? All Tech Radio Episode 326
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  • A breakthrough in TV Technology is about to be displayed at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show. OLED TVs have been around for a few years, but only in a 19" or smaller size. Now LG will reveal a $5,000 55" TV that will blow away LCD or plasma TVs in rich color and detail. One downside to OLED is that eventually the little bacteria that make up color will eventually stop working and the TV will have to be replaced or recharged.
  • Do you know when the first iPhone was created? It was actually 1983. The first iPhone was not a touch screen, or in color, or even a cellular phone. It was a stylus driven landline phone designed to work with the Apple 2c. You can find out more on Mashable.com as they slowly release additional Apple documents to scholars and journalists. Surely more surprises will come out as the atr327s are released.
  • Verizon was hoping no one would notice a $2 fee tacked onto your bill for paying online, but they were wrong. Shortly after the announcement Twitter and other social media went crazy and within 24 hours the fee was dropped. Many companies post these kinds of fees this time of year, but with social networking around, more companies will have a hard time doing it.
  • Earlier in 2011, Mark Hurd was ousted from HP after a former employee said there were improper advances towards a female spokeswoman. All of the files were kept hidden regarding the incident by HP and Hurd was given $15 million on the way out the door. He now heads up Oracle. One HP shareholder sued HP to release the documents and now we know the whole story. The entire sordid affair is made available online through many news outlets. The main document is a letter from Hurd that spells out coercion and skeeviness. It will be interesting to see if Hurd stays on at Oracle now that the cat is out of the bag.
  • Apple is reportedly planning an event scheduled to take place in New York at the end of January, and although many anxiously await the announcement of a much anticipated iPad 3 or new Apple TV, a product launch is seen as unlikely. Citing unnamed sources close to the event, All Things D reported on Monday that the Cupertino, Calif. tech company is reportedly planning to use the event as a platform for an advertising or publishing announcement, though specific services or deals were not mentioned. Multiple sources made it a point to convey that the event will not see the debut of a next-generation tablet or a new Apple TV, which some think will be launched later in 2012. Apple usually reserves product launches and important announcements for its home-state like the latest iPhone 4S, which debuted on Oct. 4, 2011 at Apple's campus. Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue is said to have a role in the end-of-January event, causing speculation that an advertising or publishing announcement will be made.
  • WebOS was destined to fail from the beginning, according to former Palm employees who spoke with The New York Times. The mobile operating system, which powered Hewlett-Packard's famous flameout TouchPad, was intended to compete with Apple's iOS and Google's Android. But people involved in its creation say the platform was doomed from conception. "Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren't able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design," Paul Mercer, the former senior director of software at Palm who oversaw the interface design of WebOS, told the newspaper. "Perhaps it never could have been executed because the technology wasn't there yet."
  • Sony has cut $100 off the price of its first tablet, the Tablet S, in a move to entice consumers to its Android slate. Those who buy a Tablet S also receive a free 180-day trial of Sony's Music Unlimited service, as well as five free rentals from Sony's Video Unlimited Service. Through the end of January, the company is offering up five free downloadable "Classic PlayStation" games in its PlayStation Store app for new Tablet S owners as well. The price drop, as listed in Sony's online store, pushes the Tablet S down to $399.99 with 16 gigabytes of built-in storage or $499.99 for 32 gigabytes of storage. The dual-screen Sony Tablet P, which made its debut alongside the Tablet S as a prototype in April, still hasn't been released or given a launch date, although the tech giant promises it is on the way.
  • The Sony Vita has met with disappointing sales numbers according to Forbes contributor, Tero Kuittinen. This underscores deeper problems with portable gaming, Kuittinen argues: Mobile games have traditionally been simple and often very childish - yet slowly but surely, deeper and more sophisticated games are arriving, chipping at the depth advantage long held by the games designed for portable consoles. The majority of consumers are not interested in the 30 to 60-hour epics dominating game charts. The fickle casual gamers have started their grand migration from portable consoles to smartphones and tablets. 2012 could well be the first year when we see the shape of this transition. Early warning signs arrived in 2011.
  • Between the children's photos and reminiscences about high school, more and more pleas for help from people with failing kidneys are popping up. Facebook and other social media sites are quickly becoming a go-to place to find a generous person with a kidney to spare, according to the people asking for help and some national organizations that facilitate matches. Damon Brown found a kidney on Facebook after telling his story on a special page the Seattle dad created under the name, "Damon Kidney." His friends and family forwarded the link to everyone they knew and on Jan. 3 a woman his wife has known for years, but not someone they consider a close family friend, will be giving him a kidney. "She said it wasn't really for me. It was for my kids, because they deserve to have a dad around," said Brown, 38. Brown's story is not unique, said April Paschke, a spokeswoman for the United Network for Organ Sharing, a private nonprofit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system for the federal government.
  • Will Wright, the designer behind successful video game simulations including "SimCity", "The Sims" and "Spore", is at it again. Only this time, rather than controlling virtual people or creating space creatures, the protagonist of "HiveMind" is the actual player. "HiveMind," a group of cross-platform, cross-media online applications, is designed to turn a gamer's everyday life into part of the interactive experience by building upon Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) and tapping into streams of personal information on phones, tablets, social networks and computers. While the technology and data collection is in place, the game doesn't yet have a release date. Nevertheless, Wright is enthusiastic about his new project and eager to discuss the lifestyle implications "HiveMind" could have on casual gamers.

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  • Bianca from Seattle asks "I'm having trouble with my new Amazon Fire. Why do I keep getting an error about payment every time I try to download a book?"