DTNS 2144 – Putting the smart in TV

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom reviews some more announcements from CES, especially Sony’s Internet TV service, with Justin Robert Young.

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Show Notes

Ford CEO Alan Mulally told the Associated Press Tuesday that he would remain at Ford through 2014, essentially pulling himself out of the running for CEO of Microsoft.  Sources told Reuters no appointment was likely from Microsoft until the last week of January or in February. Recode’s Kara Swisher reported her sources say no earlier than February. The company said it could take up to a year to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer when they announced his retirement in August. Current top candidates for the job are internally Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype, and Satya Nadella, EVP of Cloud and Enterprise as well as soon to be internal candidate Stephen Elop, formerly CEO of Nokia.

US phone carries announcing new plans: Sprint’s new family plan lets customers add up to 10 individuals to a plan whether they’re family or not. The first customer is $55 a month 1GB of data and each customer added is $5 less than the previous, to a minimum of $25. Also T-Mobile announced they will pay up to $350 per line to cover early termination fees. You’ll need to trade in your existing phone, buy a new T-Mobile phone, and sign up for a new T-Mobile plan. Last week, AT&T announced it would pay $200 for every line that T-Mobile customers switched to AT&T.

Sony announces cloud-based TV service with live TV, DVR, and video on demand:  The company doesn’t yet have the deals it needs for Web TV in place, but that’s not it’s real problem, according to Recode.

News From You: 

MPAA joins W3C:  TomGehrke pointed us to a TechDirt article reporting the US Movie Industry group MPAA has joined the Web’s standard’s organization World Wide Web Consortium aka W3C. The W3C has stood for the principles of openness on the Web, and many are upset that the MPAA which promotes digital locks, might try to roll back some of that openness. There is a major controversy over whether digital locks should be standardized as part of HTML5.

Dell reveals 28-inch 4K monitor that will sell for $699:   tm204 submitted a Forbes article about the P2815Q monitor, which uses an IPS LED display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. No word on the inputs but it did get a global launch date of January 23rd.

Leaked pictures surface of Nokia’s Android phone UI:  SkyJedi let us know about the AndroidPolice’s story about leaked pictures of Nokia’s Android phone UI. The ‘Normandy’ is thought doomed as Microsoft gets ready to take over Nokia’s handset business, but AndroidPolice believe it might survive as a low-end dual-SIM phone. The pictures came via evleaks and show an Android phone with a very windows-y lock screen and shots of Viber and Skype.

 More links from the show

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer unveiled new products including a new online magazine called Yahoo Tech headed by David Pogue:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-ces-yahoo-idUSBREA061C020140108

The CentOS project teamed up with Red Hat to build a new CentOS in the hopes of accelerating adoption: 

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/01/red-hat-and-centos-become-voltron-build-free-operating-system-together/

Facebook has acquired Indian startup Little Eyes Labs, and will move the entire team to Menlo Park, California:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57616873-94/facebook-buys-indian-startup-little-eye-labs/

China’s Alibaba, often compared to Amazon, announced it will develop a mobile gaming platform:

http://gigaom.com/2014/01/08/alibaba-to-launch-mobile-games-platform-in-competition-with-tencent/