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TITLE: Does the TV Match the Drapes?Juice the BlackBerry | Share My Ire | Growing Pessimistic World | It Hinges on Hinges | No Worries | TV Matches the Drapes | Can I get a hand

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BlackBerry sells, but who's buying? Lenovo gets more flexible, Path gets secretive http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Tim Stevens
LOWER THIRD URL: @Tim_Stevens, cnet.com

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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday July 11 2014

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Tech News Today is brought to you by you. No, really. You. If you don't watch or listen. We don't do this show. So thanks.

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Welcome to Tech News Today, I'm Tom Merritt --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Iyaz Akhtar -- I'm Jason Howell

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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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tmThe Wall Street Journal reports BlackBerry's special committee of board members pursuing a sale of the company wants to pursue a fast auction process with a sale completed as early as November. The Journal's sources say BlackBerry has narrowed its list of candidates and will begin the sales process soon.http://allthingsd.com/20130904/blackberry-pushes-for-speedy-sale-process/

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slLenovo's launching a bunch of stuff! The company's new smartphone is called the Vibe X, with a 6.9 mm slim frame and weight of just 4.2 oz, plus a 13 mp rear cam and 5 mp front, cam, curved display and HD screen. It also announced the The Yoga 2 Pro, 10% lighter than previous models and can go into four modes with a higher resolution screen and software to optimize apps starts at $1,099... the Thinkpad Yoga will have a 360 degree rotation and a lift and lock keyboard that sits flush on surfaces with keys locked into place in multiple modes starting at $949.... and the Flex line: two laptops that can swap modes to be a stand or laptop, starting at $629. http://www.zdnet.com/lenovo-aims-for-high-end-smartphones-with-vibe-x-7000020189/

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Lenovo doubles down on convertible PC bet; Yoga-tizes lineuphttp://www.zdnet.com/lenovo-doubles-down-on-convertible-pc-bet-yoga-tizes-lineup-7000020187/

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ia"The Apple of China" Xiaomi introduced a new Android powered smartphone and television. The phone is the MI3 and features a 5-inch touchscreen and is powered by a Tegra 4 or a Snapdragon 800 depending on which Chinese carrier you get. The phones launch in mid-October and will range in price from about $330 to $410. The 47-inch television is called the Xiaomi TV. It will be assembled by Wistron, which is the company that makes TVs for Sony. The TV will run Android and have 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and be powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor. It's priced at around $490 and launches mid-October. http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/xiaomi-miphone-3-xiaomi-tv-china-android/shao-mi

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tmA US federal jury in Seattle ordered Google's Motorola Mobility to pay Microsoft $14.5 million in damages for failing to license on reasonable terms, patentsrelated to the H.264 video and 802.11 wireless standards. Motorola sought 2.25% of the product price from Microsoft. The case will have broad effects over what constitutes fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory terms in patent licensing in the US. Google intends to appeal.http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57601432-75/microsoft-awarded-$14.5m-in-motorola-patent-licensing-suit/

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slAt IFA, Toshiba announced the Encore, an 8-inch tablet with a 1280×800 resolution screen and Intel's new Atom Bay Trail CPU, running Windows 8.1. The Encore also has a Micro HDMI port and a 32GB hard drive with an expandable microSD storage option, a 2MP front-cam that’s specially optimized for Skype calls and an 8MP rear camera. . It'll be available in November for $330.http://gearburn.com/2013/09/toshiba-hatches-8-inch-tablet-with-bay-trail-cpu-windows-8-1/

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iaYesterday, either to capitalize on the Samsung Galaxy Gear coverage or to get buried in it, Qualcomm introduced its own smartwatch called the "Toq." The Toq tethers to an Android phone via WiFi and Bluetooth and uses Qualcomm's Mirasol display technology, which is kind of like a color e-ink display. Mirasol is known to sip power compared to LCDs. Inside is a 200MHz Cortex M3 processor that will also help with battery life. The Qualcomm Toq will cost about $300 and is targeted for an October 10th release. http://reviews.cnet.com/wearable-tech/qualcomm-toq/4505-34900_7-35827147.html

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tmOyster has launched a limited preview of its ebook subscription service. The service lets you read any of more than 100,000 titles for a monthly fee of $9.95. The service is only available as an iPhone app in the US for now. An iPad app is planned for this autumn. The Oyster app can store up to 10 titles for offline reading.http://thenextweb.com/apps/2013/09/05/oyster-launches-its-all-you-can-read-ebook-service-for-the-iphone-with-over-100000-titles/

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slSix consumer privacy groups - Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Center for Digital Democracy, Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy Rights, U.S. PIRG, and the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse - have organized a coalition and sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking it to block upcoming changes to Facebook’s privacy policies that they say would make it easier for the social network to use personal data about its users, including children under 18, in advertising on the site. The changes are scheduled to go into effect later this week, but the coalition says they violate a 2011 order and settlement with the F.T.C. over user privacy.http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/privacy-groups-ask-f-t-c-to-block-facebook-policy-changes/?_r=1&

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tmIf you haven't caught on to this yet, 'curved' and '4K' or rather 'UHD' are the new TV buzz words coming out of IFA.These are often paired with the older buzzword OLED. Sony's one for three with its curved 65-inch HDTV that is NOT OLED but costs $3,999.99, shipping this autumn. Sony's 4K TVs dropped price. The 55-inch XBR-55X900A sells for $3,999 and the 65-inch XBR-65X900A for $5,499. Sony also launched its Video Unlimited 4K service, for Sony FMP-X1 4K media player owners. It has TV shows for $3.99 and films to rent for $7.99 or purchase for $24.99, including the complete Breaking Bad series in 4K after the season ends.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423962,00.asp

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iaMailpipe, a crowdfunded email client, found that $45,000 worth of contributions were frozen by Paypal. Mailpipe is currently building an email client that lets users control their email and keep it local instead of using Google or Microsoft servers. Paypal said it would unfreeze Mailpipe's money after one year or if there is a verifiable 1.0 release of Mailpipe. Mailpipe's money could also be unfrozen if it can provide Paypal with "an itemized budget" and "development goal dates." http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/09/paypal-freezes-45000-of-mailpiles-crowdfunded-dollars/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Tim Stevens
LOWER THIRD URL: @Tim_Stevens, cnet.com

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tmWSJ: BlackBerry sale likely to be wrapped up by Novemberhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/04/blackberry-sale-in-november/

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BlackBerry's board hopes to sell the company by November, claims reporthttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/4/4695112/blackberrys-board-to-sell-the-company-november-claims-report

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China's Huawei rules out acquisitions to grow in smartphoneshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/04/huawei-idUSL6N0H02MO20130904

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WSJ reports BB board members want "fast auction process" sale as early as November
- process expected to begin soon, narrowed list of buyers
- WSJ says Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Bain Capital are expected to consider bids, as well as some Asian tech companies including Chinese smartphone and computer maker Lenovo
- Bert Nordberg, the former Sony Ericsson executive now a member of BlackBerry's board, has said that the company should sell off pieces of itself and become a "niche maker of mobile hardware".
- Reuters: Huawei board meber Chen Lifang: “No, we have not considered (an acquisition). We want to rely on ourselves.”
Q: Place your bets folks, who buys what parts of BlackBerry?

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iaLenovo doubles down on convertible PC bet; Yoga-tizes lineuphttp://www.zdnet.com/lenovo-doubles-down-on-convertible-pc-bet-yoga-tizes-lineup-7000020187/

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Lenovo adds flexible hinges to even more laptops, including its best Yoga yethttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/5/4683852/lenovo-yoga-2-pro-thinkpad-yoga

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HP's all-in-one Envy 23 Recline puts the touchscreen in your laphttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/5/4696576/hp-envy-23-envy-27-reclineGallery

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- Lenovo thinks the future of laptops is in convertibles
- The executive director of the Lenovo Business Group Nick Reynolds says Lenovo's goal is to reinvent the traditional clamshell laptop and make multimode devices the norm.
- Lenovo thinks that people want to be able to make their devices into tablets and also use them as laptops.
- Lenovo is currently the world's No. 1 PC maker and has 45% of the Win8 convertible market
- The company just introduced the ThinkPad Yoga. It has a 12.5-inch display and can be configured with 1TB of storage and be powered by an Intel Core i7. The device also has a "Lift n' Lock" system for the keyboard so when you bend the screen all the way back to make the ThinkPad Yoga into a tablet, the body of the keyboard raises slightly to become flush with the keys. Launches in November and starts at $949.
- The Yoga was limited to the IdeaPad line up to now
- Lenovo also introduced the Flex 20, a 19.5-inch AiO PC that is designed to sit flat on a table
- HP also introduced a new AiO called the Recline that looks like a traditional AiO except the screen can be bent back and then down so you can use the device kind of like a propped up tablet. The hinge also lets you take the screen and bring it closer to you so it kind of hangs off the table.
- There will be 23 and 27-inch models that will cost $1350 and $1400

Q: is the future of computers -- really tablets first, laptop/desktop second? Will we see other manufacturers swiping the Yoga design?

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slPath adds new privacy features and Premium subscription in 3.2 update, announces Deutsche Telekom partnershiphttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/path-3-2/

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- Private Sharing lets you share moments with just a few people, the "inner circle". tap the lock button at the corner and you'll be prompted to choose who amongst your friends you want in on your private moment. You can add as many or as few people as you wish. a row of avatar icons of the people who've been added, if av is grayed out, that person hasn't seen moment. they'll know who else was on the moment too.
- Inner Circle works the same way as Private Sharing, except it's reserved for your very closest friends. First, you select your Inner Circle by tapping the star next to their names in your friends list. Then every time you want to share something to this tight-knit group of buddies, you can tap the star icon instead of having to re-pick their names. filter your home feed to only show updates from your Inner Circle mates and even change your phone's settings to get Inner Circle notifications.
- Premium subscribers get unlimited access to all filters and stickers, early access to new Shop items. iOS: pay $4.99 for 3 months or $14.99 for 12. On Android, $1.99/month or $14.99/year
q: inner circle? wtf? isn't this how path started?

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slHalf of Internet users worry over personal info exposed onlinehttp://techcrunch.com/2013/09/04/pew-86-of-u-s-adults-make-efforts-to-hide-their-digital-footprints-online-fear-creeping-ads-and-malicious-hackers-more-than-the-government/

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- pew internet study. 50% of Internet users surveyed say they're "worried" about online info about them. up from 30% in 2009.
- Conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, the survey polled 792 people via phone interviews from July 11 to 14, 2013.
- 86% polled have taken steps to protect themselves - #1 is clearing browser cookies,also encrypting email, avoiding use of real name, using virtual networks, spoofing IP address.
- 55% have taken steps to elude monitoring. most worried by hackers, followed by advertisers, then friends. law enforcement & government at bottom.
- 59% don't think it's possible to be completely anonymous online.
- 68% say current laws don't go far enough to protect online privacy.
- 21% have seen their e-mail or social network accounts compromised, 12% have been stalked or harrassed online, and 6% said their reputation was hurt
q: is the worry misdirected? do these numbers seem high/low?

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tmXiaomi unveils new Android-powered 5-inch MI3, 47-inch smart TV in Chinahttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/05/xiaomi-miphone-3-xiaomi-tv-china-android/

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Hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi-3 Android phone: Packed with impressive features but disappointingly plastickyhttp://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/09/05/hands-on-with-the-xiaomi-mi-3-android-phone-packed-with-impressive-features-but-disappointingly-plasticky/

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China’s Xiaomi launches a 47-inch 3D smart TV as it branches out from smartphoneshttp://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/09/05/chinas-xiaomi-launches-a-47-inch-3d-smart-tv-as-it-branches-out-from-smartphones/

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Xiaomi site for MI3http://www.xiaomi.com/mi3VIDEO

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Xiaomi site for TVhttp://www.xiaomi.com/mitv

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The "Apple of China" beats Apple to a smart TV, following up on Xiaomi box released earlier this year
MITV, 47-inch LCD 3D TV (by Wistron) with WiFi Bluetooth, 6 colors, 2cm at thinnest - 4.8cm, 8.4mm bezel, avail 6 colors
- runs MIUI Android, quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 8GB HD, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0. CN¥2,999 (US$490) when it arrives in mid-October.
MI3 plasticky, thin (8.1mm) and light (145g), fast processors Tegra4 or Snapdragon 800, "immersion" haptics and touch through gloives or wet fingers
- 5-inch 1080p LG IPS LCD, 16GB 3050MaH, Sony camera 13MP and 2 mP CMS
-- CN¥1,999 (US$330) 64 GB CN¥2,499 ($410) 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor (China Mobile TD-SCDMA network mid-October) Snapdragon 800 CPU (China Unicom and China Telecom WCDMA and CDMA2000)
---Lei Jun promises a metal phone next time
Q: Hugo Barra is there. These may seem like cute Chinese products but they are INSANELY popular. Will this magic spread?

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iaSmart TV Alliance now lets developers submit apps once for use on all supported TVshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/04/smart-tv-alliance-now-lets-developers-submit-apps-once/

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- The Smart TV Alliance has launched the Developer Support Program
- The program allows developers to run their smart tv apps through a single approval system
- Then those apps would be compatible with every Alliance-compatible TV
- The Smart TV Alliance also posted a new SDK (version 2.5) that allows for multi-screen integration with mobile apps
- Companies behind the alliance: LG, TP Vision, Toshiba and Panasonic. 19 total members

Q: Will this be the end of streaming set top boxes?

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The Dextrus Robotic Hand Wants To Make Advanced Prosthetics 100X Cheaper Via 3D Printinghttp://techcrunch.com/2013/09/05/the-dextrus-robotic-hand-wants-to-make-advanced-prosthetics-100x-cheaper-via-3d-printing/VIDEO

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Verizon announces first US pre-order date for Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear: September 6th at 9AM ET

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myOpenID will be turned off on February 1, 2014.https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=6329158

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Microsoft to support Xbox 360 until 2016http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57601337-75/microsoft-to-support-xbox-360-until-2016/

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Hey TNT crew,

In regards to your discussion about Sony PlayStation yesterday, I would argue that especially in comparison to Microsoft, Sony has kept their focus very much on gamers with the PS4. While Microsoft has been trying to position the Xbox One as a device for everyone in the household as well as a non-gaming entertainment device, Sony has continued to reiterate that the PS4 as being a device for the gamer addressing gamer concerns (like used games from the very beginning), dedicating time on indie title development, etc.

Another consideration for Sony moving towards an Oculus Rift-like product is that one of their partners, CCP Games (EVE Online/Dust 514*) has been creating a new multiplayer game on that platform. There are signs of interest from third party developers; I'm sure Sony would prefer to keep more dollars/games on their platform, even if it means making a new device/extension.

Love the show.

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When I first heard that Kit Kat was the name chosen for the next Android release, the first thing I thought was "this is going to be huge in Japan!" There's a lot of affinity for the Kit Kat brand in Japan, where it's the country's #1 selling chocolate bar. It's often given as good luck gifts, especially among students, because the name is reminiscent of the phrase "kitto katsu," roughly translated, meaning "sure to win."

I know we all like to think marketing has little effect on us, but I can't help but think this association between Japanese youth's beloved Kit Kat and Android (which is already prevalent in Japan) is exactly the kind of mindshare-bolstering partnership Google would love to have in a relatively wealthy and technology-obsessed country. Still, the "USB debugging connected" notification icon probably shouldn't be a Kit Kat bar android, just to keep the branding at arms length.

Kit Kat Japan: http://www.nestle.jp/brand/kit/

As Tom mentioned briefly, they have some really bizarre flavors, which are mostly seasonal limited editions, the strangest of which that I've had are almond tofu, edamame, white grape, and ginger ale. I used to import some every year for my trick-or-treaters, just to give them something unique.

If it couldn't be Android 4.4: Koala's March, I'm glad it's Kit Kat.



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http://www.nestle.jp/brand/kit/

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