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Episode 572

Tech News Today 572: One More Fruitful Year

What's Amazon cooking up? Facebook forces Android on employees, Post PC era gets Post-PC-ier.


News Fuse

  • The Apple - Samsung patent case has a decision... in Korea. I know, it's hard to keep track of all the Apple-Samsung patent cases. But in KOREA, Apple has been found to violate two of Samsung's WiFi patents and Samsung found to violate Apple's bounce-back patent. Samsung was not found to be copying Apple's design. Under the ruling, Apple must stop selling the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 1 and iPad 2 in South Korea, while Samsung must stop selling 12 products including the Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab.
  • The FCC has approved Verizon’s $3.9B dollar acquisition of 4G spectrum from a consortium of cable operators, another hurdle down for Verizon to build the LTE network it always wanted. The deal still has to pass a federal judge, but since the US Department of Justice lifted all of its objections to the deal last week, it’s pretty much smooth sailing for Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House.
  • The International Telecommunication Union approved NHK’s 8K Ultra High-Definition TV standard. The standard, which NHK calls Super Hi-Vision, means a resolution of 7680 x 4320 with framerates of 120 fps. If that resolution didn’t mean anything to you - think of it this way: it’s over 33 megapixels, with 16 times the amount of pixels in a 1080p HDTV.
  • The Associated Press reports that the 8 judges of South Korea's contitutional court court rule unanimously against a 2007 law that required Internet commenters use their real names. The court stated it found no evidence the law helped decrease libel or the spread of false information, but that the law did discourage people from voicing dissent for fear of punishment. Security breaches that leaked personal data also contributed to the decision.




E-mail #1

Dear TNT,

Your discussion today regarding the interview with Nintendo big wig Satoru Iwata reminded me a great deal of the kind of posturing that went on with Sega in the early Dreamcast days. Back then, Sega assured their fans that they were going to remain both a software and hardware developer; and we saw how that ended up. When Mr. Iwata says that 'real' gamers still want dedicated hand held devices I can't help but think what he's really saying is: "if you want to play Mario, Pokemon and Zelda games, you better stick with us and support us." In my opinion, Nintendo's exclusivity with these properties are the only strong suit they have left at this point. Time will tell, but I won't be surprised if in the future we see people playing Nintendo licensed games on other company's hardware.

Love the show,

Rob Houghton

E-mail #2

Hello TNT Show!

In response to your segment about people being underwhelmed with 4G.

I'm a savvy guy, I've only had iPhones, and I don't feel like I'm missing anything. Websites load plenty fast, and I have no problem streaming video.

My impression of 4G so far hasn't been too inspiring after seeing several of my co workers various android devices. I usually charge my phone every other day, they are constantly worried about making it through a single day (and sometimes they don't). The phones that claim to have "solved" the battery issue feel like bricks and they tend to run hot.

I am more than willing to wait for technology to advance before getting 4G. Maybe that will be September? ;)

Love the show!

Rob in Phoenix



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