Tech News Today 67
Recorded: September 2, 2010
Published: September 2, 2010
Tech News Today 67: How do you spell relief? G-A-L-A-X-Y
Get iOS4.1 early, 3D laptops and the Facebook-Ping mystery solved
- Tom Merritt ( )
- Sarah Lane ( )
- Kirsten Sanford ( )
- Erik Lanigan ( )
- Facebook Blocked API Access to Ping After Failure to Strike Agreement, So Apple Removed Feature After Launch
- Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai told reporters on Wednesday that notices were being sent to Google and Skype to provide "lawful access" of data to security agencies. The country sees access to such communications as vital in its fight against militants and terrorists who may use encrypted networks to plot attacks.
- Starting this month, mobile carriers in China are requiring people who set up new mobile phone accounts to register with their real names as part of a new government measure to reduce anonymity among the country's 800 million mobile users. And within 3 years, the carriers must also register the real identities of all existing users. Online gamers faced a similar requirement starting in August.
- Apple cleared the use of the word Ping with golf company PING before using the name for its new Web2.0 music look-up feature in iTunes. The golf company made filings with the trademark office back in April describing use of their name for computer systems. So who leaked?
- A new iPad-specific version of Twitter's app was released yesterday. The new version takes full advantage of the tablet's 9.7-inch screen real estate by weaving in Web pages, photos and videos related to tweets.
- The 1980s beat the 21st century in Japan last month! Sales of Sony's Walkman line beat those of Apple's iPod line in Japan for the month of August, according to survey results released Thursday by BCN, a Tokyo-based research firm. During August, Sony took a 47.8 percent share of the portable music player market, while Apple captured 44 percent.
- Yesterday Apple CEO Steve Jobs touted Apple's iPhone activation numbers and said ""We think some of our friends are counting upgrades in their numbers" which most people took as a poke at Google. Today a Google spokesperson told Fortune "The Android activation numbers do not include upgrades and are, in fact, only a portion of the Android devices in the market since we only include devices that have Google services."
- As we told you previously, a Detroit-area juror who posted an update on Facebook that read "gonna be fun to tell the defendant they're GUILTY"... while the trial was still ongoing... has been removed from the jury. But that's not all! The judge who removed her has also tasked her with a five-page essay that must illustrate her grasp on the constitutional right to a fair trial. The juror says she's "very, very sorry". We don't blame her. Five pages is a lot!
- Verizon has announced prepaid data plans for phones. For $30 a month you can get unlimited data for $10 you get a 25 MB that runs you 20 cents a megabyte if you go over. The cheaper plan isn't meant for smart phones which could easily hit the cap, but rather the so-called 'feature phones' that the kids love so much these days.
Kickers and Weird Science
- IFA conference begins in Berlin tomorrow. Erik Schmidt delivering closing keynote.
- Happy 90210 day! I don't care what you say, very geeky!
- Labour Day is Monday and a holiday in the US, so no TNT.
- TWiT at Dragon*Con. Meetup Saturday night September 4 - RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Don't forget the NSFW Show live at 7 PM Eastern on Friday Night.
Here is an FYI, think it would be cool for the news fuse!
I know you know that 4.1 GM has been made available to all iPhone developers. The cool thing is that iOS 4.1 will work on ANY iPhone or iPod Touch regardless if it is a developer phone or not.
Posted some mirror links on my site to get your hands on iOS 4.1 early.
- Gazelle.com For a 5% bonus use code TNT
- Gazelle #6
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- Edited by: Erik
- Notes: Mediafly publish: 5:00
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