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Inkling takes on Amazon and Apple, Does Nike hate Android? Why everyone loves Amazon http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Veronica Belmont, Tekzilla
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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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tmTim Cook seemed a different CEO this morning while speaking at the Goldman Sachs Investor Conference. Cook called the lawsuit from Greenlight capital a "silly sideshow", said OLED displays were "awful" Said Apple is just crazy enough to make any product as long as it wasn't crappy, then opened up his wallet and dropped piles of hundos on the floor claiming to be ready to "make it rain" OK I made up that last bit. Cook did say Apple has paid $8 billion out to developers.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57568899-37/apples-cook-calls-einhorn-suit-a-silly-sideshow/

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slTesla founder Elon Musk has slammed a critical New York Times review of the Model S, after the reviewer wrote of problems completing journeys between two East Coast charging stations and had to call a tow service. Musk says diagnostic data from the test model shows the article left out details of undisclosed detours through city traffic instead of the more fuel-efficient highway, and that the reviewer didn’t properly charge the car, and drove too fast. The Times disputes this, and in a statement says cold temperatures may have been a key factor to the car’s poor performance.http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/teslas-elon-musk-slams-new-york-times-review/2013/02/12/517c1ff2-7512-11e2-aa12-e6cf1d31106b_story.html

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iaTwitter and American Express have partnered together for "Amex Sync," a service that lets you buy things by tweeting a hashtag. You'd have to connect your AmEx to your Twitter account. After that, if you see a deal you want on the AmExSync twitter account, you can tweet the hashtag. AmEx Sync will have products from Microsoft, Sony and Amazon available. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21424799

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tmReady for another hot Android phone? British designer Vertu has launched the new Vertu Ti, for a mere €7,900 which is around$10,600. Sure it's a 3.7-inch 1.7 GHz, Android 4.0 phone with, 1GB of RAM BUT it's hand-tooled by an English craftsman and made from TITANIUM AND CRYSTAL!http://mashable.com/2013/02/12/vertu-ti/

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slSonos wants you to ditch your big old clunky a/v receiver and buy a Sonos Playbar. It's a $699 soundbar that provides a complete audio system for your movies, TV, and games - a 3-channel system anyway - and will be available on March 5th for $699. The Playbar is almost 3 feet wide, contains 9 different speakers, and is designed to be mounted under your TV, or laid flat on a table underneath. http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/12/3979508/sonos-starts-its-long-awaited-living-room-attack-with-the-699-playbar-soundbar

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iaBill Gates did a Reddit Ask Me Anything yesterday. Gates was asked "What one Microsoft program or product that was never fully developed or released do you wish had made it to market?" Gates replied by referencing the WinFS file system that was last seen hanging around the "Longhorn" OS. WinFS would have been Microsoft's true, object oriented file store, but it never made it to market. http://www.zdnet.com/bill-gates-biggest-microsoft-product-regret-winfs-7000011136/

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tmSpeaking at D: Dive into media, Microsoft SVP for INteractive Entertainment declared the Xbox 360 is transforming from a game console to an entertainment console. Nancy Tellem, Head of Microsoft's LA Studios talked about the 125 people working in LA to create 40 new interactive TV and entertainment apps on the Xbox by the end of this year. Meanwhile UNOFFICIALLY Kotaku says their source claims the next version of the Xbox will require the next version of the Kinect to be plugged in to work.http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/11/microsoft-xbox-360-premium-content-plans-entertainment/

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slMojang announced Minecraft: Pi Edition back in November, and today it's a reality. A new version of Minecraft is now available for free on the Raspberry Pi, which has a revised feature set based on the Minecraft: Pocket Edition Android and iOS apps, and supports multiple programming languages. With the Raspberry Pi it’s possible to edit Minecraft code at a base level, giving users vast manipulation tools.http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/02/11/minecraft-pi-edition-officially-released-on-the-raspberry-pi-for-free/

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tmDish Chairman Charlie Ergen compared Dish to INdiana Jones claiming the company doesn't wan to kill ads with it's ad-skipping features on the Dish Hopper. He said he didn't want to put his head int he sand either, and figures embedded or targeted ads are a better model, and Dish is ready to help with that. Ergen also said he's serious about Dish's bid to acquire mobile carrier Clearwire. http://allthingsd.com/20130211/dishs-charlie-ergen-says-he-doesnt-want-to-kill-ads-for-real/

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iaQualcomm, look out. Broadcom just introduced its first LTE modem and the company says it's 35% smaller than current chips. The LTE chip will make its debut at Mobile World Congress later this month. Prior to this move, Broadcom was best known for its WiFi and Bluetooth combo chips. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415327,00.asp

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Adobe cuts Australian prices after inquiry summons

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slInkling makes its Google-friendly digital publishing tools free to everyonehttp://paidcontent.org/2013/02/12/inkling-makes-its-google-friendly-digital-publishing-tools-free-to-everyone/

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- book publishing startup Inkling has made its cloud-bssed publishing tool Habitat, available to anybody for free. multimedia includes HD/3D video, interactive stuff
- E-books can immediately be published to iOS and the Web in HTML5, with updates pushed to both platforms at once
- publishers can export their books as EPUB files, so that they can sell them through Apple’s iBookstore and other platforms. fully indexable by Google so will show up in a search
- Inkling gets 30% cut of each sale through the Inkling store. clients: O’Reilly, Frommer’s, Workman, Wiley HarperCollins, DK, Lonely Planet, Rick Steves Kaplan and Time Inc.
- subscription enterprise product, allows clients to build products under their own brands on top of Inkling’s APIs.
- academic model of Inkling Habitat, which is completely free and doesn’t take a cut of sales.
Inkling CEO Matt MacInnis says Amazon's text-based titles that make up only a fraction of the total book publishing market, and Apple’s iBooks Author — free software that’s supposed to let anyone create interactive ebooks for the iBookstore — is a flop.
- But MacInnis is convinced that the next step is illustrated: Textbooks, travel guides, cookbooks, how-to books, and so on. And it’s this area, he believes, where Inkling — not Amazon — will dominate

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slSonos starts its long-awaited living room attack with the $699 Playbarhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/2/12/3979508/sonos-starts-its-long-awaited-living-room-attack-with-the-699-playbar-soundbar

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- Sonos Playbar will be released on March 5th for $699 in the US, €699 in the EU, and £599 in the UK.
- single bar, almost 3 ft wide.
- nine different speakers — three tweeters and six midrange speakers. angled at 45 degrees, so mount the soundbar on your wall or lay it flat on a table beneath your television; a built-in accelerometer detects the orientation and modifies the output of the speakers
- three-channel audio system, with the bare minimum of connectors: power, two ethernet jacks, and a TOSLINK optical cable for hooking it up to your television (it recognizes Dolby Digital as well as standard two-channel audio
- The Playbar can connect wirelessly to the company's Sub subwoofer. also add 2 Play:3 speakers into the mix. true 5.1 sound system without cables.
-Controller app with several Playbar-specific features, such as a dialogue mode if you can't hear voices in the mix, and a "nighttime mode" to make it easier to listen at lower volumes.
- co-founder Tom Cullen: "A lot of modern music lovers have a nice TV," , but no competitors have solved the problem of providing great sound for that television while simultaneously offering access to such a multitude of music services
- "What looks like a hardware problem over time almost always becomes a software problem in this game," Cullen says, explaining that functions that are physical hardware features in something like a receiver — source selection, control, and the like — can be performed virtually in software as general computing technology has advanced.

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iaTwitter, Amex to Collaborate on E-Commerce Sales on Twitterhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21424799

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Twitter and Amex to let you pay with a hashtag
http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/11/tech/social-media/twitter-hashtag-purchases/

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- New deal betw Twitter and Amex would let Twitter users buy things via a special hashtag
- It's called Amex Sync
- Here's how it works: you'd have to connect your Amex card number to your twitter account
- Check for special hashtags on the AmexSync twitter account
- If you see something you want, tweet that hashtag
- Then you receive a Sync notification
- You'll have to tweet another hashtag w/in 15 minutes to confirm the purchase
- Since protected accounts aren't allowed, there's no way to take advantage of a discount without it being public information.

Q: Would you use this? What do you think of the idea of public shopping like this?

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iaNike snubs Android users, says mobile FuelBand app to remain exclusive to Apple's iOShttp://appleinsider.com/articles/13/02/11/nike-snuffs-android-users-says-mobile-fuelband-app-to-remain-exclusive-to-apples-ios

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Apple's and Android's US Smartphone Market Share Continues to Increasehttp://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2013/02/06/apples-and-androids-us-smartphone-market-share-continues-to-increase/

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- Nike says it's not working on an Android app for its FuelBand
- Malcolm Parran tweeted at NikeSupport asking for an Android app. @NikeSupport responded saying "right now, we're focused on iOS and web. We're not working on an Android app." [Feb 9th, 10th]
- Nike PR confirmed Nike isn't working on an Android version of the mobile app saying it is focusing on iOS and its web component
- Back in March 2012 @NikeFuel said that an Android app would launch in Summer 2012 (that never happened)

Q: According to comscore, Android owns over 50% of the U.S. smartphone market - how long can companies like Nike ignore Android?

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tmMicrosoft plans to launch its own interactive TV shows before the end of the yearhttp://gigaom.com/2013/02/11/microsoft-xbox-live-interactive-tv/

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Microsoft talks plans for premium content production, details Xbox 360's transition to an 'entertainment console' http://www.engadget.com/2013/02/11/microsoft-xbox-360-premium-content-plans-entertainment/

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At D:Dive into media, Entertainment and digital media President Nancy Tellem (former #2 at CBS)
- launch 40 interactive TV and entertainment apps on Xbox Live by end of year
- Make shows interactive, use Kinect (live shows, Children's programming)
- Xbox Entertainment Studios in LA employs 125 people
- 46 Million Xobox Live subs
Q: Microsoft as content generator? Awesome or horrible?

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tmAmazon Beats Out Apple For The Best Reputation Among U.S. Consumers, Says Harris; Google Comes Fourthhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/02/12/amazon-beats-out-apple-as-having-the-best-reputation-among-u-s-consumers-says-harris/

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Haters Don’t Hate Amazon (Facebook On the Other Hand …)http://www.wired.com/business/2013/02/why-dont-people-hate-amazon/

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Harris Poll of corporate reputation
- Amazon dislodged Apple, Disney 3rd followed by Google and Johnson & Johnson
- Amazon ranked five points ahead of any other company in the area of emotional appeal also topped products and services
- Apple topped the charts in vision and leadership and financial performance
- Google topped in workplace environment
- Microsoft (good) 15th, Facebook (average to poor) 42nd between Best Buy and T-Mobile
- 46% “definitely would trust” Amazon “to do the right thing.” 8% Facebook.
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Google starts rolling out Android 4.2.2 Jelly Beanhttp://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2243154/google-starts-rolling-out-android-422-jelly-bean

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Hi TNT crew, Marlon "TheGuyFromTrinidad" here, I think that the user satisfaction survey you mentioned yesterday has more merit than you ascribed to it. In general user satisfaction surveys are biased towards more expensive devices however in this survey the top 3 were low cost phones with the Atrix HD being $0 on a contract.

What was also interesting was the 4G impact, the top 5 devices were 4G capable devices and users with a 4G subscription reported a higher device satisfaction and it also had an impact on network operator satisfaction.

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Hey Guys
I was listening to episode 688 where you were discussing set top box interfaces and how complicated they can be. Tom said he wished there was a box where he could just search for the name of a show and it would display all the services you could watch that show on.

I wanted to let you know that exists! The XBox 360 with Kinect voice search will let you do exactly that. All you do is say "XBox, Bing ___________", it then will display a list of shows/movies that match that name, 99% of the time it is the first option. you select the show and it brings you to a page where you can watch the latest episode, or select past episodes. When you select the episode you want to watch it will show a list of providers that have that episode (Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Amazon, Cable provider etc).

It works perfectly, it is the only box I use to watch all of my online content. The best part is, no remote, just voice.

Love the show, keep up the good work.
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In response to the GNU x-Wings, they address your concern in the risks section. I highly encourage you to read the entire thing, but here's the relevant part:

"In the hilarious and unlikely event that we come close to reaching our Funding Goal, we'll pull the plug on the project"

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