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TITLE: The Truth about the Next Xbox

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Smartphones beat dumbphones, Microsoft's Android switch app, Details on the next Xbox http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Brian Dunning
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tmMarket researcher IDC says its numbers show more smartphones than non smartphone shipped in the world last quarter for the first time ever. Out of 418.6 million mobile phones shipped, 216.2 million were smartphones making up 51.6% of the total. Samsung won both counts with 32.7% of the smartphone market and 27.5% of total market. Apple is the number two smartphone maker worldwide and Nokia still clings to the number 2 spot for total phone shipper.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57581566-94/smartphones-outpace-feature-phones-for-first-time-ever/

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iaATT is launching its "DIgital Life" home security and home monitoring system in 15 markets today. $30 a month along with a $150 installation fee gets you a security system. However, if you want some really cool stuff, there are options that let you get some home automation going like controlling your thermostat, lights, and locks using a mobile app. That's available in the "Smart Security" package, which runs $40 per month with installation starting at $250. The first 15 markets include LA, Miami, San Francisco, parts of NY, and (of course) Austin b/c Austin gets everything. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57581532-94/at-t-rolls-out-home-security-and-monitoring-service/

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tmAmazon beat analyst expectations by not dropping profitably as much as they feared. Amazon reported a 37% decrease in profits year over year to $82 million and 18 cents a share. Analysts expected 9 cents a share. Revenue was the opposite, rising 22% from $13.18 billion to $16.07 billion. Analysts hoped it would be $16.16 billion. So close. Amazon has been good about communicating why its profits will be squeezed as it invests in speedier shipping, bigger data centers and more consumer devices.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/26/technology/amazons-profit-falls-as-it-spends-heavily-on-distribution-centers.html?_r=0

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iaA while back, Motorola told a court that it wanted Microsoft to pay it royalties of $4 Billion for the use of standard-essential patents. Microsoft said, that's crazy. U.S. District Court Judge James Robart agrees with Microsoft and said MS must pay Moto $1.8 Million per year in royalties for the use of video and wireless patents. Microsoft currently makes use of Motorola technology in Windows and the Xbox. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57581544-93/court-sides-with-microsoft-over-motorola-patents-used-in-xbox/

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tmBetaworks, the investment company that bought Digg last year, has acquired Instapaper. CEO John Borthwick said the acquisition shows Betaworks is not just an incubator. It also means Betaworks now makes money. Instapper's Marco Arment wanted to find a home that would fully staff Instapaper while he moves on to try other apps and creative projects. Arment will continue to advise Instapaper indefinitely.http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/25/betaworks-instapaper/

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iaYou know who thinks Google Glass is a little weird? Google Chairman Eric Schmidt. Speaking at Harvard, Schmidt said that talking to Glass via voice recognition is "the weirdest thing" and said that "There are obviously places where Google Glass are inappropriate." Alright, we all kind of knew that. More interestingly, Schmidt said that apps offered to Glass users will require Google approval unlike Google's approach with other Android devices. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57581572-93/eric-schmidt-admits-talking-to-google-glass-can-be-weird/

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tmLooks like CISPA is dead. US Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, science and Transportation believes the Senate will not take up the cybersecurity bill according to comments an Aide made to ZDNet. Senators are drafting separate bills that allow cybersecurity information sharing while better protecting privacy rights.http://www.zdnet.com/cispa-dead-in-senate-privacy-concerns-cited-7000014536/

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iaFacebook just picked up Parse, a company that would give Facebook the ability to sell app development tools. Parse provided back-end infrastructure like push notifications and data storage that made it easier for devs on the major mobile and desktop operating systems to make apps. Parse also had some big name clients including the cadillac of networking, Cisco; the cadillac of food tv channels; the food network and the cadillac of cars, Cadillac. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2036427/facebook-buys-parse-gets-into-development-tools-business.html

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tmThe fan people are all gaga over Apple's new ad which emphasizes the iPhone's capabilities as a camera. The ad shows happy people doing happy things and taking happy pictures while soft happy piano music plays. The only voiceover comes at the end and states every day more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera. Because the iPhone is just a camera. Or something.http://www.tuaw.com/2013/04/26/new-iphone-ad-focuses-on-wonder-of-photography/

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iaT-Mobile, the uncarrier, is making Washington state's Attorney General unhappy. AG Bob Ferguson says T-Mobile is using "deceptive advertising" because it does not mention charges that consumers would have to pay if they left T-Mobile early. In particular, Ferguson is talking about T-Mobile's new plans where you pay a monthly fee to pay for cost of the phone. Leaving early means you'd have to pay the full price of the phone right away. Ferguson categorized the fee as a balloon payment and that T-Mobile hasn't adequately disclosed this information in its ads. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57581455-94/t-mobiles-no-contract-offer-in-hot-water-with-washington-ag/

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tmSmartphones outpace feature phones for first time everhttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57581566-94/smartphones-outpace-feature-phones-for-first-time-ever/

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IDC estimates 216.2 million smartphones shipped worldwide Q1 for 51.6% of global phone shipments
- Smartphones grew 41.6% yoy (declined 5.1% from Q4)
- Samsung (32.7%) grew faster than Apple (17.3%) increasing dominance
- LG grew fastest of the bottom three to 4.8% popping back in front of Huawei and ZTE
- Nokia held on to #2 OVERALL mobile phones fell from 20.6% to 14.8%. LG nudged ahead of ZTE to #4
Q: What's up with LG back there? Just a blip?

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iaTwitter Testing New Local Discovery Features — And It’s About Time http://allthingsd.com/20130425/twitter-testing-new-local-discovery-features-and-its-about-time/

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Local Tweets: 9 Ways to Find Twitter Users in Your Town [2009]http://mashable.com/2009/06/08/twitter-local-2/

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- AllThingsD reports that Twitter is currently testing a new feature that lets you discover tweets from people w/in a certain distance of you
- You'd get relevant data based on local activities
- The data would come from any twitter user - not just people you follow
- AllThingsD says the local discovery tool is the product of a recent hack week by engineers
- How it will be implemented: no decision yet - but there are two options that Twitter is considering. 1. a separate discover tab. 2. inserting local suggestions into your main Twitter feed.

Q: Should Twitter be getting in the local game? Which approach makes more sense - inserts in your main feed or a separate local discovery tab?
- There are a couple of Twitter/Local web apps still out there ike Twellow or NearbyTweets that let you search for users and trends that are nearby a certain area

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tmSamsung Electronics profits boosted by smartphone saleshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22305179

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Samsung's official Q1 earnings show $6.4 billion in net profithttp://www.engadget.com/2013/04/25/samsungs-official-q1-earnings-show-6-4-billion-in-net-profit/

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Samsung Electronics profit jumps ahead of Galaxy S4 debuthttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/25/us-samsung-earnings-idUSBRE93O1IM20130425

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Samsung net profit 7.15tn won ($6.4 billion) up from 5.05tn yoy
- 6th straight quarter of profit growth
- Smartphone division rose 56% (70% of profits now come from mobile devices)
- Warns lower-end smartphone business facing stiffer competition
- SGS3 sales steady, Note 2 sales up, Tab2 series increased
PC shipments decreased, TV earnings down
- SGS4 coming this Saturday
- plans to push Android updates to customers faster than the competition
Q: IS Samsung in much better shape than Apple?

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iaMicrosoft to release 'Switch to Windows Phone' Android app [Update] http://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-reportedly-releasing-a-switch-to-windows-phone-android-app-today

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- According to Neowin, Microsoft will release a "Switch to Windows Phone" app for Android
- How it works: this app runs on Android, does an inventory of the apps on your phone, then finds WP equivalents (including substitutions)
- The app is being developed my Microsoft in conjunction with a third-party developer
- It uses SkyDrive to store that inventory
- Then you go to your Windows Phone, which has the data from the Android app where you can pick up your apps

- App search engine Quixey is powering the search. A Quixey rep told Neowin that the app was planned for today, but is delayed until next week
- Story first appeared on CiteWorld a couple of days ago and that added there is no iPhone version

Q: We often talk about ecosystem lock-in - will this get people to switch?

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tmHere Comes the Next Xboxhttp://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/here-comes-next-xbox

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The next Xbox rethinks DRM, Achievements and Xbox Live friends, our sources sayhttp://www.polygon.com/2013/4/26/4268782/next-xbox-drm-achievements-live

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Paul Thurott revealed what he know and what he thinks he knows about the next Xbox on windowsitpro.com
- Coming November 2013
- BAsed on Windows 8 core
- Standalone version for $499 and $299 version with 2-year Xbox Live sub at $10 a month
- No 'media-only' version codenamed Yuma. Put on hold
- Blu-ray
- Must be Internet-connected
- Cheaper Xbox 360 codenamed Stingray
- Kinect integrated and non-optional ---- Ploygon reports a share button for uploading game footage and ability to add achievements w/o DLC and possible cross-platform achievements
We'll find out May 21

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iaAT&T rolls out home security and monitoring service
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57581532-94/at-t-rolls-out-home-security-and-monitoring-service/

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AT&T launches Digital Life home automation and security platform Hands-on
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- ATT has finally launched "Digital Life"
- First shown off in February 2012, Digital Life is a home security and home automation platform
- There's a basic package that gives you a security system for $30/month w/an installation fee of $150
- Then there's the "Smart Security" system that brings some elements of home automation. It's got sensors for carbon monoxide, smoke detectors - but you can add energy management or a camera system for around $5 to $10 per month
- Smart Security begins at $40 a month plus $250 for equipment and installation.

- ATT will let you control the whole thing via an app (iOS, Android, WP8 and eventually BB)
- The app lets you turn your lights on or off, adjust your thermostat, lock your doors

Q: All-in-one control of your house via a company like ATT; can it bring home automation to the masses?
Availability: 15 markets: Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Boulder, Colo.; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Philadelphia; Riverside, Calif.; San Francisco; Seattle; St. Louis; and select areas of the New York and New Jersey metropolitan area. The company said the service will be available in up to 50 markets by the end of 2013.

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iaSamsung Galaxy S4 launches tomorrow. Due to demand, Samsung says the initial supply may be limited, so make sure you get an early start if you want one.http://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsungs-galaxy-s4-hits-supply-031602527.html

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TechCrunch Disrupt starts tomorrow with its Hackathon

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Leap Motion's gesture recognition hardware won't ship until July 22nd. The company originally said the Leap would launch next month. http://news.cnet.com/8301-11386_3-57581467-76/leap-motion-to-delay-ship-date-until-july-22/

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I have to disagree with Tom on the DRM issue. Just because something is open doesn't mean it's easy to circumvent or defeat. In fact a lot of the time it's much harder to circumvent when something is completely open, for example HTTPS, TLS, SSHv2, etc. (Although there have been flaws with these things, they have stood the test of time). Everyone knows how they work, but they won't see my conversations when I'm using them.

I think for the sake of moving the technology forward in an open way this should be a part of the standard. Imagine if a new device (Firefox OS, Raspberry PI, etc.) has an HTML5 compatible browser and you can take advantage DRM video out of the box by simply going to a website.
Being open means being open to the good things and the bad ones.

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Hi crew,

I just listened to episode 739 about the reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S4 being less than premium in feel due to the plastic that they use. I own the Galaxy S3 and I have come to realize the genius in the plastic design. If you look at most premium phones out there it is rare to fine one without a plastic protective case on it. Samsung has created a design that incorporates the plastic case into the phone without sacrificing the well engineered thinness of the device. If you want to upgrade your plastic all you need to do is to do a quick eBay search you can fine a huge variety of replacement back covers ranging from leather, to carbon fiber, to brushed metal, everything in a variety of colors, all for under $10.

Also, give me a removable plastic back cover to access an SD card slot any day over a "premium" solid metal body without a SD card slot.


Keep up the good work.

Jim Savage
San Diego

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