24 February 2014

Mobile World Congress; Samsung and the anti-Samsung film

Mobile World Congress: February 24-27, 2014, Barcelona
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Samsung allegedly pressures Korean newspaper to kill coverage of anti-Samsung film | The Verge: " . . . The article, which was posted on February 5th, reported that celebrities were spending their own money to fund screenings of the film. Another Promise is a fictionalized portrait of Hwang Sang-ki, whose 23-year-old daughter died from acute leukemia in 2007. Hwang Yu-mi fell ill after being exposed to hazardous chemicals at a Samsung plant in Suwon, one of scores of workers who have fallen ill globally after working in semiconductor plants. A Seoul administrative court sided with Hwang’s father in 2011, saying there was a high probability that the leukemia resulted from her exposure to hazardous chemicals....."

The prospects of the HTML5-based Firefox OS: "....The booting up of Firefox OS starts with the bootloader, through the Linux kernel init, to the Gecko process and finally to GAIA system apps. Since the OS is based on HTML5 and Open Web resources, developers only have to learn HTML, JavaScript and CSS; no other languages are necessary. It is worth noting that the Firefox OS marketplace is also open. Vendors can not only leverage the app resources readily available in the Firefox marketplace, but also set up their own marketplaces (they set their prices and maintain their own software) for use by Firefox handsets. This is quite attractive, compared to the other two OS platforms....."

Official Blog: More love for playlists and a new look for YouTube: " . . . . YouTube now has a center-aligned look, fitting neatly on any screen size, and feeling similar to the mobile apps you’re spending almost half your YouTube time with. You can quickly flip between what’s recommended and popular in “What to Watch” like Postmodern Jukebox’s Timber, and the latest from your subscribed channels like iamOTHER in “My Subscriptions,” with both options now front and center. Click the guide icon to the right of the YouTube logo at any time to see your playlists, subscriptions and more. . . ."

Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again | Re/code: " . . . . What I don’t know is whether the device Amazon is producing will also function as a gaming hub. As my colleague Eric Johnson reported yesterday, Amazon has been hiring game developers. And a report from Web site VG 247 last month asserted that Amazon was building an Android-based box that would play games, similar to the crowd-funded Ouya console that debuted last year."

WhatsApp has outage after $19B Facebook deal"Service outages are common for rapidly growing technology companies, and the WhatsApp Status account has tweeted about an outage about once a month going back through May."

Gmail's 'unsubscribe' tool comes out of the weeds | ITworld: "Google is trying to strike the right balance to keep ordinary Gmail users happy without alienating business users. "We want our users to not have spam, and we also want you to reach the user," Elie Bursztein, who leads Google's anti-abuse research, told conference attendees."

Apple promises fix 'very soon' for Macs with failed encryption
Reuters
Confirming researchers' findings late Friday that a major security flaw in iPhones and iPads also appears in notebook and desktop machines running Mac OS X, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Reuters: "We are aware of this issue and already have a ...

Google, LG working on smartwatch to be unveiled in June
CNET
With its smartwatch, Google will employ a Nexus-like model in which it designs the software and controls virtually every aspect of the launch, leaving the hardware details to a partner who takes a backseat in terms of visibility. In this case, LG is ...

Apple's security bug: Five NSA conspiracy theories
Fortune
It lays out the timeline for when the U.S. government's top cyberspies gained access to user data on the servers of the major U.S. Internet companies: Microsoft (MSFT) in 2007,Google (GOOG) in 2009, AOL (AOL) in 2011 and Apple (AAPL) in Oct. 2012.

Google Fiber may be fast, but it takes time to build
Denver Post
If you live in one of the cities Google may wire for high-speed Internet, don't expect it to happen overnight. Based on the experience of Kansas City, Kan., where Google is building its first high-speed network, it could take a couple of years before ...

Google Grabs Spider.io in Anti-Ad Fraud Battle
Top Tech News
With its Spider.io buy, Google is moving to catch click fraud and to maintain advertiser confidence in the system. Google is acquiring Spider.io because the search giant has an interest in deterring, catching and punishing the sources of fraudulent ...

Microsoft targets developing markets with Windows Phone changes
PCWorld
With developing markets in its sight, Microsoft is making a number of changes to Windows Phone that it hopes will result in a wider range of less expensive devices. A forthcoming update of the Windows Phone 8 operating system will drop several key ...

Microsoft: Pretty please make Windows Phones based on our design
CNET
Basically, that means anyone -- from established handset vendors like HTC to PC makers like Hewlett-Packard -- can build phones relatively quickly and cheaply. If the companies want, they can essentially slap their own branding on the device from ...

Google Commands: Thou Shalt Not Be a 'Glasshole'
CIO Today
Realizing the potential ick factor of Google Glass and concerns over privacy, Google is asking Google Glass wearers not be rude or creepy in public. In a new list of etiquette rules, Google warns, "Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at ...

Amazon's history should teach us to beware 'friendly' internet giants
The Guardian
Except at amazon.com. Like the other titans of the online world – Google, Facebook, Yahoo and to a lesser extent, Microsoft – Amazon is driven by data and algorithms. But not entirely. What many of its customers may not realise is that the results ...
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is an upstanding slate
CNET
To play this video, you need Javascript enabled and the latest version of Flash installed. Install Flash now. Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ is an upstanding slate. Created: 02/23/2014. Video description: The 10 HD+ boasts a metal kickstand, that Lenovo says ...

Netflix Agrees to Pay Comcast to End Traffic Jam
Wall Street Journal
In exchange for payment, Netflix will get direct access to Comcast's broadband network, the people said. The multiyear deal comes just 10 days after Comcast agreed to buy Time Warner Cable Inc., TWC -0.79% Time Warner Cable Inc. U.S.: NYSE $140.54 ...

Mozilla plans '$25 smartphone' for emerging markets
BBC News
Mozilla has shown off a prototype for a $25 (£15) smartphone that is aimed at the developing world. The company, which is famed mostly for its Firefox browser, has partnered with Chinese low-cost chip maker Spreadtrum. While not as powerful as more ...

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