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Google building a smartwatch, Apple winning the storage wars, Why Stephen Elop threw an iPhone http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Darren Kitchen
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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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We start with the top 10 stories of the day in the News Fuse

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tmWhether you want them or not, get ready for an onslaught of smart watches in the next year. The Financial Times reports that Google's Android unit is developing its own watch separate from Samsung's reported effort. And just for good measure, the Korea Times reports LG is not only working on a smartwatch but their own version of Google Glass as well.http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/21/4133428/is-google-building-a-smart-watch-of-its-own

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slEU antitrust regulators may be looking into anticompetitive issues involving distribution of Apple's iPhone and iPad, based on informal complaints from several telecoms operators. This is the latest development in the growing tension between the telecoms industry and content providers, such as Apple and Google, which provide new digital services that run over telecoms systems. Their concerns focused on the commercial terms in contracts with Apple.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/eu-apple-idUSL6N0CE8JY20130322

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iaBlackBerry SMASH! The BlackBerry Z10 is now available in the United States on the AT&T network. $200 buys you BlackBerry's beautiful hardware along with an operating system that some people like. The Z10 has been available in the the UK and Canada for a while. If you want the phone in white and/or on the Verizon network, that arrives on the 28th of March. http://www.eweek.com/mobile/blackberry-z10-now-available-for-activation-by-att/

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tmHBO CEO Richard Plepler believes the company has the right model for now but told Reuters, "Maybe HBO GO, with our broadband partners, could evolve." The idea would be to tack an extra $10 or $15 on to your monthly broadband bill to access HBO. Plepler said they would have to make the math work.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/21/hbo-streaming-idUSL1N0CD7WP20130321

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slJulius Genachowski, the Federal Communications Commission chairman since June 2009, has announced would leave his position “in the coming weeks.” Genachowski is known for his ambitious plans to expand broadband Internet service throughout the country and to free up additional airwaves for sale to mobile phone companies. A successor has not yet been named. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/23/business/fcc-chairman-announces-resignation.html

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iaAustralia's Standing Committee on Infrastructure held a hearing to find out why companies like Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft charge more for digital goods like software and movies. At the hearing, a Microsoft representative said that market conditions allow for its pricing structure saying, "customers will vote with their wallets." Adobe's managing director for Australia tried to move the conversation to Adobe's lower cost cloud services. Apple said that music and movies are more expensive in Australia because of the studios involved.http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/22/4134374/apple-microsoft-and-adobe-justify-price-gouging-to-australian-hearing

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tmApple has never encouraged developers to use a phone's UDID in apps, but now it will be banned altogether. Starting May 1st, Apple will block all apps or updates to existing apps that use the UDID. The unique number has been used to target ads and track apps. Hackers have previously accessed lists of UDIDs collect by app developers.http://www.zdnet.com/apple-places-kill-date-on-apps-that-use-udid-device-identifiers-7000012993/

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slApple is now bulletproof! Well not really, but it has enabled two-step authentication for iCloud and other services accessed with user Apple IDs. The system would provide an extra layer of security on top of the existing appleID passwords when users try to access their accounts from unrecognized devices. If you'd like to participate, go to appleid.apple.com, sign in, and click the "Password and Security" tab.http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/03/apple-follows-google-facebook-and-others-with-two-step-authentication/

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tmChina has often tried to escape reliance on outside software makers by creating homegrown operating systems, like Red Flag Linux. Here comes another one. Canonical will collaborate with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on a version of the Ubuntu OS called Kylin, intended for desktop and laptop computers. The deal is part of a five year plan to get people to use more open source software.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21895723#.UUxEJcP5O90.reddit

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iaThe headline reads "How 'dongle' jokes got two people fired—and led to DDoS attacks," but the headline is not from The Onion -- it's from ArsTechnica. The story starts at an annual Python developer conference. SendGrid developer evangelist Adria Richards didn't care for two developers cracking sexual jokes about forking repo's nor their discussions of big dongles, so she tweeted about the incident and asked the conference organizers to take action. After the conference - one of the joking developers was fired, Richards was also fired and her blog got hit with an apparent denial of service attack. Richards' former company SendGrid also experienced a DoS; Anonymous is taking credit for it - or at least that's what a PasteBin post says. http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/03/how-dongle-jokes-got-two-people-fired-and-led-to-ddos-attacks/

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iaGoogle's Android unit reportedly building a smart watch
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/21/4133428/is-google-building-a-smart-watch-of-its-own

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Google patents smart watch with flip-up display that could reveal everyday objects' secretshttp://www.engadget.com/2012/10/02/google-patents-smartwatch-with-flip-up-display/

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LG rumored to be building its own smartwatch to compete with Apple, Samsung, and Google
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/22/4134930/lg-rumored-to-be-building-its-own-smartwatch

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- The Financial Times reports Google's working on a smartwatch
- The watch is being built by the Android division. Google Glass was built by Google's experimental X Lab
- The Android team's involvement would suggest that Google sees a watch as a product that will come to market quickly
- The Financial Times says that that Google's watch would have nothing to do with Samsung
- A 2011 Google patent shows a watch with a flip-up display that would present notifications from your phone
- That patent showed a watch that used that flip-up display to provide an augmented reality experience

Q: Assuming Google's working on a smartwatch, is there anything unique that Google could do to pull you in? Is this next wave of smartwatches going to stick (like that second wave of tablets)?
- The Korea Times reports LG is working on a wearable computing device similar to Google Glass and is also working on a new smartwatch that would run on Android or maybe even FireFox OS

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slApple leads, Dropbox gains in cloud storage warshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1001_3-57575754-92/apple-leads-dropbox-gains-in-cloud-storage-wars/

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Email app Mailbox hits 1M reservations filled as it moves into its new office at Dropboxhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/03/22/email-app-mailbox-hits-1m-reservations-filled-as-it-moves-into-its-new-office-at-dropbox/

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- new data from strategy analytics says combination of iCloud and iTunes Match accounts for 27% of cloud storage usage in the United States during the third quarter of 2012.
- Dropbox in 2nd place at 17%, without entertainment service. (But it was noted that 45% of Dropbox users do use the cloud storage lockers for saving music.)
- Mobile email client Mailbox has announced taking its 1 millionth reservation, as it moves into its new offices at its new parent company Dropbox.

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tmApple, Microsoft and Adobe give reasons for higher prices in Australia, can't guarantee you'll like themhttp://www.engadget.com/2013/03/22/apple-microsoft-and-adobe-give-reasons-for-higher-prices-in-aus/

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Apple blames record labels, film studios for high Australian priceshttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/03/22/us-australia-apple-pricing-idUSBRE92L04D20130322

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So why is it cheaper to fly from Sydney to LA to buy Photoshop in the US than to buy it locally in Australia?
- Accounting for exchange rate, Software and hardware products in Australia sell for an average of 50 percent more than their U.S. equivalents (consumer advocacy group Choice)
- companies prevent Australia-based web users from purchasing products at cheaper rates on U.S. sites.
- special Australian Parliamentary Committee investigating price gouging asked Apple, Adobe and Microsoft
- Microsoft: "prices are set according to local competition"
- Adobe Australians get "personalized" service, implied it costs more to do business in Australia
- Apple, claimed similar prices in many cases, iTunes price difference caused by copyright holders -- "The content industry still runs with perhaps old-fashioned notions of country borders or territories or markets," King said
--Adobe had cut prices 20% the day after they were summoned to testify

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iaJony Ive reportedly pushing 'flat design' in a newly collaborative environment at Apple
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/21/4132972/jony-ive-reportedly-pushing-flat-design-at-apple

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Apple Design Teams Get Cozier
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/03/21/apple-design-teams-get-cozier/

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Apple updates Podcasts app with custom stations, on-the-go playlists and less ‘skeuomorphic’ designhttp://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/03/21/apple-updates-podcasts-app-with-custom-stations-on-the-go-playlists-and-less-skeuomorphic-design/

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- WSJ reports Apple's design culture is changing
- Last year, iOS head Scott Forstall left Apple with Jonathan Ive becoming manager of human interface software throughout all of Apple
- With the new arrangement, Apple's mobile software team is actually being briefed about industrial prototypes earlier. Under Forstall, iOS was pretty isolated.
- The Journal's sources say that Ive is pushing a more "flat design" for the next iOS that would be "starker and simpler"
- The sources also say to expect changes to be "pretty conservative"
- Might be seeing the influence of Ive with the latest version of the Podcasts app from Apple which drops the reel to reel player

Q: Would a flattening of iOS get rid of the perceived staleness of the mobile OS? Does iOS need more than just a facelift?

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slWhy Google is pulling the plug on Frommer'shttp://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2013/03/22/why-google-is-pulling-the-plug-on-frommers/

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- Google will kill print edition of Frommer's, the travel guide giant it acquired last year. Google declined to comment, although Skift, a travel news site, reported that Google's editors have already alerted them. could still keep site alive, digital editions
- A number of Frommer's titles scheduled for release in February and earlier this month are now overdue.
- BBC's sale of Lonely Planet, happened earlier this month. bbc disclosed plans to sell the guide-book publisher for $78M, far less than the nearly $200M it had originally paid.
- recession decimated leisure travel. The influx of mobile devices compounded the problem. border's & other bookstore closures curbed sales
- free, open sources guides compete w pro guides.
- U.S. guidebook sales are down 10% to 20% since 2008

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tmStephen Elop throws an iPhone on national TVhttp://wmpoweruser.com/stephen-elop-throws-an-iphone-on-national-tv/http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=owvtKGlYFVA#!&t=42s42s

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Hjalliksen kanssa show pagehttp://www.katsomo.fi/?progId=171981SOURCE

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Finnish TV show Hjalliksen kanssa on MTV3
- Hosted by "Harry" Harkimo, owner of the Jokerit hockey team and host of the Finnish version of 'The Apprentice"
- interviewer Hjallis Harkimo pesters Stephen Elop about Nokia 928. Elop tries to announce 620 coming to Finland.
- Presenter pulls out iPhone says he doesn't want it….[[PLAY VIDEO]]
- Staged? Whether staged or not, does it help… anything… for Nokia?

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HTC One Landing In U.K., Germany & Taiwan Next Week, Heading To North America, Asia-Pac & Across Europe Before End Of Aprilhttp://techcrunch.com/2013/03/22/htc-one-launch-dates/

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I don't think Google Keep is intending to steal eyeballs away from Evernote as much as I think Google is trying to "keep" up with Microsoft.

Google is trying very hard to steal Enterprise users away from Microsoft Office, and Microsoft OneNote is a great note-taking app on the desktop and phone.

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Hi TNT,

Regarding your discussion of synthetic sapphire. Being a 9 on the MOHs scale (diamond is a 10) it is extremely scratch resistant. It is NOT shatter resistant. In other words, you can purposely take a steak knife across the glass with no worries but dropping it on your ceramic bathroom floor will likely yield a very bad result. It will likely chip, spiderweb or shatter.

Another caveat regarding sapphire in a cell phone application is an anti-glare or anti-fingerprint coating may be added over the glass. Now the contact surface to the outside world is no longer sapphire and no longer a 9 on the MOHs scale. Putting a coating over the material seems counterintuitive but is a common practice.

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