? All Tech Radio Episode 336
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  • eBay resellers are asking an average price of $591 for the base model of Apple's new iPad, or nearly $100 above list, the online auction site said today. Although Apple charges $499 for a 16GB Wi-Fi new iPad, the wait time for new orders now stretches two to three weeks. eBay sellers are taking advantage of the tight supply by trying to flip their pre-ordered 16GB Wi-Fi tablets at an average price of $591.
  • Apple Inc. (AAPL) got a second partner in China to sell the iPhone in the world's biggest mobile-phone market. The deal may be too late to catch Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), with a market share that's three times larger and growing. China Telecom Corp. (728) began selling the iPhone last week as Apple tries to build on its 7.5 percent share of the country's smartphone sales. Samsung controlled 24.3 percent of the market for phones that can play videos and games, according to Gartner Inc., using a strategy of allying with all three of the nation's third-generation networks since such services started in 2009.
  • AT&T will expand 4G LTE service to 12 new markets in the wake of the new iPad's launch, the company stated in a press release today. Locations that will be blessed with the faster service include three cities in Ohio, three in Indiana, and Staten Island in New York City. The areas where AT&T will expand its LTE are Naples, Florida; St. Louis, Missouri; New Orleans and Baton Rouge in Louisiana; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Cleveland, Akron, and Canton in Ohio; Bloomington, Lafayette, and Muncie in Indiana; and Staten Island, New York. These 12 areas will be added to the 28 markets where AT&T 4G LTE has already arrived. Cleveland will be the first city of the new group to receive LTE service. The rest of the cities are "scheduled for April, May and into the early summer," according to AT&T.
  • Hackers claim to have stolen the details of more than 73,000 subscribers to porn site Digital Playground. The data includes user names, email addresses and passwords. Also taken were the numbers, expiry dates and security codes for 40,000 credit cards. A previously unknown hacker group called The Consortium said it was behind the attack. For research purposes I went to the website and tried to enter Andy's credit card, but a message came up saying "Members area is available, but we are not currently accepting new sign up's."
  • In a hacking contest last week, Google's Chrome browser on Friday fell to a zero-day attack that pierced its vaunted security sandbox, the third such attack in as many days at a contest designed to test its resistance to real-world threats. A teenage hacker who identified himself only as PinkiePie said he spent the past week and a half working on the attack. It combined three previously unknown vulnerabilities to gain full system access to a Dell Inspiron laptop that ran a fully patched version of Chrome on top of the most up-to-date version of Windows 7. He spent the past three days holed up in hotel rooms and conference areas refining the attack so it would break out of the sandbox, which was designed to prevent code-execution attacks like his, even when security bugs are identified.
  • The sun is continuing its active streak this week, firing off another solar flare late Thursday (March 8) from the same region that produced this week's strong solar storm. An M6.3-class solar flare - a mid-range eruption - spewed from the surface of the sun last night at 10:53 p.m. EST (0353 GMT March 9), according to an alert from the Space Weather Prediction Center, a joint operation by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service. M Class is the second strongest, while X is the strongest. There have already been 2 X class flares last week that passed through our atmosphere. This could cause problems with electronics but so far nothing bad has happened to any great extent. Will alarmists say this is caused by man and global warming?
  • Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell said there's growing demand for tablet computers that can run the next version of Windows, which may help his company siphon away corporate customers from the iPad. The goal is to entice business customers by running Microsoft's Office applications -- something Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s tablet isn't designed to do -- and letting the device connect securely to corporate networks. Dell is seeking an edge over the latest iPad, unveiled yesterday, which sports a faster processor, sharper screen and speedier wireless service.
  • Downloadable content, or DLC as it is known, has a bad rep amongst gamers. That which is intended to augment and enhance an experience has become, according to many, a means to nickel and dime customers who have already paid full price. It's like going to the movies, and right before the climax, the lights come up and you're asked to pay extra to see the ending. "Mass Effect 3" is the latest game to be accused of such underhanded tactics. The controversy this time centers on its "From Ashes" DLC. In previous statements, BioWare claimed the add-on was not developed until the final game had been completed, and therefore could not be included on the final retail disc. But someone was able to unlock one of the key characters central to the DLC by changing a single line of code in the PC version.
  • Facing big money problems, Eastman Kodak Co. in July 2011 hired a New York City investment bank to help it shop around a huge cache of digital imaging patents. Such a deal, potentially worth billions, did not come to pass in time to prevent Kodak from filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 19. But Kodak still is pursuing such a sale and the big potential windfall - which would increase the odds that Kodak's suppliers could get better than pennies on the dollar for their claims and that shareholders might even receive some returns. And Kodak is seemingly looking to seal a deal by midsummer. Kodak received U.S. Bankruptcy Court approval last month to hire New York investment bank Lazard Freres & Co. LLC to provide financial and strategic advice relating to a restructuring and an intellectual property sale - Lazard being the same company Kodak hired back in July.
  • The world renowned computer hacker who became an FBI informant will now face a New York judge on April 12. Hector Xavier Monsegur (HAH'-vee-ehr MAHN'-see-gur) originally was scheduled for a state court hearing Monday on charges he impersonated a federal agent. Monsegur was arrested in February. According to a criminal complaint, an officer asked him for ID and he responded by saying he was a federal agent. He was working as an informant. The 28-year-old New Yorker has already pleaded guilty in federal court to a string of computer crimes. They included conspiring with the "hacktivist" groups Anonymous, Internet Feds and Lulzsec, and breaking into the websites of media and Internet security companies.

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  • Email from listeners Judd from Portland asks "I have a laptop that I would like to run faster by putting in an SSD drive. How do I do this?"