive, you could buy a faceplate anywhere to customize it and who didn't like Snake?
Have a great weekend!!!
"Hey TNT crew,
I have one of those pizza vending machines on my uni campus and all i can say it makes good pizza, its edible and quite tasty, once you pop in some money all you end up is staring at the machine while it cooks like a mosquito to a flame... also good when you're drunk or high and can't cook for jack it a life saver lol.
from momo london, university of greenwhich"
"You mentioned on the show yesterday that Skype credits actually expire. That's not entirely true, despite what Skype tells you via those email warnings. I bought Skype credit in 2010, and I hardly ever use it, and so I wanted to find out how to keep the credit I paid for active.
To clarify, credit never expires and goes away forever, it just becomes inactive after 180 days of not being used. If that happens, you can easily log into to Skype's website and use a simple link to reactivate the credit. All this, including the link to click on to reactivate credit, is detailed here in the Skype support section.
I just wanted to clear that up and stop any one from having to keep calling themselves every few months in fear of losing their credits.
- Dan (Calgary, Alberta)"
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