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Intel wants to win at TV, Avis tries harder to buy Zipcar, Circumvent Apple DRM without a jailbreak live.twit.tvGUEST: David Spark, Spark Media Solutions/Founder
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This is 'Tech News Today' for Friday June 21 2013

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tmIntel's bid to tackle the Web TV market may be delayed another year. The Wall Street Journal reported last March that Intel was developing a set-top box and TV service supposedly to arrive by the end of 2012. One more apocalypse that didn't happen. Now the WSJ reports Intel might have the service ready by mid-2013 but the licensing deals are holding up the unveiling which might not happen until Q4 of this year. http://thenextweb.com/media/2013/01/02/intel-web-tv-project-reportedly-held-up-in-content-negotiations/

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slCar rental company Avis is buying car-sharing company Zipcar for $500 million, and some shareholders in Zipcar say they're getting cheated. The securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, along with attorney Willie Briscoe may file a lawsuit to block the deal. Why? A $500 million acquisition price works out to shareholders getting $12.25 in cash for each share, below Zipcar’s 52-week high of $16.25 per share.http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/02/not-so-fast-avis-proposed-500m-zipcar-buy-being-investigated-for-short-changing-shareholders/

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iaThe Next Web has heard from developers who say they are seeing signs of the next iPhone in app usage logs. The logs show a device called iPhone6,1 running iOS 7. The current iPhone shows up in logs as the iPhone5,1 or iPhone5,2. Want more proof? The IP address from these devices appear to be from Apple's Cupertino campus. http://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/01/01/developers-begin-seeing-new-apple-iphone-hardware-and-ios-7-in-usage-logs/

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tmLG will begin accepting pre-orders for its 55-inch OLED TV in South Korea this month, with shipping scheduled for February. OLED still isn't cheap at this size with the retail stores selling it for around $10,000 US. Samsung is expected to announce a 55-inch OLED TV for sale soon as well.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2023601/lg-starts-taking-pre-orders-for-55-inch-oled-tv.html

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slJ.P. Morgan analyst Doug Anmuth likes Facebook! He notes he is “incrementally positive” on the social network’s shares in 2013. Anmiuth notes that it is “very early in the trajectory of Facebook’s mobile advertising,” and that “marketer feedback on mobile and news feeds ads has been positive.”, and he is raising his 2013 and 2014 ad revenue estimates for Facebook by 6%-7%. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericsavitz/2013/01/02/facebook-j-p-morgan-ups-target-more-bullish-on-mobile/

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iaThe head of Google Glass gave an interview to IEEE Spectrum. He says the first version of Google Glass won't have augmented reality, but it also won't have advertising on the device. On app development, it looks like you won't be able to use the Android SDK as he said Google will have a cloud-based API to integrate with Glass. http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/gadgets/google-glass-features-and-apps-still-in-flux

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tmWindows spent the last 6 months of 2012 losing market share, albeit a tiny bit of a huge percentage. December numbers from Net Applications show those numbers finally turned around at the end of the year. Windows 7 and 8 both showed gains that made up for declines in Windows Vista and XP usage. Windows ended December with 91.74% of the worldwide market compared to OS X's 7.07% and Linux's 1.19%.http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/01/02/windows-gains-market-share-after-six-months-of-decline-windows-8-grabs-1-77-windows-7-passes-45/

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slSamsung has lost a bid to keep sales data of some of its products sealed in its ongoing US patent dispute with Apple. Yesterday District Judge Lucy Koh denied Samsung’s request to keep the sales figures secret while the company appeals an earlier sealing order. In a separate order, Koh granted Samsung’s request to delay the publication of a part of a document showing per-unit operating profit for two Samsung phones, pending an appeal. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-02/samsung-loses-bid-to-seal-sales-data-in-apple-dispute.html

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tmMore indications Apple may be switching from Samsung to TSMC as a supplier of its chips. Taiwan's Commercial Times reports Apple has agreed with TSMC to start trial production of the A6X processor which powers the newest iPad. If the test goes well, Apple could move the majority of its chip orders to TSMC, which many analysts have been claiming is the plan.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57561556-37/apple-to-move-a6x-production-from-samsung-to-tsmc-report/

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iaA US district court has dismissed Apple's claim that Amazon's Appstore is false advertising. The court agreed with Amazon that "Apple has not identified a single false statement that Amazon has made." Apple argued unsuccessfully that Amazon's use of the word "Appstore" implied that it was in some way affiliated with Apple. However, Apple's trademark suit against Amazon over Appstore continues.http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/2/3827852/amazon-app-store-not-false-advertising-in-apple-trademark-case

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tmIntel Media TV service won't launch at CES, but it is coming soonhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/01/01/intel-media-tv-service/

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Intel Web TV project reportedly held up in content negotiationshttp://thenextweb.com/media/2013/01/02/intel-web-tv-project-reportedly-held-up-in-content-negotiations/

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Intel TV service first reported by WSJ in March 2012
Forbes reported over break could go to beta in March 2013, GigaOM speculates Feb. announce at D
- now Mid-2013 at the earliest:WSJ -- Licensing may hold up until Q4
- Intel spokesperson has said the company will not be announcing or demoing the product at the CES event next week.
- A la carte channels, cloud DVR
- GigaOM: more than $100 million on Intel Media

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slVehicle rental giant Avis acquires car sharing company Zipcar for $500 millionhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/01/02/vehicle-rental-giant-avis-acquires-car-sharing-company-zipcar-for-500-million/

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Not So Fast: Avis’ Proposed $500M Zipcar Buy Being Investigated For Short-Changing Shareholdershttp://techcrunch.com/2013/01/02/not-so-fast-avis-proposed-500m-zipcar-buy-being-investigated-for-short-changing-shareholders/

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- $12.25 per share, or approximately $500 million, in cash - about 50-% premium over Zipcar’s closing price on December 31, 2012.
- Avis says it expects to generate $50 to $70 million in ‘annual synergies’ as a result of the deal.
- avis has roughly 29,000 employees.
- zipcar founded in 2000. 767,000 members and 11,000 vehicles on offer throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Spain and Austria.
- merged with flexcar in 2007, went public in 2011
- The securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, along with Willie Briscoe, the ex-U.S. SEC attorney, are investigating and possibly filing a lawsuit to block the deal. Asking zipcar shareholders to contact them. The premise: a $500 million acquisition price works out to shareholders getting $12.25 in cash for each share, below Zipcar’s 52-week high of $16.25 per share.
- Zipcar lost nearly two-thirds of its post-IPO value, once high of $27.96. Its closing price on December 31 was $8.24.
- but Zipcar currently has 760,000 members across the U.S., UK and Canada. The lawyers cite at least one analyst that claims that the “true inherent value” of the company is at least $13 per share.

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iaGoogle Glass Features and Apps Still in Flux
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Google Glass features 'still in flux', no plans to display advertising on devicehttp://www.engadget.com/2013/01/02/google-glass-features-still-in-flux-no-plans-to-display-adv/

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- The head of Google Glass Babak Parviz gave an interview to IEEE Spectrum and gave a clearer picture on what Google Glass will be

- He said the feature set of Google Glass is "not set yet" and is in flux
- On Google Glass' business model, Parviz said that here are no plans for advertising on the device
- Said Google Now "could be very compelling" on Google Glass

On apps:
- Parviz says this isn't a smartphone or tablet, it's a new platform and devs won't be using the Android SDK.
- Google plans on having a cloud-based API that will allow developers to integrate with Glass and that Google is using the same API it used to build email and calendar services to test on Glass

Q: What do you think of Google's decision to keep Glass separated from Android in terms of app development?
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One example is to send specific types of e-mail to my device so I can read them or have it read to me by my device, and I can then respond to it with my voice.

- On Augmented Reality:
I would say that even though augmented reality isn’t our immediate goal for Google Glass, I think in the future that augmented reality will also come into the picture.

- How to interact with Glass: full audio in and out, touchpad on the device

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slNew services bypass Apple DRM to allow pirated iOS app installs without jailbreaking on iPhone, iPadhttp://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/01/01/low-down-dirty-iphone-app-pirates/

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- Zeusmos and Kuaiyong - two services that allow installation of pirated apps w/o jailbreaking iOS (Installous v popular, closed last year)
- Zeusmos is a service offered for free on jailbroken devices as well as for a fee on devices that have not been jailbroken (calls it cloud plan)
- appears to utilize a developer licensing certificate to install ‘cracked’ apps which have had their DRM (copy protection) stripped.
- Zeusmos dev told The Next Web it's for code-signing apps, distribution of apps rejected by app store, pirating not encouraged
- Chinese site Kuaiyong is free, works similarly.
- developers have logs showing pirated installs of their apps, thousands of users installing the ‘same’ copy of the app. exact same copy. This indicates that the same exact copy is being distributed with the same set of (encrypted) credentials.
- Security researcher Stefan Esser points out this can be a great way distribute malware to iOS devices

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tmSamsung Teases New TV with 'Unprecedented' Shape and Design for CES 2013http://www.macrumors.com/2013/01/01/samsung-teases-new-tv-with-unprecedented-shape-and-design-for-ces-2013/

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Samsung will showcase its Smart TV Evolution Kit at CES 2013http://www.engadget.com/2013/01/02/samsung-evolution-kit-ces2013/

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Samsung teasing the hell out of a TV announcement
- Teaser shows the TV in portrait mode, possibly translucent?
- "A true innovation of TV design is coming up with an unprecedented new TV shape and timeless gallery design,"
ALSO: Smart TV Evolution Kit to be revealed at CES:
- plug into the back of compatible Samsung Smart TVs and add software enhancements including CPU, memory and GPU upgrades, plus enhanced voice / motion control features.

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iaTobii plans to sell its PC eye-control add-on to developers from next weekhttp://www.itworld.com/332680/tobii-plans-sell-its-pc-eye-control-add-developers-next-week

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- Tobii Technology will start selling the Tobii REX Developer edition next week for $995
- The device uses two optical sensors to track your eyes
- The company will demo the REX at CES
- They say that it will allow you to select, scroll, zoom and navigate using eye movements
- The consumer version will work with Windows 8 Only right now and it also doesn't have a price
- Tobii says its tech will be integrated into displays and laptops starting as early as 2014

Q: What interface would you gravitate to?

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Minnesota theater introduces 'Tweet Seats' for web-addicted audiences
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CTIA, MobileCon Merging to One Fall Conference in 2014http://www.eweek.com/mobile/ctia-mobilecon-merging-to-one-fall-conference-in-2014/

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Ubuntu phone OS announced, first devices shipping in early 2014http://www.theverge.com/2013/1/2/3827922/ubuntu-phone-os-announcement

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As someone has been in the Home Automation industry for many years and still is, The story you guys ran about R2 control gave them a lot more credit than they deserve. While R2 Control did create an Android app last year for Home Automation, it was not as cool as it may seem. R2 control simply made an App that acts as a wrapper for a Crestron based Touch Panel Project. Crestron had already created an IOS version, and was working on the Android version. During this brief window of time, R2 figured out how to write a wrapper to be able to load the IOS project to Android. The actual programming that is loaded to the R2 app is created solely using Crestron Software, and requires Crestron Hardware to do any actual control. In my opinion this boils down to nothing more than an IP Grab.

It would be much appreciated if you did not use my name, as I still work in the industry and am not an official spokesperson.

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I just listened to your 2013 Predictions Show, and I actually think Sarah is wrong about people not being excited about the Surface. When I bring mine to work and to college, I get tons of questions about it (even from people I've never met), and everyone wants to hear the keyboard and stand click. I don't think a lot of people are actually buying them, but people are definitely interested. I'd bet the Surface RT 2 (or whatever they call it) will fix most of the problems of the current model, and at that point people will start buying them.

Just some anecdotal evidence.

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