Tech News Today 527
Recorded: June 21, 2012
Published: June 21, 2012
Tech News Today 527: Will Dish Bring us the Apple TV?
Stop Microsoft! You're killing RIM! From Sharp minds comes Apple TV, the death of screen reflection, and more.
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- Many current Windows Phone users are not satisfied with getting Windows 7.8 as an upgrade instead of Windows Phone 8 when it comes out this fall. A user named Luke shot off an email to Nokia's Stephen Elop and AT&T's Ralph de la Vega asking why he should stick with Windows Phone since he's only getting a "skin with the new live tiles"? Elop responded saying existing Lumia users will get "the most significant visual elements of WP8 " and expressed Nokia's commitment to a long-term experience for Lumia users. Your move, Luke.
- TechCrunch reports Apple is working on replacing the iPhone's 30-pin port, a standard since the 3rd-gen iPod, with a 19-pin port, according to sources from 3 independent manufacturers. Along with the MagSafe 2 port in the new Macbooks, it seems saving space is top priority for the next iPhone as well.
- Motorola Mobility is trying to end its dispute with Microsoft over several patents by offering a settlement. Moto's deal would require the company to pay Microsoft 33 cents for every phone that uses Microsoft ActiveSync and would require Microsoft to pay 50 cents for every unit that uses Motorola technology related to video compression. Motorola also wants a 2.25% royalty on the cost of the Xbox. Microsoft doesn't seem impressed with the terms saying Motorola is asking for rates higher than market.
- The much-maligned ACTA copyright treaty took a blow in Europe. The International Trade Committee, made up of Members of the European Parliament, voted 19-12 against the treaty. That measn the committee's formal recommendation to the European Parliament will be to reject it. The Parliament is expected to make its final decision in early July.
- A team from Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering has developed a 50-gigapixel prototype camera. That's...wait for it... 50,000 megapixels. It's actually 98 cameras synced in a single device, is two-and-half feet square and 20 inches deep, and could be used for military surveillance. The Duke team received funding from the United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, AKA DARPA, for the project.
- A report from Chinese news site 21cbh.com says Foxconn will receive parts from Sharp in the third quarter of this year to build the mythical Apple HDTV. Sharp is rumored to be the display panel provider. The report says the panels were expected in the fourth quarter, but this earlier timing could allow the Apple HDTV to be introduced as early as the end of this year.
- A big yacht is enough for most people, but not Larry Ellison. He just bought an island. a HAWAIIAN island. 98% of the island of Lanai is owned by billionaire David Murdock, and he's been losing money on it but Oracle CEO Ellison, has agreed to buy it for around half a billion dollars. Maybe there are hidden flows of patents from its volcano.
- AHHHHHHHH Twitter was down today! Twitter was down today! Did you notice? No? Well it WAS, for about three hours, and here's why, in Twitter's own words. "Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components."
- Google introduced EndangeredLanguages.com - a site that aims to contain over 3,000 languages that are threatened. According to the site, there are 7,000 languages currently spoken and about 50% of them are expected to be lost by the year 2100. You'll be able to see a dedicated page for each language as well as view sample videos. Google plans to hand off the project to the First People's Cultural Council and The Institute for Language Information and Technology in just a few months.
- First found last week in an XDA Developers forum post, it looks like the next version of Android will be called Jelly Bean and will first make its way to the Galaxy Nexus HSPA+. The information was found by going to the Google Play store and going through the checkout process. The bigger news is that Jelly Bean would be Android 4.1 - a point release and not version 5.0.
- HTC's Windows Phone 8 roadmap: 'Zenith' flagship, 'Accord' midrange, and 'Rio' entry-level models
- Huawei commits to 'Ascend' Windows Phone 8 handset
- Huawei Ascend P1 XL hands-on
- Vendors that aren't Nokia jumping on board with WP8
- Chris Ziegler at The Verge reports a source revealed HTCF's roadmap
- HTC Rio 4-inch WVGA HSPA 512 MB memory - October
- HTC Accord 4.3-ibnch 720p Super LCD 2, 8 mpxl camera 1080p capture HSPA+, NFC, 1GB RAM, dual-core - October
- HTC Zenith 4.7-inch 720p SLCD2, 8 mpxl HSPA+ quad-core - Q4
- CNET reports Huawei Ascend sereis of devices coming to Europe, China, US, whenever WP8 is released. Likely pre-paid carriers like Cricket or MetroPCS in the US." Huawei showing off an Android Ascend with a massive battery at Mobile Asia Expo
- Why Windows Phone means the Blackberry is doomed
- 1st BB 10 phones will not have physical keyboard
- Ars Technica has a nice writeup - Microsoft is flooding the market with Windows 8 phones. RIM is laying off thousands of workers.
- BlackBerry Enterprise Server was always a big reason for BB success in corporate world, giving administrators a huge amount of control over RIM devices
- BB 7 phone sales lagged. Late last year RIM moved to make its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion management platform (next evolution of Enterprise Server) compatible with iOS and Android devices to keep RIM platform in corporations that were letting employees uses device of choice
- RIM's CEOs departed, new CEO Thorsten Heins focused RIM direction on enterprise customers.
- Microsoft has its own management platform called System Center 2012 with management capabilities for iOS, Android. Win Phone 8 will have Office Suite & because it has same kernel that runs most enterprise desktops and notebooks, not difficult to build native apps for Windows Phone 8.
- no keyboard in BB 10 phones at first. not a deal breaker but seems like another excuse for corps to say "eh let's just switch"
- Ars also notes: while BlackBerry phones are a favorite of government agencies for unclassified use, most of the classified-use mobile phones used by the DoD are based on a Windows platform—albeit an older one.
"Happy Thursday, TNT Crew. I liked the show yesterday, and had a few quick comments on the Windows Phone opportunity.
I think that MS can definitely make headway in the corporate world. Most employers I've talked to lately won't allow VPN or MS Exchange access through Android phones due to rooting and other security loopholes. That isn't to say WP and iPhone Can't be rooted, just that corporate tech departments have a tendency to trust Microsoft because that is what they run for their systems, servers, Word Processing, Email, and many security features in house.
If Blackberry really wants to save themselves, they should sell out their server technology to Microsoft in a buyout, and sell their keyboard hardware to the feature phone ""quick messaging"" arms of Nokia and Samsung, and their tablet tech to Amazon. 3 sales for 1 company isn't as bad as bankruptcy and selling out for patents.
- Microsoft sends takedown notice to sites hosting Xbox 720 doc, including Dropbox
- Dropbox blocks public links to files it finds in breach of copyright
- Remember that 56-page roadmap of the Xbox 720. I'm guessing it was real now
- Ihned.cz (Czech Republic) received a copyright-related takedown notice from Alan Radford on behalf of Microsoft.
- Public links to the file give message: "no longer available due to a takedown request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by Microsoft."
- Previously Covington & Burling had the doc taken down from Scribd
- MS has issued 448,236 URL removal requests to Google in the past month.
- Top Developers’ Can Now Respond to App Reviews on Google Play
- Google Aims to Smooth the Path for Android Developers
- Google is allowing top developers to directly to respond to user reviews on Google Play in a threaded view
- This isn't something available on Apple's App Store
- Google is only allowing ""top developers"" at first.
- Developers will be added to Google Play's discretion
- App Annie - analytics firm says iOS makes $2.45 for every $1 made on Android
- “We’re being noticed more now than we ever were in the past,” said Billy Rutledge, director of developer relations for Android. **What impact will this have on the Play market?
- Schmidt said that Android get apps first, will this kind of thing bring in developers?
- Sony develops film that renders screen reflection almost non-existent
- At the Society for Information Display, or SID conference, Sony demonstrated a conbo of conductive film & low-reflection film that makes screen reflection almost non-existent in devices like smartphones and tablets, one of the downsides when outdoors and inferior to e-paper
- image from show: top is traditional conductive film, lots of reflection. middle shows off new conductive film, which is better. bottom is new conductive film with a ""moth-eye"" low reflection film. key to low reflectance is formed through an uneven surface, tiny bumps that cover the entire film. means that light won’t just bounce back off the screen creating a reflection. " "- Typically, the gap between a display and its touch panel is filled with optical clear adhesive (OCA), which also helps cut down on reflections. Sony demonstrated that the low-reflection film does just as good a job as OCA in cutting reflections, but also that its new film works with OCA if required.
- compare to new MBP, two sheets of glass layers that are different sizes, leaves off third layer of cover glass that adds to gloss in other models
- LCD TV shipments fall for the first time ever
- Sharp set to deliver Apple TV parts to Foxconn in Q3?
- NPD DisplaySearch shows tv shipments worldwide down 8% compared to Q1 2011, with LCD shipments specifically down 3%.
- LCDs take up almost 85% of the TV market ownership. CRTs are a distant 2nd at 10% of the market, & plasmas under 6%.
- Samsung was the only TV maker to see shipments increase at all... it now holds 26% of the worldwide TV market.
- What will reinvigorate the TV market? Apps? Gestures? Siri?
- B&W --> Color --> HD --> 3D --> SmartTV --> Gestures/Voice
- Form factor changes: furniture piece --> super thin & wide
- Australia is expected to auction off 700MHz & 2.5GHz wireless frequencies in April 2013, a slow march to country-wide 4G service, but at least the 700MHz band will support US-bought devices. Meanwhile the UK, provider Everything Everywhere says its not interested in suing regulator Ofcom as has been accused of carriers previously, so 4G may be a reality here as well.
- Some Galaxy S III pre-orders from AT&T will be delayed until Monday, June 25th. Hey it's a popular phone...
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