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TITLE: Cat to UnlockGUEST: Chris O'Brien, Technology reporter covering Apple and Silicon Valley, Los Angeles Times
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday April 18 2014

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slApple CEO Tim Cook, along with deign head Sir Jony Ive and software head Craig Federighi gave a rare group interview to Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Among the highlights, Cook reminded folks that Apple never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone. Cook also said he doesn't let the stock price affect his moods. Ive emphasized the true collaborative nature of iOS 7 design between himself and Federighi. For his part Federighi reminded folks that Apple doesn't care about doing new, it cares about doing it right. And of course Cook got in a jab at Microsoft in reference to the company's purchase of Nokia, saying "Everybody is trying to adopt Apple's strategy."http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/19/4747682/apple-tim-cook-jony-ive-craig-federighi-interview-bloomberg

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iaGoogle announced a new venture called Calico. It is a separate company financed by Google and its goal is to "focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases." Google announced that Art Levinson, former CEO of biotech firm Genentech, will be a founding investor and CEO of Calico. http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/166858-with-calico-google-looks-to-make-your-lifespan-its-business

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slHP's got a line of new Android and Windows tablets, and some new laptops, out today. Among the lineup, a special version of the HP Envy 17 now comes with the Leap Motion wireless controller built-in to the palm rest, without adding to the thickness of the laptop. It comes October 16th starting at $1050. Also notable is the Spectre 13 X2, a 13-inch slate with a 1080p display and keyboard dock, and unusually for a tablet so big, no fan. It comes with the Haswell processor and ships October 16th starting at $1100.http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/19/hp-envy-17-leap-motion-edition-spectre-13-x2/

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iaThe second-largest shareholder of Nintendo, Hiroshi Yamauchi has died at the age of 85. Yamauchi ran the company for 53 years from 1949 until 2002. When he started, Nintendo was a trading card company. By the time he left, Nintendo was a household name in video games. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24160150

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slThe Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that its sources say BlackBerry is preparing to lay off up to 40 percent of its workforce before the end of the year. That would leave the company with 7,620 employees and looking lean and efficient to prospective buyers. Analysts widely speculate BlackBerry may plan to shut down manufacturing of handsets.http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/09/report-blackberry-to-cut-up-to-40-percent-of-employees/

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iaAt the Tokyo Game Show, Sony demoed its PlayStation app for Android. The app would allow a person to use an Android device as a game controller for the PS4 and also can be a hub for the PlayStation network. Sony also did a live demo of the Vita TV, which lets a player stream their PS4 games to a second TV. http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2013/09/sony-demos-its-playstation-app-for-android-and-ios-at-tokyo-game-show-keynote/

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slWell how about some good news for BlackBerry! The company confirmed Wednesday that its BlackBerry Messenger Service will come to Android and iOS this weekend. While BlackBerry users are declining the BBM service is still one of its most beloved features. The popular service launched on Android Saturday and iOS on Sunday.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57603521-94/blackberry-confirms-bbm-on-android-saturday-ios-sunday/

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iaRepublic Wireless will offer the Moto X for $299 without a contract in November. The phone normally costs $199.99 on contract from ATT, Sprint, and Verizon. An unsubsidized version of the Moto X costs a whopping $599. Republic Wireless will offer the Moto X in black or white and says it's not accepting pre-orders for the phone. http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6452_7-57603637/moto-x-coming-to-republic-wireless-for-$299-unsubsidized/

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slTake Two Interactive announced sales of Grand Theft Auto V passed $800 million in one day making it the biggest launch in the company's history. The game hasn't even launched in Japan or Brazil yet. Expect that number to get even bigger. Then expect me to take your car and take all that money YO! http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/grand-theft-auto-sales-pass-800m-day-20299247

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iaThe other day, Google dropped the NFC requirement for its Google Wallet app for Android. Now, Google has released a version of Google Wallet for iOS. The app will focus on coupons, offers, loyalty cards and allows you to send money to others in the U.S. with an email address. http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/google-wallet-comes-to-ios-after-dropping-nfc-requirement-on-android/

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iaGoogle announces Calico, a new company focused on health and well-beinghttp://googlepress.blogspot.com/2013/09/calico-announcement.html

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Larry Page's Google+ Announcement of Calicohttps://plus.google.com/+LarryPage/posts/Lh8SKC6sED1

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Google Funds Company to Tackle Aginghttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/google-funds-company-calico-tackle-aging-20299168

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Exclusive: TIME Talks to Google CEO Larry Page About Its New Venture to Extend Human Lifehttp://business.time.com/2013/09/18/google-extend-human-life/

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- Google announced a new company it's financing called Calico
- Calico will be focused on "health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases."
- One of Calico’s major initiatives will be significantly expanding human lifespan.
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- Arthur D. Levinson will be the CEO and a founding investor. Levinson was former CEO of Genentech and is chairman of Apple and Genetech.
- Google hasn't said how much money it will invest in Calico
- Larry Page wrote on Google+ "Please remember that new investments like this are very small by comparison to our core business,"
- Page also wrote that he and Art are "excited about tackling aging and illness."
- Sources close to the project suggest Calico will start with a small number of employees and focus initially on researching new technology.

Q: What do you make of Calico?

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slApple's Cook, Ive, and Federighi on Android, Microsoft, and 'new' versus 'right'http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/19/4747682/apple-tim-cook-jony-ive-craig-federighi-interview-bloomberg

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night before apple annoucement, spoke to bloomberg bw:
- cook: "We never had an objective to sell a low-cost phone, Our primary objective is to sell a great phone and provide a great experience, and we figured out a way to do it at a lower cost."
- Ive on working w head of software Federigi: "We talked about how can we most effectively extend the collaboration that always existed." The close work between the software and design teams was essential for Apple during iOS 7 as the company sought to overhaul its user interface with a flatter look and additional features. "Successful collaboration, in your mind, could be that your opinion is the most valuable and becomes the prevailing sort of direction," says Ive. "That’s not collaborating."
- cook dismissive of android: "we didn’t start opportunistically with 10 bits of technology that we could try to find a use for to add to our features list." "it matters that people use our products," and questioning the usage of Android vs. marketshare.
-Federighi: creating something new isn't the hard part, it's doing it right. "New? New is easy. Right is hard."
q: do we believe they weren't all sweating the big day? is apple exec team confident as always?

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iaHP's new gesture-control laptop is the first with Leap Motion http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/19/4745964/hp-envy-17-leap-motion-se-notebook

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- HP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE: has Leap Motion's gesture recognition tech built into the palmrest. The laptop has a touchscreen, a touchpad, and now 3d gesture control
- The Leap is about 70% smaller than the standalone peripheral
- The Verge tried an early version of the laptop and found the Leap's placement odd as it was off to the right of the palmrest
- HP warns that battery life is significantly decreased when the Leap Motion controller is enabled, and recommends leaving the notebook plugged in while it's in use.
- HP Envy 17 Leap Motion SE TouchSmart Notebook will cost $1,049, available for preorder Oct 16h

- Leap's CEO says the new microsensor is small enough to fit in both tablets and smartphones and mentions that the automotive industry has expressed interest in the Leap Motion

Q: Does the Leap have a future in laptops or does it make more sense in tablets, phones, or cars?

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slCyanogen is now a company, aims to be third major mobile ecosystemhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/18/cyanogen-is-now-a-company/

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- CyanogenMod is custom Android firmware and wants to be its own co.
- Cyanogen Inc., led by Boost Mobile co-founder Kirt McMaster, is devoted solely to building CyanogenMod as a platform. Some of the project's veteran developers are now full-time staff
- company's next move will be to release an app that simplifies the currently "horrific" CyanogenMod installation process. The installer should reach the Google Play Store in a few weeks, with support expanding from a smaller group of CyanogenMod-friendly devices to include as much hardware as possible.
- no plans to charge CyanogenMod users.
- There's a partnership with an unnamed hardware manufacturer in the works
- team's hope: CyanogenMod will become the third major platform in the smartphone market. It would offer more flexibility than closed platforms like iOS or Windows Phone, but it would also provide a leaner, better supported and more secure alternative to some of the Android releases available today
q: can a customized android co-exist? thrive? does the android market need this?

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iaBlackBerry plans deep job cuts as new phone launches: report http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/18/us-blackberry-layoffs-idUSBRE98H0WF20130918

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BlackBerry Gets Out the Knife to Ready for Salehttp://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2013/09/18/blackberry-gets-out-the-knife-to-ready-for-sale/

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- WSJ reports BlackBerry plans to cut thousands of jobs by the end of the year
- Up to 40% of its staff could be let go
- BlackBerry employed 12,700 people as of March 2013
- BlackBerry spokesman Adam Emery said, "We are in the second phase of our transformation plan. Organizational moves will continue to occur to ensure we have the right people in the right roles to drive new opportunities."

Q: would a reduction in workforce like this make BB more capable to succeed on its own or is it simply readying a sale?

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slApple hiring 'genre experts' to fine tune iTunes Radio programminghttp://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/17/apple-hiring-genre-experts-to-fine-tune-itunes-radio-programming

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- Apple is looking for radio music programmers. "genre experts" to select and promote songs in iTunes Radio that major and indie labels release each month.
- Candidates are expected to have a strong understanding and background in how the music business operates, with five years experience and knowledge in retail, radio, A&R, editorial, record labels, and any other music related fields.
- Pandora uses algorithms and user feedback to figure out which song to play next. Apple, by contrast, will be relying at least in part on human tastemakers.
- apple working with major music labels to determine which acts they believe are "heat seekers," or groups that are on the verge of making it big according to label data,
- Apple also looking to monetize its streaming offer, courting advertisers in order to make good on the licensing deals it struck with the major labels ahead of revealing iTunes Radio.

q: is itunes radio going to switch ppl off Pandora? do humans need to be part of the mix?

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BlackBerry says BBM will be available on Android on September 21 and iPhone on September 22.http://www.zdnet.com/blackberry-messenger-to-hit-android-ios-this-weekend-7000020874/

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