? All Tech Radio Episode 335
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  • A survey of 1,829 online shoppers by PriceGrabber about the soon-to-be-unveiled iPad 3 finds that 42% of current iPad owners intend to buy an iPad3. Of the overall survey group, 39% intend to buy an iPad 3 before the end of 2012. 20% plan to buy in the first month; 11% in the first week.
  • Apple's (AAPL) App Store surpassed 25 billion downloads over the weekend, and the lucky Chinese customer who downloaded the milestone piece of mobile software received a $10,000 gift card. Apple announced Monday morning that Chunli Fu, of Qingdao, China, downloaded the free version of Disney's popular mobile video game "Where's my Water?" to push the App Store to the magic number, which Apple had been planning for weeks. Apple announced last month that the iOS user who downloaded app No. 25 billion would receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card.
  • The former head of the FBI has admitted that the Stuxnet virus was a good idea, but he didn't quite admit the US was behind it. Stuxnet brought down Iran's nuclear centrifuges a couple of years ago. It delayed the program but didn't completely stop it. FBI Director Robert Mueller added the the US should be prepared for attacks against our country however. " I do believe that the cyberthreat will equal or surpass the threat from counterterrorism in the foreseeable future." Defense Secretary Leon Panetta: There's a strong likelihood that the next Pearl Harbor that we confront could very well be a cyberattack.
  • Two Japanese researchers recently introduced a prototype for a device they call a SpeechJammer that can literally "jam" someone's voice - effectively stopping them from talking. Now they've released a video of the device in action on You Tube. The video shows how delaying feedback to one's ear by taking their voice and redirecting it back at them just a fraction later than they expect it will cause someone to become speechless. Terrorists could of course use this to stop or change an attack. You could also use it to quiet your loved one from nagging you.
  • Judge Stanley J. Sacks declared Illinois' eavesdropping law-which is one of the toughest in the nation-unconstitutional in his ruling in the case of Christopher Drew, who was charged with the felony crime in 2009. The eavesdropping law prohibits citizens from making audio or visual recordings of others without every recorded person's explicit consent. Sixty-year-old artist Drew audio-recorded his interaction with a police officer who was arresting him for selling art patches at the side of the road. A police officer found the tape recorder and Drew found himself with a Class 1 felony charge, which carries up to 15 years in prison. "That's one step below attempted murder," Drew said in a January interview with the New York Times.
  • A Frenchman is suing Google for making him the laughing stock of his village after the firm's Street View service put on the Internet a picture of him urinating in his garden, his lawyer said Thursday. "He discovered the existence of this photo after noticing that he had become an object of ridicule in his village," lawyer Jean-Noel Bouillaud told AFP, asking for the name of the village not be published. The slightly blurred photo, seen by AFP, shows an individual relieving himself in a garden in the village in the west-central Maine-et-Loire department. "My client lives in a tiny hamlet where everyone recognized him," said Bouillaud, adding that his client was on his own property and that the gate to his garden was closed at the time the photo was taken.
  • Neither Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) nor Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are doing enough when it comes to addressing how iPhone and Android applications can access users' private information, according to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. On Monday Schumer called for the Federal Trade Commission to launch an investigation into reports that iPhone and Android applications can essentially steal data like private photos and address books. Mobile applications for iPhone and Android can gain access to users' photo libraries and, in some cases, share the photos online, according to New York Times reports. These followed reports last month that some applications on the iPhone and iPad could upload entire address books to third-party servers. "These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app's functionality," Senator Schumer stated in a letter to FTC Chairman Leibowitz.
  • Anonymous on Monday gave mixed reactions to a US computer security firm's report that backers of the notorious hacker group were suckered into downloading software that steals online banking information. A message at a Twitter account for YourAnonNews blasted Symantec's findings as "wrong and libelous" while "tweets" from other accounts claiming to be voices from the loosely knit group alerted people to the danger. Symantec, which is among the long list of victims of Anonymous attacks, reported that someone replaced a software tool available for download by Anonymous allies with code that also steals bank account data. The Anonymous ally software is a small program that lets computers join an army of machines that hit websites with simultaneous requests for information or service in what are referred to as distributed-denial-of-service attacks (DDoS).
  • It's selling so slowly that General Motors is going to shut down the plant that builds it for five weeks, but critical accolades for the Chevrolet Volt keep coming in. The plug-in hybrid has been named 2012 European Car of the Year, along with the versions of it called the Opel and Vauxhall Ampera. A panel of Journalists chose it from a group of 35 cars vying for the title. The Volt previously won the 2011 North American Car of the Year and World Green Car of the Year awards, as well as being being named Motor Trend's Car of the Year.
  • Facebook copycat Renren has announced it will make the first social networking app for Microsoft's Windows 8 app store. The Chinese site said that high-def app Renren HD will feature full integration with the new tablet-friendly platform, allowing citizens to share web pages, pictures, videos and other stuff via the social network in a single click. "We are very proud to be selected as the first social networking service partner for Microsoft's new Windows store," said Joseph Chen, CEO of Renren, in a canned statement.

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  • Sasha from Seattle asks "Is VPN still the best way to get files remotely when I work from home?"