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TITLE: A Punch in the PantsGUEST: Jeff Bakalar, Editor, Games & Gear; Host, The 404 Show
LOWER THIRD URL: the404.cnet.com, @jeffbakalar
The Gift That Punches You in the Pants | A Punch in the Pants | Battle Royale of Products | Luxury Brown Round

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Samsung gets curvy, Apple;s iPad gets a date, Windows comes to iOS and Android (sort of) http://live.twit.tv/

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This is Tech News Today for Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmDear rest of the world, you're getting your iPhones soon. 35 countries will get the iPhone 5S and 5C on October 25th including Liechtenstein, Malta, Reunion Island and French West Indies! And then November 5, sixteen more countries get the two phones including Colombia, Guam and Moldova. Check Apple.com to see if your nation is on the list.

http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/10/09/iphone-5s-and-iphone-5c-will-launch-in-25-countries-on-october-25-then-16-more-on-november-1/

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slAs promised, Samsung has launched a handset with a curved display screen.It's called the Galaxy Round, has a 5.7in display, and is designed to help consumers use some of the features on the phone like checking date, time and missed calls when home screen is off, with more ease. and However, the Round will intially be launched only in South Korea, and there's no information on global launch plans.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24455312

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iaAccording to AllThingsD's sources, Apple will hold an iPad event on October 22nd. Both the iPad and iPad mini are expected to be refreshed -- the iPad with a design more like the mini and the mini might get a Retina display. AllThingsD says the event will also show off the new Mac Pro and the next version of OS X, Mavericks. http://allthingsd.com/20131008/apple-will-hold-fall-ipad-event-on-october-22/

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tmSmartphones of the world beware. Firefox OS is expanding. More countries will get the phone, although Mozilla's not saying which ones. Mozilla also said it's coming to new phones, but won't name those either. They will all get the new FFOS 1.1 which Mozilla WILL admit comes with better app load times, smooth scrolling, new language support, MMS, push notifications and more. When is all this coming? Soon.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/09/ffos-2/

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slSources tell Reuters that Russian authorities have arrested a man, known in hacking circles as "Paunch," who's believed to be responsible for distributing the software kit known as "Blackhole" that is widely used by cyber criminals to infect PCs. Blackhole is a piece of malicious software that hackers install on web servers that then automatically infect personal computers when users visit a tainted site. A former Russian police detective in contact with Russia's federal government passed along the information about the arrest.http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/net-us-cybercrime-arrest-idINBRE99714Y20131009

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iaLast year AMD purchased a startup called SeaMicro that built servers, which confused some people. Well, it looks like that was a good investment because SeaMicro servers will be powering Verizon's cloud computing services. SeaMicro servers will also be behind Japanese telecom NTT Docomo and data centers around the world. Those servers still use ordinary server chips, but SeaMicro's "server fabric" technology let the chips communicate more effectively. The next servers out of AMD and SeaMicro will be built around ARM chips.http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/10/seamicro-amd-verizon/

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tmNow follow me on this one. MEMS stands for microelectromechanical systems. DigitalOptics has made a MEMS multi-focus camera which can do high speed focusing similar to a Lytro in a mobile device. Everybody has expected the first MEMS camera to arrive on Google's Nexus 5. They were all wrong. DigitalOptics announced that Chinese smartphone maker OPPO will be the exclusive launch partner for the MEMS camera. OK we're done.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/09/oppo-not-nexus-5-first-digitaloptics-mems/?ncid=rss_truncated

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slMicrosoft has announced it's paying well-known hacking expert James Forshaw, who heads vulnerability research at London-based security consulting firm Context Information Security, a $100,000+ bounty for identifying a new "exploitation technique" in Windows. the information will allow microsft to develop defenses against an entire class of attacks. Microsoft has also released an update to Internet Explorer, which fixes a bug that made IE users vulnerable to remote attacks.http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/net-us-microsoft-cybersecurity-idINBRE9970YK20131009

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tmComcast and Twitter have announced a partnership to add "See It" buttons to Twitter posts about Comcast's NBC Universal shows. When clicked the button will let Comcast Cable subscribers change channels to watch the show, or schedule it to be recorded to their Comcast DVR. The Voice will be one of the first shows to be part of the system. Comcast hopes to offer the service for non-Comcast networks and Cable Systems in the future.http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/09/comcast-twitter/

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iaDisney Research in Pittsburgh says that it has figured out a way for you to be able to feel textures through a touchscreen. The technology uses modulated voltage that simulates friction to your fingers. That friction is translated in your brain as the actual texture. Disney will present all of its findings in a symposium in Scotland this week. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/08/disney-invents-touchscreen-that-lets-you-feel-textures/?wprss=rss_business

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iaSamsung announces the Galaxy Round, a smartphone with a curved OLED display http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/8/4818572/samsung-galaxy-round-curved-oled-smartphone-officialVIDEO

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Exclusive Look at the GALAXY ROUNDhttp://global.samsungtomorrow.com/?p=28865IMAGES

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- Samsung introduced the Galaxy Round
- It's got a curved 5.7-inch OLED display (1080p resolution)
- The curve is on the vertical axis
- What can the round form factor do? If you place the phone on a table, it doesn't sit flat. When you push down one side and tilt the screen, the phone will show you your lock screen with the time and notifications
- Samsung also claims that switching between home screens will feel like one continuous transition, and has worked on new tilt- and tap-based interactions for the music and photos apps.
- Specs: 7.9mm thick, 13MP camera, 3GB of RAM, 2.3GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.3
- Release date is today on SK Telecom in South Korea. It'll cost about $1000 and come in "Luxury Brown," with more colors coming soon.

Q: What are your impressions of the Galaxy Round? Do you think curved glass will be a trend like with TVs?

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tmApple to introduce new iPads on October 22: AllThingsDhttp://allthingsd.com/20131008/apple-will-hold-fall-ipad-event-on-october-22/

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Round Two: Apple’s October Eventhttp://currenteditorials.com/2013/09/11/round-two-apples-october-event/

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ATD reports Oct. 22 announcement (Currenteditorials.com reported the date way back on 9/11)
- New iPad, Mac Pro and OS X Mavericks
- iPad gets thinner design of Mini, improved camera, 64-bit A7
- Mini gets retina display, and A7
- TouchID?
- John Paczkowski notes same date as Nokia’s Innovation Reinvented showcase, and the retail debut of Microsoft’s new Surface 2
- CE reported Mac Mini and MacBook Pro also coming

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slMicrosoft to roll out Remote Desktop to iOS and Android later this monthhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/10/08/microsoft-remote-desktop-android-ios/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000601

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Office for iPad is coming, Ballmer says... after 'Metro' Office apps for Windowshttp://www.pcworld.com/article/2052811/office-for-ipad-is-coming-ballmer-says-after-metro-office-apps-for-windows.html

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- Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2012 R2 will release its Remote Desktop app on Windows, Windows RT, OS X, & iOS and Android later this month.
- OS X app has undergone a major overhaul, the iOS version will support iOS 6 and 7, while the Android variant should support everything from Gingerbread upward.
- at gartner-sponsored event in fla, steve ballmer said " “iPad will be picked up when there’s a touch first user interface,” - so, after the modern Office apps currently in development are released. so, Surface first, iPad next.
- Office for the iPhone, meanwhile, only works in conjunction with a premium Office 365 subscription (booooo!), which starts at $100 per year. The same goes with Office for Android phones. There’s no reason to think Office for iPad would buck that trend, whenever it finally arrives.
q: office for ipad will come. but will it be something ppl want/use?

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iaDisney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textureshttp://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/08/disney-invents-touchscreen-that-lets-you-feel-textures/?wprss=rss_business

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Disney Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zo1n5CyCKr0#t=29VIDEO

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- Disney Research in Pittsburgh has created a way to feel the shape and texture of objects on touch screens
- The simulation of the objects is based on friction
- The screen uses an electro-vibration based display. Modulated voltage creates the friction that will fool your fingers into feeling textures
- You'd be able to feel topographic maps, 3D renderings
- Environmental settings can be rendered in real time - (meaning you'd be able to feel an area you can't reach?)
- The screens can also help the visually impaired get an idea of their surroundings
- Disney’s findings will be presented at a user interface symposium in Scotland this week

Q: Where do you see this technology being the most useful?

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slAmazon’s ‘Login and Pay with Amazon’ Service Challenges PayPal For The Web’s Payment Businesshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/10/08/amazons-pay-with-amazon-service-challenges-paypal-for-the-webs-payment-business/

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- Amazon launched a service called "Pay with Amazon" yesterday at Money 2020 that lets partner sites enable a payments button, similiar to PayPal, credit cards, at checkout.
- “Amazon has more than 215 million active customer accounts,” Tom Taylor, Vice President, Amazon Payments says in a release today. (apple has the most w 575M cutomer cc info) “Login and Pay with Amazon enables companies to make millions of our customers their customers by inviting online shoppers with Amazon credentials to access their account information safely and securely with a single login.”
- intro'd Login earlier this year.. use Amazon credentials to log in anywhere - like FB connect
- Gogo is already using the retailer’s payments system for its in-flight Wi-Fi services. It will integrate the button later this year.
The transaction fees are simple, at 2.9 percent + $0.30 per transaction or less, based on volume
q: does amazon brand have a chance against paypal? why would retailer want to advertise amazon at all?

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tmPanasonic 'to quit' loss-making plasma TV businesshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24458805

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In Panasonic's plasma exit, Japan's TV makers come to terms with defeathttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/09/us-japan-televisions-idUSBRE9980IO20131009

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Reuters reports Panasonic will stop making plasma TVs by March 2014 (end of fiscal year)
- lose its plasma screen factory in Amagasaki and put it up for sale (Nikkei Business Daily and Reuters)
- BBC told "Nothing has been decided at this stage."
- Last year Panasonic's plasma screen division made a loss of 754bn yen (£4.85bn), following a 772bn yen loss the previous year.
- president Kazuhiro Tsuga weeding out weak divisions, focusing on high margins
- Japan TV business consists of 3 LCD plants and a few assembly plants
- Panasonic will shift LCD plant from 80 percent for TVs to 80 percent for mobile gadgets.
- Global TV shipments dropped 6.3 percent in 2012, the first decline in over a decade, IHS iSuppli
Q: Was the switch to flat screen the last great TV replacement wave?

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From the Sony Walkman to the humble zip: The past century’s top 100 inventions that changed our lives (yet most of us take for granted)http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2449468/Sony-Walkman-zip-Past-centurys-100-inventions.html

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See World War II play out in 7 minuteshttp://boingboing.net/2013/10/07/see-world-war-ii-play-out-in-7.html

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet (2014 Edition) US release date tomorrow 10/10

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Hey Guys
Nest kind of buried the lead with the Protect, the best feature and the reason I am preordering 2 is the motion sensor.

One of the flaws of the Nest thermostat is if its not located in a high traffic area of your house you won't trip the motion sensors and the "Auto Away" feature will activate. My thermostat is in my living room and I am often upstairs for a long period of time, so my nest assumes I have left.

The Protect will monitor motion and notify the Nest [thermostat] that you are home. So I am buying 2, one for each floor. The fact that it's a smoke detector is just and added bonus.

Love the show
Chip from Boston
Hey TNT crew:
Listening to podcast episode 856 on my daily walk I had a few thoughts.
1) Cost must come down to around $79, similar to the cost of both separate smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector.

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2) If my house is on fire I DO NOT WANT a calming female voice saying "wake up sweetheart, the house may be on fire, allegedly". I want the NEST system to change to Marine DI voice mode and tell me "WAKE UP MAGGOT. YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE DUMBASS. GET OUT OF BED NOW. MOVE IT, MOVE IT, MOVE IT."

Until cost comes down and voice changes I will keep what I have and rely on my housedogs for backup in case of smoke/fire.

Love the show.
Tom in New Mexico

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I'm not sure why you think that just because Pandora isn't in the UK then there's no competition for iTunes Radio in the UK. We might not have Pandora, but we do have plenty of streaming services, such as Spotify, Blinkbox, Google Music, bloom.fm and last.fm (who still stream in the UK) and probably a few others that I'm forgetting (Napster, for example).

Also, if you're looking for a non-personalised radio experience then there's always radioplayer.co.uk which streams most of the UK's radio stations online. So we are well served for streaming radio.

Cheers

Scot

London, UK

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