? All Tech Radio Episode 314
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  • With the passing of Steve Jobs, one o the great innovators of our time, we need to take a look at what he has accomplished. Everyone knows about the iPad, iPhone, iPod etc, but did you know?: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak helped to invent the game Breakout for Atari Using LSD and consulting a Buddhist priest in India was one of the highlights of his life He got the Mac interface in 1984 from Xerox when they were giving it away. Xerox said they couldn't figure out how to market it. Mac OS X was the operating system Apple bought from Jobs NEXT computer corporation after he was hired back in 1997. The NEXT OS was the computer used to host the first website on the internet. Jobs left a 4 year plan of products to be rolled out after his death.
  • The iPhone 4S was revealed the day before Job's death. Besides it's increased speed and better quality camera, it has incorporate Siri into the OS. Siri is a company Apple bought, and it allows the user to ask it questions, such as "how do I find a Greek restaurant in Portland?" This goes one step beyond Google's speech to text app, as Siri will answer back instead of just showing you text results. Sprint will also get a 4S phone. 1 million 4s phones were ordered in the first 24 hours.
  • AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint are all launching the iPhone 4S next Friday, but AT&T is doing its best to ensure consumers know that not all iPhones are created equal. The presence of HSPA 14.4 gives the iPhone 4S a theoretical download speed ceiling of 14.4Mbps, but only if you're on an HSPA network. Here in the U.S., Verizon Wireless and Sprint both employ EV-DO 3G networks while AT&T customers will enjoy speeds over HSPA that are twice as fast, the company says. "We can't wait for our customers to experience the incredible new iPhone 4S on our 4G network and enjoy download speeds of up to twice as fast," said AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega in a statement.
  • Sprint announced that it will move away from Clear as it's 4G product. Sprint has owned a large share of Clearwire and the wimax product, but now Sprint is going to use exclusively the LTE product in the near future. Clearwire's stock sunk after that announcement. Clearwire shot back that it's not dead yet, and it has an integration program that will woo Sprint back, but Sprint says it's probably too late.
  • Samsung Electronics Co said on Monday it had delayed the launch of a new smartphone based on Google's latest version of Android operating system while the world paid tribute following the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The delay also comes as intensifying legal battle between Apple and Samsung is set to reach the most crucial moment this week, with the two technology giants set to meet in courtrooms in the United States, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea and Japan. Samsung had planned to introduce the new product based on the Ice Cream Sandwich system, which will unite the Android software used in tablets and smartphones, at its Mobile Unpack event in San Diego on Tuesday. "We decided it was not the right time to announce a new product while the world was expressing tribute to Steve Jobs's passing," a Samsung spokesman said.
  • Netflix Inc. (NFLX) on Monday reversed course on separating its movie-streaming and DVD-by-mail businesses into two different websites, easing customer outrage but raising more questions about Chief Executive Reed Hastings' recent moves. Hastings in a statement on Netflix's blog acknowledged that the planned split would make "things more difficult" for many of its members. Users had expressed anger about plans for the new site, which had been dubbed Qwikster. And customers also have been upset about recent price increases, which Hastings on Monday defended as necessary. "Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered, and we respect that," Hastings said in a press release. "There is a difference between moving quickly--which Netflix has done very well for years--and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case."
  • All of the upcoming devices supporting Microsoft's Windows Phone Mango operating system will sport single-core CPUs, but Microsoft says dual-core devices are on the horizon, as well as those sporting fast LTE 4G support, reports All Things Digital. And the single-core CPUs don't mean the new crop of Windows Phones will be slouches. "…I suspect that they will be faster in usage than any dual-core phone that you put against it, and that's the point," Windows Phone head Andy Lees said in an interview with All Things Digital. He added that Microsoft is waiting to make sure its software is ready to take advantage of multiple cores.
  • Research in Motion said Monday morning that customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia may be experiencing service problems, which carriers referred to as total outages. Separately, RIM announced an NFC-based technology, called BlackBerry Tap, that will allow Blackberry users to share contacts and other data just by tapping the latest Blackberry phones together. BlackBerry's help account acknowledged the issues beginning at 8 AM Monday morning. "RT @BlackBerryHelp Some users in EMEA are experiencing issues. We're investigating, and we apologise for any inconvenience."
  • The U.S. government obtained secret court orders to force Google Inc and a small Internet provider to hand over information from email accounts of a WikiLeaks volunteer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The U.S. request included email addresses of people that Jacob Appelbaum, a volunteer for the campaigning website, had corresponded with in the past two years, but not the full emails, the newspaper said, citing documents it had reviewed. Internet provider Sonic said it fought the government order legally and lost, and was forced to turn over information, the company's chief executive, Dane Jasper, told the newspaper. Appelbaum, 28, has not been charged with any wrongdoing, the daily said.
  • A steam-powered car, billed as the oldest car in the world that still runs, was sold at a Hershey, Pa. auction late Friday for $4.6 million. The auction company, RM Auctions, had estimated that the car would sell for about half that much. It represents the highest price ever paid for an early automobile at auction. The price includes a 10% "buyer's premium" which goes to the auction company. The car was built in France in 1884, about a year before Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz of Germany, who went on to found the carmakers that would become Daimler (DDAIF), maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars, built their first experimental gasoline-powered cars.

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  • Andrew from Portland asks "Why are there so many apps for my Droid phone but not for my Android Tablet?"